Halloween Safety Tips

“Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’all’s neighborhood. And whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down. Must stand and face the hounds of hell, and rot inside a corpse’s shell.”

That famous quote was read by none other than Vincent Price in the 1983 smash hit, Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Happy Halloween
In order to ensure you have a truly Happy Halloween, we’ve provided some Halloween safety tips.

The Halloween hour is close at hand and we’re here with a few driving safety tips for this Friday.

  • Take it slow through neighborhoods. Kids may be more prone to run through the streets in search of the next candy house and fail to look both ways before crossing.
  • Eliminate distractions and focus on the road.
  • Give a little bit of extra time at intersections to look for children.

Trick or Treat in Creston is from 5PM to 7PM, meaning trick or treaters will be out from around 4:30 to 7:30. Take extra precaution driving during these times.

Get more Halloween safety tips from safekids.org. And remember Stalker Chevrolet is hosting Trunk or Treat this year. Make sure you come see us!

To help get you in the Halloween mood here’s our Halloween playlist featuring 16 classic songs and videos. Enjoy!

Ghost and Goblins Join Us for Trunk or Treat

Stalker Chevy Trunk or Treat

This Halloween join the Stalker Chevrolet team for Trunk or Treat! From 5PM to 7PM on Friday, October 31st our team will be on the lot passing out candy and maybe a few scares (probably more smiles).

Trunk or Treat has been growing in the community and across the state, and we can’t think of a better way to get involved in our community during this fun holiday.

If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, stop by and see a few of our cars and possibly a service tech or two in costume. The event should be a fun time for kids and adults.

While the costumes are great, we know that a lot of kids (and adults) are just in it for the candy. So we want to know, what’s your favorite candy? Tell us on our Facebook page or tweet @StalkerChevy and we’ll try to make sure we have some on hand for your visit!

Chevrolet Colorado Headed to a Dealer Near You

That’s right folks. The re-birth of the Colorado is officially underway. A few dealerships across the country took ownership of their new Chevrolet Colorado’s last week during a drive away event at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly plant.

Chevrolet Colorado Z71

With an MSRP starting from $20,120*, the all-new 2015 Colorado comes equipped with more available features than many of its competitors at a more affordable price. Features like 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, Chevrolet MyLink† 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen, and 305 horsepower make the Colorado an amazing option for anyone looking for a light truck.

Interior of 2015 Chevy Colorado

After a three-year hiatus Chevrolet made sure that the Colorado came back with a vengeance to take over the light truck segment. And with its many available features combined with powerful and fuel efficient 3.6L V6 the Chevrolet Colorado does just that.

In the coming months, Stalker Chevy will be the proud home of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and we sincerely hope you come by the dealership and check out Chevy’s latest light truck.

* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Doggy on Board: Traveling with Pets

Are you one of the millions of Americans that travels with their pets? Whether you’re picking up the kids, headed to a park, or traveling cross-country does your dog or cat have a spot in the car.

Last year AAA did a study with a major hotel chain. The study showed that more than half of the dog and cat owners in the U.S. say they take their pets with them when they travel.

If you’re one of these pet owners you should know some safety tips for traveling with pets, but do you follow them?

Here are some tips for traveling with dogs:

Restrain your dog(s). In several states this is a law (not Iowa), but even where it is not it’s still a good idea for your safety and the safety of your animal. Pet carriers, retrains, and cargo barriers are good ways to keep your dog restrained.

Traveling with pets
A well-placed cargo barrier will keep you and your pups safe.

Don’t ever let your pet sit in the front seat. Air bag deployment could lead to serious injuries or death.

Never leave your pet alone in the car. High and low temperatures can lead to heatstroke or hyperthermia, just like it could with a young child. Additionally, unattended pets can be stolen.

If your dog has anxiety issues and likes to bark or chew, make sure you bring some toys along to help keep them calm. Vehicles like the Chevy Equinox have several cargo hold to keep such things present.

Keep your snacks to yourself. Snacking on the road is fine, but if you want your dog to have that option, bring pet friendly snacks. Many human snacks contain potentially dangerous ingredients for dogs. While not all are fatal it could make your trip one to the vet, instead of that cozy cabin for the weekend.

Traveling with cats:

Use a pet carrier or cargo barrier. Just like dogs, cats pose a high risk of injury to you and themselves when left un-restrained.

