Tips for Driving In Different Terrain

tips for driving in different terrain

It was no mistake how the 2017 GMC Terrain got its name. This compact SUV was designed to be able to tow and haul no matter the conditions. Despite its poise, you should still adjust to your driving conditions. Here are some tips for driving in different terrain.

 

Gravel and Dirt: The Road Less Traveled

Pavement is not only flat but it has a tendency to stay put. You can’t say the same thing for gravel and dirt. If you are hauling a load, you’ll probably feel it pushing you more and causing you to have to brake more. The answer is to slow down.

 

Rain, Ice, Sleet and Snow

Precipitation is going to dramatically increase your stopping distance. In the rain and snow, visibility is decreased as well. Adjust by increasing the distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. In these conditions, maintain a steady speed whenever possible. This is especially true when going uphill.

 

Uphill/Downhill

When driving downhill, anything you are towing is going to push you during braking and turns. Brake early and reduce speed to prevent loss of control. You should also be very aware of the tow rating of your vehicle and the weight of your load.

Know your limits and the limits of your vehicle. Only go where you can do so confidently.

Interesting Indiana Traditions

Interesting Indiana Traditions
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Every state has some interesting, and sometimes downright crazy, traditions that the population are oddly proud of. Usually held every year or so, the traditions are far from what’s considered normal. Ranging from food to events, traditions take many forms. Here are some interesting Indiana traditions from us here at Warsaw CDJR!

  1. Hog Roast – Literally, roasting a hog. A summer event for many Indiana families, relatives gather to stick a hog on a spit and take care of business Indiana-style.
  2. Covered Bridge Festival – Home to over 31 covered bridges, Parke County sees more and more visitors every year. Taking place in the third week of October, the Covered Bridge Festival features vendors selling special items and large gathering of people under, you guessed it, covered bridges.
  3. Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – It may not be what the kids are listening to these days but bluegrass is far from dead. This age-old festival features more than 45 bluegrass bands taking the stage and performing for a total of eight days straight.
  4. Tractor Pulling – A rather common events in many southern and Midwest states, tractor pulling is a motorsport where drivers use their tractors to pull a sled full of weights.
  5. Fried Biscuits and Apple Butter – This family-oriented tradition is simple. Families gather around the table to take part in eating freshly fried biscuits and apple butter.

Replica of Spock and His 1964 Buick Riviera Steals the Show

Spock and his 1964 Buick Riviera
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The San Diego Comic Con is going down as we speak. It’s a huge event that brings together sci-fi movie lovers, toy collectors, comic book artists and fans, video game aficionados and all sorts of other creativeness.

Of course, the Star Trek franchise is always well-represented at events like this. And in the toy department, one Star Trek-themed toy may have stolen the show.

According to Gizmodo, Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, “celebrated the success of the original Star Trek TV series by buying himself a 1964 Buick Riviera.” Back then, the Riviera would have been a perfect vehicle with which to reward yourself. It was a big and beautiful and powerful luxury car; arguably the finest of its time.

Nimoy was photographed leaning against his Buick Riviera in the backlot of the studio where they filmed the show. He was in full Spock garb.

Hot Wheels recreated this iconic photograph with its miniature replica of Spock and his 1964 Buick Riviera. Be sure to check it out!

5 Interesting Facts about Indiana

Interesting Facts about Indiana
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There are fifty separate states that make up our country. However, our favorite of them all has to be Indiana. And that is not just because we live there! There are plenty of things about Indiana that many people are not aware of. Here are 5 interesting facts about Indiana.

  1. While Indiana may not be the state with the most presidents, it may just be the state with the most vice presidents instead. A whopping five different vice presidents have all come from Indiana!
  2. If you love popcorn, then you can thank Indiana for it. Indiana produces more than 20 percent of the nation’s popcorn supply.
  3. People from Indiana are commonly referred to as Hoosiers. However, even we don’t exactly know where this word originated from!
  4. Kentucky Fried Chicken is famous around the country. But the real Colonel Harland David Sanders hails from our state of Indiana!
  5. Plenty of towns across the country can have abnormal laws. Take Gary, Indiana, for instance, where it is illegal to attend a public gathering within four hours of eating either garlic or onion.

