Towing Safety Tips

 

If you drive a Chevrolet Silverado or any other truck, you likely bought it because you wanted to tow something. Whether you consider yourself an expert or are just starting out, here are a few towing safety tips.

  • Leave more stopping room. Thanks to the trailer and anything in it, your truck now weighs a lot more. This means it will take longer for you to stop. Leave more stopping distance and start braking earlier.
  • Take wider turns. With a trailer in tow, you will not be able to take sharp turns, or your trailer will wind up hitting the curb or even falling over. Start every turn wider than you would with just your truck to compensate.
  • Inspect your trailer. Thoroughly inspect your trailer after hitching it up to ensure everything is properly secured and balanced. Make sure all lights are in working order. Check everything again after driving for 1, 10, and 100 miles.
  • Make it parallel. Both your truck and trailer should be nearly parallel to the ground when hitched. Do not overload your hitch. The tongue-weight should be about 10% of the total trailer weight.

If you need a new pickup to tow your boat or trailer, come check out the Chevrolet Silverado lineup available now at Dick Beard Chevrolet.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept: Military Hydrogen Pickup

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept
Photo via General Motors

The new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept is a military vehicle in the making. This durable pickup is an experiment in true versatility, a revamped version of the already impressive Colorado. Believe it or not, this model is a fuel-cell vehicle designed to work in brutal conditions, a hydrogen-powered pickup that’s getting attention from engineers around the world.

Your first question might be, is it safe to have a military vehicle run on hydrogen? This was something the editors at Car and Driver couldn’t wrap their heads around at first until they talked to the executives at GM. Essentially, “fifties bounce off the [hydrogen] tanks,” said Charlie Freese, director of fuel-cell activities. Freese is referring to .50 caliber bullets, by the way, which means the new Colorado ZH2 isn’t your ordinary pickup.

The ZH2 was developed in conjunction with TARDEC, the US Army’s Tank Auto Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Hydrogen is incredibly abundant, one reason the Army was interested in developing a military truck that could run without using gas. Additionally, the pickup has incredible off-road capabilities, a camo exterior, and a reinforced frame. Perhaps best of all, the ZH2 is completely quiet, making it a perfect stealth vehicle.

Whether or not Chevy will release a production version of the new ZH2 is unknown. At Dick Beard Chevrolet, we think the new Colorado is evidence of what’s to come out of Chevy’s lineup in the near future.

Chevrolet Redline Series

For the 2017 model year, Chevrolet is adding an exciting lineup of new special edition models in the form of the Redline Series. These models will blend together sophistication and performance with visual accents to set them apart from other models.

Redline Silverado

Models

Redline models are available on the 2017 Silverado 1500, Colorado, Camaro, Cruze Sedan, and Cruze Hatch. Even more models will be added for the 2018 model year including the Traverse, Equinox, Trax, and Malibu.

Every Redline model will come with a black grille and bowtie, signature black wheels with red painted accents, and additional design elements depending on the model. And, to show off the black and red accents, each model comes with a Silver Ice Metallic paint.

Coming Soon

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Redline Edition is the first of this special series. It is available on LT Z71 double cab and LTZ Z71 crew cab models. It comes with 20-inch wheels with red accents, Silverado badges with red outlines, red tow hooks, off-road assist steps, spray-in bedliner, black mirror caps, black grille, black headline trim, and body color front and rear bumpers.

In late spring 2017, the Colorado, Camaro, and Cruze models will be available. The Colorado Redline is available on LT Extended and Crew Cab models. On the Camaro, the Redline features can be added to both convertible and coupe models in the RS and SS trims. And, both Cruze Redline models are available on the LT trims with the RS Appearance Package.

With these unique styling elements, each Redline model shows off its sporty side.

If you’re interested in turning heads with a sleek Chevrolet Redline model, give us a call at Dick Beard Chevrolet. We will let you know when each model is available. We think once you see those pops of red color in person, no other combination will do.

Traditions Manifest Through the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Now Just Around the Corner

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Spring is on the horizon, and you know what that means: St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us. This popular holiday brings with it many symbols, traditions, and celebrations that make it one of the most anticipated days of the year.

 

Most immediately think of the shamrock, which has become the symbol for St. Patrick’s Day over time. Long ago, the shamrock was considered to be a sacred plant in Ireland, symbolizing the rebirth of spring. Today, it’s a sure sign of Irish heritage and pride.

 

Another sure sign of St. Patrick’s Day is the emergence of Celtic music, wherever you go. From classic, older tunes to music from modern artists, you are sure to hear the fiddle, the tin whistle, and the uilleann pipes – not to be confused with bagpipes.

 

Of course, here in Cape Cod, the onset of St. Patrick’s Day brings with it one of the top town spectacles of the year: the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 

The parade will start in West Yarmouth – about 15 minutes away from our dealership – and will end nearby us here at Dick Beard Chevrolet. For more information on the specific path of the parade, which is about two miles long, you can check out the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade website, here.

 

And once the parade is over, consider visiting us to explore the enormous selection of vehicles we have at Dick Beard Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Brings Full-Size LEGO Batmobile to Detroit

LEGO Batmobile | Hyannis, MAUsually, the annual auto show in Detroit is reserved for serious offerings. Most auto makers use it to show off next-generation models or announce upcoming changes to their companies. However, Chevrolet knows how to keep things lighthearted and fun. Working in tandem with the upcoming LEGO Batman movie, Chevrolet brought a full-size LEGO Batmobile to the North American International Auto Show just for the sake of fostering a sense of imagination among the Detroit revelations.

The Batmobile was the result of a partnership between Chevrolet and FIRST LEGO League, A World in Motion, and even students from the Cody Rouge community in Detroit. Chevy sought to bring a sense of family and community to the project in order to strengthen bonds between the company, the people of Detroit, and other businesses, and building a LEGO Batmobile with them was just the kind of family-friendly project to keep everyone happy and excited. What’s more is that the 17-foot-long vehicle actually drives and offers features like Apple CarPlay and hands-free calling!

The full-size LEGO Batmobile will also be getting its own commercial spot in Chevy’s “Real People, Not Actors” ad campaign, featuring LEGO minifigures who talk about what kind of person would drive the Batmobile. We all wish that we could go buy one of these for ourselves, even if there was some assembly required.