3 Easy Ways to Help Your Car Tires Last Longer

Car Care | Eastland, TX

We at Blake Fulenwider Chevrolet Buick GMC want you to get the most out of your tires, so try these tips to help your car tires last longer.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is key and should be checked every month. Tires tend to lose about a pound per square inch, or one PSI, of pressure each month. Cold temperatures can lower air pressure, and the hot summer months can raise the pressure, so check the status often.

Proper tire inflation also has the benefits of improving fuel efficiency, since underinflated tires mean lower mpg rates and less overall safety. The NHTSA found that 1 in every 11 crashes were due to tire issues.

Rotation

Tires begin to wear unevenly when they remain on the same wheel for their lifespan. Front-wheel vehicles will see their front tires wear faster, just as rear-wheeled vehicles will see it in their rear tires. Even all-wheel drive vehicles have uneven tire wear since the system sends more power to different wheels to provide the enhanced traction. Having your tires rotated every 5,000 miles allows for better wear and longer life.

Alignment

Every six months, take your car in for alignment. When you hit a pothole or bump a curb the alignment of the vehicle can easily go out of place. This results in excessive vibration or the vehicle pulling to the left or the right while driving. Your vehicle will continue to run fine but it can create uneven wear on the tires and lower fuel efficiency.

If you need a new set of tires or an alignment, bring your car to Blake Fulenwider Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Buick Enclave ST Impresses Forbes Magazine

Buick Enclave | Eastland, TX

The largest Buick SUV is already impressing for 2020. The Enclave’s new ST (Sport Touring) model was recently featured in an article in Forbes magazine. Kyle Edward of Forbes noted “the Enclave is one of the best-looking new Buicks on the road today.”

One unique feature that makes the new generation of Enclave stand out to Forbes is the unmistakable wraparound headlights. As Edward points out, they give the Enclave a “more youthful and sporty appearance.”

While the new Enclave may look speedier and more agile, there are no changes under the hood between the generations of Buick SUVs. There is only one engine option — though a fine one — in the 3.6-liter V6 generating 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Edward boasts that the Enclave goes from zero-60 mph in around 6.9 seconds.

For tech, the Enclave will still offer both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Buick has added a new HD rear vision camera and HD surround vision systems and gives their car buyers the option to purchase one of their amazing digital rear-view mirror safety features.

The ST package is affordably priced and makes a great addition to an Enclave purchased at Blake Fulenwider.

Healthy Road Trip Snacks to Keep You Energized and Focused

Road Trip | Eastland, TX

Summer is the perfect time for road trips, and no road trip is complete without snacks. Choose some of these healthy road trip snacks that will keep you alert and energized while satisfying your family’s cravings.

Jerky

These days, you can find anything from beef jerky to salmon jerky. This road trip snack is packed with protein, and will help you stave off hunger while providing you with the energy you need.

Popcorn

Popcorn is an inexpensive snack that is rich in fiber and complex carbs yet low in fat. Buy kernels and pop them ahead of your road trip at home for a satisfying, munchable snack that everyone will enjoy.

String Cheese

String cheese is another high-protein snack that’s as fun to eat as it is delicious. Just make sure you store it in a cooler.

Fruits and Veggies

Riding in a car gets boring, and snacking can be a way to stay entertained during a long trip. If you think you and your family might get the boredom munchies while you’re on the road, pack small, mess-free fruits and veggies like carrots, celery, and grapes. These are easy to transport and will give you the satisfaction of snacking without weighing you down with the unhealthy sugar and preservatives found in junk food.

BlakeFulenwider has a great selection of new and used SUVs that are great for family road trips.

The Intense New 3.0-Liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel Engine Is a Game-Changer

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD | Eastland, TX

It should come as no surprise that Chevrolet has once again changed the game when it comes to pickup truck. This time it’s the introduction of the revolutionary new 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. This cutting-edge diesel engine will be available with the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500. You can get it on LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country models.

The new 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel will put the upcoming Chevy Silverado at the head of its class, earning 277-horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and will achieve drastic improvements in terms of fuel efficiency and overall capability. It is the first time an inline-six turbo-diesel engine will be available in a full-size light-duty truck from Chevrolet. The new 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel will match the available 6.2-liter V8 engine in price.

