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My Top 5 Road Pet Peeves

So, there you are on the road…cruising along…window down….good music on the radio…not a care in the world…and then it happens.  Someone comes through and interrupts your feel good mood with the driving skills of a toddler.  Oblivious to their careless and sometimes dangerous actions, you have now been summoned into a slight fit of road rage.  Everyone’s tolerance is different, but we all have little quirks while driving that really get under our skin.

Here are my top 5 pet peeves on the road:

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5. Mr./Ms. Show Off

This is the wonderful individual who decides that they are the superstar of the road and wants everyone to know about it.  Typically this person has some fancy car with a loud motor, limo tents and can be seen weaving in and out of traffic at ridiculous speeds.  Their mission is to let you know that they have somewhere to be and you are obviously in their way!  On the street, this is the person that decides they are now in the Indy 500 and peels off when the light turns green.  Ironically, after hustling to be first, you usually see them sitting at the next red light.  Better luck next time.

4. Brake-r, Brake-r

Not only is this irritating, it is a TOTAL distraction.  This person may not really be driving at turtle speeds, but for some reason, they find it necessary to brake-check every 10 seconds and the constant flashing of their brake light is so annoying.  But it gets worse.  This is also the person slowing down or coming to a COMPLETE stop at a green light for no reason.  No one in front of them.  No car trouble.  Just a blatant disregard for traffic awareness.

3. The Speed Demon

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Have you ever been on the highway and someone is driving past you so fast, YOU slow down?  Yeah, THAT’S the Speed Demon.  Times like this, I wish I were a cop.

2. Car in the Back Seat

Initially, this driver claimed the number one spot, but got bumped down to 2.  However, my fury with them is still unparalleled.  So, what exactly is the car in the back seat?  It is the car that is driving so close behind you, when you look in your rearview mirror, you would swear that you brought them along for the ride.  Here’s the issue, driving that close behind someone is dangerous and in the event of a quick brake, an accident will occur.  Also, this violates the law and could result in a citation.  As a rule of thumb, you should always allow about 3 seconds of space between you and the car in front of you, NOT a millisecond.  It’s just plain RUDE!

1. The Phantom Blinker

It was really a coin toss to see who would get the number one spot, but this tops my list because it grinds my gears to no end.  In the past few weeks, it is uncanny how many incidents I’ve had with the phantom blinker.   This is the driver that refuses to use a blinker and expects you to know their next move.  You usually find this person when traffic is horrendous and they decide to switch lanes at the same time that you do.  While you made sure to signal to move around the congestion, they just pull out very swiftly and sometimes totally unaware of the oncoming traffic, putting others at risk of a collision.  This may also be the person that is preparing to make a left or right turn, but decides that no one else needs to know that.  As they approach their turn slow to a near stop and turn, all without so much as a tap on the signal indicator.  SO ANNOYING! Let the road rage begin!

At some point, we have all been victims (and culprits) of these behaviors and I know that there are a lot more that didn’t make the list.  Which ones top your list?

The Aftermath

…And mercifully….it ended!

It is 24 hours after and it is still the talk of the city.  Clearly every person and business in the Metro St. Louis area was rocked by the snow storm yesterday.  While some thought it was going to be worse than what it was, it still caused weather conundrum that St. Louis hasn’t seen in quite a few winters.  Businesses were forced to close due to dangerous conditions and lack of man power, highways were at a standstill for hours (some closed), and cars were stuck and stalled all night!

Old man winter definitely dished out some ill weather…however, it could have been a LOT worse, so I won’t complain too much.

On a lighter note, the weather did make for some fun times and activities that only snow can provide.  How many of you revisited your childhood and took to Art Hill or played in the snow with friends and family?

Unless the task wasn’t tackled last night after the smoke cleared, most of St. Louis will be out today scraping and cleaning off their cars.  Just be glad that you just have one or two to worry about.  There were quite a few Fusz members outside cleaning cars in the lot!

What you see below is the aftermath of twitter dubbed “#Snowmageddon” and “#Snowpocalypse”:

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The Fusz team cleaning and scraping.

