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!

New GM Safety Technologies Get New Testing Ground

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

Unlike consumers, automakers often don’t have instruction manuals when it comes to figuring out their new technologies. Instead, they have to rely on their own innovative thinking. When an automaker is developing advanced safety features, like General Motors, then you need plenty of room and resources to ensure everything works perfectly.

To ensure that GM safety technology is the best, the American carmaker has made a $14 million investment on a new 52-acre research facility. In this facility, they will test their new, cool safety gadgets. The new testing ground is an addition to GM’s Milford Proving Ground. This testing ground will provide plenty of space and resources to significantly change the way safety technology is tested.

An observation building is outfitted with technology allowing engineers to remotely control vehicles as they maneuver around a 16-acre testing area, allowing GM engineers to basically turn real cars into the remote-controlled toys of your childhood dreams. There is also a tunnel simulator and areas designated to test parking and pedestrian technologies.

The new GM safety technologies that will be tested at the new GM testing grounds include automated braking and pedestrian recognition. Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what you think of GM’s new investment in the testing of safety technologies below in the comments!

Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Oil plays a key role in the life of your vehicle, affecting everything from lifespan to fuel efficiency. 50 years ago, you would have needed an oil change every 500 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t the case today but you still need to change your oil on a regular basis. Today, many automakers suggest changing the oil every 7,500 to 15,000 miles, just to ensure your car keeps running smoothly

Oil does three major things within the engine block. First, it lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding together to create motion. Second, it draws away some of the heat produced by friction between metal parts. Third, it carries away shavings, dirt, and grime, preventing carbon and varnishes from building up.

When oil goes unchanged, it can lose its viscosity, increasing the chances of engine damage. Because of this, not changing your oil can be costly in the long run. Carbon deposits and sludge can come out of old oil, as a result of carbon buildup around the cooler parts of the engine. When this occurs, it can only be solved through an expensive engine cleaning or replacing worn piston rings.

If you go too long without changing your oil, the pistons could seize entirely and the camshafts could take damage. That would lead to some hefty bills for replacement parts that no driver wants to pay, so make sure you change your oil on a routine basis. Let our service department help you with any of your service related needs here at Bradshaw Automotive, including getting your oil changed!

GM Announces 2016 GMC Sierra Updates

2016 GMC Sierra

It wasn’t long ago that General Motors unveiled what updates the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado would see. Now, the American automaker is unveiling updates for the Silverado’s sibling—the 2016 GMC Sierra. These GMC Sierra updates are subtle throughout the model, but come together to make yet another fantastic pickup truck.

Most of the changes subtly make the Sierra more attractive in terms of its exterior design. Small improvements to its already sleek design can increase sales even more. The most noticeable changes include redesigned bumpers, grille, and front fascia. LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, and LED taillights now come standard, while the Sierra SLT and Denali will pack on more chrome.

Inside, the pickup will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities by the end of 2015. Both systems operate through GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Models with a seven-inch touchscreen will see the options first.  These technological features will make the 2016 GMC Sierra even more appealing!

The 2016 GMC Sierra is sure to make a lasting impression, thanks to these interior and exterior updates. Make sure you check back to the Bradshaw Automotive Group soon to learn more information about the newly redesigned pickup truck!  We will anxiously be awaiting its arrival!

Awesome Smartphone Driving Apps

Man texting while driving
Don’t Text and Drive!

While it is never a good idea to use your smartphone while you are driving, there are a handful of smartphone apps that can greatly improve your driving experience. Here are a few:


Ever fill up at a gas station and head down the road to see another gas station offering considerably cheaper gas? Say goodbye to that horrifying experience with Gasbuddy, an app that will easily help you find the cheapest gas in your area.


There are a lot of music streaming apps out there, such as Pandora and Google Play, but Spotify is one of the best. The free version permits shuffled streaming, while the Premium version costs $10 a month and allows you stream pretty much any music you want.


Does your neighbor speed by your house often in his loud sports car? Why not get some revenge (in a fun, safe way)? The XLR8 app connects to your car stereo and uses the accelerometer of your vehicle. As you accelerate, you’ll hear engine sounds from your favorite sports car.


