There is a great kids’ story time happening at Hillary House this Saturday – see below for details and more information about what’s happening this week. Even if you can’t come, you can make a difference by helping us spread the news!
Every Cadillac CTS ever built has come out of the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant, where workers recently celebrated the one millionth Cadillac vehicle to roll off their assembly line. The millionth vehicle produced was the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS, which will be available at dealerships later this month. In today’s video, learn about the pride and hard work that goes into every Cadillac produced at the plant.
1. Winter Tires: The first step to make sure your ride is winter ready is switching your all-season tires to winter ones. Ideally this should be done before the temperature drops below 7°C. The right tire can make all the difference braking in winter conditions, especially in an emergency situation. Also be sure to check your tires each season, worn or bald tires can be dangerous. Tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into them. A solid bar of rubber across the width of the tread means it’s time to replace the tire. Contact Highland’s Parts and Service Department if you have any questions or concerns about the wear on your tires.
2. Don’t mix and match: Mixing tires with different tread patterns, different internal constructions and/or different sizes compromises the stability of the vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with four identical winter tires.
3. Remove all snow from your vehicle: Schedule a few extra minutes before each trip to remove all snow from your vehicle and allow for your windows to defrost completely before driving. Neglecting to defrost your windows might get you to your destination faster, but it’s a dangerous habit. And don’t forget the top of your vehicle—snow could slide down the windshield and obstruct your view while the vehicle is in motion.
4. Don’t forget the small stuff: Test to ensure all lights are working properly, including daytime running lights, fog lights and turn signals. Regularly check and maintain correct tire pressure, for every 5°C drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure. To ensure optimum fuel efficiency and prevent irregular or premature wear, tire inflation should be checked monthly. Make sure that your wipers are in good condition. Replace blades that streak, purchase wipers designed for winter use.
5. Pack an Emergency Kit: Keeping a roadside safety kit in your trunk year-round is a good idea, but winter driving conditions require extra safety equipment. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA®) recommends you keep the following items in your trunk.
– sand or kitty litter
– traction mats
– tow chain
– cloth or roll of paper towels
– warning light or road flares
– extra clothing and footwear
– emergency food pack
– booster cables
– matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
– fire extinguisher
– extra windshield washer fluid
– fuel line antifreeze
– reflective vest
Keep the following items inside your vehicle.
– road maps
– ice scraper and brush
– first aid kit
– blanket (special “survival” blankets are best)
6. Top up your fluids: Make sure you always keep your gas tank at least half full. On very cold days, the condensation in the tank can freeze and cause problems. Also, don’t forget about your windshield-washer fluid! Fill up on winter washer fluid in the -40°C temperature range and carry an extra jug in your vehicle.
7. Don’t rely on four wheel drive or electronic systems: Advanced systems like four-wheel drive, electronic stability control and anti-lock braking provide vehicle stability and power transmission but are not substitutes for winter tires. Winter tires offer optimized traction during braking, acceleration and handling. Remember, your brakes stop the wheels, but it’s the tires that are in contact with the road and that ultimately stop the vehicle. It is also a good idea to avoid the use of overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
8. Check the weather report: It’s a good idea to check local weather reports, before you leave home. Environment Canada issues warnings when it expects blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain or drizzle, cold snaps and winds. Remember to check conditions, plan extra time for driving in bad weather and always expect the unexpected.
9. Always have a fully charged cell phone: For long trips, don’t forget to take a cellphone in case you need to call for help. Pull over to the side of the road and stop your vehicle before making the call.
10. SLOW DOWN and BUCKLE UP!
Nobody ever wants to see a child go without, but for some families, the simplest of things, a winter coat, can be hard to come by. Highland Chevrolet Buick GMC has teamed up with S. Mary’s in Bradford to help keep kids warm this winter.
The program Coats for Kids is grassroots program that recycles gently-used children’s winterwear. Highlands Chevrolet Buick GMC has designated some of their showroom space to receive new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and boots to donate to the cause.
“We are reaching out to the community for help. If you have any coats or jackets that you no longer need, bring them in to our showroom.”
Highlands Chevrolet Buick GMC will be collecting donations throughout the month of November.
Are you in need of Coats for your Children?
The Coats for Kids Depot, located in the St. Mary’s “A” Hall on Frederick St. in Bradford is open Thursday evenings, this year from 6 to 8 p.m. Families are welcome to drop in, and find warm winter coats, snowsuits, bunting bags, hats, mitts, scarves and boots for their children, at no charge.
