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June is National Camping Month: Here’s What to Pack

National Camping Month
Let’s Go Camping!

June is officially designated as National Camping Month. That means it’s about time to head to the great outdoors. There are a number of things you should pack in your new Chevy SUV, and we’ve put together a list of camping tips to help you make the most of your experience outdoors.

First, according to the Boy Scouts Guide, every camper should at least pack the bare essentials. This includes the following:

  • First-Aid Kit
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Clean Water (64 oz/person per day) or water purification tablets
  • Bug Spray

You won’t make it far without water or bug spray, and a first-aid kit is essential for anyone who plans on spending time outdoors.

What food should you pack? If you drive an SUV or crossover, you can probably pack a few coolers—one for meat or other raw food and one for fruits and veggies. Bananas and apples, hot dogs, and grilled cheese all make for great campfire meals.

In lieu of a traditional tent, you might also consider SUV tents. You can easily prop open the back of your car, put the seats down, and make a comfortable shelter for you to spend the weekend in. If possible, you should also bring an air mattress to make sleeping more comfortable (though some simply prefer a hammock covered in a mosquito net).

These are some of the basics to pack for camping. Above all else, remember to read up on “Leave No Trace” principles. These refer to practices like putting out the fire properly, taking any garbage with you, and leaving flora and fauna untouched. Before you leave, stop by Bradshaw Automotive to make sure your car or SUV is ready for the trip.

Spring Community Events Happening In Greer

family playing games on beach - Spring community events happening in Greer, SC

Living in Greer can make you feel lucky for a number of reasons. It’s a beautiful town populated by folks who know exactly what it a neighborly spirit means. This place also knows how to bring people together in a fun and wholesome way.

Speaking of which, we here at Bradshaw Automotive wanted to make you aware of some exciting Spring community events happening in Greer, SC.

 

Greer Family Fest – May 5-6

Heading into its 33rd year, the Greer Family Fest just keeps getting better and better. Sponsored by Perlham Medical Center, this festival features something for everyone. There’s tons of kiddie rides and games as well as great fair food, not to mention live music on two stages.

Food Truck Rollout – May 26

Located at the Greer City Park, the Food Truck Rollout involves a lot more than food trucks. That’s not to say that they won’t be there, so bring your appetite! There’s also live music and tailgating games (cornhole, anyone?).

Moonlight Movies – June 1-July 27

 Starting on the first of June and going through July 27th, the Moonlight Movies series serves up a family-friendly flick at the Greer City Park Amphitheater every Thursday night. The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced but if last year’s selection are any indication (Minions, The Good Dinosaur), this year is bound to be just as fun!

Join Lake Conestee for the “Nature’s Sweethearts” Event

Nature's Sweethearts Event - Bradshaw Automotive - Greer, SC

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.

Chevrolet Turns Up the Charm With a Real Lego Batmobile

real lego Batmobile - bradshaw automotive - greer, scThe 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.

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween Safety TipsHalloween 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!

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

traveling with pets

Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!

Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.

When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.

Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions.  Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!

Enjoy National Biking Month with These Great Cycling Trails Near Greer

National Biking Month

Warm weather is finally here, which means it is a great time to head outdoors. For many people, riding their bicycles is the best way to spend a beautiful day. And, it’s a great form of exercise, too. If you’re looking to go exploring on your bike here in South Carolina, here are some great cycling trails near Greer.

  • Lyman Lake. Just north of Greer is this beautiful lake. Ride just a part of the trail, or cruise the whole thing for a total of 20 miles.
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail. Head to nearby Greenville and ride on the nearly 20-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Spartanburg County Parks. Spartanburg County has numerous trail systems available to cyclists. These range from paved paths through dirt forest trails.

This May encourage your whole family to go biking together. You’ll get to explore the beautiful scenery in and around Greer while becoming active as a family.  Before you know it, your kids might be begging you to head out on the trails with them.

Where is your favorite cycling spot near Greer? Do you prefer paved trails or more off-road cycling?  Tell us about your favorite places to go biking at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!

Chevrolet Creates #DayItForward Campaign to Celebrate Charity and Kindness

Chevrolet is using this Leap Year as an excuse to do some seriously cool charitable work. Under the banner of their #DayItForward campaign, Chevrolet helped make a difference in all sorts of different ways.

“Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet Vice President of Marketing. Edwards further states, “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them towards doing unexpected acts of kindness for people—something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.”

Here are just a few way’s the Chevrolet Day It Forward campaign helped out across the country.

  • Chevy teamed up with The Ellen Show for Ellen’s “Trunk of Dreams” event. The show gave away a Chevy Malibu to a hardworking college student.
  • In cahoots with the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show, Chevrolet helped provide teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles with much-needed school supplies.
  • Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Chevrolet gave Diontae Simpson, an aspiring actor, a grant so that he can study at a prestigious drama school.

How did you spend your Leap Day? Hopefully, it was as rewarding for you as it was for Chevy’s Day If Forward recipients! Tell us about it at Bradshaw Automotive today!

See below for our favorite video from Chevy’s #DayItForward:

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!

Prepare to See Cadillac Advertisements during the Oscars

OscarsWhat better place to put on a dazzling performance than during the Oscars? That is Cadillac’s plan, anyway.

The automaker signed a five-year deal about two years ago to be the Academy Awards’ exclusive automotive sponsor. This time around, Cadillac “will introduce its new brand identity, tag line and advertising campaign,” according to GM Authority. It’s a good time to do it too because many people still like to watch the Oscars live. This means they will be much more likely to see the Cadillac advertisements as opposed to recording the show and skipping through the commercials.

The brand sees airing Cadillac advertisements during the Oscars as a real opportunity to attract new customers. Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus said the “people that are interested in Hollywood and everything that the lifestyle Hollywood stands for” might find that they like Cadillac as a brand.

The 87th Oscars will air on February 22nd on ABC, and we at Bradshaw Chevrolet Cadillac will be watching. The Cadillac spots to air will ramp up interest for the upcoming New York International Auto Show where Cadillac will present a brand-new display for the new CT6.