The Turbo-Diesel will be paired with the 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission from GM, which features a centrifugal pendulum absorber torque converter for reduced vibration and enhanced performance, efficiency, and smoothness of ride. This powertrain combo will also offer exhaust braking, which plays on the diesel engine’s compression system to assist in slowing the truck. This means braking will require the driver to perform fewer brake applications when driving in the helpful Tow/Haul mode.

When the 2020 Silverado 1500 arrives at Fullen Motor Company, you’ll be able to purchase it with this must-have new engine option.

Start your Summer Right with a Texas Road Trip

Road Trips in Texas | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

Texas is king of the road trip. With such varied landscapes, so much history, and so many cuisines and cultures to offer, the largest of the Lower 48 states always has somewhere new and exciting to explore. Pack up your car and answer the call of adventure on a memorable Texas road trip today. 

Route 66

Route 66 cuts nearly 200 miles through the Texas panhandle. While no single trip can showcase all that Texas has to offer, the best way to experience the nostalgic side of the state is to glide through the ghost towns of this historic highway. For example, Amarillo is home to sights like Cadillac Ranch and the bustling cowboys at the livestock auctions.   

West Texas

While the region is a bit off the beaten path, the natural splendor of West Texas is unrivaled. Its main attraction, Big Bend National Park, is a five-hour drive from El Paso and six from San Antonio, but its isolation elevates its allure. Sun-soaked cliffs and valleys seem to cradle every horizon. Experience the pristine flora and fauna of the park on over 150 miles of hiking trails.

San Antonio

San Antonio’s rich colonial history, revitalized downtown landscape, and complex cultural heritage make it a key destination for any Texas road-tripper. The city is the epicenter of Tex-Mex cuisine, and home to the storied Alamo. You’ll love this unique and vibrant metropolis.

Ready to hit the road for a Texas road trip? Contact the service department at Fullen Motor Company to get your ride ready for the drive.

Study Finds Chevrolet is Top Auto Brand for Millennials

Why Buy A Chevrolet | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

In the automotive industry, many carmakers know it’s important to appeal to the Millennial generation for their sales. This includes Chevrolet, and it looks like this has been paying off. In a recent study from Autolist, it was revealed that Millennials prefer Chevrolet over every other brand that sells cars in the U.S.

The Millennial generation encompasses those people born between 1981 and 1996, so between the ages of 23 and 38 today. The study Autolist completed looked at 1,750 new car shoppers who were under the age of 36, asking the question: which car brand speaks to your age group the most?

Chevrolet came out on top over every other brand. That included other American automakers and competitors from overseas. Along with Chevrolet being the most liked brand by Millennials, the Chevrolet Silverado was also named the most popular full-size pickup truck among this generation as well.

Millenials also named Chevrolet as the brand that they start their car search with, as well as the brand that man Millennials currently own. No matter what generation you’re a part of, contact us at Fullen Motor Company. There’s bound to be a Chevy vehicle that’s right for your driving needs, browse our inventory and see for yourself!

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Dangers of Drowsy Driving | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

Whether you’ve been driving for days on a work trip or you’re just trying to make it through your morning commute, you might find yourself feeling sleepy and having trouble concentrating on the road. Drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous, so follow these safety tips.

Know the Signs

If you’re yawning a lot and can’t keep your eyes open, you’re drifting into other lanes, missing exits, braking suddenly after getting too close to another vehicle, or any active safety feature your car is equipped with is giving you frequent warnings, you’re in serious danger of driving when drowsy.

Stay Focused

  • Don’t travel alone. Having a passenger who stays awake in the car can help you stay focused.
  • Drink caffeine. Coffee and energy drinks can help you stay awake, but don’t rely on them in place of sleep — if you’re driving on no sleep at all, your odds of getting in an accident are dangerously high.
  • Pull over. If you’re too tired to stay awake, get off the road. Drive in shifts by alternating seats with your driver every so often. Find a safe spot to take a short nap, or check into a hotel and sleep for a few hours if you’re on a road trip by yourself.

