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Equipping Your Teen Driver

Fasten Seat BeltIf you have a teenager who is the age to drive, it is probably a time met with some anxiety and fear as you release your child onto the roads with this new freedom that requires a great deal of maturity and responsibility on their part.  Finding a safe car or truck is probably a high priority for you, and you have come to the right place.

According to AAA, “each year, more teens die in car crashes than from any other cause-including disease, drugs, suicide or homicide.” This statistic isn’t meant to scare you more…it is however meant to reinforce the importance of finding a safe car for your child. Once you have found the best car for your child, there are some important rules and boundaries you can place to keep them safe behind the wheel. We have provided some suggestions for you here:

  • Make sure your teen driver  wears a seatbelt at all times. For whatever reason it can be seen as “un-cool” to buckle up but if you really share with your child the dangers than can result from a lack of wearing it they may be more likely to follow through with this law.
  • Limit the number of passengers they are allowed to have.  Passengers are a distraction and can cause serious accidents.
  • Have strict rules against cell phone use while driving. Familiarize your teen with popular campaigns regarding cell phone use. Many of these public service announcements and campaigns are very encouraging and empowering to young drivers today and can make a difference.

If you are looking for a new truck for you teen driver, come check out our great selection of GMC trucks in Thunder Bay at Dominion Motors.  We hope you enjoy this exciting time for both you and your child.  As with any new milestone in life, it can be both scary and rewarding.  Congratulations to you and your new teenage driver!

Impaired Driving Ruins Lives Forever

Drink And DriveIf you have ever shared the road with someone who is clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it can be a very scary situation.  The driver, who clearly has no idea that they are all over the road is putting people in harms way and it could so easily be avoided.  Here are a few statistics and information from the NHTSA:

  • Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
  • In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.

Drunk driving and the accidents that can, and do occur as a result are life changing incidents and what’s worse, is they are completely avoidable.  When you are going out with friends for the weekend or when you are enjoying time with friends out and about and you have had a few drinks, please make sure you plan ahead and make the proper arrangements to avoid drinking and driving at all costs.  At Dominion Motors in Thunder Bay, we want all of our customers and all of the people in our community to be safe this summer and to enjoy great times with friends, but to enjoy them responsibly.  There is no replacement for someone’s life in the event that being responsible is put on the back burner.  Remember, it doesn’t take much alcohol for it to impair your driving abilities.

For more information on issues like this as well as other ways you can be safe in Buick cars in Thunder Bay, stay in touch with us here at Dominion Motors.  Our blog is designed to keep our followers informed on all the latest Buick and GMC news, but also to remind our viewers about important safety topics and considerations.  Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you at Dominion Motors for your next GMC or Buick purchase!


GMC Wins Top Safety Pick+ Award

SafetySafety in a midsize SUV has been at the forefront of many manufacturers plans and earning top safety ratings for this type of vehicle has been challenging over the years.  Recently, the IIHS released information regarding midsize SUVs and front crash tests.  These extensive tests have brought great news for GMC:

“SUVs have gotten much safer over the past few generations, but some are better than others at providing comprehensive front crash protection,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. “When it comes to midsize SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward. The Equinox and Terrain score well in all components of the small overlap test — structure, restraints and kinematics, and injury measures for four body regions.”

Other brands were not so lucky.  Experts pointed out serious downsides of other SUVs, such as the Honda Pilot, the Mazda CX-9 the Kia Sorento and the Ford Explorer.  9 brands were evaluated overall and the fact that these two are the only ones to earn a good rating in this small overlap front crash test is a huge testament to their performance in safety.  Safety continues to be a huge factor for buyers today.  This new testing qualifies the Equinox and the Terrain for the highest award given by the IIHS, the Top Safety Pick+ award.

Why does this small overlap test matter?  According to the IIHS, it “replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph.”

To see more on how these vehicles passed this test, check out this video:


Come check out the all new GMC Trucks and SUVs at Dominion Motors in Thunder Bay!  You will be impressed with the safety as well as all the added features that GMC has to offer.