Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Drive

Puppy | Bellefontaine, OH

Thanks to their ample cabin space, advanced safety features, and durable interior materials, GM vehicles are great for families with pets. Just as you take extra safety precautions when bringing little ones along for the ride, you can also take steps to protect your canine companion. Here are some top tips for keeping your dog safe when you’re on the road.

Buckle up

Like human passengers, your pup may be jostled around or ejected from the vehicle in the event of an accident. In addition to injuring themselves and other passengers during a crash, this could lead to your dog getting lost or spooked by first responders on the scene. To prevent this, consider investing in a safety restraint for your dog, such as a crash-tested harness.


Stay safe in the back seat

While it may be tempting to have a canine co-pilot, the front seat can be dangerous for your dog. If your dog tries to get into your lap, sidle up to your feet, or peer out the driver-side window, you and your dog will both be in danger due to the distraction. For the safest driving experience keep your pup in the back seat, properly restrained.


Consider a carrier

Small dogs may find themselves rattling around in a large cargo bay or rear seating area. Keep them safe with a carrier that’s secured to prevent sliding.

Looking for a pet-friendly vehicle? Browse our selection of new and used GM vehicles at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

2022 Buick Encore GX Earns Top Safety Pick Rating from IIHS

2022 Buick Encore GX Essence | Bellefontaine, OH

The experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named the 2022 Buick Encore GX a Top Safety Pick for its impressive crash test performance.[1] Here’s a look at what sets this small SUV apart from the crowd.

Crash-test ratings

The Encore GX earned the Institute’s highest rating on all six crash tests. On top of that, the IIHS had high praise for its driver-assist tech tools. Its standard Automatic Emergency Braking feature earned a “Superior” rating for its performance in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests.

Aside from its high-tech safety features, the IIHS also praised the model for its LATCH system, which makes it easier to install child safety seats. Reviewers liked that the LATCH system was easy to identify and locate — and that it didn’t require much force to secure properly.

Advanced safety features

Every 2022 Buick Encore GX comes loaded with the Buick Driver Confidence package. This suite of six technologies includes Intellibeam® headlamps, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and the Following Distance Indicator.  

Want to get behind the wheel of your very own smart, safe, 2022 Buick Encore GX? Take one for a test drive at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

[1] Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights.

70th Anniversary Edition Corvette Revealed

2023 Chevrolet Corvette | Bellefontaine, OH

The Corvette nameplate is just about to celebrate its platinum anniversary. In honor of 70 years on the road, Chevrolet is releasing the 70th Anniversary Edition Corvette.

This stylish special edition is exclusively available in two exterior colors: White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Carbon Flash Metallic. You’ll have the option to pair Satin Black stripes with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior, or match Satin Gray stripes with White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat.

The 70th Anniversary Edition further distinguishes itself with commemorative wheel caps, unique Corvette crossflag badges, Edge Red brake calipers, and even an Edge Red engine cover under the hood. On the inside, it sports an exclusive plaque, along with 70th Anniversary Edition logos throughout the cabin, red contrast stitching, red seatbelts, and soft sueded microfiber seat inserts. You can also choose between two-tone Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats. And on top of all that, the 2023 Corvette comes with a unique set of 70th Anniversary Edition Corvette luggage.

Both the 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ offer 70th Anniversary Edition models. You can equip the package on either a coupe or convertible model.

You’ll be able to opt for the 70th Anniversary Edition Package when production of the 2023 Corvette begins later in 2022. When it’s available, you can order right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

What’s New for the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Bellefontaine, OH

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 promises a wealth of innovations and advancements. Here’s what’s new on the latest model of this all-American workhorse.

More Power

The model’s base-trim engine gained a significant power boost — it now delivers 20 percent more torque, propelling the Silverado to the top of its class for standard torque. Thanks to that power, it can deliver a 9,500-pound towing capacity when properly configured. The 3.0-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel dynamo also gained a significant jump in towing capacity. It now maxes out at 13,300 pounds, an increase of 4,000 pounds compared to its predecessor. 

