What To Do When The Seats In Your Used Chevy Are Uncomfortable

I think we’ve all experienced back pain while driving at least a time or two. It’s usually always in the lower back… I wanted to find out what the connection was between driving and lower back pain. Research has come up with a few different things that can cause lower back pain. Vibration from the engine, sitting position and how long you are driving your used DFW Chevrolet, all contribute to lower back pain.

There are a few things you can do to make the seats in your Chevrolet a little more comfortable:

The Seat – Make sure you are sitting in the very back of your seat. When you slouch your lower back is not supported. Sitting up right with your bottom all the way to the back of the seat will help minimize the stress on your spine.

The Backrest – You should place the seat at a 10-15 degree incline from the vertical position. If for some reason this feels unnatural to you then you need to make the seat more upright.  If you are sitting at a bad angle it can strain your neck.

The Headrest – This is good in helping your posture and it will help lower injuries in an accident. The bony bit at the back of your head (known as the ‘inion’) is a good guiding point, the headrest should be level with this. There should be about 1 inch between the back of your head and the headrest. This allows for the ligaments and the muscles of your neck to control the posture of your head better and giving better support in case of an accident.

Seat/Pedal distance – You want to make sure that you do not over stretch your legs and you also want to make sure you don’t have to twist your body in any way. If your knees are bent and you can’t move them very easily then you need to stretch out a bit. If your legs are completely straight when you push down on the gas then you need to tighten up a bit. It is normal to have your knees bent at about a 45 degree angle.

The Arm position – Your arms should be as relaxed as possible, elbows bent around 20-30 degrees. You want to reduce any stress on your shoulders so you should adjust your steering wheel to a mid to lower position. Make sure to remember to stay at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel.

Take breaks on long drives – I once drove 14 hours without stopping (unless it was a quick bathroom break). My body was so stiff I was hurting the next day. It’s always better to travel with someone else but if you are alone stop at a rest stop every couple of hours and walk around a bit. It’ll help trust me.

What tips do you have for making driving in your new or used Chevy more comfortable?

How Many Auto Makers Logos Can You Name?

This is a fun little game. See how many you can name and how fast you can do it. Can you name them all? See the original game here.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Could Your New GM Car Or Truck Tell You When You’ve Missed A Speed Limit Sign?

As I am driving down the street I often look down at my speedometer and notice I am going a little fast. I then wonder to myself what the speed limit is on that road anyway! Well check out the newest technology that GM is working on. Do you think this will be helpful or just another distraction while you are trying to drive? Thanks to USAToday.com for this story. Keep an eye on what’s coming to your local Texas Chevy dealer and in no time you may be able to test this new technology out.

As any traffic cop will tell you, it’s the oldest excuse in the world: “Officer, I didn’t see the sign.” Whether true or not, General Motors has a technology on the horizon that could end the excuse — and save some lives.

GM’s Opel unit, along with BMW, is trying out a system in Europe that can read traffic signs and relay the information directly to drivers in the car. It tells drivers the speed limit on any road, and informs them of other warning signs as well, says Jim Federico, GM’s chief of its midsize cars lineup. He talked about as Drive On was trying out the new 2011 Buick Regal, right. Right now, the car is devoid of techno-gimmicks. The sign reader could supply a bit of gee-whiz technology that could captivate buyers.

The system is still being perfected. It’s having trouble reading digital signs. And the kinks are still being worked out. When drivers bring in their cars for service in Europe, the computerized system can be updated with better sign recognition software. It’s coming to the U.S., but just when hasn’t been determined. But when it does, drivers will have the latest speed-limit displayed right in front of them. No more excuses to the cops.

Well…. What do you think?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Drive A 2010 Camaro? Check Out These Stats.

The Camaro of Classic Chevrolet Fan Bill Meier. A 2010 2SS/RS!

A member of the Camaro5 forum has done something pretty awesome. It’s the biggest treasure chest of production statistics regarding the 2010 Chevy Camaro. Everything from exterior and interior colors to sunroofs and states. Where does Texas lie?

First off is exterior color popularity and the most popular color is black with 22,893 made so far.  As for the interior color this is probably a no brainer as most have opted for the black interior with 69,036 units made so far with this color.  The most popular model is 2SS with right around 48,875 made so far, in second is the 2LT with 18,629 made so far.  Next up is transmission type with most folks opting for the six-speed automatic rather than the six-speed manual.

Another fun production fact is how many have purchased a sunroof in their 2010 Camaro, 55% have gone without one.  The engine choice is one that has even surprised General Motors as 58% of Camaro buyers have opted for the V-8 model.

