2015 Buick Verano Tires are Specifically Tailored by GM

The 2015 Buick Verano tires have been designed to give you the smoothest ride!

The 2015 Buick Verano tires have been designed to give you the smoothest ride!

It’s no secret. The engineers at Buick are over-achievers. They’re perfectionists. We know this because Buicks are some of the smoothest riding automobiles in the world. These people will stop at nothing! For example, just look at how far they went with the 2015 Buick Verano tires.

In their quest to achieve hitherto unseen levels of smoothness, Buick engineers turned their attention to where the rubber meets the road. GM Authority tells us that Buick has “tuned and refined the Verano’s tires for reduced noise and a comfortable ride.”

GM teamed up with Continental Tire to create a couple of tire packages to complement the Verano’s specially-tuned chassis and excellent insulation. Chris Arabian, GM tire development engineer, said, “We needed to ensure that we provided ride comfort, while also balancing fuel economy and rolling resistance.”

The first was a 17-inch tire designed to enhance fuel efficiency by preventing resistance. The other was an 18-inch designed for the Verano Turbo. It makes for “crisp handling and a sportier feel.”

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Hutch Chevrolet’s Tips for Traveling with Pets

Any tips to make traveling with pets easier are always helpful!

Any tips to make traveling with pets easier are always helpful!

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. As you begin to make your travel plans, you have to ask yourself a very important question: Are the pets coming? If so, we at Hutch Chevrolet have some tips on traveling with your pet, especially dogs.

  1. Use a pet restraint. Restraints come in various shapes and sizes, so choose one that suits your dog and fits into the spacious cargo hold of your Chevy.
  2. Don’t leave your pet unattended in the car. Just like children, they can easily overheat. Pets also may jump out the window or even be stolen from your vehicle. It’s not worth the risk.
  3. Pack treats if your furry friend likes to bark. Treats and chew toys are a great way to keep their mouths occupied and prevent a headache on your part.
  4. Keep your dog on a leash as you explore new locations. Even well-trained dogs can be distracted by unfamiliar surroundings and forget their obedience training.
  5. If you travel with your cat, don’t forget a portable litter box and an old scratching post to help him/her stay calm for the ride.

Traveling with pets does require a bit more planning. You will, of course, want to find accommodations that will house both you and your pet ahead of time. However, it is worth the preparation to bring these members of the family along on your road adventures.

Fall Car Care Month

Get prepared for winter during Fall Car Care Month!

Get prepared for winter during Fall Car Care Month!

With fall here, everyone is gearing up for the winter months. Whether you’re in the temperate states or packing your freezer for big northern snow storms, everyone has preparations for the cold season this time of year. That’s why October is annual Fall Car Care Month.

Here are some suggested tips on what you should get checked this October to make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape for the change in weather:

To keep the frost and ice away, be sure to get your heater, windshield wipers, and defroster checked. A fault in these could end in visibility hazards. Make sure your ventilation systems are clear and your wiper blades are free from wear and tear.

Your battery’s health is vital in this season, especially if you’re traveling to a cold state for the holidays. Make sure it’s been changed in the past three years and that its connections are in good shape. It’ll give your battery a better chance against the cold.

Your tires are just as vital as your battery in the upcoming weather. Get them checked for pressure and tread depth. Make sure they are aligned and have no bulges or stripped spots on them. Get them rotated if necessary.

These are just a few things that we at Hutch Chevrolet suggest all car owners do for Fall Car Care Month. For more information and tips on how to stay safe this winter in your car, come in and talk with us!

Camouflage Techniques Revealed by Chevy Volt Engineers

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet's camouflage techniques.

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet’s camouflage techniques.

How much work goes into keeping a car’s design secret? As we learned at Hutch Chevrolet, quite a good amount! Before launching a new model, automakers need to validate it and its systems in public—but how to do that without prematurely revealing its appearance?

The engineers behind the 2016 Chevrolet Volt have revealed a few of the camouflage techniques they use to cover the car:

  • Bubble wrap. Many materials can be used as camouflage, like plastics, vinyl, and foam, but bubble wrap is the only one that is light, easily-attachable, and three-dimensional—important for confusing prying eyes.
  • 3D. Speaking of three-dimensional—engineers will also layer the camouflage, which throws off onlookers. However, they also have to be careful not to interrupt airflow.
  • Swirls. Old car camouflages relied on grid patterns, but they were too difficult to realign if a piece was removed to make a change to the car. Swirls do a much better job at hiding changes throughout the car’s development.
  • Black and white. The contrast between the shades creates shadows in places you wouldn’t expect on a car and hides design elements.

Now we are more excited than ever to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

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!