12 Essential Items for your Summer Car Survival Kit

Most people carry a winter survival kit in their car. It is a great idea to have one. It is a good idea to also have a summer survival kit. Here are some things it could include.

  • 2 Gallons of water
         You can keep it fresh by adding a drop of bleach to the water
  • Radiator Fluid
  • Sunscreen
         Some SPF30 since you aren’t going to be using it for tanning.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Umbrella
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Protein Bars
  • Rain Poncho
  • Basic Tools
  • Duct Tape
  • Extra Charged Cell Phone Battery
  • Warning Triangles

There are many other things you could include in the pack but that will cover the basics. One way you can greatly reduce your chances of being stuck on the side of the road is by driving a newer car. You can check out our entire inventory online at www.RapidChevrolet.com

Six Simple Checks to Avert Disaster before Summer Driving

Here are Six Simple checks you can perform to avert a possible disaster. Summer driving can be very demanding on you and your vehicle. With a few quick checks you can keep your vehicle running well even in hot summer weather like today. They don’t take long and can save you hours of trouble and headaches later. Read On

1. Cooling System
Check Radiator fluids before leaving home. Just open the hood and check that the fluid is up to the line specified on the coolant reservoir.

Keep an eye on the temperature gauge while driving if it has one. If it starts overheating, before you get into the temperature red zone, turn off the AC and turn on your heater. This will make the car extremely uncomfortable but will reduce engine heat by acting as an extra path for heat to leave the engine.

If your car does get into the temperature red zone make sure to pull over as soon as you find a safe place to do so. Don’t try to open the radiator cap until the engine cools. It will burn you with steam and probably boiling liquid. A shirt will not help you because the steam will instantly cut through it. Just wait for it to cool.

2. Engine Fluids
Whenever you drive your car you should check your oil, transmission fluid, and brake levels. Checking these will help prevent problems all the time but in a very hot weather situation it is essential from the extra strain the temperature can put on the engine.

3. Tires
Check the tires air pressure before you leave to make sure they are where they need to be. The heat from the ground can make a tire that is a little overinflated become very overinflated and possibly fail while going down the road.

4. Air Conditioning
While not completely essential to get you there having your AC work can make the difference from being miserable to feeling great by the time you get there. If your AC doesn’t work the most common reason is that it simply needs to be recharged. If your AC isn’t working up to par bring it in and we can test the system for you and get it working great. We currently have a great special on getting your AC a checkup.

5. Battery
Among all of the other things that can fail from heat your battery can cause some problems. Most people think of the battery going out from cold but heat can be just as bad. Check the fluid levels in your battery if you still have one of the older types. Otherwise just make sure the terminals are free of corrosion and are tight.

6. Fuel
This last one might seem obvious but some people aren’t going to read this and have their car overheat. On hot days there are generally more traffic delays from cars breaking down in the road. Make sure you have plenty of gas so you don’t run out waiting for traffic to clear.

If you find problems with any of these items you should bring your vehicle into our service department. We will quickly get you back on the road and you won’t have to worry. Just give us a call at (605) 593-4098 or visit our Service Site

CUE “Cadillac User Experiance” by Cadillac

Cue by Cadillac will be introduced on the all new 2013 Cadillac XTS, ATS, and SRX. It is a very inovative new technology that replaces the traditional dashboard and console with touchscreen LCDs.

From Cadillac’s website

Cadillac CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data, will benefit consumers by offering safe, connected driving beginning in 2012.

2013 Chevy Malibu ECO Drive-by and Walk around Video

Want to see the 2013 Chevy Malibu? Here is the new video we made here at Rapid Chevrolet of the 2013 Chevy Malibu ECO. It is has a walk around, interior video, as well as some drive-by footage.

Texas considering 85 mph speed limit on a toll road

Texas is considering an 85 mph speed limit on a toll road. The move would make move the speed limit from 80 to 85 mph. This would make a section of the new Highway 130 have the highest posted speed limit in the US according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are no longer any roads in the US with no speed limits like on Germany’s autobahn or how Colorado, Montana, and probably others used to have no posted speed limit.

Texas is considering this move to combat traffic congestion they predict on the road. From what I have noticed the general cause of traffic congestion is someone driving slowly in the fast lane so if this would work is anyone’s guess. It would probably work better to start ticketing anyone driving to slow in the right lane.

Straight and FLAT

What this brings to mind for me is what if South Dakota were to raise the speed limit on I-90 from Sioux Falls to Rapid City. It would make the 350 mile mostly straight drive a little more tolerable. It would drop the time to get from Sioux Falls to Rapid from 4 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours and 8 minutes. It would in the end save drivers about 30 minutes to get from one side of the state to the other.

Other considerations would be the amount of fuel required to cross the state. Driving that 10 mph faster would generally make you use a little more fuel. With how straight I-90 is it would also be worth consideration removing the speed limit all together so you could choose your own speed. Montana did this with great success as illustrated by Motorists.org

What are your thoughts on this?