School has started for most, which means your schedule is likely crammed with events and activities. However, back-to-school auto maintenance should also be a priority this time of year. The fall is the right time to schedule regular service like oil changes, inspections, and more.
According to Allstate, the first thing you should do this fall is get an oil change. Most cars need an oil change roughly four times a year (3,000 miles or three months), which means fall is the perfect time to bring your car in. You can also check and top off fluid levels, including coolant, oil, transmission fluid, brake and power steering fluid, and washer fluid.
Next, check the tires. Tire pressure decreases in cold weather, which is usually right around the corner by the time school starts. Air pressure decreases at about 1 psi for every 10-degree dip in temperature. This can also cause added wear on the tread—another thing to check. You can test tire tread using the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above President Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.
Finally, check your lights. This time of year is often darker than early summer, which means it can be hard to see. Plus, the school year brings added pedestrians to sidewalks and cross walks. Have someone help you test your lights to see if they’re all on (including brake and reverse lights).
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle known for its impressive 238-mile range. The popular electric model has earned a reputation for comfort and reliability. Now Chevrolet can add safety to the list. The Chevrolet Bolt recently earned the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
According to the IIHS, the Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn the honor. The Bolt scored a top “Good” rating in all five crash tests. Its advanced safety technologies brought it even closer to the top score with a “Superior” rating.
The active safety technologies helped the Chevrolet Bolt stop and avoid collisions as both 12 mph and 25 mph.
The only thing that stopped the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt from achieving the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating was its headlights. While many vehicles feature headlights that are generally rated as too dim, the Chevrolet Bolt’s headlights were the exact opposite. Its headlights were so bright that they could cause glare for oncoming drivers.
Had the Chevrolet Bolt dimmed the headlights a little, it would have earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating with ease.
We here at Fairground Auto Plaza are happy to see the advanced Chevrolet Bolt raises the bar with an abundance of safety features!
Now that October’s over, it can seem like all the Halloween festivities have been tossed out the window and now everyone is waiting eagerly for Christmas. As a result, November can seem a little boring. However, if you know where to look, plenty of local November events are happening right here in Rolla, so you and the family don’t have to get cabin fever waiting for Thanksgiving and beyond.
First of all, if you’re into theater, why not check out the showing of “Black Comedy” at the Ozark Actors Theatre? With love on the line and humorous misunderstandings galore, you’re sure to have a good time. Various showings will be available throughout the month.
If you’re more of an athletic type or even just want to honor our veterans, the Honoring Our Heroes Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K offers participants of various skill levels the ability to get out for a brisk morning walk, run, or jog to raise money for our vets on November 19th.
November 24th is, of course, Thanksgiving, which means the Galloping Gobbler – another marathon – is happening in Rolla that morning.
Following shortly after, on the 28th, you can stay up late for the Observatory’s Public Viewing Night, allowing visitors to stargaze at the Orion Nebula.
Check out these local November events and you won’t be bored during this “in-between” month!
Chicago-style pizza is served around the country and an Italian favorite of many. St. Louis, Missouri may be located more than 200 miles away from Chicago, but the pizza places here know how to make a great pizza! Here are some of the best pizza places in St. Louis.
Pi Pizzeria – The Pi Pizzeria is located on Delmar Boulevard and boasts a number of excellent customer reviews. Many past customers recommend trying the deep dish pizza and we have to agree.
Black Thorn Pub – The Black Thorn Pub is located on Wyoming Street and served the best Chicago-style pizza in St. Louis according to popular opinion. The friendly, inviting atmosphere is perfect for those who want a slice of Italian after a long day.
Cicero’s – Cicero’s is also located on Delmar Boulevard and has excellent pizza and a selection of craft beers ready to serve. Stop in for some awesome pizza that will have your taste buds tingling and wash it down with a cold one. Live music is just an added bonus.
There are plenty of other excellent pizza spots in St. Louis, MO but we can’t go on about them all day! No pizza place is bad so we recommend trying them for yourselves.
You’ll definitely be able to leave every other car on the road in your tracks when you drive the new Camaro ZL1. This is the most powerful Camaro ever built, with jaw-dropping performance technologies and design, as well as state-of-the-art engineering. Best of all, the new Camaro also has a stunning exterior. What’s not to like?
According to Chevy, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 performance is better than ever thanks to a smart powertrain. The 650-horsepower V8 is supercharged, helping the Camaro to do 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. That’s nearly two seconds less than the 1LE. Plus, with a quarter mile of 11.4 seconds at 127 mph, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.
“Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.”
Despite its muscle-car heritage, the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t just a massive engine strapped to a skimpy frame. Engineers also cut 220 pounds in weight to help increase speed and acceleration, not to mention fuel economy and handling.
This model also has a tuned suspension with Magnetic Ride damping and a limited-slip differential. There are few models that can give you this much performance without spending a fortune. Get a working-class supercar—get the Chevy Camaro ZL1.
The Chevrolet Malibu is made with safety in mind. This model comes with intelligent engineering to protect you in the event of a crash, advanced airbags, strategic crumple zones, and high-strength steel. Plus, the Malibu comes with smart driver assist technologies to help prevent accidents in the first place. For new drivers, the Malibu is also safe thanks to the innovative Teen Driving Safety system.
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According to Chevy, the Chevrolet Teen Driver system premiered in the 2016 Malibu. This tool provides parents with a high-tech tool to help encourage safer driving habits for their teenagers, even if parents aren’t in the car. Fatal crash rates for teenagers are nearly three times higher than drivers over twenty, making the new Teen Driver system more important than ever before.
Basically, Teen Driver monitors driving, records information, and automatically activates safety systems like automatic collision braking or forward collision alert. Teens are given a special key that activates the system upon ignition. The in-car system then begins to record speed, distance travelled, safety feature alerts, and the number of times ABS and stability control were activated. Teen Driver lets you track this information from home.
“We designed this to be used as a teaching tool,” said MaryAnn Beebe, a Chevrolet safety engineer. “It gives the teen a chance to prove to mom and dad, ‘Hey, I’ve been driving responsibly,’ and if there are things on the report that need discussion — if your teen has had the car for a week and comes back with seven forward collision alerts — then maybe there is an opportunity to talk about areas where maybe the teen could use some improvement.”
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Teen Driver also activates driver assist technologies to make sure your teen is safe. It can mute the radio if seats are not buckled, and it allows for a maximum volume setting to reduce distractions. Drivers also get warnings if you exceed pre-set maximum speeds (which can be set from 40 to 75 mph). This is just one more way Chevy is keeping its drivers safe.
See us at Fairground Auto Plaza today to get your teen a 2016 Chevy Malibu.