How To Pack Light on a Summer Road Trip With Your Chevy

Summer is the ideal time to take an epic road trip with your Chevy. However, before you can hit the road, you first need to figure out how to fit all of your luggage and gear inside the car. Follow these tips to pack light and have plenty of space in your car to stay comfortable during your summer travels.

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Select your outfits carefully

Before filling up your suitcase, take a look at the weather forecasts for the areas you’re traveling in and choose your clothes accordingly. Pick tops and bottoms that match with each other, so that you can wash your clothes in the middle of your road trip and then wear them again with different pieces. By doing this, you can bring fewer clothes overall and pack them in a much smaller suitcase.

Grab your essentials

Place your toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, and other essentials in a sealable, gallon-size bag. Unless you need to use specific shampoo, conditioner, and body soap, you won’t need to pack these items since almost all hotels come with them.

Fill your bags

When putting your gear into one or more bags, be sure to place the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. Roll up each clothing item and put your toiletry bag on top of them. If you’re bringing cash, split it up and store it in two separate bags for extra safety.

Need any maintenance or even a new Chevy before your road trip? Stop by ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, and our staff will be happy to help.

Maintenance Items To Check Before Road Tripping With Your Chevy

Summer is the perfect time of year to head out on a family road trip. Before you hit the road, you should make sure your vehicle is road-trip-ready. Here are a few maintenance items to check before you leave.

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  • Oil change. While the industry standard has long been every three months or 3,000 miles, you should check your vehicle’s owner’s manual of the exact recommended schedule. If you will hit your oil change interval while on your trip, you should get the oil changed early.
  • Tire checks. Your tires are going to do a lot of work on your road trip. Make sure they are in good condition before you go. Check the tire pressure in each tire and get them rotated if you are close to the recommended interval.
  • Air filters. Your car has two important air filters: the cabin air filter and the engine air filter. As you would expect, the cabin air filter cleans the air flowering into your cabin and the engine air filter helps clean the air that flows into your engine. Check both filters to see if they need to be replaced.
  • Air conditioning. A long summer road trip without air conditioning would be awful. Make sure your AC system is fully charged and ready to keep you cool.

Schedule a pre-road trip service appointment for your Chevy when you call us at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri. It’s an easy way to help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe on your summer adventures.

Tips for Driving Your Chevy Safely in the Rain This Spring

While springtime brings with it the promise of warmer weather and bright colors, it also brings plenty of rain. Slick roads can be downright dangerous for drivers, and knowing how to stay safe is imperative if you’re planning to explore Ballwin and beyond with your Chevy during the rainy season. Here are a few tips for driving your Chevy safely in the rain this spring.

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Check your windshield wipers

The harsh winter months can damage the rubber on windshield wipers, making them unable to sweep away water during a rainstorm. Thankfully, swapping out your old blades for new ones is a simple and inexpensive process that can be done right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

Check your lights

Double check to make sure that all of your vehicle’s lights are working perfectly. Make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights are all in working order so that you can both see and be seen on the road.

Check your tires

The changing seasons can greatly affect your tire pressure. If your tires are underinflated or overinflated, their ability to maintain traction on slippery roads will be reduced. Make sure your tires are always inflated to your manufacturer’s recommended limits.

Drive cautiously

Always be sure to drive at safe speeds while it’s raining, and maintain a solid distance away from the car in front of you. Avoid using cruise control and keep your attention completely on the road. If you start to skid, make sure you turn your vehicle in the same direction as you’re skidding. Stay calm, and don’t spin the wheel quickly or slam on the brakes.

If your Chevy is in need of a seasonal tune-up, prepare it for your upcoming warm-weather trips by scheduling an appointment at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, today.

Hiking Trails near Ballwin, MO

Trails Near Ballwin, MO
You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking near Ballwin. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Rock Hollow Trail

This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.

River Scene Trail Loop

River Scene Trail Loop is also just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.

Lone Wolf Trail

You can also find Lone Wolf Trail in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they are on a leash.

Stop by ELCO Chevrolet and ask the rest of our team about their favorite walking or biking paths.

The Best Sports Bars in St. Louis for Watching Basketball

Sports bars in St. Louis

March marks an exciting time for us here at ELCO Chevrolet because some of the best basketball happens at this time. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you will likely find the perfect game day spot without a problem. Here are some of the best sports bars in St. Louis perfect for watching basketball.

The Post Sports Bar & Grill

There is nothing else you want at a sports bar when you have great food, a fun atmosphere, and plenty of TVs showing your favorite games. You’ll find all of this and more at The Post — a local favorite for all sports fans.

OB Clark’s

If you are looking for something different, OB Clark’s is a classic sports bar that is prominent among sports fans. It is also a familiar haunt for many famous blues alumni, making it an exciting spot to catch the game.

The Over/ Under Bar & Grill

As the weather warms up, watching the game while on the patio with friends is the perfect combination. The Over/ Under Bar & Grill downtown features an excellent outdoor seating area with a massive projection screen.

Stop in at ELCO Chevrolet, and ask us about our mad deals going on this month.

Best Christmas Lights in St. Louis

Christmas Lights in St. Louis
You can find some of the best Christmas lights in St. Louis. It’s easy!

Driving through the city in your Chevrolet on a search for the best Christmas lights in St. Louis is quite the task. There’s a lot to see, but, fortunately, the lights are here to stay for the next month. Check out some of these must-see Christmas lights recommended by your friends at ELCO Chevrolet.

Way of Lights
The Way of Lights is one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. More than one million lights tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Cruise through the scene in your new Chevrolet or take a carriage ride. There’s also an indoor Christmas tree display. Admission is free, so pack the family into your Equinox and head down to Belleville.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Located in Jellystone Park in Eureka, Santa’s Magical Kingdom stretches across 35 acres of land. Millions of beautiful lights create dozens of holiday scenes. From Santa’s flying reindeer to the Waterfall of Lights, the spectacular Christmas lights display is one to remember. You can even take a wagon ride through Santa’s Magical Kingdom.

Festival of Lights
The Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season in downtown St. Louis. It all starts at Union Station with the light display and Christmas tree lighting. The evening closes with a fireworks display and a visit from Santa himself!

If you’re in need of a new Chevrolet or a quick service for Winter to explore the holiday lights, feel free to stop by ELCO Chevrolet today.

Holiday Road Trip Survival Guide

road trip survival
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.