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!
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!
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 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:
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!
What 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.
When you’re a valet, it’s assumed that you’ll sometimes get to park awesome vehicles like the Corvette Stingray. But it’s also assumed that you will take good care of these cars while they are in your hands. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as a recent video posted by one Stingray driver on YouTube reveals.
What this valet wasn’t counting on was the Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder (PDR). This neat device comprises a high-definition camera and a telemetry recorder, allowing it to log data about your speed, braking force, steering wheel angle, transmission-gear selection, and more. Unfortunately for the valet, the Stingray’s PDR recorded his journey from the entrance to the Segerstorm Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, into the garage where he took the car for a bit of a joyride before eventually parking it.
In the video, we see the valet driving normally, when he comes across an empty strip of garage. He stops, then accelerates quickly down the strip, braking and turning the corner before parking it. His speed reaches 50 mph in this short period, and although he is perfectly in control of the car, it’s not his car to race around garages.
Check out the video below, and let us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet know what you think in the comments!
For the past 52 years, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp, founders of Chaparral Cars, have been shaking up the industry’s idea of what it means to be a race car. Now, the innovative engineers at Chaparral have created a new concept with the help of Chevrolet’s terrific performance. The new Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which is the newest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo lineup, will once again push the boundaries of power, just like the Chaparral Cars before it.
“Jim Hall and Chaparral blended the art of racing with science in an unprecedented way, changing the sport forever and inspiring a new generation to experiment with aerodynamics and unconventional materials,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain. “His race cars were four-wheeled physics projects that proved innovation—and a strong Chevy race engine—could drive you to the winner’s circle.”
This new concept car is part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Gran Turismo PlayStation racing game. Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this concept gives fans and gamers alike a taste of what the future of automotive design will look like.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on some of Chevrolet’s renowned power, stop in to Bradshaw Chevrolet today and check out our performance-oriented models!
Chevrolet has announced it will introduce a new Camaro SS Special Edition at the upcoming 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this November. It’ll feature lovely new Emerald Green Metallic paint and be called the… well, actually, it doesn’t have a name yet.
That’s where you come in. Chevrolet is accepting name suggestions on its Facebook page or on Twitter (hashtag #NameThatCamaro). The winner will then see the special edition Camaro go on sale in the first quarter of 2015 with the name that was chosen. Pretty cool!
When it does go on sale at Bradshaw Chevrolet, the Camaro will be available as either a coupe or convertible in 2SS trim. It’ll get a ground effects package, the rear spoiler from the ZL1, 21-inch Chrome Dusk wheels, and Cyber Gray rally stripes down the hood and trunk. It’ll also have the HID headlights from the RS Appearance Package and black upholstery inside.
Over the past couple years, General Motors has been taking some heat when it comes to their reputation. As Mary Barra has taken the helm of this automotive group, though, it appears that its brands are shaping up. Here is why you should buy General Motors vehicles, in three easy bullets:
Plenty of options to choose from. In the General Motors lineup, variety is key. Whether you are looking for a dependable pickup truck—enter the Chevrolet Silverado—or a fuel-efficient subcompact, the options are endless. General Motors even offers a variety of luxury, from the entry-level brands to the more premium models you would see in the Buick or Cadillac lineup. There is really no reason why you can’t find what you are looking for in the
Top-notch technology. When it comes to technology, General Motors is where to look. In the Buick brand, technology has become such a focal point that the American carmaker has recently announced that they will be offering WiFi hotspots in select 2015 models, making it easier to stay connected than ever before. Whether its technology that will help you stream music or the kind that will keep you from stopping at the gas pump frequently, GM has plenty of innovative ideas.
Still award-winning, despite recall difficulties. Regardless of the brand under GM’s name, you are going to find a variety of awards. Whether they are safety awards from institutions like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or awards based on overall performance, like those from J.D. Power and Associates, General Motors’ trophy shelves are lined with them, and for good reason, too. While the company is getting a lot of flack for numerous recalls, many of its newer models offer superior quality for a low price, making it an easy decision to buy.
With top-notch technology and terrific options, there’s nothing barring you from buying a General Motors’ vehicle. Make sure to stop in to Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac today and see what options are available to you!