GMC Cargo Room for any Extracurricular

GMC Cargo HoldSchool is back in session, which means parents are busier than ever! Not only do kids have class during the day, but they also have extracurricular activities after school. The result can be chaotic. Unless, of course you have a GMC vehicle.

According to a recent GMC press release, GMC vehicles have cargo room for any extracurricular.

All of the crossovers in the GMC lineup, from the Acadia to the Yukon, come with plenty of space for any cargo your kids might need for after school activities. Additionally, there will be enough space for the kids as well.

With the insane amount of space GMC vehicles come with, there is even room to carpool multiple kids to their extracurricular activities after school.

Most importantly, GMC vehicles are also there to offer safety for your entire family, being some of the safest vehicles on the road.

Don’t let extracurricular add extra stress to your day. Choose a GMC!

Florida Theme Parks to Explore

Disney WorldFlorida is fortunate enough to be blessed with warm weather throughout the year. That means even though summer is over, there is still plenty of time to visit some awesome theme parks. Here are some Florida theme parks to explore.

Disney World

Disney World is the happiest place on earth, so of course it would be on this list. With four unique theme parks, two water parks, and more mouse-related memorabilia than anywhere else on the planet, Disney World is where dreams become realities!

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is made up of two theme parks that both bring the magic of movies to life. Whether you take a drive with the Transformers or explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter, there is plenty to do at Universal Studios for everyone to enjoy.

LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND is a child’s fantasy come to life. Constructed with Legos and featuring some truly amazing attractions, everything really is awesome at LEGOLAND!

Busch Gardens

Part theme park, part zoo, Busch Gardens, located right here in Tampa, brings the wonderful world of the animal kingdom to life with exhibits and exhilarating thrill rides.

Buick Launches 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive

Buick LogoBuick recently launched the 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive. Buick hopes to revolutionize the traditional test drive. Secondly, Buick wants to remind us that driving should be enjoyable and that we can empower ourselves to make it so!

Buick put together a fun and educational set of presentations. Ever had an itch to “integrate yoga into your daily drive”? Yoga guru Dennis narrates as Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli shows us how here. Ever wanted to create your own in-car scent? Buick teaches you how here.

As a lot of you have experienced, the traditional test drive just doesn’t have a lot do with real world driving. With only 20 minutes to half an hour, it is hard to imagine how a candidate vehicle will perform as you go about your day-to-day adventures.

That’s why Buick has introduced the 24 Hour Test Drive. Insured drivers who are at least 21 years of age will now be able to try a Buick vehicle out for a whole day.

Of course, just because you have a whole 24 hours doesn’t mean it’ll take you that long to decide. Most people don’t take that long to fall in love with a Buick.

The Dangers of Using a Cell Phone While Driving Are Worse Than You Thought

Cell Phones and Driving The Huffington Post recently compiled some rather distressing statistics on the dangers of using a cell phone while driving….

  • 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involved a cellphone
  • Nine Americans are killed every day as a result of distracted driving “such as using a cellphone, texting or eating”
  • People take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds to write or read a text

What can you do to help prevent these kinds of tragedies? The answer is simple: do NOT use your cell phone while you are driving. Period. If you find it is too hard to resist, try putting your phone in your glove box. If you still find you can’t resist, then put it in the trunk.

Worried about ignoring texts and calls? Your phone likely has a feature that will automatically send pre-written messages to anyone who happens to text you while you are in transit. If not, there are a lot of apps that can do it for you. Any friend who is going to argue with that is probably not a friend worth having.

Multiple, Official 2016 GMC Sierra Images Released of New, Bold Model

GMC SierraEarlier this month, GMC revealed upgraded styling for the upcoming 2016 GMC Sierra, so we can now finally see exactly how to the top-notch heavy-duty truck will appear when it dominates the roads.

The 2016 Sierra will get LED signature daytime running lights, LED headlights, LED fog lamps and bumpers, and lastly, the 2016 Sierra will host the same “C-shaped” theme on its rear LED taillights.

It’s no surprise that GMC is putting a bunch of its eggs in the Sierra basket, as this truck, which has historically been pretty luxurious, is at the forefront of a modern trend towards premium trucks. We estimate that the 2016 Sierra will be the most popular yet.

You can check out a handful of 2016 GMC Sierra images here, featuring the boxy, bold truck in all its glory. What do you think of the new GMC Sierra? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

New 2017 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos Show Off Model’s Premium Interior

Buick LaCrosseAre you looking forward to the 2017 Buick LaCrosse? Well, thanks to some crafty photographers across the globe, we now have more photographs than ever of the 2017 LaCrosse, which was recently caught while testing in China.

