Holiday Season Driving Tips

Holiday Season Driving

Holiday season driving can be hectic, especially if you’re traveling across the country. Fortunately, sticking to a few trip tips can streamline your holiday travels. Preparing ahead of time can certainly make a difference in your journey. Check out these holiday season driving tips.

 

Plan Ahead

Planning your route ahead of time can help prevent you from getting lost and wasting valuable time. If you’re venturing on a family road trip, take the time to preload directions to your smart device or, if you’re feeling old school, trace the path on a map.

Make sure to take local traffic and weather forecasts into account, too. After all, no one wants to get stuck in heavy rains or deep snow during the holiday. Leaving early to avoid the holiday rush can save you time and money in fuel costs as well.

 

Be Proactive with Maintenance

Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best way to ensure you don’t have to deal with mechanical problems on the road. Simple maintenance items like changing the oil and rotating tires can streamline the driving experience. Make sure to have your vehicle inspected by one of the professional technicians at Ryan Chevrolet before taking long road trips.

 

Follow the Speed Limit

There are thousands of drivers on the road during the holiday season, so it only makes sense that police are out in great numbers. Unfortunately, this means that speed traps are more prevalent, too. Sticking to the posted speed limit will not only help you avoid tickets, but ensure you and your family’s own safety.

Demand Prompts GM to Increase Production of New Chevrolet Bolt EV

: New Chevrolet Bolt EV

 

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV has seen a dramatic sales increase in the first half of 2018. Designed to offer eco-friendly transportation for families, the Bolt EV has been flying off dealership lots faster than production can handle. To remedy the increase in demand, General Motors will increase production in the fourth quarter.

The electric crossover saw sales increase by 3.5 percent for the first half of 2018. So far, 7,858 Bolt EVs have left dealership lots this year. The model is currently produced at the Orion Assembly Plant near Detroit.

Following an increase in demand in North America and South Korea, GM will increase production of the Bolt EV by 20 percent in the fourth quarter. Global sales are up 40 percent in the first half of 2018.

“The extra production coming on line should be enough to help us keep growing global Bolt EV sales, rebuild our U.S. dealer inventory and bring us another step closer to our vision of a world with zero emissions,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations.

Featuring an impressive 238-mile driving range on a full charge, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is perfect for traveling with friends and family.* Innovative technologies, such as Regen on Demand and One-Pedal Driving, help preserve battery power to offer an extended range.

To learn more about the popular new Chevy Bolt, visit Ryan Chevrolet.

*EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Summer Staycation Ideas

summer staycation ideas

 

Relax with your family and enjoy the season with the following summer staycation ideas. These suggestions allow you to go on vacation without stressing over planning or causing damage to your budget.

Get Outdoors

There are many local parks here in Monroe, including Forsythe Park and Lazarre Park on the riverfront. Go for hikes, play outside, and take walks. Make time to visit the Monroe Farmers’ Market, too.

Be a Tourist

Ever wondered what the most popular spot in town is for tourists? (Hint for Monroe residents: it’s the zoo). Think like a tourist and head out with the whole family to visit popular attractions in the city.

Do a Tasting Tour

Foodies will love this one. Conduct a “tasting tour” of your city by taking a week to enjoy different local eateries in Monroe. You can even hit multiple places in one day by going to one restaurant for appetizers, another for the main course, and then going somewhere for ice cream.

Hit a Trampoline Park

Kids love bounce houses and trampolines, and Monroe is home to two trampoline parks — Air U and Altitude! It’s a great way to stay cool while still getting out.

Have a Movie Marathon

Netflix binges are commonplace nowadays, but you could make a movie marathon a family event by putting on your pajamas, cozying up with snacks, and planning a themed movie night.

Wherever your summer plans take you, make sure your car is up to the task — schedule a maintenance check at Ryan Chevrolet.

2019 Silverado 1500 Gets New 2.7-Liter Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine

2.7-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine

 

Last month, Chevrolet announced a brand new engine for its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model: the 2.7-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine. This engine will replace the outgoing 4.3-liter V6 while still offering 22% more torque.

The new engine will be standard on LT and RST trims and generate 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. With the 2.7-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine, the Silverado 1500 will launch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in fewer than seven seconds. The engine delivers greater torque than (yet comparable payload capability to) competitors like the Ram 1500 Big Horn’s 3.6-liter V6 and the Ford F-150 XLT’s 3.3-liter V6.

According to Chevy, the new turbo engine is unique because of its double overhead cam valvetrain, which allows for the first use of Chevy’s Active Fuel Management on a four-cylinder engine. This also enables continuously variable valve timing and high- and low-lift valve profiles.

Other features of Chevy’s new Silverado engine include a variable-pressure oiling system, an electric water pump, Active Thermal Management, direct fuel injection, oil jets, an integrated exhaust manifold, and stop/start technology. The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will be available at Ryan Chevrolet this fall.

How to Drive in the Rain

drive in the rain

 

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.

 

Leave Early

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.

Keeping Up On Your Spring Car Maintenance

spring car maintenance

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.

New Chevy Traverse RS Design Stands Out

Chevy Traverse RS Design

 

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.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean

keeping your car clean

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.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 a Truck of the Year Finalist

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

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!

Chevy Partners with American Cancer Society for Seventh Consecutive Year

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

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.