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The Four B’s of Fall Car Care

Fall Car CareThe end of September signals the beginning of fall. The arrival of fall brings cooler temperatures, greater chances of precipitation, and less than ideal driving conditions. Get your vehicle ready with a simple fall checkup by following the Four B’s: brakes, battery, blades, and belts.

Brakes – The brake system is arguably the most important safety system on your car or truck. You may have been harder on your brakes than you realized during your summer cruising days, so make sure to have your brakes checked and repair the pads as needed.

Battery – Hot summer days can drain your vehicle’s battery, making it more likely to fail when you need it most in cooler months. Have your battery tested the next time you stop into our service center.

Blades – While we’re not quite ready for winter weather, fall typically has more precipitation than summer. Your windshield wiper blades are likely to get a workout this time of year so be sure to replace your wiper blades to ensure you have the best visibility possible when you are behind the wheel.

Belts – Check for leaks or cracking on belts and hoses to avoid being left stranded and waiting for a tow.

Be sure to stop by our service center to get your vehicle in shape for fall. We’ll be happy to provide a quick overview to keep your car or truck running like new!

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 www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

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.