Waze is a “community-based traffic and navigation app.” Users log the site of traffic jams, allowing other users to avoid them. Users also constantly update maps, meaning that Waze offers the most up-to-date navigation.

Summer is here and these awesome smartphone driving apps can really enhance your road trip!  Tell us about some of the best apps you’ve used to help your driving here at Bradshaw Automotive!

Staying Ahead Of The Curve: Cadillac Smartphone Integration

2016 Cadillac ATS
2016 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac has always been ahead of the curve. Just last year, you could find wireless charging capability as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity featured broadly across the Cadillac lineup. This was before many other luxury brands had done so. Now, Cadillac is continuing to blaze the way for new technology by improving many of the Cadillac smartphone integration systems.

This feature is growing more and more important as smartphones become absolutely integral to daily life. David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer for Cadillac reports that the automaker is “moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”

This means that 2016 model year vehicles from Cadillac featuring the CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen will boast functionality in Apple CarPlay. A press release from Cadillac reports, “Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date.” Not only will Cadillac vehicles connect to both iPhones and Androids, it will also be a lot easier and more intuitive to access smartphone features.

If that wasn’t enough, Cadillac is making the processor in their CUE systems much more powerful for 2016. Users will enjoy faster boot-up times and improved voice recognition. Tell us what you think of Cadillac latest technology here at Bradshaw Automotive in the comments below!

Things You Should Keep in Your Car in Summer


If your car breaks down in the summer, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area, you’ll want to have a car that’s stocked with essentials. Here are some items you should always keep in your car.

1: Food and water! Keeping some snack bars in your glove compartment and a case of water in the trunk could save you while you’re waiting hours for a tow truck to find you, especially on a hot day.

2: A quart of oil. Most people don’t check their oil as often as they should, and if your oil starts to get low when you’re in the middle of a long drive or you start having car troubles, having a quart in the backseat can save you from a disaster.

3: A cell phone charger if your car supports it. Today a cell phone can get you out of just about any situation—you can even make emergency calls when you’re out of range. If you break down, you will want your cell phone.

That’s just a few of the things you should keep in your car during the summer. Check your fluids and drive safe, and hopefully you’ll avoid a breakdown!  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what other things you think we should keep in our cars as well in the comments below!

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Road Trip

You know it’s summer when it hits 90 degrees, and your car knows it too. Taking care of a car in summer requires a slightly different approach than in the milder months or even in winter, especially since summer is the most popular time of the year to take road trips.  This makes it even more important to take care of your vehicle in hot weather.

One of the most important things you can do is keep track of your tire pressure, since it changes with the weather. Under-filled tires can cause an easily avoided blowout, and overfilled ones can decrease friction with the ground.  This can cause sliding or other potential dangerous situations on the road.

Your car is most likely to overheat in the summer, so it’s one of the most important times in the year to regularly check your fluids. Make sure your motor oil and coolant are topped off, especially before taking any road trips. You can also keep your car cool by parking in the shade and using your air conditioning if you have it.

We hope these summer car maintenance tips are helpful to you and keep you safe on the road this summer!  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive if you have any other helpful tips for taking care of your car in the heat!

Showcasing Chevy’s MLB Sponsorship with the Comerica Chevrolet Fountain

Silverado Midnight Edition

Chevy is celebrating its sponsorship of the MLB by putting a Corvette and Silverado right behind center field at Comerica Park in Detroit. Tigers fans were thrilled to see the redesigned Comerica Chevrolet Fountain, which puts two of Chevy’s favorites on display for an entire season. After hours of hoisting the cars in place with a special crane, they’ll now be visible for more than 3 million expected visitors.

According to Chevy, the Corvette Z06 and Midnight Edition Silverado were specially chosen to represent the brand this year. Both represent Chevy’s commitment to quality, highlighting rugged capability and high-octane performance.

Corvette Z06

“As the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball, what better way could Chevrolet show our love of the game than by giving our vehicles a bird’s eye view of our hometown team?” asked Paul Edwards, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. He goes on to say that, “We like to think of these vehicles as the Chevrolet cheering section to drive those centerfield home runs.”

The fountain also has a host of water displays and sound effects for any time a player from the home team hits a homerun. We at Bradshaw Chevrolet just hope they don’t put any dents in the two display models.