Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

winter emergency kit | Sour Lake, TX

Winter is right around the corner, which means residents of Sour Lake, TX can expect some rainy commutes. These essentials are important additions to a winter emergency kit for your car and will help you stay safe on the road.

 

Blanket and extra warm clothes

 For the most part, our winters in Sour Lake stay pretty warm, but sometimes night temperatures can drop low. If you’re stranded after dark and only wearing short sleeves from the daytime, you’ll be happy to have something warm while you wait for help.

 

Road flares or reflective triangles

It’s always good to have road flares or some type of warning signal in your car, in case you need to pull over for an emergency. This is even more important in the winter when it’s dark out early. Flares will help protect you in potentially rainy weather when slick roads could cause dangerous conditions for passing drivers.

 

Flashlight and extra batteries

With the earlier time of sunsets during winter, it’s good to keep a flashlight in your vehicle. Even if you have one built into your smartphone, this will ensure that you have some illumination if your phone’s battery dies and your vehicle breaks down at night.

 

Windshield cleaner

With all the winter rain, you can expect to have a dirty windshield for the next few months. Keep some windshield cleaner in your winter emergency kit, and this way you’ll always have what you need to ensure clear visibility.

 

For more winter maintenance tips, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. And remember to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment to ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun during the cooler months.

Silverado Gets MultiPro™ Tailgate Variant for 2022 Model Year

2020 Chevrolet Silverado | Sour Lake, TX

GMC will soon offer a MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the 2022 Chevy Silverado, a move that would elevate the abilities of the Silverado and open up new possibilities for its owners.

Per Autblog’s Ronan Glon, the new MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the Silverado will include the current six standard functions while adding a seventh of its own. The name for the tailgate is expected to be the MultiFlex or the Multi-Flex, as GM already holds a trademark for the moniker.

Though we don’t know much about the Multi-Flex yet, we do know that it will take many cues from the MultiPro™. This tailgate is made up of a primary gate and a smaller inner gate hinged inside the primary gate. You can lower both of these gates to get 7-9 inches closer to the bed than you normally would, for easier unloading and loading.

Full-width steps, hand grabs, and load stops are just some of the other features that make the MultiPro™ Tailgate so impressive and make the upcoming Silverado variant so exciting. Stay tuned for more news on the Multi-Flex tailgate in the days ahead. And in the meantime, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to take one of our current Silverado models for a whirl.

Introducing the Chevy Silverado XFE Fuel Economy Package

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

Most pickup trucks can either be powerful or fuel efficient. However, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is aiming to change that with the available XFE Fuel Economy Package. With this package, it can help maximize your fuel economy, while still giving you the performance you want.

The XFE Fuel Economy Package gives the Chevy Silverado a premium soft roll-up tonneau cover. This not only helps protect your cargo, but it reduces drag that is often created from an open truck bed. This increase in aerodynamics gives the Silverado a boost in efficiency with an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined and 24 mpg highway*.

In addition to the tonneau cover, this package also includes 18-inch Bright Silver painted wheels and all-season tires. The total price for this package is $850. This package is also not available with the Max Trailering Package, Z71 Off-Road Package, or Convenience package. You cannot get any other options with the Fuel Economy package.

This package is available on the Silverado 1500 LT trim with the Short Bed and Crew Cab body. It also requires the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 2WD. This powertrain combination has an output of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet to learn more about the XFE Fuel Economy Package or another available add-on that the Silverado 1500 offers. We’re here to help you get the most out of your Chevy truck

Chevy Starts Production on the 2021 Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Sour Lake, TX

Though Chevy had delayed the production of the 2021 Tahoe earlier this year, the brand finally started rolling these models off the assembly line this summer. There are quite a few reasons to be excited about this new model.

For starters, this large SUV comes with seating for seven or nine people depending on the configuration. It also has 122.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. There’s an available Bose® premium audio system — which is perfect for music lovers — as well as an optional power sliding center console for more storage options. Plus, the available 15-inch Head-Up Display keeps you up to date on the go, while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ provide phone connectivity.

