What Is the Significance of Presidents’ Day?

President's Day

Presidents’ Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February, which means it falls on February 15th this year. This day is recognized as a federal holiday with many schools giving students the day off. But, have you ever wondered what the significance of Presidents’ Day is?  What could be so important about this day that students get to be out of school?

Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22nd. In fact, the federal government still officially calls this day “Washington’s Birthday.”  However, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, it was moved to the third Monday.

Part of the move was also to recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which falls on February 12th. However, because of the way the calendar falls, Presidents’ Day will never be on either Washington’s or Lincoln’s actual birthday.  But the importance of when President’s Day falls is not as important as remembering two of our nations’ most influential and historically important presidents’.

Today, Presidents’ Day is recognized as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, with many schools and organizations holding patriotic and historical events.

Do you get the day off of work for Presidents’ Day? How will you be celebrating?  We will be open for President’s day so if you do have the day off, take some time to stop and see us at Bradshaw Automotive!

2016 Chevy Volt Makes This Year’s ’10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” list tends to celebrate traditional engines each year, listing the most innovative, powerful engines that have been created for the past year’s line-up.  However, this year there seems to be a different trend.

This year, Ward’s stretched the definition of engine by adding three hybrid models to their list, honoring the powertrains within: the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Of these three, the 2016 Chevy Volt is by far the most impressive, with the ability to run on electricity alone when charged. In fact, the current Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on pure electricity.  That completely unheard of in the electric market!

It’s worth noting that by including these three models on their list, Ward’s is truly recognizing the power of hybrid powertrains. They may not be traditional engines, but they can still be remarkably powerful.  This may also show that perhaps hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re interested in checking out an award-winning 2016 Chevy Volt model, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Bradshaw Automotive.  We are just as excited as you for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

Could Keeping Gym Essentials in Your Car Work For You?

Working Out

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to hit the gym this year, we have one big recommendation for you: keep your gym essentials in your car. Many active, gym-goers find that getting ready to go is half the problem.

When your belongings are already stashed in the vehicle and ready to go, there’s almost no excuse not to get up and leave. And if you have enough equipment prepared – you can conduct an impromptu visit to the gym!

There’s no need to keep an entire separate gym bag in your car, but if you can keep as much as a change of clothes and sneakers in your vehicle, you can be ready at a moment’s notice.

Plus – shouldn’t you have a water bottle, a clean towel or two, and some healthy snacks ready in your in case of emergencies anyway?  So whether you head to the gym or you end up on the side of the road, you are prepared!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take your smelly gym laundry out of the car when you get back home! Hopefully this helpful trick will help you to reach you New Year’s Resolution this year!  For more tips and tricks, visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Engine Option Offers Superior Fuel Efficiency

2016 GMC Canyon

The 2016 GMC Canyon is back and better than ever! The 2015 model won award after award for its first year back on the lineup. Now, to further increase the options to consumers, General Motors is offering a diesel engine on both the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. The new engine has received a “certificate of conformity” from the Environmental Protection Agency, certifying it for public sale.

The 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Engine offers up to 22 city/31 hwy mpg on two-wheel-drive models. That puts it at the top of any pickup truck, gasoline or diesel, for highway mileage. Four-wheel-drive versions are rated at slightly less, 20 city/29 hwy mpg.

For comparison, the closest competitor is the 2016 Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that reaches 29 hwy mpg.  For a truck, the 2016 Canyon definitely gets great fuel efficiency.

The new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine is a powerhouse, offering up to 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 21 gallon tank, owners can expect around 650 miles on a tank of gas in two wheel drive models.

The diesel engine is available on SLE and SLT crew cab models. The GMC Canyon is priced at just over $3,700 more than a comparable 3.6-liter V6 model. Check out the brand new 2016 GMC Canyon at Bradshaw Automotive today!

Christmas Travel Tips

Airport

Many people absolutely loathe holiday travels and while you may be one of them, traveling doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of things you can do now to make your trip easier. Travel smarter this time around with these Christmas travel tips:

Plan Ahead. Pack a week in advance so you have time to remember anything you would otherwise forget. Book your flight weeks, if not a month, in advance to get the flight you want and maybe even save some money. Know the TSA’s rules on liquids and packaging so you aren’t stopped at security for something minor.  This will help you get through the preloading process quicker.

Avoid Crowds. Avoiding the traveling masses is easier said than done. A lot of the avoidance is a result at what time you choose to fly. Flying in the early morning or late at night will result in fewer crowds, allowing you to get to your gate faster. Early flights are also less likely to experience delays, due to them being the first flights of the day.

Ship via Mail. Send the luggage you don’t need for the flight to your destination via snail mail. Things like extra clothes and Christmas presents will slow you down and could result in baggage fees.

Tell us about some things you do to help better prepare for traveling during the holidays at Bradshaw Automotive!

Buick AudioBook Integration Coming Soon

Students Reading

Phone connectivity is a relatively new innovation in the auto industry, but introduction of smartphone compatibility such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have opened a realm of new possibilities to car manufacturers. Buick is one manufacturer that has jumped at the opportunity for further expanding integration of online apps. The company’s latest innovation is Buick AudioBook integration, allowing drivers to “read” while they’re driving.

This feat was accomplished through the inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity in newer Buick models, in addition to the IntelliLink infotainment system that comes standard to the company’s lineup. General Motors has plans to roll out the feature across all GM vehicles, but studies show that Buick drivers are 30-percent more likely to read for pleasure.

