Back to School Safety Tips

Back to School Safety Tips

The kids will be heading back to school before you know it, so it’s important to be properly prepared. Whether your child is walking, biking, or riding in the car, these back to school safety tips can help ensure they arrive at school without a scratch on them.

Walking

Students walking to school should stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. If a sidewalk isn’t an option, walk on the side of the street towards oncoming traffic. Parents would do well to walk to school with their children to ensure they know the safest way and take proper precautions. Older walkers should keep their eyes on what’s in front of them, not on a smartphone device.

Biking

Biking is an efficient way to get exercise while heading to school. Bikers should wear a helmet at all times. Watch for cars and make sure to use proper hand signals when turning. Wearing bright clothing can make it easier for drivers to see bike riders on foggy and dark mornings.

Riding

Parents driving their kids to school have a few safety precautions to take as well. Make sure all passengers have their seatbelts fastened. Obey the laws of the road. Do not pass buses that are picking up students. Leave enough space for students to safely board.

If you need a new ride for the school carpool, or if you have a child old enough to drive themselves, contact the team here at Bob Ross Buick GMC to learn more about our inventory.

New Yukon Graphite Editions to Debut in 2019

The GMC Yukon brings spacious utility and capable toughness to the full-size SUV segment, but drivers can get a little extra out of the Yukon for the 2019 model year. The two new GMC Yukon Graphite Editions offer owners stylish appearance upgrades and performance tweaks, depending on whether they choose the standard Graphite Edition or the Graphite Performance Edition

The Yukon Graphite Edition features a sleek, dark look to the exterior, with add-ons such as a black chrome grille mesh insert, black chrome fog lamp surrounds, black roof rails and assist steps, and other black accents, as well as 22-inch bright machined wheels.

For the more performance-minded driver, the Graphite Performance Edition takes all of the above and adds an upgraded 6.2-liter V8 engine. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, as well as Magnetic Ride Control, gloss-black wheels, a trailer brake controller, active noise cancellation, and enhanced tech and connectivity in the interior.

The GMC Yukon already has a reputation for its upscale style and amenities, and senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs Stu Pierce is confident the new editions will “[build] on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon.” The 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Editions will be available in the U.S. sometime this summer. Contact the team at Bob Ross Buick GMC for more information about these special vehicles.

 

Take Your Driving to the Next Level with the myBuick App

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Every year, many of us spend hours upon hours in our vehicles driving. We drive the daily commute to work, drive our kids to school, and set out on long trips to visit family. Since driving is such a central part of our lives, we should do everything we can to continue improving our driving habits to become smarter, safer drivers. In an age where we use our smartphones to track fitness habits, monitor our health, and log our sleeping patterns, we should also be using smartphones to understand our driving habits and improve them. Luckily, the myBuick app allows us to do just that.

How

The myBuick app seamlessly integrates Buick Smart Driver services and information into one convenient spot. Through communicating with your Buick vehicle (a 2015 model year or newer), the myBuick app presents the following information that can help you improve your driving habits: high-speed driving habits, hard braking and hard acceleration events, how often you drive late at nights, average mpg and mph, total miles driven, and an overall Smart Driver score. By evaluating this information on a consistent basis, you can follow the app’s tips on how to become a smarter driver and improve your habits over time.

For more information about what models are equipped with myBuick capability, contact the team here are Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Road Trip Essentials: What to Bring on Your Adventure

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You’ll Find Everything You Need On This List

There’s nothing more American than taking a long drive through your region or across the country, and a new Buick or GMC will make that trip all the more enjoyable. Before you hit the road on your next adventure, be sure to pack some of these road trip essentials. From the basics to some luxuries, you’ll find everything you need on this list.

According to REI Co-Op, you should pack plenty of healthy snacks. A small cooler with a drainage port is great for keeping supplies cool, and you can also carry a Leatherman or other knife to help you slice fresh food on the go. Bring veggies, fruit, and plenty of water, and be sure to have napkins and hand sanitizer to use before you eat. Healthy food and drink will keep you alert and refreshed on the go.

