Car Safety Glass is Stronger Than You Might Think

You have windows all throughout your home or apartment, and if you’ve ever broken one (guilty here on a few occasions), you know that when they shatter, glass goes everywhere. Hopefully you’ve never been involved in an auto accident, but if you have, you probably noticed that car windows don’t shatter so easily. Why?

Safety glass!

So, what makes safety glass different? Safety glass is made up of several layers of glass – usually two or more – and a thin layer of clear, plastic film which is sandwiched between them. This film helps keep glass from flying everywhere when broken, which could cause injury to you, or any other occupants in your car.

Safety glass was first used in cars in the late 1920s, and before that, the car windows were made similar to those windows found in your home. Ouch! According to glasslinks.com, the safety glass in cars today can withstand three times the impact velocity of standard windshields.

Most side and rear windows in cars are made from a tempered safety glass. This tempering process can strengthen glass up to 10 times that of un-tempered glass. It involves heating the glass and contouring it as it heats. While very strong, tempered glass can break, but when it does, it shatters into rounded, smaller pieces that are less likely to injure someone.

You learn something new every day, don’t you? If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them here or come on over and visit me at the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.

Atlanta Cars: Buying Your First New Car Should Be Fun

When it comes to buying your first new car, there is no doubt that you will be very excited and you will probably feel great about it for quite a while. The fact is though that this is a huge investment, so you will want to get it right. If you are lucky, this car will last you many years, so you will want to visit Southtowne first, so we can help you to get your choice right.

There is no doubt that the process of buying a car for the first time can be an intimidating experience if you are not ready, and do not know what to expect. Before you even set foot on a car lot, determine the amount that you can reasonably afford and if you are going to finance that first car. If so, you need to do a little homework to determine your payments, insurance and taxes.

Here are a few tips for anyone who is considering buying their very first car. Yes, this is an English Video…but, guess what, they buy cars too…

First, safety should be a huge consideration when choosing your first car. However, just because you may have extra safety features in your car, you still need to take care when driving.

The best piece of advice I could give when going to purchase you first car is to take someone with you that has been through the car buying process. It could be a parent, friend or extended family member that has bought cars in the past and knows what to expect. Whether you are looking for a new or a used car, having an experienced car buyer with you that can coach you as an unemotional observer can save you thousands of dollars.

Of course, if you’d like the easiest and most enjoyable car buying experience, see Southtowne GM…after all, we will be your dealer for life for a reason!

How Many Drinks Can You Have And Still Get Behind the Wheel, Atlanta Car Owners?

Now, do I really need to write about this? Aren’t the 1,000’s of lives that are ruined each year because of drinking and getting behind the wheel enough?

However there are those people out there who refuse to adhere to the warnings, ignore the statistics and are just down right selfish when it comes to getting behind the wheel. “I just had a couple…I’m fine.” Uh, no, you aren’t.

So, Georgia, how many drinks does it take before you require a Designated Driver?

The answer is in the video below:

Yeah, it was a trick question. If you drink, don’t drive…period. It’s a very simple mantra to follow. Remember, you aren’t the only one out there on the road, so am I and my family and we shouldn’t be responsible for your selfish and recklessness. If you drink, get a driver. All I can do is warn you.

If you have any comments, and I know that you do, leave them here…your time to rant and take a stand is now!

This is an urgent reminder from your Dealer for Life (emphasis on “LIFE”) the Southtowne GM Superstore.

Atlanta Cars: There Are Heroes On The Highways

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Every now and then, I’ll come across something unique that I just have to share. It’s an older story, but that certainly doesn’t lessen the drama. So, this post isn’t about, changing your oil or rotating your tires or even Southtowne Motors, per se. It is about 1 fearless individual who risked his own life to save the life of others.

The footage you are about to see was recorded in a gas station in Turkey. The tanker truck caught fire while filling the underground fuel reserve. The cause of the fire was blamed on static electricity . As you can see in the video the people who saw the fire expanding rapidly started running away, fearing an imminent explosion.

