There are many reasons why we at Highview Motors GMC love being located in Virginia, including the many gorgeous, outdoor spaces. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and do some hiking near Altavista. Check out one of these trails and enjoy the gorgeous foliage this season.
James River Heritage Trail
Lynchburg, Virginia is just a 40 minute drive north from Altavista, and if you’re a fan of biking, roller skating, or hiking, it’s the perfect trail for you. The five-mile paved trail starts at Percival’s Island Natural Area and runs through a gorgeous historic area.
If you’re willing to drive a little farther to Buchanan, you can enjoy a breathtaking view at the summit of Buzzard Rocks. The Sharp Top trail is accessible by car, and the hike to the summit is just three miles long.
While you’re in Buchanan, you might want to save energy for the slightly longer Flat Top hike. At 5.8 miles long, this is a great day hike, or can be part of a bigger hike if you’re pushing it. This hike requires some climbing and hard work, but the view you’ll have once you get the to top will be worth your efforts.
At Highview Motors GMC, we are proud to serve the Altavista area.
Driving in the rain can be scary, thanks to reduced visibility, slick roads, and other drivers who are just as freaked out as you are. Here are some easy tips to remember to reduce your stress when driving in the rain and help keep you safe along the way.
The most obvious thing you can do to stay safer in the rain is also the one most often ignored. You should always slow down, at least a few miles an hour, when the roads are wet. This will help you put more distance between your car and the cars in front of you, give you more stopping time, and make you less likely to hydroplane or skid.
Never use cruise control when you’re driving in the rain. You need to easily control your speed, whether that’s slowing down quickly or getting back in control while hydroplaning. In general, keep hydroplaning in mind and know how to stop it.
Strong winds may also accompany rain and make driving even more dangerous. Watch out for big vehicles like semi-trucks, which are more likely to get blow around in the wind, and keep both hands firmly on the wheel so you don’t get knocked out of your lane by a big gust of wind.
For more driving safety tips, give us a call today at Highview Motors GMC!
The 2018 GMC Terrain pulls out all the stops in order to make itself a well-known model among premium crossovers. The latest model brings a plethora of new features on top of a design that sets it apart from every other crossover on the road. From revised styling to affordable pricing, the GMC Terrain is out to claim its rightful place among the best of the best.
The GMC Terrain offers revised styling with new grille designs and a floating roof. The latest model drops nearly 350 lb. from the previous generation. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the selection of powertrains to choose from.
Drivers have their choice between a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. While the smaller of the two earns a peppy 170 horsepower, the 2.0-liter engine will satisfy drivers looking for more power with 252 horsepower. Both engines come paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The latest GMC Terrain also packs in an available 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that churns out an impressive 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and earns up to an EPA-estimated 39 MPG on the highway.*
Here at Highview Motors GMC, we are excited to see the 2018 GMC Terrain doing so well among critics!
*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.
The manual transmission held the spotlight for decades as the primary method of changing gears. The invention of the automatic transmission eliminated the need for the manual, although it still remain popular in some segments to this day. Now, GMC is on the forefront of the next great transmission innovation. GMC’s new transmission interface could very well change the way of the road for good.
GMC’s new transmission interface debuted in the 2018 GMC Terrain, an SUV that’s as much about style as it is about comfort and efficiency. The new model features both a six- and nine-speed automatic transmission that will utilize the new interface.
Known as the “Electronic Precision Shift,” the interface features three buttons and two switch toggles. The toggles control the Reverse and Drive gears. Drivers must push the brake pedal in order to move either switch. The three push-button controls are used for the Park, Neutral, and Low gear functions.
The transmission interface is located above the cup holders, but below the radio and touchscreen controls. The new interface allows for more storage space and ease of access to auxiliary and USB ports.
The interface’s design is predictive of how self-driving cars will use electronic controls rather than a gear shifter.
We here at Highview Motors are happy to see GMC’s new transmission interface garnering so much attention!
Highview Motors GMC is at a great location because it’s close to so many Virginia cities worth visiting. From outdoor activities to museums to food tours, you’ll find plenty to do in these fantastic Virginia cities.
Lynchburg is also called the “City of Seven Hills” because of its location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With that in mind, this city is like a haven for those who love outdoor activities, from canoeing to fishing to hiking and biking. When you’re done exploring the best of Virginia’s nature, head to Lynchburg’s Historic Downtown for some local shopping, dining, and a night in the 1878 Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
As one of the largest cities in Virginia, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of attractions near Roanoke. Foodies will want to take one of the Roanoke food tours, which will be just as stimulating for the mind as for the taste buds; the food-centric tour gives insight into the area’s history as well as its cuisine. The O. Winston Link Museum honors the life and work of esteemed photographer O. Winston Link, known for his railroad photography. For a stimulating afternoon of educational fun that the whole family can enjoy, pay a visit to the Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium.
Our hometown has its own collection of attractions enjoyable to both visitors and residents. Spend an afternoon browsing the Main Street Shops then stop by the Altavista Historic Mural, a huge painting on 7th Street that pays homage to the city’s history with 11 historical references. Can you spot them all? After you’ve finished browsing, grab dinner at the popular El Cazador Mexican and Latin American restaurant, then take the kids for a cone at Dairy Freeze.
