Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. It’s the start of the holidays and everyone is looking to connect with families and friends to celebrate. If you’re heading out of town this year, use these Thanksgiving travel tips from DeVoe Cadillac for a safe and efficient journey.

Driving
Many families travel by car during the Thanksgiving season. That can be the best and most comfortable way to go—especially when you’re driving in a spacious, accommodating, and luxurious Cadillac vehicle. Just remember that roads will be packed with families traveling for the holiday, so plan your route ahead of time and try to avoid big highways. If you can leave before Wednesday, you’ll miss the biggest rush of traffic. Just in case you get stuck, though, remember to pack plenty of snacks and entertainment for the crew.

Flying
The earlier you can plan your Thanksgiving flight, the better. Looking for airfare early gives you the chance to shop for low prices and to coordinate the departure and arrival times that work for you. Once you have your ticket and are packing for the flight, pack light. Many airlines now charge extra for larger carry-ons and baggage in general. Bring only what you need to save space and money on your flight.

Be Thankful

Cadillac’s Super Cruise

Remember when autonomous driving was a thing of the future? Well, that future is here. Today several manufacturers are making huge strides in the way of self-driving technology. One of those companies, of course, is Cadillac. The luxurious brand is debuting their Super Cruise feature in the new Cadillac CT6 sedan.

Super Cruise is not fully autonomous, but it’s still a remarkable new design, a pioneer in the way of autonomous driving. The feature is only to be usedinn highway settings when conditions are right—that means divided, limited-access highways.

Super Cruise on the 2018 Cadillac CT6

Cadillac calls Super Cruise the first hands-free driving feature. Instead of using one’s hands to signal that one is alert, the steering wheel on the Cadillac CT6 features a camera mounted on the steering wheel that detects whether you’re paying attention.

Super Cruise works with a slew of cameras and sensors, as well as LiDAR mapping data of every highway in the U.S. and Canada. It won’t engage when conditions aren’t safe, like when the car is in a construction area. When the driver is on the highway and centered in the lane, they simply turn on Super Cruise and a green light appears on the wheel indicating that the car is in control.

There’s a long way to go before Cadillac can offer completely autonomous driving, but Super Cruise is a pretty exciting step. Don’t miss your chance to try out this engaging development with a test drive of the Cadillac CT6 at DeVoe Cadillac.

What is a CTS-V Wagon Worth?

Who says you can’t have a performance-based station wagon? The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon proved otherwise and was quite the hit when it left the market in 2014. Just how much is the CTS-V Wagon worth now?

While the “Vagon” was popular in its own way, there wasn’t a large amount of them sold. The power and complexity of this car prepared with its novelty means that pre-owned wagons are worth quite a lot. One 2012 CTS-V Wagon with low mileage, a rare six-speed manual transmission, and no modifications recently sold for an impressive $53,000.

The manual-transmission is most desired, but that doesn’t mean that other pre-owned CTS-V Wagons don’t boast their own popularity! The second-generation CTS-V wagon was even more impressive, gaining different engine options and giving it more power than ever (while still boasting that smooth Magnetic Ride Control suspension).

What is a CTS-V Wagon Worth

The resale value of the CTS-V Wagon is around the same price as brand-new luxury cars on the market – that’s how desirable this unique wagon is.

All of this means that many wagons could earn quite the pretty penny at resale. But it also means that if you love the idea of being behind the wheel of the unforgettable CTS-V Wagon, you might be able to find one in great condition.

Halloween Party Ideas at DeVoe Cadillac

Halloween Party Ideas

It’s getting spooky out there! If you love Halloween, here are some great Halloween party ideas for your spooktacular bash.

Spooky Foods
Of course, you have to provide creepy-themed snacks! From fake eyeballs to Jello brains, there are plenty of tasty, spooky-looking treats you can cook up. Check out some Halloween recipes here.

Decorate
To host a killer Halloween party, you’ll have to decorate wisely. If you’re crafty, you can make your own decorations, like foam bats. You can also use black garbage bags or black industrial sheets to cloak your party room in darkness.

Tricks
You need some tricks with your treats! Whether you’re having a kids’ or an adults’ party, everybody will enjoy some fun Halloween games. Whether it’s a spooky beanbag toss, bobbing for apples, or a murder mystery plot, your guests are sure to have fun competing.

Halloween Party Games at DeVoe Cadillac

Party Favors
Decorate some treat bags with spooky designs and fill them with candy for your guests to take home.

Pick a Theme
Instead of throwing a general Halloween party – pick a theme, like famous monsters or 80s horror movies. A theme can help guests pick their costume and help you decorate.

Now get ready to throw your party! From your friends at DeVoe Cadillac!

2017 Cadillac CTS-V First Review

2017 Cadillac CTS-V

Unlike many luxury competitors, the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is “one hell of a driver’s car,” according to Kelley Blue Book’s first review. The sport-luxury sedan brings a perfect combination of performance and comfort at a competitive price, while the sleek styling and aggressive nose make it hard to miss the Cadillac CTS-V on the road.

It seems the performance of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06 has found its way into the sport-luxury sedan. The Cadillac CTS-V comes stocked with a supercharged V8 engine that produces a heart-stopping 640 hp.

That kind of power puts the Cadillac CTS-V at a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. It even tops out at a top speed of around 200 mph. Did we mention that it’s a four-door luxury sedan, not a sport coupe?

