Lights, Camera, Action: What to Bring to a Drive-In Theater

In the world of social distancing, a great American pastime is making a comeback. The popularity of drive-in theaters is on the rise because it offers a great way for families to spend time together watching movies safely and from the comfort of their trucks. If you’re planning on scheduling an outing to a great local drive-in theater like the Dixie Twin Drive-In or the Sydney Auto Vue Drive-In, here’s what you need to bring.

A portable radio

You can use the radio in your Chevrolet Silverado or Colorado to listen to the audio that matches the movie on the big screen. But if you’d rather give your truck a break and sit out under the stars, bring a handheld radio and post up in your coziest lawn chair or on your comfiest blanket.

Snacks

One of the best parts of going to a drive-in theater is hitting up the concession stand for burgers, hot dogs, and popcorn. But if you’re leery or you want to save some bucks, you can most likely bring in your own snacks. Most drive-ins have policies that permit outside food, though same may require you to pay for a food pass for a small fee. Either way, check your drive-in’s rules and regulations before you visit.

A pickup truck

Why drive a car to the drive-in when you can roll up in a truck? The Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado are tailor-made for trips to the drive-in (among other things) with spacious cabins, comfortable seating, and expansive beds perfect for lounging.

Ready to hit up the drive-in theater for a night of movies and popcorn but need a cozy truck to head out in? Make your first stop Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. We’ve got the trucks you need for work, play, and everything in between.

Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat to These Lakes Near Mechanicsburg, OH

Summer is here, and it’s fair to say we could all use the chance to get away from it all. If your idea of fun is hitching your boat or jet skis up to your Chevrolet Silverado and heading out toward the water, these lakes near Mechanicsburg are calling your name.

Buck Creek State Park

Buck Creek offers a 2,120-acre lake for boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The park is a great place for a weekend getaway with your family, featuring over 100 campsites (as well as boat camping), an 18-hole disc golf course, and plenty of spots for hiking and a picnic. Pets are also permitted, so you can bring the whole family.

Alum Creek

Alum Creek Lake near Columbus is about 3,269 acres with boat ramps, docks, campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, and more. Fishing at Alum Creek is quite good, offering everything from smallmouth bass and muskellunge to black crappie and channel catfish. It’s also a beautiful place to explore with gorgeous shale bluffs, abandoned farm fields, and plenty of wooded area for hiking.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

Grand Lake was originally a feeder lake for the Miami-Erie Canal and is the world’s largest man-made reservoir, measuring 13,500 acres. Grand Lake offers swimming, boating, fishing, and camping opportunities. No-wake areas and speed zones are indicated on the park map, and there is a zone for skiing and pulling tubes on the west side of the lake. There are restaurants in the area surrounding the boat ramps.

Indian Lake

Indian Lake, Ohio, is a popular summer hotspot for boating and fishing and is the site for some popular fishing tournaments each summer. The lake includes many islands, inlets, and bays, with over 30 miles of shoreline.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the perfect truck for towing a boat. The cutting-edge, intelligent towing capability plus advanced features like 15 different camera views make the trailering system easy to use. If you’re ready to enjoy your summer to the fullest, start your journey by checking out one of the many great Silverado trucks we have at Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

How to Use the Advanced Trailering System in Your Chevy Truck

The new hassle-free Advanced Trailering System is one of the best additions to the Chevrolet truck lineup. If you’re curious about how to unlock to all the capability of this impressive towing functionality, here’s a quick rundown of what it entails. 

  • Custom Trailer Profiles: ATS features the capability to add custom trailer profiles to allow you to monitor each trailer’s mileage or maintenance requirements. You can make up to five profiles using the in-cabin app, and you have the versatility to create even more when utilizing the myChevrolet app.
  • Hitch Guidance: Built to facilitate ease-of-use whenhooking up your trailer to your truck, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View system offers visual guidance for a typically difficult task. Hitch Guidance provides dynamic backup lines and a high-definition look at your truck’s hitch so you can connect your trailer right the first time.
  • Light Test: Before taking off on a long voyage with your trailer, it’s imperative to make sure the lights are functioning properly. The Advanced Trailering System features a light test capability that allows you to check the lights on your trailer yourself from the comfort of your cabin. After running the test, you’ll have a full diagnostic report on the status of your trailer’s lights.

Contact Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg today if you’d like a hands-on demonstration of the versatile Advanced Trailering System. Once you see how easy Chevy makes hard work look, you’ll never want to drive anything else. 