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That poor GMC Acadia isn’t going ANYWHERE!

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The smallest mount that was plowed!

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GM Randy Fusz cleaning off a Buick Verano.

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Nice job Randy! She’s clean…but she’s still stuck.

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Larry Bushhorn plowing it down!

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Be safe out there, guys!

What’s In A Buick: 2013 Encore

The 2013 Buick Encore has arrived!

Despite mentioning a hiatus in our last post, the “What’s In a Buick” campaign returns!

This week, a brand new crop of Encores rolled into our dealership and have been the topic of discussion and has taken center stage on our showroom!

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So, what is all the hoopla about the Encore?  As mentioned in the WIAB: Enclave post, the 2013 Encore is the first compact-sized SUV/crossover vehicle to be introduced into the Buick family.  In comparison to the mid-sized Enclave, the Encore packs just as much luxury and quality into its smaller frame and has a significantly lower price tag.  Other stand out features are:

  • ECOTEC® Turbo 1.4L 4-cyclinder engine offering a average fuel economy of 28 MPG.  All-wheel drive options are also available.
  • Impressive technology options including front and rear parking assist, Bluetooth connectivity and Buick’s Intellilink system.
  • Stylish contemporary exterior design with chrome accents and standard 18”aluminum wheels (with chrome options available).

Take a 6-second tour of the 2013 Buick Enore below:

For more information on the Buick Encore or other Buick products, please visit the Lou Fusz Buick GMC website.  For comments and suggestions, follow us on Twitter @FuszBuickGMC.

Well…I can say that for now, this is the last post for the “What’s In a Buick” mini-campaign.  But never fret, we will still be here to give your weekly update on Buick and GMC as well as other automotive news and tips.

Bring On 2013!

Wow…take some time and reflect back on 2012.  Can’t believe that it will be over in FOUR DAYS!  Personally, this was an AWESOME year!  So many different life events happened and I couldn’t be happier about it and am definitely looking forward to 2013.  
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With that being said, this will be the last post of 2012, which touches on a subject matter that is VERY important and personal to me.

In three days, one of the biggest nights of celebrating of the year will be underway.  For the sake of ringing in the new year, there are many planning events and doing some traveling for New Year’s Eve.  With the celebration of NYE comes the increase of alcohol consumption of party goers.  After the ball has dropped and confetti has been thrown, partiers hit the road and head to their next destination on one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers.

The purpose of this post is not to scare or terrify with statistics on how many accidents and fatalities are seen from drunk drivers on NYE, even though the statistics say that 54% of all New Year’s Day accident fatalities are due to drunk driving.  This is simply a post to advise EVERYONE hitting the road on NYE to be aware on the road and DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING!  No matter how far or close you are driving, the risk is NOT worth the possibility of causing harm to yourself or others by operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Whether you plan to party or not on NYE, here are a few tips for safety and accident prevention:

  • Of course, if you plan on drinking, DO NOT DRIVE!  If you are out with a group of people, appoint a designated driver.
  • KNOW YOUR LIMIT!  Having a few drinks at a party isn’t bad, but know the limit of what you can drink so that you do not go overboard.
  • Do some research on alternative ways of getting home from the party spot.  There are usually cabs or other transportation services available that will escort you home so you won’t have to drive intoxicated.  If not available, see if someone can come get you or just stay where you are until you sober up.
  • If you are hosting, make it your responsibility to ensure no one who is impaired gets on the road!  If you notice there may be a few people who drove and are impaired, offer to drive them, provide transportation for them or even TAKE THEIR KEYS!
  • Be aware of cars that are driving dangerously on the road.  If you spot a car that appears to be being driven by an impaired driver, make sure you drive BEHIND them at all times and alert authorities immediately.

This is just little information about how to make this New Year’s Eve one that is FUN and SAFE.  

2013 is right around the corner and I am excited to see what it has to offer and I would like to see everyone from 2012 in 2013!

I wish everyone a VERY happy holiday and I’LL SEE YA NEXT YEAR!