Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

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As winter disappears in the rearview mirror, you’re probably feeling a sense of relief that you no longer have to worry about icy and snowy roads in Crivitz, Wisconsin. However, spring driving brings its own safety challenges, especially when it’s rainy out. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re driving in a downpour.

Turn off your cruise control

When it’s raining or the roads are wet, don’t use cruise control. If it’s switched on and you lose traction in slick conditions, you won’t be able to respond quickly by taking your foot off the accelerator.

Turn on your lights

A simple rule to follow: If you need to turn on your windshield wipers, you also need to turn on your lights. This way, it’ll be easier for other vehicles to see you coming even when visibility is limited.

Don’t hesitate to pull over or turn back

Have a hard time seeing the road ahead in a downpour? Pullover to a safe spot and wait it out (and be sure to turn on your emergency blinkers if you’re on the side of the road). And if you encounter a stretch of road that’s flooded or close to it, don’t risk your life or your vehicle — turn around and take a different route.

The change in seasons is a great time to schedule service at Frank Porth Chevrolet in Crivitz. We’ll rotate your tires, check your lights, and make sure your vehicle is in great shape to take on rainy weather.

Here’s When You Should Use Your Vehicle’s Hazard Lights

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Your vehicle’s hazard lights are an important tool for emergencies. If you need to pull over to the side of the road, these lights will help maintain safe conditions by alerting other drivers to your presence. However, there are certain situations where you shouldn’t use hazard lights. Here’s a guide to using them properly in Crivitz, Wisconsin.

When to Use Hazard Lights

When your vehicle is disabled on the side of the road: If you need to pull over to the side of the road because you were involved in a collision, your vehicle breaks down, or you have a flat or punctured tire, activate your hazard lights so you’re visible to everyone in the area.

When you get pulled over: If a police vehicle turns on its flashing lights and signals for you to pull over, comply as soon as it’s safely possible. You can turn on your hazard lights to communicate to the officer that you are pulling over as they’ve ordered.

When Not to Use Hazard Lights

While driving: In general, don’t use your hazard lights while driving. Activating them makes it difficult for other drivers to tell when you’re using your turn signals. If there’s heavy snow or rain, use your regular lights or get off the road instead of turning on your hazards.

While parking illegally: First of all, don’t illegally park at all, even if you’re just running in for a quick errand. And definitely don’t turn on your flashing hazard lights to make it look like you belong there.

Have questions about your vehicle’s lights, how you should use them, and whether they’re working properly? The service department here at Frank Porth Chevrolet in Crivitz is here to help!

Tips to Stay Safe on Fall Drives in Wisconsin

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Driving in the fall has its hazards, but if you know what to expect and how to avoid those hazards, you’ll have a safe and accident-free season in your Chevy vehicle. Follow these safety tips during your fall drives in Wisconsin.

1: Check your tires

A drop in temperature can shrink the air in your tires, so check the pressure and add air if needed. It’s also a good time to check the tread. You need more traction during the colder months here in Wisconsin, due to the amount of rain and snow we get. If the tread is low, it’s time for new tires.

2: Clean your headlights

Headlights can get foggy over time, putting out less light. As the days get shorter and night comes sooner, you want as much light as you can get. Give your headlights a good scrub to boost the illumination they deliver and improve visibility.

3: Avoid high beams in fog

Using your high beams when driving through fog actually reduces your visibility, because the light reflects off the fog particles. So, use your regular headlights when navigating through foggy weather conditions.

4: Be careful of animals

You’re more likely to hit an animal during the fall than any time of year, thanks to lower visibility due to fall’s fewer hours of daylight. It’s also the season that critters tend to be out looking for a mate or stocking up on food for the winter. Keep your speed low and keep an eye out for deer and other wildlife that might be crossing the road.

5: Drive slow on leaves

The trees are rapidly shedding their leaves onto the roads, and leaves can make the road seriously slippery. If you’re driving on a leafy street, go slowly to avoid skidding.

Bring your Chevrolet in for service this fall here at Frank Porth Chevrolet. We’ll help prep your vehicle for colder weather so you can rest assured that it functions safely and smoothly during Wisconsin’s colder season.

