All drivers are guilty of “driving on empty” at least once, whether or not they like to admit it. Sometimes, you just aren’t paying attention, and before you know it, the light comes on. You are almost out of gas, with no gas station in sight.
Of course, your car will not stop moving mere moments after the indicator light comes on. Most vehicles can drive for a significant amount of time afterwards, giving the time needed to make it to a station.
However, the effects of running on empty include more than the stress of thinking you may run out at any moment. During this time, dirt and other contaminants can become suspended in your fuel, blocking up the filter. The fuel pump can even overheat or affect both the power steering and brakes.
Always fuel up before a long trip, and try to familiarize yourself with gas stations in new areas – if not for your peace mind, then for your car’s longevity. For more tips, visit us anytime at Warsaw Buick GMC.
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.
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.
While many of us are either constantly thinking about the future or stuck in the past, others have begin to turn towards a new focus: mindfulness – a concept that refers to focusing on what is happening currently, or “living in the moment.”
By living in the moment and celebrating what you have, you can lower your stress levels and allow yourself to be a happier, more deliberate person. Those who regularly practice mindfulness also maintain higher levels of general clarity.
Plus, mindfulness doesn’t have to involve the practice of meditation or any other changes to your daily schedule. You can practice mindfulness on the road, at work, or even while chatting with a friend.
If you are trying to reduce the clutter in your life, replacing it with peace of mind, try to be a bit more mindful. For additional tips on how to be more mindful, lower your stress levels, and live with clarity, head over to the official website.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.