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Buick’s New Standard Feature for 2015

New Standard Feature for 2015
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Safety and technology come together for the 2015 model year by making the rearview camera standard equipment on all Buick models. Currently rearview cameras are offered on many of Buick’s top trim levels, but we are proud to announce that they will be standard on ALL Buicks for 2015 and moving forward.

Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst for KBB says, “Rear backup cameras have become more like power windows and air conditioning. While they’re not standard on every car, yet, it’s rare to operate a new vehicle without them.” We couldn’t agree with KBB more and expect that rearview cameras will become standard throughout more and more brands because of their ability to keep drivers safe while out on the road.

The rearview camera isn’t the only new standard safety feature for 2015, all Buick models will also feature Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. It is also important to note that all GM models come with OnStar’s award-winning telecommunications system.

If you would like to learn more about the 2014 or upcoming 2015 Buick lineup, stop by our dealership in El Paso, Texas! The friendly team at Crawford Buick GMC will be happy to help you with any questions you may have!

2014 Sierra and Sierra Denali Among First Pickups to Receive Five-Star Safety Score

2014 SierraBeginning with the 2011 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) changed its New Car Assessment Program to include new requirements for vehicles to pass into order to receive the highest possible five-star overall safety rating. Since this new rating system was implemented, no pickup truck has ever attained this five-star score…until now. The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali (along with their Chevy Silverado cousin) are the first pickup trucks to receive a five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the NHTSA.

Redesigned inside and out for the 2014 model year, the GMC Sierra mixes rugged styling cues with proven power and dependability. The advanced technologies and tech specs on the 2014 Sierra make it the best Sierra yet. Standard safety features on the base model include daytime running lights, StabiliTrak stability control system, tire pressure monitoring system, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, and dual-stage frontal and seat mounted air bags for driver and passenger. Additional available safety features include a rear vision camera, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and safety alert seats that vibrate pulses to warn the driver of potential traffic danger.

“Safety is as important to truck buyers as it is to car buyers,” said Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Silverado and Sierra set a benchmark for pickup truck safety by offering a full array of advanced features designed to protect occupants before, during, and after a collision.”

At Crawford Buick GMC, your safety is very important to us. So let us help you get into a top safety rated 2014 GMC Sierra pickup today. Visit our El Paso dealership in person or online at

Encore Joins All Other Current Buick Models as a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick

2013 BuickThe weather is warm, the sun is shining, and school is out for the summer: yes, summer travel season has arrived. Before you pack up your family hauler this vacation season, ask yourself, is this vehicle safe enough to carry my precious cargo to our destination? Well, if you’re driving any of the five current Buick models, the answer is yes. Recently the 2013 Encore earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick, which means all five models in the brand’s showroom now share this distinction.

To earn a Top Safety Pick nod a vehicle must score the highest rating possible in all four tests performed on it. In addition to an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2013 Encore also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. New for the 2013 model year, Encore is a compact luxury crossover with high efficiency in a smaller package.

“Safety is a top priority in Buick’s product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today.”

The entire safe and stylish Buick lineup can now be found at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership before you head out for your summer adventures. Find more information on any current Buick vehicle at

Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers

Teenage driversIt might surprise you to learn that the deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers rose 19% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. The Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association found that 25 states reported an increased in 16- and 17-year old driver deaths. The fact is teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group. We’ve compiled a few safety tips below to help teenage drivers stay alert behind the wheel and hopefully keep these statistics down:



1)      Keep your cell phone out of reach while driving.

–          Several studies indicate that using a cell phone while driving is equivalent to driving drunk. Both talking and texting on cell phones distracts you from focusing on the road ahead and you may miss key developments that could create hazards for you.

2)      Be mindful of the speed limit and obey it.

–          Did you know that 40% of all fatal teen accidents are caused by speeding? That’s a number that can easily be brought down. The recommended speeds are posted for a reason. Follow them.

3)      Be a defensive driver.

–          Be aware of traffic that is in front of you, next to you, and behind you. Always stay at least a car length behind the car in front of you.

4)      Skip the carpool lane and drive solo.

–          While it may be fun to pile up a few friends in your car and head to school or weekend activities, having even a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Add in a few more teen passengers and the risk continues to escalate.

5)      Start by driving a safe car.

–          Choose a car with the latest safety technology and excellent crash test ratings. We can help with that!

At Crawford Buick GMC, your safety is important to us. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for additional safety tips and to view our new inventory for the latest in vehicle safety technology.

The Times Have Changed – Literally

GMC Acadia Denali InteriorIf you’ve ever taken driver’s ed or attended a driving school, you immediately know what is meant when you hear “hands at 10 and 2”. For years, auto industry experts, driving instructors, and auto safety administrations have advised drivers to image their steering wheel as the face of a clock and hold it at the 10 and 2 positions for proper control. And as times are changing, so are the times at which you are recommended to hold your hands on that steering wheel clock.

Trusted automotive resources are now suggesting the 10 and 2 positions are a downright dangerous place to hold your hands in the event that your air bag deploys. Many driving guidelines, including those issued by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, now recommend that drivers lightly grip the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.

As safety features on vehicles have changes over the years, so have their steering wheels and associated mechanisms. Air bags are designed to deploy upward to protect your head and chest in the event of a collision. The higher up your hands are on the steering wheel, the more likely they are to be hovered directly over the plastic cover that encompasses the air bag, thus causing significant damage when it inflates at a rate of 150 to 250 mph. The air bags also have the potential to slam your hands into your head upon deployment, causing concussions or broken noses.

Keep up with the changing times. Remember that 10 and 2 and out and 9 and 3 are now the preferred hand positions on your steering wheel. For more information on the safety features of our vehicles, visit us online or stop by our El Paso dealership to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.

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.