Things to Do at Huntsville State Park this December

Things to Do at Huntsville State Park this December

Huntsville State Park is a perfect place to spend your weekends this December, with activities and events your whole family will love. Whether you and your kids love camping or you just want to learn about local wildlife, there are things to do at Huntsville State Park for everyone.

Here in Huntsville, we have great weather for outdoor activities year-round, so if you feel like taking a kayak out on the lake, fishing, swimming, or staying overnight, go for it! Pack up your Chevy SUV or GMC truck with all your hiking and fishing equipment and hit the road.

The park also offers pavilions and shelters for parties, a supply store, and more features that let you create your perfect weekend getaway, but the park organizes plenty of great events too. Friday December 1, for instance, check out the Ask a Ranger Broadcast at 10am, which takes place inside the park.

That Friday will also feature the Build-A-Gator Family Workshop at noon. At this hands-on event, Ranger Pick will choose a volunteer from the audience to transform into an alligator! Kids will learn all about gators, including myths about them and where they come from.

The next day, join Ranger Pick bright and early at 8am for trail maintenance, a perfect way to volunteer and give back to your community.

If you need a new or used vehicle to help make all of your outdoor activities a success, contact us at Wiesner of Huntsville.

Get into the Spirit of the Season at these Holiday Events in Huntsville

Holiday Events in Huntsville, TX

The holidays are upon us and the best way to spend them is with friends and family. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love heading out on the town to attend the local festivities. Here are a few holiday events in Huntsville that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season.

Gingerbread Decoration Contest and Awards Reception

Get out your frosting, candy canes, and gumdrops for this festive occasion at the Wynne Home Arts Center. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th, you can stop by the center to create your gingerbread masterpiece. The awards reception is the following Friday (Nov. 30) from 6 to 8 p.m. Along with the awards being announced, there will also be a kids activity station for creating paper snowflakes.

Huntsville Christmas Fair

Mark your calendar for December 1st for the 7th annual Downtown Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will feature a train ride, real snow, a variety of vendors, and photo ops with Santa Claus. To give you an idea of what to expect, last year’s event included bounce houses, Christmas Karaoke, cookie decorating, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more. There is no cost to enter the fair, but some of the events may require a small fee.

A Christmas Carol

To celebrate the 175-year anniversary of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the Old Town Theatre is producing an original play based on the novel. Tickets for the family-friendly play can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office, starting at $12 for children under age 12 and $20 for adults. (Additional discounts available.) Showtimes for the production are Dec. 7-8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Whether you’re volunteering at a local food pantry or attending a heartwarming play, we at Wiesner of Huntsville hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

The Best Driving Apps Everyone Should Know About

Best Driving AppsWhether we’re at work, having fun, or behind the wheel, there’s no doubt about it: there’s an app for just about everything. Read on for our list of best driving apps that you should check out.

 DailyRoads Voyager

 

Dash cams are a great way to record all of your favorite scenic drives, and they’re becoming increasingly popular. Many of them are still rather expensive, though. But now the DailyRoads Voyager app can transform your smartphone into a powerful dash cam for free! This app isn’t only a great way to safely record a beautiful drive; it’s also the perfect way to ensure optimal safety and accountability in the event of an accident.

 

GasBuddy

 

GasBuddy isn’t new, but it remains one of our all-time favorite driving apps. This app is updated in real-time and allows you to find the lowest gas prices no matter where you are. It’s especially helpful on long road trips in unfamiliar territory.

 

Audible

 

While Audible isn’t just for driving, it is one of our favorite apps for transforming a dreary daily commute into your favorite part of the day. Audible is an incredibly huge collection of audiobooks that you can listen to conveniently on your smartphone, whether you’re at home or stuck in traffic.

 

For a vehicle stocked with the latest in infotainment technology, visit Wiesner of Huntsville; our extensive inventory is filled with tech-savvy vehicles.

Chevrolet’s Youth Sports Programs Get Support from Top Athletes

Since 2006, Chevrolet’s youth sports programs have been encouraging young people and helping communities. The Chevy Youth Baseball program started in 2006 and the Youth Soccer program followed in 2010.