Built for Adventure

The brand-new flagship ZR2 trim level offers unmatched off-road capability. It comes equipped with a specialized set of unique skid plates, custom-tuned springs, front and rear e-lockers, and Multimatic dampers for even more suspension travel compared to other Silverado models. It even boasts an exclusive off-road chassis and Terrain Mode, which enables you to tackle rock crawling with just one pedal.

More Style and Technology

On the LT trim and higher, you’ll find a fully redesigned interior, complete with premium materials and a stunning 13.4-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The Silverado also gained the Chevy Safety Assist bundle standard on all updated trims, while the High Country trim gained available Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

When the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 arrives, you’ll be able to find it right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Top Accessories for Your GM Truck in Bellefontaine, OH

Top Accessories for Your GM Truck in Bellefontaine, OH

Want to upgrade your daily drive? You don’t have to break the bank or buy a newer model. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite accessories for GM trucks.

Bed accessories

Get the most out of your GMC Canyon with some convenient truck bed accessories. A bed extender can help you haul long cargo items, like lumber. You can also keep the truck bed organized with a handy bed divider and a Toolbox Hardware Kit by BACKRACK™.

Exterior cargo management

The Chevrolet Colorado enables your active lifestyle with a huge variety of roof- and hitch-mounted cargo carriers. There are specialized transportation solutions for everything from skis and bikes to canoes and snowboards.

Rear-seat entertainment

Make your Silverado 1500 even more family friendly by adding a rear-seat entertainment system to keep your little ones engaged on long drives. For a more budget-friendly alternative, consider choosing a tablet holder with an integrated power outlet.

Interior protection

Keep the inside of your GMC Sierra 1500 Denali looking fresh. Floor liner protects your truck’s carpet, while making messes easier to clean up. And if you have pets along for the ride, protect those luxurious leather seats from muddy paws and sharp claws with an Aries™ rear bench seat cover.

You can find all of these great accessories — and more — at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GMC HUMMER EV Electrifies Audiences at SEMA

2022 GMC HUMMER EV | Bellefontaine, OH

GMC spotlighted three showstopping HUMMER EV models at the annual SEMA show, held in Las Vegas. The trio of HUMMER EVs showcased the model’s versatility — the vehicles on display ranged from production spec models to ones outfitted with dozens of available accessories.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, explained that both the HUMMER EV Truck and SUV models are well suited to personalization. “Their commanding looks draw attention wherever they go, and our accessories portfolio is designed to offer customers more choices to tailor their vehicle with off-road functionality, lifestyle integration and styling enhancements,” he stated.

You’ll be able to customize your HUMMER EV truck with accessories in a variety of colors, like Tech Bronze and Performance Red. Other stylish options include a lunar map, accessory wheels, a hood decal, and tow hooks. On top of that, the models on display showcased nearly a dozen other customization options.

Prepare for adventure with the off-road recovery kit, rocker protector with integrated assist steps, front off-road auxiliary lights, and 50-inch roof-mounted off-road light bar. Keep your gear protected and organized with a hard Power Retractable Tonneau Cover, an under-seat organizer, and cargo management rails. These are just a few of the ways you can put your own spin on the GMC HUMMER EV.

When it arrives in the fall of 2022, you’ll be able to find it right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GM and Amazon offer OnStar® Guardian Emergency Service at Home

OnStar® is famous for offering on-the-go assistance to drivers in need. Now, General Motors is teaming up with Amazon to offer the new OnStar® Guardian skill for Alexa, so you can enjoy that same peace of mind when you’re at home.

OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor

With OnStar® Guardian, you can simply say “Alexa, call for help,” to contact an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor. They can lend assistance during crises including fires, health emergencies, and home invasions.

Pam Fletcher, the vice president of GM Global Innovation, stated, “This is another great example of how we’re expanding the safety and security of OnStar® beyond the vehicle to help more people, which demonstrates GM’s commitment to its growth strategy and innovating its software enabled services.”

Giving Families Greater Peace Of Mind

“This hands-free Alexa skill makes it easy for customers to get help from OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors when they need it,” concurred Beatrice Geoffrin, director of Amazon Alexa services. “We hope this feature helps give families greater peace of mind throughout their day-to-day lives at home.”