Don’t Be a Fool: Stay on Top of Spring Car Maintenance

Spring vehicle maintenance isn’t that important, right? That’s what April fools think. Keeping your vehicle up to date with routine seasonal service will keep it working for you for much longer, and that’s no joke. These spring car maintenance steps will help you avoid serious transportation troubles this season.

Catch up on your service schedule

Is there anything you haven’t been keeping up with on your vehicle? Now is the time to get oil changes, filters replaced, and other fluids checked or refilled. Things like transmission fluid, brake fluid, and even wiper fluid are important.

Replace your wipers

Remember, April showers bring May flowers. Instead of letting your visibility get bogged down under all that rain, replace your vehicle’s old windshield wipers so you can see clearly — before the rain is gone.

Look at your tires

Tires are one of the most important components of your feelings, and they need some TLC. Even if you bought a new set recently, now is the time to get them rotated. Check tire pressure and make sure everything’s up to par. If tire tread is worn, it might be time to stop by Dave Kehl Chevrolet for some new tires

Get an engine check-up

Even if everything else looks good from a DIY perspective, spring is a great time to get your car to somebody who knows what they’re doing, like a dealership service technician. Have them give your vehicle’s mechanical parts a once-over to make sure it’s all in working order.

Need some essential spring car maintenance done? Visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, OH.

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

With the weather warming up once again, the mind turns to the task of spring cleaning. While dusting and sweeping, paring down unneeded baubles, and getting the yard in order are some of the taller tasks around the home, it’s important that you show some TLC to your ride. These spring cleaning tips for your car will help you get back to sparkly clean when the sun comes out to play.

Leave Windows and Tires for Last

Starting by washing your wheels and windows is not ideal given how much dirt will be cascading down the vehicle as you clean. Your best approach for making the most of your time is to clean the entire exterior of the vehicle and leave the windows and tires for last.

Don’t Forget the Undercarriage

Road salt is part of winter driving, and when it lingers underneath your vehicle for long periods of time, it can lead to corrosion and damage to underbody components. To make sure that you don’t have to deal with costly repairs, take some time to rise off underneath your car.

Get a Trash Bag

The inside of your vehicle probably has a few things sitting around in it — fast food wrappers, receipts, and assorted papers. Clear these things out before you clean the interior. If there’s stuff you want to keep, bring it inside.

Use the Right Tools

Vacuuming the floor of your vehicle is one thing, but if you want to deep clean, make sure you’re using the right products and brushes to get dirt out of tight corners, wipe down leather, and clean your floor mats.

If your idea of spring cleaning your car is getting out of your old ride and into something shiny and new, visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet and check out our huge inventory of trucks and SUVs.

What Should Be in a Roadside Emergency Kit?

No matter the season, no matter the weather, it’s essential that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle that will assist you in the event of an emergency. What should be in a roadside emergency kit? Here are some of the essential components.

Blanket and seasonally appropriate clothing

Having a blanket to keep you warm can be a big help if you find yourself stranded by the roadside during the winter. Your roadside emergency kit should also have a change of clothes in case you need them — think a pair of fresh socks, a jacket or hooded sweatshirt, and gloves or hats. When spring and summer roll around, you can swap these out for warmer-weather clothes like flip flops, tank tops, and so on.

Jumper cables

Having jumper cables in your car is essential because, while it may seem like a foregone conclusion that everyone has them, that is far from the case. If you have a dead battery and need a jump, don’t rely on someone else having jumper cables to get you out of a pickle. Better still, if you have cables of your own, you can get someone else out of a jam.

Tool kit

Keep a wrench, screwdrivers, a knife and other multi-purpose tools in your emergency kit. Along with the tools, keep a list of instructions on how to fix common roadside vehicle issues if you don’t already know how to fix them.

Water and snacks     

Always keep a few bottles of water and some granola bars, or other long-lasting food items in your emergency kit in case you get stranded for a while. If you have a pet that you sometimes travel with, include some kibble and water for them as well. There are so many more things to include in a roadside emergency kit, so don’t stop short with these items. If you need help putting together a list or you want a stylish new vehicle to put your roadside emergency kit in, visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg.

Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

If you are one of the many people who make New Year’s resolutions only to fail at them within a few months, you should consider trying a new strategy. Follow these tips to help make your resolution last beyond the winter season.

Be realistic

One reason you may have trouble accomplishing your New Year’s resolution is that it’s too difficult for you to actually incorporate in your life. Make your resolution more attainable and aim to change just one behavior or habit. For example, instead of setting a goal to diet and exercise each day, set out to exercise two or three times a week.