This year, both programs will get a boost from world-class athletes. Supporting the baseball program will be MLB All-Star and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The soccer program will get the benefit of gold medalist and soccer champion Alex Morgan.

Chevrolet’s youth sports programs

Tee up!

 

“At Chevrolet, we celebrate the power of play and the positive effect it has on kids, families, and communities,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Partnering with Andrew McCutchen and Alex Morgan allows us to share their expertise and passion for their individual sports and demonstrate to children everywhere that with perseverance and dedication anything is possible.”

In the baseball program, participating leagues can receive equipment and sponsorship grants from Chevrolet to help their programs grow and succeed. Chevrolet has donated more than 135,000 equipment kits and supported more than 6.7 million young children all over the United States in the past 11 years.

For the soccer program, Chevrolet also donates equipment as well as providing access to instructional clinics. Since 2010, Chevy has donated more than 6,200 equipment kits.

Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love seeing Chevrolet reach out to our youth to help them succeed.

Chevrolet Nine-Speed Transmission to Roll Out in 2017

New Chevrolet Transmission Coming in 2017 - Huntsville, TXFord and General Motors first announced that they would team up to develop two new transmission back in 2013. Now, as 2017 rolls around, we’re seeing the true fruits of their labor. General Motors unveiled plans to launch 10 new models with a new nine-speed transmission by the end of 2017.

Chevrolet will see four models debut with the new transmission throughout the year. The new nine-speed transmission offers a three percent increase in fuel economy over the older six-speed automatic transmission. Automakers are adding more gears to their transmissions across the board in order to comply with federal emissions regulations.

The Chevrolet nine-speed transmission first debuted in the 2017 Malibu Premier with a turbocharged engine. The 2017 Cruze diesel, with its 1.6-liter diesel engine, will come with the new transmission as well. The 2018 Equinox, equipped with a turbocharged engine as well, will round out the first three. Chevrolet has yet to reveal the fourth model.

The other transmission, a 10-speed automatic, made its official debut in the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 muscle car. That transmission is designed for performance in rear-wheel drive vehicles while the nine-speed transmission brings increased fuel economy in front-wheel drive models.

We here at Wiesner of Huntsville expect only the best from General Motors!

Signs You Need New Brakes

Flooded road- stop sign into water - signs you need new brakes

If you were on this road, you would want to have some peace-of-mind knowing that you could stop! By staying in-tune with your car, you can be sure your brakes work.

When it comes to safety systems, none is more vital than the braking system. Responsible for slowing down and stopping to prevent an accident, the braking system is one of the more complicated items to maintain. The brake pads don’t wear at a given rate, instead depending on where and how you drive. Fortunately there are a few signs they need attending to. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we know all of the signs you need new brakes and will be happy to help in any way we can!

Signs You Need New Brakes:

  1. Sound – If you hear a squealing or high-pitched screeched when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is caused by metal scraping metal and indicates that the brake pads are nearly gone. For your safety and the safety of others, have your brake pads replaced sooner rather than later.
  2. View – In most vehicles, you can look through the wheel spokes to see the brake pad. The outer portion will be pushed up against the rotor. If the pad looks to have less than a quarter inch remaining, make a service appointment.
  3. Feel – If it takes a while to slow down, the brake pads are likely worn down and are becoming unresponsive. On the other hand, if the pedal sinks to the floor, it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the braking system. Either way, it’s important to have a technician inspect your brakes.

Cadillac’s New “Daring Pursuits” Advertisements Aim to Inspire Passionate Creativity

You’ve probably heard Cadillac’s slogan of “Dare Greatly” over the past couple years. The phrase perfectly embodies the automaker’s philosophy on life, driving, and creating vehicles. After all, what of value will you assign to a product without taking a great risk?

2017 Cadillac XT5 - Daring Pursuits

What does “Daring Pursuits” mean to me?

