If you’re taking the kids to school, odds are you’ll be passing through at least one, but likely more, school zones. That means you’ll need to keep your eyes open for other parents dropping their kids off, buses, pedestrians, and small children in general.
Avoid honking at pedestrians and always stop for flashing lights. Make sure to listen to the school patrol officer or crossing guard.
Helping to reduce the number of vehicles dropping kids off is one way to ease the stress of back-to-school driving. Converse with other parents and make a schedule that dictates who has the responsibility, of taking the kids to school each morning. Don’t forget to decide who picks them up afterward, too!
Beware of Buses
School buses are hard to miss, so there’s no excuse for passing or crashing into one. If the lights are flashing or the stop arm is extended, use caution and come to a complete stop. Don’t try to speed past the bus as the doors are opening—the last thing any parent or driver wants is an injured child.
Make sure to follow these tips, and driving while school is in session will be safer for everyone.
If you live in or are visiting the Redlands, California area this summer, you will have plenty of activities to choose from. Here is a quick glimpse of some of the summer fun in Redlands.
- Redlands Bowl. The Redlands Bowl is a summer music festival that lasts all season long. It offers a wide range of musical groups and styles. This summer you can still catch Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, a Bollywood Spectacular, Opera Under the Stars, and more.
- Shopping. For those want to pick up some new treasures, delicious food, and handmade gifts, Redlands has plenty to offer. Try the Downtown Market Night on Thursdays or the Saturday morning Farmers Market.
- Outdoors. Redlands is a place of great natural beauty. There are plenty of walking, hiking, and biking trails in the area to see as much of the area as you can.
- Lincoln Memorial Shrine. If you love history, a visit to this spot is a must. Many consider this to be the best place to learn about one of most beloved presidents west of the Rocky Mountains.
Here at Hatfield Buick GMC, we love calling Redlands our home. If you are shopping for a great new or used car in the Redlands area, come visit us for a great car-buying experience.
Independence Day is right around the corner and will be here before you know it. Are you prepared to celebrate the day the United States officially broke away from Great Britain and the Revolutionary War began? The Fourth of July serves as a day of celebration of the courage the original colonies had. Here are some fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July recommended by us here at Hatfield Buick GMC.
You don’t have to dress in red, white, and blue or repaint your car to show your patriotism. Simply flying the American flag will do just fine. Consider hanging a flag from your house, car, or in the office at work. It might be worth finding a string of flags to hang if you plan on having a Fourth of July party.
Attend a Parade
Cities around the country celebrate the Fourth of July with parades that show off their American spirit. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and water; some of the parades can get pretty lengthy.
Watch the Fireworks
Is there anymore more traditional than simply watching a local fireworks show? Communities come together to put on a fireworks display that tends to grow year after year. Ask a city official about the local fireworks show. If there isn’t one, ask about starting one!
It is well known that a Buick Regal redesign is in the works for the 2018 model year and we may have just gotten a sneak peek at what it will look like.
The European equivalent of Buick is the Opel brand and, in Europe, the Buick Regal is known as the Opel Insignia. Recently, a non-camouflaged 2018 model was seen cruising the streets in Europe. The Insignia has an athletic stance with crisp lines running from nose to tail.
Now we know that the 2018 Buick Regal will share the same powerful styling as the Insignia, as well as being available in multiple body styles.
In addition to the Regal sedan, the updated model will come in a wagon and liftback variants. Each of these models will have its own name and purpose. The Regal Sportback will have coupe-like styling and will give drivers a more engaging driving experience, while the Regal TourX is more adventure oriented with features like roof rails and higher ground clearance.
The 2018 Regal Sportback should be coming to Hatfield Buick GMC this fall and the Regal TourX should arrive by the end of the year. As for the updated sedan model, Buick hasn’t officially announced a release date, but it could also arrive by the end of the year.
Which 2018 Buick Regal model are you most excited about?
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The New York International Auto Show will see several automakers introducing new concepts, models, and ideas, and one of the brands making a big splash will be Buick. Industry insiders are looking forward to the introduction of the 2018 Enclave, which will see the SUV receiving a next-generation upgrade after a decade-long run. However, Buick is also harboring another surprise – the new Avenir brand – a high-end luxury company based on Buick’s popular Avenir concept.
The Avenir brand isn’t so much its own separate entity as much as a sub-brand of Buick. It will incorporate many nameplates from Buick’s lineup, including the aforementioned Enclave, while adding in new and more upscale features – such as a cabin with more premium materials, as well as design elements like upgraded wheels and unique grilles. These styling cues will be adapted from the Avenir concept, which attracted the attention of enthusiasts and experts alike back in 2015.
The next-gen Buick Enclave will adopt the same new signature styling we’ve already seen on the LaCrosse and Encore. We at Hatfield Buick GMC are also excited to see the touches added onto the Enclave by the new Avenir brand. Keep an eye out for a launch date, as well as details on more vehicles and nameplates that will be added to the Avenir lineup.
There’s no doubt about it: the easiest way to save money on gas and lower your environmental impact is to simply carpool. But whether you’re carpooling with the neighbors’ kids to school in the morning or with your friends on a road trip, carpooling can be more stressful than you think.
