Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chevrolet Upgrades Safety Features on the 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Chevrolet and GM Fleet recently announced that they will be upgrading the 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) to better protect and serve officers of the law. To ensure the safety and well-being of police officers while they are out on the road, Chevy has improved the safety features of the new Tahoe to help reduce potential crash speeds and help avoid crashes altogether.


“We want to protect our protectors and help them get home safely at the end of every shift,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “The safety technologies we are introducing on the Tahoe PPV may serve as a second set of eyes.”

While the Tahoe PPV includes a suite of standard safety and driver assist features including StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System, Rear Vision Camera with Rear Park Assist, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and steering wheel controls, it now has the new Enhanced Driver Assist Package available as well. This safety package is the first of its kind for a pursuit-rated vehicle, with five different technologies that make up the package, including:

Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking: This feature automatically helps to reduce the severity of a collision. If the vehicle is traveling at a low speed and the system detects that a front-end collision is imminent, it will apply the brakes if the driver has not already done so.

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: 
This system helps drivers avoid unintentionally drifting out of their lanes on the road with a gentle steering wheel turns. to when they are not actively steering and the turn signals are not activated.

Safety Alert Driver Seat: Instead of audible crash avoidance alerts, drivers can activate this GM-patented alert system to receive a haptic seat-bottom vibration pulses.

Forward Collision Alert: This technology employs radar and a forward-looking camera to measure the closing speeds between a vehicle and objects in its path. If the system determines that there is too small of a distance to the object in front of the vehicle, it will trigger a visual alert and audible beeps or seat pulses to alert the driver, if equipped.

Power Adjustable Pedals: To accommodate drivers of all sizes and help them find their optimal driving position for comfort and control, the Power Adjustable Pedals work in conjunction with the 2018 Tahoe PPV’s standard 10-way power driver seat and tilt wheel as well.

“When they’re on road patrol, police officers are constantly multitasking,” said Theodore Quisenberry, 43-year law enforcement veteran and the retired chief of the Royal Oak (Michigan) Police Department and the Oakland County Homeland Security Division. “Now when officers are scanning their surroundings, so is their vehicle. That will help them stay safe.”

To do their part to support the men and women serving as officers of the law, Chevrolet has upgraded the safety features on the new 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle. The available Enhanced Driver Assist Package will help to keep police officers safe while they are in their patrol vehicles with such features as Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, the Safety Alert Driver Seat, and Power Adjustable Pedals. In fact, features like these are so important that according to a 2017 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report, there is a 27 percent reduction in the rate of rear-end crashes reported to police by vehicles with forward collision warning systems, and when combined with automatic braking, the incident rate is decreased by 50 percent. To keep yourself and your own vehicle safe out on your road this season, we recommend completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. Your vehicle and its internal components can be adversely affected by the freezing temperatures this time of year, and getting service done to get them into top working order is a great way to ensure your vehicle doesn't break down out in the cold.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

7 Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

BAY CITY, Mich. –– School will be out soon for the holiday break and your home will be full of little elves running around once again. This year, try any of these seven Christmas crafts ideas for kids to keep them occupied and engaged. They'll also love the fact that they can add their touch to the holiday spirit in your home! There's only so much time you can spend out playing in the snow and sledding before it gets too chilly, so when that happens, bring your children indoors for some fun and artistic crafts this December.

Paper Plate Santa

A fun and easy craft that only requires a few materials. You and your kids can create jolly-looking Santas to be displayed on the walls or the refrigerator for all your family and holiday guests to admire.


Tracing your hand doesn't just make a turkey, simply flip it upside down and you've got a reindeer shape. Use pipe cleaners for the antlers and a red pompom, sequin or bead as the nose. Decorate the rest of the reindeer as you please!


Cardboard Gingerbread House Gift Tags

Trace and cut out a cardboard house then use a white marker or whiteout to draw the shingles, windows, doors and other features of the house. Your presents will be all the more festive!


Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

A DIY ornament, but one that is a perfect craft to make with your kids! They're simple and easy to make, and your little ones will be proud to show off their handiwork hanging on the family tree!

A super simple craft that is also a tasty treat. Perfect for handing out to carolers or as stocking stuffers!


Popsicle Stick Elf

Grab a few household craft items such as construction paper and popsicle sticks to make your own versions of Santa's little helpers. These smiling elves will add some cheer to your home.


Reindeer Footprint Christmas Cards

Send friends and family a homemade Christmas cards with Rudolph on the front. Your kids will love getting to paint their feet to imprint the reindeer head!


