During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, but once you’ve had some downtime after New Year’s, it’s important to take your vehicle in for inspection, especially if you traveled to visit relatives during the holidays. Here’s a vehicle service checklist to help you to know where to start.
Battery and Charging System: Cooler temperatures reduce battery capacity, so your battery is more likely to die in the colder months. Check battery connections, the charging system, and the charge of the battery itself.
- Drive Belts and Hoses: Old engine belts will wear, crack, and snap over time, which could cause incredible amounts of engine damage. Hoses are important, too, for keeping your engine cool with anti-freeze.
- Tire Pressure: Like batteries, tire pressure is negatively affected by low temperatures. Colder air makes tires lose their pressure faster, so make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: The HVAC system is crucial to defrosting and staying warm in the winter.
- Brakes: Brakes should always be in good working order, especially if you expose your vehicle to slick road conditions or hazardous weather.
Keep up with this vehicle service checklist after the holidays to make sure your car is ready to face the cold temperatures that January and February bring to the table.
Safety has always been a top priority for Chevrolet. Each year, the automaker strives to provide the best safety technology to make sure its drivers reach their destinations in one piece. Never has this been truer than now, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named four Chevy Top Safety Picks for their excellent performance in a variety of crash tests.
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Equinox were all named Top Safety Picks by independent nonprofit testing agency. The four Chevy vehicles named received their designations for their performance in five separate crash tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
Jeff Boyer, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Safety, commented, “Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement.”
This year, the IIHS named 71 models across the industry as either Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Pick+ compared to just 39 in 2014, showing how far all automakers have come in their quest to produce safer vehicles than ever before. To see the four Chevy Top Safety Picks in person, come see us at Bradshaw Chevrolet today!
The 2014 Buick Enclave is available now from Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Greer, SC!
Seating up to eight passengers with its spacious three rows of seating, the 2014 Buick Enclave offers all the comfort and luxury you could ask for in a compact crossover SUV. The Enclave also boasts up to 68.9 cubic feet of storage space, impressive GM safety features like Traction Control and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a host of convenience features like Quiettuning noise reduction technology, making it a perfect luxury family vehicle for all to enjoy.
For a full list of the 2014 Buck Enclave’s features and accessories, visit Buick online.
Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is excited to share the all new 2014 Buick Enclave crossover SUV with new car buyers in upstate Greer, SC. For more information on the new Enclave, or to schedule a test drive in a new GM vehicle such as the 2014 Cadillac CTS or Chevrolet Impala, visit our website or contact Bradshaw’s Sales Department at (864) 416-7397. Also be sure to check out our excellent service department, sure to help keep your GM vehicle safe and in top condition on the road this autumn.
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This week, General Motors has teamed up with the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation to promote “National Heatstroke Awareness Day.”
The awareness day, which takes place on Wednesday, July 31st, is part of the Safe Kids Worldwide “Never Leave Your Child in a Car” campaign created to spread information on the perils of leaving children unattended in vehicles on hot days. In keeping with its high regard for driver and passenger safety both on and off the road, GM has donated $200,000 to the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation to support the campaign.
According to the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 37 children dies each year from heatstroke.
“Even one death is too many, so we are grateful to have support from the GM Foundation to raise awareness about heatstroke prevention,” said Kate Carr, CEO of the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation.
For more information on summer safety and heatstroke prevention, visit the Safe Kids Worldwide Foundation online.
Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac fully support’s GM’s efforts to protect children from heatstroke, and encourages everyone to be wary of children left in cars on hot days. To stay up-to-date on other General Motors charity and safety news, plus dealership updates from Bradshaw Automotive, follow us on Google+! You can also visit our website to view our great selection of GM cars in Upstate South Carolina!