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!

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Truck

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 - Altavista, VA
Considering a truck? We recommend the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500!

There are plenty of great vehicles on the market and trucks are among the most popular. Full- and mid-size trucks rule the roads and every driver knows it. Other than looking large and in charge, there are plenty of other reasons to choose a truck, too. Here at Highview Motors GMC, we have five great reasons to buy a truck!

  1. Utility – Trucks are great for hauling and towing heavy loads with ease. While a car can usually tow a small trailer, a truck can tow thousands of pounds without breaking a sweat. Capable of transporting furniture, dirt, mulch, bricks, and more, trucks are utility-driven.
  2. Rough Terrain – While buying a truck without four-wheel drive will help cut down on fuel costs, it could leave you stuck. Most trucks come stocked with four-wheel drive and, at the push of a button, they become twice as capable. That means a truck can traverse snowy roads, rough trails, and more with ease.
  3. Safety – Besides all the usually safety equipment, trucks are built to be tough. Mass matters so the larger the vehicle, say, a truck, the less likely you are to be seriously injured.
  4. Luxury – Unlike in the past, trucks are pretty luxurious. From heated seats to automatic climate control, driving a truck doesn’t mean roughing it.
  5. Incentives – The most beneficial part about buying a truck is the incentives manufacturers offer buyers. There’s rarely a time of year where there isn’t some kind of deal on trucks so stop in and find out more!

Helpful Towing Terms for the Truck Buyer

2016 GMC Sierra - Lynchburg, VA
Trucks like the GMC Sierra are great when it comes to towing.

If you are thinking a truck might be right for you, it may help to learn a few towing terms. That way, you can get exactly what you need!

Axle Ratio – It’s all about finding an axle ratio that is fit for your needs. You want a ratio that is going to allow you to comfortably tow the weights that you need to regularly tow. At the same time, you want your truck to be efficient when you are not towing. It’s all about balance with axle ratio.

Cab and Box Size – In terms of towing and hauling, the smaller your cab, the more you can tow and haul. But then again, if you are in the business of hauling people (coworkers, family), then a larger cab is appropriate.

GCVW (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight) – This is the number you want to pay attention to if you plan on towing and hauling at the same time.

Wheel Drive – You may think that 4×4 is always the way to go when you buy a truck. But you need to consider that 4×4 trucks have a greater curb weight than 4×2 and thus often have a lower tow rating.