Need more yuletide inspiration? Check out these Christmas crafts for the kids and other recipes and decorations on our Holiday Pinterest Board. You can also make things easier on Santa this year by taking a look at our online inventory to find the vehicle at the top of your wish list! Happy Holidays from Graff Bay City! Also, make sure to prepare for the cold winter weather ahead by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

6 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

BAY CITY, Mich. – December is a festive month for spending time with family and showing them how much they mean to you. But giving gifts to loved ones isn't the only way to make an impact this time of year. You can donate or volunteer to help those in need and make the season bright for everyone in your local community! So, if you're looking for ways to give back this holiday season read on to learn six ideas on how to do so.

6 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

1. Donate to a food drive/bank: Food banks need our support year-round, but their resources are stretched especially thin through the holiday season due to demand. The best way to donate is through a monetary gift, however, as most food banks have partnerships with local grocery stores where they can get more food for a dollar than average shoppers. Find your local food bank to donate to on Feeding America's website.

2. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves: The cold winter weather we experience in Michigan can chill you to the bone. Help keep up local children and adults in need from being cold at home, school, or work this year by donating your gently-used winter coats, hats, and gloves to Just For Kids or the Salvation Army.

3. Adopt a family: Help make the holiday season one to remember for a family in need in your local area. You can adopt a family through Volunteers of America to provide direct support, such as food, toys, and clothing.

4. Donate toys: Make a child's Christmas extra special this year by making sure they receive a toy under the tree. You can donate new toys or gently used toys to local children's hospitals or Toys for Tots.

5. Volunteer at an animal shelter: Dogs, cats, and other animals can use some love and attention during the holiday season as well. Find a local animal shelter or humane society to volunteer at this December.

6. Use Amazon Smile: Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Instead of using the regular "amazon.com" URL, register your account through "smile.amazon.com". It's the same Amazon you use, except 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charity of your choice.

Make it a great holiday season for those in need this year with any of these 6 ways to give back. At Graff Chevrolet Bay City, giving back is extremely important to us and a core tenant of our business. Learn about the many causes and organizations we donate and help raise money for on our Community Involvement page. Also, before you do any holiday traveling this month, make sure your vehicle is running in top shape by scheduling an appointment at the Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Best Chevrolet Vehicles for Winter Driving

BAY CITY, Mich. – Michigan winters make for perilous road conditions and can threaten the safety of motorists. The best way to stay in control while driving on slick and icy roads and avoid accidentally sliding through an intersection or into a snowbank is with a dependable vehicle designed weather the elements and perform with the well-being of its passengers in mind. We recommend the best Chevrolet vehicles for winter driving to help you drive safely during the coming months. Continue to reading to learn about just a few of Chevy's remarkable snow-conquering machines.

The Best Chevrolet Vehicles for Winter Driving

Suburban

A behemoth SUV with the DNA of a Chevy truck, the Suburban is the ideal choice to go dashing through the snow in this winter. The new 2018 model is powered by a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque so you don't have to worry about being stuck in the snow. It also boasts ample ground clearance and weight of approximately 5,700 lbs, for better results in deep snow and poor winter road conditions.

Tahoe

Ranked the Best Large SUV by U.S. News & World Report, the 2018 Tahoe has the same available power and utility as the larger Suburban, but with more nimble maneuverability. In addition to its functionality on winter roads, the Tahoe's comfortable interior will provide a warm and cozy reprieve from the harsh weather outside. You'll feel extra secure knowing the that all of your advanced Chevrolet safety features such as the Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are working to keep your protected while driving on slick, icy roads.

Silverado

Strong, capable, and ready for action in the most inclement of weather! The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado has 420 horsepower, 460 lb.-ft. of torque, and 12,500 lbs. of best-in-class towing capability thanks to its available 6.2L V8 engine. It's likely you'll be the one who your friends and neighbors call to help tow them out a snowbank. Winter is no match for the Silverado and its legacy of rugged performance and dependability.

Who better to design a truck or SUV that's equipped to handle ice and snow than engineers from Detroit? Conquer the elements with the best Chevrolet vehicles for winter driving! Browse our inventory online and once you find the right vehicle for you, call our friendly sales staff to schedule a test drive. You can also get your current vehicle prepared and ready to stand the freezing temperatures and snowy roads with our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. Either way, safety is our primary concern for our customers and we want your vehicle to be ready to handle the elements.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chevrolet Unveils the New 2019 Corvette ZR1

BAY CITY, Mich. – With a legacy of performance, style, and speed, the Corvette brand has made its mark in the automotive and racing worlds for over 60 years. To continue the tradition of excellence, Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that has the most power, best track performance, and most advanced technology in the history of the brand. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is also the fastest model yet, with a top speed over 210 mph.

