How Important Are Regular Tire Rotations?

TireWhile it may seem like just another inconvenient service appointment, tire rotations are actually a very important piece of the car maintenance puzzle. Without regular rotations, your tires will wear unevenly, not only destroying the tires themselves prematurely, but causing other issues, too.

So, just how important are tire rotations?

Your tires wear differently based on a number of factors, including the position of the tires on the vehicle, the condition of your suspension, and your overall driving style. Rotating your tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles (check your owner’s manual) encourages your tires to wear evenly over time.

Front wheel drive vehicles will almost always wear the front tires down more rapidly, since those tires carry the majority of the car’s weight, and do all of the steering and thrusting. More often than not, rear wheel drive cars will also wear down on the front tires faster, since 80% of braking is accomplished with the front tires.

Get the most out of your tires by having them rotated on a regular basis. You’ll find that your car not only drives better, but it will be more efficient and help to keep your alignment and transmission in good shape.

Give us a call at Crawford Buick GMC today and make an appointment to have your tires rotated!

Chevy and Buick Earn Recognition for Best In-Car Voice Recognition Software

While we’ll admit that some in-car voice recognition systems can be downright frustrating to use, there are certainly plenty of options that actually work really well. According to a recent study by AAA Foundation for Safety and Edmunds, the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse offer the best in-car voice recognition software for model year 2015 vehicles.

2015 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Buick LaCrosse – Check it out at Crawford Buick GMC!

The testing took into account ten different voice-recognition systems in 2015 model year cars, ranking each one by how distracting it is. The software in the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse were ranked as the two least-distracting voice command systems.

Safety experts agree that distracting voice command systems can pose a serious problem on our streets.

“The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The results indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving.”

If you’re in the market for a new car that features voice recognition software which is easy to use, stop by Crawford Buick GMC!