Car Care: Be Prepared for Winter Conditions


Taking the proper precautions can make all the difference

With winter in full swing, it’s important to take the correct precautions for driving during this potentially dangerous time of year.

In winter, nighttime comes earlier and days are often gloomy, so you need every edge you can get on the road. In many regions, even those that don’t see much snow or experience frigid temperatures, the change of seasons is a good time to make sure you’ve taken some steps to keep you safe on the road.

Stay visible. When there are fewer hours of daylight, you rely more heavily upon your vehicle’s lighting system. Have your battery and charging system checked for proper operation. A low-charging level or weak battery can lead to reduced output from the headlights, putting you at a disadvantage for spotting and avoiding obstacles. In addition, you need to  ensure that all of your car’s other lights are operating properly, including  the tail and stop lights, blinkers, position lamps and even reverse lamps. These lights help you stay visible to other cars on the road and clue them into your next move, thereby increasing your chances of being spotted.

Check your battery. Your battery is extremely important in helping your car start during cold temperatures. When the temperature drops to freezing or below, vehicles have a harder time getting going. Oil runs thicker, which makes the engine harder to turn over for the starter motor. Battery output dips with the temperature, too, so it’s important to make sure yours has enough power to make it to the starting circuit, and that there’s enough in reserve. A battery that turns the engine slowly in the cold may just need its terminals cleaned, or there may be a cable in need of repair or replacement. This is a problem that will strike its hardest at the absolute worst moment.

Check the tires. Your tire pressure can drop by up to 2 pounds per square inch (psi) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit, which means you could be driving around with seriously underinflated tires, thereby making handling less predictable. In regions that get significant winter precipitation, it’s a good idea to invest in a set of winter tires for an edge in turning and stopping when it’s sloppy and slick.

Check your coolant. It may sound counter-intuitive to make sure the engine cooling system, and the coolant itself, are up to snuff when it’s cold outside. But consider this: the cooling system provides your cabin heat, and coolant is a mix of alcohol, water, and additives to prevent low-temperature freezing of the engine.

Prepare for emergencies. Carrying a few simple things can make a big difference, too. Pack a blanket so you can stay warm without having to run the engine if you get stuck for a prolonged period of time. A flashlight and some extra batteries, extra window washer, a compact shovel and even a small bag of sand for emergency traction are all good items to keep in your car. An emergency kit with jumper cables, road flares and a couple of basic tools will go a long way toward keeping you alive and safe in the worst circumstances.

Winter needn’t be something to be afraid of if you plan ahead. Having a thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic and keeping an emergency kit in your car will go a long way to keeping you safe on the road this winter.

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

Vehicle Profile: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado


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The Chevrolet Silverado, like many other models in the brand’s lineup, is an American icon, and it gets even better for 2017.

The full-size 2017 Chevrolet Silverado starts at an MSRP of $27,585 and is available in six trim levels: WT, LS, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. There are three cab styles with Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab, three box lengths (5’8”, 6’6” and 8’) and all models can be equipped with four-wheel drive.

With all of the recent additions to the Silverado lineup, AutoTrader noted “the latest Silverado makes an excellent case for itself as one of today’s top pickup trucks.” That’s no surprise for the pickup that was named “Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Power.

That didn’t stop Chevrolet from making the 2017 model even better. There are two new exterior colors (Pepperdust Metallic and Graphite Metallic) and a capless fuel fill, and the newest model is standard with the Teen Driver feature that promotes safe driving habits by letting parents view various driving information during their child’s time out with their vehicle. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package now features Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Crew Cab models now have the segment’s best max trailering rating of 12,500 pounds.

Safety is a Silverado highlight with six airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Rollover Mitigation technology, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control, all standard. A rear vision camera is available. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package (standard on High Country models) adds IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Safety Alert Driver Seat, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and the new Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. You also get the peace of mind that comes with the OnStar® vehicle telematics system.

There are three engines available for the Silverado, including a 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The V6 makes 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, while stepping up to the 5.3-liter V8 gets you 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque, with more than 300 lb/ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm. The 6.2-liter V8 produces a potent 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. All engines employ a trifecta of technologies including direct injection, Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Active Fuel Management to make the most out of every drop of fuel. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also available.