Now that you know a little more about our great and sometimes odd state of Indiana, be sure to make the trip up here!

Beautiful Places to Camp in Indiana

Places to Camp in Indiana
Take your Buick on the road this Summer and see what adventure await you!

Whether you’re planning for the Fourth of July or just looking for a weekend getaway spot, camping in Indiana is an adventure your family will never forget. Featuring all the comforts you don’t have at home, like fishing, swimming, and hiking, camping is a great way to make a memory. Here are a few top places to camp in Indiana from us here at Warsaw Buick GMC.

Shades State Park

Located about 60 miles from Indianapolis, Shades State Park is likely one of the most peaceful places to camp in Indiana. If you’re up for long hikes, this is perfect for you. Featuring the Pine Hills Nature Preserve, hiking is one of the main attractions of this park.

Teardrop Trailers 

At more than 90 years old, Teardrop Trailers features well over 2,000 acres of dunes, swamps, hardwood forests, miles upon miles of beach, and more. The Three Dune Challenge allows you to climb the highest sand dunes in Indiana while hiking a 1.5-mile course.  So if you’re up for a challenge, this is the camping spot for you.

Clifty Falls State Park 

Featuring waterfalls that can crash down below or drizzle like the rain, Clifty Falls State Park is perfect for those who love seeing the sights. Although fossil collecting is prohibited, the creek’s stony bed tells the tale of a marine ecosystem that’s been gone for years. With ancient corals, squids, and more, there’s more to see here than trees.

What Your Truck Says About You

Driving a truck goes hand-in-hand with country music and hitting the back-roads. As it turns out, a truck might say as much about the driver as the driver does about the truck. Here’s a quick rundown of what your truck says about you from us here at Warsaw CDJR!

  • Condition – A truck’s condition says a lot about what the driver does in his spare time. Scratches, dents, dirt, and mud mean he likely heads off-roading while a pristine paint job could indicate the truck has just come right off the lot.
  • Color – A red truck says a driver is confident while a white paint job could mean there’s a true gentleman behind the wheel. Tough guys tend to drive black trucks while any of the remaining colors indicates the driver doesn’t care about impressing others or getting noticed in a crowd.
  • Tires – A truck with big tires likely indicates mudding or off-roading. When combined with a suspension lift, the driver enjoys being the center of attention no matter where he goes.
  • Muffler – A loud muffler generally indicates the driver enjoys a night of fun or that he isn’t perfect. Either way, you’ll know when they’re coming before they get there.

If you haven’t thought about customizing your own truck, come into Warsaw Buick GMC Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today to pamper your truck!

What Makes a Car a Hybrid?

What Makes a Car a Hybrid
2015 LaCrosse Hybrid Buick with eAssist technology

What Makes a Car a Hybrid?

Hybrid vehicles are all the rage these days with every automaker creating plug-in models of popular cars. The Toyota Prius gave birth to the movement with a hybrid powertrain that is now found in the Porsche Cayenne, Chevrolet Volt, and many, many more. Still, many drivers aren’t sure what makes a car a hybrid. Well, wonder no more! We here at Warsaw Buick GMC will fill you in.

A hybrid vehicle is defined as a vehicle that uses more than one form of onboard energy to achieve propulsion. More often than not, a hybrid will use both an engine and fuel tank as well as an electric motor and battery pack.

Hybrid vs Electric

Hybrid cars are often confused with electric vehicles. The difference is that while hybrids still use gasoline, electric cars run are powered by electricity alone. If a hybrid has enough electric capacity, however, it is possible to drive on electricity alone. A hybrid’s range on electricity alone is very limited and largely depends on the weight of the vehicle, among other variables.

