Winter weather will be here before you know it which means it’s time to freshen up on some winter weather safety tips. Driving during winter is unlike driving in any other season and that can lead to disaster, especially for inexperienced drivers. Here are a few tips to help you drive safely in winter weather from us here at Grand Subaru!
- Slow Down – Slowing down and taking your time are some of the most obvious tips for winter driving and they’re often forgotten by many drivers. Everything takes longer on snow- and ice-covered roads so plan accordingly. Turning and accelerating can be difficult and could lead to disaster if one isn’t careful.
- Fuel Up – As a general rule, try to keep your gas tank at least half full. Doing so ensures that your car will be able to start. It also means you’ll be able to wait for help if you end up stuck in the snow.
- Don’t Stop – Avoid stopping when possible. At the same time, avoid accelerating when it isn’t necessary. Instead, try slowing down slightly until a traffic stop turns green. It takes much more effort to get moving from a complete stop compared to if you continue rolling. In the same way, hitting the gas could leave your tires spinning.
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Looking for somewhere to test the limits of your Subaru WRX STI? You might be feeling a bit restrained driving your flashy set of wheels in the city or on the highway where you can’t really put your pedal to the metal or feel the rush of navigating around sharp corners. That’s where RallyCross comes in. What is Rallycross, you ask? It’s a type of car competition sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, or SCCA, that challenges drivers to make their way around a timed course.
The SCCA typically plans RallyCross events well in advance and provides a course. These courses typically don’t allow drivers to go very fast, instead focusing on handling and the nimble agility of the vehicles involved. Additionally, most courses only allow for 30 to 90 seconds of activity, so the competition does not drag on at length. Participants are then scored based on their performance within the time frame.
Now that you’ve read a short explanation of what is RallyCross, why not give it a shot? There are tons of RallyCross chapters all across the US, with a branch located right in Chicago. Take your favorite sports car out for a spin and see if you’ve got what it takes to grab the highest score.
While stereotypically when you think of a tailgate party, you might think about a pickup truck, there are a lot of other versatile vehicles that have just the right features to make any party a success. We’ll talk about the best Subarus for tailgating to show you how they can shine.
2017 Subaru Forester
The Forester’s delivers a spacious interior, excellent handling with its standard all-wheel drive, and great fuel efficiency. Making it particularly tailgate party savvy is its power liftgate, hidden storage beneath the rear cargo floor, advanced technology features, and industry-leading safety technology. The rearview camera and Subaru EyeSight system can help drivers navigate easily and safely through tight, crowded parking lots.
2017 Subaru Outback
You’ll be able to tackle even the toughest tailgate party conditions when you roll up in the 2017 Subaru Outback. Its roomy interior has plenty of room for passengers and cargo and its low cargo area will make it easy to unload your party gear. If your next tailgate party happens to be a muddy field, the Outback’s standard all-wheel drive will let you get where you need to go easily.
If you want to have the best tailgate party ever, stop by Grand Subaru to find out even more about these great Subaru vehicles.
Subaru knows family. The automaker produces some of the best family-friendly vehicles on the market, including these popular Subaru models!
- 2016 Subaru BRZ
This is more of a fun sports drive for mom or dad.
- 2017 Subaru WRX
With the WRX, you’ll get sporty style you love, but with four doors.
- 2017 Subaru Legacy
The Legacy will give you the sedan-style you love with room for a small family.
- 2016 Subaru Impreza
The Impreza’s five doors makes loading the trunk with groceries easier than ever.
- 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek is built for performance, so if you’re an adventure-loving family, it’s perfect for you.
And… the top two:
- 2017 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback has the Subaru-style you love but with plenty of extras for the family. You can fit mom, dad, and three kids in the Outback, plus pack all of your vacation gear in the netted cargo holder on the roof.
- 2017 Subaru Forester
The Subaru Forester takes the top spot thanks to its generous size. You’re getting top safety with EyeSight driver assist technology, plenty of cargo room in the trunk, and top efficiency. You’re getting size so you can fit the family, but 32 highway mpg, so you can save money.
If you love Subaru, then you’ve probably heard the famous Subaru phrase: “Love: it’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru.” This tagline comes from Subaru’s Subaru Love Promise campaign. So, what exactly is this campaign? That’s what we’re going to tell you!
Subaru encourages selflessness and giving back with their campaign. The Subaru Love Promise, according to Subaru, is “a pledge to do right by the communities in which we all live and work.” It’s all about bettering our Subaru, ourselves, and our communities!
Part of the Subaru Love Promise is working on innovation and affiance when it comes to vehicles. By developing more fuel-efficient vehicles, Subaru is not only helping drivers save money on gas, but also helping the environment. Subaru is also practicing environmental-friendliness by building cars in eco-friendly plants that minimize pollution and contribution to landfills.
