During this time of year, the weather outside can be pretty frightful, especially when driving on the road! When you live in a state like Michigan, you need to be prepared for winter’s worst. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways that you can make your driving safer during this time of the year. Be sure to follow these tips for winter weather driving in order to avoid any chilling experiences on the road.
Tip #1: Don’t Use Your Cruise Control
Cruise control is a very helpful feature for driving on highways and keeping up with traffic. However, when there is a wintry mix covering the roadways, you will want to rely on your own driving skills in order avoid any possibility of losing traction while driving.
Tip #2: Increase Your Following Distance
Due to the conditions of the road during winter, many vehicles may need to stop at any time to avoid a nasty situation. If you want to avoid making contact with the back end of one of those vehicles, you will want to leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you at all times.
Tip #3: Avoid Stopping on a Hill
When descending a hill covered in ice and snow, it is important to always be in control, as you could start sliding down. The only thing more frightening than descending down a hill going forward is descending it backwards. Avoid stopping when ascending or descending to help avoid sliding during your drive.
There is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.
- Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
- Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
- Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
- Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
- Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.
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Chevy marketing is reaching a new audience base by creating trailers that are running before movies in theaters.
The current 60-second trailer will strike a chord with fans of classic horror movies. Created by acclaimed director Sam Raimi, the trailer has an ominous feel with suspenseful music. In it, the character is constantly on the verge of danger. There are spooky ghosts, creaking stairs, and unnatural lighting under doors.
Usually in a horror movie, the audience can often see pitfalls that the character misses but cannot do anything to stop the bad things from happening. In the trailer, the character starts to open a door that will most likely lead to trouble when the audience yells, “Stop!” The theatergoers tell the character to leave and warn her of the inevitable threat.
The idea behind the trailer is that it is helpful to have warnings before bad things happen. In this case, the fictional character does not open the door and successfully leaves the creepy mansion. Then, the trailer switches to the advanced warning system on the Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze.
Advanced warnings when driving are extremely helpful in staying safe. We at College Chevrolet Buick are proud to offer these Chevy vehicles that help the driver stay extra safe. For more information on the Malibu and Cruze’s advanced warning systems, visit us and we’ll show you how you’ll stay safer with Chevy’s latest technology.
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Offering parents a way to encourage their kids to drive safely, Chevrolet recently developed the Teen Driver System. This advanced program keeps track of driving habits, limits access to the radio, and much more. The Teen Driver System is aiming at making it easy for new drivers to learn how to be safe.
According to Chevy, the system will premiere in the 2016 Malibu. The Chevy Teen Driver System will mute audio from the car’s speakers, limit options if front seat occupants aren’t buckled up, and provide warnings when a vehicle is travelling faster than it should.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids–they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
The new system will also allow people to see various figures on their driving habits. These include distance driven, maximum speed, and anytime a safety alert goes off, including speed limit options. This new option is perfect for any new driver, and we can’t wait to offer it at College Chevrolet Buick.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the 2015 Buick Regal five-star safety rating. This Buick is currently on sale at Buick Dealerships (like yours truly, College Chevrolet Buick).
2015 Buick Regal
Overall, the Buick sedan earned four stars for its response to the front crash test, five stars for the side crash, and four in the rollover test.
This rating is not only for the all-wheel-drive version of the Buick Regal, but also the front-wheel-drive version.
The standard safety package comes with a rearview camera, six airbags, stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. Optional features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and side blind zone alert.
The 2015 Buick Regal has proven itself to be one of the safest vehicles on the road, and the US government has given the Regal its seal of approval with the Five-Star Safety rating.
2014 Buick LaCrosse – Available at College Chevrolet Buick
As drivers, we have become accustomed to the luxuries and comforts of new vehicles. Power windows, OnStar, and air conditioning are features we have become very familiar with during the last 20 years along with countless others. For the 2015 model year, Buick is adding rearview camera to its long list of standard features!
Rear view cameras are relatively new to the auto industry, but ever since their debut they have been increasingly popular. Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst for Kelley Blue Book says “While they’re not standard on every car, yet, it’s rare to operate a new vehicle without them. The increased confidence these cameras provide make them a must-have feature.”
As you can see, Buick is committed to providing a safe driving experience. The Encore (all-wheel drive), Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano and Regal have all been awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety by the NHTSA. Every Buick model comes standard with OnStar telematics system for 6-months.
If you would like to learn more about the Buick lineup, stop by our dealership located near Battle Creek, Michigan. The team at College Chevrolet Buick will be happy to show you all of Buick’s interior and exterior features. Give us a call at (517) 680-4284 to schedule an appointment with us today!
