Packing the Perfect Picnic

Perfect Picnic

Pack for the perfect picnic!

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. One great way to celebrate is with a picnic. Here’s how to pack the perfect picnic basket to ensure both safety and fun.

Remember what your teachers always told you—safety first! Food safety is the number one priority when packing picnic baskets, because you want everybody to enjoy the food without getting sick. One way to avoid that is to ditch food that’s been left out more than two hours. In warm weather, food can go bad fast. Make sure that you fill your picnic basket with ice packs to try to keep the food cool as long as possible.

Besides being safe, you’ll also want to be smart. Pack essentials like napkins, plates, and utensils so that you’re not stuck using your hands for everything! Make sure that you also bring a garbage bag to avoid littering.

Finally, there is the fun part—the food itself! Coming up with the perfect picnic meal can be hard, but we’re here to help. Travel-sized food is perfect for picnics because it’s easy to pack. Bite-sized sandwiches won’t make a mess and they’ll fit in your basket neatly.

Good luck on your picnic adventures!

Redesigned Buick Regal Gaining New Body Styles

For the 2018 model year, the redesigned Buick Regal will give buyers even more options than before. The new model will come in two distinct body styles with purpose-built designs and features.

Sportback

The first model is the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. This model has a coupe-like design to give it a sleek, athletic look. It still has four doors for passengers along with a fifth liftback door for easy access to cargo. In fact, with the rear seats up, the Regal Sportback offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space—more than double what the 2017 Regal model offers.

In addition to greater versatility, the Sportback has a driver-focused cabin with lots of available options to give the Sportback a more engaging drive.

TourX

For drivers who yearn for outdoor adventure, the all-new 2018 Buick Regal TourX model comes with plenty of standard features to make that happen. For starters, it has a taller ride height with more ground clearance. Buyers will also appreciate its standard roof rails, standard all-wheel drive, durable exterior design, and strong turbocharged engine.

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback will be coming to DeVoe Buick GMC this fall, while the TourX model will arrive by the end of the year.

5 Great Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day will be here on May 14th. That means there is still time to get your mom a thoughtful gift that will make her love you even more. If you need some inspiration, here are five great gifts for mom.

 

  • Jewelry. Let her show off her mom pride with a necklace customized to show how many kids she has. Or, jewelry customized with her birth month flower or stone.
  • Hobbies. What is your mom’s hobby? Does she love gardening, playing music, reading? Whatever she loves, give her a gift to help her explore and express her creativity even more. Try this indoor herb garden for the mom who loves to cook.
  • Food. Moms love a good meal, especially ones they don’t have to cook. Make her a delicious homemade feast of her favorite foods, and make sure to do the dishes afterwards.
  • Time. Perhaps the best gift you can give any mom is to spend time with her. Let her relax and enjoy being surrounded by her family without any obligations getting in the way.

 

Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we wish all moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day!

The Top Five Best Beaches In Florida

 

When you live in Florida and feel the urge to hit the beach, there’s really only one problem: which one to choose. The Sunshine State features the finest coastlines in the US. Here’s a list of the top five best beaches in Florida.

 

# 5 –  DestinA number of features make Destin one of the most attractive beaches in the state. There’s the pure white sand, its affordability and its constant sunshine.

 

# 4 – Sanibel IslandOff the coast of Fort Myers is Sanibel Island. This is where you can go when you want to avoid Spring Breakers and enjoy some quality quiet time with the family.

 

# 3 – Key WestPart of the fun of Key West is getting there, as you get to drive the phenomenally scenic Overseas Highway. Once you’re down there, the party never stops.

 

# 2 – St. PetersburgThey don’t call St. Petersburg the Sunshine City for nothing. The town bears the distinction of holding the Florida record for most consecutive days of sunshine.

 

# 1 – NaplesSome might argue that the best part of Naples has nothing to do with sand. They might be right, but that’s a hard argument—the beaches here are not only open to the public, they are simply gorgeous. Naples offers the all-around treatment with great restaurants, interesting attractions and superb golf courses.

 

Speaking of attractions in Naples, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC today and get behind the wheel of a new Buick!

What Different Car Noises Could Indicate

There’s nothing quite like the throaty hum of a finely-tuned engine. It’s something we can get used to over time and that’s why when it suddenly changes, it can be disconcerting to say the least. So, what changed? Here’s a short list of what different car noises could indicate.

 

Squealing

If your vehicle squeals when you apply the brakes, it could be telling you that you need new brakes pads. Have your vehicle inspected soon, because once pads wear out completely your rotors could be damaged.

 

Rattling

A loose exhaust system can cause rattling that appears to be coming from underneath your vehicle. You could even take a peek under there to check it out. But, it’s probably better to seek the service of a professional.

 

Grinding

There are a number of kinds of grinding sounds an unhealthy vehicle can make. A light grinding sound could mean that your brake pads have been rubbed down to nothing.

 

If you drive a manual transmission, grinding during shifting could indicate a variety of issues. It could be a dragging clutch or a failing synchronizer. These are problems that normally arise as your vehicle reaches high mileage.

 

If your troubles are stacking up and you think the solution may be a new vehicle, stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to explore our excellent lineup!

