One of the best parts about having a pickup truck like the Chevrolet Colorado or Silverado is being able to tow to your heart’s content. Before you set out to use your truck’s muscle to tow a boat, trailer, or pop-up camper, take heed of these three towing safety tips.
Always take the right steps before you go
When you’re connecting your trailer to your truck, you’ll want to make sure that everything is in its place and working. From lights and tires to connections, you should always perform a routine check before you take off. Chevrolet makes this easy with its segment-first Advanced Trailering System, which includes customized profiles and a predeparture checklist to ensure your trip is a success.
Take your time
One thing you’ll want to absolutely avoid doing while towing is driving over the speed limit. Even if your trip from Albion is a long one, you’ll want to abide by the speed limits and, if necessary, drive even slower. The Chevy Silverado offers ample technology to help keep your trailer secure, including Trailer Sway Control, an integrated trailer brake controller, and new Jack-Knife Alert technology for the 2021 Silverado 1500.
Use your mirrors
A key part of your predeparture checklist is making sure that your mirrors are covering as much of your blind spots as possible. Mirrors are crucial for proper, safe towing, so be sure to use them frequently while the vehicle is in operation. The Chevy Silverado gives you added confidence with a class-leading 15 available camera views, including new views like a Trailer Length Indicator and Trailer Angle Indicator with Guidelines.
If you need tips for towing safety or the right accessories for your Chevy truck, the experts at College Chevrolet Buick in Albion, Michigan, are here to help.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine has been rated by the EPA at 33 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with rear-wheel drive. 4-wheel drive brings that number down to 29 mpg highway, still an amazing number for a full-size light-duty pickup truck.
Just because its fuel economy is so impressive doesn’t mean the Silverado isn’t powerful. The Duramax Turbo-Diesel puts out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of toque, letting the Silverado tow up to 9,300 lbs and haul 1,870 lbs when the truck is equipped with 4WD, providing plenty of power for the vast majority of truck drivers.
Towing and hauling have never been easier than with the new Silverado, which boasts an active thermal management system, an exhaust brake for better control when going downhill, and driver-selectable start/stop technology to help you use even less fuel.
It’s been more than 20 years since Chevrolet offered a diesel engine option in a light-duty pickup truck, but as more and more drivers become conscious of fuel use, efficient engine options like diesel are becoming more sought after. Additionally, 2020 is the first year ever that Chevrolet will offer an inline-six engine in its light-duty full-size pickup line. You will be able to get yours att College Buick Chevrolet, talk to a specialist today.
One of the most recent Chevrolet models to be introduced to the market was the Chevrolet Blazer, and it’s already kicked up quite a storm. Now, Chevrolet is getting ready to reintroduce another classic nameplate with the recent announcement of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
“The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will slot between the Trax and the Equinox, carrying with it a winning style inspired by the hot, hot look of the Blazer. It’ll also be one of the best-equipped vehicles in the segment, offering standard Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
We know for sure that there will be a Chevrolet Trailblazer RS with a two-tone roof, which will help you stand out even more from the crowd. But beyond that, Chevy is saving most of the juicy details until closer to its early 2020 launch. For all the latest news on the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and the latest Chevy vehicles, watch this space. When they hit the market, you’ll find them right here at College Chevrolet Buick.
During this time of year, the weather outside can be pretty frightful, especially when driving on the road! When you live in a state like Michigan, you need to be prepared for winter’s worst. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways that you can make your driving safer during this time of the year. Be sure to follow these tips for winter weather driving in order to avoid any chilling experiences on the road.
Tip #1: Don’t Use Your Cruise Control
Cruise control is a very helpful feature for driving on highways and keeping up with traffic. However, when there is a wintry mix covering the roadways, you will want to rely on your own driving skills in order avoid any possibility of losing traction while driving.
Tip #2: Increase Your Following Distance
Due to the conditions of the road during winter, many vehicles may need to stop at any time to avoid a nasty situation. If you want to avoid making contact with the back end of one of those vehicles, you will want to leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you at all times.
Tip #3: Avoid Stopping on a Hill
When descending a hill covered in ice and snow, it is important to always be in control, as you could start sliding down. The only thing more frightening than descending down a hill going forward is descending it backwards. Avoid stopping when ascending or descending to help avoid sliding during your drive.
