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3 Reasons to Drive to Your Summer Getaway Instead of Fly

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

If you’re planning on traveling this summer, it’s likely you’re considering catching a plane to your warm-weather destination of choice. But why not drive instead? Driving to a summer getaway has just as many benefits as flying, if not more! Here are a few reasons why you should drive instead of fly.


Staring out of the window of a commercial airliner can be gratifying, but it can’t make you feel as if you’re part of the scene. It’s like the difference between seeing something in person and seeing something on TV. Driving allows you to experience your surroundings in a visceral way. Plus, if you see something pretty, you can stop and gawk all you want.


Commercial airliners fly at around 500 mph. Even if you’re a lead foot, your top speeds in a car are significantly less than 1/5 of that. Flying saves time, right? Well, when you add safety screenings and everything else that comes with flying—like parking a half-mile away, waiting for the shuttle, taking the shuttle, waiting for the shuttle to pick others, etc.—flying is awfully time-consuming. And stressful!

Despite all of that, flying will still probably beat driving when it comes to the quantity of time. What about the quality of time? Flying just really can’t compete with driving when it comes to fun.


Even if you’re not a particularly claustrophobic person, sitting for hours inside of an airliner can really rob you of any sense of space. Not to mention, airline seats are actually getting smaller. According to the USA Today, seats on some carriers have shrunk as much as three inches! With this decrease in personal space, driving in a car is just that much more appealing.

If you prefer to drive instead of fly, stop by Bradshaw Automotive today to pick out the perfect car to travel in!

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!

2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Fuel Economy Leads Segment

General Motors has released the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and they will both offer segment-leading numbers for V-6 midsize pickups. Both trucks beat their competitors with V-6 engines and automatic transmissions by 3 to 5 mpg.

Canyon Fuel Economy
2015 Chevy Colorado coming soon to Bradshaw Automotive!

“The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager, in a statement. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

Both trucks will use the same engines and have the same fuel economy ratings. For the 3.6-liter V-6 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing, two-wheel drive models are rated at 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. 4×4 models get 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.

What do you think of the Colorado and Canyon fuel economy? Are you looking forward to saving money at the pump?

Both trucks will be coming to Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac very soon.

GM CEO and Chairman Steps Down

General Motors is saying goodbye to chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, who has decided to step down to support his wife who was recently diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer.

Akerson will be remembered as the leader who guided the company to record profits and significant improvement in vehicle quality while also ending government ownership in GM.

The Board of Directors has elected Mary Barra and Theodore Solso to replace him as GM CEO and chairman, respectively.

Barra brings 33 years of experience with GM to the table as well as a wealth of knowledge in the fields of manufacturing and engineering. She currently serves as executive vice president of Global Product Development and Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Solso has been a member of the GM Board since June 2012 and already has experience as chairman as the former chairman and CEO of Cummins, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that specializes in heavy equipment.

At Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Greer, SC, we have no doubt that Barra and Solso will deliver the same level of quality and commitment that Akerson has achieved so far. We look forward to seeing what they accomplish, and to seeing you at our dealership!

Cadillac October Sales Best Since 2007

The Cadillac October sales numbers are in and things are looking good. The American automaker enjoyed its best October month since 2007 with a 10% increase in sales that made it the fastest-growing full-line luxury auto brand in the world. By increasing its sales compared to last year’s October, Cadillac also recorded its 17th consecutive month of growing sales.

2014 Cadillac CTS
The 2014 Cadillac CTS helped provide Cadillac October sales increases.

The biggest leaders in the brand’s lineup were the ATS compact sport sedan, SRX crossover, and XTS large luxury sedan, all of which you can find at Bradshaw Cadillac. The ATS in particular performed phenomenally, with sales increasing by 119% and earning the Consumer Reports Recommended Buy in October alone.

SRX sales increased by a record 23% and the XTS, now available in a brand new 410 horsepower Vsport edition, jumped by 8%.

In addition to being an incredible sales month, October also marked the arrival of the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, now available at the Bradshaw Cadillac dealership, which has already received more than its fair share of positive reviews from critics and buyers alike. Come visit our dealership today and check out the new CTS, along with the rest of the great new Cadillac lineup!

GM Offers RemoteLink for All 2014 Vehicles

This week, GM announced that it will include RemoteLink Key Fob Services as a standard feature for all 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

The RemoteLink Key Fob is a smartphone app that allows drivers to activate certain vehicle functions, including the engine, horn, lights and doors, from a remote location. Drivers who use the service will also be able to check vital stats, such as fuel range, oil life and tire pressure, without physically being in the vehicle.

The service, which will come standard on thirty-six GM vehicles, will be free for all drivers for 5 years and will be downloadable immediately following the purchase of a 2014 GM car.

“Our vehicles are getting more connected, and so are we. As mobile devices become a bigger part of our lives, GM understands the importance of providing our customers the ability to use these devices as part of their vehicle experience,” said Mary Chan, a Toyota spokesperson.

Brashaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is excited to announce this great new service from GM. To learn more about the RemoteLink Key Fob, or to test drive a brand new 2014 car in Greer, SC contact Bradshaw or visit our website at www.BradshawGreer.com. Also, don’t forget to follow our dealership on Twitter and Google+!