National Heatstroke Prevention Day

National Heat Stroke Prevention DayToday, July 31st, is National Heatstroke Prevention Day and our hope is to ensure that no child gets left unattended in a hot vehicle. In recent months, there have been more and more incidents reported in which children are left in a car on a hot day.

Many parents don’t believe that this terrible accident could happen to them, but it has happened to even the most unsuspecting guardians. One child climbed into the family’s car by himself on a hot day and fell asleep which is just one instance of a child being left unintentionally and unknowingly.

Here are some facts about leaving a child unattended in a car:

  • The temperature inside a car can rise up to 140+ degrees on a hot day.
  • A child’s body temperature heats up to five times faster than that of an adult.
  • Heatstroke cases have been reported 11 months out of the year in all 50 states.

Now that you know some facts about leaving your child in a hot car, vow to take a pledge to make sure that this never happens to you or your family. When driving a car with a child passenger, place your cell phone, purse, or wallet in the back seat with them. This will set as a reminder that your child is back there. A smart kid from Tennessee, Andrew Pelham, even came up with a rubber band device that will help remind drivers that there is a child on board viagra luxembourg.

From the team here at Crawford Buick GMC, we want you to stay safe this summer! Please take a second to check your backseat every time you exit your vehicle.

Buicks are Built for Road Trips

Buicks are Built for Road Trips
The Buick Regal’s Interior

Did you know that only 22% of Americans still used printed maps? Instead, many rely on a GPS or smartphone to navigate to their destination. If you are one of those people who would rather use a handheld device, a new Buick would be a great addition to your family.  Most 2015 Buick models will be equipped with 4G LTE built in wi-fi technology so you will be able to navigate more efficiently while out on the road.  The addition of 4G LTE is also great for keeping your passengers occupied during long commutes. Your family will be able to surf the web, stream movies, and download new music using 4G LTE through OnStar.

Another reason why a Buick is a perfect pick for road trippers is because of its advanced comfort and luxury. Buicks are known for their excellent legroom and personalized touch. If you would like to see why Buicks are built for road trips, stop by Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso, Texas. We’re sure once you experience an all-new Buick for yourself, you will make it your next family vehicle.

Fun Road Trip Games

Fun Road Trip GamesHeading out for your annual family vacation? Check out these fun road trip games that will help time pass faster as you make your 8 hour trip to your destination. Keep your kids engaged and get them talking with an easy in-car game.

  1. Find the Vehicle/License Plate – You can play this game by having one person name a vehicle or state. The person who spots the specific vehicle or state license plate gets a point. The first person to 10 points is the winner! You can make it a bit more challenging by naming off more exotic makes and models.
  2. Who Am I? – Have one person in the car think of someone who everyone in the car knows. This can range from a celebrity to a family friend. The person will then give off random clues and the others in the car have to guess the identity. The first one to guess correctly gets a point.
  3. Slug Bug / Banana Game – Yellow vehicles and/or VW beetles earn points. The first one to 10 points is the winner!

No matter what game you decide to play on your family adventure, remember to keep it casual and simple. You don’t want to cause conflict among your children. Electronic devices like laptops or DVD players can also help pass the time, but family engagement is something that will stick with your children for years to come!

Improve Your Driving, Improve Your Fuel Saving

fuel savingA common misconception about fuel economy is that the EPA-rated mpg is the mpg you get. But in a real world scenario, your fuel saving is more dependent on driving style than any other factor, including the EPA rating.

For example, taking longer distances to brake and accelerate will not only help improve fuel economy by as much as 33 percent but also reduce tire and brake wear. It’ll even make you a safer, better driver!

Additionally, doing something as simple as managing the air conditioning can have amazing advantages. Turning the A/C off at low speeds in favor of rolling down the windows can reduce the strain on the engine, while turning it back on at high speeds and closing the windows will lower air resistance. Doing both can increase fuel saving by as much as 15 percent.

Of course, it does help to have a vehicle with higher mileage, like the Buick Encore that gets 33 mpg on the highway, to begin with—that makes all of these percentages even more valuable! Let us know how much fuel you saved at Crawford Buick GMC!

2014 Sierra 1500 Remains Capable

2014 Sierra 1500
2014 GMC Sierra 1500

Do you use your truck for work? Do you need to be able to haul some serious weight? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, we have just the truck for you! According to the new industry-wide SAE J2807 calculations, the Sierra has the ability to tow up to 12,000 lbs. This says a lot about the Sierra’s ability to tow. Before the new calculations were introduced, most trucks had a higher max tow rating. After the new calculations, most trucks lost some serious poundage. The Sierra 1500, however, was one of the only trucks that did not.

The 12,000 lb. rating is specifically for the double cab two-wheel drive, 6.2-liter V8 version of the Sierra 1500. It is also important to note that this engine is the most powerful available in the light-duty segment and offers an astounding 420-horsepower and 460-lb-ft of torque. It also features EcoTec3 technology making it more efficient while keeping up with performance needs.

If you would like to see how the Sierra 1500 can help you on your next big job, stop by our El Paso Buick and GMC dealership! Check out our Business Elite page to see other helpful options.