The exterior of the Silverado is rugged yet refined with available unique features like the CornerStep rear bumper, EZ Lift and Lower Locking Tailgate, cargo box LED lighting, and power-articulating running boards. Wheels range from 17-inches to 20-inches so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Inside, Chevrolet MyLink® with an eight-inch color touch screen helps keep you connected and you can also add supple leather upholstery. Wireless phone charging, a Bose® sound system, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, dual zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel are also available. You can also add an abundance of packages and accessories to make the Silverado as unique as you are.

Add in two years/24,000-miles of complimentary maintenance (two visits), a three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty and five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with courtesy transportation and roadside assistance, and the Silverado is hard to beat.

Stop by today to let us know you’re interested in the Silverado and we’ll show you some of the impressive models that can help you get the job done.

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

OnStar AtYourService Partners With Groupon and ExxonMobil


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New joint venture allows for more savings and convenience

Owners of GM vehicles who have OnStar AtYourService are in for some good news: This multichannel platform, which provides users with money-saving offers, has officially signed on with Groupon and ExxonMobil as its newest partners, providing consumers even greater savings on an array of new products and services.

In addition, even more useful functions will be added later in the year with RemoteLink and future vehicle owner apps, allowing users to utilize mobile ordering, mobile payments and fuel pump activations with participating AtYourService partners.

“The AtYourService platform is all about delivering daily relevance and value to our connected customers, enhancing their ownership experience,” said Mark Lloyd, consumer online officer with OnStar. “Integrating great new partners like Groupon and ExxonMobil helps us deliver content and services that simplify our customers’ lives and save them money.”

With the addition of Groupon, new and exciting offers for places such as restaurants, salons, spas and retailers will be added to the platform, which are offered to users based on the phone’s location. Also new will be active Groupon promotions as a separate search category, which will help users find offers from local businesses. In addition, new fuel and convenience store offers will be incorporated by ExxonMobil beginning early this year.

Just some of the companies with offers on AtYourService include Dunkin’ Donuts, Priceline.com, Parkopedia, RetailMeNot and Audiobooks.com.

Just in the last quarter of 2015, AtYourService opened more than 130,000 money-saving offers. And, since its launch, more than 6,400 hotel reservations were made through a joint venture with Priceline.com.

GM continues to provide more value for its owners and with their latest venture. For more information about OnStar, AtYourService and RemoteLink, visit http://www.onstar.com or stop by and let us explain more.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com 

Jack Maxton News: GM Recognized for Support of National Guard and Reserve


U.S. Department of Defense honors company for 40 years of support

In 1972, General Motors was the very first company to sign a pledge to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that vowed to continually support members of U.S. military services and their families in both times of peace and times of crisis. Recently, GM was honored by the DoD for its commitment to the National Guard and Reserve, and its loyalty to a promise that has spanned more than four decades.

“Our veterans embody the values we believe in, and I thank the U.S. Department of Defense for the opportunity to formalize this commitment and express our sincere gratitude,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

At a Veterans Day celebration at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, representatives from the DoD were joined by hundreds of employees and reps from several military groups and councils to recognize the 100,000-plus GM workers who have served.

“General Motors is setting a high standard for all automobile manufacturers to follow by providing above and beyond support of veterans, many of whom currently serve in the Guard and Reserve,” said Tom Bullock, chief of employer outreach, DoD Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Also at the ceremony, the ESGR Extraordinary Employer Support Award was bestowed upon GM for the company’s continued commitment to employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Despite only being formalized in 1972, GM has been providing exemplary sustained backing to members and families of the U.S. military for more than 100 years. GM currently supports organizations and programs such as Building for America’s Bravest and the Achilles Freedom Team. In fact, at the ceremony in November, GM announced a new campaign, spearheaded by the GMC brand, to raise funds for and general awareness of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (the parent organization of Building for America’s Bravest) to help build customized, specially-adapted homes for injured or disabled veterans. For more information on this initiative, visit www.ourbravest.org/enlistme.

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

Places to go in your Chevrolet: Five Places to Volunteer in Ohio this Holiday Season


Reach out and help those in need

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For most families in Ohio, the holiday season is a time for enacting traditions, from gift-giving rituals to special seasonal meals. Now is a great time to add a new tradition to the list and find a way to give back to the community and help the less fortunate. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by donating one’s time, money or effort to a local charitable organization.  Here are five ways that families and individuals can get involved and help out the community this holiday season.

