The winter months are upon us, and, more likely than not, we’re going to be facing some bad weather during our commutes before things start warming up again. But even if you’ve been driving for years, you still might not know what to do if your car skids on ice. Luckily, the driving experts at Warsaw Buick GMC have three easy rules to remember just in case you lose control of your car on ice.
- Remove your foot from the accelerator: If you sense that you’ve lost traction and your car is going to skid, release the accelerator. Immediately.
- If you have to brake, do not slam on them. If you can correct the skid without braking, this is the best case scenario. If braking is required, however, be sure to pump them slowly and calmly. Never slam on the brake pedal.
- Steer in the direction of the skid. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail right, steer right. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail left, steer left. This should help straighten your car back out to correct the skid.
Ideally, skids on ice will be avoided all together. That’s why it’s important to drive slowly and carefully when the roads are bad.
Check out some video footage of people correcting (or attempting) to correct skids. As you will see, even when the correct steps are employed, a collision may still be inevitable.
As car manufacturers look for ways to improve fuel efficiency, many manufacturers are turning to lighter materials in the production of their cars. GM has begun to work with Osaka-based Teijin Ltd., who provides carbon fiber to Airbus’ A380 superjumbo, to create a lightweight carbon fiber to be used on cars.
The supplier projects that a quarter of all “eco-cars” will be made of carbon fiber by 2020, reaching 3 million units in the next six years. This means that while GM is heading up the effort, they will certainly not be the only car manufacturer to benefit from the new material.
Carbon fiber is known to be 10 times stronger and 75 percent lighter than steel. To this point, the material has only been used in sports cars and luxury vehicles. Together, GM and Teijin Ltd. will work to create the material for mass production, making it available to a number of automakers who are looking to make eco-friendly car manufacturing a priority.
“Rather than just for luxury and sports cars, we will seek to establish an overwhelming position in the general-use car market,” Takashi Yoshino, head of Teijin’s carbon fiber and composite business, said.
According to bloomberg.com, GM has recently approved Teijin’s new technology to cut molding time and costs to enable mass production for passenger vehicles, and now the supplier plans to take the lead in production and development.
Here at Warsaw Buick GMC, we look forward to a future lineup of stronger, lighter, and more fuel efficient vehicles!
Across the country, the costs of after-school programs and extracurricular activities are continuing to rise. To help offset these costs, Buick is extending a helping hand through its Drive For Your Students program, allowing local public high schools to raise funds for a variety of activities.
The program, which is a test-drive initiative, allows dealers and schools to work together and build a community spirit. For each test drive taken at the event, Buick donates money (up to $10,000 per event) to be shared among participating schools.
“This program further demonstrates Buick’s commitment to community and education, as well as the local investment that dealers are making in their home towns,” said Molly Peck, director of Marketing for Buick.
Students who assist in hosting the events not only receive the money for their extracurricular activities, but they also gain experience in helping dealers plan, coordinate, and execute events.
If you are interested in using a Drive For Your Students event to raise funds for your program, contact Warsaw Buick GMC today!
Buick is preparing to introduce a ‘new’ kind of connectivity. The automaker has announced that each and every 2015 Buick model will come standard with Apple Siri Eyes Free and Text Message Alerts, and most 2015 Buick models will also come standard with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, powered by OnStar with 4G LTE. That’s right – your data draining family can stay connected while you can maintain safe communication with your phone.
“People have become accustomed to having their mobile devices with them wherever they go, and that includes their vehicle,” said Roger McCormack, Buick product director in a news release. “With standard technologies like Siri Eyes Free and Text Message Alerts, Buick provides drivers with a convenient and safe way to stay in touch while on the road.”
The text message alerts feature allows smartphone users with Bluetooth connectivity to listen to incoming text messages read aloud through the car’s speakers. Siri Eyes Free allows users to interact with their smartphones using voice commands. Ask Siri to call people, play music, compose text messages, get directions, check the score, and more.
The car’s IntelliLink user interface is designed to be user-friendly and highly customizable, so each user can create a system that best meets their needs. That, along with the available OnStar with 4G LTE means a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a mobile hub for passengers and drivers to stay connected, even while on the go. 4G LTE will be available on the Buick LaCrosse, Verano, Regal, and Encore for the 2015 model year and will be available on the entire 2016 Buick lineup.
