The 2018 Chevy Traverse: Chevrolet’s Best Family Car

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The all-new 2018 Chevy Traverse was named one of 2018’s best family vehicles by KBB.com. With tons of cargo space, seating for 8 people across 3 rows, and plenty of entertainment features, it’s easy to see why. The 2018 Traverse certainly brings a lot to the table as a family vehicle. Here are more reasons to schedule a test drive at SouthTowne Motors.

Lots of Space

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

Technology

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Safety Features

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

For families with teen drivers, the Traverse tracks your child’s driving metrics and sets parameters for use, giving you more control to keep their drive safe and know if they’ve done anything reckless.

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Visit SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevy Traverse or any other model in our inventory and find out why Chevrolets make great family vehicles.

Fun Events Near Newnan This March

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle and then make plans to attend some March events around Georgia. If you’re not ready for a new car yet because yours is only a year or two old, be sure to at least have it serviced before you head out anywhere, especially if you’ve got Spring Break plans outside of town.

Georgia Wing Fest – March 18

Head over to Albany, Georgia, for the Georgia Wing Fest, which will be held at 810 S. Westover Boulevard. Enjoy a wing competition, live music, a kids’ zone, plenty of food, a wing eating contest, clucking contest, food vendors, and craft vendors. The fest starts at 11am and tickets cost $5. For more information about the 8th annual Georgia Wing Fest, call (229) 869-0364.

18th Century Colonial Market Faire – March 29-April 1

From March 29 through April 1, head over to 210 S. Broad Street in Winder, Georgia, for Fort Yargo Living History Society’s 9th Annual 18th Century Colonial Market Faire. Enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, woodwright demonstrations, candle-making demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and more. Food and craft vendors will be on site. The event costs $5 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger. There’s also a $5 parking pass. For more information call (770) 867-3489.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service.

Get Your Valentine a Silverado

Does your Valentine deserve something extra special this year? Why not get them a new 2018 Silverado? When you’re looking at a new Chevy truck, you have a ton of trim levels to choose from. When you stop by SouthTowne Motors today, test drive the new 2018 Silverado 1500 with the crew cab and short box. This is the perfect truck for those who need to haul things for the yard but don’t want a huge truck.

Engine and Transmission

The Silverado 1500 features a 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec3 engine with direct injection, variable valve timing and active fuel management. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking. This combination gets 16 mpg* in the city and 23 mpg* on the highway.

Additional features include an external engine oil cooler, an auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps and rundown protection, electric power-assist steering and four-wheel ABS disc brakes with Duralife rotors.

Safety Features

Safety features include daytime running lights with automatic exterior lamp control, StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and trailer sway control, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, a tire pressure monitoring system, OnStar Directions and Connections for six months, dual stage front and side impact airbags, head curtain and seat mounted side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front and rear outboard seating airbags with a passenger sensing system.

Interior Features

Interior features include leather appointed seats, heated front seats, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, two-way power lumbar control, driver seat memory for two drivers, adjustable head restraints, a floor console, cooled front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, driver information center, 4.2-inch color display, express up and drown driver’s window, express down on all other windows, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, dual zone automatic climate control, auto dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and a 110-volt A/C power outlet.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive the new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to learn more about this truck’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment systems.

Must-See February Events Around Newnan

Head out for fun and adventure this February with one of these fun events happening in Georgia.

Sips Under the Sea – February 9

Adults can wander the Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea, with romantic tunes and a Valentine’s Day theme. Doors open for general admission at 7:00pm. VIP guests receive early entry at 6:00pm. VIP Guests will also enjoy two drink tickets and two tickets for small plates/tapas that are served at the event. The event is reserved for those 21 and over. Learn more here.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Valentine’s Day is going to be celebrated nationwide on February 14, and the Atlanta area is no exception. Some of the best deals in town center on dining specials at local eateries.

Try the iconic Polaris Restaurant at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, which will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu of four courses for a price of $85 per person. This includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. There will be a guitar and violin duo providing live music. Reservations are accepted.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails also has a Valentine’s Day special planned. Chef Todd Richards will offer a four course meal at the 5th Annual “An Evening with French Reds.” It costs $65 per person. Reservations are accepted.

The Venetian Room is participating as well. Their meal costs $75 per person. Reservations are being accepted.

If you have a favorite restaurant, look them up to see if they are offering a special. Chances are, they’ll probably have something for you and your date.

Georgia National Rodeo – February 22-24

Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry. The event runs all weekend and besides the shows includes concessions, exhibits, and even a petting zoo for kids.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show – February 23-25

See thousands of plants, small garden displays, and prize winners at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show at Atlanta Botanical Garden.The indoor show will be a feast for the senses, highlighting the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants. During the flower show, visitors also may explore the Garden’s winter landscape as well as its annual Orchid Daze exhibition inside the Fuqua Orchid Center.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you hit the road for fun this February, stop in at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to make sure that your car is ready for the road. From auto sales and service to parts and accessories, SouthTowne Motors has what you need.