The Tahoe is also designed to be capable. The Z71 edition specifically comes with an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension for a more comfortable ride, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks to help get you out of any precarious positions. You can choose between a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 or a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, the latter of which has an impressive 420 horsepower and comes standard on the High Country trim. A Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel is also available.

You’ll also find a suite of safety systems on the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, which has a standard Automatic Emergency Braking system to help prevent frontal collisions. There’s also a Following Distance Indicator, Auto High Beams, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive the 2021 Tahoe models in our inventory.

Our Favorite Restaurants for Tasty Takeout in Sour Lake, Texas

Pizza Being Served | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake Chevrolet is proud to call Sour Lake home. The city is special because of its diverse residents, its proud history, and the delicious food available at a wide range of restaurants. If you and your family are looking for some tasty takeout food, we recommend you check out these Sour Lake staples:

Goodfella’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Goodfella’s has what many Sour Lake residents would call the best pizza in town. They don’t limit themselves to traditional pies; we’re fond of the Hot Stuff Pizza, Burrito Pizza, and cherry streusel-topped dessert pizza on a butter crust. If pizza isn’t your thing, try the New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwiches.

Goodie’s Cafe and Catering

Goodie’s has been supplying Southeast Texas with its delicious combination of lunch, dinner, desserts, and catering for a decade. Build your own burger, get a lunch special for under $10, or try the famous smothered pork chops. You can never go wrong with the peach bundt cake, the blueberry cheesecake cups, or the sweet potato pie.

Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine

If you’re partial to the strong flavors of Cajun food, order takeout from Vautrot’s. The boudin balls alone are reason to come, but the fried chicken toes and Martha’s award-winning crawfish etouffee will turn Vautrot’s into one of your regular takeout joints.

Need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these foodie locations this summer? Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive a shiny new Chevy.

Tips for Working From Home

Family Working from Home with Kids | Sour Lake, TX
Family Working from Home | Sour Lake, TX

If you’ve recently found yourself transplanted out of the office and into your own (potentially improvised) home workspace, it can be hard to get back into a normal rhythm. So, we’ve put together a few quick, simple ways to maximize your productivity and find a good flow while you’re working from home.

Dress to impress

Just because you don’t necessarily need to adhere to your company’s dress code doesn’t mean that you should just slum it while you’re working from home. You don’t necessarily have to put on a three-piece suit, but getting out of your sweatpants and into a semi-professional outfit can get you into the right headspace for your workday.

Maintain regular hours

While you may not have to clock into your job while you’re working from home, maintaining the routine you’ve established is vital. Try not to sleep in, otherwise, you may not get your work done. On the other hand, when it’s time for your lunch break, make sure to silence notifications and take some time for yourself before you get back to the grind.

Separate work from fun

Depending on your housing arrangement, it may not be possible to keep your work station away from your relaxation space, but if you can, you should. Separating the place you work from the places you sleep, cook, and enjoy time with your family will make working easier during the day, and living your personal life feel like the reward it truly is.

All of us at Sour Lake Chevrolet wish you and your families nothing but the best. If you feel like talking about cars — whether its questions about your next Chevrolet, scheduling your next maintenance appointment, or the best places to drive around Texas — don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Explore Sour Lake, TX without Leaving Home

Want to explore Sour Lake while you’re stuck at home? It’s easier than you’d think.

 

Research Regional History

Who needs a museum when you can learn all about Sour Lake’s history online? Sure, being able to view and interact with exhibits is cool, but ultimately everything that happened in the past also happened right where you are now. Sour Lake’s official historical association is a good place to start doing your research.

 

Virtual Tours & Videos

If you do like the experience of going to a museum, you don’t have to give that up either. Many local educational activities like going to the zoo or the museum offer either virtual tours on their websites or videos on their social media pages. For example, the Bertha Terry Cornwell Museum has an entire photo album of the exhibits, and the nearby Beaumont Children’s Museum has been posting pictures and live videos on their Facebook page.

