5 great dashcams |

Looking for the best dashcam for your car? Dashcams are becoming more and more popular all across the world. They can help you keep a record of your driving habits, or even come in handy when dealing with insurance issues. Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Vantrue N2 pro dual dashcam – $199.99
Captures video inside and outside the car in 1080p. It even has infrared night vision.

Rexing V1P 2.4″ dashcam – $129.98
Records at an “ultra wide” 170° angle and has collision detection.

YI 2.7″ 1080p 60FPS dashcam – $49.99
A cost-effective alternative that still features HD recording, night vision, and a 165° field of view.

Crosstour 1080p dashcam – $39.99
Another budget option with HD video capture, a 3″ LCD screen and collision detection.

Apeman dashcam 1080p – $42.99
1080p video, 170° angle, collision detection and even night vision. A huge bang for your buck.

Tell us about a situation you would’ve loved to have a dashcam handy in the comments.

Gen-Z less likely to drive distracted than older generations

Don’t blame the kids. According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by Volvo, the youngest and newest drivers on the road are less likely to use their phones while driving. Only 71 percent of survey takers belonging to Gen-Z, or whatever those currently aged 18 to 24 will eventually be called, admitted to using them. That’s actually a bit less than younger Baby Boomers (72 percent) and considerably lower than the evil Millennial scourge and Gen-X (both 81 percent).

The Gen-X bit is particularly interesting since they are most likely to be the parents of those Gen-Zers. According to the survey, parents with children under the age of 18 are among the most likely to use their phones while driving – be it alone or with someone else aboard. A significant 62 percent of parents admitted to using their phones while their kids are in the car, with 32 percent saying they do so often. No matter the scenario it seems, parents are the most likely to be distracted when behind the wheel by their mobile devices. The fact that Millennials are distracted overall to a similar degree shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, as they are also likely to be parents (older Millennials are deep in their 30s, after all, as I’m reminded every single day).

That the Gen-Zers are using their smartphones less while driving is certainly encouraging, as is the finding that they are generally more concerned about their phones being a distraction to their overall lives. On the other hand, the fact that aging Baby Boomers are being so widely distracted by their smartphones should terrify us all and make us thankful that so many cars now come standard with automated accident avoidance tech.

Now, in terms of what they’re doing on their phones, the most common activity for all generations is talking on the phone. This is followed by reading texts and dialing a phone call. Gen-X is the most guilty of these. Millenials are most guilty of sending texts, but when it comes to checking social media (arguably the most distracting of these activities), Gen-X far outpaces all others and the younger Baby Boomers match the Millennials. Gen-Z is barely higher than old Boomers.

One more take away: 33 percent of Americans drive in silence to minimize distractions. What a fun ride that would be.

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali First Drive Review | The more things change…

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali Arriving at Dealerships

2019 GMC Sierra Denali Arriving at Dealerships

Bold design, segment-leading technologies and premium amenities define Sierra Denali

2018-08-22

DETROIT — The all-new 2019 Sierra set the new benchmark for capability, refinement and innovation when introduced earlier this year. Now, the GMC Sierra Denali is arriving at dealerships and strengthening GMC’s position as the preeminent brand for premium truck buyers.

Denali is the flagship of the next-generation Sierra lineup, distinguished by iconic design cues and segment-leading technologies. It leads a broader, bolder range of precisely engineered trucks, including new AT4 and Elevation models1, developed for the segment’s most discerning customers.

“GMC ignited the premium truck market 17 years ago with the launch of the Sierra Denali and the next-generation model sets a new standard with unparalleled advancements and exclusive design,” said Rich Latek, marketing director of GMC. “It offers more upscale appointments, purposeful technologies and capability – solidifying Denali as the ultimate in professional grade.”

Along with its bold design and premium features, the next-generation Sierra Denali ups the ante in the segment with exclusive ride and handling and performance technologies designed to deliver a seamless balance of comfort, control and capability. They include new Adaptive Ride Control and the most powerful V-8 engine available in the class.

The new Sierra Denali is offered as a crew cab, with nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the previous model. That roomier cabin is trimmed with Denali-exclusive materials, including premium Forge leather-appointed seating, authentic open-pore wood trim and dark-finish aluminum decor.

