Car Care: Why Winter Tires Are Necessary


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Getting out and conquering the weather provides a welcome respite from the winter doldrums, so don’t let foul weather or cold keep you from doing the things you enjoy. A simple yet effective way to get around safely in the colder months is to invest in a set of winter tires.

While not every area of the country experiences snow or even brutally cold temperatures, the fact is that summer and “all-season” tire rubber begins to lose its flexibility and ability to grip the road when the temperature drops below just 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter-specific tire rubber is specifically formulated to perform in colder temperatures, and winter tires also have added features and specific tread patterns to help maximize traction in poor driving conditions. In addition, summer and all-season tire tread patterns are designed to channel away water; when it gets colder, those channels can get filled with snow or ice and slush, creating a dangerous situation. Winter tires feature tread “sipes” – tiny slits in the tread blocks that enable the tires to flex and rid themselves of the snow that packs in when you drive. Even on sheets of ice, winter tires will give you better traction than non-winter tires can provide.

Winter tires are just as important on four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles in order to realize the benefits of the 4WD/AWD system; it doesn’t matter how many wheels are getting power if the tires they wear can’t hold the road. AutoExpress magazine compared two vehicles of the same make and model––one equipped with AWD and summer tires and the other a front-wheel drive model with winter tires––and the FWD/winter tire model simply outperformed the AWD model, specifically because of the difference in tires.

A study done a few years ago in Canada saw accidents drop by five percent when winter tires were mandated, partially due to the fact that winter tires have been shown to help cut braking distances by as much as 30 percent.

Some manufacturers recommend a specific make and style of winter tires for their vehicles. Ask your dealer’s service department for information about what is suitable and/or recommended for your particular make and model.

A pair of proper winter tires can mean the difference between confident winter driving and potential trouble, and it’s not too late to make the switch. There are plenty of affordable choices available, and your dealer’s factory-trained personnel can help get your vehicle ready for anything winter brings.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Keep Your Children Busy on Road Trips


IMN23517E2Make holiday travel seamless with these tips:

As if traveling for hours to go see your in-laws isn’t torture enough, your young son or daughter may spend the duration of a holiday road trip complaining if they’re not properly entertained. Keep your kids from getting bored in the car with these simple suggestions:

 

  • Make a magnet tray. All you need is a baking sheet, some flat magnets and a glue stick. You can magnetize a notepad of paper and markers, or anything else you could imagine. You can also paint a scene on the magnetic sheet before the trip and get corresponding magnets for your kids to play with. For example, paint a barn and a field on the sheet and buy a set of farm animal magnets or stickers (magnets are better because they are removable and, thus, lead to extended play time). Magnet trays are great because utensils will not roll off and onto the floor, causing you to have to turn around and dig under the seats for crayons.
  • Create a dry-erase book. A binder, plastic page protectors, and dry-erase markers are all you need to enable hours of entertainment for your children. You can look up printable games or coloring pages on the internet or create your own. Slide the sheet of paper inside the plastic and let your children go to town. The marker will just wipe right off; and not only off of the page protectors — dry erase marker spots are easy to remove from windows and car seats, as well.
  • Buy “prizes.” These could be also known as “bribes.” Before the trip, go on a short shopping spree at the local discount store and get a bunch of small toys. Then give one at a time to your children if they are behaving, i.e. no whining, no fighting with siblings, etc. It’s cheap and easy, but it makes for decent motivation for the kids to be good.
  • Have a road-trip tracker. If you don’t want to hear a barrage of “Are we there yet?” throughout your trip, a road trip tracker will help. What’s more, it will keep your children looking forward to the next milestone marks you hit on the trip. You can make a road-trip tracker with just a thick piece of ribbon and a clothespin. Mark off a long piece of ribbon into sections based on how many cities or states through which you will be traveling, or by landmarks or time expectations. After you hit the next milestone, your kids will be exciting to see how far they have traveled and how much longer they have left in the car.
  • Go back to basics. You can never go wrong with a pillow, blanket and some headphones. Download a book on tape, or a read-along, or just have your kids’ favorite music on hand with their most comfortable aspects of home (their favorite stuffed animals, for example). Chances are they will fall asleep and you will have some peace and quiet of your own for a while.

