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.

 

Traveling Safely with Your Pet in the Car

Dogs in Back of SUV | Sour Lake, TX
Dogs in Back of SUV | Sour Lake, TX

When traveling with a pet, especially during the winter months when road conditions are questionable, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure the protection of your pet during your travels. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the top three tips for traveling safely with your pet.  

  1. Use a pet carrier

According to PetMD.com, the best way to prevent accidental injuries is to stick your pets in a travel crate, no matter their size. One of the most common incidents for pet owners while traveling is an injury to their pet due to an automobile accident. Use an appropriately sized crate for your pet, and fasten the crate down with a seatbelt.

  1. Keep your pets out of the front seat

Don’t keep your pet on your lap or in the passenger seat beside you. Airbags in cars are designed for adult humans, and the force of an airbag deploying is enough to seriously injure your pet. Your safest bet is to fasten them down in a crate in the back seat.

  1. Pack sufficient food and water for the entire trip

Bring enough of both so that your pet will be sufficiently hydrated and fed the entire trip. That way, you can keep them comfortable even when rest stops are few and far between.

Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you and your furry friends. We’ll help match you with the right model for your pet-focused lifestyle.

Volunteering in Sour Lake This Holiday Season

Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX
Volunteering in Sour Lake, TX

Looking to get off of Santa’s naughty list? Here are some ways to give back to your community by volunteering in Sour Lake and the nearby area.

Serve meals at Port Arthur’s Hospitality Center

Run by Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, the Hospitality Center serves warm meals to those in need. They could use extra volunteers during the holiday season this year.

Buckner Toy Run

Every year, Buckner Children & Family Services aims to deliver toys to children in foster care or who were recently adopted through the Buckner Toy Run. Located in Beaumont, as well as several other Texas locations, Buckner needs volunteers and donations both for the toy run itself as well as for wrapping gifts.

CASA of Southeast Texas

Help abused and neglected children by supporting CASA of Southeast Texas, located in Beaumont. They accept donations and have upcoming events in December for the holidays, such as the Santa Fun Run.

City Wide Club’s Super Feasts

Drive to Houston to spend the day feeding and helping those in need. With events on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, guests in need are given hot food as well as clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, and flu shots.

Sour Lake Chevrolet wishes you and your families a fantastic holiday season. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs or to set up a winter service appointment for your vehicle.

Fun Family Road Trips Near Sour Lake, Texas

Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX
Woman with her labradoodle on a road trip | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake is the oldest town in Hardin County and colloquially called “The Gateway to the Big Thicket.” Sour Lake is surrounded by the fascinating land, wildlife, and cities of southeast Texas. These family road trips near Sour Lake are sure to delight everyone.

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

 This picturesque stretch of marshes and woods boasts a wide variety of fish and wildlife and is just 70 miles south of Sour Lake. McFaddin has one of the most concentrated population of alligators in Texas. Red drum, alligator gar, and blue catfish frequent the waters here, if you’re into angling. Waterfowl hunting is also allowed.

Big Thicket National Preserve

 If you want to explore a sprawling natural environment, Big Thicket National Preserve is worth a visit. The Beaumont Unit is only 17 miles east of Sour Lake. Whether you want to hike a selection of 40 trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 18 miles roundtrip, fish in Village Creek, camp in the backcountry, or hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, or hogs, the beautiful grounds of the preserve make the perfect road trip destination.

Houston

 Houston is just over an hour’s drive from Sour Lake. Check out the Space Center to find out more about science and space exploration. Per the website, this venue boasts the largest collections of Moon rocks and spacesuits on public display on the globe. Make sure to grab some tasty food at the famous Pinkerton’s BBQ while you’re in town.

Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you and your family to and from these engaging Texas destinations.

Sour Lake Trunk or Treating at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival

Trick or Treat | Sour Lake, TX

Who says trick or treating is just for kids? This year, come to the Sour Lake Trunk or Treat at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival on Oct. 28 and join us for a wonderful evening the entire family will love. Featuring trunk or treating, music, food, games, hayrides, a car show, and more, this year’s event is bigger and more fun than ever before.

While trick-or-treating around the neighborhood can be a logistical nightmare for parents and kids alike, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is a simpler way to celebrate the holiday. Located right in downtown historic Sour Lake, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is free for attendees of all ages.

Kids will love the opportunity to trunk-or-treat at the festival after enjoying games, prizes, haunted hayrides, and a costume contest. Parents along for the evening won’t be left out, though. The Heritage Festival features live music, plenty of great local vendors, and a car show.

This year, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival will run from 6-9 p.m., with hayrides starting at dusk. So bring the whole family and show up early to enjoy this dynamic event right here in Sour Lake.

Contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport your family to and from the festival and other seasonal events this fall.

Camping Accessories for Your Chevrolet Silverado

Family Boating & Camping with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX
Family Camping & Boating with 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

You didn’t get a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 just so you could sit back and look at it. You got the most dependable and longest-lasting truck on the road today so that you can fulfill your love of adventure and exploration. If you want to cap off the summer or kick off the autumn by heading out in Sour Lake or beyond in cities like Beaumont and Orange, these camping accessories for your Chevrolet Silverado are must-haves.

Sportz® Camping Tents by Napier

You want to rough it, but wet weather seems poised to prohibit you from pitching your tent on the ground. With Sportz® Camping Tents by Napiers, you have no such problem — you can set up your tent right there in the spacious short box, standard box, or long box of your Silverado. If you have a big party planned, you can hook that up with a Sportz® Link Model 51000 Ground Tent, which turns your truck into a full-blown camping mansion.

All-weather floor liners and splash guards

Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is pretty fancy on the inside, and you do your best to keep it clean. If you’re angling for a weekend of getting down and dirty, you can make sure that dirtiness stays out of your carpeting with several different styles of all-weather floor liner. Want to extend that same courtesy to the handsome exterior of your Silverado? Opt for front and rear splash guards.

There are a ton more camping accessories for your Chevy Silverado to consider, from tonneau covers to trailer hitches. Visit https://accessories.chevrolet.com to browse the available selection or just stop into Sour Lake Chevrolet and we’ll give you a rundown. We can also help you narrow down which accessory you should go with, if you’re having trouble picking just one.

*Dependability based on longevity: 1987–July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

Chevrolet and Domino’s Team Up to Offer Industry-First In-Vehicle Pizza Ordering Functionality

Pizza | Sour Lake, TX
Pizza | Sour Lake, TX

More than ever, we live our lives on the go. Now, Chevrolet has made it easier than ever to stay on top of your busy day with industry-first in-vehicle pizza ordering, adding a whole new level of convenience to the experience of driving your Chevrolet vehicle.

The new technology is the result of a collaboration between Chevrolet and Domino’s® and is the automakers latest addition to the Chevrolet Marketplace, the auto industry’s first in-vehicle commerce platform.

With Marketplace, Chevrolet drivers will be able to easily place orders at Domino’s Pizza so that their order is ready when they arrive at the store or delivered to their home after they arrive. Additionally, the new feature will allow customers to save custom orders for quick, intuitive ordering while on the go via their Chevrolet touchscreen display.

Marketplace functionality debuted back in December 2017 as a free service for Chevrolet drivers and has seen new features added regularly since then. The system also features the industry’s first embedded in-dash fuel payment capability, allowing drivers to pay for fuel more quickly and easily. Domino’s is the first pizza restaurant to be added to the Marketplace and is available on millions of Chevrolet vehicles form the 2017 model year and newer.

For more information about this exciting partnership, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet.