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.
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.
With cold winter days on the horizon, now is a great time to get your vehicle winter-ready. Follow these winter vehicle care tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly throughout the season.
Check your tires regularly
When the temperature outside drops, your tire pressure can
also lower. As such, you should regularly check your tire pressure to ensure
your tires are properly inflated. You should also inspect your tire tread routinely
since tread is important for having traction on slippery roads.
Level off your antifreeze
Antifreeze or coolant is what prevents your engine from
freezing on frigid days. That’s why it’s important that you make sure you have
enough antifreeze in your vehicle. You should also check that there are no
leaks in the engine, which could cause your antifreeze to drain.
Ensure you have optimal visibility
You need to have enough visibility when driving, especially
during winter snowstorms. Replace your wiper blades before the weather gets too
cold if they are not working properly or they’re leaving streaks. You should
also replace any light bulbs that are out in your headlights or taillights.
Stop by our service department at Steve Austin’s Auto Group before winter begins to have any components replaced or repaired as necessary.
Few things are as unpleasant as sitting in a car that’s been baking in the summer sun for hours. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your car cool, no matter how intense the heat is.
visor or sunshade
This is an oldie but a goodie. A simple
sunshade or visor placed over your windshield will work wonders to keep your
car cool. For additional heat protection, lay a sunshade in your rear window.
towel over your steering wheel
Leave a hand towel over your steering wheel
when it’s parked. This little trick should help to keep the temp down so you
don’t have to touch a scalding-hot steering wheel.
If you can snag a spot under a tree or behind
a building, do so. Keeping your car out of direct sunlight is the best way to
keep it cool.
your windows open
Leaving your windows open just a crack can
enhance ventilation and drastically cool down your car. Just make sure that a
hand can’t fit in so you don’t make it easier for car thieves.
We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope these tricks help keep your car cool this summer. We invite you to come take a test drive at our dealership and find the vehicle that’s right for you.
Even as temperatures rise to uncomfortably
hot, there are still ways to keep your car cool. Direct sunlight is a large
part of what heats up the inside of a car, so learning tricks to keep your car
out of the sun will help you stay cool all season.
the Seats and Steering Wheel
Every surface of a car’s interior can become
uncomfortably hot from the sun’s summer rays. Leather surfaces are especially
hot to the touch. You can avoid this pain all together by keeping blankets or
towels in your back seat and using them to cover surfaces like seats and the
steering wheel when your car is parked.
If you can keep your car out of direct
sunlight, you’ll be able to keep its interior temperature down. When you want a
cool car to return to after a long day, finding a shady parking spot is worth
Sometimes there isn’t any shade around when
you’re about to park your vehicle — that’s when a sunshade comes in handy.
Sunshades fit across the inside of the windshield, shading the front seats from
the sun, and in some case reflecting the rays to keep the interior as cool as
Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group if you need a new vehicle with a working air-conditioning system, or schedule a maintenance appointment to fix your vehicle’s dysfunctional system. We’re here to help make your summer drives more comfortable.