One of the most dangerous hazards out their driving on the road with you is actually yourself! Last year, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) falling asleep while driving caused 100,000 reported crashes. Those crashes resulted in 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries.
Our goal, here at DeVoe Buick GMC, is not only to provide you reliable new and used vehicles, but also to help you stay safe on the road. We recently found an article in the New York Daily News that highlighted some very useful tips to fight off fatigue when you are behind the wheel.
When you feel sleeping taking over, don’t try to fight it; pull over for a quick refresher nap or switch drivers if you have people with you.
If you are going on a road trip, take people with you! Having company to play road games, to talk to or even to share the driving responsibilities with is a huge help.
Make sure you have some extra cash in case you need to stop off at a hotel for the night.
Pack snacks for your long drive, but avoid eating heavy meals.
Try to drive at times when you would normally be awake.
Stop at rest areas to take a break and refresh. Many of them offer drinks or snacks and sometimes have great scenic views.
Next time you head out on the road, make sure you are well rested and keep these tips in mind.
Last week in our blog we posted a video about the all new 2013 Buick Encore Luxury Crossover. This video, which can be seen if you scroll down to the next blog, featured the fine craftsmanship, luxurious details, and huge storage space in the Encore. But what it didn’t mention is the fuel efficiency of this new crossover.
Just yesterday, GM announced that the Encore, with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and a combined 28 mpg fuel economy, is the most fuel-efficient crossover from a domestic automaker. In other words, the Buick Encore comes in with a better combined fuel economy than the competition – the Ford Escape (combined 26 mpg) and the Jeep Compass (combined 25 mpg).
This really shouldn’t come as any surprise considering the Encore was designed from the start to be a market leader in fuel efficiency. For example, the Encore is designed to run on regular gasoline instead of premium fuel, unlike the Compass and Escape. In addition, Buick engineers developed the structure of the Encore is such a way that it would be both safer and lighter, and thus more fuel efficient.
Jim Danahy, the vehicle chief engineer, sums it up best. “Right from its inception, Encore was designed to offer customers the safety and comfort expected of any Buick, but with an added emphasis on space and fuel efficiency. We did things like specify one optimized wheel and tire package to ensure that every customer has the best driving experience possible.”
The stylish 2013 Buick Encore is changing the game when it comes to luxury crossover SUV’s. No longer are Buick’s just for your grandparents to get across town a few times a week. Featuring Intellilink and USB connectivity, these finely crafted pieces of machinery are on the cutting edge.
Check out the all new 2013 Buick Encore in the video below.
We’re excited for its arrival early next year. Give us a call at 877-208-2963 for more details, or swing by our local Naples dealership to speak with one of our friendly dealers.
Originally, our Teacher Appreciation offer was scheduled to end August 11th; however, due to the great amount of participation and excitement generated through this event, we have decided to extend the offer to the 18th!
This means that all teachers and administrative staff in Collier County have a few more days to come in and get an oil change for only $16.95. Also, remember to share our Facebook page because we’re donating $5 per new fan to The Education Foundation of Collier County!
That’s right! This week is Teacher Appreciation week and DeVoe wants to show how thankful we are for teachers by offering a special deal to all the teachers of Collier County. This week only, Collier County teachers can come in and get their oil changed for only $16.95. It’s our little way of saying “thanks” for playing such an important role in so many young peoples lives.
Also, if you become a fan of the DeVoe Automotive Facebook page between now and August 19th, we will donate $5 to the Education Foundation of Collier County to help unprivileged students buy school supplies!
More often than not, we find ourselves getting behind the wheel of our cars without thinking twice about the dangers of the road, or the condition of my car. However, the American Medical Association recently compiled a nice list of things to consider before driving.
Plan your trips ahead of time. You may not have time to check traffic and weather conditions, but at the very least, have an idea of where you’re going. Flipping through the directions on your iPhone isn’t exactly the safest thing to do while cruising at 60 mph.
Wear your safety belt. It’s so easy to forget this little strap, but it could save your life. And just a side note: no one thinks you’re tougher if you don’t wear a seat belt.
Don’t speed. Sure, there may be times where you have to go a few miles per hour above the speed limit to get past that semi, but most of the time it’s a lot safer to just follow the speed limits – they’re there for a reason.
Keep enough distance between you and the car ahead of you. For city driving, follow the three second rule. For highway driving, make sure there’s five seconds between you and the driver in front of you.
Always double check your blind spots. Don’t just assume there’s nothing behind there.
Everyone knows the best thing to invest in is yourself, and the best way to do that is to start with your education. With tuition rising every year, many high school students may find themselves discouraged when they start thinking about college, but that is why DeVoe Automotive Group is here to help.
In 1970, Mr. Richard DeVoe himself started a scholarship program for high school graduates. Since then, DeVoe has give out $2 million worth of scholarships to students throughout the area. This year, we are happy to announce, we are giving out $12,000 scholarships to 10 lucky high school graduates.
We have evaluated 100s of students from several different high schools in the area and finally came out with our top 10 recipients. These students were selected based on personal interviews, test scores, overall GPA, life goals and motivations.
Our staff, here at DeVoe Buick GMC, would like to congratulate the following students:
At the reveal of the 2013 Buick Enclave, Buick’s VP of Marketing Tony DiSalle had a few words to say about how far the Enclave has come over the years. According to DiSalle, “We sold more Enclaves last year than we ever have before. That told us that consumers are continuing to discover this wonderful vehicle.” Di Salle goes on to say, “The 2013 Enclave is absolutely gorgeous. You can see the sophisticated elegant exterior and beautiful sculptured design, evolving the design that really brought the renaissance of the Buick brand home with the introduction of the first Enclave 5 years ago.” Check out the video below to see it for yourself:
The 2013 Buick Enclave has not yet arrived to our Buick GMC store, but keep checking our blogs and Facebook and we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s here!
…Or are they? One of our favorite features on the all new 2012 Buick Lacrosse is the remarkable heads-up-display of the speedometer and other vehicle information. As the Buick website puts it, you can now, “see exactly what your Lacrosse is doing with the available heads-up display that allows you to see instrumentation without taking your eyes off the road.”
You can see it for yourself in the picture to the right.
It looks like something you might see in an aircraft of some sort, or maybe a futuristic movie. But no – this is the 2012 Buick Lacrosse – and it’s just one more way that Buick is raising the bar when it comes to technology and safety.
If you’re interested in learning more about the new Lacrosse, want to take one for a test drive, or just want to see this amazing feature for yourself, feel free to stop by DeVoe Buick and we would be happy to help you.
Unless you drive a fully electric car, or a car that runs on vegetable oil, chances are you’re always looking for ways to save gas. I know I am always looking to improve my gas mileage. And yes, even though things like combining trips or carpooling will save you gas (obviously), we wanted to share a few things that you can do to your car right now that will help you get the most out of your gas tank.
First thing you should do is check your tire pressure. If your tires are not filled up to the proper level, you could be decreasing your miles per gallon more than you might think. See, under-inflated tires cause more rolling resistance, and more rolling resistance means more gas. Check your owner’s manual and get some air in your tires.
Next, get any unnecessary weight out of your car. All that junk in your trunk is weighing your car down and causing you to get less MPG. Perhaps it’s time to start leaving the golf clubs in the garage.
Finally, check your air filter. This may not be the first thing you think of when you’re thinking of ways to increase MPG, but a clogged filter limits air flow to the engine, thus decreasing miles per gallon. However, this is a quick fix. All you have to do is remove the air filer, hold it up to the sun, and if you can’t see any sunlight, then it’s time for a new filter. Simple as that.
See how easy that is to increase your MPG? If you have any questions about anything you just read, feel free to stop by the DeVoe Buick GMC service center and talk with one of our certified technicians about some other easy ways you can save gas.
Richard DeVoe is a proud member of the DeVoe Automotive team. Being the grandson of the DeVoe Automotive founder, Rich has spent much of his time at DeVoe and would love to help you find your next car!