A Few Health Tips for Beating the Winter Doldrums

beating the winter doldrums
beating the winter doldrums

Can’t Wait For This!

Beating the winter doldrums isn’t easy. When the snow goes from pure white to slushy brown, the cold settles in bone-deep, it’s dark when you leave for work and when you come back home, it’s easy to sink into a slump. Luckily, there are a few ways to combat this battery of bad feelings and keep your spirits high until springtime.

First things first, this melancholy is called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD for short), and it’s a real thing that stems from a lack of sunlight thanks to winter’s shorter days. But, how do you go about beating the winter doldrums, this SADness? If you’re really feeling it, you can invest in a “sunbox,” or a fluorescent light that mimics sunlight. Sitting in front of the sunbox for 30 minutes in the morning or during breakfast can go a long way in boosting your energy throughout the rest of your day.

Keeping active is also a great way to keep your spirits up during the winter season, and not just so you can feel good about sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Exercise is an excellent natural antidepressant, and that’s true during any season.

Remember; if you’re experiencing intense feelings of sadness, you should seek professional help (don’t get all your emotional advice from your car dealership’s blog, as well-meaning as it may be).

The Buick Avista Concept is Racking in the Awards

clay creating the Buick Avista
Buick Avista Concept

Buick Avista

There are cars that win awards; then, there are cars that win awards before they’ve even gone into production, like the new Buick Avista Concept.

The Buick Avista concept recently earned the “Best Future Concept” Reader’s Choice Award from the Detroit News, as well as an EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence for a Concept Car at the North American International Auto Show. This marks the second year running that a Buick concept vehicle has taken home the prestigious EyesOn Design title.

The Buick Avista Concept is an ultra-sleek compact coupe, engineered with ultimate performance at the top of its list of priorities. It features the new electronic precision shift technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 2+2 layout. Even cooler (and more futuristic) are the touch-pad door handles and standard 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine. We hope that Buick decides to put this vehicle into production because we would love to see one of these puppies on the road!

Canyon and Sierra Resale Value Awards: Best Residual Prices

Sierra and Canyon Models Scored Well in The Resale Value Awards

Sierra and Canyon Models

The Canyon and Sierra were recently ranked among the highest in the resale value awards according to an annual survey performed by Kelley Blue Book (KBB). KBB is a third-party vehicle evaluation automotive research company recognized by consumers and automakers worldwide.

According to GMC, this is the second year in a row that the Canyon and Sierra were voted to the top of resale value, retaining the highest percentage of their original price over the first five years of ownership. Not only that, but Canyon and Sierra sales were also up to near-record highs this year.

“A vehicle’s resale value is of critical importance, because a vehicle with high resale value will typically be less expensive to own over time than a similar vehicle with poorer resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

The Canyon and Sierra resale value awards demonstrate the incredible quality of GMC models. The Canyon also won the Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge in its segment, as well as the Best of the Best Truck for 2015 award from Autoweek and the 10 Best Interior for 2015 award from WardsAuto.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: Keeping You Safe with Technology

Advanced Drive Assistance Systems from Buick Help Keep You Safe

Advanced Drive Assistance Systems from Buick Help Keep You Safe

New car technologies are being produced left and right, making it difficult to keep up with all of the new features that you might find while car shopping. Among these, driver assist technologies are among the most complex systems to recently hit the market, causing many car owners to scratch their heads.

According to CarTech, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) provide drivers with essential information, they automate difficult tasks, increase car safety, and more. These systems have technically been around since the early 1990s; however, there are more of them now than there have ever been before.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control. This feature lets you set a specific speed and distance from the cars around you, and it will automatically slow or speed up in response to the surrounding cars. This is great for tight traffic and on the highway, making it easy to sit back and enjoy driving without fiddling with buttons.
  • Automatic Braking. This pre-crash technology is really designed to reduce the severity of a crash, and is able of detecting imminent collisions and activating the brakes. Though in theory these systems should eliminate accidents altogether, they are really made to reduce damage by slowing the car.
  • Blind Spot Detection. Merging? No problem. This system will let you know whenever someone is in your blind spot.
  • Lane Departure Warning. This lets you know if you start swerving, a great option for people that are on the road a lot. Designed to prevent drowsy drivers from getting into accidents, some brands simulate rumble-strip vibrations to get your attention.

These are just some of the latest driver assist technologies that you might find in the automotive marketplace. Still confused? Talk to our friendly staff at Paul Sur Buick GMC.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Now that December is gone, winter weather could come any day. Before the snow gets knee or waist deep, read through these winter weather driving tips to help you stay on the road.

