Lake Conestee Nature Park always provides plenty of fun and educational programs for the whole family to enjoy as they learn about the flora and fauna native to the area. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Lake Conestee is holding a special event on Saturday, February 11th called “Nature’s Sweethearts.” The Nature’s Sweethearts event will teach attendees about the relationships between various organisms in the park.
The event begins at 3 PM and ends at 4:30 PM, costing $8 for one adult and one child, plus $5.50 for each additional child. This gives you and your family an hour and a half tour of the park in which you’ll learn about how the members of Lake Conestee’s ecosystem interact in order to sustain the environment and one another. This will be followed by a fun arts and crafts activity in which children will be allowed to create animal-themed Valentine’s based on the book My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall.
All ages are welcome at the Nature’s Sweetheart event, but it’s primarily aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 8. Lake Conestee will also be providing a campfire and warm beverages in order to keep everyone cozy during the cool February weather! Make sure to pre-register for the event ahead of time by Friday, February 10th.
The Lego Batman Movie is sure to be a great experience for all ages, but the last thing most people expected was for Chevrolet to team up with Lego to create a real Lego Batmobile. The brand kicked off the 2017 North American International Auto Show with a blast by showing off the 100% functional life-size Lego vehicle as part of its Detroit auto presentation. The debut of the unique vehicle was unveiled alongside a new commercial for the Lego Batmobile featuring Lego Mini Figures.
The advertisement is a spoof of the “Real People, Not Actors” ad campaign that Chevy has been implementing, with the tagline “Real Lego Mini Figures, Not Actors.” The commercial to commemorate the Batmobile’s unveiling is lighthearted and fun, with the audience speculating what sort of person would drive the Lego Batmobile.
The Lego Batmobile took 222 hours to design, consists of just under 345,000 Lego blocks, and weighs almost 1,700 lbs. It also has a real powertrain, with a capable engine underneath the hood. Using the tie-in with the new Lego Batman Movie isn’t just smart marketing; it’s a throwback to the old 1989 Batman movie, which featured a Batmobile constructed from two Chevy Impala chassis. The real Lego Batmobile is technically for sale – but unless you have $48 million sitting around, the price is a little steep.
During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, but once you’ve had some downtime after New Year’s, it’s important to take your vehicle in for inspection, especially if you traveled to visit relatives during the holidays. Here’s a vehicle service checklist to help you to know where to start.
Battery and Charging System: Cooler temperatures reduce battery capacity, so your battery is more likely to die in the colder months. Check battery connections, the charging system, and the charge of the battery itself.
- Drive Belts and Hoses: Old engine belts will wear, crack, and snap over time, which could cause incredible amounts of engine damage. Hoses are important, too, for keeping your engine cool with anti-freeze.
- Tire Pressure: Like batteries, tire pressure is negatively affected by low temperatures. Colder air makes tires lose their pressure faster, so make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: The HVAC system is crucial to defrosting and staying warm in the winter.
- Brakes: Brakes should always be in good working order, especially if you expose your vehicle to slick road conditions or hazardous weather.
Keep up with this vehicle service checklist after the holidays to make sure your car is ready to face the cold temperatures that January and February bring to the table.
January means the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is almost here. As one of the largest auto shows in the world, the NAIAS in Detroit is typically reserved for brands looking to reveal one of their big, upcoming nameplates to the public to generate hype. One of these nameplates is the new Chevrolet Traverse for the 2018 model year. Chevy has been dropping hints about the vehicle, even teasing us with images, but fans will get their first full look at the overhauled Traverse at the auto show.
The Traverse has long been a popular model in Chevrolet’s lineup, which is why the best-seller has changed very little in the past ten years. However, it’s time for a new generation. Judging from teaser images, the 2018 Traverse model will be taking cues from other SUVs in the same lineup—namely, the Chevrolet Equinox and newly-redesigned GMC Acadia.
Besides that, most of what we know about the new Chevrolet Traverse is this: it will have a possible eight-passenger seating configuration, best-in-class cargo accommodation, and a rumored 3.6-liter V6 engine. None of the details will be set in stone until the curtains are drawn at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.
Automakers have had something of a falling out with diesel sedans amid the recent scandal, but Chevrolet isn’t one to back down. The American automaker recognizes potential when they see it, which is why we’ve been hearing rumors of a diesel-powered Cruze coming to the market over the past few months. Well, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel is now an official model following a pricing announcement.
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan will start at $24,670 with a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers who opt for the nine-speed automatic transmission can expect to pay at least $26,270. The automaker hasn’t announced pricing for the Cruze hatchback just yet.
The first-generation Chevrolet Cruze diesel started at nearly $26,000, making the pricing of the latest model a welcome relief. All Chevrolet Cruze diesel models come with two years of SiriusXM satellite radio and OnStar with two years of 24 GB of data for the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The base Cruze diesel comes with the LT trim and Convenience package that adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, keyless entry, heated front seats, and more. That package normally tacks on $850 to the price of a conventional Cruze.