Buick Safety Awards: All Six 2017 Models Get NHTSA Award

Buick is well known for its intelligent designs and impressive safety. In fact, all six 2017 Buick models earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Safety Administration—one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.  This is the third year in a row Buick has earned this significant achievement.

According to GM, Buick is only one of two brands in the industry to reach this achievement. The 2017 Cascada is also the first 2017 convertible to earn a 5-Star Rating. The LaCrosse also has some impressive safety features for the new model year, including sophisticated technologies, premium craftsmanship, and improved handling.

“We know safety is top of mind for buyers when shopping for new vehicles, and the recent ratings by NHTSA showcase our brand’s dedication to providing our customers with safe, reliable transportation,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “We’ve launched four new vehicles in 2016 and we are extremely proud to continue to offer a lineup of award-winning vehicles that have NHTSA five-star Overall Vehicle Score ratings across the board.”

Buick safety awards are well-deserved, especially considering the number to technologies the brand offers. This includes a Safety Alert Seat, Front Pedestrian Braking, and even a front-center airbag on the Enclave—the only offered in its segment. Stop by DeVoe to learn more about Buick safety systems.

The 2018 Terrain Design: Breaking Barriers

GMC recently introduced the all-new 2018 Terrain, a stunning compact SUV that’s bound to turn some heads on the highway. This model comes with a number of added features and options, though most people can’t stop raving about the sleek new styling. Read on to learn more about the new 2018 Terrain design.

GMC has provided a list of new features for the 2018 model year, including a sculpted exterior, stronger design cues, and a refined fascia. Chrome trim adds appeal as well, while features like roof rails, LED lighting, and machined alloy wheels make this model truly stand out. Let’s not forget the wide, athletic stance that gives the Terrain a bold atmosphere.

“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

Under the hood is your choice between three all-new turbocharged engines. One of these is a diesel, which offers impressive torque and fuel economy. The Terrain will come with a Denali version, like most GMC SUVs, and will feature intelligent interior touches including touchscreen infotainment, smartphone connectivity, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The new 2018 GMC Terrain is truly remarkable. We here at DeVoe Buick GMC can’t wait to see this new model in action.

Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

It’s that time of the year… tax season! Doing your taxes is rarely enjoyable, but it does get better once you get that tax refund. Here are some smart ways you can spend your refund.

Pay of Credit Card Debt

Credit cards can be helpful but they can also be pesky when debt builds up on them. Use your tax refund to pay off some debt and avoid interest payments.

Start/Build an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is a perfect in-between of your checking account and savings account. It’s money that you could pull from in case you really need it. Start a new account or build onto an existing emergency account.

Savings

It never hurts to put more money into savings. It’ll help you earn positive interest and it puts a little extra boost in your account.

Fixer Upper

Have you always hated that pink bathroom tile? Put your tax refund money towards something in your house that you’ve always wanted to fix.

Donate

Why not give back with your tax refund? Pick your favorite charity (or multiple charities) and make a donation to them. Check out one of our favorites here.

Prepaid Debit Card

Prepaid debit cards have the benefit of no bank fees, so if you want to give your kids an allowance with your tax refund, this is a great way to go.

 

2017 Buick Models Safer Than Ever

2017 Buick ModelsThere are a lot of reasons why you should call a Buick “yours,” but one of the biggest reasons is top safety. This year, the 2017 Buick models feature more safety than ever.

The 2017 Buick Envision has earned a five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To earn this high score, a vehicle must meet stellar safety requirements, and the Envision certainly does. It didn’t only take home five stars from the NHTSA, it also earned the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for the second year in a row.

So, what makes Buicks so safe? It starts with top standard safety technology like radar and ultrasonic sensors that always keep drivers safe and confident. Available features like Forward Collision Alert and Forward Automatic Braking help give the driver an extra hand on the road and help prevent accidents.

The all-new Buick Envision also has features like front crash prevention and high intensity discharge headlights, all which helped it earn the top IIHS safety rating.

“Safety, quality and craftsmanship are designed into every Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.

No matter what 2017 Buick model you choose, you know that you’ll be getting amazing safety.

Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day and weekend typically have horrible traffic, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip out of town, it’s important to keep these Thanksgiving road trip tips in mind.

Auto-related deaths on Thanksgiving have generally less to do with drunk driving and more about long distances and heavy traffic. Try to leave early on your trip, since other drivers will be less drowsy and there will be fewer of them on the road, but you should also avoid leaving earlier than you would normally get up in the morning. Driving too early in the morning isn’t any better than driving at night—you’ll still be sleepy and off your game.

Another thing to look out for is stress. The holidays can take a lot out of us, and getting everyone together for a several-hour road trip with the prospect of dealing with relatives isn’t the most exciting. Heavy traffic just increases stress, so you just have to avoid letting it get the better of you and causing you to drive recklessly. And be watchful of other stressed-out drivers!

When packing food and luggage in the car, make sure everything is secured and won’t move. If you do get in a wreck or even just come to a sudden stop and there are heavy, loose items around, it could seriously injure you or a passenger.

Bring plenty of games, handheld devices, audiobooks, and regular books to keep your kids entertained on the trip. Avoid driving after you eat turkey, especially at night—the Tryptophan in turkey makes you drowsy. If you can, stay with your relatives.

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