 

Order Local

Getting takeout? Sample the local fare by ordering from a local small business in your community rather than a chain. For example, did you know Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine is making special batches of food for delivery and curbside pickup? Do your research and you’ll be sure to find local restaurants to support and enjoy.

 

Stay safe and healthy while keeping busy in Sour Lake, Texas. And remember to call us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet for any automotive needs you have this summer.

 

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks

Updates for Medium-Duty Commercial Silverado Trucks | Sour Lake Chevy

GM will soon bestow updates on the Chevrolet lineup of medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks, including the 4500 HD, 5500 HD, and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks. These tweaks translate to better performance and more flexible upfitting for this product lineup.

Back in March, GM announced that its medium-duty line will increase its maximum gross combined weight 23 percent to 37,000 pounds. This massive improvement in performance will help the company continue to grow its commercial sales, which have increased 67 percent in the last seven years.

The medium-duty trucks will also see an array of changes to their axles, including a new mechanical locking rear axle for better traction when a rear tire skids, and longer axle-to-end-of-frame options on the shortest wheelbases for broader upfitting options.

In addition, Chevy is adding an auxiliary switch bank with six additional upfit switches in the headliner and new extended mirror arms for better visibility on larger upfits. These changes mean that more kinds of upfits will be available for a wider range of Chevy medium-duty commercial Silverado trucks.

The success of the medium-duty lineup and other GM commercial vehicles has led GM to expand production by investing significant funds in its plants in Flint, Michigan; Brookville, Ohio; and Wentzville, Missouri. This will allow for 40,000 more vehicles to be produced each year. It will also allow GM to produce more 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 engines and help fund improvements for mid-size pickup and van models produced at the Wentzville, Missouri plant.

Find out more about the Medium-Duty Chevy Silverado updates when you call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. You can also browse the current models we have in stock via our website.

Stop Distracted Driving In Its Tracks

Man on Phone while Driving | Victoria, TX
Man on Phone while Driving | Victoria, TX

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents. It can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, yet thousands of drivers do it each day. Stopping distracted driving is about more than not texting behind the wheel. Read on to learn more ways to be safe behind the wheel.

Put the Phone Away

To avoid the temptation of taking a call or glancing at a text, you should tuck your cell phone safely out of sight. Many vehicles now have hands-free systems, but even these can cause a distraction, so it’s best to leave those systems for emergencies only or have your front-seat passenger take control of the touchscreen.

Look At Directions Ahead of Time

We all know that GPS isn’t perfect, and it can be distracting to suddenly find yourself turned around. By looking at your directions ahead of time, you can get a better general idea of the drive and potentially avoid the distraction of GPS surprises.

Don’t Eat Behind the Wheel

Food and drink spills are a big cause of distraction. While it might not seem like a big deal to save time and eat a sandwich to go, the experience will probably have you taking your eyes off the road to aim your next bite. Practice safe habits by giving yourself some extra time and enjoying meals before and after driving.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle to help you curb distractions as you drive, come talk to the team at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Beginner Hiking Tips For Those Weekends Away

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Sour Lake, TX

Are you considering a brand-new truck or SUV that can handle road trips and off-road adventures? These beginner hiking tips are key to staying more active this year, especially as spring approaches.

Tell people where you’re going

A lot of places with hiking trails will have their trails rated by difficulty, such as beginner, intermediate, or expert. Pick one close to your comfort level. Keep in mind that even short trails can have a lot of uphill climbing or obstacles. Always remember to let someone know where you’re going for safety.

Be prepared

As a beginner hiker on beginner trails, you won’t need to bring along really heavy-duty equipment. However, a weatherproof backpack loaded with water and healthy snacks and a solid pair of shoes are necessary. Bring along both a map of the trails and an offline digital map.

Take your time

Plan out what time of day and year to go for when you want your experience. Warm, sunny days in the middle of the day are popular times if you want to be around people. Otherwise, try to shoot for a morning hike or schedule your trip for a chillier time of year.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you need an outdoorsy vehicle to transport you to and from local hiking destinations. Or, if you need hiking spot recommendations in the Sour Lake area.