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Winter Driving Tips

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. We want to remind motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.

We recommend the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

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How To Winterize Your Car | Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC

Climate changes don’t affect just you―they also affect your car. In regions that don’t enjoy mild winters, you wouldn’t dream of heading outside without a heavy coat if the wind chill brought the temperature below freezing. Don’t expect your car to function properly without some attention to its winter needs, too.

Engine Oil in the Winter

Engine Coolant

Cold Weather and Battery Capacity

Snow Tires

Windshield Treatment

Frozen Out

Emergency Kit

  • Flares
  • Blankets
  • Boots
  • Radio
  • Engine oil
  • Washer fluid
  • Coolant
  • Flashlight





Rally Editions Add Black Bowtie, New Attitude to 2015 Silverado | Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC

DETROIT – Chevrolet Silverado Rally Editions bring a sharp new appearance to 1500 double-cab and crew-cab pickups.

The Rally 2 Edition package for 2015 Silverado LT pickups features a body-colored grille with a black bowtie, 22-inch black alloy wheels, black tubular side steps and black mirror caps and door handles. Twin black Rally stripes on the hood and tailgate give the Rally Edition a unique appearance.

Also included will be  a trailering package with a hitch and automatic locking rear differential, 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, remote start, backup camera and rear defroster. The eight-inch Chevy MyLink radio includes a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity.

The standard engine for Silverado is a 4.3-Liter EcoTec3 V-6. With 285-horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, providing up to 7,200 pounds of towing, based on SAE J2807 Recommended Practices. Like all EcoTec3 engines, the V-6 can seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel under light-load driving, delivering EPA highway estimates of up to 24 mpg.

Also available is a 5.3L Ecotec3 V-8. Rated at 355 horsepower, it provides the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup, up to 23 MPG EPA highway.

Silverado won more awards in 2014 than any other pickup, including North American Truck of the Year,” said John Fitzpatrick, Silverado senior marketing manager. “The Rally Edition packages will let customers add an aggressive new look to this great all-around performer.”

Silverado will also offer two Rally 1 packages for 2015. The package for LT Silverados includes a body-colored grill with a black bowtie, black door handles and mirror caps, stripes and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Also included is a trailering package with a hitch and locking rear differential, rear defroster and backup camera.

The Rally 1 Edition package for 2015 Silverado LS models includes the body-colored grille with black bowtie, black door handles and mirror caps and two black rally stripes.

Double-cab Rally Editions can be ordered by Chevrolet dealers nationwide starting on September 4. Crew cabs will be available for order in early October.

Silverado is the most dependable, longest-lasting pickup on the road, and all 2015 Silverados will come with the best pickup coverage in America, including a three-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and two-year/24,000-mile recommended scheduled maintenance.

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GM News

GMC Prepares for Super Bowl XLVIII as Official Vehicle of the NFL

While fans are getting ready for the big day by stocking up on beer and snacks, checking the weather forecast, tweeting for or against Sherman and making predictions on the number of “Omahas,” Super Bowl XLVIII will be just another day at work for GMC. The all-American automaker is the Official Vehicle of the NFL, and some of its models will be deployed during game day and other related events to support fans and the organization.

On January 26, GMC provided transportation and tickets to several U.S. military families who were attending the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. In addition, each team’s MVPs on offense and defense were awarded a new GMC SUV or truck, choosing between the 2015 GMC Yukon and the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. These models will be featured along Super Bowl Boulevard for all fans to admire. GMC also engineered a Toboggan Run that will be on display at Broadway from January 29 through February 1, and all proceeds from this ride will go to charity.

No matter which team you support, the entire country gets together every year in front of a TV screen to enjoy the thrill that only the biggest sport in the U.S. can bring. GMC is proud to sponsor the NFL and share in the national spirit every time. Even if you’ll be watching just for the commercials, GMC will have something exciting to offer. Keep your eyes peeled!





Data Recorder Brings Car Racing Telemetry to the 2015 Chevy Corvette

If there is one place where the Chevrolet Corvette truly shines, it’s on the racetrack. Sure, its stunning looks will be noticed wherever you drive it, and it can turn even the dullest commute into an exhilarating experience, but you won’t be able to unleash all of its power unless you take it to a track. Once you step all the way down on the gas pedal and the 460-horsepower V-8 engine roars into action, you’ll feel just how powerful this American supercar really is. But how will you find out exactly how long it takes you to get from 0 to 60 mph? How will you record your lap times?

