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.

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.

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.

How to Pack Your Car for Camping

pack your car for camping

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.

Why the Chevy Silverado is the Perfect Summer Vehicle

Chevy Silverado

The Sun Never Set On The Silverado

Summer is the perfect time to get out, stay active, visit new places, and try new things. To make the most of this season’s opportunities, you need a vehicle that can keep you cool and comfortable, while providing the capabilities and space you need for your adventures. Believe it or not, the Chevy Silverado is just the vehicle.

The Chevy Silverado is Fuel Efficient & Powerful

Enter the Chevy Silverado. This powerful pickup is perfect for your summer needs. With best-in-class fuel economy and horsepower, up to 12,500 pounds in towing capability, available wi-fi, and plenty of comfort and space in the cabin, it will never disappoint. Plus, the Chevy Silverado is so dependable and long-lasting that you’re sure to have it for many summers to come.

The Chevy Silverado Has Plenty Of Room for Everything

Imagine seeing a movie at the drive-in and snuggling up in the bed of your Chevy Silverado, or using your Silverado to tow the family boat to the lake for a weekend. The Chevy Silverado could transport kayaks, bikes, camping gear, fishing gear, or whatever else fuels your passion. And with the solid fuel efficient engine options, and plenty of advanced safety features, you’ll feel good about taking your Chevy Silverado on the road, no matter how far your travel.

Don’t let summer slip away. Stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC to find the perfect Chevy Silverado for your summer adventure needs.

Benefits of Traveling in a Chevy Cruze

Chevy Cruze

Get Ready For Fun In the Chevy Cruze

If you’re looking for the perfect new vehicle, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn just how versatile the compact car segment can be. The Chevy Cruze is the best of its kind, and fits perfectly with many different lifestyles. Here are our five favorite benefits of driving a Chevy Cruze from Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Fuel Efficiency

Whether you opt for the sedan or the first-ever hatchback Chevy Cruze, you’ll find that this tiny car sips the gas. At best, the Cruze gets up to 40 mpg highway*, allowing you to spend less time at the gas pump and more time on the road.

Cargo Space

Despite its compact size, there’s plenty of space inside of the Cruze for cargo and passengers. Versatile seating makes room for up to 47.2 cu. ft. of cargo in the hatchback model.

Chevy Cruze Safety

The Chevy Cruze is full of proactive and reactive safety features, including available driver assist technologies and 10 standard airbags.

Intelligent Tech

You’ll have a hard time finding the latest technology in most compact cars. But in the Chevy Cruze, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch color touch screen is the standard. Add to that smartphone compatibility and available Wi-Fi, and the Cruze is as good as an office away from home.

Diesel Option

The Chevy Cruze is full of surprises, the latest one being the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan. The 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine gets up to 52 mpg highway* making it the most efficient non-hybrid option in the country.

New 2018 Corvette ZR1 Design Spotted: Sleek, Sporty & Modern

2018 Corvette ZR1 design

Something Is Staring At Us

The new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was recently spotted—and it’s better than ever. This sleek and sporty model looks like something straight off the track, with a massive rear wing, sloping contours, large intake, a quad exhaust, and more. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this stunning model.

According to Car and Driver, the new 2018 Corvette ZR1 design includes little details you won’t find elsewhere, including blue-painted opposed-piston brake calipers, a massive front-fascia intercooler air intake system, and an adjustable rear airfoil. An aluminum sub frame is bound to be light, especially thanks to space-age materials. A composite body also helps to cut some weight, and a two-seat interior is ideal for this new sports car.

“With the Viper’s demise imminent, the Corvette soon will be one of only two U.S.-built sports cars,” said editor Don Sherman in an earlier piece about the Corvette. “The new ZR1 will toast seven generations of classic American V-8 performance and value.”

Under the hood will likely be a tuned V8 engine with up to 750 horsepower—enough to thrill any driver. Although there is little news on official specs and other features, the new Corvette ZR1 is bound to set new standards in the industry. We can’t wait to see it in action.

Let us know what you think about the new Corvette, and stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC, and let us know!

Fall Driving Locations: North Carolina Country Roads

fall driving locations

Fallen Roads Around North Carolina

Fall is the perfect time to go for a ride in North Carolina. That’s why we’ve posted a list of fall driving locations in the area, specifically country roads you won’t want to leave. The open road, crisp air, and autumn foliage are the perfect way to relax on a fall day.

According to OnlyInYourState, every North Carolinian loves to visit Blue Ridge Parkway more than any other location when it comes to driving. This 469-mile strip of road has it all: mountain views, waterfalls, lakes, and steep drops. Thanks to large overhangs, you will have the perfect vantage to see acres and acres of bright leaves as they change from bright green to dark earth tones.

Another great drive is the Whitewater Way, which gets its name from the falls. As the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, this location is a must-see place for any driver. The Whitewater Way can be found on Highway 281 between Sapphire and the South Carolina border. You can also stop by the Gorges State Park or the Nantahala National Forest as well.

Hanging Rock and Pisgah Loop Scenic Byways are also great for driving. Hanging Rock is a winding road that goes straight through the Sauratown mountain chain, while the Pisgah Loop takes you along an ancient forest. Running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway at times, it’s the perfect place to stop by for some peaceful hiking.

Other great locations include Waterfall Byway, Meteor Lake, Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway, Tail of the Dragon, Upper Yadkin Way, and the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. You’ll learn to love driving again once you stop by these beautiful fall driving locations. Tell all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC what you thought about your road trips around Colorado.

Chevy’s 238-Mile Promise

238-Mile promise

The Doors Are Open

Chevy has made a promise – a 238-Mile promise. So, what does this mean? Well, with the all-new Chevy Bolt, it means you’ll be going far.

Chevy has promised that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt EV will have a 238-mile range on a full charge. This is groundbreaking for not just the Chevy Bolt, but for electric cars everywhere.

Fully electric cars have gained popularity over the last years, partly because of its money-saving efficiency and partly because of its low environmental impact. That’s why Chevy has devoted so much to making the Chevy Bolt the ideal electric car.

GM hopes to not only boost the popularity of this car, but raise the standard of electric cars themselves. The Chevy Bolt will be unique because unlike most other EV’s on the market, it will have a range of over 200 miles when fully charged, and it’ll come in at a reasonable MSRP of $37,000. And that’s before the $7,500 federal tax rebate.

“If you look at the reason why people didn’t buy electrified or pure electric vehicles, it was really around either the cost or price range, or in some cases utility. We think with the Bolt we have all of those covered and more,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of global product development.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is sure to impress. Are you excited for it? Let all of us know at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC today!