To show how that philosophy is seen in different walks of life, Cadillac is applying the “Dare Greatly” adage to a new marketing campaign called “Daring Pursuits.” Showcasing the experiences and efforts of “passionate creators,” Cadillac’s latest wave of digital ads will feature a visual artist, a furniture designer, and a balloon artist.

“ Daring Pursuits represents the unpredictable nature and process of creativity, which has been a central theme of the ‘Dare Greatly’ brand platform since it launched in 2015,” said Ray Warren, Cadillac’s global manager of social media and digital advertising. “This latest extension, ‘Daring Pursuits,’ appeals to audiences who are entrepreneurial and unwilling to settle.”

In the process of the “Daring Pursuits” advertisements, viewers will learn about the exciting new 2017 Cadillac XT5. Customers can buy this new model at Wiesner of Huntsville. This is in addition to our other new and used Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC inventory. All new 2017 are to be available once they are release and ready to drive!

OnStar Proactive Alerts Can Predict Vehicle Issues

Unfortunately, we become aware of many vehicle issues after it’s too late. Either they leave us stranded or we are caught unawares and forced to rush to get service. That’s when you find out who your real friends are, when you are on the phone saying, “Hi… I hate to bother you but… Can you pick me up at the repair shop?” All of the sudden, everyone you know and love is just too busy to help.

OnStar proactive alerts - 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Don’t worry, though—Chevrolet is there for you. The automaker has created a service that can actually make you aware of an issue before it becomes an issue. These alerts are available in 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox vehicles.

So, What Exactly Does It Do?

Chevrolet vehicles are full of high-tech sensors. As these sensors collect information, they constantly analyze the flow of data to look for anomalies. If certain changes in the fuel pump, starter motor and/or 12 volt battery are detected, then the new OnStar Proactive Alerts system will let you know.

At that point, you can make an appointment with a service specialist. They can then have the issue resolved before you experience any inconvenience. Wiesner of Huntsville is ready to take care of your vehicle!

Top Three Reasons To Drive Instead Of Fly

For a lot of people, the choice to take a plane or a car is merely an economical one. You crunch the numbers and see if the ticket is less expensive than the gas. But you can’t forget about the intangibles! And that’s what our top three reasons to drive instead of fly are all about.

2016 Buick Verano interior - reasons to drive instead of fly

Why You Should Drive Instead of Fly

# 3 – Claustrophobia

Arguably the most unpleasant aspect of flying is the lack of personal space. They pack you in like sardines, and you spend the whole flight bumping elbows with total strangers. In a car, there’s so much more room, and you get stop any time you want to stretch your legs.

# 2 – Fresh air

Notice how flying makes you exhausted? It’s not that there is less oxygen in the cabin, it’s that your blood absorbs less oxygen at such high altitudes. As a result, you come off the plane feeling—and many times looking—like a zombie. If you drive instead of fly, you get benefit of full oxygen absorption (assuming it’s not a mountain trip).

# 1 – Scenery

You know that no matter how stunning the view from the window seat is, before long you are going to fall asleep, followed by waking up with a crick in your neck. In the car, the scenery is right there. You can almost reach out and grab it. In fact, admiring the scenery on a road trip may be the best reason to drive instead of fly.

Tips for Saving Fuel in Summer

saving fuel in summer

After a long period of low gas prices we haven’t seen since the 1990s, gas prices are starting to rise again, just in time for the fuel-sapping heat of summer. Here are some helpful tips on saving fuel in summer to keep you out of gas-related debt on your road trip vacation.

Summer is hard on fuel use because it’s hot, and you want to use your air conditioning a lot or have the windows rolled down. Both of these things affect fuel economy—AC uses more energy, and rolling the windows down increases drag, which uses more gas.

To minimize how hard your AC has to work, it’s also a good idea to keep your car as cool as possible. Park in the shade or in a garage when you can, leave the windows down so air can cycle through, and roll them down for a few minutes before turning on the AC so the car has time to cool off.

Otherwise, follow the usual fuel-saving rules: don’t go too fast, coast to a stop, and lay off the brake.