Safety Tips for Driving in Colorado Mountains

Driving in Colorado Mountains - Henderson, CO

Here in Denver, Colorado, we’re fortunate to have so many beautiful mountainous destinations within easy driving distance, like the picturesque Rockies. Before you set out on your next trip in your Buick or GMC, check out these safety tips for handling the steep twists and turns of Colorado’s mountain roads.

Dangerous conditions

Exercise caution, and slow down while driving on steep mountain roads. These routes are often narrower than usual, with dangerous curves, limited visibility, and wildlife crossing often, especially near parks. The weather can change quickly at high altitudes, so be prepared for sudden snow, ice, wind, and chills to appear. An AWD-equipped vehicle like the GMC Acadia or Buick Enclave can provide you with better traction in treacherous conditions.

Steep roads

If you are driving down a steep road, keep an eye out for vehicles behind you that may not be able to stop. To control your speed, shift to a lower gear rather than overusing your brakes. If you are driving up a steep road, consider turning off the air conditioning to keep the engine from overworking and overheating. If you can’t keep up your speed, pull over in a turnout to let other vehicles pass before proceeding.

Vehicle maintenance

Driving in the mountains can be especially hard on your vehicle’s engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, and other systems. If you’re planning on taking any rugged trips, make sure your vehicle is running smoothly and up to date on scheduled maintenance.

Whether you need a vehicle that can handle mountain roads or want to schedule service before your next high-elevation trek, contact Transwest Buick GMC in Denver and we’ll be happy to help.

Tips for Researching Cars Online

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Whether you’re stuck at home or simply prefer virtual shopping, researching cars online is a convenient way to learn about the latest models on the market, like the Buick and GMC vehicles we sell at Transwest Buick GMC. We suggest you follow these tips to conduct the most effective, trustworthy online research.

 

Compare specifications

Each automaker’s site can give you detailed information about the current model lineups. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a handful of models, compare the specifications for each model to find the car that best meets your wants and needs. Make sure you know what features you care most about before comparing them so you can focus your attention primarily on the attributes that you find important.

 

Check user reviews

If you have your eye on a specific model, you may be tempted to purchase the model shortly into your research process. However, before doing so, make sure you check user reviews and customer videos. By hearing the opinions of other consumers, you can better determine if a model is as good in person as it sounds online.

 

Scroll through the dealership’s website

A dealership’s website can house a wealth of information, and our Transwest Buick GMC website has plenty. We have model overviews that go in detail about the features of different vehicles as well as technology spotlights that can keep you informed about the latest technologies in Buick and GMC vehicles.

 

Be sure to check out our website when searching for your next vehicle in Denver, Colorado. If you see a model in stock you like, call us for more information on it.

Tips for Towing Your Boat

There’s nothing that says “summer” quite like hooking your boat up to your GMC truck and taking it out to the lake for some fun in the water. Whether you’re planning on going fishing or tubing, though, it’s important you know how to tow your boat. Here are some quick tips for towing your boat that will help you feel more confident out on the road.

Tips for towing your boat

Watch your acceleration. When you have a boat attached to your vehicle, it will take a lot longer to accelerate than usual. Keep this in mind as you merge onto highways or make turns – you might need extra space between you and that car in the distance.

Increase your following distance. Just like it takes longer to accelerate, the extra weight of your boat will mean you have a longer stopping distance. This means you should increase your following distance, so you avoid any potential rear-end collisions.

Keep an eye out for fishtailing. Even when you’ve determined your tongue weight and made sure your boat and load are distributed properly, fishtailing can happen. When this does occur, remember to slow down gradually and try and keep your steering wheel as straight as possible. Avoid the temptation to brake to slow down – this can actually increase the fishtail.

Finally, though, if you need a new vehicle to pull that boat, make sure to stop in to Transwest GMC!