Tight, twisting roads are no trouble at all for the Cadillac CTS-V. In fact, the luxury model seems built for them. A firm suspension and extremely responsive paddle shifters add to the invigorating drive. Switching to Track mode causes a dip in stability control, making the Cadillac CTS-V a track-ready sport-luxury sedan unlike any other.

We here at DeVoe Cadillac are pumped to see the Cadillac CTS-V getting such great reviews!

Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon

Naples Half Marathon

Naples is widely known as one of the most scenic cities in Florida and the Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon presents the opportunity to see it all. Those who don’t want to participate in such a long route can take part in a shorter 5K run and walk. The Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon takes place on November 19th.

The Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon takes athletes across bridges and paved nature trails. Scenic views of the waterfront are readily available with a simple glance. The course winds through the Isles of Collier Preserve and Sugden Regional Park and comes to an end near the lake front stadium amphitheater.

Those who wish to take part in the 5K run and walk will enjoy a scenic view of Sugden Regional Park and Lake Avalon. The course makes its way through shaded wooded areas and comes to an end at the lake front stadium amphitheater as well.

Registering early for the half marathon will net you 30% off. Those who register early for the 5K run and walk will get 10% off. Each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

We here at DeVoe Cadillac hope to see you taking part in the half marathon this November.

How to Hurricane Proof Your House

Here in Florida, hurricane season officially lasts from June 1st through November 30th. If you want to try to avoid damage to your house, here are a few tips on how to hurricane proof your house.

  • Florida Hurricane SeasonInstall shutters. Strong shutters on your windows are a simple way to avoid shattered glass. They can either be permanently attached to your house, or you can install a track system to put them up before a storm comes.
  • Clean up your lawn. Clear your yard of any potential debris, including patio furniture. Trim trees of any dead branches.
  • Check your garage door. Garage doors are a big weak spot when a storm comes. Make sure your door is installed correctly and consider adding extra braces to help strengthen it.
  • Clean your gutters. Hurricanes bring heavy rain. Make sure all that rain has someplace to go by clearing out your gutters and downspouts.
  • Have back-up power. If you want to keep your lights on after a storm blows through, you can install either a whole-house system or use a back-up generator.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we know that hurricane season can be a trying time here in Florida. We hope with these tips, that you will feel more prepared for the next storm that comes!

2018 Cadillac Escalade Preview

There is nothing quite like the Cadillac Escalade when you need luxury on a grand scale. It has been wowing neighbors and superstars alike since its introduction in 1999. For the 2018 model year, the Cadillac is getting a few updates. Here is a 2018 Cadillac Escalade preview.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

The exterior of the Escalade will not really change for the 2018 model year. Most of the updates we will see will be on the inside. One of the most notable changes will be an updated CUE system. The menus are now bigger and bolder to more closely resemble a smartphone screen and should make it easier to use.

Just like in previous model years, buyers will be able to deck out the Escalade’s interior with premium materials including fine leather and real wood and aluminum trim. And, with available seating for up to nine passengers, everyone will ride in comfort. There are numerous luxurious amenities available including a rear seat entertainment system, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and plenty of available advanced safety features.

Under the hood, the Escalade comes equipped with a powerful 6.2-liter V8 that has more than enough power to take you, your crew, and any toys you want to haul, to your next destination.

You can expect to see the 2018 Cadillac Escalade here at DeVoe Cadillac by the end of the year.

How to Not Get Locked Out Of Your Car

There is almost nothing worse that realizing you have just been locked out of your car. Most people realize this almost the second it happens. You close the door and suddenly you see your keys are sitting on your driver seat and the doors are locked. Here are a few tips to help prevent that situation or help you get out of it quickly when it does happen.

  • Keep your keys on you. When you are getting out of your car, always take your keys with you. Put them in your pocket or purse.
  • Use the fob. If you always use the key fob to lock your doors, this means you will always have them in your hand when the doors are locked.

locked out of your car

  • Use OnStar. All new Cadillac vehicles come equipped with OnStar. Use your subscription service to remotely unlock your car in case you do get locked out.
  • Have a spare. You can try keeping a spare key in your purse or giving one to a friend or family member. If you get locked out, give them a call to see if they can come help you out.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we hope you never find yourself in this situation, but with these tips, you can get on your way quickly again.

Amp Up Your Vacation With This Must Have Beach Gear

If you are planning any beach time this summer, you know that going to the beach is more complicated that just packing your swimsuit and a towel. If you want to have the best beach day ever, consider some of this must have beach gear.

  • Lock box. With all the gadgets we carry with us, finding a safe place for them at the beach can be complicated. The SAFEGO vacation vault, locks onto a chair or pole and keeps your valuables secure.
  • Microfiber towel. Get dry quickly with one of these microfiber towels. Not only will you be drier faster, but this towel is much smaller than traditional towels, leaving more room in your beach bag for other essentials.

must have beach gear

  • Sand free tote. Whenever you leave the beach, you know that you will be bringing home lots of sand. But with this unique sand-free tote, there won’t be any sand at the bottom of your bag. It filters the sand out of the bottom of the bag, but won’t let any come in.
  • Baby powder. Did you know that this common household item will magically clean the sand off your body? Be sure to pack a bottle and you will be sand-free and baby powder fresh.

Which of these beach day items are you planning to pack for your next adventure? Need a new summertime adventure vehicle? Come visit us at DeVoe Cadillac today.