Chevrolet Unveils the New 2019 Corvette ZR1

Every element of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is designed for exceptional performance. It has an exclusive new LT5 6.2L V8 supercharged engine with 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque which is complemented by seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions. Even the aggressive new exterior design is meant to inspire and quite frankly, intimidate. But the design elements are not without function, the new front fascia is engineered to channel air for drivetrain cooling and propulsion. There are also additional aero packages (Low Wing and High Wing) are available to give the new ZR1 significantly more downforce and perform even better out on the race track.

Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 and it is an automotive marvel with unrivaled capability. If you're dying to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Corvette, give our sales team a call at Graff Bay City to get more information. There's nothing quite like driving a dream car! Additionally, with the winter weather fast approaching we recommend completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to get your vehicle prepared for the freezing temperatures. You don't want to break down on the side of the road in January!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Burn Off the Extra Calories This Holiday Season with a Workout Routine

BAY CITY, Mich. – Turkey, pie, cookies, candies, and more! This time of year brings far too many delicious dishes and treats to not indulge a bit. The only downside is that by the time New Years Day rolls around you may not fit into your jeans as well anymore. But thankfully there are plenty of simple exercises you can do from home to help keep your fitness up while allowing you to snack and sample all the delectable food. So try using our workout routine to burn off the extra calories this holiday season.

Burn Off the Extra Calories This Holiday Season with a Workout Routine

Repeat this cycle of exercise 2-3 times for a serious workout:

  • 30 Sit-Ups
  • 15 Hip Raises
  • 10 incline push ups
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 20 walking lunges – 10 each leg
  • 50 High Knees
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 10 dumbbell rows (using a gallon milk jug or another weight)
  • 15-second plank
  • 15-second side plank

So don't miss out on your favorite food and desserts when you can burn off the extra calories with a simple workout routine this holiday season. Make sure your vehicle is ready to brave the elements so that you can make it to all of the parties and family get-togethers this year by completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine. Or, if you feel the need to get into a rugged Chevy truck to handle the winter weather, we recommend consulting or Chevy Truck Comparison page to find which pickup is right for you!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Friday, November 17, 2017

10 Ways To Give Thanks

BAY CITY, Mich. – Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the time of year to be with family and reflect on all of the blessings in your life. Being thankful for what you have is a very important lesson to teach to your children. Try some of these 10 ways to give thanks to be more introspective and appreciative this Thanksgiving season.

10 Ways To Give Thanks

Write Thank You Letters

Go to the store and buy some thank you letters. Write a heartfelt message to all those in your life who you are thankful for and deliver the letters before Thanksgiving!

Donate

Whether its food, clothing, or money, donating to help those in need is a great way to give back and appreciate the things you have.

Volunteer

Volunteering your time is something that anyone can do. Whether it be at an animal shelter, a local homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen, it's always important to give back. All of these places can especially use your help during the holiday season.

Give Out Gifts

Bake some treats, get some dollar store toys, or make little goody-bags to give out to friends, teachers, and other people in your life.

Create a Thankful Tree

Grab a fallen tree branch out of your backyard to start making a Thankful Tree! This simple craft is a great way to have a conversation with your children about being thankful for the things they have like family, pets, their favorite toys, and more.

Talk About Being Thankful at Dinner

Before you sit down together, at Thanksgiving or any other night this November, take a moment, go around the table and have each family member say what they are thankful for.

Be Extra Grateful Out in Public

Spread gratitude and kindness out in public to make the world a nicer place this November. Say thank you, smile, be vocally appreciative to your neighbors, store clerks, and others.

Send a Care Package to Military Members

Show your thanks and appreciation for our military service members by sending them a care package for the holidays with treats, letters, and other comforts from home. We recommend going through Operation Gratitude.

Donate a Thanksgiving Dinner

You can donate to local food banks and sponsor a family in need with a Thanksgiving dinner this year. It will mean a great deal to the family you sponsor to have a warm meal on Thanksgiving.

Invite Those in Need to Thanksgiving

Can you think of anyone you know who might benefit from a warm and friendly meal? Maybe someone you know who doesn't have a family Thanksgiving of their own to go to or family friends who have fallen on hard times? Reach out to them and make a difference this holiday season.  

Spend the Thanksgiving season reflecting on all that you have and being appreciative this year with any of these 10 ways to give thanks. To show our appreciation for all our customers, we've got special service coupons that you can download and use to save big on your next trip to our Graff Bay City Service Center. This time of year, when the weather is growing colder, we recommend completing our Fall Car Care maintenance routine to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.