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Simple Tips For Maximizing Road Trip Comfort

Simple Tips for Maximizing Road Trip Comfort | Greer, SC

Nothing beats discovering something new on a summer road trip. But long drives can do a number on your body if you don’t have some steps to prevent aches and pains. Follow these tips for maximizing road trip comfort.

Take a break

While it can be tempting to drives for as long as possible without taking a break to shorten the drive, it’s best to pull over and take a break every two or three hours. This gives you time to stretch your body and will significantly reduce road trip-related fatigue.

Stretch your back and legs

Every time you take a break, perform some simple shoulder rolls and back stretches to give your back a needed reset.  Regularly stretch your upper and lower legs when you take a break. Your legs tend to remain in the same position for extended periods of time while driving, which can lead to cramping.

Relax the shoulders

For many, it’s difficult to maintain perfect posture while driving long distances, and the shoulders tend to hunch forward eventually. This can strain the shoulders and neck so make a point of relaxing the shoulders while driving and give them a stretch every time you stop.

Schedule a maintenance check at Bradshaw Automotive to make sure your car is ready for your road trip.

Road Trip Maintenance: What to Do Before You Leave

Road Trip Maintenance

Road trips are a great way to bond with your family and friends, and in the area, there are a number of ideal destinations such as the Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta. But before you hit the highway, it’s important to bring your vehicle to the auto experts for road trip maintenance and any necessary repairs.

The first things to do, according to Popular Mechanics writer Alex Leanse, is to check and top off your car’s six essential fluids. This includes the oil, which should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles to reduce friction in the engine. Also check the coolant/antifreeze levels, power steering fluid, transmission oil and wiper fluid. Be sure to check the brake fluid as well — if it’s low, it’s a sign you may need new brake pads or rotors.

Next, check the tires. You’ll want to check the air pressure every 1,000 miles (see your owner’s manual for details on proper psi). Rotate the tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to redistribute wear, and replace the tires when the tread begins to go or if you notice cracking.

Belts and hoses should also be inspected for integrity and tightness, and if you notice leaks from the hoses or squeaking belts, it may be time for replacements. Also be sure to visually inspect the lights and change the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles to ensure proper performance and fuel economy. You don’t want to be on a road trip and get bad gas mileage.

Before you set out on your road trip, schedule a maintenance check with our service department at Bradshaw Automotive.

All-New Three-Row Blazer XL: A Big SUV Without the Bulk

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

At the Guangzhou Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled an all-new three-row crossover that looked both familiar and new. While the new crossover resembled the two-row Chevrolet Blazer that has already gained popularity in the States, the new crossover boasted an additional row of seating.

Now we have confirmation that the concept will soon become a reality, and we have a name for it: the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer XL. While the three-row Blazer XL will be available in China starting in 2020, it leaves plenty of room for speculation about a forthcoming US variant.

The all-new Blazer XL might look simply like a Blazer with an extra row of seats, but the Blazer XL is actually 5.5 inches longer than the current 2019 Blazer. Although Chevrolet already has a three-row SUV in the form of the Chevrolet Traverse, the Blazer XL serves as a middle ground, offering three rows of seating without being as large and bulky as the Traverse.

The Blazer XL answers the call for a downsized three-row crossover that doesn’t give up too much interior space making it the perfect SUV for the Chinese market, where the Traverse isn’t sold because of its large size.

We hope to have the Blazer XL at Bradshaw Chevrolet when and if it becomes available in the United States. For now, check out the 2019 Blazer and 2019 Traverse here at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

2019 Silverado Trail Boss Is Designed for Off-Road Adventure

2019 Silverado Trail Boss

Pickup trucks are more popular than ever. After 2018 saw record-breaking purchases of over 2 million trucks in the USA, General Motors aims to gain more of the market share. The 2019 Silverado Trail Boss aims to do that by impressing buyers with its off-roading prowess and powerful engines.