Where are all those Camaros headed to, well the biggest draw for Camaros is Texas with 12,983 purchased so far, California and Florida are second and third respectively. – AutoBlog writer Matt Rigney.

To see all of the stats and graphs visit Camaro5.

Are you a member of the Camaro5 forum?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What’s The Best New Or Used Car For Your Grad?

Do you remember what your first car was? Did your parents buy you that sports car you were dreaming of or did they give you a “Grandma” mobile? As high school is coming to an end and your teens are getting ready for college you may be wondering what kind of car to get them. Well The Wall Street Journal ‘s Joe White thinks it should be practical, safe, boring, used, and cheap.

We all know that teenagers think they are invincible and we all know that 9 out of 10 teenagers are a menace on the roads. So why spend the money on a sports car or pick up truck that they may wreck? One of his recommendations is the 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu. His reasons? It’s safe, reliable, has good crash test ratings, and of course boring…. But is the Chevy Malibu really boring? I certainly don’t think so.

KBB.com says that you will like the Chevy Malibu if:

The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu’s bold, attractive sheetmetal and stylish interior touches are backed by confident handling, a quiet ride and an overall level of refinement competitive with the category’s best. Unlike some competitors, the fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine is available on all Malibu trims, not just the entry-level model.

So head on over to your Texas Chevy dealer and let your teenager test drive the very NOT boring 2008-2009 Chevy Malibu. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Checking A Used Car or Truck For Flood Damage!

With recent flooding in Tennessee and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, I thought it was important to share with you some things to look for when purchasing a used car or truck so that you are sure it’s not flood damaged. Flood damage at times can be difficult to detect but I am hoping these tips from Consumer Reports will help you when you are on your search. You can always get a Car Fax report on the used vehicle you are researching or call your local Fort Worth Chevy dealer if you have questions.

Here are some hints on what to look for:

  • Inspect the carpets to see if they are wet, damp, or muddy.
  • Check the seat-mounting screws to see if there is any evidence that they have been removed. To dry the carpets, the seats must be removed, not generally a part of normal maintenance.
  • Inspect the lights. Headlights and taillights are expensive to replace, and a visible water line may still show on the lens or reflector.
  • Inspect the difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood. Waterborne mud and debris may still appear in these places.
  • Look for mud or debris on the bottom edges of brackets or panels, where it wouldn’t settle naturally.
  • Look at the heads of any unpainted exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will show signs of rust.
  • Check if the rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors look as if they have been removed recently. It may have been done to drain floodwater.
  • If you need to dig deeper, remove a door panel to see whether there is a water mark on the inside.
  • If you are from an area impacted by a flood and have a car that was not damaged, be aware that buyers may still suspect that it was. Consider having a mechanic inspect the car before you sell it so that you can present potential buyers with a clean bill of health.

    Likewise, months and even years after a major event like the Tennessee flooding, damaged cars can surface in other parts of the country. It best to be vigilant when considering a used-car purchase.

Here is a good video with some tips from Car Fax:

Have you ever purchased a flood damaged vehicle unaware of it? Did it cause you any headaches?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

An Amazing Gift With An Amazing Story!

When we decided to do our Chevy and Friends photo contest in April we never thought we’d have a more gracious, generous, kind, caring winner than that of Donna Sowul. After a long week of voting she was the 2nd place finisher receiving over 2,500 votes for her submission of the picture to the left with her husband and her beloved Camaro. Because she was a top 3 finisher she received a $100 VISA gift card from Classic Chevrolet. To my amazement she emailed us when she received her gift card and told us of her plans for the $100.

I just wanted to let you know that I got my gift card today…I want to convey my sincerest thanks and appreciation for this most generous and thoughtful gift…I also wanted to let you and Classic Chevrolet know that I plan on donating it to the “Make a Wish Foundation” in loving memory of my Dad, who passed away right before I got my ‘dream car called Camaro’…His last wishes were that donations be made in his name to the “Make A Wish Foundation”, as he always felt so heartbroken to see little children with bald heads due to chemo…I plan on letting the foundation know of the generosity of Classic Chevrolet, and to also honor my late Dad who I miss so much every single day… May God Bless all of you at Classic Chevrolet the way he has also blessed me with this gift card from you…
Best regards,
Donna Sowul
(in loving memory of my Dad, Irvin W Smith…West Babylon, NY)

After receiving this letter we just knew we had to contribute somehow because we were so honored that she would do that.

The Make A Wish Foundation is an organization that since 1980 has been granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. According to their website they have made over 191,000 wishes come true for children all over the world. It is an amazing organization that gives hope and happiness to children. For more information on how you can help you can visit their website.