Make your intentions known

It can be easier to stick to a resolution if you have people in your life that can hold you accountable. Share your goals with friends or family or become a member of a group that’s working towards similar goals.

Don’t be hard on yourself

Even with smaller, more realistic goals, there will likely come a point in the year where you can’t manage to keep your resolution. Instead of being upset and giving up on the resolution entirely, accept that everyone makes mistakes and return to chasing your goals.

At Dave Kehl Chevrolet, we hope these tips help you keep your New Year’s resolution. As you make changes to your lifestyle, be sure to also take the time to get your car serviced at our service department.

Must-Try Recipes for the Holidays

There are several staple holiday dishes that families make each year. This season, try your hand at a new meal and follow one of these festive recipes for the holidays.

Appetizers

If you’re craving pizza this season, make this popular dish with a creative twist. Opt to cook with crescent dough and then arrange it in the shape of a candy cane. For a simpler appetizer, you can prepare beer cheese in a bread bowl, which you can then eat later.

Dinner

Instead of simply having a glazed ham for dinner, cook the ham in a puff-pastry pineapple and have pineapple sauce available for a sweet meal. You can also serve Brussels sprouts with cranberries and balsamic vinegar as a delicious side dish.  

Desserts

To have a dessert that’s as tasty as it is charming, coat cornflakes in a mixture of butter, marshmallows, vanilla and green food coloring. You can then arrange the cornflakes into a wreath shape and add fun decorations. You and your children can also work together to make a cheesecake with a large sugar cookie for the bottom.

We at Dave Kehl Chevrolet hope you and your loved ones have a fantastic holiday season filled with mouthwatering meals. When you have a free weekend, stop by our dealership to test-drive one of our Chevrolet vehicles.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips for Family Road Trips

Driving during the holiday season can be a great source of stress, which you don’t need more of after all the cooking and shopping. These Thanksgiving driving tips will help ensure that you have one less thing to sweat this holiday season.

Get a maintenance check

The key to a stress-free road trip is being up to date on your maintenance. Make sure that you’ve brought your vehicle into Dave Kehl Chevrolet for its regularly scheduled maintenance and service. Especially worth noting in the late fall are your battery, tires, windshield wipers, and lights.

Be prepared for emergencies

It’s good to be prepared for boredom, hunger, and dehydration with fun activities and a snack cooler, but drivers should also be prepared for problems. Bring a winter safety kit, complete with extra blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, cat litter (for getting out of muddy ditches), and whatever else you deem necessary for emergencies.

Avoid traveling Wednesday

When it comes to Thanksgiving road trips, most people do the majority of their driving the day before the holiday. If you want to avoid traffic, leave before Wednesday or try traveling on Thanksgiving Day if possible. Also, if you’re staying through the weekend, try not to leave Sunday. That’s when the bulk of other drivers are heading home, too.

Have a plan

So you already know which days you’re going to travel, but what about the rest of the trip? Schedule in pit stops every one or two hours to stretch your legs. Time it so that the driver is well-rested and has gotten lots of sleep. Also, make sure to minimize driving distractions.

From our family at Dave Kehl Chevrolet to yours, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and filling Thanksgiving.

Tips for Tailgating in Your Truck

Tips for Tailgating | Mechanicsburg, OH

The beginning of autumn signals the onset of football season. Tailgating is a popular activity for fans that want to pair their favorite foods and beverages with game-day exhilaration. If you’re new to the pastime or need a refresher on how to do it the right way, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when tailgating in your truck this fall.

Before the game

Keep the following items stored in a toolbox, either in the backseat area or the truck bed, so you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice for the next tailgating event:

  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bags
  • Tongs
  • Masking tape
  • Basting brush
  • Your favorite condiments, spices, and seasonings
  • Wet wipes
  • Spatulas
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Mini flashlight
  • Wooden skewers
  • Permanent marker
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Poncho

During the game

Stay safe and maximize your fun when tailgating by observing the following rules.

  • Show up a few hours earlier than game time, to claim a good spot in the parking lot.
  • Have each member of your tailgating party bring enough alcohol for four people, to ensure that you have a sufficient supply during the game.
  • Drink only from your tailgate, even if there are other sports fans nearby that are rooting for your team.
  • Keep pickup games to a minimum, to avoid sabotaging other tailgaters parties and grill sessions.
  • Clean up after yourself by bringing a few garbage bags and using them.

If you’re in need of a new tailgating vehicle this fall, stop by Dave Kehl Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the right Colorado or Silverado 1500 to suit your lifestyle and enhance your tailgating parties.