Tips on How to Drive More Safely

Driving Safely
No matter how safe you drive, you have to be thinking about everyone else on the road too. Here are a few tips for driving safely.

While many people out on the road are excellent drivers, there are plenty of people who motor around like they never went to driving school. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you drive, you have to be thinking about everyone else on the road too. Here are a few tips for driving safely.

Use Your Turn Signals

It may seem a bit elementary, but there are a lot of people out there who simply do not use their turn signals. Just like there are communication breakdowns when talking with people, there are communication breakdowns on the road which can lead to accidents.

Slow Down

Driving over the speed limit on the highway can be tempting, but speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents. In reality, going over the speed limit might only get you to where you’re going a few minutes early, so don’t risk your life and the lives of those around you for those few extra minutes.

Don’t Text and Drive

This one can’t be stressed enough. There is no text worth taking your eyes off of the road to read, so just wait until you get to your destination to read your texts and respond. If it really can’t wait, invest in a car that has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

As technology improves, we get safer and safer. However, it’s still important that you follow these few simple rules on the road.

Chevrolet’s Military Truck Powered by Hydrogen

Military Truck
Chevrolet’s military truck is about to undergo field testing to prove its metal to protect, provide, and persevere under the toughest conditions imaginable.

General Motors has announced that a prototype military vehicle was development one year ago and now we’re about to see the results. The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is a new kind of military vehicle, one that looks to revolutionize the battlefield by being more than just a method of transportation. Chevrolet’s military truck is about to undergo field testing to prove its metal to protect, provide, and persevere under the toughest conditions imaginable.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is essentially a stretched version of the standard Colorado pickup with bodywork and major modifications inside and out. The truck is powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will effectively be the first military vehicle of its kind. Neither the automaker nor the Army is releasing the specifications for the powertrain, but they did reveal the truck rides on 37-inch tires and a tough suspension.

An Exportable Power Take-Off unit is capable of powering equipment without any need for electrical infrastructure. That’s a major plus on any battlefield.

In order to prepare for the Colorado ZH2, General Motors sent 100 hydrogen fuel-cell Chevrolet Equinoxes out for field testing. Approximately 3.1 million miles later, the automaker is prepared to send the hydrogen-powered Colorado ZH2 to the United States Army to undergo field testing.

Here at Gjovik Auto, we’re proud to see a Chevrolet producing top military equipment for those who defend our country!

GMC Canyon Lineup Introduces More Models and Options

GMC Canyon Lineup
The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models.

Numbers don’t lie, and if the GMC Canyon’s sales boost of 20% over last year is anything to go by, it’s easy to see that drivers love the Canyon. As the smallest truck in GMC’s lineup, the Canyon combines the maneuverability of a light-duty truck without sacrificing power. The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models, packages, and powertrain options.

The most notable addition to the lineup is a luxurious Denali trim. Common on GMC trucks, the Denali name is usually reserved for range-topping trucks with premium features, comforts, and amenities.There’s also a special edition All-Terrain Package that gives the Canyon a bit of off-roading prowess, for drivers who are interested in that sort of thing.

The newest engine in the GMC Canyon lineup is a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 motor, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission. With a performance rating of 308 horsepower and up to 275 lb-ft of torque, the new engine is expected to provide improved fuel efficiency and better towing capacity as well. The new 2017 GMC Canyon with the new trim packages and powertrain options will go on sale sometime later this year.

Fall Family Activities for the Cooler Months

Fall Family Activities
Summer may be almost over, but there are still plenty of fun fall family activities to do so nobody gets bored as the weather cools down.

Summer’s slipping away, temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing color, and school is back in full swing. While it’s nice to start enjoying chilly evenings inside with a cup of hot cocoa and maybe a few scary movies, there are still plenty of fun fall family activities to do so nobody gets bored as the weather cools down.

Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard: Lots of local farms will allow visitors to pick their own apples or pumpkins when they’re ripe come autumn. It’s an easy and cheap way to get a pumpkin for carving or apples for homemade pies.

Arts and crafts with leaves: Kids love to play with the colorful fall leaves. It’s fun to do creative projects with them!

Go on a hayride: Similar to the pumpkin- and apple-picking option, many farms will often take families on fun hayrides around their farm during harvest season.

Make caramel apples: You could follow up your trip to the orchard by making these sweet treats! Bonus points if you go on a picnic, too.

Brainstorm other fall family activities to do outside with your family. There’s plenty you could do now that was uncomfortable when the weather was just too hot, like camping or going to the local zoo.

New Special Edition Chevrolet SUVs Offered

Special Edition Chevrolet SUVs
Chevrolet’s lineup of special edition models has always been popular. Because of that, three new special edition Chevrolet SUVs are available for 2017.

There’s nothing quite like buying a brand new car. But, choosing a special edition model can make that experience even better. Chevrolet’s lineup of special edition models has always been popular. Because of that, three new special edition Chevrolet SUVs are available for the 2017 model year.

The new models will include the Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions along with a Traverse Graphite Edition.

With the 2017 Equinox Midnight Edition, buyers will get a black grille and Chevrolet bowtie, black 18-inch aluminum wheels, jet-black perforated leather-appointed seats, memory settings for the driver’s seat, black mirror caps, and roof rack crossbars. The exterior paint will come in Mosaic Black Metallic.

The 2017 Equinox Sport Edition will have all the same features as the Midnight Edition, except it will come in Summit White.

For buyers who choose the 2017 Traverse Graphite Edition, they will get 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels, dual exhaust, black Chevrolet bowties, an integrated assist step, and will also get to choose from Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior colors.

