GM Highlights Teen Driving Statistics in Support of Teen Driver Safety Week

Teen Driving Statistics

Last week was Teen Driver Safety Week, and just in case you missed the memo, we are going to fill you in on some of the shocking statistics that make it necessary to bring teen driving safety to the forefront. In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week, GM called attention to an alarming safety study that the General Motors Foundation funded back in May.

Some of the teen driving statistics that stick out in the Safe Kids Worldwide study are:

  • 25 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 19 do not wear their seatbelts.
  • Almost half of all teens that were killed in accidents in 2012 were not wearing their seatbelts.
  • 49 percent of teens have at one time felt unsafe when riding with another teen driver, and 31 percent felt unsafe with a parent.
  • 39 percent of teens have been in the car with a teen driver who was texting while driving.

“These findings show why it’s so important to talk to kids about traffic safety early and often, before they reach driving age,” explained Jeff Boyer, the GM VP of Global Vehicle Safety. “It also demonstrates why conversations should extend to the parents of kids’ peer groups because both are key to keeping kids safe.”

If you haven’t already, it’s time to have a conversation with your teen. Jump-start the talk by bringing up these staggering statistics, and open the conversation up to be a safe place for your teen to be honest about their driving habits and those of their friends.

Need more resources? Check out The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Five to Drive” rules, and consider making them rules in your household. The rules include no cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, always buckle up, and finally, no alcohol.

“Safety is our highest priority, especially when it comes to teens, who are often our least experienced drivers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign gives parents and teens a simple, straightforward checklist that can help them talk about good driving skills and most importantly, prevent a tragedy before it happens.”

If you are in search of an affordable, safe car for your teen, stop by Watters Autoland today!

Increasing Performance with Redesigned Buick Tires

Redesigned Buick TiresThe latest from Buick research and development might seem a bit odd, but the new tire technology they’ve come up with might just revolutionize the auto industry. Tires have always seemed to hide in the background when it comes to car performance – until now.

In an interview with Buick, Jim Smith, editor of Tire Review, said: “The tweaking and tuning that goes on behind the scenes, the heavy lifting by auto and tire engineers working in unison, produces tires that quietly perform flawlessly in the background, and a car that delights owners.”

The redesigned Buick tires focus on key elements: traction, fuel economy, tread-life, and safety. Tires are actually composite, consisting of several materials and layers, and they are precisely designed for specific tasks. Various chemicals and processes are used to provide the best material and design.

The most prominent of the redesigned Buick tires are the17-inch P225/50R17 for low-resistance and fuel-economy, and the 18-inch P235/45R18 tire designed for better handling and a sportier feel.

Want to see other technologies Buick has incorporated in their new models? Stop by Watters Autoland.

New Buick SUV Targets Fall 2015 for U.S. Market Debut

Interior of 2014 Buick EnclaveHere at Watters Autoland, we’ve been following the progress of the all-new Buick Envision very closely. After all, these cars aren’t just our livelihood, but our customers’ as well, and we want to make sure we’re promoting and selling the very best products. That’s why we’re particularly excited about the Envision, which is a nifty new Buick SUV that recently made its world debut at an auto show in China.

The question, of course, is how long we’ll be held in suspense here in North America waiting for the Envision to show up on our shores. Fortunately, Autoblog got some really good news out of Buick sales chief Duncan Aldred, who admitted that the Envision should be headed to America, and maybe sooner rather than later.

“We can’t confirm anything, but clearly it is a very nicely designed and executed product that is very much a Buick,” Aldred said. Translation: this SUV is headed to America eventually, and according to sources, “eventually” might be as early as the third quarter of 2015. The Envision will drop into the Buick lineup between the Encore and Enclave, giving Buick customers tons of options in the SUV market.

