Winter driving comes with its own range of
dangers, from icy roads to colder temperatures. That’s why an emergency winter
car kit is essential for anyone who wants to stay better prepared on the road.
There are a variety of important materials to include in your kit, from jumper
cables to a portable shovel. Here are some items you should add to your winter
One of the most important things to include
is a first aid kit to treat basic injuries and illnesses. Should your vehicle
breakdown or slide off the road, you’ll want to have bandages, antiseptic,
painkillers, and tweezers in case you need them.
A portable shovel and a solid ice scraper
are two other helpful tools to add. Shovels are great for digging snow out from
under your car; you can add a bag of cat litter or sand for better traction,
too. Even if you have an ice scraper, it’s a good idea to bring a spare as a
It’s also important to prepare for being
stranded, especially if you drive in rural areas. Blankets, boots, and gloves
will keep you warm and bottled water will keep you hydrated if you run out of
gas or can’t start your car. Additionally, many people carry an extra cell-phone
charger or a spare cell phone in their vehicle, to use in an emergency if your primary
phone’s battery dies. Even if your old phone doesn’t have a phone plan, most
will still let you dial 911.
Another way to help ensure safe travels this winter is to schedule a service appointment here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick.
Road trips are a fun way to have an adventure with your family. However, it can be easy to go overboard and come home from your trip with an empty checking account. Here are a few tips on how to save money on a road trip.
Calculate Gas Costs
Yes, fuel costs can change by the hour, but you can easily
calculate your projected fuel costs by using an average fuel price. Map out how
many miles you will be driving and estimate how much you will need to spend on
gas. You can use apps like GasBuddy to find the cheapest fuel stops along the
way. Once you know how much you need for gas, you know how much you have left
for food, housing, and activities.
Find Free Attractions
You might be surprised at how many free attractions there are
in the U.S. Do some research before you leave to find free or low-cost things
to do near your destination.
Pack Some Food
While part of the fun of going on a road trip is trying new
restaurants, food can quickly eat away at your budget. Do some grocery shopping
before you leave and pack some snacks and a meal or two for the road.
Schedule a pre-trip service appointment for your vehicle here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, to ensure that your next getaway is as safe as it is fun.
Car accidents can be disorienting, but there are a few key
things you should remember, including the moments after the collision to
insurance and repairs down the road. While safety is always a priority, it’s
also important to collect all the necessary information and follow basic tips
for what to do after an auto accident.
Step 1: Move Your Vehicle
According to State Farm, the first thing to do is move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place (if the accident was minor). Use cones, triangles, and flares for added safety, and turn off your vehicle after an accident.
Step 2: Check, Call, and Collect
Next, check for injuries on you, passengers, and people in the other vehicle(s). When in doubt, call an ambulance. You’ll also need to call the police at this point, even if it’s a minor accident. A police report is often a key part of the insurance claim process. So, while the other driver might not want to get the police involved, you should always call after a collision.
It’s also important that you collect information at this
point. Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, license number,
insurance company and policy number, and the description of their vehicle. Take
pictures of the scene and the locations around you, and be sure to get any
eyewitness names and contact information. Never admit an accident was your
fault; let the police decide.
Step 3: File a Claim and Visit the LaSorsa Chevy Buick Collision Center
If your teen is embarking on that exciting journey of learning how to drive and getting their own vehicle, you’re likely wondering what more you can do to help them stay safe while on the road. One of the simplest answers to this is to get a larger-sized vehicle as your teen’s first car. This advice comes directly from a leading safety researcher for the auto industry, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They also recommend avoiding a high-horsepower model, which can encourage riskier driving on the road and provide more power than teens are used to.
Larger, bulkier models are generally safer in the event of a crash, and this has been proven time and time again by IIHS crash tests. Vehicles like crossovers, SUVs, and full-size sedans provide more protection than compact sedans as a result of their sheer size. If you’re in the market for a car for your teen, you should consider vehicles like the Chevy Equinox.
Along with looking for a larger model, you should keep an
eye out for advanced safety features as well. One perk of GM vehicles is their
Teen Driver Technology, which lets you set certain alerts and limits or your
teen’s driving and provides an in-vehicle report card to help you keep track of
it. When you’re not there, this technology will help you keep tabs on your
teen’s driving habits, helping you facilitate the safest ones possible.
For many, buying a car for the first time can seem like a daunting task. But with a little bit of preparation, shopping for just the right car is fun and easy. If you’re ready to buy a car but are not quite sure where to start, check out these tips for buying your first car and get ready to learn how much fun car shopping can be.
Establish a budget
Before anything else, you should spend some time figuring out what you can realistically afford to pay for your new car. This helps you narrow down your search later on and also helps you avoid unsustainable monthly payments. When establishing your budget, make sure you factor in the cost of insurance, maintenance, and monthly payments.
Decide what you really need
Once you have an idea of how much money you can spend, you should decide what you truly need in a vehicle. Once you think about the features you absolutely need in your new car, you’ll be able to narrow down your search even more easily.
Do your research
Researching new cars is easier than ever before. There are ample resources online that will help you narrow down your search to a few possible options in no time. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time looking into cars that don’t meet your needs or are out of your budget.
Don’t rush the test drive
When you finally go to the dealership to test drive your potential new car, don’t rush the test drive. Buying a new car is a big investment, so it’s best to spend time during the test drive really considering if this one is the car for you.
Here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick, we are more than happy to help you pick out your first vehicle.
Now is the perfect time for spring cleaning, even if the season is still a bit away. Whether you’re wiping down your car or airing out your home, there are a number of things you can do to get rid of the dust, dirt, and gloom of the wintertime.
You can easily refresh your car’s carpeting with a few household materials, according to Progressive. First, remove your floor mats and give them a good power wash, hanging them to dry when finished. Next, use a combination of distilled white vinegar and hot water to scrub out any stains in the carpet. Finally, use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove any extra salt or residue left from winter.
A combination of 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% tap water is also an ideal mixture for window cleaning, either in the home or in your car. If the glass is grimy, we recommend washing with soapy water and rinsing before spraying. By simply applying the vinegar-water solution to windows and wiping away, you’ll have a streak-free shine. Some auto experts also suggest using clean newspaper to wipe away any possible glare.
Washing and waxing is important as well, but be sure to pay attention to other details. For example, you should get new wipers in the spring, as they’re usually worn out from winter. Scrubbing headlights can sometimes remove gunk that builds up over time, and tire cleaning is great for a little added shine.
If your spring vehicle cleaning also involves getting rid of that old winter beater, then come by LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, and we’ll be happy to get you behind the wheel of an excellent new car — and this time, the cleaning is on us.
Cars for city driving are different from cars you would buy elsewhere. While people in rural and suburban areas would opt for spacious, tough, and practical vehicles like SUVs and pickups, city drivers should opt for small rides that fit in tight parking spots and provide good fuel economy without compromising on versatility.
Sedan and hatchback options in the Chevy Sonic give drivers the option of versatility. The Sonic also gets high dependability ratings from J.D. Power.
The subcompact Spark has an affordable price tag as well as tons of technology and features, including standard safety that will keep your family secure.
The new Cruze provides drivers with both hatchback and sedan options, as well as a new choice in the engine lineup – an incredibly efficient turbo-diesel engine.
This long-awaited EV wows drivers with an impressive 238-mile battery range*. With its compact, aerodynamic design and fun technology, it’s a greatchoice for city drivers.
The Bronx can be a tough place to drive a car, so beat the traffic with a car from us here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick. We know that cars for city driving cater to a different demographic, so we can help you find a vehicle that best suits your lifestyle.
*Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique
Here in New York, winter can arrive suddenly without much warning. That is why it is so important to winterize your car. Follow these simple steps below to get your car ready for the cold and snow.
Your vehicle’s fluids are what keeps everything running smoothly. Make sure all fluids are clean and at the proper level. Pay particular attention to your coolant, oil, and washer fluid.
Those four pieces of rubber that keep you in contact with the road can quickly become useless if they are worn too thin or damaged. Check your tread depth and you can even switch to winter tires, which do a better job of cutting through snow and staying soft when temperatures drop.
Any starting troubles can become exacerbated in the winter. Check your car’s battery, cables, and terminals.
In case you do get stuck on the side of the road, you want to be prepared. Pack an emergency kit with items like a blanket, extra gloves, a small shovel, flashlight, high-energy snacks, water, and other emergency items.
Here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we want to help you get through the winter. Schedule a service appointment with us today and let us do the work for you.
Traffic can ruin everything from a road trip to a work commute, but don’t let it ruin you! Here are some tips on how to deal with the traffic in New York without losing your mind, from us at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.
This may seem obvious, but you need to breathe! If the cars in front of you aren’t going anywhere, take a deep breath in and out. Practicing deep breathing can help reduce your anxiety and slow your heart rate down.
If you’re going to be in traffic for a while, then you’ll want to get comfortable. Make sure that you are cool or warm enough, whether that means blasting the A/C or opening the windows. If you run into traffic often, you can get a seat cushion or seat cover to help keep you comfy.
Blast Your Favorite Tunes
You know those songs that you can’t resist singing along to? Make a playlist of your favorite songs and call it “Traffic Tunes.” That way when you’re stuck in traffic, you can sing along to your favorite music and pretend you’re on “The Voice.” It’s a great way to distract you from the stress of traffic.
Take a deep breath, crank the tunes in your Buick, and kiss that traffic stress goodbye!
Drivers who live in cold climates already know what freezing, thawing, and refreezing can do to roads. New potholes pop up once the snow finally melts away. Potholes can cause significant damage to your vehicle over time, so it’s in your best interest to avoid them whenever possible. Here are some tips for surviving pothole season from us here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick!
Be Alert The easiest way to survive pothole season is to simply be alert while driving. Keep your eyes looking at the road and slow down or go around potholes. There’s nothing worse than a bump and loud clunk that signifies you hit a pothole hard. Hitting a pothole at low speeds will significantly reduce the impact it has on your vehicle.
Tire Pressure Maintaining proper tire pressure can protect your car from damage when going over potholes. Underinflated tires may rupture or burst when the vehicle hits a pothole. In the same way, overinflated tires can take damage from potholes as well. Maintain the manufacturer-suggested tire pressure for best results.
Do Your Part Help reduce potholes in your area by reporting them to the proper authorities. After all, a pothole can’t get fixed if those in charge of repairs don’t even know it’s there!