How to Pack Your Car for Camping

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Chevy Makes Camping Easy

This summer is the perfect time to pack up your car and hit the open road for a camping trip with your family and friends. Before you go, read through our tips on how to pack your car for camping, and consider visiting Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, which offers up to 63.7 feet of cargo volume, perfect for storing camping supplies, and up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway, ideal for road trip driving on a budget.*

Have a plan

Before haphazardly throwing all your camping supplies into whatever nook and cranny you can find, survey the space offered by your vehicle. It helps to lay out all of your supplies, studying their shapes and sizes, to develop a plan to fit them in safely and efficiently.

Think of convenience

If there are any items you’ll need to get to during the drive, make sure you have easy access from the trunk or, even better, your seat. Consider which way zippers are facing when packing, too, so you won’t have to pull a bag out of the car to get inside it.

Don’t neglect the heavy stuff

You’ll want to put the heavier items in first, below the highest point of the rear seat. In the event of a sharp turn or stop—or worse, an accident—you’ll want heavy items low to the floor and secure, so that they don’t go flying.

Happy travels from all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC!

*EPA estimated.

Driving While Drowsy is More Dangerous Than You Might Think

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Yawning & Driving Don’t Mix

Believe it or not, an estimated 1 in 25 drivers report having fallen asleep while behind the wheel in the past thirty days. Driving while drowsy is one of the most hazardous situations you can put yourself in and has often been compared to driving while intoxicated. If you wouldn’t get behind the wheel drunk, think twice about driving while tired.

According to the CDC, driving while drowsy makes drivers less able to pay attention to the road ahead, slows reaction time, and affects your ability to make good driving decisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 72,000 crashes and 6,000 fatalities occur each year because of drowsy driving.

What are the warning signs? Yawning or blinking frequently, difficulty remembering the past few miles, missing exits, drifting from lane to lane, and hitting rumble strips are indicators that you are too tired to drive. Although people who do not get enough sleep are likely to drive drowsy, it also occurs with people who have sleep disorders, people who change work shifts, and people who take certain medicines.

How can you prevent it? Get enough sleep! Each adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. You should pull over if you are too tired, and take a break. You can also roll down the windows, listen to the radio, chew ice chips, and drink caffeine. Or you can test drive one of our many Nissan models at Dale Earnhardt in Charlotte, NC and the thrill we keep you awake for sure!