Tire Wear Signs: Do You Need New Tires?

tire wear signs

Don’t Go Bald

Tires are only vehicle components that touch the road, yet many drivers neglect their tires until it’s too late. While it’s difficult to provide a standard rule of thumb for how long you can drive before tires wear out—as tire wear usually varies by driver, region, and model—there are a few signs that your tires might be in bad shape.

According to How Stuff Works, there are many tire wear signs. One of the biggest things to look for is cracks in the sidewall. If you notice that your tires are starting to crack and appear worn, this is usually a sign that your tires are about to give out. Even if the tread is fine, cracking can be a serious issue.

Bulging and blistering is also a bad sign. While it’s rare to find bulges in your tires, it’s usually a sign that there’s a weak spot in the architecture of the tire. When there’s a weak spot in the rubber, that may be a sign that you are about to have a blowout.

Finally, check for bald spots and wear. One way to check tire tread is the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and put it in the middle of the tire tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, you may need new tires. Additionally, if you notice uneven wear (like bald patches), then you need to get new tires.

Looking for a new set of tires? You can have a professional technician inspect your tires or you can buy tires here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. Schedule an appointment today.

Benefits of Lifted Trucks: Should You Buy a Lift Kit?

benefits of lifted trucks

Lifted Is Gifted

Why Buy A Lifted Truck?

Many truck owners prefer lifted trucks for a variety of reasons. In addition to the aesthetic appeal for many drivers, lifted trucks also provide improved visibility, a more comfortable daily drive, and better off-road capabilities. Whether you’d like a better way to explore dirt trails or you’re simply looking for a way to make your truck stand out, there are several benefits of lifted trucks.

It’s More Fun

According to Truck Trend, many prefer to drive on lifted trucks because daily driving is more enjoyable. For example, a Silverado with a 35-inch tire and 20-inch wheel has plenty of rubber to absorb any bumps or potholes. Larger diameter wheels not only add visible appeal, but they also tend to make driving more comfortable.

Better Visibility

Additionally, lifted trucks improve visibility. While a subcompact hatchback may be more affordable than a lifted truck, you’ll have a much better view of the road when you drive a lifted Silverado. As Harley Camilleri writes for Truck Trend, “With the truck’s inherently taller design, adding a suspension lift to the equation allows the driver and passenger alike a much clearer view of the road ahead and better ability to avoid a possible hazard, or slowing traffic farther ahead.”

Superior Off-Road Vehicles

Finally, lifted trucks are simply better off-road. With added ride height, you can easily clear obstacles like tree limbs, water, rocks, and ruts. Whether you’re driving on dunes or through snowy plateaus, a lifted truck affords many opportunities you simply don’t get with other vehicles.

Want to learn more about lifted trucks like the Chevy Silverado? Visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC for the answers.

Join in the Holiday Shopping at Hickory Christmas Multi-Vendor Fair!

Hickory Christmas Multi-Vendor Fair

Christmas In Hickory!

Come join the holiday shopping fun at the second annual Hickory Christmas Multi-Vendor Fair. You will be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list, as the fair will offer a large variety of art, crafts, and high-quality, unique items.

Over 60 Vendors

This year, the Hickory Christmas Multi-Vendor Fair will feature over 60 vendors to shop from who will all be eager to help you find gifts for all of your loved ones—or even a special gift for yourself. The items offered will include clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, holiday decor, candles, custom crafts, paintings and photographs from local artists. You will not want to miss this chance to support local artists and businesses while getting perfect, unique gifts for everyone on your list.

It’s Free!

The Hickory Christmas Multi-Vendor Fair is free to enter, and you will be given the opportunity to sample products, participate in contests, purchase discounted items, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. This event will definitely raise your holiday spirits and spread good cheer.

Located Near You

The event will be located at the Hickory Metro Convention Center (1960 13th Avenue Drive SE) and take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11am to 4pm. We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC hope to see you there.

Fun Games for Christmas Road Trips

Christmas Road Trips

Going To Grandma & Grandpa’s Is, Even More, Fun Now

When you and your family hit the road this holiday season to visit your loved ones, be prepared with lots of fun games to keep you entertained. Whether the trip is short or long, there are games you can play to help pass the time and raise the holiday cheer. Who knows when you’ll be stuck in holiday traffic and need to keep morale high. Here are a few games that we at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC recommend.

Holiday I Spy

This is a classic game that never fails to keep everyone engaged. Put a holiday spin on it by only allowing “I Spy” items that are related to the holiday season.

Six Degrees of Separation

You can also put a spin on this classic game by trying to link different actors, singers, or celebrities that have either sung a cover of a Christmas song or starred in a Christmas movie. Remember, you must have fewer than six associations!

Holiday Karaoke

This will be a goofy and possibly embarrassing game, but it will surely make you and your family laugh. Either have some family sing-a-longs to holiday music or, if you’re feeling daring, download the instrumental-only versions of your favorite Christmas tunes and have you and your family take turns providing the vocals.

Chevrolet and DoSomething.org Launch Ride & Seek Campaign

Ride & Seek Campaign

Driving Safe This Fall

Safety Matters Most

Wearing a seatbelt is common sense for many drivers, but the teenage demographic often seems to have missed the memo. Despite warning signs and reminders all over the road, young drivers have a tendency to forego wearing a seatbelt. That’s prompted Chevrolet to partner up with DoSomething.org to launch the Ride & Seek campaign.

Promoting Seatbelt Usage

Designed to promote seatbelt usage among teenagers, the Ride & Seek campaign features a text message-based experience that allows teens to print a campaign poster and share it via text. Doing so will net teenagers a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Engineered For Safety

“We are pleased to work with an organization like DoSomething.org to help spread the message about the importance of seat belt use,” said Tricia Morrow, Chevrolet’s safety engineer. The campaign initially launched a series of videos and includes many internet celebrities. The first video, titled “Amanda Steele Plays the Guessing Game,” features none other than Amanda Steel, star of a fashion-related YouTube channel. Steele also has a role in Guidance, a Hulu show.

Ride & Seek Campaign

The Ride & Seek campaign has a final goal of getting more teenage drivers to make use of their seatbelts. A vital safety feature that comes standard in every vehicle, seatbelts are the most basic first line of passenger protection in a collision.

We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC hope to see seatbelt usage rise among teenage drivers.

Fall Bucket List in Newton

Fall Bucket List

Fall With Friends

Take a Scenic Foliage Drive

Hop into your Chevrolet Malibu and take a drive down a country road lined with trees. If the timing is right, the ground will be covered in beautiful hues of orange, red, and yellow. The trees themselves will paint the sky as they prepare to give way to winter. Get behind the wheel of your Chevrolet vehicle and make a drive before the branches are bare.

Attend a Fall Festival

Every major city tends to feature a fall festival. Even if they aren’t near you, many are well worth the drive. Fall festivals feature classic attractions, such as pumpkin picking and corn mazes, as well as great food and company.

Bake a Pie For Your Fall Bucket List

Baking a pie is a great way to stay warm on a chilly fall day. Whether you plan on baking an apple or pecan pie, consider sharing with your neighbor to get into the fall spirit.

Have you done any of these things near Newton, NC? If so, tell all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in the comments below.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Fall is quickly rolling in and with it comes cooler weather. That means it’s also time for seasonal car maintenance. Here are a few tips from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to help you get your car ready for fall.

Create an Emergency Kit

Creating a just-in-case emergency kit is a necessity for every driver. It doesn’t matter if you’re the safest driver the road has ever seen. Nature might have other plans. Slick roadways and black ice can strike out of nowhere, leaving those unprepared to wait shivering for help. Pack an emergency kit with dry clothes, blankets, a flashlight and batteries, and nonperishable food items.

Get an Oil Change

Oil plays several key roles in the engine block. Old oil doesn’t perform any of those roles better than fresh oil. Getting an oil change is incredibly important as the weather begins to cool. Colder weather can stress the engine and old oil just won’t get the job done. That can impact your engine’s performance and efficiency.

