#DayItForward Movement Is All About Giving Back

Maybe Leap Day is just another day. Or maybe it’s a special day, a bonus day. Maybe it’s a day where we can take this “extra” time to help each other out.

That’s the idea behind the #DayItForward movement, a campaign created by Chevrolet to inspire kindness and generosity. The automaker recently teamed up with grateful students and staff at Clovis West High School in Fresno, California to show us exactly how it’s done. Teacher’s aide Monica Brewer, a hard-working and much-loved member of the high school staff, was awarded a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

2016 Chevy Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

While most of us probably can’t hand out vehicles for #DayItForward, even small acts of kindness can be powerful. Try writing a hand-written note to someone you know or a buy a meal for someone in need. Just buying the coffee of someone behind you in line at Starbucks can make that person’s day.

In a press release about the #DayItForward campaign, Paul Edwards, VP of Marketing for Chevrolet, puts it like this, “Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful.” We at Langs Chevrolet couldn’t have put it any better.

Top Three Weird Ohio Travel Destinations

Ohio TripsAre you the kind of person that likes to take the road less traveled, who gives a little more credence to things like Bigfoot than the rest of us do? If so, you’ll love our list of weird Ohio travel destinations!

# 1 – Hollow Earth Monument – Hamilton, OH

Capt. John Cleves Symmes once believed that the North and South poles were hollow and that the interior of the Earth could be inhabited. He almost convinced President John Quincy Adams to fund an expedition to prove it. That never happened. But his son did erect a stone that resembles a hollow earth on top of Symmes grave marker.

# 2 – Mansfield Reformatory – Mansfield, OH

Ever seen The Shawshank Redemption? This prison provided the setting for what was a truly wonderful film. Pay a visit and it’s easy to see why. This place has that classic, foreboding prison “look.” The prison was officially abandoned in 1991. They built a more modern facility nearby but the old school penitentiary still stands today for tours.

# 3 – Mothman Statue – Point Pleasant, WV

Okay, okay. Technically, this isn’t in Ohio. But, it’s just across the border and too cool to ignore. The Mothman story is one of the most fascinating supernatural stories ever told. Several people reported seeing a dark figure shaped like a moth in the weeks before a tragic bridge collapse in Point Pleasant in 1967. Residents erected a disturbing and admittedly ugly Mothman statue.

Tips for Driving in Snow and Slush

snowy roadDriving in snow and slush is probably the worst thing about winter. It’s slow, it’s a little scary, and it makes every other driver more hysterical and reckless than usual. But there are ways to minimize your risk!

Always leave early when there’s snow or slush on the ground. Driving too fast because you left at your normal time will lead to disaster. Keep your distance from other cars, and give yourself more stopping distance than usual so you don’t end up rear-ending anyone.

If you’re having trouble keeping track of the lines on the road, just following behind the person in front of you. Following in the tracks left by other cars means you’re making less contact with the slush and are less likely to lose traction.

Don’t use cruise control. You need to be able to slow down by taking your foot of the gas—braking is not a good idea if you’re skidding! If you have cruise control on, you have no other way to slow down but your brakes.

Be even more cautious than usual. Remember what we said about everyone being hysterical and reckless? That’s not an exaggeration, so be careful!

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was revealed earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in Las Vegas from January 6th to 9th. The Bolt is set to be released in 2017.

The Bolt is being hailed as “an electric vehicle for the masses,” with a range of over 200 miles per charge, unheard of outside Tesla vehicles, and an affordable MSRP—the very first electric vehicle to be priced under $30,000. This is even less expensive than the average price of a new vehicle according to Kelley Blue Book ($33,560).

The Bolt is also packed with technology, including a 10.2-inch center touchscreen, which will contain a modified version of Chevrolet MyLink with access to charging station maps, as well as an 8-inch instrument display panel.

The combination of exceptional range and mind-blowing price will surely help the Bolt become a leader in the electric vehicle segment. Chevy plans to reveal more about the Bolt at the Detroit Auto Show; no information has yet been revealed about the size of the battery or the car’s horsepower.

Follow These Winter Preparation Instructions to Preserve Your Car

winter drivingWhen temperatures fall, it is best to make sure your vehicle is prepared to handle colder weather. These winter preparation instructions, when completed early, can keep you and your car safe from harm when freezing temperatures arrive.

  • Check your defrost and windshield wipers
  • Use winter-specific windshield washer fluid
  • Check your heater
  • Get an oil change (consider using a lower viscosity oil)  and tune up
  • Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels
  • Check the tread on your tires
  • Once winter arrives, check the tire pressure every two weeks, as cold temperatures can lower the air pressure
  • Check your brakes and shocks
  • Check all belts for wear and tear, as cold weather will weaken them more
  • Check the battery

On a regular basis, make sure you have at least half a tank of gas. This is helpful when driving but also keeps the gas from freezing.

Keep an emergency kit in your car which should have items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, non-perishable food, and water. It is also helpful to have tools and items such as a shovel and sand or kitty litter. This can be used to give you more traction if you get stuck on snow and/or ice.

Although the weather has been warmer, drivers should still prepare their cars for winter as Ohio weather can change in a day!

Chevrolet Volt Named 2016 Green Car of the Year

The 2016 Green Car of the Year was recently announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  This year’s winner was the Chevrolet Volt, which makes this the first time an automobile has won the award with two consecutive model generations—in 2011 and now again in 2016.