To prepare you, we’ve assembled these simple carpool tips:
- Plan a schedule ahead of time, concerning who will drive and when, and stick to it. This will eliminate room for arguing.
- Prepare appropriately. If you’re carpooling with children, stock some games and books in the back. With friends? Design the ultimate playlist ahead of time.
- Plan your path, instead of relying blindly on a navigation system, and explore cheap gas options on your route.
- It’s always a good idea to know the emergency locations during your drive, from hospitals to simple rest stops.
- If you’re the one in the back seat, not the front, do your best not to distract the driver, keeping the volume at an appropriate level.
- Lastly, be strong! Try not to get frustrated in traffic, at your guests, or other potential irritants. Losing your cool can only make a situation worse.
For more driving tips or to check out all the latest Buick and GMC models, contact us or stop by anytime, right here at Hatfield Buick GMC.
The North American International Auto Show saw the reveal of the 2018 GMC Terrain redesign, which follows GMC’s evolving design language and introduces new bold, modern styling.
The new Terrain has sharper lines and more sculpted accents like the redesigned grille and lighting elements, plus a new shape developed by tweaking it to perfection in the wind tunnel for a quieter cabin and more aerodynamic body.
The Denali trim is also all-new and features the signature Denali chrome grille, body-color fascias, chrome roof rails, and body-side molding, plus LED headlamps and ultra-bright aluminum wheels.
The Terrain’s interior has been updated too. Soft-touch materials and premium accents give the Terrain extra luxury, and its active noise cancellation works with the sculpted exterior to create a super quiet ride. Fold-flat rear and passenger seats allow for more cargo space than ever.
Technology and engineering are better than ever, with 7- or 8-inch infotainment systems, turbocharged engine choices, and tons of new safety features. Parents will especially love Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, just three of the seven new features available on the 2018 Terrain.
More updates on the 2018 Terrain and other new GMC vehicles are sure to come in the next months, so don’t miss out! The new GMC lineup is sure to be more refined and advanced than ever.
Buick is setting new standards when it comes to automotive luxury, thanks to the new Avenir sub-brand. This refined lineup of sophisticated vehicles is designed to cater to your every need, offering premium trims, exclusive materials, ergonomic designs, and award-winning styles. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of any new Buick Avenir.
The Avenir lineup was created to meet the needs of Buick’s expanding customer base, especially drivers looking for top-of-the-line quality. Buick has always been synonymous with luxury, but the new Avenir brand will give drivers something extra, says Buick. Translated from French, Avenir refers to “the future.” It was first introduced on the award-winning 2015 Avista concept, and the brand hopes to bring that level of appeal to a whole new range of vehicles.
“Through the first half of 2016, Buick has been the industry’s fastest-growing major international brand, and Avenir is key to future growth and delivering on the high expectations of new customers coming to our showrooms,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “Avenir will be Buick’s signature. The highest expression of the luxury experiences we’re delivering now and in the future.”
What exactly comes with a Buick Avenir trim? Though Buick has yet to release all the details, you can be sure that the new cars will come with mesh grilles, large-diameter wheels, special finishes, ultra-modern interiors, and impeccable acoustics in the cabin. Naturally, you’ll also find exclusive woods, leathers, and brushed metals as accents. We can’t wait to see the new Avenir sub-brand in action.
The Buick Envision is a relatively new name in Buick’s lineup after being introduced to the brand for the 2016 model year. At that time, the Envision was available only in two (well-appointed) trim levels at a higher price point. Now, however, it seems the 2017 Envision updates include a broader range of trim levels, with the base model coming in at a much lower sticker price; there’s also a new engine option in the mix.
For 2016, only the Premium I and Premium II trims were offered to the public. For 2017, the Envision crossover features five models in its lineup. Base, Preferred, and Essence are the newest additions, slotting underneath the Premium trim levels to offer customers more affordable options. These three lower trim levels also come with a different option, a less powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder that comes standard on all but the Premium I and II models.
Other 2017 Envision updates include a new Teen Driver monitoring feature that allows parents to keep an eye on their teenaged driver from afar and utilize parental controls, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that, however, customers will be attracted to the 2017 Envision’s new, lower sticker price and more plentiful options.
Every year, Downtown Redlands continues the holiday tradition of celebrating December and the holiday season with local business owners decorating their businesses for the Holiday Stroll. These light displays are then judged by a secret panel of judges who partake in the event and hand out prizes to the best-decorated small businesses in the area.
It’s a great way for business owners to interact with their community, so come on down and enjoy the Holiday Stroll light displays for yourself.
By this time, the light displays have already been up for a couple weeks, with People’s Choice Voting already having started on the 5th of December and ending the 12th. The judges will vote on December 10th. However, if all you’re looking for is to enjoy the stunning Christmas lights that decorate all of Downtown Redlands, don’t worry; business owners will leave their displays up until Christmas.
The Holiday Stroll itself will officially be happening the morning of December 10th, from 10am until 5pm, so make sure to mark your calendars so you can participating – and maybe even take your time to grab good food or a drink from the local businesses in Downtown Redlands. The Holiday Stroll light displays aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but don’t let that stop you from coming down as soon as you can.
Will you be attending the event? If so, Hatfield Buick GMC hopes to see you there!