Prepare for the Cold with These Winter Car Necessities

Prepare for winter with these winter car necessities!

Prepare for winter with these winter car necessities!

Winter is by far the toughest season of the year for driving. Be prepared this year, with these winter car necessities you should keep in your trunk in case of an emergency.

  1. Blankets. If you get stuck in your car, keeping yourself warm will be your primary concern. Blankets are the easiest way to do this. Have enough so that everyone in your family can be covered (you can share blankets).
  2. Spare cell phone. That old cell phone you have laying in your junk drawer can be put to good use. Charge it up and wrap it the blankets. That way it won’t get damaged in a crash and you can use it to call 911, if needed.
  3. Empty cup or bottle. In the summertime, having a few bottles of water in the car is recommended. This isn’t true in the winter, since they can freeze and explode. Instead, keep an empty cup or bottle in the car. You can fill this with snow and when the snow has melted, drink up.
  4. First-aid kit. You want to be able to help if someone is hurt in an accident. Get a first-aid kit and learn how to use everything in it.
  5. Nutrient-dense food. Your body can’t keep itself warm if it doesn’t have any energy. Keep a supply of food, like nuts, dried fruits, granola bars, etc., in the car to keep you going while you wait for help to arrive.

What supplies do you keep in your car during the winter? Let us know at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

Benefits of Winter Tires for the Snowy Season

Do you know the benefits of winter tires this season?

Do you know the benefits of winter tires this season?

Winter is fast approaching and we all know that that means snow and ice covered roads are almost upon us.  Before you hit the road after the first snowfall, make sure that your car is properly prepared to take on those ice covered roads.

With winter weather comes a number of winter driving hazards. Make sure you protect your passengers—and your car—this winter by purchasing winter tires for your vehicle.

Winter tires are designed with special grips and tread to deal with snow and ice easily, increasing your traction and handling, and making you safer out on the road. And trust us, when you find yourself on an icy hill, you’ll be glad that you have winter tires to help you.

The benefits of winter tires really cannot be understated during such a dangerous time of the year. To learn more about them, visit us at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY, and be safe out there!

All-New Malibu Debuts with Chevy’s Teen Driver Safety Technology

Teen Driver keeps your teen safe on the road.

Teen Driver keeps your teen safe on the road.

As the redesigned 2016 Malibu debuted at the New York Auto Show this month, so did Chevy’s new technology, Teen Driver. The system is an advanced safety technology designed to support parents in encouraging their teen drivers to practice safe driving habits.

The technology provides warnings, both audible and visual, that alert the driver when he has exceeded predetermined speeds. In addition, Teen Driver mutes the radio and the audio of any other device paired to the vehicle’s entertainment system when the driver and front passenger are not wearing seat belts.

The built-in automotive system is the only one in the industry to provide parents with a display detailing the driving record of their teens. Data, including maximum speed reached, distance driven, and the number of times active safety features were employed during the trip, are part of the report parents receive.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids — they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said MaryAnn Beebe, safety engineer for General Motors. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”

Chevy’s new tech feature is standard on the Malibu’s Premier trim and available for LT models equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio.

We at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC are excited to see the results of Teen Driver.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Safety Rating Soars with 5 Stars

Want safety, then you will want the Trax ... 2015 Chevrolet Trax rating was 5 stars.

Want safety, then you will want the Trax … 2015 Chevrolet Trax rating was 5 stars.

When Chevrolet first announced the arrival of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, the industry got excited. Now, as the Trax makes its way to dealerships across the country, we are finally seeing what all of the buzz is about!

Not only does the compact SUV offer superb fuel economy numbers and a long list of standard features, but it is also worthy of the National Highway Traffic Administration’s Five-Star Overall Vehicle Score in safety.

“The Trax is the perfect example of Chevrolet’s commitment to putting state of the art technology and class-leading safety features where it matters most for the customer,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president for Chevrolet.

Because of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax safety rating, Chevrolet has managed to become the lineup with the most 5-star safety rated models in the United States. Following in the footsteps of other Chevrolet models, the Trax offers a combination of safety structuring, including a high-strength steel cage that surrounds the passenger compartment, and driver assist technologies, including a standard rearview camera and 10 standard air bags.