Be prepared to take small, unexpected adventures, and don’t rule anything out. One of the perks of road trips is that you can stumble across virtually anything. Bring gear for climbing, skiing, biking, and hiking (depending on where you’re headed), as well as a blanket to stretch out on.

If you have a roomy vehicle like the GMC Yukon or Yukon XL, you may even want to camp in your SUV. Bring a sleeping pad for below your sleeping bag for added comfort, a solar inflatable lantern (the fewer breakable things the better) and a spare duffel for added storage.

If you want to find the perfect vehicle for your road trip adventures, or make sure your current ride is up to the task, come visit the team at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring Clean Your Car

Now that spring is blooming here in Ohio, it is time to freshen up your life. While many of us choose to do some spring cleaning in our houses, you don’t want to forget your car. Here are a few tips on how to spring clean your car.

  • Clean your vents

    You can see all the dust gathering in your air vents, but how do you reach it? Use foam art brushes to squeeze through the gaps and brush away all the dirt and dust.

  • Shine your hubcaps.

    After this long winter, your hubcaps are probably covered in grime and scratches. Use bleach powder mixed with some water to buff your hubcaps back to their like-new appearance.

  • Defog your headlights.

    Over time, the plastic coverings on your headlights can start to appear foggy. Rub toothpaste all over them, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and clean it off with water.

  • Clean your seats.

    If you have cloth upholstery, use an upholstery cleaner to tackle any ground in stains. In addition, if your furry friends every takes a ride with you, they likely leave some hair behind. To get it off of your seats, mist your seats with water and use a squeegee to collect the hairs.

If your car needs a little bit more help to make it through spring, come see the service specialists at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Customer Feedback Drives 2019 Buick Envision Updates

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Buick is putting customer satisfaction at the top of its “must have” list for the 2019 model year, and this couldn’t be more obvious than in the 2019 Buick Envision updates. The crossover’s newly refined style, performance improvements, and technology tweaks all reflect suggestions that current Envisions have made.

 

For the 2019 model year, the Envision has a redesigned front and rear end, a new signature girl, and new wheel options. The premium American carmaker has focused on offering quality and safety in particular.

 

“Some of the 2019 Envision’s most notable changes are the results of listening to our customers,” said Elizabeth Pilibosian, Envision chief manager. “Beneath the updated exterior are a number of changes guided by a goal of offering the most refined and pleasant driving experience possible.”

 

The 2019 also received a number of performance and technology updates, including an additional bit of pep from the 2.0-liter turbo engine, which now boasts 252 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and an engine stop/start deactivation switch, which is a Buick first in North America. It also has a new nine-speed automatic transmission, which comes on the 2.0-liter turbo models; the ability to switch between Adaptive Cruise Control and regular Cruise Control; wireless phone charging; and more.

 

We can’t wait to see this vehicle on the Bob Ross Buick GMC lot!

Winter Driving Tips

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The winter season is quickly approaching which means now is the time to prepare for the harsh weather. Ohio isn’t exactly kind during winter, so proper preparation is an absolute necessity. We here at Bob Ross Buick GMC have a few winter driving tips to help you stay out of trouble this coming season.

Create an Emergency Kit

Properly preparing for the winter season means you’ll need to have an emergency kit at the ready. Keeping your kit stocked with bandages, nonperishable food, blankets, extra clothes, and a flashlight with extra batteries can help you stay comfortable while you wait for help to arrive.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Getting your car ready for winter means doing more than just washing it and cleaning the interior. Performing routine maintenance is essential to keep your car on the road all winter long. Fresh oil is a necessity to keep your vehicle’s engine operating at peak performance and efficiency. You should also have a technician inspect your vehicle for potential problems as cold weather will only make them worse. It wouldn’t hurt to check the battery’s charge and replace it as needed.