Items You Should Have in Your Car to be Ready for Any Situation

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle during all seasons so you are ready for any situation. This means more than a small first aid kit. As a matter of fact, the smaller first aid kits are not enough – you should have a larger kit with supplies to handle most minor emergencies including stitches. Even if you just bought a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors or had your vehicle serviced and feel confident that it won’t break down, you should have emergency supplies. You never know when someone could cause an accident involving you.

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit should have several different sized bandages, bandage tape, an Ace bandage, antibacterial cream, eyewash, a needle and thread, safety pins, glue, tweezers, burn cream, alcohol pads, cotton balls and wipes at a minimum. Add a clean towel and washcloth or a couple of smaller towels so you can clean wounds or use them as compresses to stop bleeding.

Extra Clothing

In the winter, you should have extra coats, gloves and hats for everyone. During all seasons, you should have blankets for everyone, though it is more important to have them during the cooler months in the event you get stranded and help isn’t near by. You’ll eventually run out of gas and the extra blankets and jackets will help keep everyone warm.

Food

Always keep high energy, non-perishable food in the vehicle. Granola bars, chocolate bars in the winter, trail mix or anything else that won’t go bad for a month or so in the vehicle should be packed. Rotate the food stores every month or two, depending on what you are keeping. You should also keep enough bottled water so that each person has two bottles in the vehicle. Rotate the water every month so that it stays fresh.

Other Items

Keep a fire starting kit in your vehicle. Don’t rely on a lighter or matches as those can get wet. If you do get stranded in the woods, you’ll be able to make a fire for warmth or to signal for help. If you often travel in uninhabited places, a tarp to use as protection and to keep things dry will also be handy. A knife will always be handy — just be sure it’s a good, sharp knife.

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Call or stop by SouthTowne Motors to make a service appointment for your vehicle so that you lessen the chances of being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Tips to Make Thanksgiving Easier

Hosting a Thanksgiving get-together can be overwhelming, especially when you’re the one that’s hosting it. Use these simple tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving celebration in your home this year for your friends and family.

1. Plan Ahead

Thanksgiving’s position after Halloween and before Christmas means the holiday seems to appear out of nowhere. Decide which dishes you’ll be making ahead of time, so you can start the process of gathering all of the supplies you’ll need.

2. Start Cooking Early

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking process. Prepare your sides the day before Thanksgiving, so you just have to pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.

3. Try Something New

Use your station as the host as a chance to try something new. Consider deep-frying your turkey outside instead of roasting it indoors.

4. Find Decorations at the Campsite

Use sticks, leaves, pine cones and pine needles from around the campsite for festive and free table decorations.

5. Consider Buying Your Desserts

Shop at a local bakery for delectable Thanksgiving desserts that your friends will love just as much as the homemade versions.

6. Create Fun Placecards

Placecards are a fun part of every festivity, but you can make them even more enjoyable by printing out funny Facebook photos of your friends instead.

7. Label Your Dishes

Make your party welcoming for your friends with dietary restrictions by labeling your dishes with their name and what’s inside.

8. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table

Creating a fun kids’ table will ensure your little guests stay occupied, so the adults can have more fun. Cover the kids’ table with craft paper and give them plenty of crayons to decorate it as they please.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at SouthTowne Motors to shop for a more comfortable vehicle for all of your holiday festivities, especially if you plan to head out of town.

Best Weekend Trips in Georgia

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Looking for some relaxing weekend trips here in Georgia? Try one of these top Georgia destinations the next time you’ve got an open weekend and an itch to travel.

Jekyll Island

Admire the mansions, cruise the cozy streets or sit in the shade under a magnolia tree — Jekyll Island is known for its Georgian luxury, but it’s also the perfect place to sink your toes into the sand and relax.

The Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world, and the building’s 10 million gallons of water are home to stingrays, jellyfish, gators, sharks and countless other underwater species. Your kids will love the touch pool where they can learn about, and even feel, live sea creatures.

Historic Savannah

Carriage rides, ghost tours and some of the best southern eats in the country are just a few staples of downtown Savannah. Spend your days exploring the historic city, then indulge in the fine foods and happening bars at night.

Pebble Hill Plantation

Get a true taste of southern history at the Pebble Hill Pantation in Thomasville. Enjoy a picnic under the oak trees and admire the horses roaming about the estate. Book your tour of the main house ahead of time, because the Pebble Hill Plantation is a popular destination in summertime.

Stone Mountain Park

Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta is the exciting family-fun center of Stone Mountain Park. With rides, ropes courses, nature trails, a cable car and plenty of other outdoor activities sprawled across the park’s 3,200 acres, your entire family can run wild and blow off some steam away from the city.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

SouthTowne Motors, located in Newnan, Georgia, is standing by to help make sure that your trip goes off smoothly. Whether you need to get your car checked over before hitting the road or need to shop for a new vehicle that’s suitable for road trips, SouthTowne Motors can help!