To see what the 2015 Chevrolet Trax has to offer you, contact or stop in to Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY today!

Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat Gets Your Attention

Let your seat alert you to any trouble with Chevrolet's Safety Alert Seat.

Let your seat alert you to any trouble with Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat.

With all the noises that surround us in the car, it can be easy to ignore or not notice a simple beep or bell, which is why Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat uses subtle vibrations to get the driver’s attention.

The Safety Alert Seat works with the crash avoidance system. When a crash risk is detected, the driver’s seat bottom cushion will vibrate on the left or right to draw the driver’s attention towards the crash risk. This vibration is especially useful for drivers who may be hard of hearing and can’t hear the standard auditory alerts from a crash avoidance system.

“Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction can help cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience,” said GM Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond J. Kiefer, in a statement.

“The best kind of safety protection we can offer are customer-focused features that help drivers avoid the crash altogether, and which are kept turned on for every trip.”

Originally, the Safety Alert Seat was only available in GM’s luxury lineup. Now, in just two years, it has migrated to select 2015 Chevrolet models, including the Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe.

Want a demonstration of Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat? Stop by Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY and see how it feels for yourself.

How Do Potholes Form and How Can You Avoid Them?

Tips on how do potholes form and how to avoid them are invaluable for the winter season!

Tips on how do potholes form and how to avoid them are invaluable for the winter season!

As we wave goodbye to Thanksgiving for another year, it’s time to face the fact that winter is upon us. And with winter comes snow and ice, which inescapably leads to potholes. But how do potholes form, and what are some things you can do to avoid them?

Here at Hutch Chevrolet, we’ve done some investigating and have collected the most important information on potholes you will find!

How Do Potholes Form?

  1. Snow. Just like every year, we get plenty of snow and ice in December, January, and February—sometimes even in March and April! This is just the beginning of how a pothole forms.
  2. Ice. Each time we have ice or snow, it inevitably melts, saturating the pavement. As temperatures rise and dip, this water will refreeze and expand, which breaks up the pavement both above and below the surface.
  3. Cars. When the pavement has been fractured by melting and refreezing moisture, it is no longer able to support heavy vehicles which drive along its surface. The more cars drive along the road, the weaker the surface gets. Eventually, the surface breaks down entirely and potholes emerge in the roadway.

How Can You Avoid Them?

  1. Stay Back. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you are able to see the pothole with plenty of time to steer around it.
  2. Slow Down. If you do hit a pothole, the damage will be much more severe if you’re travelling at a higher speed.
  3. Keep a Firm Grip. The last thing you want to do is lose control of your vehicle when driving over a pothole. To avoid this, make sure you’re holding your steering wheel tightly so you can avoid running off the road.
  4. Avoid Puddles. Puddles are notorious for hiding potholes. If you want to avoid accidentally driving over a pothole, avoid suspicious-looking puddles (or any puddles, if possible).

Please stay safe this winter and avoid potholes!

Recommended Car Council Tips for Winter – Don’t be Caught Off Guard

Don't get caught in the snow, follow these Car Council tips for winter!

Don’t get caught in the snow, follow these Car Council tips for winter!

We won’t lie: winter is likely the roughest season there is for drivers. Whether you have ice, sleet, hail, or frosted windshields before every commute, you’ll be running into some trouble in the coming months.

There are ways to make the winter more manageable, and safer to boot. Here are some Car Council recommended tips for pre-winter car care that will take some of the hardships out of the coldest time of the year.

If you’re due for a tune-up, it’s best to get it done as soon as you can. A proper once-over of your vehicle’s health will act like a preventative check-up to help you keep in tip-top shape during the cold season. If you get your car checked out, there’s less of a chance for the weather to stir up any slumbering problems in your car.

Get your battery, tires, brakes, and lights all checked. Make sure nothing needs replaced before the snow starts. A battery that won’t charge correctly could leave you stranded in the snow, and the cold is hard on a battery. Faulty brakes could easily lead to accidents when ice is involved.