Powered by a potent engine, the Trail Boss features a 5.3-liter DFM V8 generating 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque regulated by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Using this powertrain, the Silverado Trail Boss can accelerate like few other trucks can, going from 0-60 mph in a swift 6.1 seconds. An optional 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel I6 engine is on its way, but official specs have not been announced yet.

The Silverado’s look shows it’s ready for action, with a two-inch lift, 18-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, skid plates, Rancho shock absorbers, and other exterior enhancements.

When it comes to the rougher roads ahead, the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss glides with control and ease. Chevy has optimized its steering particularly for challenging terrains, giving you the option to switch between modes for better control.

When the road turns to dust, the Trail Boss really shows off. Bradshaw Chevrolet will have the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss soon, and we can’t wait to have this adventure machine on our lot.

General Motors Launches 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Ad Campaign

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

General Motors kicked off the New Year with an ad campaign demonstrating just what the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has to offer American drivers. Dubbed “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the ad puts the spotlight on people from all walks of life.

The ad keeps in tune with Donny and Marie Osmond’s classic song of the same name. The minute-long commercial spotlights real Silverado 1500 drivers, who are farmers, businessmen, construction workers, fishermen, soldiers, and industrial workers, perfectly demonstrating America’s love for a reliable, versatile pickup truck.

“This spot celebrates the fact that the all-new Silverado is designed and engineered for all facets of America,” Chevrolet said in a statement.

The ad debuted during the College National football game. It’s the first of three video spots designed to showcase how drivers use their Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in their daily lives.

The second ad, titled “Official Truck of the Real People,” focuses on how the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is perfect for work and play. The third ad, dubbed ”Tailgates,” shines the spotlight on the segment-exclusive power up/down tailgate. Both ads will air digitally and in select theaters later this year.

Put a little more country and rock ‘n’ roll in your life by test driving the Silverado 1500 at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali Puts the “Utility” Back into the SUV Segment

2019 GMC Yukon Denali

While some SUVs focus on comfort and technology over practicality and performance, the 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali isn’t one of them. This full-size SUV offers capacious cargo space, potent energy, advanced tech, and luxurious features to suit modern families.

Extreme cargo capacity

Even with all three rows of seating packed, the 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali can accommodate an additional 39.3 cubic feet of cargo. Fold the rear-most seat flat to expand this dimension to 121.7 cubic feet, to store luggage, groceries, sports gear, and more.

Impressive performance

The 2019 Yukon XL Denali doesn’t skimp on power, either. It’s equipped with a potent 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, giving you enough go-power to tackle challenging terrain and road conditions. And a towing capacity of 7,900 pounds means that you can bring along a trailer or camper to enhance your family’s next getaway.

Advanced technology

A head-up display will help the driver keep their eyes on the road and hands safely on the wheel. Active noise cancellation technology will help mute road noise to optimize the high-clarity sound of the 10-speaker surround sound system. Bluetooth® streaming audio allows you to connect with contacts while on the go. USB ports and four 12-volt power outlets will enable your crew to keep their electronics charged on the journey.

Upscale features

The 2019 Yukon XL Denali offers the opulent amenities you would expect for a top-of-the-line trim. Signature Denali chrome grille and accents add a modern vibe for the exterior. Inside, perforated leather front seats and heated second-row seats enhance passenger comfort. Mastique Ash wood grain accents add a lavish touch to the cabin.

The best way to experience the attributes of the 2019 Yukon XL Denali is firsthand. Bring your family to Bradshaw Chevrolet to test-drive this multi-tasking luxury SUV for yourself.

Next-Generation Sierra Denali Delivers High-End Luxury

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

Luxury pickup trucks are in a class of their own. They have to combine the full-size capability of a truck with the comfort and style of a member of the luxury class. Thankfully, the next-generation Sierra Denali has accomplished this effortlessly, with the 2019 model year earning high praise from industry insiders, including this review over at Maxim.

GMC’s lineup has been adopting a more aggressive style with confident angles, and the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali incorporates that design philosophy into its exterior, as well as futuristic features and capabilities such as a new transforming tailgate. Drivers can easily change the tailgate from an automatic, power up-and-down gate to a bed extender to steps.

