Towing Safety Tips for Your Chevrolet or GMC Truck

Your Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck can handle a lot of tough work. While you’re putting your vehicle to the test, it’s also important that you’re operating it properly and carefully. That’s especially true when you’re trailering, which can be dangerous and damaging if done incorrectly. To make sure you’re using your truck correctly around Ruston, Louisiana, here are three must-know towing safety tips.

Inspect your trailer’s condition

Do you give your trailer the same attentiveness that you give your pickup truck? When’s the last time you looked for signs of rust underneath or checked the tires’ tread depth? Every time you plan to hitch up your trailer, RV, or camper, you need to perform rigorous pre- and post-travel inspections. Look for any unusual or alarming signs, and have those fixed before hitting the road.

Know your truck’s limits

Your truck can only handle so much strain, so it’s important you don’t push it past its limits and permanently damage it. Check the vehicle’s owner’s manual or door jamb info plaque for that information. You can also calculate that number by subtracting the truck’s curb weight from the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating.

Watch your surroundings

Having a trailer in tow essentially doubles or sometimes even triples the length of your vehicle, so you have to be extra attentive to what’s in your vicinity. Always use your mirrors and make sure you leave plenty of space when changing lanes or turning.

New GM models have tools that can help you better monitor your surroundings, such as the best-in-class camera technology on the Chevrolet Silverado, using 8 available cameras that give you up to 15 unique views.

If you want a new or used truck that’s great for towing around Ruston, Louisiana, we invite you to stop by Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC.

3 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Your Chevrolet Vehicle in 2021

The past year has been a tough one for Ruston, Louisiana, but our community has remained strong and connected through this challenging time. Now that 2021 is almost here, it’s time to commit to making it a better year than 2020 was, both for yourself and for your car.

Start 2021 off right by making these New Year’s resolutions for your vehicle so it has a healthy, happy year too!

Schedule seasonal oil changes

Engine oil flushes and filter changes are vital for your vehicle’s health. This year, start scheduling oil changes every season as part of your car’s regular maintenance schedule. Don’t delay those oil changes for longer than the Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC technicians recommend.

Monitor and rotate the tires

It’s easy to neglect your car’s tires until a flat or puncture occurs. You can prevent those dangerous situations by checking the tread depth and air pressure every week. If either look low, bring your car in for service.

And when you’re having the engine oil changed, get the tires rotated too. That will also help slow their deterioration.

Never drive with depleted fluids

Your car has many fluids it uses to operate properly, and all those liquids should be filled up to their “fill” lines. This includes the wiper fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid. Look under the hood every month and refill them as needed.

It’s important that you follow a regular maintenance schedule for your car every year. That’s the best way to ensure your vehicle operates properly for years to come. Performing these three tasks is the best way to jump-start that maintenance, so contact Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC to schedule your first auto checkup of 2021.

What Is Chevy Safety Assist?

Chevrolet has been developing and releasing an array of new technologies in recent years that make your drives safer and easier. A highlight of these innovative offerings is Chevy Safety Assist. If you don’t know what this product is, we’re happy to explain.

Chevrolet Safety Assist is actually a bundle of multiple features sold together. This package combines the six most essential driving tools that today’s drivers should have. These systems ensure you’re fully aware of your surroundings on the road and have the ability to brake and swerve to avoid accidents.

These are the driver-assist technology features included in Chevy Safety Assist:

  • Forward Collision Alert: Will sound an alarm if your vehicle is approaching a car ahead of you too quickly and a collision may occur.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking: Works with Forward Collision Alert to apply the brakes if you’re not slowing down to avoid a front-end collision.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking: Monitors for people walking in front of your car and will apply the brakes so ensure you don’t hit them.
  • Following Distance Indicator: Will let you know if you’re tailing the car in front of you too closely and don’t have enough space if they brake suddenly.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: Monitors your car’s position in the lane and alerts you if you drift over the line.
  • Intellibeam® Auto High Beam Assist: Helps you see better in the dark by activating the high-beam headlamps when needed, yet dimming them when an oncoming vehicle approaches.

Until now, Chevrolet had released these safety technologies as components of the Driver’s Confidence Packages I & II. Going forward, these vital tools will be more widely available through Chevy Safety Assist, especially come the 2023 model year.

You’ll find Chevy Safety Assist included as standard on the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Trailblazer, and it will soon be available on other family SUVs and sedans in Ruston, Louisiana. To test Chevy Safety Assist for yourself, come to Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Updates Include Multi-Flex Tailgate

The new and improved 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 arrives at Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC with plenty of great updates in tow. An even better truck for your outdoor adventures around Ruston, Louisiana, the new Silverado offers more innovation, more tech, and more capability than ever.

At the top of the list of cool things Chevrolet has added to the Silverado 1500 is the available Multi-Flex Tailgate. With six different functions, key fob activation, and a max capacity of 375 pounds, this tailgate does so much when you need it. Add that to the class-leading capabilities of Durabed, and the 2021 Silverado 1500 is the most capable truck Chevrolet has ever built.

Speaking of capability, the Silverado 1500 gets even stronger for 2021. Models equipped with the 2.7-liter turbo engine see a major increase in towing capacity, and the newly offered Regular Cab Long Box with the 2.7-liter turbo delivers up to 9,600 pounds of max towing and a max payload of 2,270 pounds.* The mighty and efficient 3.0-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel also increases trailering capacity by 1,900 pounds in most configurations despite a generous price cut of $1,500 MSRP.**

On top of that, the new Silverado is even smarter thanks to a range of new technologies. The 2021 Silverado 1500 now features a Trailer Length Indicator, Jack-Knife Alert, and enhancements to the Cargo Bed View, making it even easier to hitch up your boat or camper. Chevrolet also improves Rear Trailer View with a Trailer-Angle Indicator and guidelines, and the Rear Side View can now be used when driving in reverse.

Getting better by the year is a tradition for the Chevy Silverado. With this latest round of updates, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is unquestionably the best yet. Check out this awesome new truck at Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ruston.

*Requires Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD with 2.7L Turbo engine. For comparison purposes only. See the Owner’s Manual and the label on the vehicle door jamb for the carrying capacity of a specific vehicle.

**The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles’ destination freight charges.

Chevy Reigns in J.D. Power Seat Quality Study

Your car is your faithful companion that takes you everywhere you need to go. While you may love the way your car looks, the way it feels is even more important. Does it keep you comfortable? If the answer is no, then you need a Chevrolet. The Chevy brand recently scored high marks in the J.D. Power 2020 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study.

In the study, J.D. Power looked at how many problems were reported per 100 vehicles, or PP100, during the first 90 days of ownership. The models with the lowest number of problems earned the top spot in each segment. In this year’s study, three Chevy models came away with the best results in their segments, with another scoring a third-place finish.

Chevrolet Sonic

In the compact car segment, the Chevrolet Sonic had the best ratings for its seats with only 2.5 problems reported per 100 vehicles.

Chevrolet Impala

Moving up to the midsize sedan group, the roomy Impala had the best results. It had only 6.6 PP100.

Chevrolet Equinox

If you’re looking to drive a versatile crossover, consider the comfortable Chevrolet Equinox. It got a first-place spot with a score of just 4.2 PP100.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Finishing in third, the spacious Chevrolet Silverado 1500 had a score of 6.8 PP100.

If comfort is important to you, pay us a visit at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac and test drive any or all of these satisfying Chevy vehicles.