Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car’s Longevity

Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car's Longevity | Victoria, TX

 

Even if you think you are an excellent driver, you may have some driving habits that you may not realize are bad for your vehicle. These driving habits unintentionally affect your car’s condition, so here are some things you should pay attention to.
 
Heavy braking and accelerating
 
If you are encountering many stoplights, avoid slamming on the brakes or accelerating quickly as soon as lights change. When you go heavy on the gas pedal and brakes, this can result in premature wear on your front brakes and also affect your fuel efficiency.
 
Leaving electronics on
 
Be mindful about turning off the internal lights in your car whenever you exit. Not only will this result in a dead car battery the next day, but leaving a light on can also shorten your car battery’s life.
 
Exceeding load limits
 
Always pay attention to your vehicle’s weight limit and make sure you don’t exceed it. Your car’s suspension, brakes, and drivetrain all have to work harder if your car carries more than it can handle, so double check your owner’s manual to ensure you aren’t putting an unnecessary strain on your vehicle.
 
Ignoring dents
 
If your vehicle has a dent, you should get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid rusting, which damages the structural integrity of your car. Bring your vehicle into Atzenhoffer Hub and our service technicians can help you repair a dent of any size.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 Tips for Sickness-Free Reading on Summer Road Trips

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If you’re planning a family road trip this summer, bringing along a stack of favorite books is a great way to keep passengers of all ages occupied on the endless highways of Texas. What’s not so great is the motion sickness or headaches that can result from reading on the go. Here are a few tips from Atzenhoffer to help your bookworms travel more comfortably while enjoying their favorite pastime.

  1. Remember to rest

Remind your friends and loved ones to take a break from reading to rest their eyes every so often. Napping or looking out the window are great ways to help keep headaches or dizziness at bay.

  1. Try some medicine

Remember to pack some headache and anti-nausea medicine when you’re preparing for your trip. If your passengers start to feel a bit ill while turning the pages, offering them some age-appropriate remedies could help.

  1. Listen up

Some people just can’t read in the car without getting sick. If this is true for any of your passengers, encourage them to bring along an audiobook and headphones instead. If your passengers agree on a title, you might even be able to play it over the vehicle’s audio system for everyone to hear.

Here’s wishing your passengers a page-turning good time on your next journey! For all of your other road trip needs — from routine oil changes to a new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda, or Mitsubishi model — contact the Atzenhoffer team in Victoria, Texas.

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer in Victoria, TX

If there’s one thing that’s for certain about summer in Victoria, it’s that there will be lots of long, hot days ahead. Make sure that your vehicle is up for the challenge and get ready for summer driving by scheduling your next service at Atzenhoffer Auto Group. We’ll address some of the most important points to ensure safe, comfortable driving all season long.

Air conditioning

What could be worse than heading out for a drive with a busted A/C and temperatures soaring toward triple digits? If this situation just sounds uncomfortable, imagine what it’ll feel like. Now that you have it in mind, plan to visit Atzenhoffer for an A/C tune-up to make sure you have all the cool air you need.

Tires

When the asphalt gets hotter, the air pressure in your tires begins to rise. Driving on tires that are overinflated is dangerous and can increase your risk of a blowout. Be sure to check your tires regularly and keep the psi within the range recommended in your owner’s manual. For all other tire needs — including rotation and alignment — trust the pros at Atzenhoffer Auto Group.

Summer can be a great season for driving, but only if your car is as ready and willing as you are. Bring your ride into Atzenhoffer Auto Group in Victoria, Texas — we’ll make sure that it’s up for some fun in the sun.

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Buick Envision Scores Top Spot in J.D. Power Dependability Study

It’s impossible to talk about great all-American automakers without mentioning Buick. It’s been a power-player in the industry for more than a century, and has only improved over the years. Case in point, the Buick Envision just took home the gold in the 2021 J.D. Power Dependability Study.

The study surveys drivers who have owned their vehicles for three years, and then calculates a score based on the number of reported issues per 100 models. That means a lower score indicates higher dependability.

Claiming first place in any contest is impressive, but the 2021 Envision managed to hit a home-run in one of the most competitive segments in the industry — compact SUVs. While claiming the throne, it sped past other models like the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

With a score of 100, Buick came in fifth overall, laying waste to popular brands like Ford, INFINITI, Volvo, Jeep®, and Honda. Even better, it crushed the industry average by 21 points — a bar Tesla failed to cross by a full 55.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle that’s sure to stand the test of time, swing by Atzenhoffer and take a look at the new and award-winning 2021 Buick Envision.

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GM Launches EV-Focused ‘Everybody In’ Campaign

General Motors didn’t become America’s largest automaker by resting on its laurels. It got there by fearlessly pushing the envelope and tackling every challenge with innovation. Today, GM’s goal is to continue providing the family-friendly vehicles you know and love without damaging the environment, and it’s new “Everybody In” campaign puts that commitment on full display.

Everybody In Campaign With The Bolt EV | Atzenhoffer | Victoria, TX

The “Everybody In” campaign centers around three core ideas — encouraging everyday buyers to consider one of the brand’s eco-friendly EVs, promoting the impressive performance of the Ultium platform, and illustrating just how GM is leading the charge into an emissions-free future.

Per The News Wheel, GM is expected to launch no fewer than 30 new electric vehicles by 2026. The push is already well underway, with the Bolt EV and all-new Bolt EUV at the front of the pack.

Regarding the “Everybody In” campaign, Deborah Wahl, GM global chief marketing officer articulated the company’s vision behind the campaign. “‘Everybody In’ demonstrates our intent to lead, while inviting others — policymakers, partners, individuals — to play an active role in moving society forward, whether that’s helping to expand infrastructure, advocating for progress in their communities, or simply taking an EV for a test drive to learn about the benefits of EV ownership.”

To learn more about how a new EV can help the environment while still providing the family-friendly features you need, don’t hesitate to contact us at Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, right here in beautiful Victoria, Texas.