So in honor of Donna and her gracious donation today April 23, 2010 between 10:30 am and 9:00 pm – Classic Chevrolet will donate $2 for every “Like” we receive from our Facebook Fan Page from this post to the Make A Wish Foundation!

Thanks Donna for being so great! It’s fans like you that make us love what we do!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Want To Avoid Getting A Ticket In Your Car Or Truck?

I think it is that time of year when the cops are out in full force. I keep seeing all these new speed traps on my way to work and a countless number of people pulled over getting a ticket for whatever reason. This irritates me simply for the fact that it slows down traffic cause people want to rubberneck. Well I came across this article by the National Motorists Association and they’ve got some pretty good tips. There’s nothing more irritating than being pulled over getting a ticket.

Here’s the list:

1.) Try not to drive faster than 9 mph over the posted limit on the highway and about 5-6 mph above the posted limit on secondary roads.
In most places, most cops will not ticket you if you’re within this range. Part of the reason is simply that most car speedometers are not perfectly calibrated and so it’s easier to challenge such a trivial ticket in court. Exceptions to this include 25 mph/school zones — where you should never drive even a single mph faster than the posted limit.

2.) Don’t drive significantly faster (or slower) than the traffic around you.
If you do, you’ll stick out — and if there’s a cop around, he will notice and focus on you. Learn from the prey animals of the African savannah: There is safety in numbers. Even if you are driving faster than the speed limit, if you’re one of a dozen cars in a pack, there’s only a one in twelve chance the cop will target you.

3.) Never speed at night, especially after midnight.
There are more cops on the road during these hours — and fewer cars. You will stand out. And the cops are looking for any excuse to pull you over, because night-time is DWI time and every car a cop comes across will be closely scrutinized. Give him a reason — any reason — to pull you over and he will pull you over.

4.) Make sure your car’s registration, license plates and state inspection are always up to date.
Cops are trained to look for passed-due inspection stickers (and also things like cracked windshields and dead headlights/brake lights, etc.)

5.) Pay attention to the behavior of other drivers, especially if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.
If you see cars ahead suddenly slowing down for no apparent reason (or oncoming cars are flashing their lights at you) it’s likely there’s a radar trap up ahead. Slow down now.

6.) Be on  guard driving through small towns you don’t know, especially small towns just off an Interstate or when a major road goes directly through a small town.
Speed traps are a reality of life and you’re most likely to encounter one when driving through a small town in the middle of nowhere. Some towns get a large percentage of their budget from traffic tickets and the local yokel cops are on the lookout for cars with out of state plates because they know the driver is not likely to come all the way back there to try to fight the ticket in court — no matter how trumped-up the ticket might be. It’s unfair, but it’s the reality on the ground.

7.) Be on the alert for sudden (and often poorly indicated) reductions in the posted speed limit.
On many roads, the maximum will drop from say 55 to 45 for no obvious reason — and sometimes, there’ll be a cop just after the sign change, waiting for you with his radar gun. Watch for work zones — where the limit may drop by half (and the fines double).

8.) Educate yourself about photo radar, or automated tickets.
If you’re traveling to say Phoenix, AZ or Washington, DC — be forewarned that these areas use automated cameras to ticket people for both red light running and speeding. You may get no warning — and have no idea you just got a ticket — until it arrives in the mail a few weeks later.

9.) Familiarize yourself with the makes/models of cars that cops tend to drive.
The most commonly used cop cars (marked and unmarked) are the Ford Crown Victoria, the Chevy Impala and the Dodge Charger. The nice thing about the Vic is that it’s very easy to pick out because it’s very large and pretty much only cops and older people drive them. The Impala’s harder to sniff out because they are anonymous-looking and really blend into the crowd. The Charger’s even worse because it’s a popular car and also a car that younger, sporty drivers favor. But in general, be on the alert whenever one of these cars is around; be extra wary if you see telltale signs such as multiple low-profile antennas, large tires with inexpensive-looking trim rims/hub caps and a spotlight on the driver’s side door.

10.) Don’t exceed the posted in adverse weather such as heavy rain or when it’s snowy.
Not only is it unsafe, it may also be a moving violation even though you may not have been driving faster than the posted maximum. Keep in mind that the speed limit is just that — the lawful maximum — under ideal conditions. If a cop sees you driving faster than he deems safe for conditions, he can still pull you over and give you a ticket. And besides, this is a case where slower really is safer. Even if you have a 4WD vehicle, it takes longer to stop (and the vehicle is more prone to skidding out) if the roads are wet or slicked from snow/ice. – Thanks to National Motorists Association for this list.