However, Engin Kocak, the truck driver, felt he had the duty to do something. He first attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher. Quickly realizing that the blaze was too powerful for that,  he got in the cabin…yes the cabin of his truck attached to 1,000’s of gallons of fuel and drove the truck away from the station, risking his own life in order to save the lives of others.

Here’s a quote from carscoop.

“The fuel tank went up in flames instantly. At that moment, I said, ‘Let something happen to me, instead of the people nearby,’ and got behind the wheel. The tank turned into a ball of flames, but I managed to take it to a secure place. But some cars were burned as a result of the flames jumping from the tank,” said the driver, who reportedly jumped off the truck to save his life when he arrived in a safe area, 1 kilometer away from the gas station.

Thanks to Kocak’s heroic actions, no one was hurt in the incident.

I just found this a really great story and how the actions of one man save a lot of people. If you’d like to leave a comment or even share a story with Southtowne and the rest of our readers, we’d love to hear them!

Atlanta Cadillac Dealer: Taking the Crossover Market By Storm

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I’m talking about the 2012 Cadillac SRX Luxury Crossover. It’s one of the top safety picks by the Insurance Institute. The interior is not only luxurious, it’s well thought out.

As for what’s under the hood, the 2012 Cadillac SRX, has a new 3.6-liter V6 that replaces both of the previous engine choices. The six-speed automatic transmission also gains a fuel-saving Eco mode. In terms of features, Bluetooth is now standard, while a heated steering wheel is standard on all trims except the base SRX.  Cadillac says it also tightened the suspension and added more sound insulation for a more comfortable and quiet ride.

According to edmunds.com:

the SRX Luxury and you get front and rear parking sensors, power-folding outside mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry and a power liftgate with adjustable maximum height. Inside there’s leather upholstery, driver seat adjustable thigh support, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior accent lighting, the U-Rail cargo management system and a rearview camera. Options include a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with iPod/USB interface and digital music storage.

The 2012 Cadillac SRX offers a wide range of options and performance features. Cadillac has put out a very nice crossover for all of those who didn’t want to buy a full sized SUV like the Escalade, but still wanted to retain all of the luxury appointments that we’ve all come to expect from Cadillac.

Want to take a new 2012 Cadillac SRX on a test drive? Just stop by the our Newnan car dealershipany time. We think  that just a 10 minute test drive is all you are going to need to see that this Cadillac Crossover is the King of Crossovers.

Atlanta GMC Dealer Truck Month: Check Out The 2012 GMC Sierra At Southtowne

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Lets cut to the chase. When your take your GMC Sierra to the job-site you are getting some serious power, torque and hauling capacity. Lets hear those primal screams.

Under the Hood

The Sierra offers five available suspensions, including an off-road-oriented Z71 package and the NHT enhanced trailering package. The 5.3-liter V-8 features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. Mechanical features include:

  • 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 305 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas) or 348pounds-feet of torque (E85).
  • Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas) or 348 pounds-feet of torque (E85)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and two valves per cylinder that makes 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission

But wait, the GMC Sierra cleans up well and, with a quick once over, will have the valet at the local steak house taking a second glance at the beautiful interior.

Interior

The Sierra showcases two different interior designs. Lower-end trucks are more utility-minded, with large door handles that can be operated while wearing gloves.

The SLT offers upgraded materials and a different dash design. The Sierra’s cab is inviting, spacious and well-organized. Leather seating is available on the SLE and standard on the SLT. The SLT also gets a Bose stereo and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Denali trim is the most luxurious of any GM pickup truck with upgraded trim and materials. Interior features include:

  • Stadium-style rear seating
  • Cruise control
  • Available power-sliding rear window
  • Available navigation system
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Available integrated trailer-brake control
  • Available leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
  • Available backup camera

Of course, seeing is believing. Swing by your favorite Newnan car dealership and take a look at the 2012 GMC Sierra line during truck month and we’ll cut you a deal as nice as this truck.

Source of quoted information: Cars.com

Atlanta Chevrolet Enthusiasts: IT’S TRUCK MONTH!!!

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2012 Silverado
Get 0% financing for 72 months on all 2012 Silverado models. If you trade in an eligible vehicle, get an additional $2,000 trade-in allowance

2012 Silverado HD (Diesel)
Get 0% financing for 72 months on all 2012 Silverado models. If you trade in an eligible vehicle, get an additional $2,750 trade-in allowance

2012 Silverado HD (Gas)
Get 0% financing for 72 months on all 2012 Silverado models. If you trade in an eligible vehicle, get an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance

2012 Traverse
Get 0% financing for 60 Months on 2012 Traverse.

2012 Tahoe
Get $1,000 customer cash on 2012 Tahoe. If you trade in an eligible vehicle, get an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance for up to $2000 allowance

2012 Suburban
Get $1,000 customer cash on 2012 Suburban models. If you trade in an eligible vehicle, get an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance for up to $2000 allowance

Of course you can get some amazing deals on the best trucks, SUVs and Crossovers during Chevy’s Truck Month, but do you wanna’ know what Southtowne really likes about Chevy’s Truck Month? The commercials.

If you are looking for a hard working, reliable hauler this year, then now is the time to get it, your savings won’t be this good until next year. Of course, there’s one place in Atlanta that can offer you all of those great incentives and more…Southtowne!

Atlanta Car Drivers, Take A Look At The 2012 GMC Terrain

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Cars.com:

The Terrain comes relatively well-equipped in its base, SLE trim level, which starts at $25,560. For 2012, the Terrain’s new standard features are technology-focused, including a new standard audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen and a USB input. Bluetooth, cruise control and OnStar remain standard.

So, I know you are dying to come and test drive a new GMC Terrain at Southtowne. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all of the features that are available to you. The thing is, the GMC Terrain hasn’t really changed much since its introduction in 2010. They didn’t really need to do anything to spice it up. It was already a great crossover. The 2012 GMC Terrain has everything you’d expect from an Atlanta GMC, and a whole bunch more.

Of course, you can’t take a test drive from your couch, so swing by Southtowne and check out a new Terrain for yourself

Atlanta Cars, It’s Gettin’ Close to RoadTrip Time

What’s a year without a least one road trip, right?  Southtowne believes that road trips should be tons of fun for the entire family and it is a great way to spend time all together too. However, with gas costs slowly mounting, it could be harder to get out on the highway this time of year.  With any luck, the tips below may help you to create those summer road trip plans!

This is a great listing of gas-saving road trip tips I found via CNN that I just can’t resist sharing:

Pick the right tool for the job: If you have more than one car to choose from, don’t just try to squeeze everyone into the one – or two – that go the furthest on a gallon. First of all, if you think you’re saving gas by splitting the crew into two small cars rather than taking the big SUV, you’re not. Remember, two small cars will burn gas twice as fast as one, and that’s probably faster than your SUV.

Also, packing too much into a small car can lead to the use of roof-top racks and bins, which seriously undermine fuel economy. (More on that in a moment.) Besides that, jamming everyone and everything into a too-small car can be just plain uncomfortable on a long trip and the point is to have fun, not start fights.

Pack light and smooth: Extra weight cuts fuel economy, so try to pack as light as possible. The savings are slight, but every extra 100 pounds cuts your fuel economy by about 2%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

More importantly, don’t pack more than you can fit inside the vehicle. This is especially important. Packing stuff on roof-top bins and racks cut fuel economy by about 21%, according to tests done by Edmunds.com.

And those roof-top racks with crossbars, even if left empty, also cut fuel efficiency. Take them off. Leaving them in place can reduce fuel economy by about 1%, according to Edmunds.com.

Don’t buy the high-priced stuff: Check your owner’s manual for the kind of fuel your car needs. If the manual recommends Regular gas, use it. Putting in Premium will do nothing but waste money.

If the manual says Premium fuel is “recommended,” but not “required,” fill up with regular. It won’t hurt anything and all you’ll lose is such a slight amount of peak power that you’ll never notice. (How often do you drive with the gas pedal pressed all the way to the floor?) With modern engine sensors, cars can adjust immediately to lower octane fuel without missing a beat. And it will save you about 10% on the price of a fill-up, according to AAA.

Use your cruise control: There are times when cruise control isn’t appropriate, such as in areas with heavy traffic or in bad weather. Also, using cruise control on hilly roads can actually use more fuel, not less, as your vehicle struggles to maintain speed while driving up hills.

But if you’re driving over relatively even terrain, cruise control can prevent unnecessary speed changes which waste gas. In tests by Edmunds.com, using cruise control at 77 mph improved fuel economy by 10 to 15 percent.

As an added benefit, cruise control prevents speed creep – the tendency to gradually increase your speed the longer you drive – and that can keep you from getting a costly speeding ticket.

Stay to the right: Even if you’re driving at a constant speed, going too fast wastes gas. Within the range of normal highway speeds, each 10 miles per hour faster will reduce your fuel economy by 15% to 20%, according to tests by Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com.

Going too slow isn’t safe either, but at least try to stay out of the left lane where the traffic is fastest, unless you really need to pass someone. Again, this can also keep you from getting a ticket.

Calm down in town: When not in highway traffic, take it easy on the pedals. Aggressive acceleration and hard braking waste an amazing amount of fuel. In testing by Edmunds.com, aggressive driving cut fuel economy by about 25%.

Don’t worry about A/C: It’s debatable whether it uses more fuel to drive with your windows down on the highway or with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on. In tests by Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com, it depended on the vehicle and speed. At 65 mph, using the air conditioner was slightly more draining. At higher speeds, it probably wouldn’t be.

In any case, the difference is small either way and one thing isn’t debatable. Driving with the windows down on the highway is noisy, distracting and possibly dangerous. Road debris can enter the car and the wind can catch items in the vehicle and blow them around. Given that, just roll up your windows and enjoy the cool air.

Avoid getting stuck: This is something you’ll probably want to do anyway, but really try not to get stuck in traffic. Idling and slow driving wastes a lot of fuel, so plan to drive at times when few others are. Also, plan alternate routes ahead of time in case you hit unexpected snarls. Driving a little bit out of your way can use less fuel than crawling down the straight-and-narrow.

GPS satellite navigation tools can help by making it easier to change routes on the fly. Some newer models even include traffic warnings on the screen so you can see what you’re getting into.

Little things: For reasons of both safety and fuel economy, you should give your car a good once-over before setting off. Make sure tire pressure is set correctly, your filters are clear, your fluids are fresh and the engine is running well. These things will make only a slight difference to your fuel economy, but you should do them anyway to prevent wasting time waiting for a tow truck.

Make the most out of every road trip and who knows, with all your cost savings you might be able to pay for just one more road trip! Of course, the main thing to accomplish on a road trip is always to have fun!

And now there are apps which could help you watch your gas consumption too. Take a look at FuelFrog which tracks your fuel management once you provide them the information for distance traveled, the price paid and the amount of fuel that was used.

Prior to hitting the road, we always recommend checking your fluids, especially the oil and the coolant levels. Should you have to get your vehicle checked out before you hit the road, just swing by Southtowne and we’ll get that family car roadworthy.

 

Hauling goods in you car should take some extra thought

First of all, this picture is real. Someone actually thought that this was a good idea. Let’s forget the fact that a full-sized refrigerator is a pretty sizable appliance, usually requiring at least a van or pickup truck to haul to its destination, so let’s put it in the back of our Accord. Uh…No. This is something the police in Richmond, British Columbia, had to remind a shopper who thought a few ropes and a prayer would get his fridge home in the trunk of a Honda Accord. Honestly, I don’t even think those are ropes, the look more like pulls for a set of blinds (somewhere someone is wondering how to lower their window covering).

Richmond police said they received a call of a dangerous driving situation outside a store called Liquidation World. As you can see in the above photo taken by the RCMP, the fridge — secured with ropes tied to the rear seat belts (SEAT BELTS!) — wouldn’t exactly instill confidence in drivers following behind this guy. Who ever this is, feel free swing by Southtowne GM Superstore and take a look as something with a little more hauling capacity.