Familiarize your car with your cat. Allow your cat to move around a bit in the vehicle before you pack them up and hit the road. Let them rub their check on things and spread a bit of their scent to become more comfortable.

On warm trips consider bringing a bowl of frozen water to let your cat lick to stay cool. This is a lot less messy than water.

We hope these tips help you the next time you back up Rover and Fifi for a family trip. And if you have any question on which vehicles are best for pets stop by and ask anyone at our dealership. They’ll be sure to steer you toward something that fits your needs.

Test Drive at Stalker Chevrolet and Donate to Breast Cancer

If you haven’t heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. At Stalker we’re participating by having Chevrolet donate $10 for every test drive this month.

You may recall last year Chevrolet did a test drive pledge where they donated $10 for each test drive during the first weekend of October. This year they’ve extended that pledge to include the whole month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’re also asking people to show their support for friends and family by taking pictures at our dealership or on their own with the hastag, #IDriveFor.

For those who wish to donate more please visit, https://donate.cancer.org/index?campaign=chevroletmsabc.

Our involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness month isn’t just to raise money, but we also want to educate people about breast cancer.

Did you know?

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, skin cancer is the first.
  • Second leading cause of cancer death in women is breast cancer.
  • 1 in 8 women are at risk of having invasive breast cancer at some point in their life.
  • Chances of dying from breast cancer continue to drop; right now chances are about 1 in 36 of dying from breast cancer. Several attribute the decreasing rate of death to finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a major factor in each of these.

Do you have a story to share breast cancer story you’d like to share? Please comment here or on our Facebook page.

Another Award For Chevrolet: Camaro Z/28, Best Driver’s Car

If you’ve kept up with our blog the past few years, you’d have read all about Chevrolet’s numerous awards. And today we’re talking to you about another one. This year the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.

If you’ve got an hour or so to spare check out the video below, if not continue to read our blog.  🙂

The Chevy Camaro Z/28 was put up against an impressive set of vehicles:

  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • BMW i8
  • BMW M4
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Subaru WRX STI
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI

To be a contender in the Best Driver’s Car competition Motor Trend required that all vehicles be all-new or significantly revised performance cars launched in the 12 months prior to testing.

These cars were put through a battery of test including laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a high-speed hill driving course.

Motor Trend’s editors had this to say about the Camaro Z/28 after the test:

“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s Car winner is astounding. You feel the superior engineering in how the car responds to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately and precisely to your commands but doesn’t punish your mistakes. From the outside, the Z/28’s suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled passion for keeping the tires on the pavement.”

Chevrolet built the Camaro Z|28 with tradition in mind. Going back to the days of race and track cars with high downforce, greater grip, and faster lap times. But it wasn’t all about speed for GM and Chevrolet, handling and breaking were also key components in the Camaro Z|28’s makeup.

Chevy Camaro Z/28
2014 Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car – Chevy Camaro Z/28

Equipped with racing-bread dampers, tires and large Brembo carbon ceramic brakes Chevrolet was able to get the most out of the Camaro Z/28 lap after lap.

According to Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, “The mission for the new Z/28 was to create the most capable, best-handling Camaro in our history.” Reuss continued, ““As such, I can’t think of a better validation of that mission than for the Z/28 to be named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.”

That’s a fair assessment since the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was the first American-brand car to win the 7 year old award. Past winners have been the Porsche 911 (GT3, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S), Porsche Cayman, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Audi R8.

Innovative Backseat Keeps Children Safer

As child safety seats and booster seats become larger for safety purposes, vehicle seats must adjust to accommodate this trend.

According to Chevrolet, “Many child restraint manufacturers require at least 80 percent of the child restraint be supported by the vehicle seat.”

With that in mind Chevrolet has worked to address that need in 2015 vehicles. The all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado Extended Cab combines a removable headrest with a passenger side seat cushion to adhere to child safety seat regulations.

The GM Foundation working with Safe Kids Worldwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week produced a study stating that 9 of 10 parents move their child out of booster seats to just safety belts too quickly. Children are recommended to be at least 57 inches tall and 80 pounds before switching to safety belts.

Child Safety Seat
GM continues to look for ways to make its vehicles better equipped for child safety and booster seats.