Just make sure if you are headed to your Texas Chevy Dealer so excited about getting a new car. You take your time. Ha ha. Can you think of anything they left out?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Tips On How To Drive Your Car Or Truck In The Rain.

Ok so in Texas people drive crazy in the snow and ice but they also drive crazy in the rain. I can understand slowing down and taking your time but do we really need to go 20 mph on the freeway? I was thinking about this the other day as I was driving home so I decided to do some research on tips for driving in the rain. I came across this website called Cars for Keeps with some pretty good information. It gave me a little bit more insight on the safety hazards of driving in the rain. Not only from a crazy driver’s point but now I can understand the need to be a little more cautious when driving in the rain. Maybe next time I won’t get so irritated. Here are some of the tips from Cars for Keeps. If you want to keep your new or used car or truck out of your local Arlington Chevy Dealers service department maybe you should read up and let me know what you think.

Here are a few things to be aware of when you’re out there in a Texas rain storm:

1. We all know the dry spells we go through here in Texas. 100 + degree summers can get to us. So it’s imperative that after a dry spell when some big rains come in you be extra careful out there. Oil and fumes can and will build up on pavement. So when it starts raining all that crud will rise to the surface of the pavement increasing your chances of sliding around cause it will be very slick out there.

2. Have you ever hydroplaned before? One time in my younger years there was a big rain storm in DFW and I was coming across the bridge from 121 to William D. Tate and my car hydroplaned causing me to do a few 360’s on the bridge when my car came to a stop I was facing on coming traffic. Whoa!! You see when the rain is coming down so hard like it tends to do here it gets so thick that it will literally cause your car to float a little. One good way to avoid hydroplaning is to slow down so that your car or truck can be stable on the pavement. Be aware of braking when this happens cause you could lose control of your car and start spinning the best thing to do should this happen to you is just take your foot off the brake and try to steer your vehicle straight.

3. You cars brakes can not be trusted. Remember the blog I wrote on driving on black ice? This is very similar. A good rule of thumb no matter how annoying it may be to the drivers behind you is to slow down, light braking, slow acceleration. If you’re in a hurry and having to brake fast and you’re hitting the gas quickly you could cause yourself to hydroplane or worse.

4. Turn your lights on. When I was in high school I wanted a silver car. My mom wouldn’t let me have one cause she always said in a really bad thunderstorm people wouldn’t see me cause I would blend into the traffic. I learned later in life how important it is to turn your lights on when you are in a rain storm because there have been several times when i’ve been driving behind someone and I didn’t see them until they hit their brakes. The same could go for you. You could be driving along and someone could come flying up behind you and hit you cause they can’t see you. So always always turn your lights on when it starts to rain.

5. Those tires and windshield wipers are important. Make sure you get new windshield wipers yearly and it’s always a good rule of thumb to once a week check your tires for proper inflation and tread. If you have little to no tread on your tires you run the risk of sliding around and hydroplaning easier. New windshield wipers will give you better visibility so you can travel as safely as possible and be aware of what’s ahead.

Can you think of any other tips for driving in the rain?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Are You Tall? Need A New Or Used SUV But Want More Leg Room?

I can understand how uncomfortable it can be behind the wheel of any car or truck when you are tall and can’t get room. It’s no fun to have your head smashed up against the roof and it’s unsafe to have your legs crammed up to your chest as you are driving. No one wants to be uncomfortable when traveling at any distance. Edmunds.com put together a list of the top 10 SUV’s that you can find at your local Fort Worth Chevy Dealer that will help you get the most room so you can drive in comfort and in style. They even provide the dimensions for you. Now the key is to get out there and test drive one to make sure that it works for you. Classic Chevrolet was ecstatic to find that two Chevy vehicles were on the list and tied for 1st place. Here are the picks that tie for first place. If you want to see the full list of SUV’s see Edmunds.com.

2010 Cadillac Escalade (tie)
Front headroom: 41.1
Front legroom: 41.3
Front hiproom: 64.4
Front interior room: 48.9

2010 Chevrolet Suburban (tie)
Front headroom: 41.1
Front legroom: 41.3
Front hiproom: 64.4
Front interior room: 48.9

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe (tie)
Front headroom: 41.1
Front legroom: 41.3
Front hiproom: 64.4
Front interior room: 48.9

2010 GMC Yukon (tie)
Front headroom: 41.1
Front legroom: 41.3
Front hiproom: 64.4
Front interior room: 48.9

Just because you are tall doesn’t mean you can’t find room and comfort in a new or used SUV or even truck. I hope this list helps give you a few ideas and thanks to Edmunds.com for doing the research.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.