Holiday road trips don’t have to be stressful. A little bit of preparation can go a long way when it comes to traveling with kids!

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado


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Setting the standard

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the “just right” pickup truck for many drivers – drivers for whom the size of a full-size truck feels like too much. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is all-new from front to back, top to bottom and even underneath. It’s a reinvention of the midsize truck that delivers unmatched efficiency, capability, refinement and rugged performance.

It begins with the Colorado Base (MSRP $20,120. The standard Extended Cab/long box (six feet, two inches) configuration can be swapped for a Crew Cab/short box (five feet, two inches) or Crew Cab/long box setup, instead. The long box can accommodate eight-foot long items with the tailgate down.

A segment-best 200 hp is provided by the standard direct-injected 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which also delivers 191 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission routes output to the rear wheels. This powertrain rewards Colorado drivers with best-in-segment fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 27 mpg highway. Other standard features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes with four-piston front calipers and Duralife brake rotors, power-adjustable folding exterior mirrors, a rearview camera, a locking tailgate, a theft-deterrent system and a chrome CornerStep rear bumper.

The Colorado interior offers the comfort of a good sedan. Inlaid, triple-sealed doors, thick window and windshield glass, and sound-deadening materials are used to create a quiet cabin free of wind and road noise. Front bucket seats, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a six-speaker audio system with 4.2-inch LCD screen, USB port and auxiliary input are included, as well.

The Colorado WT (Work Truck) comes with a six-speed automatic transmission in Crew Cab models, which also feature a folding rear bench seat. Dual rear seats with under-seat storage are standard in Extended Cab models. In Crew Cab/short box 4×4 and Crew Cab/long box trim, the Colorado WT adds more muscle by way of a 3.6-liter V6 engine that also delivers segment-best horsepower. This aluminum-alloy engine is strong––with 305 hp and 269 lb/ft of torque––and it’s also efficient, returning a best-in-class EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway.

The Colorado LT carries the six-speed automatic transmission and also features OnStar Directions and Connections with a six-month service plan included. The outside mirrors body color, there are chrome moldings along the beltline and the Colorado LT rides on standard 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels. Inside, the standard Chevy MyLink audio system comes with a customizable eight-inch color touch-screen. MyLink pairs with your smartphone and allows easy, touch-and-swipe or voice-activated control over audio, apps and more, plus it features Text Messaging Alerts and, for iPhone users, Siri Eyes Free. You’ll enjoy three free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio All-Access Package, Bluetooth, four USB ports, audio and cruise controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry. The Colorado LT also offers OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot technology.

The Colorado Z71 (MSRP $27,630) is even better-equipped than the LT. The “Z71” badging underscores plenty of substance. Its Z71 Off-Road Suspension features twin-tube shock absorbers that can take a pounding and an automatic locking rear differential that maximizes traction. Four-wheel drive models also get a protective shield for the transfer case. Other enhancements include front recovery hooks, Hill Descent Control, foglamps, and an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate that’s available in the other trims. The Colorado Z71 is tough, and it’s also comfortable and convenient. There’s remote start, heated front seats (also available in LT trims) four-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar, and handsome, 17-inch Dark Argent cast aluminum wheels. LT and Z71 trims can be equipped with a seven-speaker Bose audio system, as well as navigation.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is ready to go to work. Like the Silverado, it’s built on a strong, fully-boxed frame, and the available four-wheel drive system has an electronically controlled transfer case with “2WD,” 4WD HI,” and “4WD LO” settings. The Colorado offers a best-in-class maximum trailering capacity of 7,000 pounds and best-in-class payload of 1,590 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating starts at 5,400 pounds and goes as high as 5,900 pounds. The standard 4.10:1 rear axle ratio is great for putting the torque to work, and an available 3.42:1 axle is available to enhance fuel economy. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard with the 3.42 axle. Advanced, segment-first driver assistance/safety features that are available in the Colorado include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard bed-rail and tailgate protectors are included, and there are thirteen tie-down spots in the bed that can be used with the available, moveable cargo tie-down rings. Utility can be enhanced even more with the addition of the all-new GearOn storage system and available accessories and appearance enhancements. The GearOn Bars package, for example, includes cargo tie-down rings and tiered storage cross rails, while the GearOn Bed Divider and GearOn Utility Rack increase cargo carrying flexibility and capability.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado sets a new standard for midsize pickups. There’s still quite a bit more to the 2015 Colorado, so come in and experience all it offers for yourself today.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro


The epitome of affordable sportiness

davislibrary_pic_003037303The great-looking 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers performance in every trim. It offers a lot of choice, including standard V6 and V8 engines, standard coupe and convertible body styles, the track-focused Z/28 and the most powerful Camaro ever, the ZL1.

For 2015, the Camaro Coupe (MSRP from $23,705) offers 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS trims, while the Camaro Convertible (MSRP from $31,205) starts with 1LT and runs through 2SS.

The entry 2015 Camaro 1LS Coupe features crisp, athletic styling underscored by a big 323 hp from the standard 3.6-liter V6. In the 1LS, the direct-injected V6 also twists up 278 lb/ft of torque. In comparison, the standard 3.7-liter V6 in the Ford Mustang produces 300 hp, and the Mustang’s available 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder puts out 310 hp.

In the 2015 Camaro, power goes to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission. With an aggressive first gear ratio, the Aisin AY6 six-speed gets you going with authority. The standard limited-slip differential is a welcome surprise, too, especially since so many other automakers charge you extra for the traction enhancement it offers.

Other 1LS standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-outlet exhaust, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise, sport suspension, variable-ratio power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. The standard audio system features six speakers, Graphic Information Display (GID), auxiliary input jack and music navigator.

The Camaro 2LS carries a standard six-speed automatic transmission. It’s an engaging partner, with TAPshift manual control and Performance Algorithm Shifting to sense when you are making aggressive maneuvers and deliver the response to match your behind-the-wheel style. The automatic also features a steeper, 2.92 final drive ratio, versus the 3.27:1 axle in the 1LS. This is how you get a sports car that’s also capable of 30 mpg highway.

Next is the Camaro 1LT, which is outfitted with Sport cloth seats, projector-style foglamps, power-adjustable front seats and either the six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic. Drivers also get the Chevrolet MyLink radio, which means an audio and communication center right in the dash that you control with a seven-inch color touch-screen. MyLink can integrate wirelessly with your Bluetooth-capable phone for hands-free calling and music streaming. You can also share your phone’s data connection to enable features like Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink is easy to use, too, and with both touch and voice-command operation, distractions are minimized.

The Camaro 2LT includes 19-inch Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels, leather seating, a color head-up display (HUD) for the driver, a quartet of auxiliary gauges, and a color Driver Information Center, which shows information like fuel economy, trip mileage and important messages about vehicle systems. A premium Boston Acoustics audio system enhances the entertainment when you’re not too busy wringing the car out.

The Camaro SS models are what you want when nothing but small-block V8 power will do. In the 2015 Camaro 1SS, a 6.2-liter small-block V8 with 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque resides behind the SS-specific fascia, ensuring that just about everyone else on the road is going to see a lot of the SS-specific rear fascia. You control all that power with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that can cope with the high torque, and the SS also features four-piston Brembo brakes. Every V8 Camaro with manual transmission also carries Launch Control, and the 1SS rolls on 20-inch wheels. In the cabin “SS” embroidery on the seats attests to your good fortune. A standard Sport Suspension gives the excellent chassis a further edge, so it can make the most of the extra performance. Other than the powertrain, equipment in the 1SS is similar to that of the 1LT.

The 2SS is a cushy V8 Camaro, with leather seats, color Driver Information Center, color Head-Up Display, auxiliary gauges, heated exterior mirrors, a premium Boston Acoustics audio system, plus a Rear Vision package.

