Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Driving

Couple wearing sunglasses while driving | Victoria, TX

With warmer weather approaching, we’ll soon want to spend more time outdoors and traveling. This also means more time driving. These sunny days can be very enjoyable but can also tire out your eyes. Here are a few ways you can protect your eyes while driving in and around Sour Lake.

Wear sunglasses

The simplest thing you can do is wear sunglasses while you drive. However, not all sunglasses are the same. Choose high-quality glasses that are close fitting to block out the most UV rays. You can also consider polarized lenses that help reduce glare and make images sharper.

Use sun visors

When the sun is low in the sky and is directly ahead of you, it can be blinding. Flip down your vehicle’s sun visor and sit up as straight as possible to help block the sun.

Take breaks

If your eyes are feeling tired or dried out, you probably need to take a break. Pull over at a rest stop and close your eyes for a few minutes. If there is someone else who can drive, take turns so you can rest your eyes.

Visit the eye doctor

Make a habit of visiting your eye doctor each year. You may be able to get prescription transition glasses that will automatically help you see better in harsh sunlight.

Here at Sour Lake Chevrolet, we want to ensure that all of our customers are safe. By following these tips, you should be set for a fun-filled summer of driving.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

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Cultivating smarter financial habits is a worthwhile goal to have for the new year. Here are some tips to help you save on car expenses in 2021.

Focus on Maintenance

Keeping your car in good running condition will keep you safe and it will save you money in the long run. Take it to the dealership for regular servicing to stay ahead of big repair bills. Be sure to schedule these services regularly:

  • Tune-ups — Keeping your car tuned improves gas mileage by 25 percent.
  • Oil Changes — Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles will extend the life of your engine and save money on repairs.
  • Change Filters — Oil filters are changed when the oil is replaced, but people often neglect the air filter. Keeping the filters clean helps extend the life of the engine and boosts gas mileage.
  • Check fluids — Coolant, transmission fluid, brake and clutch fluids should be checked to keep them at appropriate levels.

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Using the right tires and taking care of them can save you a lot of money. Keep these tips in mind as you drive around Sour Lake, Texas.

  • Buy steel-belted radials tend to get better gas mileage.
  • Check the inflation regularly to improve fuel economy (and traction).
  • Have tires balanced once a year. Unbalanced tires case wear on shock absorbers and the suspension system.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you have any questions about vehicle maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment for your Chevy.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

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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.

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.

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.