To make sure your car is running at its full potential to help keep you safe on the road, schedule a maintenance check at Fullen Motor Company.

Chevrolet Reveals the Formidable & Fearsome 2020 Silverado HD

2020 Silverado HD | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

This February, Chevy unveiled its all-new 2020 Silverado HD lineup, and it sure is formidable and fearsome. The 2020 Silverado HD is the strongest, most capable Silverado HD ever created by the automaker and provides unparalleled amounts of power, capability, and daring. Not only did the Silverado HD become more powerful for the 2020 model year, but it also became bigger: it’s longer, wider, and taller than its previous iteration.

Backing up the 2020 Silverado HD’s bold presence on the road is a new standard powertrain. The truck comes equipped with a new standard 6.6-liter V8 engine with direct injection technology, which delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. The new engine improves upon the previous engine, offering a 11 percent jump in horsepower, a 22 percent increase in torque, and an 18 percent higher max towing capacity.

Remarkably, such offerings appear humble when compared to the truck’s second powertrain option: the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. This jaw-dropping engine delivers 445 horsepower, 910 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission. Across the board, the 2020 Silverado HD’s diesel drivetrain has been updated, leading it to offer a 52-percent increase in towing capacity compared to the previous model. With this engine, the 2020 Silverado HD is capable of towing up to a whopping 35,500 pounds.

To learn more about the 2020 Silverado HD and when it might arrive in dealerships, contact the team at Fullen Motor Company.

Chevrolet Reveals the Formidable & Fearsome 2020 Silverado HD

2020 Silverado HD | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

This February, Chevy unveiled its all-new 2020 Silverado HD lineup, and it sure is formidable and fearsome. The 2020 Silverado HD is the strongest, most capable Silverado HD ever created by the automaker and provides unparalleled amounts of power, capability, and daring. Not only did the Silverado HD become more powerful for the 2020 model year, but it also became bigger: it’s longer, wider, and taller than its previous iteration.

Backing up the 2020 Silverado HD’s bold presence on the road is a new standard powertrain. The truck comes equipped with a new standard 6.6-liter V8 engine with direct injection technology, which delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. The new engine improves upon the previous engine, offering a 11 percent jump in horsepower, a 22 percent increase in torque, and an 18 percent higher max towing capacity.

Remarkably, such offerings appear humble when compared to the truck’s second powertrain option: the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. This jaw-dropping engine delivers 445 horsepower, 910 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission. Across the board, the 2020 Silverado HD’s diesel drivetrain has been updated, leading it to offer a 52-percent increase in towing capacity compared to the previous model. With this engine, the 2020 Silverado HD is capable of towing up to a whopping 35,500 pounds.

To learn more about the 2020 Silverado HD and when it might arrive in dealerships, contact the team at Fullen Motor Company.

2020 GMC Sierra HD Revealed

2020 GMC Sierra HD | Fullen Motor Company | Eastland, TX

The 2020 GMC Sierra HD made its big debut, and it features greater towing capacity than ever, new segment-exclusive technologies, more space, and fresh new styling that retains the Sierra’s rugged looks. Designed for work, the Sierra HD is packed with features that not only let you tow and haul more, but make the job easier.

The new Sierra HD will come with a ProGrade Trailering system with 15 camera views, including the first-ever transparent trailer view, which compiles images together to essentially see through the trailer. Its Rear Camera Mirror is also a first in the heavy-duty truck segment.

The 15-inch diagonal head-up display is another feature exclusive to the Sierra HD that tells you information about navigation, the incline of the road you’re on, and other valuable trailering data. The world-first six-function MultiPro tailgate and the smart trailer with iN∙Command® control system also add functionality and convenience to the Sierra HD.

The Sierra HD is all-around bigger, too, with a longer wheelbase and taller overall height, class-leading bed cargo volume, and best-in-class front headroom and legroom in the Crew Cab. Not only can you pack in more cargo in the Sierra HD than any other truck—you also get a more comfortable ride.

If you want to learn more about the 2020 GMC Sierra HD, contact us at Fullen Motor Company.