Which special edition Chevrolet SUV would you like to drive home? All three models are available now. If you’re interested in one of these special editions, give us a call at Gjovik Auto today.

Best Golf Courses near Sandwich, Illinois

Golf Courses near Sandwich
If you’re looking for an excuse to hit the greens this month, here are some of the best golf courses near Sandwich and the surrounding area.

Every year, golfers around the world celebrate the month of August. Why? Because it is recognized as National Golfing Month. If you’re looking for an excuse to hit the greens this month, here are some of the best golf courses near Sandwich and the surrounding area.

  • Edgebrook Country Club. This beautiful course offers 18 holes of bent grass greens along with two practice putting greens, one chipping green, one practice bunker, and a fully-lighted driving range with six target greens. Edgebrook is located right here in Sandwich.
  • Cedardell Golf Club. Just to the east of Sandwich in Plano is Cedardell Golf Club. This is a public course with nine regulation holes. It provides a fun experience for beginners while also being challenging for advanced players.
  • Deer Valley Golf Course. Head north to Big Rock to find the serene Deer Valley Golf Course. It offers golfers a challenging 18-hole course, a nine-hole executive course, and a fully-stocked pro shop.
  • Rich Harvest Farms. In Sugar Grove, you’ll find this beautiful masterpiece of a golf course. It celebrates the natural geography of the land with mature trees, wetlands, and prairie grasses.

Where you planning to celebrate National Golfing Month?

Chevrolet Silverado Proves Its Strength

Chevrolet Silverado
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado was put to the ultimate test to see how it holds up against the competition. Find out how it did!

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado was put to the ultimate test to see how it holds up against the competition.

In lab tests, Silverado’s roll-formed, high-strength steel bed was put through every assessment possible to prove its superior quality. Three comparisons took place that stacked up the Silverado against the Ford F-150. It analyzed the bed of both, each without bedliners. These tests were design to measure how easily each bed could be punctured.

One test in particular used a total of 55 landscaping blocks weighing 825 pounds, which were dropped in the beds of each truck from 5 feet above. In that example, while the Silverado only suffered scratches and dents–which didn’t ruin the functionality of the bed–the F-150 suffered multiple punctures from the drop.

You can check out the tests in this video. With this campaign, Chevy is hoping to show just how reliable and strong the Silverado is.

“We engineer and build our trucks with customers’ expectations in mind. For example, Silverado features a roll-formed, high-strength steel bed because truck customers demand the ability to haul their toys, tools, and other cargo,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director.

Check out the Chevy Silverado today at Gjovik Auto!

How to Celebrate Fourth of July in Sandwich, Illinois

Fourth of July
Fourth of July is a time to express your patriotic side, revel in the day off of work, and enjoy your family. But you can celebrate with your town, too!

Fourth of July is a time to express your patriotic side, revel in the day off of work, and enjoy your family. But you can celebrate with your town, too!

Celebrate Freedom Days and Parade in Sandwich, Illinois. The weekend before the Fourth of July, you can celebrate on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd.

At Sandwich Fairgrounds and Knights Park, you can celebrate the 4th of July all weekend long. The Sandwich Park District will be hosting the parade on Saturday at 10am.

Want to do something that requires a little more sweat? You can participate in the Freedom Run 5k or 1-Mile Run on Sunday at 8am. Sign up early or at the race. The starting line is at Knights Park.

At the end of the weekend, you can enjoy a fantastic fireworks display at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6:00pm and the blasts will start going off at 9:20. While it’s free, a donation of $5 per car is suggested.

There are tons of other activities over the weekend, like kiddie and firefighter water fights on Saturday and a great lunch of chicken and pork chops at the fire station.

Check out all of the details here!

Don’t Miss the 129th Sandwich Fair!

129th Sandwich Fair
The countdown is on until the annual Sandwich Fair! Mark your calendars for September 7th through the 11th and get ready for some quaint, old-fashioned fun!

The countdown is on until the annual Sandwich Fair! Mark your calendars for September 7th through the 11th and get ready for some quaint, old-fashioned fun!

The Sandwich Fair was established in 1888 making it Illinois’ oldest running county fair. This is a great place where old traditions and friends and family come together for a fun filled week. There are many fantastic events and things to do such as motor events, delicious foods, livestock judging, and a carnival midway.

Even if you are a long-time attendee of the fair, each year has new events and exciting opportunities that you will want to check out. If you have never attended, you will definitely want to add this event to your calendar! There is something for everyone at the Sandwich Fair!

For a complete list of entertainment and activities, be sure to check out the Sandwich Fair website. On the website you will also find directions and admission prices. We at Gjovik Auto hope to see you at the Sandwich Fair this September!

New Chevy Front-End Hood Scoop

New Chevy
The first official look at the revised 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup has been revealed, highlighted by a functional hood scoop.

The first official look at the revised 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup has been revealed and we at Gjovik Auto love what we see! Although this new truck hasn’t been formally introduced yet, Chevy is showing off the front-end design which is highlighted by a functional hood scoop.

This redesigned front-end is an advancement of functionality and style. The new Chevy functional hood scoop is part of a new air intake system. This new system helps to keep the engine temperatures lower, and will be a key technology on the 2500 and 3500 models. This is important as these models typically perform heavy duty applications, such as hauling.

The fenders will pull 40% of cool air into the Duramax engine, but then the hood scoop will pull the other 60%. The two input areas will combine as they funnel air into the engine’s combustion chambers. When the truck travels at higher speeds, even more air goes into the engine thanks to a ram-air effect.

Even more impressively, the new system comes with an air/water separator. This ensures that wet air does not enter the engine. We are excited to hear more information about the redesigned Chevy truck as it is released in the future. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details are released.