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.

The Best Bites in Hickory, NC

Best Bites in Hickory, NC

Food In Newton

Our neighbors in Hickory, NC sure know how to cook (and we sure know how to eat). It was an arduous challenge to come up with this quick-list of the tastiest morsels in town, but our expert foodies at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet are fully confident that these three restaurants have to be the best bites in Hickory, NC.

Fourk

At Fourk, they do everything “with a twist;” a tasty twist that is. The delicious, modern-American fare, including an mouth-watering veggie burger, would be enough to draw us back for lunch or dinner any day, but the ever-friendly wait staff and airy atmosphere is the olive in the handcrafted martini (of which they have an extensive lineup).

Boca

This modern Mediterranean tapas joint offers the perfect combination of flavorful food and chic styling, making it the perfect spot for a special date night or celebratory dinner. Boca is also the best choice if you need a place that will seat large groups comfortably without detracting from great service and food.

House of Nom Nom

Its mood may be casual, but there’s nothing laid-back about the full-bodied flavor and deliciousness of the Asian-fusion offerings at House of Nom Nom. From sweet bubble teas to spicy Bánh mì sandwiches and classic burgers with a Thai twist, there’s something for every sort of eater here.

These might be the best bites in Hickory, NC, but there is so much more to discover in town; make Hickory your next weekend day-trip, and, while you’re passing by, pay us a visit at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

Don’t Miss the 2017 Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville

Waterfront Music Fest

Summer Music Festival

One Last Thing To Do This Summer

Summer’s not over just yet! The Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville promises music-lovers one last chance to enjoy some fine Carolina sunshine and live jazz, blues, and beach music, right here in our neck of the woods.

Starting Mid September

The Waterfront Music Fest is a favorite of Mooresville locals and travelers from across the region. Starting on Friday, September 15 and running all weekend until Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 pm, the Fest offers live music both onshore and onboard, with bands performing at the Landing and on the sightseeing cruises that embark each evening or afternoon.

Found At Lake Norman

Along the shores of Lake Norman, the beautiful setting of the Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville, you will see gorgeous, historic homes, stunning natural sights, as well as lovely waterfowl. Whether you make it to the sunset cruise on Friday night or opt for the sunshiny midday trips on Saturday or Sunday, the Fest cruises are perfect for sitting back and relaxing with a drink in hand while basking in the good vibes.

In addition to the performing bands and acts, the Fest will play host to a variety of restaurants and food and beverage vendors, so come hungry.

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is proud to be a part of the Mooresville, NC community by supporting local events such as the Waterfront Music Fest.

Weekend Trips near Hickory, North Carolina

weekend trips near Hickory

Trips Made Easy

Summer is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore. If you can manage an overnight—or an entire weekend—away from home, then consider these weekend trips near Hickory, North Carolina.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains is arguably one of the most beautiful places in America, with plenty of hiking and wildlife, mixed in with the tourist attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 110 miles

Winston-Salem

Called the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem is known for its nightlife, thanks to world-class bars and restaurants. While here, be sure to visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 75 miles

Asheville, North Carolina

A top destination for travelers to North Carolina, Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Western North Carolina Nature Center, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 80 miles

Outer Banks, North Carolina

For a beach getaway unlike any other, consider Outer Banks, 130 miles of barrier islands with a small fishing town feel.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 391 miles

Need a new summer road trip car? We’ve got you covered. Browse our inventory here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy.