When purchasing a GM SUV for your family, you’re probably thinking of sport practices, shopping trips, and summer vacations — and planning for all the gear you’ll need to load in. From the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave to the Chevrolet Equinox, you’re sure to fit your family and their belongings comfortably. When it comes to those summer road trips out to the East Coast or into the Kentucky mountains, here are some tips to pack light for a summer road trip with your GM SUV.
For starters, try writing out a list of what you’ll need to bring. Seeing it all written out can help cut down nonessentials and keep you organized. You’re less likely to throw in items impulsively when you’re following a plan.
As you’re packing, select versatile items. For example, bring quick-drying shorts that can be used for hiking, swimming, and touring the town. Bring biodegradable soap that can double as body wash and laundry soap.
For a weeklong road trip, REI experts Kirsten Golly and Chelsey Lynne recommend to start packing by following the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule. Pack one hat, two pairs of shoes, three bottoms, four tops, five pairs of socks, and six pairs of undergarments. From there, simply add necessities specific to your destination such as a swimsuit or rain jacket. Plan to do laundry during your trip if traveling for longer than a week.
Follow these tips to pack light on your next summer road trip. If you need any vehicle accessories for your SUV, contact our team at Don Hall SuperCenter in Ashland, Kentucky.
Both the wired and wireless versions of Apple CarPlay® are great technologies that let you access your phone apps and content while you drive safely. But the convenience of Wireless Apple CarPlay® gives it a leg up over the wired version and makes it well worth the cost.
It’s a big hassle to have to keep track of the right cords, make sure you have extras to charge or sync your phone with and plug the phone in any time you want to use Apple CarPlay®. Wireless Apple CarPlay® makes it so much simpler. You can instantly connect to the system without messing around with cords.
Getting rid of cords has the added bonus of decluttering your car. Wireless Apple CarPlay® makes your cabin feel a little tidier.
No drop in quality
You might worry that using Wireless Apple CarPlay® will result in a lag or that the audio quality will be lower than if you use a wired connection. But thanks to Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), Apple’s very own audio file compression technology that preserves the quality of the original, music over Wireless Apple CarPlay® is just as high-quality.
Wireless charging pads
One concern with using Wireless Apple CarPlay® is that you can’t charge your phone while you use it. Streaming music or using GPS can be a major battery drain, so this is a valid concern. But with the advent of wireless charging pads, it’s not a problem anymore.
If your car is equipped with a wireless charging pad, you can stream your favorite content and charge at the same time without the mess of cords.
Test-drive a 2022 Chevy equipped with Wireless Apple CarPlay® here at Don Hall SuperCenter or give us a call if you need help using this exciting new feature on your new Chevy vehicle.
The new year is a great time to wash off all the dirt, grime, and road salt that your car accumulated in 2021. On the outside, give it a thorough wash. Remember to pay special attention to the rims, wheel wells, and undercarriage, since these areas tend to trap rust-causing debris. Once your Chevy is clean, give it a thorough waxing to help protect it from the elements. Inside the cabin, remove trash, like wrappers, fast food bags, and empty bottles, then vacuum up leftover debris.
A breath of fresh air
Once the cabin is nice and clean, consider buying an air freshener or diffuser to give your car a fresh scent. Also, check your service records to see the last time you had the cabin air filter changed. An old cabin air filter can pump stale smells into your vehicle, so if it’s time for a new filter, have it swapped out so you can enjoy cleaner, fresher air.
Give your car a fresh look and feel with genuine Chevrolet accessories. A new set of floor mats and seat covers — both tailored to the model of your Chevy — can dress up a cabin with stained, worn upholstery. Cargo bay organizers help you keep clutter under control, and headrest-mounted tablet holders can help your little ones stay entertained on the road.
The new year is coming up, and that means it’s time to start making New Year’s resolutions. Commit to safer driving by making these resolutions in 2022.
1: Use your turn signal
Failing to signal when you change lanes or make a turn makes it harder for drivers around you to anticipate what you’re going to do. If you’re not in the habit of signaling when you change lanes, use this opportunity to change that.
2: Go the speed limit
Studies show that speeding doesn’t actually help you get where you’re going much faster. It might shave a minute or two off your drive depending on how far you’re going, but is it really worth it for the increased risk of an accident? Slow down in the new year.
3: Leave space
Tailgating is a dangerous habit, especially in the winter time. If you’re too close to the vehicle ahead of you and they need to stop suddenly, you might not have time to stop before crashing into them, potentially hurting them and you.
4: Reduce distractions
If you text or talk while you drive, resolve to eliminate those distractions in the coming year. Set up automatic responses while you’re driving so your phone won’t show you notifications, letting you keep your eyes on the road.
5: Stay up to date on vehicle maintenance
One of the best ways to drive more safely is to make sure your car is safe. Take care of your car and get regular maintenance done, such as oil changes and tire rotations. Having a tire blow out on the highway is a great way to get yourself and other cars into an accident.
The Don Hall SuperCenter team wishes you and yours a happy and safe New Year’s. Make sure to contact us for all of your vehicle’s needs in 2022.