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.