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.

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

dashboardThere are a lot of confusing terms when it comes to checking out new cars and reading through the specifications. While horsepower is pretty self-explanatory, torque is a widely referred to spec that not many drivers can define. Even more of a mystery is what torque actually does in a car. So, just what does a car’s torque mean? Let us DeVoe Buick GMC explain.

Putting it plain and simple, torque causes a car to accelerate. While the torque specification is a higher number than the torque on the wheels, it’s still a good indicator of how fast a car can accelerate.

There are a few things that can help a car accelerate other than torque. A lighter car and lower center-of-mass will obviously help.

We’ve defined what torque is but not how it effects the vehicle in reality. Take a truck like the GMC Sierra 1500, for example.

If you’ve ever read the specifications on a full-size pickup, odds are you noticed that the engines fall in the range of a V6 or V8 and may include a diesel option here and there. The reason for that size of an engine is simple: the larger the engine, the more torque it can produce.

An engine with high torque won’t be as effective without large wheels and tires, which is why trucks are usually so massive.

Check Out the New Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle

2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse at CAS

Buick has many amazing vehicles in the works, and we at DeVoe Buick GMC are excited to finally see the new LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). This model debuted at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, since China is one of Buick’s largest markets.

Lary Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion System stated that, “GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China.” The plan is to then introduce more than 10 new energy-efficient vehicles over the next five years. This includes plug-in hybrids, full hybrids, and extended-range electric vehicles.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse HEV has a 1.8-liter SIDI engine, a 1.5-kWh lithium battery, and an electric variable transmission. This has helped increase fuel economy to 50 mpg, which is 35% more than the current LaCrosse with eAssist technology. This won’t be a sluggish vehicle though, as it can still accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 8.9 seconds.

A sleek roofline also helps improve efficiency and create an aerodynamic appearance. In addition, there is more advanced technology such as exhaust thermal energy recycling. This was also the introduction of the new platform of more efficient green technologies with the new “Buick Blue” logo.

We are not sure if the LaCrosse HEV will be offered in the United States, but we are certainly hoping that it will be!

Halloween Activities in Naples, Florida

We might not have the colorful fall foliage, or a chill in the air, but we can still have fun in the fall down here in sunny Florida. If you’ve looking for some Halloween activities in Naples, here are just a few of the many fun activities you and your family can enjoy.

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    Happy Halloween from DeVoe Buick GMC!

    Waterside Shop’s Boo Bash 2015. On October 30th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, come enjoy this free family-friendly event at the Waterside Shop in Naples. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, jugglers, balloon art, costumed characters, and more.

  • Monster Mash. Head to The Village on Venetian Bay on October 31st from 1:00PM to 4:00PM for this great Halloween event. It is free and includes arts and crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and even wild animals from the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve.
  • Spooktacular on 5th. This free, family-friendly event is right along 5th Avenue South. It includes costume contests for all ages and pets, trick-or-treating, live music, crafts, and so much more. It will be held on October 31st from 4:30PM through 9:30PM.

Did we miss your favorite Halloween event? Share the details with us in the comments below.

Fort Myers Craft Beer and Music Festival Coming Soon!

If you’re looking for something to do in Fort Myers this weekend, head down to the Bell Tower Shops for the Fort Myers Craft Beer and Music Festival. Taking place on Saturday September 12th from 3pm to 8pm, the festival gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beers while enjoying music by local artists.

For a $30 general admission ticket, you get a tasting glass, a “tasting passport,” and a handy guide to the different beers being offered at the Craft Beer and Music Festival. A VIP ticket gets you unlimited beer samplings as well as VIP seating and restrooms.

The Craft Beer and Music Festival is ideally located near many shops and restaurants in the Bell Tower Shops parking lot, so food is easily accessible to festival-goers. The event even offers a cheaper ticket for designated drivers and attendees under 21 years old who won’t be drinking so they can still enjoy the concert.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rotary Club of Southwest Florida.

Things to Do: Fourth of July in Naples

Independence DayWith the celebration of our nation’s founding just around the corner, you may be looking for something fun to do for the Fourth of July in Naples. Here is a brief list that we’ve compiled just for you.

 

July 3rd

Independence Day Kick-Off Party – Start the holiday weekend with this free event at Mercado shops that offers fun for the entire family. Starting at 6pm, there will be live music, lawn games, and an outdoor bar. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, and a water balloon toss.

 

July 4th

Bonita Springs Farmers’ Market – Located at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center and opening at 7:30am, peruse an assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, flowers, and fresh seafood from local vendors where you can find the perfect items for a beach picnic!

 

Fourth of July parade – Come bring some lawn chairs or beach blankets and get into the celebratory spirit while watching some festive pageantry! The parade starts at 10am along Fifth Avenue South.

 

Fireworks at Naples Pier – Starting at 9pm, come see the best fireworks around from the historic Naples Pier!

 

Be sure to come visit us at DeVoe Buick GMC to see our selection of new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. We also wish all of our readers and patrons a very happy Fourth of July weekend!