Successful Trunk or Treat Planning Ideas

Trick or TreatWith Halloween just around the corner, you don’t just have to think about making your kids’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes—you also have to think where the safest place for your kids to trick or treat is. One of the easiest ways to know your children are safe while gathering their annual candy stash is to organize a Trunk or Treat event. This alternative, which is essentially a small scale trick or treat around a parking lot, rather than your local neighborhood, is easy to organize—just follow these Trunk or Treat planning ideas!

 

Find the right venue and set guidelines.

The perfect venue is sure to make the perfect event. For Trunk or Treat, verify you’re using an available parking lot with great lighting, wide lanes, and plenty of room for both children and parked cars. Once you find the perfect spot, set specific guidelines for those who are participating. Do you want the car trunks to be decorated? Make sure participants know. We suggest restricting scary and loud decorations if there will be small children and toddlers at the event.

 

Recruit volunteers and schedule a variety of entertainment.

Keeping the event running smoothly and keeping the children entertained are important parts of a Trunk or Treat. Find a group of volunteers that will help with set up, parking, and supervising group activities. Good entertainment is also a must. Find a great group of costume performers or an appropriate band to give the kids (and the parents) something to look forward to after candy collecting.

 

Decorate your own car and dress in a kid-friendly costume.

After you have figured out the details of the entire event, it’s important you don’t forget about yourself! Figure out how you want to decorate your own car trunk, whether it’s with ghosts and ghouls or pumpkins and skulls. Also, think about what kind of activity you want the children to do if you have a booth. Finally, make sure you are Halloween-ready with a great, kid-friendly costume!

 

If you follow these three easy steps to organizing a Trunk or Treat, you should have a great Halloween this year! For the perfect car for your event, stop in to Watters Autoland today!

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition Coming Soon

2014 GMC Sierra

2014 GMC Sierra

There’s just something about a monochromatic look on a truck that makes it seem even more hardcore, which is why we love the new 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition. This special-edition truck is coming to Watters Autoland by the end of the year.

 

With this special edition, General Motors adds a body-colored grille surround, color-keyed door handles, mirror caps, side molding, and front and rear bumpers. While the official pictures show the truck in black, it will be available in other colors as well.

 

You’ll also get premium LED headlamps, fog lamps, and black-painted 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. It is only available as a double-cab model, however

 

“Much in the same way the Sierra Denali and Sierra HD Denali models raised the standard for premium pickup trucks, the Sierra Elevation Edition will surprise and excite customers shopping for a sport pickup,” said Duncan Aldred, US vice president, Buick and GMC, in a press release. “With its striking looks, sophisticated connectivity features and legendary capability, the Elevation Edition raises the standard of what a sport pickup truck can be.”

 

Are you adding this well-equipped special edition GMC Sierra to your Christmas wishlist?

Buick Drive For Your Students Program Helps Schools Raise Funds

Buick Drive For Your Students

Recently, schools have seen an increase in the expense of after-school and extracurricular activities. To help combat the higher prices of activities, such as drama club and newspaper, Buick has created the Drive for Your Students program. Through this program, which is a test-drive initiative, 100 communities across the country have found a new way to raise funds for public high schools.

 

“This program further demonstrates Buick’s commitment to community and education, as well as the local investment that dealers are making in their home towns,” said Molly Peck, director of Marketing for Buick.

 

Drive for Your Students allows dealers and schools to partner together, creating an easy way to raise money. On a specified day, the dealer encourages people to test drive a variety of vehicles. For each test drive taken, Buick donates money, totaling up to $10,000 per event to be shared among participating schools. The benefits for schools don’t end there though—the students themselves gain business experience by helping the dealers plan, coordinate, and execute the event.

 

To raise funds for your public high school, consider having a Drive for Your Students event with Watters Autoland today!

2015 GMC Canyon Already Leads Midsize Truck Segment in Efficiency

2015 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon, the brand’s new midsize truck, had one very obvious purpose: establish itself as a new option in the truck segment to open the pickup market to many more customers and niches. The way it was to accomplish this was to become a more fuel efficient vehicle, and it has done that in spades. In fact, the Canyon is already ranked at the top of the segment in fuel efficiency.