The high-tech upgrades expand into the interior, where owners get access to features such as the GMC Infotainment System on a touchscreen, an available projected head-up display, wireless charging, as well as connectivity software like Apple CarPlay™. Relaxing behind the wheel is easy, too, thanks to the standard leather interior.

With chrome accents, stylish design, modern technology, and luxurious features from the inside out, the next-generation Sierra Denali is sure to wow both critics and truck enthusiasts alike. Plus, it features the 2019 GMC Sierra’s 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic, churning out a capable 420 horsepower.

Find out more about the Sierra Denali when you stop by Bradshaw Chevrolet.

Chevrolet’s Call Me Out App Helps Encourage Safer Driving

Call Me Out App

We all know that using your phone while driving is dangerous. But, according to a Research Now study, 90 percent of drivers have done it at some point. This is a daunting statistic. To help curb this hazardous driving habit, Chevrolet has created the Call Me Out app.

Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet, articulated the company’s goal for the app. “With Call Me Out, we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”

This app, which is available to download now on Android smartphones, uses a combination of technology and peer influence to encourage drivers to leave their phones alone while driving. To app relies on the phone’s GPS and accelerometer to determine when the phone is travelling faster than 5 mph. If someone picks up the phone while driving, the app will automatically play a personalized message prerecorded by family members or friends.

The app also keeps track of your progress and awards points. The less you handle your phone, the more points you will get and the higher up the scoreboard you will go.

For more safe driving tips, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive. We can also set you up with a test drive of one of our protective vehicle models, if you’re in the market for a new ride.

Buick Marketplace Gets ExxonMobil Speedpass App

2018 Buick Enclave | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC

The process of fueling up is such a drag. It’s inconvenient, time-consuming, and your gas tank always seems to be on the verge of empty when you just want to get home. Thankfully, Buick has come up with a way to make stopping for gas easier and faster than ever. Buick models with access to the Buick Marketplace will be able to download the ExxonMobil Speedpass app, which allows drivers to pay through the convenience of their app.

The ExxonMobil Speedpass app is compatible with over 11,000 Exxon and Mobile gas stations across the United States and lets drivers pay in their vehicle without swiping a card. Drivers can even earn points through the rewards program. In order to use the app, Buick drivers simply have to press the app icon through the interface of their vehicle’s infotainment system, allow the app to detect their location, and then select a pump and payment method. The app will be available free of charge.

The ExxonMobil Speedpass app will make everything from the daily commute to long-distance road trips easier than ever for Buick drivers. This partnership isn’t the only way Buick makes filling up more convenient, however; all recent models come standard with capless gas tanks, too, for quick and easy fueling.

Looking for more ways to increase mileage so you don’t have to stop for gas as frequently? Visit us at Bradshaw Automotive to test-drive one of our efficient new vehicles.

GMC Announces Acadia Updates for 2019

2019 GMC Acadia | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC
2019 GMC Acadia | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC

One of GMC’s most popular SUVs is the Acadia. The mid-size SUV is great for families with the versatility of an available third row and modern technology. For the upcoming 2019 model year, GMC has announced a series of Acadia updates that will make it even more appealing.

For starters, the exterior color options are getting adjusted. While GMC is taking away three choices (Mineral Metallic, Black Cherry Metallic, and Crimson Red Tintcoat), it is adding four new options: Red Quartz Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, Dark Sky Metallic, and Smokey Quartz Metallic.

For those looking for a darker overall appearance, the Acadia Black Edition package will be available on the SLT trim. This special edition model comes with a black grille insert and surround, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents, black roof rails, black headlamp and taillamp accents, black mirror caps, and other accents.

Standard features on all models will include Bluetooth® connectivity, a 7-inch touch screen, OnStar® with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay™.

We can also look forward to even more changes for the 2020 model year, when the Acadia is due for a mid-cycle refresh. With that update, we can expect to see powertrain and styling changes.

Visit us at Bradshaw Automotive to test-drive this well-rounded SUV for yourself.