The standard Camaro model range is just the beginning of the story. The iconic Camaro Z/28 is back, this time as a monster track car. The 2015 Camaro Z/28 takes it inspiration from the original 1967 Z/28, a car that was born for mixing it up in Trans/Am motorsports competition. This time around the Z/28 is better than ever, with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 providing 505 hp and 481 lb/ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with closely-spaced ratios, and there’s also a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Racing is what the Z/28 has on its mind, with a dry-sump oiling system, coolers for the oil, transmission and differential that can stand up to track use, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing Pirelli Trofeo high-performance summer tires, and Multimatic DSSV dampers for ultimate control. The Z/28 is available exclusively as a coupe.

Not everyone wants a car so laser-focused on track-based perfection. For those drivers, there’s the ZL1, available in coupe or convertible form. Bringing back another iconic Camaro model designation, the 2015 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro you can buy. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Gen IV small-block V8 is 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque strong, and it reels in 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension and big Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep things under control. Other standard features for the ZL1 include a Head-Up Display that can also show g-force, a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, Chevrolet MyLink, dual-mode performance exhaust and black 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels wearing high performance summer-only tires.

This is just the tip of the Camaro iceberg; you can be sure that Chevrolet offers options like navigation, stripe packages, upholstery choices, wheel options, and a selection of packages to let you tailor your Camaro to your individual tastes.

The 2015 Camaro delivers what it has always been known for – great style and exceptional performance. It’s backed up more than ever by the latest generation of sophisticated, powerful V6 and V8 engines that set the standard for the rest of the industry. Discover all the Camaro has to offer for yourself. Schedule your test drive today.

Places to go in your Chevrolet – Fairs and Craft Festivals in Ohio


Fairs and Craft Festivals in Ohio

Five upcoming can’t-miss craft shows to wind up your year

If you are interested in finding some comprehensive arts and crafts events in the heartland before the holidays, here are just a handful of examples that are sure to be a shopper’s delight.

Summit Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show

At St. George’s Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn, locals will have the opportunity to browse the works of artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. There will also be lunch items available for purchase from TLC Catering. Admission is $3 for people 13 and up. A portion of the proceeds benefit Jade’s No Kill Rescue, a local non-profit supporting the rescue of animals.

Each show features about 100 arts and crafts vendors and has the same admission fees. Partial proceeds from the admission costs and vendor fees all go to support a different local non-profit organization. This year’s Summit Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show is scheduled for Oct. 18.

For more details, visit http://www.Avantgardeshows.com.

Forest Park Women’s Club Craft Show and Bazaar

Cincinnati’s Winton Woods High School hosts artists, crafters, and patrons for the sale of handmade crafts, jewelry, gifts, etc. FPWC also runs the lunch counter there, serving barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, beverages, and muffins. Then visit its bake sale right outside the cafeteria for homemade desserts. There will also be a raffle with a grand prize of $500 cash taking place at the event. Prizes donated from vendors will be raffled off throughout the day, as well. The proceeds of this Oct. 25 show, which has been a staple in the Cincinnati area for two decades, go toward the FPWC’s scholarship program.

For more details, visit http://www.forestparkwomensclub.org/craftShow.html.

Offinger’s Marketplace

Four times a year, the Offinger Management Company brings this show to theOhio Expo Center’s Lausche Building in Columbus. Fast and easy one-stop shopping here includes both holiday decorations and gifts. There are opportunities for cash and carry purchases, as well as placing orders for future delivery.

Artisans and craftspeople come from throughout the country to offer you quality, handmade folk art, rustic primitives, museum-quality replicas, country collectibles and contemporary works of art. Offinger’s offers special deals at the shows, including a VIP Buyer Badge, a 60-minute Gift Hop, and Come-Back Cash details on these innovative money savers can be found on the show’s website.

The market is scheduled for Nov. 1. For more details, visit http://www.offingersmarketplaces.com.

Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace

The 19th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace will take place in Maumee at the Lucas County Recreation Center. Festive booth decorations and Christmastime arts and crafts available for purchase, among other things, are what makes this event one of the jolliest in Northwest Ohio. Those ‘other things’ mentioned above include: Americana, Country, Primitive, Contemporary, Victorian and Folk collectibles, gifts, food, home and personal items, and more

Parking is free at the rec center, and admission is $5 for everyone over 12 years old. The producer’s website even offers a coupon for admission and a calendar of other shows in the area by Cloud Productions, Ltd. The event is scheduled from Nov. 1-2. For more details, visit http://www.cloudshows.biz.