GM has also taken steps to improve the comfort of safety belts for smaller adults and children. At Stalker Chevrolet we are equipped to fit the shoulder belt with a comfort guide for backseat passengers. The plastic guide attaches to the rear or side trim to help keep the shoulder strap comfortably in place on the passenger.

It’s important that safety restraints are comfortable to encourage passengers to wear them correctly and not be tempted to put them behind their backs or under their arms.

Chevrolet Trax on Sale January 2015

This week the 2015 Chevrolet Trax did some press shots in front of Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit, MI. The shoot was to highlight the Trax as a vehicle designed for urban commuting.

As a small SUV the 2015 Trax is designed to maneuver with ease through traffic. With All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available Chevrolet Trax gives you the handling when you need it. Its intelligent AWD system automatically shifts to Front-Wheel Drive(FWD) when you don’t, maximizing efficiency.

Though it’s on the smaller side for an SUV, Trax is reported to have about 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space seating for 5. And with its 15 available storage areas and 8 different seating configurations, Trax has the flexibility to match ones’ ever-changing lifestyle.

2015 Chevrolet Trax
The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax showing off in Detroit.

Trax is also expected to be the only vehicle in its class to offer 4G LTE connectivity through OnStar. As a truly mobile hotspot you’ll have access to wi-fi on the go and Chevrolet MyLink. With that freedom you take advantage of apps like Pandora, BringGo, and Stitcher™ Smart Radio – never take your eyes of the road with Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users.

For 2015 the all-new Chevrolet Trax will feature a 1.4L turbocharged ECOTEC engine, cabable of surprising power while being friendly on your gas tank.

Fall Means Football, School, and Hot Air Balloon Days

Fall is for football. Simple enough, but lots of other events take place in autumn.

For just about every school-aged child in Iowa, fall means friends and foes. Friends that they may not have seen for three months as they enjoyed their summer vacation away from their foes, teachers (we kid, we love teachers).

Hawkeye football fans were on the edge of their seats a bit more than we would have appreciated in a week one opener against UNI. But a win is a win, and now it’s on to Ball State.

NFL and fantasy football fans everywhere are rejoicing, as the NFL kicks off with matchup between to NFC championship contenders; Green Bay at Seattle.  The last time the two faced off at CenturyLink Field we were treated to 12-14 game that ended in controversy. Thankfully that controversy lead to the return of the regular officials.+

In Creston, fall bring Hot Air Balloon Days. Three days of entertainment, food, community involvement, and balloon races.
Whatever fall means for you, we hope you enjoy it. A season where the heat of summer cools and crisp air fills the night sky.

5 Ways to Have a Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Disaster

Labor Day Weekend has always been an incredibly popular travel day, and this year will be no different. In fact according to The Des Moines Register gas will actually be cheaper than last year. Additionally, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. That’s the highest projection since 2008. But for you folks planning a Labor Day Weekend road trip there are a few things that can cause major heartache.

  1. Getting a ticket. Making good time on your trip is nice. But getting a speeding ticket is miserable. It quickly kills the mood of the trip and is a pain to deal with afterward. Officers will be waiting for speeders on the highways and unless you’ve got some form of police detection device they’ll likely catch you for speeding. Plus, higher speeds are less safe for you and those around you.
  2. Strict scheduling or no scheduling. You need to have a plan for your Labor Day Weekend road trip. But don’t be so focused on the plan that you can’t just enjoy your trip. In that same regard, you’ve got to have some structure. Too much freedom could leave your Labor Day Weekend with just gaps of time where you sit around and do nothing (but hey, that could be your plan).Labor Day Weekend Traffic
  3. Getting stuck in traffic. It’s almost inevitable. But it’s still terrible. At some point in your trip, if you’re passing through a major city you’ll probably hit some traffic. However, if you plan properly you may be able to avoid most of it.
  4. Too much caffeine. Depending on your drive time you might need a little pick me up. Be for warned. Too much red bull, coffee, pop, etc. can give make you jittery. And perhaps worse…it could make you gassy.
  5. Lack of activity. If you’re properly road tripping you’ll be in the car for a while. Nothing ruins a trip like boredom. It’s a gateway symptom to untold horrors. But don’t talk to keep the silence out either…no one likes a chatterbox. Find games or activities that the whole car can enjoy.

We hope this tell-tale Labor Day Weekend travel list can help you avoid travel demise. But if not tell us what we left out and we’ll make sure we provide a proper update for future travel list.