Fun Christmas Activities in Tipton, Indiana

The holiday season is just getting started, but it’s never too soon to start planning for the Christmas season. Check out these great Christmas activities in Tipton, Indiana for a holiday season you won’t soon forget.

Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House

There are few better ways to enjoy the holiday season than drinking wine and shopping. The Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House allows shoppers to do just both! Attendees will have the option to grab some gifts from local vendors, like M&S Creations and LulaRoe. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Sensitive Santa

A welcoming environment in a controlled setting make for the perfect way to allow children with special needs to experience Christmas to the fullest. Sensitive Santa features numerous adjustments that create a calming space for children. The event is held with Autism Speaks and features muted lights, music, and activity tables. Bring the kids to see Santa on Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Pet Photo Night

Snapping a few pictures of your pets in holiday garb is one way to make a memory, but getting a few with Santa takes the holidays to the next level. Bring your pet to Hamilton Town Center on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Pet Photo Night!

We here at Dan Young GM hope to see you out enjoying the festivities this holiday season!

Christmas Activities in Tipton

Tipton K-9 Won’t Be Helping With Tipton Trick-or-Treating: He’s Bad at Catching Treats (but Good at Catching Bad Guys)

Tipton trick-or-treating
Halloween is right around the corner!

Did you know that dogs have been used as a tool in law enforcement since as early as the Middle Ages? Today’s K-9 units are as helpful as ever when it comes to catching the bad guys. Our K-9 unit in Tipton, Indiana, is great at catching bad guys on the job, too. But, one thing the unit is not so good at? Catching treats.

Recently, the Tipton Police Department released a fun video of their K-9 named Apachi trying hard to catch ice cubes—and missing almost every time—as an officer tossed them his way.

Fortunately, for our kids in Tipton, Indiana, Apachi can cover the bad guys while the kids catch the treats. Exact date and time for local Tipton trick-or-treating haven’t been announced just yet, but last year’s occurred on Halloween proper, and the hours are likely to run between 5 to 8 p.m.

While you’re waiting with the rest of us for more detailed information, you can take this time to talk to your kids about safe practices for trick-or-treating. For instance, be sure your kids know the importance of crossing at crosswalks, staying on sidewalks, and staying near guardians at all times. The team at Dan Young GM loves Halloween and all of the costumes involved, so if your kids are trying out their costumes before the big night, bring them to Dan Young GM to show them off!

2018 Chevy Tahoe Preview

Predecessor to the 2018 Chevy Tahoe
2017 Chevy Tahoe

If you’re looking for a full-size family hauler that can keep every one of your passengers safe, comfortable, and happy on the road, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe is your answer. This large SUV has always been a staple option on the SUV market. This year there are even more reasons to love it, as it sees updates to its list of features, its design, and even its price tag.

Now you’ll find standard LED daytime running lamps on the LS and LT trims of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as an updated Tire Pressure Monitoring System. What’s perhaps most exciting to the new Chevy Tahoe is the addition of two different packages. The first is the Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck), which adds things like 22-inch aluminum wheels and black design accents for a sportier version of this family hauler.

Another package, and one that will be especially attractive to those on a budget, is the Custom Edition available on the LS trim. This version of the 2018 Chevy Tahoe removes the back row seats, and adds a chrome accent grille as well as 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Custom label will drop more than $3,000 from the base trim’s price tag, but still features strong Tahoe capability like a towing maximum of 6,600 pounds.

Learn more about what’s new in this admirable family hauler when you stop by Dan Young GM.

All-New Transmission Interface Debuts on 2018 GMC Terrain

All-New Transmission Interface

Sometimes it’s the little things that truly take something from good to great — or, in the case of the 2018 GMC Terrain, from great to excellent.

The on-deck GMC Terrain is full of “final touches” that create an altogether refined driving experience, but one of the features our GMC-enthusiasts here at Dan Young are most excited for has to be the all-new transmission interface. Yes, “all-new transmission interface” might sound a little boring at first, but let us explain.

