Tips for Winter Travels

Winter DrivingMany people take winter vacations just as they do summer vacations. Whether you are leaving a cold state for a warm one, or trying to find the snow that didn’t make it to your home, you are bound to run into some type of winter driving conditions. Cold temperatures, falling snow, and icy roadways can lead to some pretty hazardous driving conditions. Before you head out for your winter travels, we suggest the following tips to help make your winter trip a safer one.

  • Make frequent stops if you are driving long distances. Get out of your car and stretch for a few minutes about every hour or so. Winter driving is much more fatiguing than cruising in the summer.
  • Pack hearty snacks. Colder weather means your body needs more nourishment than it does on a hot summer day. High-energy foods and water should be packed for any trip that in normal driving conditions would take a few hours as you’ll more than likely tack on more time than normal for winter driving.
  • Pack a winter travel kit. Pack extra blankets, gloves, hats, a good flashlight with extra batteries, and an ice scraper just in case you find yourself needing them.
  • Ensure that your gas tank is always at least half full. Gas can freeze just like any other liquid and you don’t want to be left stranded.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated before you begin traveling. You don’t want to find yourself needing to change a tire of the side of a cold and snowy highway shoulder.

Don’t risk your safety to get to your destination. If they roads are very bad, stay home and reschedule your trip for another time if possible.

2014 GMC Sierra: Power, Efficiency, Luxury

2014 GMC SierraThere is a lot to love about the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra.  With three available engines, increased fuel efficiency, and the most standard features ever available for the full-sizepickup, the 2014 Sierra is, in our humble opinion, the best one yet!

Featuring all aluminum blocks and heads, the 2014 GMC Sierra will house either a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V8, or a 6.2L V8.  All three engines are new to 2014, based on GMC’s EcoTec3 platform.  The V6 is noted to be built to handle the demands of a truck, but offering the fuel efficiency one can expect in newer V6 cars.

Perhaps the best new feature of these engines is the Active Fuel Management system, which cuts combustion on four cylinders during light driving to increase fuel efficiency.  Standard across the board this year is a new six-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous four -speed to help with, you guessed it, fuel efficiency.

To match their new lineup of engines, the folks at GMC gave the 2014 Sierra an interior that feels more like a luxury sedan than a truck, but with more purpose and function fit for a truck.  We like that.  Standing out is a 4.2-inch in-dash display with all the features you’d expect: trip computer, navigation, radio and audio options.  Pair that with the available 8-inch touch screen and you’ve got yourself a truck with enough tech to match your home set-up.  There are also compartments spacious enough for your laptop with five USB ports and four 12-volt outlets in case you really need to get things done on the go.

A release date has not yet been confirmed, but we expect the announcement at next month’s Detroit Auto Show to be a summer release.  Whatever the release date, Crawford Buick GMC strives to be your first choice for the new 2014 GMC Sierra.

GMC Never Say Never Sweepstakes Going on Now

GMC Never Say Never SweepstakesCalling all football fans: we have the perfect contest for you The GMC Never Say Never Sweepstakes is going on now, giving you a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVII!

As the Official Vehicle of the NFL, GMC is pleased to present the Never Say Never Sweepstakes. A total of seventeen weekly winners and one Grand Prize winner will be selected at random. Weekly winners will be chosen from now until January 2, 2013 and the Grand Prize winner will be chosen at random on or around February 7, 2013. One Grand Prize winner will receive the Ultimate fan package – a trip for 2 to the 2013 NFL Combine, 2013 NFL Draft, 2014 Pro Bowl, 2014 Super Bowl and a regular NFL season game sometime during the 2013 football season. Weekly winners will receive a 5 day/4 night trip for the winner and one guest to attend the 2013 Super Bowl on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, LA.

For complete sweepstakes details and rules, plus a chance to enter the sweepstakes, visit http://www.nfl.com/sweepstakes/gmc.

Encore Offers Big Comforts in a Smaller Package

2013 EncoreWhen it arrives early next year, the 2013 Buick Encore will have a fresh look and smaller design to distinguish it from its siblings. But don’t think that means Buick is cutting corners with this small luxury crossover. Encore will encompass all the same quiet, comfortable, and refined characteristics that define other Buick models. With advanced acoustic technology and attention to detail, the 2013 Encore takes the best luxury features found in other Buick vehicles, such as Bose Active Noise Cancellation, and tucks them nicely inside a compact crossover design.

“Our goal in developing Encore was two-fold – to design a vehicle that sets a refinement standard in the segment for customers who are new to Buick, and to deliver a vehicle that current Buick customers interested in downsizing can get in and fell at home,” said Jim Danahy, Encore chief engineer. “Active Noise Cancellation technology is a smart way to maximize luxury, space and efficiency together.”

With an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 28 mpg, the 2013 Encore will be cruising into dealerships in early 2013. Watch for its arrival at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person or online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com for more information of this distinctly Buick crossover.