Chevrolet is providing an answer to those questions and more by including a Performance Data Recorder in the new 2015 Chevy Corvette. Showcased during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the system will allow drivers to record their laps or trips in HD video, and then review them with a telemetry overlay that includes G-force, a lap progress tracker, torque output and braking. That way, mistakes can be corrected, and drivers will be able to extract every ounce of power available, which will exceed 625 horsepower in the 2015 Corvette Stingray. Watch the video below to see how the system works.

If you want to feel like a professional race car driver with access to detailed information of your performance, the 2015 Chevy Corvette will provide everything you need. Come to our Corvette dealership near Easton, PA, and find out why this all-American sports car is such a great choice for you!





Chevy Sweeps the Detroit Free Press Car and Truck of the Year Awards

As the largest daily newspaper in the home city of the Big Three automakers, the Detroit Free Press gets a close look at a lot of new vehicles, but for the 2014 model year, it has ranked two offerings from Chevrolet above the rest. The redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado was recently named the 2014 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year for its mix of capability and comfort, while the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray earned the newspaper’s Car of the Year honor as a thoroughly modern interpretation of an iconic sports car.

Though the 2014 Silverado offers a class-leading trailering rating of up to 12,000 pounds with its newly available 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 powerplant, Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan was equally impressed with the pickup truck’s amenities. The interior features optional heated and ventilated seats and an available MyLink infotainment system with voice recognition and an eight-inch touchscreen, while integrated steps on the rear bumper and a damped tailgate allow for pain-free loading and unloading. Silverado buyers also receive additional practicality from the vehicle’s surprising gas mileage, including a best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 23 mpg on the highway when they opt for the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 engine.

“The awards from the Detroit Free Press highlight the fact that the new Chevy Silverado and Corvette Stingray have both managed to stay true to their roots while introducing new qualities that modern drivers want,” said Ed Rossi, owner of Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC, a New Jersey Chevy dealership. “The Silverado is still leading in capability, and the Corvette continues to push the limits of performance, but now they accomplish those things with refined interiors, the latest in-car technology and improved fuel economy.”

Housing a new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray garnered praise from the Detroit Free Press for churning out 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque while returning up to 29 mpg on the highway. Phelan also noted that the sports car now boasts a luxurious cabin that lives up to its expressive exterior, with Chevrolet using high-quality materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather. Those high levels of performance and luxury can cost tens of thousands of dollars more in similarly equipped sports cars, a fact that helped the new Corvette Stingray lock up its Car of the Year award.




Buick News

Get Off the Phone and Spend Time with People, Buick Asks

Buick is launching a campaign to encourage people to put their phones away and spend more time #inthemoment, interacting with one another. The initiative includes a Tumblr page, Twitter hashtag and a healthy dose of humor making the rounds on social media. The ultimate goal is for everybody to take the pledge and commit to putting your phone down and enjoying life more.

The most successful post of all is a music video in which Internet comedians Rhett & Link drive around in a Buick Regal poking fun at people who live with their noses buried into their mobile devices, leading to social alienation and some dangerous situations. The video has been such a hit that it has gone viral, with more than 1.2 million views in just three weeks. If you haven’t watched it already, do it now!

Of course, one of the main reasons Buick is backing this campaign is to reduce traffic fatalities. One instance when you should definitely ignore your phone is as soon as you sit behind the wheel of your vehicle. At Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC, we support Buick’s campaign and we ask all our customers to use their phones sensibly. So put your phone down and drive safe!

Donate Nonperishables to Our NJ Food Drive

At Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC, we love giving back to our community, which is why we support a number of local causes and sports teams. Now that it’s the holiday season, we’re thinking even more about our neighbors in need who may be food insecure. 

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Chevrolet Unveils the All-New Colorado Midsize Pickup

As the LA Auto Show kicks off in California, Colorado is making waves for truck fans across the country. Chevy’s brand-new midsize pickup truck, the Chevrolet Colorado, was recently unveiled at the auto show, and we think it redefines what a midsize truck should be. Going on sale next fall as a 2015 model, the Colorado will have a standard 2.5-liter I4 engine and an available 3.6-liter V6. Both options will feature direct injection and variable valve timing to generate the power truck drivers need while allowing them to return impressive fuel economy. 

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