• Fourth of July Driving Tips

    4th of July

     

    Heading out onto the road is just a regular part of celebrating Independence Day, but it’s not a task that should be taken lightly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more drivers died in collisions on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year from 2010-14, making it exceedingly important that you exercise caution on roadways. Consider the following before hitting the road this 4th of July.

     

    Have your vehicle serviced

    If you’re planning on going somewhere for Independence Day, make sure that you’ve maintained your recommended service and maintenance schedule. If you’re due for an appointment at College Chevrolet Buick, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July is a great time to get necessary work done.

     

    Follow the three-second rule

    Make sure there are at least 3 seconds of time between you and the vehicle in front of you, or approximately two car lengths. This was a rule that you learned in driver’s ed, but it may have slipped from your mind as you’ve become more comfortable behind the wheel. Refamiliarize yourself with this habit to maximize safety.

     

    Have a designated driver

    Drunk driving is a significant problem for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on any day of the year, and the danger only increases on days where celebration is the norm. If you plan on having any alcohol over the Fourth of July, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver at the ready.

     

    Plan accordingly

    The best way to avoid the congestion that comes with the July 4th is to not drive on that day. Instead, get to where you’re going a day early and leave a day later; not only will you feel less rushed, but you’ll be less likely to run into a jam.

     

    These are just some of the ways that you can better ensure your safety on the road this Fourth of July. From all of us here at College Chevrolet Buick, stay safe and have a great holiday!

  • Winter Driving Tips

    Winter Driving Tips

    Winter is well under way, and it isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Check out these winter driving tips from us here at College Chevrolet Buick so you can have safer travels this season.

    Slow Down

    While heavy winter snow and icy roads may be cause to want to get off the roads quickly, speeding isn’t the way to do it. Driving at increased speeds leave you with less time to stop, effectively increasing the chances of an accident.

    Slowing down will provide you with more time to stop. Be sure to accelerate and decelerate slowly as well. Not only will slowing down make your drive even safer, but you’ll also see reduced fuel consumption as well!

    Avoid Idling

    Idling is one of the most common wastes of fuel, and more drivers choose to idle in winter to warm up their car. Since it’s such a major drain on fuel and, by extension, your wallet, it’s wise to drive at a moderate speed to warm up your vehicle. Doing so will help increase fuel economy, get you on the road quicker, and save you money at the pump.

    Increase Following Distance

    Under normal circumstances, drivers should keep a following distance of around three to four seconds. During winter, the following distance should be increased to eight to ten seconds. Doing so will provide you with more time to stop in the event another driver hits their brakes unexpectedly.

  • Choosing the Right Car Type: Sedan or Hatchback

    2016 Chevy Sonic Hatchback
    2016 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

    When it comes to shopping for a new car, choosing the right body style for you can be the easiest or the hardest, depending on how specific your needs are. Here are some of the pros and cons when it comes to two of the most popular types: sedan and hatchback.

    Sedans are four-doors with long trunks, which are separate from the rest of the car and sit below the back window. Hatchbacks are often called five-doors because of the rear liftgate, which covers the open cargo space behind the rear seats.

    Hatchbacks are often a more practical choice than sedans because they have more cargo space, and most of them have seats that fold down. The problem with hatchbacks is that it’s easy to see into the trunk, which many drivers feel insecure about. They’re also widely considered more childish-looking than sedans.

    So if you’d rather have a more sophisticated car and don’t have a need for the extra cargo space and folding seats, a sedan is probably for you. On the other hand, hatchbacks offer more practicality for some drivers.

    Still not sure about choosing sedan or hatchback? Check some out in person at College Chevrolet Buick.