Inspect the Tires

Worn tires with low tread won’t offer a safe amount of grip on slick roadways. Low traction can result in loss of control of the vehicle or worse. Perform a visual inspection of your tires. Keep an eye out for any bulges or other abnormalities. Make sure to check your tire pressure weekly as well.

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

What’s The Difference Between Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive?

A capable vehicle is one that can withstand the elements, even when they threaten to make driving difficult. The automotive industry has developed several systems to deal with slick roadways, but which one is right for you? Here’s a quick guide on four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive systems split the torque evenly between the front and rear axles. While this provides more traction, a truck can’t be driven safely on dry pavement. As a result, four-wheel drive is primarily used when off-roading or driving through snow. Drivers can revert their vehicle to two-wheel drive, which earns better fuel economy, by turning the four-wheel drive system off.

All-wheel drive systems send torque to the wheel with the least amount of grip, also known as the path of least resistance. Since the system does this automatically, all-wheel drive vehicles are great for all road surfaces. All-wheel drive systems cannot be turned off. As a result, vehicles equipped with the system tend to earn lower fuel economies.

Which One is Right for You?

Drivers in cold or varying climates year round are best off with an All-Wheel drive system. Those who value fuel economy and don’t always need maximum traction will be better off with a four-wheel drive system.

Scary Good Halloween Recipes

Scary Good Halloween Recipes The air is getting chillier and we’re warming up the hot chocolate. You know what that means – Halloween! Here are some delicious Halloween recipes to help ring in the spooky season, courtesy of our team at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Brain Big Batch Jell-O Shot

You can make this squishy treat with or without alcohol – but it’s fun either way! Use a plastic brain mold to mix all of the ingredients, refrigerate them, and then pop them out for the tastiest brain you’ve ever seen (and hopefully the only brain you’ve ever seen).

Ladies’ Fingers and Men’s Toes

Want a salty snack that’s also a little creepy? Craft some pretzel fingers and toes. This DIY recipe means that your friends will admire your work from scratch, and also the aesthetic spookiness of it.

Bloody Cheesecake

If you want a bloody-fantastic dessert, whip up this bloody cheesecake.  It’s made with the classic cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, graham crackers, and vanilla frosting. With the combination of red icing and cocoa powder, it becomes very spooky.

Pizza Skulls

Everyone loves pizza, so let’s make it spooky! Buy a skull-shaped pan (they’re available on Amazon) and fill it with plenty of dough, pizza sauce, and cheese. The result will be pizza-filled, doughy skulls that are sure to scare guests and taste delightful.

Get ready for the Halloween season by stirring the cauldron and producing these terrific treats.

Chevrolet Introduces myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

 

myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

Chevrolet is a brand all about convenience – which is why they created the myChevrolet app. This app helps you make car ownership easier than ever, and now it’s coming to Apple Watch.

If you have an Apple Watch, then you know that you have power and convenience on your wrist. Therefore, the myChevrolet app along with it makes the experience even better. With this app, Chevy owners can do a number of things, all with a touch on their watch. They can remote start and stop their vehicle, lock/unlock their doors, activate/cancel horns or lights, and locate their vehicle. All of this convenience leads to very satisfied customers.

“As a result, customers who use the myChevrolet mobile app are some of our most loyal and satisfied Chevrolet owners,” said John McFarland, director of GM Global Digital Experience.

Last year, myChevrolet combined with OnStar RemoteLink, resulting in even more features and easier access to roadside assistance, parking reminders, and vehicle diagnostics.

The Apple Watch makes it simple to access your myChevrolet app because you won’t even need to worry about pulling out your phone to access it.

Currently, 1.4 million Chevrolet owners use the myChevrolet app. It’s available in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and is available in English, Spanish, and French. If you’re a Chevrolet owner, it’s time to make your life easier with the myChevrolet app. If you want to learn more, feel free to reach out to us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.