You might think that driving in the rain really isn’t that much different than driving in clear skies. You’ll quickly change your mind, however, when you get caught in a heavy downpour with strong winds. To help you and other drivers stay safe during spring showers and storms this season, use these tips to freshen up your inclement weather driving skills.
If the weather forecast predicts rain, try to give yourself some extra time to drive to your destination. Driving too fast could lead to hydroplaning, where your vehicle is making contact with the water on the road rather than the road itself. When it’s raining, the best way to stay in control is to take the drive slower than usual.
Turn on Your Lights
Headlights are extremely important in the rain because they increase your visibility to other drivers. Next time you drive in the rain, be sure your lights are on.
Change Your Wipers
Another thing that optimizes visibility is new windshield wipers. It’s easy to change your own windshield wipers, and it will make all the difference in a downpour.
Leave Extra Space
When driving in the rain, you should leave extra space between you and other vehicles, just as you would in the snow. With slippery, wet roads, it’s more likely that stopping will take longer, or that another vehicle will spin out of control. The extra space could save you from a potential collision.
To make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the challenges of spring, schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Ryan Chevrolet.
Today’s vehicles are built to last for a long time. But as car owners, it’s our job to provide the upkeep needed to keep our vehicles in these best conditions. Here are a few things you should be doing this spring to keep your car in tip top shape.
Check the Tires
With the fluctuation of temperatures, tires tend to lose and gain air pressure. You should always be aware of tire pressure, checking it every couple of weeks. Now is a particularly good time to take a look at each of your vehicle’s tires, looking not only for the appropriate pressure, but also checking for any signs of wear or low tread, which would mean it’s time for new tires.
Check the Wipers
They say that April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring low visibility. Make sure you’re ready for the rain by replacing the wiper blades. It’s easy and inexpensive to do and can make all the difference in visibility. While you’re at it, top off the wiper fluid as well.
Oil Change and Check Up
A vehicle generally needs an oil change every three months or so. Getting an oil change is a great excuse for having the rest of your vehicle’s mechanics, fluids, and parts examined by a professional.
Bring your car into Ryan Chevrolet for some professional car maintenance. Our experienced service team is ready to help you get your car ready for the next season and beyond.
The Chevrolet Traverse RS is all-new for 2018, offering impressive performance and unique styling. The Traverse now comes with a distinct turbocharged engine, and it also has a bold design that includes blacked-out styling and cues borrowed from other vehicle designs. With a sleek exterior and a capable powertrain, the Chevy Traverse RS design is turning heads in the industry.
According to Chevy, the new Traverse will come with best-in-class cargo room of over 98 cubic feet to optimize storage space. You can also find intelligent systems to provide available active safety systems, and the new Traverse RS has up to six trims to choose from.
“The 2018 Traverse offers a full product lineup positioned to effectively compete across the segment,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “By offering customers more choice with higher-end entries like the RS, which has a more street-inspired look, and top-of-the-line High Country, Chevrolet now offers a comfortable and connected Traverse for every lifestyle.”
The Traverse RS comes with a 257-horsepower engine that also has 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is projected to get impressive fuel economy as well, which is great news for those who are looking to save a few bucks at the pump.
Check out the latest tech features on the Traverse at Ryan Chevrolet.
If you’re a car-owner who could stand to cut back on the clutter, we’re here to help. These tips from Ryan Chevrolet will set you up for success, so that keeping your car clean can become as natural and effortless as driving it.
Organize Your Tools
There are some things you should always have in your vehicle, like jumper cables, extra oil, and a flashlight. Keep these things together in a lidded bin in the trunk so that the rest of your cargo space can stay neat available for use.
Organize Your Papers
You always want easy access to things like your insurance card and your registration. Buy a small binder organizer from the office supply store. You can keep all of these papers together and tucked away in your glove box.
Make a Trash Can
Small bits of trash like straw wrappers or old to-do list can quickly turn into clutter—but not when you have a trash can on hand. A Tupperware cereal box lined with a plastic bag is the perfect DIY car trash can.
Keep the Pet Hair at Bay
If you travel with a four-legged friend, you might find it best to keep an old blanket or a back seat pet hammock on hand. You can put this down over your back seat as a cover for the seat itself, so when you’re traveling with two-legged passengers all you’ll need to do is move the blanket to reveal a clean back seat.