Hutch Chevrolet has more information available apart from these Car Council tips for winter and every season year round. For more car care advice, be sure to check back with us in the future!

Does a New Guardrail Pose a Threat to Drivers?

Could a new guardrail be dangerous?

Could a new guardrail be dangerous?


Guardrails are a safety feature on our roadways meant to keep us safe. They’redesigned to keep our cars safely on the road and away from danger. But what if those guardrails, meant to keep us out of harm’s way, actually caused more harm than good? Unfortunately, according to a recent study, that may be just the case for one type of new guardrail.

Following the study (conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham, and sponsored by The Safety Institute and the state of Missouri), federal officials are supporting ongoing investigations to determine if guardrails are actually as effective in real life as they are in crash tests.

The study reviewed eight years’ worth of crashes involving guardrails in Missouri and Ohio and found that an end terminal piece called ET-Plus made by Trinity Industries “was 1.36 times more likely to produce a severe injury and 2.86 times more likely to produce a fatality than the ET-2000 design (another model from Trinity).”

Trinity Industries is facing lawsuits over the ET-Plus that claim that the company shortened a piece of metal from five inches to four inches in the guardrail’s design, which could be responsible for the potential danger. The lawsuits are the result of fatal crashes and accidents in which motorists lost limbs crashing into the company’s guardrails.

Guardrails are designed to take the force of a car crashing into the end of it, collapsing and moving away from the vehicle as the car makes its way forward. The newer guardrails with the smaller piece seem to pierce right through a vehicle, sometimes acting as a dagger, causing victims to lose limbs.

Trinity Industries maintains that the ET-Plus passed all federal crash tests and meets safety standards.

Regardless, we at Hutch Chevrolet hope you never have to worry about crashing into the ET-Plus or the ET-2000!

2014 Chevrolet Volt Earned a Top Safety Pick+

2014 Chevrolet Volt

In a recent round of crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Chevrolet Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+, and was the only small car out of 12 tested to earn the award.

Most of the small cars performed poorly in the small overlap front crash test; however, the Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+ by receiving an acceptable score in the challenging test.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, in a statement. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

In the small overlap front crash test, the IIHS monitors six categories. The Volt earned the top “good” rating in four of the six categories, with an “acceptable” rating in the Structure and Restraints & Kinematics categories. This gave the Volt an overall “acceptable” rating for the test.

In the four other tests, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats, the Volt scored the top “good” rating.

If you’re looking for a small car that will not only keep you safe, but will save you cash at the pump, then the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is the car for you. It is available today at Hutch Chevrolet.

Chevy Traverse Repeats as a Best Family Car for 2014

Chevy Traverse Named Best Family Car for 2014Parents magazine and have just released their “10 Best Family Cars” list for 2014 and, for the second straight year, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of the specially selected vehicles to make the cut. The Traverse excels in several defining categories of major importance to families including safety, value, efficiency, and convenience, making it a shoo-in on any Best Family Car list.

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“Traverse’s winning combination blends the capability and roominess of a traditional SUV with the attributes of a crossover, including a car-like driving experience, low step-in height and good efficiency on the highway,” said Steve Majoros, a marketing director for Chevrolet. In fact, the Traverse boasts a pretty large engine—a 3.6L V6 with 288 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque—yet still retains a 24 mpg rating on the highway… pretty impressive numbers.

The Traverse is loaded with family-friendly safety features and technology as well. It’s the only vehicle in the large SUV segment with a front seat center air bag, plus it offers technologies like forward collision alert and lane departure warnings to keep the whole family safe inside. Not only will you and your precious cargo be safe, but you’ll all be comfortable as well—the Traverse seats up to eight people with ease and even features a rear-seat entertainment system to ensure a smooth ride!

While full-size sedans are often referred to as “family cars,” for many families, sedans, no matter how elegant and comfortable they might be, are simply not big and strong enough. Enter the two-time Best Family Car champion, the Chevy Traverse: it’s got the power, the space, the safety, and even the fun factor to handle any family no matter its shape, size, or style!

So come see us today at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC for a chance to take the Traverse out for a little test—it’ll be your favorite travel companion in no time.