We here at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac can’t wait for the latest arrival in the Cruze lineup!
Picking out a Christmas tree that fits into your home and livens up the holidays is a high point of the season. While heading to the nearest tree farm and grabbing the first tree in sight sounds ideal, it could be disastrous for your holiday. Home damage and a dead tree are two possible outcomes that can come from a carelessly chosen tree, so here are a few tips to help you pick the best Christmas tree and avoid any major problems!
- Plan – Measure your ceiling height from the floor and take note of it. A tree that’s too tall could do some damage over the holiday season. Make sure there’s plenty of room around where the tree will go as well. Move any furniture before the tree arrives.
- Purchase – Before making a purchase, check the tree’s height to ensure it fits into your home without hitting the ceiling. Shake the tree and take note of how many needles hit the ground. If it’s quite a few, it might be best to find a different tree.
- Care – Taking care of the tree is arguably the easiest part of the whole ordeal. Start by setting the tree up in a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. Fill the stand often to ensure the tree gets all the water it needs. Doing so ensures fresh needles all season long.
Have a very merry Christmas from all of us here at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac!
Halloween has come and gone, which means November is already here. Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means it’s time to make travel arrangements, if you haven’t already. Traveling during the holidays can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to reduce your stress levels. Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Bradshaw Automotive to help streamline your holiday season!
- Packing – Take the time to create a packing list and go over it several times before leaving the house. Instead of throwing everything into random suitcases, take the time to organize this year as well. Consider shipping some of your nonessential items to your destination through the mail. Doing so can reduce baggage costs at the airport and prevent the hassle of struggling to fit everything into the car.
- Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Many airlines have apps that provide passengers with pertinent information about their flight, such as tickets, locations, and more. Some apps even have airport layouts to help passengers make their flight on time. Drivers should use a navigation app that updates with real-time directions. Doing so means avoiding common road hazards and arriving at your destination as quickly as possible.
- Call Ahead – Call your family or friends before you arrive. A 15-minute window gives them plenty of time to finish up whatever it is they’re doing and greet you rather than trying to multitask.
Some automakers use the annual SEMA show to put their performance-driven foot forward or reveal outrageous concepts. Chevrolet went a different way for the 2016 SEMA Show, forgoing the power-packed models and staying the course instead. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts showcased a set of vehicles designed for the public.
Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts included the Cruze and Malibu and showed off parts that were readily available to the public, or will be by the middle of 2017. Even better, adding the parts to a vehicle with an existing warranty won’t void the warranty.
The first of the two cars is a Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback drivers have come to love. To show off the Blue Line name, Chevrolet added a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Performance upgrades included a lowered suspension, performance brakes, and an upgraded intake and exhaust system.
The second model in the Blue Line was a Malibu. Like the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu saw a lowered suspension, a ground effects kit, sportier pedals, and illuminated doorsills. A performance brake kit also made it to the show, but that won’t be available to the public.
We here at Bradshaw Automotive are pumped to see such simple changes making great cars even better!
Halloween is fun for all, whether you’re passing out candy or taking the kids trick-or-treating in their costumes. However, it’s crucial to take extra steps preparing to keep everyone involved as safe as possible. Here are some Halloween safety tips for when you and your kids are out and about on the evening of October 31st.
Practice Walking Safely
Keep your eyes on the sidewalk and not on your phone, make use of crosswalks where possible, only cross at street corners, and walk on designated paths or sidewalks. Stepping into the road causes a driving hazard and could endanger your life.
Have a Safe Costume
Make sure kids’ costumes fit correctly and are of a proper length so that they don’t trip. If the costume is black or otherwise dark in color, consider giving them glowsticks or putting reflective tape on them.
Supervision is Important
Kids should have an adult with them at all times if they are 12 or under.
For Adults: Drive Cautiously
If you have to be driving on Halloween, keep an eye out for children and drive slowly and defensively. Be careful when entering or exiting driveways.
Following these Halloween safety tips ensures you and your kids will be safe and happy while trick or treating, which will make your evening more fun and less scary – even on the scariest night of the year!
Appropriately on the day of the autumnal equinox, Chevrolet unveiled the future Chevrolet Equinox. The 2018 Equinox will be an all-new design with fresh styling, advanced technology, comprehensive safety, and powerful engine options.
Starting from the outside, the new Equinox will have a lean, muscular design that follows Chevrolet’s global design cues. In addition, it features chrome trim on all trim levels to enhance its Malibu-inspired design. The Equinox will come with standard projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Inside, Chevrolet is incorporating numerous unique enhancements, including a low windshield base for greater visibility and “kneeling” rear seats that fold down flat for easier loading. Buyers may also like the new available denim-style seat fabric for a unique look.
Keeping passengers connected will be the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi system that allows up to seven devices to connect at once. Buyers will be able to choose between a 7- and 8-inch MyLink touchscreen system.
With a range of three turbocharged engines, customers will be able to find the ideal balance of power and efficiency. The lineup will also include North America’s first turbo-diesel.
The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale here at Bradshaw Automotive in the first quarter of 2017.