The 2019 Sierra Denali affirms its position as the most premium Sierra ever, with segment-leading technologies and exclusive features, including:

  • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first MultiPro Tailgate is the most innovative pickup tailgate ever, with six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the box.
  • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box2The CarbonPro offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.
  • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with in-vehicle Trailering App offers a connected comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience.
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3 x 7-inch display to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror gives the driver the option of using a traditional inside rearview mirror or a rearview camera mirror display that provides a wider, unobstructed view that can help overcome common visual obstructions such as occupants or cargo. This next-generation system features the ability for zoom and vertical tilt adjustment.   

Additional 2019 Sierra Denali highlights (standard and available features) include:

  • Denali-exclusive exterior elements, including a bright, multidimensional grille, chrome exterior accents and body-color bumpers.
  • New high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped “light blade” lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights.
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels are standard, with 22-inch wheels available.
  • Integrated dual exhaust with bright polished outlets standard.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seat and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard.
  • GMC Premium Infotainment System with 8-inch-diagonal HD color touchscreen, embedded navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility.
  • Customizable profiles, saved with each driver’s settings and presets and stored in the cloud, can be accessed and used in other compatible 2019 GMCs.

Ride and Handling Delivers Confidence
Sierra Denali’s exclusive Adaptive Ride Control offers premium ride comfort with better road isolation and control than ever. Through real-time monitoring of the road and driver inputs while accelerating, cornering, braking and trailering, the system’s active dampers can be individually adjusted every 2 milliseconds, based on sensor feedback.

The all-new Traction Select System allows drivers to choose from preset available drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. It adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation. The system also reacts with the Adaptive Ride Control in Sierra Denali to further enhance the driving experience and refine the ride.

The available Traction Select system modes are:

  • Tour: The default mode of operation at every start-up, Tour is designed to deliver the right blend of refinement and efficiency for everyday use.
  • Sport: The transmission is eager to downshift in order to keep the engine in its peak powerband. Power steering assist is slightly reduced, making the steering feel more direct, communicative and sporty.
  • Snow: Available only on two-wheel-drive Sierras, Snow Mode optimizes  Sierra’s driveline for driving in wintry weather. In addition to leveraging Sierra’s standard Traction Control and StabiliTrak stability control systems, Snow Mode also provides a slower, less sensitive accelerator pedal calibration.
  • Off-Road: Designed for use for higher-speed driving on non-paved surfaces, Off-Road mode incorporates the same accelerator calibration as Snow Mode, giving the driver precise throttle control. Also incorporates unique StabiliTrak and traction control calibrations that allow for a little more wheelslip than on dry surfaces, in order to help carry momentum — important on gravel or in muddy situations.
  • Tow/Haul: Modifies the transmission calibration so that shift points are higher, allowing the engine to deliver peak power. It also initiates downshifts earlier in order to leverage engine braking and reduce wear on brake components. Tow/Haul also engages Grade Braking functionality so that on long, downhill stretches, a light touch of the brake pedal can initiate a downshift to slow the vehicle more efficiently.

The Autotrac 2-Speed Transfer Case, standard on Sierra Denali, offers a mechanical low range to provide amplified torque at low speeds — ideal for use on severe off-road terrain, slippery boat launches and in other low-traction situations.

Next-generation Sierra models, including the Denali, also feature a new electro-hydraulic power brake boost system rather than a conventional vacuum-assist system, for strong, smooth and consistent brake pedal feel when the bed is loaded or when trailering. The four-wheel disc brake system also features larger-diameter  Duralife brake rotors and larger brake pads to support its performance capability.

Segment’s most-powerful V-8 engine
The 2019 Sierra Denali’s available 6.2L V-8 engine is the segment’s largest displacement engine and most powerful, rated at an SAE-certified at 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) debuts with the engine, offering industry-first cylinder deactivation technology that enables it to operate in 17 different patterns between two and eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power delivery and efficiency.

Sierra Denalis equipped with the optional 6.2L V-8 include a 10-speed automatic transmission designed to improve shift quality. It incorporates a new centrifugal pendulum absorber torque converter that reduces vibrations to improve smoothness, particularly during cylinder deactivation events.