Mrs. Claus’ Closet

For the 44th year, Creative Keepsakes Craft Shows is putting on Mrs. Claus’ Closet in the Cleveland area from Nov. 4-5. This year, it will conveniently be held at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake. Each year, the show opens on Tuesday with charity benefit preview party called “A Peek in the Closet.” This will be for four hours and requires advanced purchase of tickets. It is a special wine and cheese, “Ladies Night Out”-type of event in which proceeds go to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. The main event the following day is an all-day affair with light refreshments available for purchase.

For more details, visit http://www.mrsclauscloset.com and http://www.medinacraftshows.com.

For unique gifts this upcoming holiday season, instead of shopping online or visiting busy retail shops, why not stop by some of these quaint arts and crafts shows? Buy something that came straight from the heart.

Friday Night Cruisin’ @Jack Maxton Chevrolet Sept. 2014


We had such an amazing time at Friday Night Cruisin’ Sept. 2014. Thank you for an amazing season and we hope to see you again next year!

Please enjoy pictures of the classic Chevys featured at the show! Click the image below.

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Vehicle Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Trax


The next big thing is small

Crossovers are big and the biggest ones might be the smallest. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will arrive soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, giving you a Chevrolet option in the fast-expanding small crossover segment.

Big-league technology makes the five-passenger Chevrolet Trax stand out in the segment. Available features will include Siri Eyes Free, new OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, the latest generation of OnStar and Chevy MyLink, and the innovative BringGo navigation app that integrates with your smartphone.

The tidy Trax will offer serious occupant protection. A body structure that is 66 percent high-strength steel forms a protective cage around the cabin. Standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control works with traction control and features rollover mitigation, as well, to keep the Trax on-track. A standard rearview camera improves visibility when you back up, and 10 standard airbags include the only rear-seat-mounted thorax airbags in the segment.

When you slide behind the wheel of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, you’ll be greeted by a dual-cockpit style instrument panel. In the middle, there’s a seven-inch high-resolution display for the infotainment system, rearview camera and available navigation app. The driver gets a bold set of gauges, including a large analog tachometer and digital readouts for other information.

Trim levels for the 2015 Chevrolet Trax will include LS, LT, and LTZ. Every Trax will feature a versatile 60/40-split/folding rear seat and storage galore with pockets in the seatbacks, cubbies in the doors, bins under the rear load area and even a storage drawer hidden under the front passenger seat. The front passenger seat can fold down to allow transport of items as long as eight feet, and the Trax can swallow up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Crisp styling that includes a dual-port grille and swept-back headlamps firmly place the Trax in the same family as the Sonic, Malibu and Impala. The exterior can be dressed up with front foglamps, front and rear trim that simulates skid plates, and your choice of ten available colors.

The front-wheel drive Trax gets you there courtesy of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 138 hp and 148 lb/ft of torque. The torque is available from 1,850 to 4,900 rpm, which makes the Trax feel strong and confident. The compact 1.4-liter four-cylinder has its turbocharger integrated with the exhaust manifold for tidy packaging, and the cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods inside the engine are up to the task of creating power under pressure. The four-cylinder is paired with a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift manual control. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is available, as well, for enhanced traction and handling.

The Trax chassis is tuned for precise response and a refined experience. LS and LT trims ride on 16-inch wheels – steel on the LS and alloy on the LT. Trax LTZ trims carry 18-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment. The independent suspension features MacPherson struts in front with a beefy stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a compact compound-crank torsion beam design, which leaves plenty of space for cargo, delivers consistent control over wheel motions, and weighs less than other designs.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax small crossover is engineered to bring excellence and refinement to a fast-expanding segment. This segment of vehicles is the next big thing, and the Trax will lead the pack with performance and features that aren’t offered anywhere else.