What to Do if Your Car Skids on Ice: An Auto How-To

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GM Approves Carbon-Fiber Material for Use in Future Eco-Friendly Car Manufacturing

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!

New Buick LaCrosse Style Wears its Improvement on its Sleeve

When Buick set out to improve the LaCrosse for the 2015 model, they wanted to ensure that the changes and improvements would be obvious right off the bat. Therefore, the new Buick LaCrosse style definitely wears those improvements on its sleeve; both inside and out, it’s definitely a more eye-catching and elegant vehicle than ever before.

The new and improved look is just the beginning, though; it gets your attention and directs you to all the other changes and upgrades in the vehicle. The 2015 LaCrosse features a standard rearview camera, a panoramic moonroof, OnStar 4G LTE technology, improved legroom and cabin space, and more. It all added up to a highest predicted reliability award from Consumer Reports, making the new LaCrosse just as valuable as it is stylish.

If you want to turn heads out on the highway and keep people safe, comfortable, and happy inside your vehicle, then the updated LaCrosse is definitely the right choice for you. You’ll be getting a car that looks, feels, and drives like it’s more expensive than it is—and so your friends will probably think it is more expensive than it is. Come see us at Warsaw Buick GMC to get your new LaCrosse—it’ll be our little secret.

GM Tricks Out Pickup, SUVS with Corvette Eight-Speed Transmission

General Motors is about to take the popular Corvette eight-speed transmission into an entirely new segment—one that is extremely unexpected. The American carmaker recently announced that the much-loved transmission choice for sports car enthusiasts everywhere will be available in General Motors’ full-size trucks and SUVs. While you might think that this doesn’t make much sense, but trust us—it’s a great move on GM’s part.

By replacing the outgoing six-speed transmission with the Z71 package and combining it with the 6.2-liter Ecotec3, which is available on both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Yukon Denali, GM has enhanced the driving experience of its big vehicles, making them smoother and quicker during acceleration. The American carmaker has also enhanced the fuel economy of the pickup and SUV, increasing the fuel rating by 1 mpg in both city and highway measurements for those models with four-by-four systems.

The Corvette eight-speed transmission will come standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon models that are equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. If you are interested in seeing this sports car transmission in a big-bodied vehicle, stop in to Warsaw Buick GMC today and give the 2015 Yukon and Sierra a test drive!