We can see from the images that the 2017 LaCrosse has a very slender frame with a low roofline, fitting right in with the latest trends in mid-size cars. However, it still has its own, signature sense of Buick flair.

Even the front fascia of the 2017 LaCrosse looks sleeker, but what’s most surprising is the new vehicle’s interior, which appears to have changed entirely, looking more refined and high-tech than ever.

Check out a gallery of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse spy photos here, to get a good look for yourself. Hopefully, Buick will release some official images of the new car soon.

What do you think of the new Buick LaCrosse? Let us know what you think about the model in the comments.

New Wave of Scholarships for Buick Achievers Program

Buick LogoBuick doesn’t make vehicles and sell vehicles in a vacuum. When a company gets to be as large as Buick, it can be easy to see it as aloof. Then you see what Buick is doing with its Buick Achievers program, and it reminds you that the automaker is very much an integral part of the community.

The Buick Achievers Program began four years ago. Designed to help those in need and also infuse the nation’s STEM fields with new life, the program has thus far donated $28 million to help young people obtain a college degree since its inception. Thirty-four hundred people have benefitted from Buick’s philanthropy so far.

Now, Buick has announced that it is donating another $1.2 million towards the program. Fifty applicants will be selected and receive up to $25,000 a year to help each achieve their dream of attending college. Students are eligible to apply for scholarships after high school or any year that they are enrolled in college.

 

All in the Family: Tips for Traveling with Pets

Pets in CarSummer is here! As you plan your summer vacation, you may find yourself despondent as you consider the prospect of having to board your pet. Although it depends on your destination, there is no reason you can’t bring your furry friend with you as long as you are properly prepared! Here are some tips for traveling with pets to help you do just that.

Make plenty of stops and allow your pets to stretch their legs. Dogs especially have lots of energy which can build up and make them very unhappy after being cooped up for too long. Stopping often can also help prevent your pet from soiling themselves.

Although it might be nice to be able to cuddle with your dog during the road trip, the safest place for your dog to be is in a crate or a harness secured with a seat belt.

We know it can be hard to keep your dog’s head inside the window when he or she seems to enjoy it so very much, but it really is for the best. Doing so can cause ear or lung infections.

Each animal is unique. So some of the solutions for making a trip as pleasant as possible for your pet are going to be just as unique. Consider bringing their favorite toys, or their beds from home.

Spring Cleaning for Your Car

Car CleaningHere are a few tips to help you with spring cleaning for your car.

  1. Throw away the trash. Open up all the doors and your trunk. Bring along a trash bag and a box. Put the trash into the bag and anything you want to keep into the box.
  2. Wipe down hard surfaces. Starting from the top down, clean all the hard surfaces in your car.
  3. Vacuum. Remove the floor mats. You can give these a good beating to remove the caked-on winter grime and then vacuum them. Vacuum all the carpeting and seats.
  4. Clean the upholstery. If you have leather seats, be sure to use the correct cleaning product and wipe down the entire seat. For cloth seats, spot-clean as needed.
  5. Power wash the floor mats. (Optional). If you floor mats and still incredibly dirty, get out your power washer or hose and spray them down. Be sure they are completely dry before you put them back in your car.
  6. Wash your car. Once the inside is spic and span, it’s time to whip the exterior into shape. Don’t forget to clean from the top down. For the underbody, you can run through an automatic car wash.

Once your car is all clean, take it out for a drive to enjoy its dirt free state.

Tampa May Festivals to Keep You Occupied All Month Long

Rivard Buick GMCLooking to enjoy some excellent food or an incredible music performance this May? Luckily for you, we’re in Tampa, where there’s no shortage of festivals and events for citizens of every interest to enjoy.

Here’s a short list of some of the biggest Tampa May festivals:

  • Big Guava Music Festival – May 8-9 – This enormous fest is bringing big acts to town, such as The Strokes and Hozier.
  • Tampa Bay Margarita Festival – May 23 – More than 80 bartenders will be joining a lineup of bands for this fest in Curtis Hixon Park. (Kids need not apply!)
  • Mess Fest – May 23 – This sloppy event combines science and competition in one of the goofiest ways possible, with a “shaving cream twister” and more.
  • Sunset Music Festival – May 23-24 – Another huge music fest, this event brings more electronic-inspired acts to Tampa, like Skrillex and Tiesto.
  • Hurricane Expo – May 30 – That’s right, learn more than you ever could have imaged about hurricanes at this even. Best of all: it’s free.

Whatever you end up doing in Tampa this month – be sure to wear sunscreen!