Fear of Night Driving? 2014 Chevrolet Impala Can Help Study shows high-intensity discharge headlamps can help drivers stop sooner
Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, October 31, 2013) – With Daylight Saving Time ending this Sunday, many people will drive in the dark more often. For those uneasy with night driving, the Oshawa-built 2014 Chevrolet Impala can help brighten the task.
The enhanced visibility provided by Impala’s headlamps can help drivers avoid crashes after dark, the riskiest time of day. According to a US study cited by the Federal Highway Administration, the risk of a fatality at night among drivers not impaired by alcohol is more than two times higher than in daytime due to less visibility.
According to a 2009 US study conducted by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps like those on the new Impala can help drivers see objects in the road sooner than other types of headlamps, allowing for greater stopping distance.
Impala’s new headlamps are a key to one of the most comprehensive collections of standard and available safety features in the segment. Impala received the highest possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.
All 2014 Impala models are equipped with projector beam headlamp technology, a first for the redesigned flagship sedan. The LS and LT models use halogen projectors, while the up-level LTZ uses HID bi-functional xenon projectors that offer crisper and brighter illumination.
Both types of projector distribute light evenly across the front of the car, providing a wider range of visibility than other headlamps. Impala’s new headlamps use curved reflectors and “prescription” lenses designed to project brighter light farther and with more directional accuracy. They also feature a light shield designed to reduce glare for oncoming traffic.
“Safety and customer satisfaction drove design and development of Impala’s new headlamps,” said Todd Pawlik, Impala chief engineer. “We benchmarked them against the best in the industry.”
Impala’s low-profile black-and-chrome headlamps highlight the new model’s exterior, giving it a slightly sinister appearance. Impala’s designers were able to narrow the headlamp opening by eliminating the reflector-optic cavity in favor of a smaller lamp with bi-functional high/low-beam operation controlled in the projector by the light shield.
Extra chrome trim with metallized Chevrolet “bowtie” accents over the side marker reflector stretch horizontally to the corner of the car, emphasizing the sleek appearance of the lamp and the width of the car.
To further enhance the appearance, the headlamp designers placed an inner lens over the turn-signal cavity, helping to obscure the bulb while dispersing its light, giving a dramatic “fire-in-the-hole” appearance when lit.
The LTZ model accents the HID bulb with a light-emitting diode, or LED, halo ring designed to give an expensive appearance while functioning as a parking lamp. The model’s LED daytime running lamps improve visibility at any time of day.
“Impala’s new-look headlamps required a significant amount of attention to detail,” said Steve McCabe, lead creative designer for Impala. “As a result they help give the car a premium appearance.”
The Chevrolet Cheyenne was the top of the line pickup truck in 1971. It was customizable and offered drivers what they needed in a work vehicle. Today, Chevrolet offers that same reliability with added comfort and technology. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is not only a work truck, but a family vehicle. It’s stronger, more fuel efficient and more capable than ever before. The Chevrolet Silverado can do the heavy lifting when necessary, but still fill the role of daily driver. Watch this special edition of Faces of GM – Then & Now to see how the Chevrolet pickup has progressed over the years.
Once you can see your breath in the air that is a pretty good indicator that the time has come to consider putting winter tires on your vehicle.
Perhaps you are still a hold out? A non-believer? An individual who does not think that winter tires are for them – they really will not make much of a difference?
Why? Well in truth, it’s not even about the snow. It’s all about weather-suited rubber compounds on the tires and actual road temperatures. Winter rubber trades warm-weather grip and dry-road steering feel for enhanced cold-weather traction. Always.
At Highland GM, General Sales Manager Jennifer Copley likes to point out to customers and staff alike that winter tires are, in her opinion, necessary on any family vehicle. “Winter tires are designed for cold conditions – and not necessarily just for snow or ice. Tire manufacturers have long concentrated on the fact that tire treads are susceptible to temperature.” Copley continues, “The effectiveness of all-season tires drops off sharply as the thermometer falls below 7 degrees Celsius. That is the point when winter tires start to gain an edge, providing better traction.”
With winter tires and lower temperatures, stopping distance is greatly improved. As the temperature drops further, the gap between the two widens, regardless of surface conditions. All winter tires combine flexible rubber compounds with small tread blocks and hundreds of small cuts or as the industry refers to them, “sipes”, in the tread itself. These are designed to keep the tire constantly flexing and biting at the road surface. This helps maximize grip, even on dynamic and unpredictable surfaces.
You have to decide which type of winter tire makes the most sense for you. Out there is a manufacturer or two who have designed and built a reliable and affordable tire that best suits your vehicle – and your budget.
