Is adventure calling to you? Do you long to take the road less traveled and depart from the beaten path? It may be time to set out on all those off-road journeys you’ve been dreaming up. Before setting out, here are some tips on how to off-road successfully and traverse rough terrains like a champ.
Know your vehicle and its capabilities:
If you own a truck or SUV, chances are that it has some off-roading capability. However, capability varies greatly between vehicles, so you will want to know exactly what your particular vehicle is capable of. You will want to understand your traction control system and if you have a traction select system, how your 4WD system works, and if you have a locking differential. You will also want to understand the demands of whatever terrain you’re traversing beforehand.
Off-road equipment options:
Not only may your vehicle come with built-in off-roading systems, but you can also add on off-road equipment to increase your vehicle’s capabilities. For instance, you can add a set of all-terrain tires to your vehicle, lift your vehicle’s suspension and install superior shock absorbers, or install front bumpers to further protect your vehicle.
Have emergency supplies:
Off-roading comes with risks, so make sure to have a first-aid kit on hand in case of an accident. You will also want to pack food and water, warm clothing, and have an emergency plan – including how you’re going to contact someone if something goes amiss – in place.
Contact us at Midland Buick GMC if you have questions for us about the capability of your Buick or GMC vehicle. We’ll be happy to help!
Summer is upon us, and it’s time to venture out from home and explore with the family. The warm weather and long days of summer present the perfect opportunity to set out on a summer road trip, exploring the region you call home or venturing out further across the states. Before you do so, however, you should make sure your car is ready to hit the road and travel for long distances in the heat. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready for summer road trips.
Before you leave, check your vehicle’s oil and fluid levels:
These simple checks go a long way. Perhaps get an oil change before you set out, and make sure you have adequate amounts of windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
Check tire treads, pressure, and consider getting your tires rotated:
The condition of your vehicle’s tires affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so you will want to check them before setting out. Check the tires’ treads to make sure they’re not too worn, check your tire pressure – which can affect your vehicle’s handling, control, and efficiency, and get your tires rotated if you have routine maintenance performed at the shop before you depart.
Have an emergency plan and extra supplies:
Pack extra water and have an emergency plan in place in case something goes awry. For instance, make sure to have power cords for your devices, so you can keep them charged up and make calls, and an idea of what you’d do if you have to stop.
If you’re worried about your ride being able to handle a long road trip, bring it in to the Midland Buick GMC Service Department or contact our sales team to find a better option.
Though New England is the best-known region in the US for fall foliage, many visitors to Texas are pleasantly surprised at the changing leaves they find in the area. You just have to know where to look. That’s why we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of Texas fall road trip ideas to help you find your way to the most scenic views.
First, according to Only in Your State, you should visit Garner State Park in Concan. Perhaps one of the most stunning places in all of Texas—yeah, you heard right—the Garner State Park has old cypresses, oaks, mesquite, and persimmon trees. You can see an array of red, green, yellow, and brown colors in October, and there are over 11 miles of trails to follow. Perfect as a family getaway or for avid hikers, Garner is the place to be this fall.
Also, visit Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The intense foliage is best seen in early November, and you can follow the East Trail for some of the best views. Lost Maples is a great place to bring pets or a picnic for the day as well.
Finally, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose has some memorable views. The amber grass and red trees create a breathtaking contrast, and there is also hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The best time to visit is in October or at the beginning of November.
Other places to see include Lake Bob Sandlin State Park and Daingerfield State Park, among others. Plan your road trip today.
Families are often busy in the fall, especially with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s important to make time to get away from your busy lives. In fact, many families create a fall bucket list—a list of things to do before the season comes to an end. From hiking to baking apple pie, there are some things that are best done in the autumn.
According to Creative Family Fun, you should be sure to get outdoors in the fall to experience the changing leaves. One of the best tips for hiking with young children is to keep it simple. Pack supplies, snacks, and water, but also be sure to stay close to home or your car. You don’t need to hike the Appalachian Trail for your kids to have fun—simply get outside and start walking.
Make an apple pie to celebrate the fall season. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an orchard in the area that will let you pick apples (though apple picking is much harder to find in Texas than in the Northeast). You just need flour, salt, sugar, and unsalted butter for a pie crust, and the filling can be made with apples, a lemon, butter, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.
There are several other things to do in the fall:
- Make leaf rubbings with wax paper.
- Make your own Halloween costume.
- Make bird feeders.
- Play in the leaves.
- Enjoy cider beside the fire.
These are just some of the fun things we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac enjoy doing in the fall. Be sure to make your own bucket list with your family and friends to make the most of the season
While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.
Balmorhea State Park
Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.
Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.
Big Bend National Park
This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?
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It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.
This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.
Fort Worth Stockyards
Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.
Palo Duro Canyon
This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope you have a great end to your summer and an even better start to the school year.
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What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.
If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.
Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.
San Jose Island
Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.
If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.
For many Texas families, it’s just not summer yet until you’ve taken a good camping trip. Get things underway by visiting one of these excellent Texas campgrounds.
Fritch Fortress Campground
Fritch is just a four hour drive north from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, which seems just right for a weekend getaway. Located near Lake Meredith, this campground offers plenty of breathtaking views and fun outdoor activities. It’s also perfect for family trips thanks to its accommodations like trash services, fresh water, and showers. Plus, it’s free!
Bolivar is much farther away from Midland, but the journey is worth it for the beach camping. Pack plenty of food and water and your favorite water toys, because with a $10 permit you’re allowed to drive right onto the beach to set up your campsite there.
Camp Creek Recreation Area
This site is in the same direction as Bolivar, but much closer. Camp Creek is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and also features amenities like fire pits, picnic tables, and grills for easy meal preparation. The land is covered in pecan trees, filled with deer and other wildlife, and welcoming to visitors in every sense of the word!