Five Ways to Celebrate Spring

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Do some gardening. Nothing says spring quite like beautiful flowers blooming. Add some new flowers or trees to your surroundings.

Here at Highview Motors, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy Spring.

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Basic Car Maintenance Tips

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These tips are essential for keeping your car running smoothly.

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.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions: Developing Good Habits

New Year’s driving resolutionsNew Year’s resolutions are an American tradition. That’s why we’ve put together a list of driving-related resolutions to keep in mind, addressing everything from texting to speeding. Becoming a safer driver should be a goal for any individual, whether you’ve been at or for years or if you’re a beginner. Read on to learn more about New Year’s driving resolutions.

According to Consumer Reports, the most important goal for every driver is to never drink and drive. Nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities are caused by an alcohol-related incident. Drinking can not only make you tired, but also limit brain activity and response time. Get a designated driver or have some other plan if you are drinking.

Next, avoid speeding. Speed limits are set to keep drivers safe on the road, and they can also help improve fuel economy. By speeding you are not only wasting gas, but you also significantly increase the risk involved should you get in an accident.

Finally, don’t text and driving. There are several systems available to help you stay connected behind the wheel, including voice recognition software, among other things. Otherwise, turn off your phone and put it in the glove compartment. In an emergency, you can still make a call by pulling over. These are just some New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind this year.

 

GMC Alternative Fuel Options Expanding

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As the world continues to change, one thing that many people and businesses are interested in is alternative fuels. Alternative fuels are often more efficient and less expensive than standard gasoline or diesel. This is why GMC alternative fuel options are growing.

Starting early next year, GMC will begin to offer heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans that will have 6.0-liter V8 engines capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). There will also be alternative fuel options available for GMC’s new Low Cab Forward commercial truck.

With this expansion, GM Fleet’s lineup of hybrid, EV, and alternative fuel options grows to more than a dozen cars, trucks, and crossovers. This includes vehicles like the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV, a B20-capable 2.8-liter Duramax diesel for GMC Savana vans, and a 6.6-liter B20-capable Duramax diesel engine for the GMC Sierra HD.

“Expanding choice is the key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus using traditional gasoline,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.”

Do you own a business with fleet needs? Stop by Highview Motors and we’ll help you find the perfect vehicles to meet your needs.

Should You Drive a Minivan or an SUV?

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The 2017 GMC Yukon Denali is one of the great SUV options on the market.

There are a lot of great cars on the market today, and they all fit different needs. A decision that many families have to make as they have more children is whether to purchase a minivan or an SUV. The following breakdown is designed to help you parse out your needs and preferences to make a decision about which one to purchase.

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When you have children, loading them and unloading them becomes quite the task after a long day. One benefit of having a minivan is that the sliding door makes it easier to get kids in and out of the vehicle. You also usually do not have to fold any seats down to get into the third row of seats.

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Probably the biggest drawback of a minivan for many people is the stereotype of driving a minivan. While SUVs generally win in the style category, automakers have been able to make minivans more sleek and stylish over the years.

All-Wheel Drive

Minivans generally do not come standard with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, so many people find that SUVs work better for them in areas that see snow each year.

What you choose for your family comes down to personal preference. There is a reason why these are the two most popular types of vehicles for people with families. Come see us at Highview Motors GMC and we’ll help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle!

Winter Car Prep

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Preparation is the key to safety on the road.

Fall has finally arrived, which means many drivers will soon be getting ready for winter. The harshest season of the year will be here before you know it, so now is the time to prepare! If you aren’t sure what to do, don’t worry! Here’s some must-do winter car prep from us here at Highview Motors!

  • Oil – Oil plays three major roles within the engine, but it can’t perform well if its thick. Old oil tends to thicken when cold weather hits, which can prevent your vehicle from operating at peak efficiency. An oil change is relatively inexpensive. New, fresh oil allows your engine to operate at peak efficiency and can even prevent your car from breaking down.
  • Wiper Blades – Drivers in harsh climates should invest in rubber-clad wiper blades to battle the ice that winter inevitably brings. Most other drivers should be good to go with normal wipers. Make sure you have an ice scraper handy and some windshield washer solvent certainly won’t hurt.
  • Lights – Visibility can be a problem in winter which makes your lights even more important. Take the time to replace burnt-out bulbs and clean the lenses as best you can. Cleaning your lights helps other driving see you as much as they help you see them.

GMC Canyon Named Best Midsize Pickup

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There’s a reason you love the GMC Canyon: it’s been named Best Midsize Pickup by Cars.com. The Canyon proves it’s a pickup that won’t let you down.

The editors of Cars.com compile a list annually of the best cars in every segment. And this year, in the midsize pickup truck segment, the GMC Canyon scored big! Testing in each segment considers multiple different factors in style, technology, safety, and more. As the segment’s only premium midsize pickup, the GMC Canyon proved its worth.

Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief of Cars.com, said about the Canyon, “It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”

The Canyon was especially credited for its premium design and materials as well as its quite cabin. It gives you away to have utility without sacrificing luxury. The GMC Canyon beat out other top competitors like the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and 2016 Nissan Frontier.

Is your curiosity peaked? Then come down to Highview Motors today to take a test drive in the GMC Canyon and see what all the talk is about!

Yoders’ Farm Fall Activities Open in September

Yoders’ Farm Fall Activities

We’re only a month or two away from crunchy red and brown leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin-flavored everything, and warm sweaters. What better way to celebrate the transition out of summer than by participating in the Yoders’ Farm fall activities? Due to open mid-September for the 2016 autumn months, this local farm offers guests a variety of fun fall-themed attractions to get everyone excited about the change of seasons.

This fall, Yoders’ Farm will greet visitors with the Farm Store, where guests can purchase a variety of locally-grown produce and homemade goods such as tomatoes, apples, pastries, jellies, and more. You can even pick up a Yoders’ Farm cookbook. Plus, features like a 6.5-acre corn maze and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch are sure to be fun for the entire family—or, if you work for an educational institution, a church, or something else where you care for a large group of children, you can also contact the farm for field trip reservations!

Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with your family or you want to support local farmers, Yoders’ Farm fall activities will provide visitors with plenty of fun, as well as tasty treats like homegrown vegetables or baked goods. You can even pick a pumpkin for carving. Swing by the farm located just off of Brown Mills Rd in Rustburg, Virginia.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Truck

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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

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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.

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