Initially, OnStar® Guardian will only be available to select OnStar® members. GM plans to offer the service more broadly by early 2022. Ultimately, the automaker is working towards making OnStar® Guardian available to both GM and non-GM drivers.

For more information about OnStar services, contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Chevy Equinox, Impala Are Best Used Cars for Tall People

2019 Chevolet Equinox | Bellefontaine, OH

If you’re taller than average or simply enjoy having plenty of room in your ride, take a look at Kelley Blue Book’s list of the Best Used Cars and SUVs for Tall People. Both the Chevy Equinox and Impala made the cut, showing that you can have comfortable rides at an affordable price.

Important Car Considerations

In order to test out which vehicles were the roomiest, KBB polled a couple of its employees over 6 feet tall about what their most important car considerations were. These considerations include headroom, legroom, mirror and steering wheel adjustment, windshield height, and whether a moonroof left room for a tall driver’s head.

2017 – 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

KBB recognized the 2017 to 2019 Chevrolet Equinox as one of the roomiest SUVs for tall people. The capable SUV not only comes with a budget-friendly price tag, but it also offers 39.8 inches of front legroom and 40 inches of front headroom.

2017 – 2020 Chevy Impala

The late, great Chevy Impala was known for its sizeable, commanding presence. Accordingly, KBB named the 2017 to 2020 Impala one of the best used cars for long-legged individuals because of its impressive 45.8 inches of legroom.

See how comfortable these Chevy models are yourself when you take them out for test drives at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Road Trip Destinations for Seeing Fall Foliage in Ohio

Ohio Fall Foliage Trip | Bellefontaine, OH
Photo by: April Dray/Only In Your State

Want to enjoy some spectacular landscapes full of rich fall colors? You don’t have to leave the Buckeye State to enjoy postcard-worthy views, right from the comfort of your vehicle. Check out these road trip destinations for seeing fall foliage in Ohio.

Hocking Hills State Park

If you’re looking for some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the state, head to Hocking Hills State Park. With caves, waterfalls, campgrounds, and even zip line routes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to snap beautiful photos of fall foliage.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Visit this national park for a variety of fun fall activities. View nature’s splendor on a scenic train ride, enjoy the crisp autumn breeze on a canoe ride, or spend a weekend hiking or biking through the park’s many trails.

Ashtabula County covered bridges

Enjoy the colors of fall alongside Ashtabula County’s many quaint covered bridges. This charming part of Ohio also plays host to numerous boutique shops, classy dining spots, and historic sites, making it perfect for both family getaways and couples retreats.

If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle to power your next road trip, browse our inventory online or visit us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Should I Choose an SUV or a Truck as My Family Vehicle?

If you’re shopping for a new family vehicle, you may find yourself trying to choose between the capability of a truck and the comforts of an SUV. To help make that decision a little bit easier, here’s a guide to the benefits of each.

Advantages Of A Truck

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Bellefontaine, OH

If you need the power and capability to tow heavy loads, consider the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or Silverado HD. For a more compact ride that still packs plenty of muscle, check out the Chevrolet Colorado. These workhorses are great for bringing along campers, ATVs, boats, or trailers. Thanks to the Durabed’s class-leading cargo volume, the Silverado makes it easy to transport home-improvement materials, landscaping items, furniture, and outdoor adventure gear, so it’s perfect for families with an active lifestyle.

Perks Of An SUV

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Bellefontaine, OH

If you’ve got three or more kids — or large four-legged friends you’d like to bring along for the ride — an SUV like the Chevy Tahoe or Suburban might be a better fit for your needs. These spacious, three-row vehicles offer seating for over seven passengers, along with roomy cargo areas that are perfect for accommodating pet crates and luggage alike. On top of that, SUVs tend to offer better fuel economy than trucks, so if you’ve got a long commute, an SUV might be right for you.

Need help deciding which kind of vehicle is right for your family? Visit us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and our friendly sales staff will help you find the perfect model for your lifestyle.