Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain - Gladewater, TX

Here in Texas, springtime tends to come with rain. While it might seem normal and commonplace, it’s important to remember that you should try to adjust your driving habits while it’s raining, as wet roads can be far more dangerous than dry ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you are driving safely while it’s raining.

Slow down

When roads are wet, they get slippery. This means it will take you longer to come to a complete stop. If the roads are wet, you should slow down and make sure that you begin braking sooner than normal so you don’t slide into another vehicle by mistake.

Turn on your headlights

Here in Texas, the law requires that you turn on your headlamps whenever visibility is less than 1,000 feet. Since you can’t measure this while driving, it is safe to turn them on whenever it starts raining. This will make it easier for other drivers to see you, and will help you see upcoming obstacles.

Check your tires

You should do this before you begin driving. Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth, which is what gives them traction and is particularly important when it is raining. Additionally, make sure your tires are inflated to the correct level – which you can find in your owner’s manual – to prevent a rupture, blowout, or poor grip on the road.

Check your windshield wipers

If you find your windshield wipers are smearing water across the glass rather than sweeping it off, it’s probably time for a new set. Your wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months. You can also try applying a water-repelling spray to help your windows stay clearer.

For some more expert tips on how to drive safely in the rain – or to schedule maintenance – pay us a visit at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.

The Penny Test – How To Tell When You Need New Tires

Penny Test For Tires - Gladewater, TX

Your tires are a critical component of your car, which is why it is so important to take care of them and replace them when they wear down. One of the simplest ways to tell when you need new tires is by checking the tread depth. The penny test is an easy way to do that.

All you need to do is take a penny and stick into the tread grooves on your tire with President Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head, your tread is worn to an unsafe level, and you need new tires. If Lincoln’s head is covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining, and your tires are probably still safe. Keep in mind, however, that if they are running close to the cut-off, you should consider scheduling a service appointment to avoid an accident.

To help your tires last longer, you need to get regular tire rotations. This should happen every six months or at 6,000 to 8,000-mile intervals. Tire rotations help your tires wear evenly rather than in a lopsided way.

Another important part of preventative maintenance is routine wheel alignments. If one tire is wearing down a lot faster than the others, it could mean that one wheel is out of alignment. You will want to get this taken care of before it completely ruins your tires. If you know it’s time for a new set of tires or want an expert opinion, consider setting up an appointment with the service experts here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.

Drive Greener For Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Resolution EV - Gladewater, TX

So you gave yourself some extra time to think over your New Year’s resolution, or maybe you tried one goal and decided it wasn’t for you. Have you considered aiming to be a “greener” driver? Be more eco-friendly on the go with these green driving tips. As an added bonus, you’ll also get better gas mileage out of your vehicle.

Go Synthetic

One of the most damaging ways cars can impact the environment is the oil industry. We’re supposed to change our oil every three to five months, and when you add together all the cars in the U.S., that’s a lot of oil that needs to be drilled out of the heart of the earth. Synthetic oil eliminated this hazard, and even lets our cars go longer between oil changes, which means less oil use in the long run all across the world.

Clean Out Your Car

Did you know that having a lot of junk in your car burns more fuel? If there’s a lot of weight in your trunk, it takes more engine effort to get up to and maintain speed, which means more gas is needed.

Replace Your Air Filter

Most people don’t think of their car’s air filter as being especially important, but if it’s clogged, it can negatively impact fuel economy by up to 10%.

To learn more about how to drive efficiently —or to test drive one of our fuel-efficient hybrids or EVs, pay us a visit today at McKaig Chevrolet Buick GMC to fufill your New Year’s Resolution.

Holiday Events in Gladewater

Holiday - Gladewater, TX

Gladewater knows how to ring in the Christmas season. If you’re looking to add a little excitement to the holidays, check out these fun local events.

The Gladewater Opry Annual Christmas Show

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit at the Gladewater Opry’s yearly Christmas show. This spectacular event features over a half-dozen bands and musicians, along with a visit from Santa Claus for the little ones. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on December 21. Tickets cost $10.

