Chicago is dubbed the windy city for a reason!
Here in Chicago, famously called the Windy City, we have to deal with driving in windy weather, but that isn’t just an important skill here—no matter where you live, you can be blown off course by a quick gust of wind, especially if you drive a lightweight car. Memorize these tips for driving in strong winds to save a life!
The best advice is to be alert and keep both hands firmly on the wheel so you can correct your course at a moment’s notice. When you go under a bridge or through a tunnel and you’re briefly protected from the wind, be ready to put yourself back on track when you get out.
The other thing about wind is that it doesn’t just affect your car—it can blow objects, branches, sand, dirt, or other debris into the road. Stay alert and be watchful of objects in the road so you can drive around them.
Driving in high winds is like driving in any other bad weather, so remember to go slower, maintain bigger distances from other cars, and pull over until it dies down if you feel unsafe.
2016 GMC Acadia Pictured
The GMC Acadia has remained mostly the same since its initial release in 2007, with only minor updates year to year. Now, for the 2017 model year, GMC has finally introduced the second-generation of Acadia, and it has some major upgrades.
After debuting it at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the company recently announced the 2017 GMC Acadia pricing and information for its spring release. With an MSRP of $29,995, the base model of the new Acadia is almost $2,000 less than the base model of the 2016 model, which can be attributed to the more efficient, lightweight design, despite the base trim’s added standard features.
Thanks to a lighter base engine, a more compact design, and lighter materials, the GMC Acadia is more than 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation, making it more fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver.
Some new features include an IntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as more active safety features like front pedestrian braking, a surround vision camera system, and safety alert seat.
With five trim levels, two drivetrain options, and improved towing capability, the GMC Acadia is better than ever.