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7 Fun Facts about GM

 

You love GM, but there’s still plenty to learn about this impressive car brand. Here are some little-known, fun facts about GM.

War Vehicles

GM was a big manufacturer of war vehicles during World War II. They produced over 584,000 vehicles like the “Duck” and the “Deuce-and-a-half”.

Electric Innovation

GM was ahead of its time. It was one of the earliest producers of electric cars, releasing electric vehicles in 1912 – 1917. While these are nothing like the electric vehicles of our time, that’s still impressive!

Desert-Specific

GM brought cars to the Middle East in the 1930’s. All cars were specifically made to handle the desert roads.

Girl Power

In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of GM. That made her the first female CEO of a major automobile manufacturer.

Business Success

Since its conception, GM has never been in any major financial or legal troubles. That’s over a hundred years of good business!

First Turn Signals

GM was the very first car manufacturer to install turn signals. Thanks to them, drivers said goodbye to pesky hand signals.

Billionaire Status

GM was the very first car manufacturer to gross a billion dollars in a single year! These guys definitely know success.

Take all that love for GM down to Richard Karr Motors to see what amazing GM cars we have to offer.

 

Health Benefits of Singing in the Car

It’s happened to everyone. You pull up to a red light, peek over and see the person in the car next to you singing. They see you but they don’t stop. “How bold!” you think. Not only may these automotive crooners be bolder than everyone else, they may be happier people too.

Health Benefits of Singing in the Car | Waco, TX

Why? People who sing are high on life. Or to put it more appropriately, they are high on singing. A piece by The Huffington Post cites a number of revealing research studies that highlight the health benefits of singing in the car (or just singing in general).

Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin, hormones responsible for reduced stress and anxiety and overall “good feels.” It also reduces stress and improves our immune system by decreasing cortisol levels.

Every single year, the average American commuter spends the equivalent of an entire week in traffic. That’s plenty of time to work on your pipes! You can even get CDs or mp3s that are designed to teach you how to sing properly.

But do we really need research data to tell us something we already know. For anyone who has ever done it, singing along to one your favorite songs in the car is unquestionably uplifting. For anyone who has never tried it—your commute must be so boring.

Safe Driving Tips

As driving is something that many of us do on a daily basis, it’s easy to fall into complacency about safety. However, the truth is, driving is one of the more dangerous things that people do on a regular basis. Here are a few basic safe driving tips to keep in mind when you’re out on the road.

Safe Driving Tips | Waco, TX

Avoid Speeding

Speeding is one of the worst decisions that you can make. Not only does it not save you as much time as you may think, it increases your odds of being in an accident significantly. Slow down and remember that speeding will only get you to your destination a couple of minutes faster than you would otherwise.

Keep Your Distance

Tailgating is so common that many people forget that they are actually supposed to leave multiple cars-worth of distance between themselves and the car in front of them. Slow down, allow the car in front of you to gain distance, and don’t tailgate just because other people do it to you.

Drive Sober

This doesn’t need much explanation. If you aren’t sober, let your friend drive or call an Uber.

If you follow these simple safe driving tips, you will keep yourself and those around you much safer.

2018 Buick Regal Spy Shots Hint at Pure Luxury, Available Wagon Body

It’s no secret that the American-market Buick Regal is a renamed version of the European Opel Insignia. This is why when GM released images of the 2018 Opel Insignia, the American market got a good look at what the 2018 Buick Regal will look like—and we’re in love.

The Buick Regal spy shots, which are actually pictures of the Insignia, give us a look at the next-generation Buick. These pictures show us a number of crisp, clean lines that give the Regal a modern silhouette, adding a touch of athleticism for those consumers that want a sporty sedan—but that’s not all.

In Europe, the Insignia is available as a sedan, hatchback, or wagon. Now, it looks like the United States is going to receive the option of having a wagon, too. In the past year, Buick has filed a trademark for the name “Regal TourX,” which hints at the US Regal wagon being a crossover-inspired wagon that is similar to the Subaru Outback. With Buick’s luxury trimmings, it would come as no surprise if the Regal wagon managed to outsell the Outback if it does hit markets soon.

There’s no official word yet as to when the 2018 Buick Regal will make its debut, but many experts believe it will happen sometime mid-2017. Until then, make sure you stop in to Richard Karr Motors to learn more about the current Regal model.

Go Off Road with the 2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X

If you want to go off-roading in your pickup truck, then it’s best if you check out the 2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X model. This new model from GMC is the brother to the Sierra All Terrain X model, which was unveiled earlier this year. The HD model offers superior capabilities in a heavy-duty body, giving consumers the best of both worlds.

The Sierra HD All Terrain X is based on the 2017 Sierra 2500HD SLT crew cab with four-wheel drive. This special model adds a number of features that make it ready to head off the beaten track, including a spray-in bedliner, front and rear park assist, a heated steering wheel, leather seats, and an Off-Road Suspension package. The suspension packages gives the HD model twin-tube Rancho shock absorbers, hill descent control, and an underbody skid plate, which make it perfect for rough terrain.

What truly separates the All Terrain X from a regular All Terrain HD model is its 18-inch black-painted wheels, a bed-mounted sport bar, black side steps, and a body-color grille surround and door handles. All this black makes for an intimidating silhouette, highlighting the Sierra HD’s ability to take you wherever you need to go.