October Events in Georgia

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Hop in your car from SouthTowne Motors and head to these great events happening this October.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

October 15-16 at Stone Mountain Park

For 44 years, the picturesque grounds of the Stone Mountain Park meadow, a short drive northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, have resounded with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October.

This year thousands of Scots (even those that wish to be ‘Scot for the Day’) from around the world will don their family tartans and gather to greet old friends and make new ones too. Come and enjoy the Highland Athletic events, Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming, Scottish Harping. Participate in the Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations, Kirking of the Tartans, Clan Challenge Athletic events, and the Parade of Tartans. See Clan and Tartan information tents as well as the many colorful Scottish shops. All events will be held rain or shine

The event runs daily from 8am to 5pm.

Taste of Atlanta Takes Over Midtown

October 21-23 at Downtown Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta celebrates with a three-day food festival featuring the culinary talents of 90+ Atlanta restaurants and 4 live cooking stages. Taste and savor Atlanta to your palate’s content with delicious creations from local and national celebrity chefs. You’ll learn tips and tricks of the trade at cooking demonstrations, while street performers dazzle onlookers. Live music, kids’ interactive activities, vendors and more line 10 city blocks at Tech Square in Midtown.

Visit SouthTowne Motors this October

SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, is standing by to help you get in the new car of your dreams. Stop by today for vehicle sales, service, parts, and accessories before heading out for a fun event.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Atlanta

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Celebrate German culture in Atlanta this October with local Oktoberfest celebrations. You don’t have to be German to enjoy the good times, good food, and better beer!

Official Oktoberfest of Atlanta

On Saturday, October 15, check out Atlanta’s official yearly Oktoberfest, which runs from 1:00pm to 7:oopm. Billed as Atlanta’s biggest German-themed party, visitors can enjoy a variety of cold beers, German cuisine, live polka music, and plenty of games, activities, and contests (like Giant Jenga, Super-sized Connect Four, cornhole, and ladder ball).

General admission costs $15 and includes entry, a souvenir 22 oz beer stein, and your first beverage free of charge.

VIP admission is available for $60 and includes the souvenir 22 oz beer stein, four complimentary beers, a commemorative t-shirt, complimentary meal voucher, and access to the VIP area with preferred seating and the VIP beer line.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten Restaurant

If you can’t make it out on October 15, celebrate German heritage in Atlanta at Der Biergarten’s annual and authentic Oktoberfest.

Starting September 17 and running through October 22, Der Biergarten brings even more Bavarian culture to their restaurant. Featuring plenty of good beer, good food, and great live music, this Oktoberfest is a celebration for everyone — not just those with German surnames.

Head to 300 Marietta Street NW. Enjoy the traditional tapping of the keg every Saturday night at 6:30.

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Go to Oktoberfest in style in a brand new car from SouthTowne Motors. For new and used auto sales, service, and accessories, visit SouthTowne Motors today. Ask your salesperson if there are any specials or sales going on.

Tips For Staying Alert On The Road

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There is no doubt that road trips are enjoyable, at least the first few hours before fatigue begins to set in. Maintaining your awareness is crucial, especially on long road trips. Studies have shown that a drowsy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver. Falling asleep while driving contributes to 10% of all road accidents, which result in as many as 300 deaths and multiple injuries each year. Don’t endanger yourself and others.

SouthTowne Motors has a few tips to avoid this.

If you’re tired, don’t fight it.

This is almost always the best option if you’re feeling yourself nodding off. There is no shame in pulling over to rest. This can be the most important thing you can do when driving for extended periods of time. Research has proven that even if you take a cat nap for less than an hour, your body receives vital rest it needs to help you stay alert and awake long into the night. So pull that Chevy over and take a 30 minute power nap.

Crank up the music.

Music will affect your mood and energy level. Put together a lively playlist for the road. Add your favorite hits that you love to sing along with. Studies have shown that music with fast and upbeat rhythms and high frequencies work best. Choose a lot of energetic and lively music to boost your feeling of alertness. This is your chance to really rock out on your road trip!

Cold air.

This can be very effective in cooler weather or you can also turn on your car’s AC. Cold air shocks your senses giving you a temporary jolt which makes your body more alert. As most people know, warm air only enhances drowsiness.

Stretch.

Get the blood flowing and the heart rate up by pulling over and doing some quick exercises. Anything works. You can do a little jog around the car or even a few jumping jacks. Anything that accelerates your heart rate will invigorate you and keep you awake.

Keep your taste buds alert.

Eating tangy or tart fruits can wake up the taste buds and the mind. You can even suck on sour candies for this affect. Carrots can also be affective due to the extra effort and time it takes to chew them.

A jolt of caffeine can help.

A cup of coffee or a coke can help boost your alertness. Grabbing one can also give you an excuse to get out of the car and move around.

The next time you feel yourself feeling a bit drowsy, remember these effective ways to rejuvenate yourself. From your Newnan car dealer, drive safe!