3 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

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As exciting as the warmer weather of spring can be, it can also present some new challenges for your car and your commute. Here are three tips to get your car ready for spring here in Crivitz, Wisconsin.

Clean your car

While you’re waiting for milder weather to arrive, take your car for a wash. This will remove any salt and grime that has accumulated on your vehicle during the winter and help prevent rust on the undercarriage.

Check the tire pressure

Constantly changing temperatures can do a real number on tire pressure. To keep your tires working as effectively and efficiently as possible, be sure to constantly check your tire pressure and inflate them when needed.

Test your car’s battery

Cold weather is rough on every component of your car, especially on the battery. So, make sure to test your battery to make sure it has enough life in it to keep your car functioning smoothly this spring. If it has been a while since you last changed this part, it’s probably time to do so.

No matter whether you’re anticipating spring day trips or longer road trips, Frank Porth Chevrolet will be happy to give your car a seasonal checkup. Call us today to schedule a service appointment.

Save On Your Vehicle Expenses Next Year with these Maintenance Tips

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Whether you’re saving up for a new home or you want to help your nest egg grow, you may be looking for ways to curb your expenses in 2021. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this that involve your car’s maintenance.

Keep Up with Scheduled Maintenance

It can be easy to lose track of the maintenance calendar for your vehicle. But if you keep up with the regularly scheduled maintenance for your car, truck, or SUV, you can save money in the long run by addressing small issues before they become larger, more costly issues.

Change Vehicle Filters

Your vehicle’s air filters can become some of the most overlooked components. Changing these filters on a regular basis can help your car perform more efficiently, saving you money on fuel, and provide a cleaner cabin and engine bay.

Check the Tires

Tires are among the most important, and unfortunately most vulnerable, components of your vehicle. Having under-inflated tires or over-inflated tires can affect efficiency, so you want to be sure the PSI for each tire is at the optimal level throughout the New Year. If you haven’t changed your tires in several years, now might be a good time to consider purchasing a new set.

Feel free to reach out to our maintenance team here at Frank Porth Chevrolet in Crivitz, Wisconsin, for even more helpful maintenance tips to start the New Year off right.

Why Teens May Be Hesitant to Drive

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Learning to drive is considered a rite of passage for American teenagers. However, not every teen is excited to get behind the wheel. Here are a few reasons why teens may be hesitant to drive.

Bad On-Road Experience

Even the most skilled driver will have a negative on-road experience at some point during their lifetime of driving. But, if a teen driver has this bad on-road experience early on when they’re learning to drive, it can leave them nervous about driving. Having a vehicle equipped with advanced safety features like the Teen Driver technology that comes on Chevrolet vehicles is a great way to boost their confidence behind the wheel.

Environmental Consciousness

Your teen might have an altruistic reason for not wanting to drive, such as being environmentally conscious. If they live in a city where public transportation is readily available, they might not even need to drive around as much.

Hesitant to Grow Up

Some psychologists suggest that a hesitant teen driver may avoid driving due to a reluctance to move onto the next stage of their adolescence. After all, driving is a big responsibility. If you think your teen is hesitant to get behind the wheel for this reason, it’s important to talk with them and address their concerns.

On the other hand, if your teen is excited to get their driver’s license, then you should consider reinforcing their enthusiasm by purchasing a new or used car for them here at Frank Porth Chevrolet.

Whether your teen is reluctant to drive or excited about it, remember to contact us at Frank Porth Chevrolet for your young driver’s automotive needs. Whether you’re helping them shop for their first car or need to schedule a service appointment for their vehicle, we’re here to support you and your teen in this new phase.

Strategies for Working From Home With Kids

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Most of the country continues to shelter at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and the lucky ones are able to work from home. Working from home can be challenging on its own, and when you add a house full of kids to the mix it becomes even more difficult to navigate. These tips can help make the situation a bit less stressful for everyone.

Communicate needs

Talk to both your employer and your family about what you will need during this time. Explain to your kids that even though you’re home, you’re still at work. Then, let your employer and coworkers know that you’ll be working from home with kids, and that there will be occasional interruptions.

Arrange virtual playdates

When you really need to be uninterrupted for a period of time, consider establishing virtual playdates for your children. Arrange a video call with grandparents, friends, or a favorite babysitter. Although it’s not the same as an in-person engagement, kids can still have fun and stay occupied reading books, singing songs, or playing games with their guardian through the video.