Stop by Warsaw Buick GMC, where the 2015 lineup is already rolling into our showroom!
MLive.com reports that General Motors’ “Experience the New Buick” campaign expanded this week to promote the revitalized Buick brand. The campaign features a handful of ads that are trying to create a “that’s not a Buick” moment and change the viewer’s idea of what a Buick really is.
The commercials all take the aforementioned “that’s not a Buick” approach to show how brand’s design has changed. The ads feature a girl trying to find her friend’s car and a valet attempting to retrieve a car, but both failing because they have trouble identifying the Buick in a crowd of cars. Another ad similarly takes place surprise party that is being ruined because the attendees are debating if the birthday girl’s car is actually a Buick.
“The whole theme of ‘Experience the New Buick’ is wrapped around the fact that we have a new product portfolio,” says Tony DiSalle vice president of Buick marketing. “You look across the entire portfolio and it’s surprising to a lot of people what Buick is today.”
Try a reimagined Buick at Warsaw Buick today!
Last week Buick showed off the Cascada to US dealers, causing speculation that the company might be bringing it over from Europe for the 2016 model year. A U.S version would be nearly identical in appearance as its German equivalent, but things under the hood may look a little different. The European model uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the U.S horse power could vary.
Convertible rumors started last year when GM CEO Dan Akerson said the car was “on his wish list to bring over.” Buick company spokesperson Nick Richards has said that “we don’t comment on speculation or rumors,” but it is possible the company just wants to make us sweat a bit. Cascada would be the first affordable four-seat convertible to be made available to the public in many years, in comparison to premium counterparts made by Mercedes, BMW, and Audi.
The U.S trademark on the name was reserved earlier this year, so we may not have to anticipate an official announcement from Buick’s corporate much longer. We have reason to believe that the Cascada should be arriving on American soil as soon as the beginning of 2016. Should that happen, rest assured that you’ll be able to find it at Warsaw Buick GMC as soon as they’re available.
When it comes to travel, sometimes the path less travelled turns out to be the best. If you prefer beautiful routes to short routes, there’s very little a GPS can do to help you. Fortunately, Yahoo researchers have come up with a way to measure the “beauty” of certain routes.
An algorithm then automatically chooses a route between two locations that maximizes the beauty along it, according to technologyreview.com. “The goal of this work is to automatically suggest routes that are not only short but also emotionally pleasant,” Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of friends working on the project say.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though, so it couldn’t simply be a matter of their opinion. Instead, the team created a database of images of various areas of the center of London taken from Google Street View and Geographic. They then used UrbanGems.org to solicit the general public’s opinion of the beauty of each location.
Clearly, the process for determining the most beautiful areas in every location in every city would be incredibly time consuming, so Quercia and her team have automated the process using photos from Flickr and the data and tags attached to them. They look for numerous photos of a particular area and comments associated with positive emotions.
The idea is fascinating, and routes have proven to be just 12 percent longer on average than their shorter counterpart. Would you spend the extra time walking in order to enjoy a more appealing scenery? Keep an eye out for an app, which is the team’s next major goal.
If you’re doing way more walking than you’d like – stop by Warsaw Buick GMC and check out our selection of reliable cars!
Here in Warsaw, we know that the Spring brings about some of the best activities in our fair town. Here are a couple of the exciting events happening this spring.
Fishing Derby for Kids
- When: Saturday, May 31st
- Where: Municipal Park
- Price: Free
Rising temperatures means that the fish are out there and ready to nibble. Gather up the kids for this catch-and-release fishing derby that will celebrate National Fishing Week and bring the whole family out to the water. There will be prizes awarded for catch categories such as Biggest Fish, and the first 100 kids who sign up will receive a free gift.
Mommy Son Adventure
- When: Friday, May 1st
- Where: Pete Thorn Center Gym
- Price: $15 per couple, $5 per additional child
- Ages: 3-10
This special day dedicated to mothers and sons puts the both of you on a farming adventure. The event includes snacks, activities, and even games that will center around life on the farm. Not only just for moms; grandmothers, aunts, and more are welcome to share the day.