The transmission interface on the 2018 GMC Terrain completely does away with the old-fashioned toggle gear shifter system. Instead, GMC is introducing a simplified toggle-and-button system. That might seem crazy — it is certainly untraditional — but there are more than just a few good reasons for this innovation.

First and foremost, this new transmission interface just looks good. In the place of an awkward shifter jutting up in the middle of your pilot area, there is a simple set of cleanly designed buttons. The overall effect is a more elegant and modernized interior.

Beyond aesthetics, this new redesign frees up a lot of space around the driver for more comfort and accessibility: no shifter, no clutter.

Finally, the all-new transmission interface is just easier to use: toggle to drive, toggle to reverse, push a button to park, go neutral, or enter low gear. It’s as easy as that.

Are you curious to see the new 2018 GMC Terrain? You can catch a glimpse (and maybe a test drive) right here at Dan Young!

3 Simple End-of-Summer Car Care Tips

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Sorry, everyone, but that time is sadly approaching — the final days of sweet, sweet summer. We hope you took full advantage of the fine weather and fun events of the season, but if you did, that means you must have done quite a bit of driving. If that is indeed the case, we have just a few simple end-of-summer car care tips to help you and your vehicle transition into the coming cold with ease.

  1. Empty the trunk

summer car care tipsWhether your cargo area is stuffed with golf clubs, boogie boards, tents, fishing poles, or any other combination of summer-fun gear, chances are all that stuff is weighing you down and adding to your fuel bill. Pack it away nicely and promise it can come back out to play in a few (hopefully short) months.

  1. Check the tires

summer car care tipsAll that driving isn’t easy on the wheels, even if it’s easy on your peace-of-mind. Check that your tires are still street-safe; you can do so easily by inserting a quarter head-first into the tread of your tires. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, your tires probably need to be replaced.

  1. Replace the wiper blades

summer car care tipsBad weather’s a-coming — don’t get stuck in a fall squall without the proper equipment. New wiper blades are inexpensive and can mean a world of difference during harsh driving conditions.

If your car requires any service, in addition to this end-of-summer car care (maybe your tires didn’t pass the quarter test), give Dan Young’s service department a call today — we’re here for you!

How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

Chevrolet Certified Service Tire Check - Tipton, INA new set of tires can be a pricey investment, but good tires are an important element to safe and efficient driving. However, tires can last for up to 50,000 miles as long as you take good care of them. Here are several tips on how to make your tires last as long as possible.

Check Them Regularly

You don’t have to do a close inspection, but if you get into the habit of looking each tire over casually when you’re walking by, it will help you stay aware of their conditions. Each time you fill the gas tank, for instance, you can do a quick inspection of each tire to make sure there’s no damage and no apparent issue. If you see anything, swap the tire out for your spare and bring it into Dan Young GM, where we’ll have one of our technicians take a look for you.

Check the Tire Pressure

If a tire’s PSI is very low, you should be able to tell from looking. However, it’s still a good idea to keep a pressure gauge in your glove box so you can check each tire’s pressure every few weeks. Driving on the proper PSI is not only going to make your tires last longer, it’s also going to give you the best fuel efficiency and the best traction.

Be Aware of Load Capacity

Overwhelming your tires with excessive weight they weren’t built to handle is a quick way to cause instant damage. Make sure you know the load capacity of your tires and respect that number.

For any questions about your tires or to have a simple inspection, contact us at Dan Young GM service department today!

Tips for Car Camping in Your Chevy

Spring weather is finally here, and there’s nothing like celebrating its arrival with a little trip into mother nature. Car camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and it’s even better when you have a great car to accompany you.

Most of the choices in the Chevy lineup at Dan Young GM make for great car camping vehicles, whether you have the nimble Chevrolet Trax crossover, the powerful Silverado pickup, or even the Chevy Sonic hatchback. The most important thing when car camping is a versatile interior with plenty of room for your gear and a capable powertrain. These vehicles have it all.