  • Consider snow tires. If you frequently have issues in the winter tackling icy roads, consider switching out your tires for snow tires. These tires are specifically designed to cut through snowy, slushy roads to give you more traction. You also need to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Get enough sleep. Avoid driving in heavy winter weather if you’re overly tired. Driving while tired is always dangerous, but this danger increases even more when the weather is treacherous.
  • Do not use cruise control. If the roads are slippery, using cruise control can actually make you lose control of your vehicle since it is trying to maintain a specific speed.
  • Look where you want to go. If your car starts to slip or spin, look and steer in the direction you want to go.
  • Keep your tank full. To avoid a frozen gas line, try to keep your tank at least half full. This will be extra handy if you do happen to get stuck in the snow since you’ll be able to periodically run the engine to keep yourself warm.
  • Leave more room. Stopping takes longer when the roads are slick. Leave more space between you and the car in front of you in case you need to stop.

What tips would you share for making it through the upcoming winter ahead of us?

2017 Canyon Denali Takes Mid-Size Segment to the Next Level

2017 Canyon Denali - 2016 Canyon Pictured
2017 Canyon Denali - 2016 Canyon Pictured

2016 Canyon Pictured

When you want a premium truck, you get a GMC, and when you want a premium mid-size truck, you get the 2017 Canyon Denali. GMC just introduced this truck, which is the first-ever premium truck in the mid-size segment.

“Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, in a statement. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.”

Just like its larger Denali counterparts, the Canyon Denali will feature a unique chrome grille and distinctive wheels. It will also come with chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a polished exhaust tip, and a standard spray-in bed liner.

The Canyon Denali will only be available as a crew cab model, but will come with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. You can also choose between the standard 3.6-liter V6 or the all-new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel.

The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali will go on sale here at Paul Sur Buick GMC late next year.

Helpful Tips for Driving in the Snow Safely This Season

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

It’s the time of year again to refresh yourself on how to handle hazardous winter driving, safely. Before it’s too late in the season – check out these tips for driving in the snow:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for the season before it starts, by handling any routine maintenance and stocking it with a first-aid kit.
  • Get yourself some fresh de-icer, an ice scraper, and a shovel, then pack it all in the trunk, just in case.
  • While driving on snow or ice, lower your speed, increase the distance between yourself and the cars around you, and never use cruise control.
  • Try not to accelerate, decelerate, or turn quickly.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times to avoid a gas line freeze-up.
  • Lastly, learn how to activate your 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but don’t rely on it exclusively!

And of course, the best thing you can do is to avoid poor road conditions all together. To learn more, visit us at Paul Sur Buick GMC.

Official 2017 Buick LaCrosse Teaser Images Show Off New Exterior Design

2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse Pictured Above

General Motors recently revealed a few teaser images of the upcoming 2017 Buick LaCrosse, via Twitter. The images don’t reveal much, as most of the model is silhouetted, but we can still gain some insight from the images.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse teaser images reveal the general outline of the car’s profile, as well as a solid glimpse at the fender. More than ever, it appears as if the new LaCrosse will be based on the Avenir concept model.

You can get a good look at the teaser images here. What do you think? How are you hoping the final 2017 LaCrosse will look? It’s worth noting that a few spy images of the new LaCrosse in testing have been caught as well, though those photos aren’t official.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is set to get its full debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. While we wait, consider paying us a visit here at Paul Sur Buick GMC, where we have an enormous selection of current Buick models available to test drive.

New Buick LaCrosse Exterior Design to Draw from Avenir

2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse

Buick announced that it is taking some of the sleek and futuristic design cues for the new LaCrosse from the Avenir concept model. The exterior is getting a complete redesign, from bumper to bumper. We can’t wait to see this new model in action.

According to USA Today, the Avenir premiered at several auto shows this year, and draws from several classic Buick designs. In fact, the model steals some looks from the 1954 Wildcat II, another concept model, which will give the Buick LaCrosse’s exterior design a unique retro look.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

Although there’s no official plan yet, Buick said that this look will be use on the LaCrosse by 2017, and would spread to other models in the lineup by 2018. This is just one more reason Buick is an industry leader when it comes to things like styling.

Snow Tire Technology: Are Winter Tires Right for You?

Buick Lineup in the Snow
Buick Lineup in the Snow

Buick Lineup in the Snow

With winter on the way, it may be time to consider the snow tire technology that’s available to drivers in the Midwest. If you hate getting stuck in the wintertime or simply want to increase your vehicle’s safety, then it might be time to buy winter tires.

According to Tirerack, most people like to stick with all-season tires because they tend to work fine when it’s snowing. While this is true, it’s important that customers understand the advantages to buying snow-specific tires. Winter tires are made with special compounds to stay flexible in cold temperatures, have deep treads, and feature channels to divert water.

If you do decide to get winter tires, you should always get a set of four, and ask the store or dealer to install them for you (sometimes they’ll do it for free). You should never just get two tires because this leads to dissimilar conditions between the front and back wheels, limiting control.

Finally, one concern for many people is that they’re spending more on winter tires. However, the reality is that your summer tires won’t deteriorate if they’re not on your car, so getting winter tires actually tends to extend the overall tire life. If your tires are made for the road conditions you’re driving in, they last longer. In the long run, you could just save some money.