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7 Ways to Travel Smart and Save Gas

July 8, 2014

10547453_10152561053464630_7335201015015694756_nReady to take off for vacation? With road trips more popular than ever, and families watching their budgets carefully, traveling as efficiently as possible makes good sense. Here are 7 tips from to help you get the most out of every gallon of gas this summer.






1. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving — speeding, rapid acceleration and braking — wastes gas and can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% in town.

2. Remove excess weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2%.

3. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon — and can use 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour, depending on your engine size and air conditioning use.

4. Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed. It will save gas in most cases.

5. Keep your tires properly inflated. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door frame or the glove box, and in your owner’s manual.

6. Use the recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Check your owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil for your vehicle.

7. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a vehicle that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $903 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.61/gallon).

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, GM offers 19 2013 models with an EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway or better. Each of these 19 models is equipped with OnStar Directions & Connections® Plan standard for at least the first 6 months. Get more information about these fuel-efficient vehicles and Visit for complete inventory listings and details about Jessup Auto Plaza.  Phone: (760) 328-9999 Address: 68-111 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Do you own a GM vehicle?

June 11, 2014



Do you own a GM vehicle, 2006 model or newer? Does it have OnStar but you have never tried it out? Here is your chance. Just press the BLUE OnStar button in your vehicle and follow the prompts to reach an agent. Tell them you want to “c”. No commitment, no credit card required!

Pets in Vehicles

June 3, 2014

10269641_10152492183194122_578235745036780683_nEvery year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.

The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

Complete details at the American Veterinary Medical Association blog:

Your Credit Score and Auto Financing

May 29, 2014


Your credit score plays an important role when financing a vehicle.  Once you’ve found the right car or truck, your credit score helps determine first if you’re qualified for an auto financing contract, and second, the finance rate associated with the credit. Learn what makes up your credit score:

GM Salutes Veterans During Military Appreciation Month

May 5, 2014
Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month

From now until June 30, all active, reserve, retired and veteran military – regardless of separation date – can receive the General Motors military discount on Buick & GMC vehicles.

GM extended military pricing to the more than 21 million U.S. veterans from all service branches: U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.

“GM has supported the U.S. military for 100 years. From providing purpose-built vehicles in conflict situations to today’s support for veterans and returning military personnel, we continue to be their strong allies,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “This discount is just one part of our ongoing salute to those who serve our country.”

First offered in 2008, the GM Military Discount Program features pricing below suggested retail for eligible vehicles

The military discount can be combined with most current incentives. USAA members are eligible for an additional $750 discount. Eligible consumers must take delivery by June 30, 2014.

GM Chief Diversity Officer and retired Navy Capt. Ken Barrett said the military discount is a measure of appreciation for those who have served.

“Our support also includes significant employment and training opportunities for our currently transitioning military and significant philanthropic support for organizations dedicated to serving those who have sacrificed so much,” Barrett said.

Curbing Motion Sickness in the Buick Enclave

April 30, 2014

BuickEnclaveHumanFactors01.jpgTake Your Child to Work Day yields real world benefits for Buick research team

You probably won’t recall the number of the road trips when one of your passengers didn’t get car sick while watching the rear DVD entertainment system, like the one in the Buick Enclave. Some credit for that goes to General Motors’ Human Factors group for properly placing the screen outside “the puke zone.”

As part of an effort to continually improve the way customers interact with vehicles, the Human Factors group conducts about 100 studies globally each year, including some with younger subjects who come to check out Mom and Dad’s workplace.


“Working with children on Take Your Child to Work Day is an excellent way for us to expand our pool of feedback,” said Don Shreves, GM Human Factors engineering group manager.

Take Your Child to Work Day gives Shreves’ team an opportunity to evaluate how children of varying ages and sizes intermingle with vehicles, allowing better tailoring of Buick products for the entire family.

“Our group and research is very data-driven,” he said. “Designing every element to a vehicle comes down to millimeters. While a door handle placement or seat switch might feel right to the designing engineer, we come in with data points from real consumer feedback, including kids, to help determine the best location.”


This year during Take Your Child to Work Day, the Usability team within the Human Factors group conducted a study looking at the Enclave’s third-row safety belt buckles. Testing buckles that have various angles and stiffness, kids were asked to use smiley faces to compare and rate the ease of fastening the safety belt based on a five-point scale.

Previous Take Your Child to Work Day studies, included “the puke zone,” a measurement to determine ideal placement of the DVD screen to reduce motion sickness and enhance viewing.

“We know through other scientific research that even if our eyes are focused on a fixed point – if we can see the outside passing by in the window – our brain is telling us that we are moving,” Shreves said.  “But if our eyes are at a downward angle and do not see the view outside the vehicle, our bodies become sensitive to motion and increase the chance of sickness.”

The team’s goal was to keep passenger’s eyes up and in a given spot. Determining that precise location required setting up a DVD screen on a track that could slide fore and aft along the roof of an Enclave. Researchers recorded the responses of more than 75 kids who were asked when the screen distance was too close and too far away.

From there, the data was graphed and compiled to determine the best location. Results were turned over to the vehicle engineering team to integrate into the Enclave’s design.

We are taking orders (and names) now….

April 25, 2014

2015 Cadillac Escalade

The HPE supercharger kit for the Escalade is available on all General Motors trucks and SUVs equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. These include the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, 2014-2015 GMC Sierra trucks, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado trucks.

The HPE 550 supercharger kit is offered with a 3 year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty. It will cost you $15,950 fully installed, but the pictured monoblock wheels will bump the price up by another $6950. If you’re hoping for more power you might want to hold out, though. Hennessey is bound to squeeze every last bit of performance out of the Escalade they can, after all, they managed to get the outgoing model to produce 1000 horsepower and do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.



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