How to Drive Your Chevy in the Snow

How to drive your Chevy in the snow - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

Winter weather can be beautiful, but it can also make it dangerous to travel on the road. To make sure you’re practicing the best bad-weather driving habits possible, we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have put together a quick guide on how to drive your Chevy in the snow.

Don’t drive when you’re tired

Driving when tired can reduce your reaction time, so make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out the road – especially if the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Keep the tires properly inflated

Lower tire pressure means the tires’ treads don’t get traction as well as they should. Keep track of the tire pressure, and fill it up if it dips below your owner’s manual’s recommended levels.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full

When the gas tank dips below a certain level, the gas line can freeze-up, which means your car won’t work. Keep it half full at all times to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads

Cruise control is great on long distance drives, but it doesn’t allow you the control you need when driving on slippery surfaces. This means you shouldn’t use it if there’s rain, ice, or snow out on the road.

Turn into a skid

Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if you find yourself in a skid, make sure you steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding – and don’t panic and over-correct. This will help the vehicle correct itself and get back on the road.

If you want a reliable, safe vehicle that you can operate in the winter, check out our selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

The Driverless Chevy Bolt: Look Ma, No Hands!

Driverless Chevy Bolt

Peeking inside the newest version of the Chevy Bolt and noticing that there is in fact neither steering wheel nor pedals, you might be inclined to wonder, “How am I supposed to drive this thing?”

The simple answer is: you’re not supposed to drive it, because it drives itself.

Chevrolet recently sought approval from the government to test a batch of autonomous (driverless) vehicles. These driverless Chevy Bolts have been designed with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no brake pedal. In order to meet NHTSA safety standards, a new autonomous vehicle must be tested with and without a driver—a hard requirement to meet when there’s no steering wheel inside.

This recent development coincides with GM’s announcement that it intends to have driverless vehicles transporting people and cargo in certain cities as soon as 2019.

GM purchased the start-up autonomous driving company Cruise Automation in the spring of 2016 and has since worked with them to develop four iterations of a driverless Chevy Bolt EV. The newest generation, in addition to lacking the once-essential pedals and wheel, will also feature automatically opening doors.

While don’t have any driverless Chevy Bolts for sale here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we do have a selection of brand-new Bolt EVs that are ready for you to drive home.

Giving Back: Community Blood Drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet

Successful blood drive at Buff Whelan

We would like to thank to the community for helping us to have such a successful blood drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on December 1st of 2017.

We want to express a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out to our blood drive— it was a tremendous success! We collected 172 pints of blood. With each pint being capable of helping three people, that is 516 lives saved!

That brings our grand total since starting our series of seasonal blood drives 14 years ago to — drumroll, please — 10,220 pints. We’ve done the math; this means 30,660 lives saved!

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity of all our friends and neighbors who came out on December 1st to make a difference with us.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next blood drive on March 2nd.

If you’re interested in donating blood at this upcoming event but haven’t before, make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy meal and avoid fatty foods
  • Wear a shirt that exposes your elbows or can be easily folded up past your elbows
  • Bring a valid form of ID that verifies your age, such as a driver’s license; you must be at least 17 years of age
  • Don’t come if you’re feeling ill

Together, WE CAN make a difference!

The 2019 Corvette ZR1: The Fastest Production Corvette Ever

2019 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet engineers are always setting new standards in the industry. In fact, the brand recently announced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which will be the fastest production car ever made. This impressive and unparalleled sports car comes with an exclusive engine, the latest technologies, and a distinct look. For true car lovers, the Corvette ZR1 may just be the perfect car.

This special Corvette has a LT5 supercharged engine that gets up to 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Chevy notes that there’s also a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, while the new High Wing option creates up to 950 pounds of downforce. Every inch of the new ZR1 is designed with speed in mind.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The ZR1 also comes with a distinct carbon-fiber “halo” hood that’s built to be lightweight, as well as a specially tuned suspension. With the proper equipment, the new ZR1 will go over 210 mph on the track. Plus, there’s a special Sebring Orange Design Package for those who want a truly unique Corvette.

We at Buff Whelan Chevrolet can’t wait to drive the new Corvette in the spring when it’s released.

Make a Trip to Sterlingfest This Summer

Sterlingfest This Summer
Sterlingfest This Summer

Every year, the city of Sterling Heights comes together to put on one of the most exciting summer festivals in the state of Michigan. This summer, Sterlingfest will be held July 27-29.

This is the 37th annual Sterlingfest. Just like previous years, this year will be packed with summertime fun including an arts & crafts fair, lots of live music, a family midway with rides and game, and tons of the best fair food you have been waiting for all year. The festival has funnel cakes, hand-crafted ice cream, and all the fried foods you can imagine.

At the arts & crafts show, visitors can browse works from numerous local artists including watercolor painting, photographs, sculptures, and more. Artists display their work with many of their pieces available for sale. The show is set in the heart of Sterling Heights and has a street-fair-feel. All around the art booths, visitors can hear live music from the jazz and blues stage.

Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we love taking our families to Sterlingfest each summer and look forward to seeing many of our friends and loyal customers there, too. What is your favorite thing about Sterlingfest in Sterling Heights, MI?

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena Team Up

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena
Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena

Since the beginning, Chevrolet has called Detroit home, which is why it made perfect sense for Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena to join forces. Chevrolet is now the official vehicle of the brand new Little Caesar’s Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, concerts, and other entertainment. Since 2015, Chevrolet has been the official vehicle for the Detroit Red Wings.

Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said, “We look forward to continuing to support the Red Wings and the revitalization of our hometown, the City of Detroit, as a landmark partner in the new Little Caesars Arena — a perfect complement to our partnership with the Detroit Tigers and presence at Comerica Park.”

With this expanded partnership, Chevrolet will have an even bigger presence at the arena. The northeast entrance, along Woodward Avenue, will feature large-scale Chevrolet branding. In addition, there will be a new Chevrolet Plaza with a giant video screen that will be used for community programming and concerts.

Visitors to the arena will be able to spot the Chevrolet brand and distinctive bowtie throughout the venue, including being one of four in ice partners.

The team here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, MI is excited about this new partnership between Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Check Out the New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

General Motors is rolling with the “go big or go home” motto when it comes to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It wasn’t long ago that Chevrolet revealed the Camaro ZL1 1LE performance model, but now the American automaker is upping the ante. The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a racing model designed to compete with the best of the best.

New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The new Camaro GT4.R is the first GT customer car from General Motors that’s available to the global market. Chevrolet joined forces with Pratt & Miller to create the track-ready model. The GT4 build means it can take to the track in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenges Grant Sport class and Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class.

“The Camaro GT4.R is a true racing customer car that Chevrolet is proud to support,” said Shawn Meagher, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Camaro GT4.R.

Under the hood of the Camaro GT4.R lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a heart-pounding 650 hp. It comes perfectly complemented with Brembo brakes, adjustable traction control, and much more.

The track-oriented model is set to make its official debut at the Pirelli World Challenge. Two Camaro GT4.Rs will take the track with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenback behind the wheels.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to see the new Camaro GT4.R up close!