Stay Safe with These Defensive Driving Tips

Winter is often the worst time of the year for roads. Not only are the streets a driving hazard, but extreme temperatures can negatively impact your vehicle. Follow these defensive driving tips to become a safer and more cautious driver on the road.

Stay Focused

In today’s world, it’s easy to get distracted by your phone, your radio, your passengers, eating behind the wheel, or any number of things. All of these can increase your risk of getting in an accident, so keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Expect Other Drivers to Make Mistakes

It is better to assume other drivers are guilty until proven innocent when learning to drive defensively. Always be on the lookout for other drivers’ mistakes you can avoid them and act accordingly.

Follow these defensive driving tipsFollow the Law

Stay under the speed limit, buckle up, don’t race the yellow light, and use your turn signals.

Don’t Tailgate

Especially when roads are slippery, it’s important to stay a few car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you so that you have adequate time to stop if they slam their brakes.


Maintain your vehicle and stay up to date on your service schedule. It’s crucial to keep your tires properly inflated and your engine oiled.

If your vehicle needs some winter maintenance, visit our service department at Highview Motors.

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Wins 2018 Truck of the Year

The pickup truck segment has always been an incredibly competitive category. Enthusiasts of all walks of life will tell you that their brand is the best brand of truck out there. But trusted automotive publication Truck Trend settled on their pick for the 2018 Truck of the Year ® award: the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali. Beating out rivals like Ford, Chevy, Toyota, and Ram, the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali wowed the judges behind Truck Trend with its all-around quality.

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Wins 2018 Truck of the Year

The Denali is known for being a luxury pickup, with a high-quality, carefully-crafted interior packed with soft-touch materials and the latest and greatest in-vehicle technology. Truck Trend agrees, showering the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali in praise for its upscale vibe. Plus, in addition to being a luxurious vehicle, the Sierra 2500HD Denali still has all the capability of a heavy-duty truck, such as a powertrain that delivers 445 horsepower and a whopping 915 lb-ft of torque with the new Duramax turbo-diesel engine option.

Winning Truck Trend’s 2018 Truck of the Year ® is only the beginning for the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali. If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, stop by Highview Motors GMC. Once you sit behind the wheel, you’ll know why this pickup wins awards.

GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept

There’s little doubt that the automakers have come up with some pretty creative truck concepts, but GMC may have just stolen the show. The GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept took on Colorado’s Vail Mountain with a few modifications that make it more than your average heavy-duty truck.

The GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept is based on the GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali. While the truck left the production line with four-wheel drive, they made some additional adjustments. The wheels were replaced with tank-like tracks from Mattracks.

Under the hood lies a 6.6-liter Duramax® turbodiesel V8 engine that tears through snowbanks with 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. That engine is available in the stock GMC Sierra 2500HD pickup.

In addition to its high-power engine, the All Mountain Concept features all the luxuries of the GMC Sierra 2500HD. Features include a Bose® audio system, leather seats, and the latest infotainment system.

While the GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept is just that, a concept, and won’t be rolling off the production line anytime soon, drivers can still see the truck in person at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

We here at Highview Motors GMC can’t wait to see what creative concepts the luxury marque comes up with next! If you’re interested in a production model of the 2018 GMC Sierra, stop by Highview Motors GMC today.

2018 GMC 2500HD cousin to the GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept


Fall Biking and Hiking Near Altavista, Virginia

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.


Sharp Top

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.


Flat Top

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.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain

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!

2018 GMC Terrain At Highview Motors

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.

GMC’s New Transmission Interface

GMC's New Transmission Interface

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!

Fun Activities and Attractions Near Roanoke


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!

Summer Advantages of the 2017 GMC Terrain

2017 GMC Terrain

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.

Fuel Economy

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’s New GMC Sierra

2017 New GMC Sierra

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.

We here at Highview Motors GMC are pumped to see Kid Rock rolling out in his very own custom GMC Sierra!

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