Most drivers know about checking engine oil, but there are several different fluids your engine needs to keep running smoothly. Here are some car fluids you should check regularly to maintain your car’s health and functionality.
Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car, as it lets the gears run smoothly. While when checking your engine oil the car should be cold, transmission fluid is best checked when the car is running. When you check transmission fluid, your concern is the quality, not the quantity. If transmission fluid is low, there is a problem with your car. If it’s dirty, it needs replaced, but this shouldn’t be necessary more than every 50-100 thousand miles.
Coolant is another important fluid to replace, as it keeps your car from overheating. This is easy to check, as you can just glance at the fill line in the clear tank. Check your brake fluid when you do an oil change. If it’s brown instead of golden, it needs replaced. You should also keep your power steering fluid levels high, but you’ll most likely never need to replace it.
Offering parents a way to encourage their kids to drive safely, Chevrolet recently developed the Teen Driver System. This advanced program keeps track of driving habits, limits access to the radio, and much more. The Teen Driver System is aiming at making it easy for new drivers to learn how to be safe.
According to Chevy, the system will premiere in the 2016 Malibu. The Chevy Teen Driver System will mute audio from the car’s speakers, limit options if front seat occupants aren’t buckled up, and provide warnings when a vehicle is travelling faster than it should.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids–they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
The new system will also allow people to see various figures on their driving habits. These include distance driven, maximum speed, and anytime a safety alert goes off, including speed limit options. This new option is perfect for any new driver, and we can’t wait to offer it at College Chevrolet Buick.
Last week we reported that the 2014 Chevy Malibu earned high marks for safety from the IIHS, this week we are proud to say that the 2014 Chevy Equinox joined the Malibu by earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Equinox is one of the only midsize SUVs to earn this distinction from the IIHS which shows Chevrolet’s commitment to safety.
The rigorous experiences that the Equinox had to endure really tested the endurance and stability of the SUV. The Equinox had to endure a frontal crash at 40mph designed to replicate crashing into a utility pole along with various other crashes. The Equinox had to receive a “Good” rating in four out of five tests and receive at least an “Acceptable” rating on the fifth test. The Equinox received “Good” ratings across the board passing the tests and receiving the top honor of Safety Pick +.
The Equinox offers a vast amount of safety features including a six standard air bag system, rear vision camera, available forward collision alert, available lane departure warning, and available park assist. All of these features make it a great and safe family vehicle. If you would like to know more about the Equinox stop by our dealership near Battle Creek, Michigan!
The Malibu is celebrating its 50th anniversary for the 2014 model year! We recognize the Malibu for its advanced technologies, great fuel economy, and excellent value. Recently the Malibu added safety to its long list of attributes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently gave the 2014 Malibu the distinction of being a Top Safety Pick+.
In order to receive this recognition, the Malibu had to pass IIHS’ rigorous safety tests including frontal crash prevention and crash worthiness. The Malibu was evaluated on its ability to protect occupants from a collision. The IIHS also noted the available Advanced Safety Package available on 2LT trim levels and above for its frontal crash protection system. This system uses advanced technologies to monitor the distance between the Malibu and the car in front of it. If the system senses a possible collision, it will alert the driver.
The Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but this is the first year it has received a Top Safety Pick+ distinction. If you would like to know more about the safety features of the 2014 Chevy Malibu, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan!
The 2014 Chevy Malibu has achieved a milestone in safety by being awarded the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during their New Car Assessment Program.
Chief among the reasons for the Malibu’s NHTSA 5-star safety test success are the numerous active and passive safety features that are both standard and available for the midsize sedan. The Malibu offers an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, rollover protection, and 10 airbags—including knee airbags for driver and front passenger—standard.
In addition, available active safety features make the Malibu one of the safest and most intelligent vehicles on the road. These features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Every Malibu also comes pre-packaged with six months of OnStar service.
“Safety is an increasingly important consideration for new vehicle buyers, especially for those in the midsize segment,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, in a press release. “The customer is at the center of our day-to-day operations and when we design vehicles, it’s their safety that we have in mind.”
Here at College Chevy, we know that safety is of the utmost importance to you; that’s why we are proud to sell Chevrolet vehicles, which is the most 5-star safety-awarded vehicle lineup on the road today. To test drive one of these dependable and exciting vehicles, stop in and see us today!