Advanced connectivity
An 8-inch-diagonal GMC Premium Infotainment System with a high-resolution color touchscreen and embedded navigation that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android phone projection compatibility3 is standard for the Sierra Denali. Also standard is a seven-speaker Bose® Premium Sound System with Richbass® Woofer in the center console. The infotainment system also features advanced personalization features, enhanced voice recognition functionality and offers downloadable in-vehicle apps, including Spotify, USA Today and FOX Sports.

Simple and easy to use, an all-new in-vehicle Trailering App utilizes sensors and cameras to help ease the process of towing in all stages: during hitching and setup, on the road and when responding to potential hazards. Features of the in-vehicle Trailering App include customized trailer profiles, pre-departure checklists, assistance while checking external lights and Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System (additional equipment and installation required) while offering an industry-first smartphone companion app for compatible devices.

1 Late availability
2 Limited availability later in model year
3 Registered trademarks of Apple and Android

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @gmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

Trooper’s left-lane law message goes viral

If you’re not passing someone, get out of the left lane. Simple. Courteous. In many states, it’s the law, too. Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles pulled someone over for violating the law, and took to Twitter on Saturday to talk about it as a reminder to other drivers.

The tweet resonated with many, and soon went viral. Since then, folks have been calling for Sgt. Wheeles (cool name, by the way) to get a raise and be awarded a Nobel Prize. Since Saturday, Sgt. Wheeles has had appearances on an Indiana sports radio station and a Fox News affiliate, and was the subject of an NPR Morning Edition segment. Indycar driver Graham Rahal called him his “hero.” Even former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman retweeted him.

The fame hasn’t gone to his head, though. Sgt. Wheeles has responded to the hype on Twitter humbly: “Wow … I am overwhelmed. You all are amazing! Just trying to do my part to make the roadways safer for the traveling public.”

Seeing the overwhelming response to a common-sense driving courtesy has us hoping for a better future in the passing lane. Now, if only we could get a message about the zipper merge to go viral …

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GMC Introduces 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions

GMC Introduces 2019 Yukon Graphite Editions

2018-06-11

DETROIT — GMC is expanding its premium Yukon line with the addition of two 2019 Graphite Editions. The all-new Yukon Graphite Edition offers a darkened exterior appearance, while the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition adds vehicle performance upgrades. The Graphite Editions are exclusively available on SLT trim vehicles and can be ordered on either Yukon or Yukon XL in both 2WD and 4WD configurations.  

“The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs. “The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style.”

The Yukon Graphite Edition includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, premium black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss black beltline moldings and additional black trim.

The Graphite Performance Edition requires the Graphite Edition and further adds:

  • 6.2L V-8 engine.
  • 10-speed automatic transmission.
  • Magnetic Ride Control.
  • 22-inch six-spoke Gloss black wheels.
  • Active two-speed transfer case (4WD models only).
  • Trailer brake controller.
  • 170-amp alternator.
  • 3.23 axle ratio.
  • High capacity air cleaner.
  • Bose Active Noise Cancellation.
  • Multi-color Head-up Display.
  • 8-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center.
  • 8-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System.

The 6.2L V-8 included with the Yukon Graphite Performance Edition features direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing for increased efficiency while providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission that further improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds. These powertrain enhancements are complemented by Magnetic Ride Control, which uses sensors to “read” the road and can alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. The combined power and torque, greater efficiency and composed ride provide a smooth and confident driving experience.

The 2019 Yukon and Yukon XL Graphite Editions will be available this summer in the United States. Package pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Graphite Editions are offered in three exterior colors: Onyx Black, White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @gmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

2018 GMC Sierra Denali can help you tow without breaking a sweat

Towing a trailer once meant that only those who possessed certain knowledge would be able to go fishing, tow a race car or pull a camper safely. For me, it took four long years of practice working a job behind the wheel of a jacked-up Ford F-250, hauling tons upon tons of mowing equipment for my local parks department, to become proficient. Just how far things have come since then became evident after a recent trip to Utah with GMC, in which we used the half-ton Sierra Denali to tow a set of Polaris side-by-sides through the state. Modern safety technology and a suite of electronic aids make towing simple enough that anyone with a driver’s license and something to haul can do it.

This revelation came behind the leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel of GMC’s outgoing 2018 Sierra Denali. Sitting in the plush, heated and cooled captain’s chair, I could barely feel the 6,000 pounds I was towing behind me. Even GMC’s smallest full-size truck engine, a 5.3-liter V8 generating 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, felt like overkill for what used to amount to a heavy load.

