Holiday Road Trip Survival Guide

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Get in! We’re heading to grandma’s for Thanksgiving!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families have a road trip or two in their future. If this includes your family, you might be wondering how you are going to get through it all. Never fear! We are here to help with this simple road trip survival guide.

  • Leave early. Traffic during the holidays, both around Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be horrendous. Leave early in the morning to avoid much of it and try to plan your drive so you don’t hit any big cities during rush hour.
  • Stop often. If you are traveling with young kids, you will need to plan for frequent stops. This will give everyone a potty break and some time to get out their wiggles. Even just a run around a rest stop lobby can help.
  • Bring some fun. Pack lots of entertainment options. If your car is equipped with a DVD system, let each kid choose a movie or two to bring. You can also play road trip games like I Spy and the Picnic Game.
  • Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. One way to keep restless kids happy is with snacks. Avoid sugary snacks, which will spike their energy, and things that will leave behind sticky fingers. Sliced fruit, nuts, cheese sticks, and hard-boiled eggs are great, healthy options.

Are you planning any road trips this holiday season? If you need a new family hauler before you go, come visit us at ELCO Chevrolet today.

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Ballwin, MO

As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.

  • Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
  • Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
  • Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
  • Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.

If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Introduction

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is finally here with new styling, a spacious interior, and much more. The mid-size SUV is perfect for families, those on a search for adventure, and everyone in between.

The all-new Chevrolet Traverse features a spacious interior capable of seating up to eight passengers in complete comfort, with cargo space in the back for additional storage. Drivers who need more space will end the folding rear seats that expand the available cargo space to a massive 98.2 cubic feet.

In addition to optimal space inside the cabin, the 2018 Traverse comes with a plethora of available safety features. Available active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking aid drivers in reducing the severity of and avoiding accidents.

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Mode offers parents the chance to instill good driving habits in their young driver. Owners can set restrictions through a specific key fob that limits what the vehicle can do until certain criteria are met. Muting the audio until seat belts are buckled is just one example of how parents can encourage good behavior on the road.

Test drive the Chevrolet Traverse today at ELCO Chevrolet.