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.

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.

Chill Out: Tips On How To Handle Road Rage

Road Rage

Classic road rage face!

Do you often find yourself more than just annoyed at other drivers? Do you get infuriated when a driver takes too long to accelerate at a green light or drives slower than you’d like? If so, you may suffer from road rage. Here are some tips on how to handle road rage for you.

LEAVE EARLY

Are you ever traveling the speed limit and someone is dangerously tailgating you and gesturing at you to go faster?

Notice when you are that tailgater. Is it because you didn’t leave enough time for your commute? It’s indecent to punish others on the road, potentially endangering their health, because you failed to allot the time you needed to get to your destination.

GET OUT OF YOUR CAR…FIGURATIVELY-SPEAKING

People with road rage behave differently because they feel anonymous inside their car. When you find yourself getting angry at someone, imagine if you weren’t in the car but in line at the grocery store or bank. Would you behave the same way? Or would you accept whatever happened with poise?

CLASSICAL MUSIC IS YOUR FRIEND

Edmunds.com suggests that listening to loud, aggressive music can exacerbate road rage. Consequently, listening to an audiobook, podcast or mellow music can help you control your mood and the urge to get mad at other drivers.

PRACTICE THE GOLDEN RULE

When you notice someone else make a mistake, be honest with yourself. Have you ever made a mistake? If you’ve driven long enough, you’ve definitely made an error or two. Forgive them as you’d want them to forgive you.

Fundamental Towing Tips for your Summer Trips

2015 GMC Sierra Towing a Boat

There isn’t a better truck for your towing needs than the 2015 GMC Sierra!

Summer is finally here. It’s time to dust off the boat and head to the lake. Maybe it’s been awhile since you towed anything. If so, check out these helpful towing tips!

Before you go anywhere, crunch some numbers. According to Popular Mechanics, “What matters most is your vehicle’s gross combined weight rating (GCWR).” This number represents the weight allowed for everything. That’s the vehicle, everyone in it, and everything in it, as well as the weight of what you are towing.

Reference your owner’s manual of your vehicle to obtain the GCWR. If you are indeed towing your boat, then reference the owner’s manual for its weight. Add it all up to make sure you are not exceeding the GCWR.

If you happen to be towing a particularly heavy load, you should consider a trailer with electronic brakes and use trailer-brake controller (for heavier loads).

Never use a hitch ball that does not match the size of your trailer. Ensure they match in size and connect fully. Always use a safety chain as well.

Driving tips…

  • Increase distance between your rig and the vehicle in front of you
  • Corner more sharply
  • In case of trailer sway, brake gently

If it’s difficult wrapping your head around the contradictory motion involved in reversing with a trailer, hold the steering wheel at the bottom and move the wheel where you want the trailer to go.

We at Paul Sur Buick GMC hope you enjoyed our towing tips for your summer trips. Check out our new inventory of the best truck for the job, the 2015 GMC Sierra!

A New Year’s Automotive Resolution: Distraction-Free Driving Tips

Man distracted while driving
Man distracted while driving

Don’t be this guy!

With the New Year under way, it might be time to consider a new type of resolution: distraction-free driving.  Cell-phone use is at an all-time high, and there are more drivers on the road than ever, so we’ve put together a list of distraction-free driving tips to make sure you’re safe during 2015.

According to the National DMV, drivers are distracted by secondary activities 30% of the time while driving. That means that certain behaviors like eating, smoking, talking, and playing with your phone can be dangerous, even deadly.

Our first tip is to put your phone down. Not only should you turn off or silence your phone, but you should put it somewhere you can’t reach it while driving. Though it might be tempting to text with your friends on the highway, it nearly doubles the likelihood of a crash.

Though you might not think about it, driving with a passenger can also increase the likelihood of a crash. There’s nothing wrong with carpooling, just remember to keep the conversation light.

Last but not least, don’t eat, drink, or smoke. Nothing’s more distracting then spilling hot coffee on yourself while going 70 mph. Eliminate the possibility of distractions like this by leaving food, drinks, and cigarettes behind while driving.

Visit us at Paul Sur Buick GMC and see if we can keep you from getting distracted with a brand new GMC Sierra!