The Canyon’s efficiency tops over other trucks by up to 5 mpg, a huge difference in the truck segment. “The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

So, if you’ve been in the market for a new truck but haven’t felt like you could afford one, you can put that fear to rest thanks to the all-new Canyon. Come see us at Watters Autoland today to find out how great this truck is; Let us take you for a test drive in the Canyon ASAP.

New Buick Envision Launches In China

Buick has unveiled a brand new midsize crossover, the Buick Envision, at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. If you didn’t already know, Buick is a very popular brand in China, where other crossovers like the Encore and Enclave are sold as well as Buick sedans.

The Envision will be offered in four trim levels, all with all-wheel drive: Elite, Luxury, Versatile Flagship, and Versatile Sporty Flagship.

It will initially be offered in five colors: Glacier Silver, Pearl Black, Topaz Brown, Snowy White, and Sky Purple.

The latest generation of 2.0 turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engines will power the Envision and was rated one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2013 with its impressive combination of power and efficiency. Power will go to all four wheels through the Buick Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system that automatically distributes torque to each wheel as needed depending on driving conditions.

It’s also the first vehicle in its segment in China to come with Active Noise Cancellation, a feature seen on American GM vehicles like the GMC Sierra and other Buicks.

Although the Buick Envision is definitely going on sale in China in the near future, you may see it at Watters Autoland if Buick plans to sell it in the US as well. We’ll keep you posted!

2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Impresses with Heavy Duty Challenge Victory

2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD

If you’re looking for a new heavy duty truck to help you conquer the roads as well as any and all projects, whether work or personal, you’ve got on tap, but you just can’t decide, no worries. We’ll help you decide here at Watters Autoland by telling you that the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD recently won the Heavy Duty Challenge judged by Cars.com, PickupTrucks.com, and MrTruck.com. That’s a whole lot of validation, and it’s enough for us to hang our hat on and claim that this Sierra is the best HD truck out there.

“We’ve always believed we’ve had the best heavy duty truck on the market,” said Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce. “This validation from PickupTrucks.com, a leader in covering the pickup industry, is gratifying for the entire team that designed, engineered, and now sells this capable and refined truck. We look forward to building on this accomplishment as we move forward.”

With an optional 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine, awe-inspiring style and design, and excellent all-around features, it’s no wonder the Sierra HD took home the prize. As a full-size truck, however, it’s one of those vehicles that simply must be seen to believed, so come see us at Watters to check out it in the flesh (or the steel) very soon.

3 Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day Travel Tips

Pack an emergency kit

If you’re driving long distances, especially through rural areas, it’s important to be prepared. Pack a few things that will help you out should you become stranded. Your emergency kit should include the following:

  • Non-perishable food and water for each passenger
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Tools
  • Books and games

The list is not limited to these items, you know your vehicle and family best so give yourself some time to think about what you would want in the vehicle if you were stuck on the side of the road for a while.

Give your car a check-up

Making sure your car is in good enough condition to handle a long road trip can prevent a lot of bad things from happening. Make sure your tires have tread on them and that your spare tire is ready and properly inflated. Verify that you can jack the car up, take off the wheel, and replace it by yourself (practice helps and can save time in an emergency).

Bring it in to your local dealership’s service department, where they will often give your vehicle a thorough inspection for free to make sure the battery is good, brakes are fine, and there are no leaks.

Drive in shifts

Driving for more than a few hours at a time can be dangerous for one person. If you’re traveling with your spouse or friends, keep them safe by letting them drive for a while. If you’re driving overnight, fatigue can impair your judgment in similar ways that alcohol can. You wouldn’t drive drunk would you? Then driving fatigued is also an unsafe decision.

If you’re driving by yourself and start to feel tired, use one of the rest areas to park your car and sleep for the night. Truck drivers are required to rest after a certain amount of driving, so hold yourself to the same standard.