Thanks to the use of both gasoline engines and electric motors with battery packs, hybrid vehicles are more fuel efficient than standard cars. While diesel-electric hybrids would be even more efficient than the current gasoline-electric model, the price associated with them makes the combination incredibly expensive.

Four Great DIY Jeep Mods

Let’s face it. Jeeps are awesome as-is. But sometimes, a tweak here and there can take their awesomeness to new heights. Check out these awesome DIY Jeep mods

 

The Hammock Mod

The seats in a Jeep are certainly comfortable enough to take a nap in. But if you really want to relax, do what one owner did—attach a hammock to the roof bars! It works great when you are at the drive-in movie theater.

 

The Bottle Opener Mod

If your Jeep has large bolts on the A-pillar, you can install a wall-mounted bottle opener. It’s perfect for picnics! (Just remember to be responsible if using it to open anything besides soda.)

 

The ‘Squeeter Mod

There’s nothing like driving your Jeep deep into the wilderness where civilization seems like a distant dream. The only problem? That’s where mosquitoes thrive. But sleeping with the top on kills your access to fresh air. Try cutting a piece of mosquito netting and using clips to clip it to your roof bars.

 

The Smartphone Mod

If you have an accessory phone charger, the kind where your phone sits upright almost like the old cordless house phones, you can easily do the awesome Jeep DIY smartphone mod. Just place the charger on the grille vent on your dash, attach with zip ties and your phone is secure and upright for navigation!

With these DIY Jeep mods, you are not only making your Jeep more functional, you are making it your own.

 

Tips for Handling Debt: Get Yourself Out of the Red

Debt can be stressful and intimidating, especially if you are shopping for a new or used car. That’s why it’s important to cope with debt before it gets out of hand. We’ve put together a post on tips for handling debt, helping you to get behind the wheel of your dream car before you know it.

The first step, according to Uswitch, is to accept that you have debt. Although this might sound obvious, many people simply sweep their bills under the rug because they have trouble dealing with the stress of serious debt. Relax, take some deep breaths, and address your debt head on. If you need it, professional help is available—and well worth it.

Talk about your bills with a professional, your partner, or your family. Developing solutions is often most successful when you are brainstorming with others. Plus, those close to you are excellent at providing emotional support. The pros are great at getting you resources and solving issues. Check out debt organizations like the Citizen’s Advice Bureau or StepChange for free help.

Locate the causes of debt. Careful budgeting and attentive records of spending help you find out where your money is going. Do you eat out a lot? Use credit cards? Buy concert tickets? Most people fail to realize how expensive some of their hobbies and luxuries really are.

Finally, address the stress. Debt can be rough to handle, which makes it important to take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, sleep, and keep things in perspective. You are on the road to a debt-free life if you are following these tips.

GMC Named Most Refined Brand

When car buyers want sophistication, power, comfort, and technology, they turn to GMC. This was emphasized even more by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) naming GMC the Most Refined Brand in its 2016 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards. This is the third year in a row GMC has earned this award from KBB.

Editors have praised GMC and its luxurious Denali sub-brand for its dedication to premium-quality materials, sophisticated design, industry-leading technology, and comfortable interiors. And, GMC does this while still maintaining its rugged capabilities and demeanor.

“Premium quality and exterior styling are the top two reasons customers choose GMC vehicles,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC, in a statement. “Unprecedented refinement and attention to detail provide our customers with a truly Professional Grade experience.”

Since 1999, GM has sold more than 850,000 GMC Denali vehicles. And, the Denali lineup accounted for 23% of all GMC retails sales in 2015.

If you have been searching for a luxurious vehicle that is simultaneously rugged, sophisticated, and high-tech, come check out the GMC lineup today at Warsaw Buick GMC. We have plenty of vehicles to choose from, including numerous Denali models.