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4 Excellent Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some very useful tips for driving in the snow.

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some tips for driving in the snow.

# 1 – Take your time. The key to doing that is to leave for your intended destination early. Nothing can make your winter commute more stressful and potentially dangerous than being in a rush.

# 2 – With slick roads comes increased stopping distance. The way to combat that is to increase the distance between you and other drivers. Under normal conditions, you should leave two seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you (a calculation based on speed and distance). In snow, doubling or tripling that number is a good idea.

# 3 – Keep it slow and steady…most of the time. In general, driving slower in snow is going to increase your reaction time and compensate for an increased stopping distance. But occasionally when driving uphill on a curve, driving too slowly can cause your car to lose grip on the road.

# 4 – Consider putting winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires are composed of rubber that is designed to stay softer in colder temperatures thus increasing gripping ability.

Making snow angels and snowmen and skiing and sledding are so much fun you’d think winter was all fun and games; that is, until you get behind the wheel. Follow our tips for driving in the snow to help you stay safe this winter.

Still On Top: 2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show.

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show…

One of those concepts was Chevrolet Chevelle Slammer Concept, which harkens back to the days when muscle cars reigned supreme, with a slick and classic exterior design that pays homage to the iconic ‘69 Chevelle. The Slammer sits low and features a long hood and classic grille.

But that’s all to hint at what’s under the hood, an aggressive and all-new LT376/535 crate engine, which pumps out 535 horsepower. While we won’t likely see this concept go to production, we can all agree with Chevy that is a “perfect platform to launch the new direct-injected LT376/535 crate engine.”

Chevy also proved its superior design abilities hold true in America’s favorite segment, the crossover. The Chevrolet Trax Activ Concept was made for those living an “adventurous lifestyle.”

Not only is this crossover all-wheel drive, engineers both widened and lifted the suspension, making it easier to get to those hard-to-reach camping spots. The Thule roof rack helps you carry everything you could ever need into the backcountry and the Satin Sandstorm exterior color means you’ll look great as you disappear into the hinterlands. No one questioned the hardiness of the Chevy Trax before, but the Trax Activ Concept proves this model’s ruggedness beyond question.

It’s always fun to see the designers and engineers of Chevrolet “playing jazz” a bit, flexing their creative muscles and letting the world see just what kind of brilliance they are capable of.

New Silverado HD Sets Record for World’s Largest Flag Pulled by Moving Vehicle

Largest Flag

Chevrolet showed a bit of its patriotism by setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.

Nothing stirs up feelings of patriotism quite like a giant flag. Just think about some of the sporting events you’ve attended. As soon as they pull out that big flag, everyone cheers, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

Chevrolet showed a bit of its patriotism by setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle. They accomplished this with the 2017 Silverado HD powered by a new Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine.

With 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, the Silverado HD captured this new record with ease at Texas Motor Speedway.

Chevrolet used a flag that measured nearly 40 by 80 with an area of 3,186 square feet. The flag was attached to the back of the Silverado HD using unique 40-foot riggings. Because of the design, they could not do a driving roll-out of the flag. Instead, a team of 20 people helped launch and catch the flag, making sure it did not touch the ground.

Both this record-setting flag and a giant State of Texas flag were flown at the Speedway and will be on display at the 2016 State Fair of Texas.

Lets us know what you think about this record-setting Chevy in the comments section below!

Fall Festivals near Elkhart, Indiana

Fall Festivals near Elkhart

If you’re looking to participate in some fall festivals this year, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

One of the best things about the autumn season is all of the festivals and fun. If you’re looking to participate, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

  • Pumpkin Fantasyland. See all the pumpkins, gourds, and squash you’ve ever wanted when you head to Fashion Farm in Ligonier. The special pumpkins are available to see through the end of the month.
  • Gathering at Five Medals. This annual historical event reenacts Midwestern life from 1660 to 1815. Watch canon demonstration, throw tomahawks, and more. It runs both October 15th and October 16th at the Benton Spillway-River Preserve County Park in Goshen. Tickets costs $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • Boo at the Zoo. Head to the Washington Park Zoo on October 22nd for a family-friendly, but spooky event.
  • Hesston Ghost Train. Climb aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad and take a ride through the haunted woods. The train leaves from the Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte, Indiana. There are rides every weekend in October.
  • November Arts Tour. Head to Goshen on November 4th to see some amazing original artwork. There will be exhibits along with art presentations and artwork available for purchase.

Which fall festivals are you planning on going to this year?

Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

Car Ready for Fall

Now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start getting your car ready for fall, so be sure to follow these useful tips.

Even though cold weather hasn’t even made an appearance yet, now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start talking about fall car maintenance. There are plenty of easy things you can do to get your car ready for fall, so follow these tips.

Fall is a time for replacing things so you don’t have to do it in the winter. Basically, fall car maintenance is pre-winter maintenance. Replace your windshield wipers, for instance, because you’ll want them in the best shape possible for all the heavy snow and ice they’ll be dealing with this winter.

You should also get an oil change if it’s been more than a couple of months since your last one. Going into winter with fresh oil is a good idea, since the oil is an important part of keeping your engine lubricated and not freezing in the cold.