Subaru has donated over $50 million dollars over the past 20 years to various causes, including environmental organizations and tons of pet and animal causes. Their involvement with all of these causes is broken down into categories that have their own Subaru Love titles like Subaru Loves the Earth, Subaru Loves Pets, Subaru Loves Learning, Subaru Loves to Care and Subaru Loves to Help.
So isn’t it time to get behind the Subaru Love Promise?
The automotive industry boasts some of the most profitable companies in the world. Surprisingly, few actively donate to charity in large amounts. Over the past two years, we here at Grand Subaru have donated over $90,000 to Autism Speaks but that’s nothing compared to Subaru’s charitable donations.
Subaru’s Share the Love event partners with four charities to make lives, human and animal, easier. This year, the automaker has partnered with the National Park Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the ASPCA.
For every driver that buys or leases a new Subaru between November 19th and January 2nd, Subaru will donate $250 to charities of the driver’s choice. In its eighth year, Subaru and participating dealerships will have donated a massive $65 million to charity.
That’s not all. The Subaru Love Promise is dedicated to making the world a better place, one vehicle at a time. Over the past two decades, Subaru has raised over $50 million towards causes that affect us all. Subaru and dealership employees have also put in more than 28,000 hours volunteering in the name of the Subaru Love Promise.
If that doesn’t show dedicated to making the world a better place for all, we don’t know what does.
If you’re a resident of Chicagoland or you live right in Chitown and like to hike, there are tons of places in the area that offer great trails you can enjoy with your pet. These are just some of the pet-friendly hiking trails in Chicago and the Chicago area.
Lakefront Trail is the place to hike whether you’re a resident or a visitor, and it’s especially great for dog walking. Along the beach with tons of access points and several dog-friendly parks, Lakefront Trail is scenic, easy to navigate, and a good way to socialize your pup.
Hammel Woods is another spot that has great resources for pets. The Hammel Woods trail is just over two miles long and is next to a dog park, so if you want a break on your walk you can set your dog free in the park and sit and chat with other dog owners.
Blackwell Forest Preserve has tons of hiking area, with around six miles of trails, and a leash-free area to let your dog run around for a while. Chicago is the perfect place for hikers with animal companions, so don’t waste your summer!
Getting in shape for summer without resorting to strict diets or exercise plans that are impossible to maintain can be tricky. Here are a few tips for getting that perfect beach body in a healthy, sustainable way.
1: Make small changes. You’ll never lose the weight and keep it off if you try to do everything at once. Lifestyle changes happen gradually.
2: You don’t need to do hardcore exercises every day. Just 45 minutes to an hour of light to moderate aerobics is enough to improve your fitness.
3: Don’t skip strength training. It improves metabolism and energy levels!
4: Don’t diet. Diets don’t work—small changes do. Eat smaller portions, drop some unhealthy foods, but don’t restrict yourself to the point of misery.
5: Weigh yourself at most once a week. You can get frustrated if the scale isn’t budging from day to day.
6 Find someone to exercise with. Accountability is a major factor in keeping to a workout schedule.
7: Don’t just do it for the beach body. You’re much more likely to successfully lose weight and feel better if you’re focusing on the long term.
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Every year, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com puts together their list of winners for the Brand Image Awards, honoring the automakers with the best brand image – and this year, the grand winner of those awards was Subaru.
KBB named Subaru the Most Trusted Non-Luxury Brand and the Best Performance Non-Luxury Brand. And what could be more important than trust and performance?
They credited Subaru’s consistent reputation for high-quality, low-maintenance cars that are ideal for the average driver, without skimping on high-tech and high-safety features. Plus – Subaru has all-wheel-drive for every vehicle.
KBB also praised Subaru for individual vehicles, including the “fun-to-drive” WRX and STI, rounding out the diverse and versatile brand and ensuring that there is a Subaru out there for every type of driver.
Here at Grand Subaru, it’s no surprise to us that Subaru would score so many of the 2016 Brand Image Awards. Now that you know more about the Subaru brand, learn more about a specific model with the new 2016 BRZ spotlight over on our website!
The history of the modern tire is long and detailed, leading up to the incredible tires we have today, which safely transport our vehicles from one place to the next with minimal input, while some tires even offer specialized assistance – like snow tires.
Nonetheless, it’s vital that drivers maintain their tires and pay close attention to their performance. To ensure that your tires are doing their best work – in addition to monitoring their air pressure and tread – they must be rotated.
To determine how frequently you should rotate your tires, consult your owner’s manual. Many automakers advise that you rotate your tires about every six months.
Additionally, even if your tires seem to be working, you should regularly change them entirely. The NHTSA recommends that tired be changed every six years, regardless of their condition. And of course, if tires aren’t working well – change them sooner!
Learn how to you can be even safer on the road with Subaru EyeSight technology over on our website!