Buick AudioBook integration begins in the 2016 LaCrosse and Regal, which allows iPhone users to access the Audiobooks.com app through the vehicles’ Apple CarPlay connectivity. The app will then allow users to stream their favorite book in the comfort of their own car.  Which book would you want to stream to your vehicle while you are driving?  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive if you would use this new AudioBook feature in your next vehicle!

Chevrolet Red Line Concepts Debut Before SEMA

Chevrolet Family Line-Up

Chevrolet brought their series of Red Line concept cars to SEMA, but released images and details on the vehicles beforehand to build up excitement and anticipation for the lineup. The diverse concepts include the Trax, Malibu, Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado 1500, in addition to the upcoming Chevrolet Spark RS concept. The Chevrolet Red Line concepts debuted November 3rd at SEMA.

The Red Line series was designed to show off the customization and personalization capabilities of Chevrolet’s 2016 lineup, and the Red Line upgrades will be available for vehicles in that lineup. The Red Line series upgrades include a new Enhanced Silver Metallic color palette option, Charcoal roof panel, and accents in red and Satin Graphite. Most of the changes will be purely cosmetic, so while the price has not yet been announced, they are expected to be rather affordable.

The 2015 SEMA Motor Show takes place in Las Vegas from November 3rd through 6th, drawing a crowd of over 60,000. Chevy is using SEMA to gauge interest in the Chevrolet Red Line concepts, but are confident that Chevrolet Accessories will become a quality alternative to aftermarket parts when it comes to personalizing their vehicles.  Share with us your thoughts about Chevy’s line up for the SEMA show!

Let GMC Help Manage your Chaos with a Spacious Crossover

By now, the school year is in full swing. For many parents this also means their lives are in constant go mode with soccer practice, dance classes, football games, after school band marching band rehearsals, and more. It can be hard to manage your chaos, but GMC wants to help.

GMC’s lineup of modern, capable, and spacious crossovers and SUVs may just be the perfect solution for controlling all the after school madness.

2016 GMC Terrain

On the small end of the spectrum, there is the GMC Terrain. It offers seating for up to five passengers and has exclusive MultiFlex sliding seating that allows you to expand the cargo space when you need it and give passengers extra leg room when you don’t. Behind the rear seat, you can have as much as 31.6 cubic feet of space, more than enough for a saxophone case, a pair of dance shoes, and a bag with all your soccer equipment.

2015 GMC Acadia

Step up a notch to the GMC Acadia, and you’ll get seating for seven or eight passengers. With the SmartSlide seating in the second row, passengers can easily access the third row of seats. And, with the third row folded, you gain 70.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

2015 GMC Yukon

At the top of the scale is the Yukon. You’ll be able to squeeze up to eight passengers inside—enough for a basketball team, a coach, and two reserve players. And, with the spacious interior, nobody will feel cramped and you’ll still have lots of cargo space behind the third row.

Stop by Bradshaw Automotive to see which GMC crossover or SUV will be the perfect fit for your family’s busy lifestyle and all the gear that goes along with it.

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Road

Fall is officially here—the temperatures are cooling off, the leaves are starting to change, and you can finally wear your favorite sweatshirts again. While you’re enjoying all your pumpkin-flavored food and putting out your Halloween decorations, don’t forget to take care of your car.

Here are a few fall car care tips to get you through this season and prepare you for the next.

  1. Wiper blades. Fall weather usually means more rain. You don’t want to be caught in a storm with ineffective wipers blades, so make sure they aren’t cracked or torn. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  2. You don’t want your brakes to fail when you’re trying to stop on a slick road. Have them inspected to make sure the pads aren’t overly worn and everything works properly.
  3. HVAC system. Make sure everything in the heating and cooling systems in your car works. Even when it’s cold outside, air conditioning is important when it comes to removing moisture from the inside of your windows.
  4. As the temperatures drop, so will the pressure in your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and check for any signs of excessive wear, like bulges or bald spots on your tires. You also want to make sure the tread is deep enough so you have enough traction to navigate over wet roads.
  5. Check your battery to make sure all the connectors are corrosion-free. It is also a good idea to have the battery and charging system checked to make sure they are ready for the cold weather ahead. If your battery is older than 3, it may be time to replace it.

Schedule a service appointment at Bradshaw Automotive and we’ll make sure your car is ready for the colder weather ahead.

Tips to Help You Drive Safely at Night

2016 Chevy Impala

While driving is dangerous in general, it can be truly so when night falls. Vehicles already impair our vision with their structures, creating blind spots, but these blind spots get significantly worse when you drive at night. To help make up for our lack of sight when the sun sets, here are a few tips to help your night driving:

Dim your interior lights. While it’s important to know how fast you are going and your engine temperature, it’s okay to dim your dash lights. For some reason, this never occurs to many people. The glare from the dash lights can dramatically diminish your view of the road.

Keep your windshield clean. Clean your windshield regularly clean, both inside and out! Make it part of a weekly maintenance routine.

Aim your headlights. A lot of people also don’t know that they can aim their headlights. Do your research to find the adjustment screw and park about twenty feet from a flat white surface, like a closed garage door. It takes some finesse to get them properly aimed. You’ll know if you’ve got them aimed too high because everyone will be flipping their brights at you!

See if you need glasses. Get your eyes checked! Occasionally, a person may have fine sight and only need glasses to drive at night.

In the end, if you don’t particularly like driving at night or you are not comfortable with it, try to do all of your driving during the day! At Bradshaw Automotive, we want you to be safe while driving on the road, day or night!