At Highland GM, they stock a wide choice of tires suitable for your vehicle. Call (905) 727-9444 for pricing or better yet, drop in; talk with their professional staff and schedule an appointment. Highland GM at 15783 Yonge Street in Aurora.
After more than 40 years of service to the community of Aurora and surrounding areas, Highland GM has never been content to rest upon its laurels. While some businesses may talk to past successes, every member of the Highland GM team continues to up the ante in everything they do every single day.
It might be as simple as replacing a missing tire valve cap at no charge, or going the extra distance to ensure that a warranty claim is dealt with to a customer’s satisfaction. “We can never make assumptions – or take things for granted,” states Jennifer Copley, General Sales Manager. “Many years ago, we managed to create a benchmark for excellence, service and quality. And today, we make every effort to meet or hopefully exceed that to the benefit of our customers.”
With an enviable record of 70%+ customer retention, every member of the Highland GM team has a role to play in this successful, growing organization. From the moment you walk into the spacious, well-lit showroom, you will be greeted by friendly and professional associates. If you are browsing the extensive display of gleaming, polished steel of all shapes and colours, someone will be there, ready to assist and provide you with as much information as you need to make an informed decision.
Similarly, approach the service counter to describe the day’s requirements for your vehicle and you will be treated with respect. After all, these advisors are here to make things as easy as possible for you; they speak the language of automobiles – even if you do not. That’s all part of this dealership’s ongoing professional training and personal development program, something that extends beyond counters and desks and is reflected in the knowledge of complex, ever-evolving machines.
“Forty plus years and counting,” states Copley, “and we intend to be around for years to come.”
At Highland GM, they take pride in listening to their customers – and then acting accordingly. Call (905) 727-9444 or better yet, drop in; talk with their professional staff and schedule an appointment. Highland GM at 15783 Yonge Street in Aurora.
Can you guess what the best selling vehicle under the various General Motors (GM) marques is in Canada? You may be surprised. The GMC Sierra. Not a sedan or even an SUV – Canadians like their pick ups. They are no longer the exclusive domain of hard-working contractors.
There is excitement in the air at Highland Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac (Highland GM) as the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra make their way into showrooms. These diverse pickups offer two, all-new EcoTec3 engines: a 4.3L V-6 certified at 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque; and, a 5.3L V-8 certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Later this year, a new 6.2L V-8 producing a 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque will be available for buyers requiring heavier payloads – or towing. This option offers the most power and torque of any light duty pickup truck engine in North America.
All three engines feature direct fuel injection, active fuel management (cylinder deactivation which saves fuel when cruising on the highway) and continuously variable valve timing. Regardless of the one you choose, all provide the proven power, torque and dependability of a large-displacement engine, seamlessly switching to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving. Standard features include four-wheel disc brakes, segment-exclusive active safety features such as forward collision alert and lane departure warning along with improved towing features – including a back up camera – handy when securing a trailer!
Jennifer Copley, General Sales Manager of Highland GM is enthusiastic about this new line of trucks. “The engineers have been listening to feedback from dealers and customers and have designed and built trucks loaded with many innovative features. Our customers will benefit by saving money on fuel – and will be more secure with the improved safety features available.”
Come in to celebrate the arrival of the new trucks at Highland GM, 15783 Yonge Street in Aurora. Call (905) 727-9444 or drop in; talk with their professional staff.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Highland is organizing a Food Drive in support of the Aurora Food Pantry. Since 1990 the Aurora Food Pantry has been distributing food at no cost to residents of Aurora and the Oak Ridges. The purpose of the food pantry is to provide food to those who demonstrate an immediate need. The clients who come to the Aurora Food Pantry for help have faced a variety of circumstances. For many, an unexpected expense, an illness, or accident, loss of income becomes a crisis which forces them to choose between paying for groceries, rent, or utilities. The Aurora Food Pantry provides food assistance to individuals and families during their toughest times.
Please help us support our community, and those less fortunate. With each donation you will be entered for a chance to win a brand new BBQ supplied by Highland and Aurora Home Hardware. Donations can be dropped off to Highland, at our main reception desk between Thursday September 12th, 2013 and Tuesday October 8th, during regular business hours.
Some suggested non-perishable donations are pasta, rice, pasta sauce, canned fish, canned vegetables or fruit, soups and stews, juice boxes, cereal, jams and condiments. The pantry also welcomes donations of personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. In addition some of our clients are in need of baby products such as baby food, formula, and all sizes of diapers.