Christmas Cheer

Each year, the Salvation Army in Columbus puts on Christmas Cheer, one of the state’s largest holiday toy and food distribution programs. Christmas Cheer provides thousands of less fortunate families with food and toys over a two-day period during the holiday season. Salvation Army relies on donations, as well as volunteers, who are needed to assemble boxes, fill food boxes, register families, give out toys and more. More information about volunteering for the Christmas Cheer program is located on the Salvation Army’s website at http://co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/CHRISTMAS-CHEER.

The City Mission

The City Mission has been serving Cleveland’s homeless population since 1910. Today, the organization has two shelters, the Crossroads Men’s Crisis Center on Carnegie Avenue and Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center on Puritas Avenue. Every November and December, City Mission serves tens of thousands of special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to those who are less fortunate. Families interested in volunteering to help out at the City Mission should fill out the volunteer form at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1007694277.

Give Back Cincinnati Fall Feast

Civic-minded southwestern Ohioans should look into Give Back Cincinnati, a non-profit that offers over two dozen volunteer opportunities annually. On Thursday, Nov. 26, the downtown Duke Energy Convention Center will host the tenth consecutive Give Back Cincinnati Fall Feast, providing free food and fun to all guests in attendance, including the city’s homeless and underserved. Registration to volunteer for Fall Feast is open at http://fallfeast.org/get-involved/.

 

Toledo Christmas Baskets

Through thousands of human services programs, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people in the U.S., over 20,000 of whom live in the Greater Ohio area. Each year, Volunteers of America helps feed Toledo’s most vulnerable citizens by providing them with free Christmas baskets filled with food. To find out more about contributing food items or volunteering, visit http://www.voago.org/christmas-cheer.

Athens County Children Services Santa Tree Project

Southeastern Ohioans have lots of opportunities to help the less fortunate this holiday season, including the 28th annual Santa Tree Project, which is being coordinated once again by the Athens County Children Services. Each year, the Santa Tree Project provides gifts to over 1,500 underprivileged children in Athens County. Community members are encouraged to donate and get involved, which they can do at http://athenscountysantaproject.blogspot.com/.

The holiday season provides Ohio families with many opportunities to give back. There is no better time to teach children that it is always more rewarding to give than to receive, and these service opportunities are a great way to do that.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Impala


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The exceptional flagship sedan from Chevrolet

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is strikingly beautiful, refined inside and out, and it delivers driving exhilaration that’s at the top of its class. In fact, U.S. News ranked the 2015 Impala first out of 10 competitors in the “Affordable Large Cars” category.

The Impala was all-new for 2014, and Chevrolet has enhanced it again for 2015. New this year are engine start/stop for the 2.5 liter four-cylinder, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and a trio of new exterior colors: Blue Velvet Metallic, Rainforest Green and Autumn Bronze Metallic. There is also a bi-fuel model for 2015 that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG).

There are four front-wheel drive Impala trims to choose from, starting with the well-equipped Impala LS (MSRP $27,060). There’s a standard 2.5-liter Ecotec® four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is Bluetooth, premium cloth seating, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, projector-beam halogen headlamps, three months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, six-months of OnStar with Directions & Connections, and a very large, 18.8 cubic foot trunk – one of the largest in the segment.

The Ecotec® four-cylinder is strong, with 196 hp and 186 lb/ft of torque, and fuel efficiency is high––an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway––thanks to direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and variable lift for the intake valves.

The Impala 1LT adds engine stop/start to the standard 2.5-liter engine, Chevrolet MyLink® radio with eight-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, a pair of additional USB ports and an SD card reader. Also included in the 1LT trim is dual-zone climate control, a two-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators and ground illumination, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 1LT is also available with a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine. Power with the V6 jumps to a segment-leading 305 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque, and fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 19 mpg city and 29 highway. All LT and higher trims carry 18.5 gallon fuel tanks, instead of the 15.8 gallon tank in the LS. The 3.6-liter bi-fuel V6 is also available in the 1LT.

The Impala 2LT carries all the 1LT features, plus the 3.6-liter V6 as standard. The Impala LTZ trims are the most luxuriously outfitted. The 1LTZ comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and features standard leather-appointed seating, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, rear-vision camera, Rear Park Assist, remote start, an exterior dressed up with lower body-side chrome moldings, 19-inch machined-face alloy wheels, dual-outlet exhaust, and LED daytime running lamps. There are also high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and a standard suite of advanced safety features including Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind-Spot Alert.