Luke LaPrade Live

If you’re looking for a fun way to fill the gap between the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, check out this live performance by rising country music star Luke LaPrade. He’ll be performing at The Central Station Brick & Brew on December 27 at 7:30 p.m. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration

For a night of fun, food, and classic tunes, head to the Antique Capital RV Park on New Year’s Eve. This year, the New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature country music, ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, and the comedy of Carol Swanson. Enjoy dinner at 7:00 p.m., and live entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m. The festivities run until midnight. Tickets cost $35, and RV parking will be offered at a reduced rate.

At McKaig Chevrolet Buick, we’re excited to celebrate the season with the Gladewater community.

Money-Saving Tips When Buying a New Car

Money-Saving Tips - Gladewater, TX

Buying a new car is an exciting step in your life, and you should never let financial stress get in the way of enjoying your new ride. Once you’ve decided to buy a new car from a dealership, these money-saving tips will help you start the process in the best way possible.

Buy in Cash

The simplest way to save money on a new car is to buy in cash if possible. Avoiding loan payments will save you a significant amount of money by cutting out interest and fees altogether. Consider starting a savings fund for a new car so you can avoid all burdens of monthly payments and own 100 percent equity in your vehicle when you drive it off the lot.

Trade-ins

Trading in your old car at a dealership can help you save a good chunk on the cost of a new model. You can also rid yourself of the stress and complications that come with selling a car on your own.

Research

Work with a dealership to research all the new vehicles you’re considering and get to know them inside and out. What’s their fuel efficiency? What’s the car’s dependability rating? How much is covered by the warranty? Is the dealership running specials on any particular makes or models? Additionally, knowing what you intend to use the vehicle for primarily can help you narrow the wide field of available models and stop you from overspending on a model with capabilities you don’t need.

With these money-saving tips, you’ll navigate the car-buying process like a seasoned pro. If you have any questions, reach out to someone at McKaig Chevrolet Buick. We’re ready and waiting to help you with anything you need.

Best Uses for the Silverado 1500 This Fall

Fall Silverado - Gladewater, TX

Having a full-size pickup like the Silverado 1500 is all about enjoying the power, capability, and versatility that your pickup offers. This fall, be sure to use your Silverado to the fullest. Not quite sure where to start? Check out some of our favorite uses for the Silverado during the fall — and we’re not talking about helping yet another friend move.

Tailgating

With homecoming games on the horizon, fall is the perfect time for tailgating, and nothing beats the Silverado 1500 in this respect. The 2020 Silverado 1500 features best-in-class bed volume, best-in-class bed width, and best-in-class bed length, so get ready to take advantage of these impressive specs as you transform your Silverado into tailgating HQ.

Camping

Milder weather makes fall a great time of year to enjoy a camping trip. The Silverado 1500 is just the ride for any adventurous excursion. Whether you’re bringing along fishing gear or sleeping on an air mattress under an integrated bed tent, the Silverado 1500 has you covered when it comes to exploring the great outdoors.

Hayrides

If you have access to some open land, you can easily transform your Silverado into the perfect hayride vehicle. Just load up a few bales of hay and the kids in your family are going to love going for a spin to celebrate the season.

While you’re enjoying fall’s unique charms, remember that the changing of the seasons is also an excellent time to have some routine maintenance performed before the weather gets too cold. Set up an appointment with the service department at McKaig Chevrolet Buick and let a member of our qualified staff get your Silverado in tip-top shape for all of your fall fun.

Best Barbecue Joints in East Texas

Best Barbecue - Gladewater, TX

Looking for the best barbecue joints to hit while you’re in East Texas? Make a delicious weekend out of these awesome locations.

Stanley’s Famous Barbecue Pit

With a claim to fame like winning “Best Pork Rib” in the First Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, Stanley’s is a can’t-miss for any foodie. They proudly feature a special 11-spice rub and sweet glaze, and the owners regularly master new skills and come up with fresh ideas to improve their menu.

Joseph’s Riverport Bar-B-Cue

Owner Stephen Joseph is a favorite of the Riverport community. Despite the town’s small population, there’s always a line out the door of Joseph’s. Guests can order a wide selection of meats by the pound, or opt for one of many house specials, like the heavily-loaded “swamp fries.”

Bodacious Bar-B-Q

There’s lots of “Bodacious Bar-B-Qs” in East Texas, but none are quite like the original location in Longview. Their famous brisket is smoked for anywhere from 24 to 26 hours, and all of their beef is hormone-free and purchased from Central Texas farms. Plus, the current pitmaster has a culinary degree from Kilgore College and has participated in BBQ festivals all over the state.

Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque

Evie Mae’s began simply; with a huge smoker hitched to a pickup truck. The family business quickly grew from a DIY parking lot setup to a beloved food truck, and eventually to a successful brick-and-mortar location in Wolfforth, Texas. Evie Mae’s is unique among BBQ restaurants since everything on the menu is gluten-free — with the exception of sandwich buns and white bread — without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.

If you’re in the neighborhood and need a way to get to these outstanding barbeque restaurants, head over to McKaig Chevrolet Buick and find you’re next ride.

End Of Summer Bucket List

End of summer road trip - Gladewater, TX

Everyone’s been so busy with back to school shopping and wrapping up their summer projects. But if I can be honest for a minute, I’m not ready for summer to end. Call me nostalgic, but summer reminds me of my younger years, and I want it to last a little longer. That’s why I’ve put together my end of summer bucket list. Follow this list if you’re like me and you want summer to last a little longer.

Go Star Gazing—Honestly, there’s never a bad time of year to stargaze. But summer has some of my favorite constellations. So grab a blanket, some pillows, and someone to stargaze with.

Find An Ice Cream Truck—Maybe I’m biased because I have a sweet tooth, but I believe you need to get ice-cream from an ice-cream truck at least once a summer.

Go Berry Picking—Even if you eat more than you put in your pail, berry picking is a fun activity for the whole family. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more—with so many berries to pick, make sure you pick your favorite.

Road Trip To Family—Everything gets busy when the kids go back to school. So take a weekend to go see your family that lives a little further than you’re able to drive often.

Stay Outdoors All Day—From hiking to biking there are so many things you can do outdoors. Pick a day, choose something the whole family loves to do, pack some food and spend the whole day outside.

I hope if you’re sad like me about summer coming to a close this list will help you get the most out of the end of summer. 

Back-to-School Auto Maintenance Tips

School season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time for some back-to-school auto maintenance. Aside from basic car care — such as changing the oil — there are a few things you can do to stay safer and better prepared for when school starts.

back-to-school auto maintenance

Regular maintenance, according to Radair, should include an oil change, tire rotation, fluid-level check, and wiper replacement. You should also give your warning lights a glance. If your check engine light — or any other warning light — is on, you should take your car to the shop as soon as possible. Once school starts, you may be too busy for repairs.

Stock your emergency roadside kit. You should have jumper cables, a pair of gloves, a first aid kit, water, blankets, and a flashlight. Be sure to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated. Staying prepared is key to handling any potential problems.

Cars often become a deposit for various belongings during the school year, so consider avoiding all of the clutter by using in-car organizers to separate books, sporting gear, and professional clothes. It’s also worth trying to coordinate a carpool with friends and neighbors. Not only will sharing your commute reduce your carbon footprint and save you money, it can help keep you on schedule.

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, getting your vehicle serviced before the whirlwind of the school season will help keep your life running smoothly. Give us a call here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick — our service department will be happy to help you prepare your car for the busy year to come.

Get to Know Bassmaster Elite Series Participant Lee Livesay

McKaig Chevrolet Buick Sponsors Bassmaster Elite Series - Lee Livesay

Not many fishing enthusiasts get to say they’re part of the Bassmaster Elite Series, a top-tier tournament for the best bass fishers around. Our team at McKaig Chevrolet Buick is proud to sponsor competitor Lee Livesay, who started fishing competitively as early as the mid-90s and has been making a splash on the scene ever since. The 34-year-old from Longview, Texas, made his way into the Bassmaster Elite Series when he finished in 13th place in the 2018 Bassmaster Central Open Standings.

So what should you know about Lee Livesay? He just recently celebrated his 34th birthday in July, has competed in 16 tournaments total, and has finished in the top ten rankings three times (in the top twenty seven times). In total, he has caught about 460 lb., 12 oz. in fish. That’s a lot of bass!

Lee Livesay wasn’t known for fishing when he was younger. In fact, he was the Defensive MVP for his high school football team his senior year and had a promising future in football, but he found himself drawn to fishing over football even as he continued to play in college.

So what does this Bassmaster Elite Series participant do now? Lee Livesay now owns a camp and acts as a local guide for visitors to Lake Fork. The bass fishery was where he spent most of his time in his east Texas hometown.