With Utah’s pristine landscape, the plush confines of the cabin and the uneventful nature of modern towing, mile after mile just streamed by at highway speeds without incident (or excitement). When we finally reached our destination a few hours later, one of GMC’s representatives who had chosen to sit in the rear of the cab asked me what I thought about the drive. I pondered for a few minutes and answered with this: “Modern pickup trucks have removed nearly every skill-based variable once associated with towing. I could drive this truck and trailer confidently with just one finger.”

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

Consider the near overabundance of towing-assistance systems in the GMC Sierra Denali that I piloted through Utah. Let’s start with the most basic of towing skills — something that’s now been relegated to the annals of history: reversing a pickup to meet the trailer’s hitch. Once upon a time, this required knowing a truck’s dimensions and understanding proximity, as well as having a keen eye, a steady foot for both the gas and the brake and the patience to get it right. Now, though, pickups such as the Sierra Denali offer customers a trailer reverse camera system that helps the driver align truck to hitch with pinpoint accuracy. Adding further benefit, the same technology can then be used once the trailer is attached to help assist the driver in reversing the trailer, something that once took hours of practice, patience and a healthy dose of failure to even become close to proficient. Outside the GMC universe, there are other trailer and towing systems that further help drivers, systems such as Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Towing Assist, as well as Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup, which both semiautonomously reverse the trailer for you.

No better example can be made than when, after a year or so working at the parks department — and a couple hundred hours’ towing the shop’s 27-foot trailer — my parents and grandmother purchased a 17-foot fishing boat. On the day we towed it home, my father took the driver’s seat. When we reached my grandmother’s house, he decided that he’d park the boat in the house’s single-car garage. My dad, ever the optimist, said “step back” to my mother, grandmother and me as he started backing the trailer toward the garage opening. For about a half-hour, the three of us boiled over with laughter as we watched my father attempt to back the boat in time after time after time. To his credit, he got close a few times before giving up. But then I stepped in and backed the boat into the garage on the first go while my dad muttered some expletive toward me in a half-joking way.

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

It wasn’t his fault, though. He didn’t have the same training I had received. It took failure after failure for me to finally get it right. If my dad had the keys to a modern Sierra Denali like the one I piloted through the purple and rose mountains, my anecdote likely would’ve ended differently.

Things are just as easy after you’ve hooked up the trailer. Those years during which I was towing the park service trailer, I spent so much time checking my mirrors, looking over my shoulders, peering around to check the blind spots, spotting cars entering the “no-see-zone,” considering how wind would cause the trailer to sway and wondering whether it was safe to change lanes. In a modern truck, nearly everything is handled by the truck’s onboard technology: Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Trailer Sway Control make up the bulk of those once-required driver skills, the coolest of which is Trailer Sway Control.

The GMC Tow Like a Pro media drive Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in St. George, Utah. (Photo by Isaac Brekken for GMC)

One fear many have about towing is, what happens when the trailer begins to sway back and forth either due to a gust of wind, the pressure differential caused by a semi or a mistake committed by the driver. It’s an honest fear, but Trailer Sway Control mostly assuages it. In the Sierra, the system works with the truck’s StabiliTrak traction control system. When the system detects a certain amount of sway, or yaw, the Sierra applies the brakes and reduces the engine’s torque and power to reduce the vehicle’s speed, allowing the driver to get a handle on the situation. Furthermore, in the Sierra, the driver can aid the process of fighting a swaying trailer by using the dash-mounted trailer brake system, a system designed to only brake the trailer when activated.

It seems then, with the advent of driver-assistance technologies, that the skills of the past have become almost redundant. There’s still the matter of having confidence in your abilities to trailer safely, but you’re no longer required to obtain those skills through years of practice. That confidence, and indeed much of the skill once needed to trailer, can now be bought at your local dealership. Towing is much different from the way things were when I learned. There are still a handful of things you’ll need to learn — tongue weight, ensuring the trailer is properly connected to the ball hitch, trailer balancing and what it feels like laden and unladen. But as for the GMC Sierra, towing is as simple as driving your unladen car to the grocery store, as time-consuming as filling it up with gas, and as safe as walking your dog around the block.

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