2018 Chevy Equinox Camping - Tipton, INBefore you leave, pack up your Chevrolet with plenty of water. Most campsites have places where you can refill bottles, but it’s better to be safe and hydrated than sorry and thirsty. You’ll also want to make sure that you pack plenty of food and snacks. Some meals should be something you cook, but some should be accessible without fire, in case you can’t make it happen. Make sure your Chevy is also equipped with a first aid kit, just in case you or a neighbor needs it.

Once you’ve picked your camping spot and set up your tent, you can enjoy all of the outdoor activities that come along with the adventure. It may be tempting to keep everything in your Chevy when you’re not using it, but it’s important to instead hang your food up at night if you’re in an area with bears. Even if your supplies are locked away, a bear can still break your Chevrolet’s windows to get to the food, which is not what you want!

With these tips for car camping and precautions in mind, you’re set to plan your own getaway in your Chevy this spring or summer.  Visit Dan Young GM to find your perfect car camping vehicle today!

GM AutoDrive Challenge Develops Self-Driving Cars

GM recently announced that it would be working with eight major North American universities to compete in the GM AutoDrive Challenge. This autonomous vehicle design competition runs three years, asking competitors to develop and demonstrate a car that drives itself. Unlike previous technologies, this car must be entirely self-driven.

According to GM, the schools competition include Kettering University, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Virginia Tech. Students will work with systems like sensors, computer platforms, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to see what these students come up with over the next three years.

“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge™,” said Chris Ciuca, a director at SAE International. “Building on our success through programs like Formula SAE, the AutoDrive Challenge™ launches a new platform to engage industry and academia in working towards a common goal of preparing the brightest young minds for the future of autonomous technologies.”

Each research team gets a Chevrolet Bolt EV to test and build on, working to customize software and vehicle components. Staff and students will also be invited to tech workshops over the three years in order to brush up on the latest technologies. At Dan Young GM, we’re excited to see these fully autonomous vehicles in action.

Celebrating Earth Day: Going Green Is Easy

Earth Day - Tipton, INCelebrating Earth Day is a great way to show that you care about the environment. From planting greenery to changing your driving habits, there are some easy ways to be eco-friendly. Started in 1970, Earth Day has since become an international event, celebrated every year on April 22nd. Read on to learn more about ways you can participate.

To begin with, according to wikiHow, one of the best things you can do is simply learn more about the environment. You can read articles to get up to speed on current events such as pollution, water quality, and more. Non-profit organizations and government websites are among the most credible sources, as well as academic articles.

Next, plant trees and other foliage. Greenery reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and it also provides stability for soil and habitats for many animals. You can visit a local greenhouse or nursery to find trees that will survive best, and you should also consider planting wildflowers or vegetables. A small garden is a great way to help the environment while also saving money on produce.

Finally, you can help to improve air quality by changing your driving habits. Avoid speeding and rapid deceleration, as these can lower fuel economy. You should also have your car regularly serviced to improve performance and reduce emissions. Stop by Dan Young GM for regular repairs and maintenance, both of which can help the environment.

Late Winter Events near Indianapolis

Late Winter Events near Indianapolis | Dan Young GM | Tipton, IL

Spring isn’t too far away, but we still have another few weeks of wintery weather to deal with. If you’re ready to kick your winter cabin fever to the curb as we move into a new season, here are some excellent late winter events near Indianapolis you should attend.

Local Events:

  • Indy Wings Week. Hot wing lovers of all kinds will be descending upon Indy the week of February 20th through 26th. This week, participating restaurants will offer wings for half off of their regular price; this includes 317 Burger, Old Pro’s Table, Monon Food Company, The Vanguard, Taylor’s Pub at Nora, and many more. This event benefits the non-profit Second Helpings.
  • The Cat in the Hat. Bring the whole family to this fun theatre event held February 23rd-March 2nd. It will be at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Tickets start at $12.50.
  • Haunted Union Street Ghost Walk. Head to Westfield, Indiana on February 24th to experience the haunted side of the city. No children under 9 years of age. Reserve your tickets today.
  • Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers. Celebrate Indiana’s 50th anniversary season by catching a Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They will be taking on the Grizzlies on February 24th at 7pm.

Here at Dan Young GM we are excited to have a full calender. Which events are you adding to your calendar?