Watch the Weather Forecast

Knowledge is power which makes keeping up with the local weather forecast an absolute necessity. Knowing what to expect while on the road can help you take the proper precautions or avoid going out on the road when inclement weather is on the way.

Benefits of Owning an SUV during the Winter

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Wondering what’s so great about owning an SUV? Here are some reasons why you should become an SUV owner this winter.

All-Wheel Drive Reassurance

AWD is often an available feature on SUVs, but it’s well worth it. AWD systems are diverse and often function in different ways, but they all provide the vehicle with better traction and capability, especially in the snow.

Roomy and Versatile

Have a family? Need to haul luggage around on weekend trips or to extracurricular activities? The versatility in SUVs lets you modify seating arrangements and the size of the cargo bay to adapt to your lifestyle.

Towing Capacity

If you need extra space in a trailer or are bringing watercraft with you to a camping trip, many SUVs, even smaller ones, have some amount of towing capability.

Just Safer Overall

Heavier, with better visibility and toughness, SUVs are just overall safer than smaller vehicles.

Easier Holiday Travel

All of the above comes together to make a vehicle that’s perfect for traveling to see family over the holiday season. Icy roads, packing for the trip, and making sure the kids are comfortable are no match for an SUV.

Owning an SUV in the winter is a great way to have a safer, more capable, and more comfortable trip to see relatives during the holidays. Come to us at Bob Ross Buick GMC to see all of our great SUVs.

Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio

Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio
Best Haunted Attractions Near Dayton, Ohio

Some of the best haunted attractions are within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio. Check these out.

Lewisburg Haunted Cave

As the longest trek in the haunted house business, with 500 feet of haunted bridges and over 30,000 bats calling this cave home, you’re sure to get a few scares out of this terrifying cave for an admission fee of $16 for adults and $8 for kids.

Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog Haunted Trail

Taking place on Bull Run Farms, this attraction features a journey through the “Forgotten Forest” and the abandoned “Brimstone Kingdom” where you’ll find yourself at the mercy of the Curse of Brimstone Road.

Riverside Jaycee’s Haunted Castle

A haunted castle, trail, and maze await you in a labyrinth of terror in Riverside, Ohio. $15 includes all three attractions, located off Harshman Road right by Eastwood Metropark.

Dayton Scream Park

Enter one haunted trail and two haunted houses if you dare. More than 60+ live monsters will chase, jump at, and shout at you as you make your way through over 30 scenes.

Halloween Haunt at King’s Island

Get your scream on as southwest Ohio’s premier theme park turns into a haunted wonderland for the Halloween season, with roller coasters, amusement park rides, haunted trails, and more.

Check out the best haunted attractions in southwest Ohio near Dayton. And you can travel in your family’s new Buick crossover from us here at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Fall Festival Events in Southwest Ohio

Dayton, Ohio Festivals

Looking for fall festival events this year? There are tons of things to do in southwest Ohio with the whole family. The autumn months bring cool weather as well as several holidays, including things like Oktoberfest, Halloween, and harvest festivals. With all these events in the area, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. Simply hop in your 2018 GMC Terrain and begin exploring the area.

The Tipp City Mum Festival is a three-day event at the City Park in Tipp City, OH. Held from September 22 to 24, this family friendly event will feature great food, a parade, pageants, and live entertainment. You can see a motorcycle ride on Sunday, while arts and crafts are great for kids. The festival opens at 5:00pm on Friday, the 22nd.

Next, check out the annual Germantown Pretzel Festival. Held in the Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown, OH, this event includes live music and some truly memorable pretzels from September 23 to the 24.  There will also be vendors and arts and crafts.

Finally, visit the Dayton Fall Festival. Perhaps one of the largest free fall events of the year, the festival will be held September 23 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at The Gathering in Centerville. There will be a Zorb Ball obstacle course, bungee trampoline, pony rides, and more. At Bob Ross Buick GMC, we can’t wait to stop at each of these events.