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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Buying New or Used: Which is Right for You?

Trying to decide between buying your next vehicle new or used? Before making your decision, consider these important factors.

New or Used at McKaig Chevy Buick - Gladewater, TX
  • Buying used will almost always cost you less at the point of sale. If spending less on your new-to-you car is your priority, used is the way to go.
  • Buying a new car isn’t more expensive just because the vehicle is shiny and fresh. New cars also come with higher sales tax and registration fees and tend to cost more to insure.
  • A new car is a clean slate. If you’re suspicious by nature, this fact alone might make the cost of a brand-new car completely worth it. On the other hand, there are more vehicle history records and reporting methods than ever before, so it’s relatively simple to get a grip on the full and true story of any used vehicle you’ve got your eye on.
  • It’s important to consider that the “jalopy” has, for the most part, gone by the wayside. Modern vehicles are built to last longer, so buying a used vehicle isn’t the hit-or-miss risk it once was.
  • A used car has already undergone its depreciation process. Depreciation is the decrease in value a vehicle goes through over time. New cars immediately and significantly depreciate in value upon purchase.
  • For the most part, used cars don’t come with any sort of warranty. If you want peace of mind, buying new is your best bet. Alternatively, check out GM’s Certified Pre-Owned program.

No matter what type of car you choose, it’s important to have a good buying experience. McKaig Chevrolet Buick strives to make your purchase positive, and even fun!

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