The Impala 2LTZ adds the 3.6 liter V6 to the 1LTZ standard features list. Available equipment packages make it easy to further enhance and customize your Impala. The Comfort and Convenience Package adds ventilated front seats; a heated steering wheel; power-adjustable steering column; heated exterior mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, integrated turn signals and ground illumination; memory settings for the driver’s seat, mirrors and steering wheel; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; and premium carpeted floor mats and trunk mat. The Impala 1LTZ also features a power sunroof when equipped with this package.

The Premium Audio Package adds an 11-speaker Bose® surround-sound audio system that turns the cabin of the Impala into a rolling concert hall. Also part of the Premium Audio Package is a 120-volt power outlet. Chevrolet MyLink® with Navigation incorporates Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio, and voice command. The Navigation Package comes with the eight-inch color touch-screen Chevrolet MyLink® radio, Keyless Access, push-button start, and ambient lighting for Eco models.

Choose the Advance Safety Package to get Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert, and add the Premium Seating Package for heated front seats, an eight-way power front passenger seat and a cargo convenience net to secure items in the trunk.

The sophisticated, beautifully styled and carefully crafted 2015 Chevrolet Impala is also an exceptional value. Edmunds.com called the 2015 Impala “a genuine must-drive” for anyone looking for a full-size sedan. Driving is believing, so schedule your test drive today.

Fun Things to Do on a Snowy Day


Can’t take your Chevrolet out cruisin’ due to being snowed in? Here are some fun things to do on a snowy day!

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The kids are off from school and you can’t drive into work — it’s a snow day for all! But don’t spend it lounging on the couch. A snowy day means you can take advantage of a whole new host of opportunities — from fun activities to being productive. In fact, a snow day can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

So what are you waiting for? Try one of these activities the next time inclement weather keeps you home.

Create snow art

Sure you can build a snowman and make snow angels, but why not do something you’ve never done before? This activity is especially kid friendly. Try this: Fill empty spray bottles with food coloring and water, allowing the kids to use snow as their canvas.

“Adding color to the snow is so much fun and really allows them the chance to be creative and do something different than the typical outdoor, snowy activities,” says Deanna Garretson, a blogger at http://www.domestic-chicky.com. They’ll have so much fun doing it, and you’ll love being able to keep the messes outside.

Put your chef’s hat on

What is it about baking or cooking on a wintry day?If it’s too cold for your taste outside and you’d rather stay in and do something cozy, peruse a cookbook or search online for a tasty recipe (one, of course, that you have all the ingredients for in the house to avoid a trek through the snow).

“Oreo snowballs are the perfect treat to make with stir-crazy snowbound kiddos because there is no baking involved,” says Carrie Higgins, a blogger at http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com. They’re also great for partnering with hot chocolate after a morning spent sledding.” No matter what you make, whether it’s cookies or brownies or even a pot of homemade soup, the warm, fresh aromas will fill the house, keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.

Play catch up

It may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but a day off is still a day off, and if you typically don’t have the time to clean the garage, wash the floors, and do a load of laundry, you may want to take advantage of the time off. This is also a good time to teach the kids, if you haven’t already, about the importance of helping out around the house.

“When kids do chores, they’re learning responsibility. They’re learning that life requires work,” says James Sears, MD, co-author of “Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.” Other productive things you can do are make all those phone calls you keep putting off, write those thank-you cards from your kid’s birthday you’ve been meaning to finish, do some meal prep, etc.

Get your game on

While kids these days would rather play on an iPad or iPhone, a snow day is a great time to break out the old-school board games. The kids will love the chance to spend quality time with their parents, and have some good old-fashioned fun while they’re at it. Classics like Monopoly, Life, and Risk will take up a good chunk of your day, so make sure you have snacks handy during the game. Take it up a notch and build a fort with blankets and pillows to play the games in. No board games handy? Having story time by the fireplace (or in the fort!) can also be a fun activity.

Redecorate

Set the kids on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a movie, and get to work on changing up your living room curtains or rearranging your dining room place settings. You could even take this time off to Feng Shui your home, which involves specific placement and positioning of objects in your home to determine a sense of how the energy in your environment affects you. You might be surprised at how productive performing a few simple swaps in your home can make you feel.

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