Check your brakes and tires. Tire pressure will start to drop the colder it gets, so check it every couple of weeks and add air as needed. Brakes, too, are especially important in winter, since it’s harder to stop on slick roads, so have your brake pads replaced if you notice they’re very thin. If you notice any kind of strange noises or behavior from your car, get it inspected now.

It’s been a while since you’ve used the heater, so make sure the heater and defrost still work. Check the fluids, have the battery tested, and check under the hood for cracks or leaks. You don’t want to go into winter with parts that are leaking fluids. Obviously, proper fluid levels are important year-round, but never more so than in freezing cold winters.

General Manager Greg Fink Participates in Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana

Greg Fink, the General Manager here at Tom Naquin Nissan Chevrolet Cadillac, is supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana.

Greg Fink, the General Manager here at Tom Naquin Nissan Chevrolet Cadillac, is supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana in South Bend Hospital this year. As one of the Men in Kilts, Greg is wearing a kilt to raise awareness and money for the issues facing the community.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, or RMHC, help thousands of families by offering meals, showers, and other things they need while their children are receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital. RMHC was able to do this for more than 2,000 families at least 20,000 times in 2015. This was done thanks to funding received from the community and also from money raised by charity initiatives like the Men in Kilts.

Support the RMHC and Greg by casting a vote for him through a donation! Every dollar counts as one vote for the person you choose, and it all goes to a great cause. The person with the highest number of votes will be crowned the victor at the annual McDazzle Gala on September 29th. You don’t have much more time to vote, so do it soon!

We’re so proud of Greg for supporting his community by bravely wearing his kilt in order to raise awareness for RMHC.

Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks Coming to Dealers

Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks

Chevrolet has your back when it comes to business. And now, dealers are launching into the medium duty market by bringing in Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks.

It’s not just about cars! Chevrolet has your back when it comes to business. And now, dealers are launching into the medium duty market by bringing in Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks.

Chevy is all about trucks, and not just pickups! The Low Cab Forward series makes it easier for businesses to find what they want at a Chevy dealer.

So, why the Low Cab Forward? It’s smart and it’s all about the customer. In this cab, you’ll get a maneuverable design that gives you top visibility on the road and a tighter turning radius.

“We’re in the business of helping our commercial customers succeed, and a big part of that is providing the vehicle choices they need to efficiently operate their businesses,” said Ed Pepper, US vice president of General Motors Fleet.

The new Low Cab Forward trucks are ideal for drivers who need top payload and towing capabilities while also requiring good maneuverability.

You can get the new truck in regular cab or crew cab with three different engine options. Keep your eyes peeled for this strong but agile truck!

Driving Pet Peeves that Everyone Should Stop

Driving Pet Peeves

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

Phone Time – Seriously, what’s worse than being stuck behind someone slow and then seeing them texting? There’s a reason that hands-free technology exists!

Tailgating – Um, sir/ma’am, I’m going about ten over the speed limit already. Get off my bumper!

No Turn Signals – I mean, come on, it’s literally right by your hand! You don’t even need to take your hand off the steering wheel to activate it!

Parking in Multiple Spaces – Well, I could have parked there, but since you decided your car deserved two spaces, I guess I can’t…

Keeping on High Beams – Yes, it’s hard to see sometimes, but it’s even harder to see when your brights are blaring in my eyes! Turn them off when you’re approaching another car, please!

Slow Drivers in the Passing Lane – Excuse me, but there’s a reason it’s called the passing lane.

Remember, never let your anger take hold of you when these things happen! Just take a deep breath and say, “I will be the bigger person.”

What’s your biggest driving pet peeve? Let us know in the comment section below.

The Importance of Sunglasses: More Than Just Stylish

Importance of Sunglasses

Though most of us are aware of the need to wear sunscreen, we don’t always seem to consider the importance of sunglasses.

Sunglasses are more than just a fashionable accessory; they also offer vital protection from both sun damage and harmful glare, which can make it difficult to see the road ahead of you when driving.

Though most of us are aware of the need for sunscreen, we don’t always consider the importance of sunglasses. The sensitive skin around our eyes is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, which could lead to skin cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Additionally, sunglasses can truly make it easier – and safer – to drive. The reflection of the sun on snow and sand can decrease your visibility, unless you are wearing sunglasses, and they can also act as a visible barrier from wind, dust, and dirt particles, which could get into your eyes while driving.

To be safe – be sure to purchase a pair of sunglasses that offers both 100% UVA and UVB protection and also fit comfortably on your face.

For more safety tips, visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet!

The Upcoming 2017 Chevrolet SS Engine Could Produce 600 Horsepower

2017 Chevrolet SS Engine

It’s possible that the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine could be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers.

The popular Chevrolet SS sedan was already quite powerful – fueled by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, capable of up to 415 horsepower – but now, rumor says that the Chevrolet SS will get even stronger in 2017.

According to GM Authority, the 2017 model will be the last version of the Chevrolet SS, but it will come with a turbocharged engine, making the sport sedan that much more fun to drive. The engine in question is said to be the same one that previously fueled the Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V.

If this is true, then the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine should be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers and Chevy enthusiasts alike.

Want to learn more about what Chevrolet is working on? Contact us or visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, where we’ll be happy to set you up on a test drive!