Virginia is full of beautiful cities with incredible history. If you’re interested in finding a new ride to take you there, visit Highview Motors GMC today!
The 2017 GMC Terrain brings unprecedented luxury at an affordable price, making it perfect for a summer getaway. There are more summer advantages to the new GMC Terrain than sheer affordability, though. We here at Highview Motors GMC have a few more reasons the 2017 Terrain is the go-to summer SUV for drivers of all ages.
The 2017 GMC Terrain boasts a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a healthy 182 horsepower. Performance is just one part of what makes for a perfect summer SUV, though. The new Terrain also earns up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.*
Handling & Ride
Weighing in at less than 3,800 pounds, the 2017 Terrain brings nimble handling and a smooth ride to the road. Noise-cancelling technologies create a quiet cabin while premium materials offer standard sophistication. The responsive powertrain delivers immediate performance as well. On top of that, the Terrain SUV’s conservative size makes it easy to navigate tight city streets and other urban areas.
The new GMC Terrain offers premium luxury that goes hand-in-hand with impressive capability. The small SUV boasts a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped, making it a tough competitor to top. Bring a trailer full of necessary belongings or tack on sports equipment, like bicycles, to make your summer trip more enjoyable.
*Use for comparison only. EPA-estimated MPG. Actual mileage may vary.
Kid Rock is a name that hasn’t been a chart topper in recent years, but he has sold more than 25 million albums and established a rather sizable fan base. Like many country musicians, he has a fascination with trucks and owns quite a few. He even created and performed “Trucker’s Anthem” more than 15 years ago. More recently, however, Kid Rock has gotten behind the wheel of the new GMC Sierra pickup.
The high-end truck features a custom package created by Rocky Ridge, an off-road outfitter, to match Rock’s lifestyle, and the result is astounding.
The new GMC Sierra features a six-inch lift with 35-inch tires and other add-on features. The company’s signature “Stealth Coating” was added to the hood and bumpers and offers more protection. The custom-rolled steel bull bar sits on the fascia and boasts a 20-inch LED light.
The new Sierra’s interior is just as impressive, if not even more so. The seats feature American Bad Ass embroidery and just about every feature GMC has to offer. That’s not all Rocky Ridge had to offer, though.
The off-road outfitter added a 2.9-liter supercharged to Sierra’s stock 5.3-liter V8 engine for a total power output of 557 horsepower.
Some weeks it feels like you have to fill up the gas tank every day. While many cars are made more efficient than ever these days, it’s possible that you can be doing more to improve your fuel economy. Follow these tips from Highview Motors to make the most of each gallon.
Check Your Tires
In order to perform optimally, tires need to be inflated to their recommended PSI. If they’re low on air, they’re probably using more gas than they need. Check your tire pressure regularly.
When you idle, your car is getting zero mpg, which is pretty crummy fuel efficiency. If you’re going to be still for more than 30 seconds, turn off your car to save gas.
The ideal speed for the best fuel economy is 55 mph. If you’re in no hurry, and the speed limit will accommodate it, force yourself to let off the gas a little and cruise at this speed. Use cruise control to keep yourself in check, and you’ll get the best gas mileage on the highway.
Go Easy on the AC
Air conditioning uses up a lot of gas, so if you can suffer through a warm drive, do it. However, if you simply must be cooled down, AC is actually more efficient on the highway compared to windows down, which creates too much drag and decreases a car’s aerodynamics.
Spring officially begins on March 20th. The first day of spring is called the Vernal Equinox and happens when there is an even divide between daylight and dark hours. If you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and celebrate spring, here are five fun things to do.
Visit D.C. Every spring, the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River bloom in glorious shades of pink and white. Due to a warm February, peak bloom is expected to arrive sometime between March 14th and 19th.
Travel to Mexico. If you happen to visit Chichen Itza and the ancient Mayan pyramid, El Castillo on the Equinox, you can watch the Return of the Sun Serpent, which is a shadow that travels down the steps of the pyramid to form the shape of a snake.
Learn about the Easter bunny. Read more about the origins of the Easter bunny and how one theory believes it stems from the pagan festival of Eostre.
Have a reunion. In Japan, spring is a time for family reunions. Plan a get-together for your family and dye Easter eggs or head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Do some gardening. Nothing says spring quite like beautiful flowers blooming. Add some new flowers or trees to your surroundings.
Your car is one of your most important investments. It’s what gets you to work, to your friend’s house, and to your latest vacation destination.
However, if you fail to take care of it properly, it will fail you. These are some basic car maintenance tips to ensure that you car lasts as long as it should.
Check Your Fluids
This requires essentially no knowledge of cars. However, it does require you to keep a regular schedule. About once a month you should be checking your oil, windshield wiper fluid, and transmission fluid to make sure that you are good to go. Replace as necessary.
Keep Your Tires Inflated
While checking your fluids, you might as well check the air in your tires. Driving around on tires that aren’t properly inflated eventually leads to problems with both your car and your tires.
Wash Your Wipers
If you don’t wash your windshield wipers, they will start to leave streaks on your windshield. This makes it difficult to drive, especially at night. Keep them clean, and you’ll have fewer problems.
By following these simple maintenance tips, you ensure both the health of your car and your own safety. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.