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.

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.

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.