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt was noted for its sleeker design, quicker acceleration, and more energy-dense battery. The Volt contains an efficient 1.5-liter engine-generator, whose electricity can power the Volt’s motor for up to 420 miles.

“Considering all the brands and models evaluated in the award program, [winning two times is] quite a statement,” stated Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal. “The Chevrolet Volt was a standout when it won 2011 Green Car of the Year and continues in that role today as the 2016 Green Car of the Year.”

As the second generation of the hybrid, the 2016 Volt exceeded the automaker’s original estimate of 50 miles on electricity only, as it boasts a range of 53 miles. This vehicle went on sale this fall to a loyal customer base created by the first model hybrid.

Chevy Volt beat out many other worthwhile competitors such as the Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Prius, and Audi A3 E-Tron.

Which Music Streaming Service Is the Best?

musicMusic streaming has been around for a while now but it’s safe to say it is here to stay, and it is awesome. The benefits are numerous: no need to fumble with CDs, no need for terrestrial radio that plays the same songs over and over and over again, no need to dig around the internet for hours looking for new music. Only one problem—which music streaming service is the best?

Pandora

The bottom line is that if you aren’t interested in subscribing to a service, Pandora is your best bet. Most music fans agree that Pandora’s radio algorithms are the best. It might be because they were one of the first to do it.

Spotify

The most popular music streaming app, Spotify works best when you pay. Their radio isn’t too hot but their interface is very intuitive. It’s easy to save the music you like and to build playlists. Spotify offers over 30 million tracks to choose from.

Tidal

Tidal is relatively new to the marketplace and this fact plays into its inherent advantage over other services: fidelity. Only with Internet speeds what they are now could you market yourself as Tidal does, for audiophiles. Beyond streaming lossless audio files at high-speed, Tidal offers a great interface and a fantastic selection.

Brilliant Design of Chevy Bolt Is the Result of GM and LG Partnership

Chevrolet BoltDevelop a vehicle as advanced as the Chevrolet Bolt and you may have to explore new research models. This is exactly what GM had to do, as it explained in a recent press release. The automaker decided against keeping all of the research and development in-house and instead chose the renowned technology firm LG to help them flesh out the details of the Bolt.

The way Mark Reuss (GM executive VP of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain) explains it, the decision makes perfect sense. “By taking the best of our in-house engineering prowess established with the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and combining the experience of the LG Group, we’re able to transform the concept of the industry’s first long range, affordable EV into reality.”

The GM and LG partnership was truly collaborative. For some components, like the onboard charger, the battery heater and the instrument cluster, GM used LG-designed components. For other components, such as the electric drive motor, GM designed the component first and then LG constructed it.

The Chevrolet Bolt has the ability to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.

Chevy Supports the American Cancer Society During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthFor the fifth year in a row, Chevrolet and General Motors are urging employees to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer. For 2015, the stated goal is to raise more than the $1.2 million drummed up last year for the ACS through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks.

Chevy supports the American Cancer Society again this year, urging dealers and customers to participate in the fight against breast cancer—be that by volunteering at events, sponsoring and participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, or by making donations to the ACS and other worthy causes that support research. The employees of Langs Chevrolet are dedicated to helping in any way we possibly can, and we urge our customers to take time out to support this noble cause.

“This is a cause close to the hearts of millions of people across the country and Chevrolet is offering individuals a number of ways to show their support,” said US Chevy Marketing VP Paul Edwards. “Through our efforts the past five years, we’ve helped the American Cancer Society raise more than $4.4 million for its programs to Find New Roads in the fight against breast cancer.”

American Cancer Society Making Strides of Dayton will take place on Saturday, October 17th at Fifth Third Field starting at 8AM. For more information on the race, visit the event website.

Things to Do in Dayton This October

OctoberIt’s October at last, and we at Langs Chevrolet are happy to celebrate one of our favorite holidays once again. Halloween is just around the corner, and Dayton is the perfect place to celebrate the season. There’s plenty to do and a lot to see, so here’s just a brief list of things to do in Dayton this October.

Haunted Attractions

Ohio is the single biggest state in America in terms of haunted attractions, and a lot of them are located in and around Dayton. There are three haunts in Dayton proper: Slash Moraine, Riverside Jaycees Castle of Carnage and Trail of Terror, and Dayton Scream Park. Favorites like the Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Blog and The Land of Illusion are all within short driving distance, and award-winning attractions such as The Dent Schoolhouse, Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, and The Lewisburg Haunted Cave are all within an hour’s drive.

Family Fun and Festivals

Halloween isn’t just about the spooky stuff. It’s a time to enjoy the crisp autumn air by sharing a walk among the corn stalks and a time to pick out a pumpkin for carving. Dayton’s got plenty of places to do both, including the Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival, Tom’s Maze and Pumpkin Farm, Sizemore Farm Pumpkin Patch, and Cowvin’s Corny Maze at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Bring the little ones for a day of fall-time fun!

Hauntfest on Fifth

Once the kids have gotten their candy and are safely in the care of a babysitter, stop down to the Oregon District for this year’s 30th annual installment of Hauntfest on Fifth. 2015’s theme is “Halloween Nostalgia,” so expect to see a lot of people dressed up like their favorite childhood superheroes. Tickets are $5 in advance at local businesses and at the door from 7-8PM and $10 thereafter. Bring a costume and a trick or treat bag, and be sure to drink responsibly!