Increase screen time

Many parents are wary of letting their kids sit in front of a screen for too many hours a day. But if you’re comfortable with giving your kids more screen time, it can be a helpful way to keep them engaged while you’re working from home during this unprecedented time. Make sure to spend time doing hands-on activities together when your work is over and take breaks throughout the day to check in on them and let them know you care.

Frank Porth Chevrolet wishes you and yours a productive and pleasant summer. Remember to call us for any questions you have about car care or to set up a maintenance checkup for your vehicle.

Fun Games to Play at Home with the Kids

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While you’re stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to not only keep yourself entertained but also to prevent your kids from feeling bored. If you’re looking for something new to pass the time, try out these fun games with your kids.

Touch-and-feel box

In recent years, a popular trend on YouTube and late-night television shows has been to place an item in a box and have another person guess the item by using just their hands to feel it. You can try this fun game at home by simply cutting a hole in the side of a shoebox and then placing different items in there. Your children can then take turns placing a hand in the hole, feeling the item, and guessing what it is.

Indoor bowling

If your family is missing your local bowling alley, you can try bowling at home during the pandemic. In a long hallway or an open living room, you can line up 10 water bottles at one end and make a starting line at the other end, using duct tape or a ruler. You and your kids can then bowl with a medium-sized ball.


If you haven’t broken out the puzzles already, it’s worth taking out your favorites or buying some new ones. Your children can put together a kid-friendly puzzle, while you occupy your time with a more difficult puzzle.

Frank Porth Chevrolet hopes your family enjoys playing these games. If you need a new family-hauler in Crivitz, Wisconsin, call us to learn about our available options.

Chevy Reserves Trail Boss Trim for Truck Models

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For a while, GM has been undecided whether or not they would extend the Chevrolet Trail Boss trim to their line of SUVs and heavy-duty pickups. For now, at least, the Silverado 1500 will continue to be the only Chevy to carry the Trail Boss brand name.

The Silverado 1500 Trail Boss edition is an off-road beast, coming standard equipped with the same off-road features as the Z71 Off-Road package, including hill descent control and Rancho shocks. Also included is a 2-inch suspension lift, 18-inch Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac® tires, and other premium off-roading features.

Though the Trail Boss trim may not be making its way into the SUV market for now, the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban will offer a Z71 trim. These models will include 20-inch wheels, upgraded tires, and available features such as Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive suspension. The Z71 trim includes a front skid plate, red tow hooks, and black on black chrome exterior accents. As expected in an off-road vehicle, four-wheel drive will come standard, with a two-speed transfer case for ultimate traction and control.

As far as Chevy’s HD series of pickups go, no HD Trail Boss is in the works, but the Silverado HD Z71 Sport debuted at the 2019 SEMA show and is slated for production in 2021.

Experience the Trail Boss trim and Chevy’s other truck variations when you stop by Frank Porth Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the right rugged model to suit your outdoorsy lifestyle.

What Should You Bring When Buying a Car?

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Frank Porth Chevrolet is intent upon making the purchase process a breeze for our customers, which is why we’ve prepared a handy guide on what documents to bring when you’re buying a car.

Driver’s License: Believe it or not, a driver’s license is an important artifact to bring to the dealership when you’re trying to purchase a vehicle to drive off the lot. This not only serves as verification of your legal status as a driver but helps confirm your identity as well.

Car Insurance: We want to make sure your investment is protected, which is why we ask that you bring proof of insurance with you to the dealership. More importantly, it’s the law.

Title & Registration for Trade-In: If you intend to trade in your vehicle, it is vital to bring in a valid title and registration. Otherwise, we won’t be able to accept your trade-in. Additionally, if you have an active lien on the car, make sure to bring in your account number.

Supporting Rebate Documents: If you want to take advantage of Chevrolet’s many discounts (such as First Responder, Military, and Educator), you’ll need to make sure you bring in documents that prove your eligibility.

Payment: Don’t forget to bring in cash or a check if you want to make a down payment on your vehicle.

Still have questions about what to bring? Your sales associates at Frank Porth Chevy are ready to answer any questions.