To find out more about the 2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X model, which will go on sale in early 2017, make sure you stop in to Richard Karr Motors.

How to Choose a Used Car

Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you will make this year. Choose the right car and you can drive hassle-free for years. Choose the wrong car and you may have to sink a whole lot of money into it over the years. Here is how to choose a used car.

Set Your Budget

This is the most important step. Do not choose a car that you cannot afford. While looking at all of the shiny expensive cars is very tempting, decide what you can afford and stick to it. Do not be afraid to negotiate with the seller, and do not let the seller talk you into buying something that you know you shouldn’t buy.

Choose Between Private Seller and Dealer

You don’t always know what you’re getting from a private seller. They could tell you that the vehicle is in great condition and then a month later, you are replacing the transmission.

how to choose a used carThe advantage of going to a dealer is that they are generally more reliable than private party sellers. Most dealerships offer warranties on their vehicles and will fix any problems that may arise.

Whatever you choose, do your research first. Avoid making a hasty purchase, and utilize our team at Richard Karr to get the answers you’re looking for!

How to Exercise in Your Car

In this increasingly fast-paced world, there isn’t always enough time to complete everything in our schedules. Unfortunately, exercise is often one of the first things to go when we’re pressed for time. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

Wrists and Forearms

To exercise and strengthen your wrists and forearms, keep a grip strengthener in your car. They are small and can fit in your center console or glovebox, and they are relatively inexpensive. Spend 15 minutes on each hand during your commute.

Biceps

While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder in your car, you can do bicep curls with light weights to tone your arms. A five to ten pound weight shouldn’t take up too much space in your vehicle.

Core

In addition to strengthening your wrists, forearms, and biceps, you can also focus on your core. While you’re driving, lift your hips off of your seat. Repeating this will help you strengthen your core.

how to exercise in your carAlthough it isn’t a complete replacement for regular exercise, these simple exercises on your daily commute are much better than not exercising at all. Once you’re in the habit, you can translate this to exercise at home as well.

GM OnStar Go System: Innovative Mobility Technologies

Partnering with IBM, GM has developed the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility system. Building on technologies like OnStar and IBM’s Watson, the new GM OnStar Go system is made to connect drivers with their favorite brands, so you can receive personalized content, digital channels, and more.

According to GM, the new system will allow drivers to enhance their experience behind the wheel. For example, you can avoid traffic when low on gas, find gas and pay from the dash, pre-order coffee if you are on the go, and get in-vehicle entertainment and info customized for your personal needs.

“On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car and are looking for ways to optimize their time,” said Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy. “By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive.”

GM’s goal is to expand the OnStar Go system to make it more available to customers by the end of 2017. Other features allow you to receive restaurant recommendations from IBM’s Watson, and you can also get alerts to see when in-store pickups are ready. The possibilities are nearly limitless. We can’t wait to see this new system in action.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips: Staying Safe During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays of the year, especially when it comes to travelling. That’s why we here at Richard Karr Motors have put together a list of Thanksgiving driving tips to help you make the most of you holiday. From transporting food to staying safe, there are several things to keep in mind.

According to the Huffington Post, one of the best tips to remember is to plan your trips carefully. Traffic tends to be the worst on Sunday afternoons—be sure to read ahead on traffic updates leading up to the holiday. You should also plan trips when you are most awake. Driving between midnight and 6am is a high-risk situation—try to drive during the late morning or afternoon if possible.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips Are Easy If You're Behind The Wheel Of A BuickAlways be sure to buckle up, especially on long trips. You should fasten your seatbelt every time you get behind the wheel, because buckling can reduce the risk of fatal injury by up to 45%. If you have a car seat, make sure that it fits properly. Children under two should be in a rear-facing seat, and anyone under 12 should likely use a safety seat of some kind.

Finally, don’t drink and drive. Holidays can be fun get-togethers; however, you should always have a designated driver if you plan on drinking. If you plan on going out to the bars, consider downloading Uber or some other vehicle service app before you head out, and be sure to go with a responsible group.

These are just some of the most important Thanksgiving driving tips to keep in mind.

Check Out These Basic Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage, Every Time You Drive

Whether gas is expensive or cheap, it’s always a good idea to try to increase your gas mileage. Not only will this save you money, but also, you can lower your personal impact on the environment.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some easy ways to get better gas mileage:

  • Keep your car well-maintained, which will allow it to offer the most optimal performance possible.
  • Slow down, within reason. The slower you drive, the more fuel-efficient your vehicle becomes. Avoid going over the speed limit.
  • Check your tire pressure. If your tire pressure is too low, you may be wasting energy. You can find out just how inflated they should be by consulting your owner’s manual.
  • Empty out the back of your vehicle or the trunk. The heavier a car is, the worse its gas mileage becomes.
  • Lastly, stop idling your car. This pointless practice contributes to lower fuel efficiency and can also cause long-term damage to your engine.

Get Better Gas MileageAnd of course, the easiest way of all is to invest in a vehicle that gets excellent gas mileage to begin with, including many of the vehicles we have here at Richard Karr Motors. Visit us anytime to take one out on a test drive!