If cleaning your car doesn’t cut it and you really want that new car smell, stop by Ryan Chevrolet to take a look at our inventory.
Mid-size trucks are slowly making their way back to the industry amid driver demand, but the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has a major head start. The off-road model took a spot among finalists in Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year competition. Designed to tackle the great outdoors like never before, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 raises the bar for the segment.
Tackling the toughest terrain known to man took some work, but the Chevrolet team cracked the code in the Colorado ZR2. The award-winning model features an aggressive design, suspension lift, and either a turbodiesel four cylinder or 308-horsepower V6.
“It absolutely crushed any off-road challenge,” said Mark Rechtin, Truck of the Year judge.
Judges found the responsive handling and powerful V6 engine more than enough for a thrilling ride. The turbodiesel engine raises the bar for the segment when it comes to fuel economy as well. And despite its design for tackling off-road terrain, the Colorado ZR2 easily towed 4,000 lb. during the judge’s testing.
Notably, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was the only mid-size truck to make it to the finals.
Here at Ryan Chevrolet, we are happy to see the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 continuing to lead the mid-size pickup segment!
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last month, Chevrolet announced a partnership with the American Cancer Society for the seventh year in a row. This partnership focuses on the support of the society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks.
Chevy’s past contributions, not including this year, have added up to more than $7.7 million for the American Cancer Society, which means more than $1 million a year. While Chevy hasn’t released totals from this year’s contributions, we expect it to be on par with previous donations.
How did Chevy help out? Chevrolet, as well as participating dealers, sponsored events and teams for the walks and even put together their own teams to join in on the walks. General Motors, in keeping with breast cancer awareness, lit up the Renaissance Center (its global headquarters in Detroit) during the month of October.
“The Chevrolet team knows how important it is to be part of the fight against breast cancer, as many of our own family and friends have been affected by the disease,” commented Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society and our dealers once again to raise awareness and funds for research toward a cure.”
Interested in learning about how you can make a difference? Visit the American Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.org/ or contact us at Ryan Chevrolet about our favorite local charities.
The Chevrolet Truck Legends program recognizes drivers that have driven over 100,000 miles in their pickups or who have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy truck. Chevrolet brand pickups have been on the market for an entire century, making them a new standard in the industry. With incredible power, capability, and quality, it’s easy to see why Chevy trucks have lasted this long.
According to Chevrolet, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is by far the most popular truck offered by the American auto company. A majority of the members in the Chevy Truck Legends program own Silverado 1500 trucks. Launched in September 2016, the program provides many perks for its 5,400+ members. For example, some members have had a chance to score front-row seats at concerts, to see Major League Baseball games, and even to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“We had an incredible response to the Truck Legends pilot program, and greatly appreciate the owners who have shared their stories,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing director. “We look forward to hearing from customers across the country, and for the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our most loyal customers.”
The Truck Legends program is a great way to celebrate 100 years of Chevy trucks. Here at Ryan Chevrolet, we couldn’t be more thrilled to see that Chevy trucks are as popular as ever before. If you’re interested in your own Chevy pickup, give us a call or stop by Ryan Chevrolet today.
We’ve got big news: you can now get the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at Ryan Chevrolet here in Monroe. That is thanks to a recent decision by Chevrolet to make the new long-range Bolt EV available nationwide, either by stock or by order.
The 2017 Bolt EV has won nearly 40 awards, a clear indicator that this is an EV that needed to be shared with the whole country. Among those awards are the 2017 North American Car of the Year distinction, Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year® award, the Motor Trend® 2017 Car of the Year honor, and a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The awards are certainly deserved, as the new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV can go a whopping 238 miles* on a single charge, yet it is entirely affordable, starting at $37,495 ahead of federal tax incentives ($7,500) and other potential discounts. Other award-deserving features include its Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, electronic precision shift, and the 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen.
“Everyone who rides in it just loves it. It’s very modern-feeling and so easy to drive … I’m very happy with my Bolt EV,” said Maria Mraz, a current Bolt EV driver.
Want to learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV? Visit us at Ryan Chevrolet today.