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Unfortunately, auto accidents happen. Why not be as best prepared as possible? There are a few things you can do to get yourself and your car ready… just in case!
First, be sure to always carry your insurance card with you. Some keep their card in the glove box while others keep it in their purse or wallet. Many insurance companies now have identification cards available to print online or you may also be able to pull up a digital copy on your Smartphone. Just make sure that you have a copy of your insurance card easily accessible in case of an accident.
If an accident occurs, move carefully after impact. Do not injure yourself trying to remove yourself from the vehicle or by helping someone else. Next, be sure to call emergency personnel to the scene. Contact 911 for assistance and call a towing company if you are able.
Next, be sure to get all of the information you need for insurance purposes. Get everyone involved to exchange contact information, insurance information and plate numbers. The police will be able to help you with this task.
The next step is to document the accident. The police and emergency personnel will be able to help you with this task also. Use your camera or cell phone to take pictures of the scene. Also try and get the names of any witnesses if possible.
The last step after an accident is to reach out for assistance. Contact your insurance company to file a claim. Check with your provider to be sure and get your claim entered on time. Also reach out to your local dealership, College Chevrolet Buick, to help you get back on the road quickly.
Unfortunately flat tires and dead batteries happen. When on the road it is important to remain safe and prepared for any situation that may arise. Here is a list of must have items… just in case!
- Jumper Cables – If you or a friend has a dead battery while out on the road, you will be happy you had these.
- Fuses – These can help fix many common electrical problems.
- Flashlight – Need to check something under the hood at night?
- Tire Pressure Gauge – Tire Pressure should be checked once a month.
- First-Aid Kit – For minor cuts and scrapes a first-aid kit always comes in handy.
- Tire Changing Tools – Getting a flat is horrible, but having the right tools will help you get back on the road quickly.
- Old Cellphone – An old cellphone could be of great help if your new cellphone loses charge or shuts off unexpectedly.
- Warning Triangles – These will help keep you safe if for some reason you must pull over.
- Multi-tool – For fixing minor mechanical issues
- Paper Towels – Spill your soda? Need to check your oil? Paper towels can help you (and your car) stay clean.
- Duct Tape – From a blown hose to a cracked windshield, duct tape can help you get home or at least to the nearest service station.
- Maps – There are some places that your satellite navigation simply cannot reach.
- Spare Key – If you lock yourself out of your car and lose the key, you aren’t doomed! A magnetic key case can store a spare key on the outside of your vehicle.
- Bucket – A bucket can be used to hold items or to help you transfer water you need to refill the radiator.
- Owner’s Manual – What does this button do? The Owner’s Manual can answer many basic questions about your car.
- Garbage Bags – Get caught in the rain on your last hiking adventure? Garbage bags make great seat covers!
- Gloves – Keep your hands (and car) clean by wearing a pair of gloves while changing a flat tire or checking the oil.
Do you have any other must-have items in your car? Let us know by responding in the comments!
Forbes recently announced that the Chevy Sonic and Cruze were among the Top 10 Safest Small Cars on the market. With a long list of Safety Features, it is not surprising that these models made it into the top ten!
The Sonic includes some of the following Safety Features:
- 4-wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
- StabiliTrak & Traction Control
- 10 Airbags
- 6 Months of OnStar Directions and Connections Plan which includes Automatic Crash Response, First Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics
- 3-point safety belts at all positions
- Trunk Emergency Release Handle
Some of the Safety Features included with the Cruze are:
- 4-wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
- StabiliTrak & Traction Control
- Airbags: frontal, knee, side-impact, roof-rail, and passenger sensing system
- Rear Child Securtiy locks
- OnStar Turn by Turn Navigation and 6 Months of OnStar Directions and Connections Plan which includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance and more
- 3-point safety belts at all positions
- Tire Pressure Monitor
College Chevrolet Buick is proud to carry the Chevy Sonic and Cruze. To learn more about the safety features of these models, check out College Chevy’s Model Overview pages or stop by the dealership today!
If you’ve checked out our Facebook page or Twitter timeline lately, you know April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s important to stay focused on the road and your surroundings when you’re behind the wheel not only for your own safety, but the safety of others.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid distracted driving.
- Put down your phone. And leave it down until you reach your destination.
- Keep your music at a reasonable volume. You should still be able to hear a person talking in a normal tone.
- Limit the number of passengers for young/inexperienced drivers.
- DON’T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
While these are things you should always do while driving we want to put extra emphasis on them this month.
But the road isn’t limited to just motor vehicles.
Endurance athlete and RAAM competitor, Kathy Roche-Wallace provided us with some things to for drivers and cyclist to keep in mind while on the road.
- Remember that cyclist have a right to the road and be aware that they are on the road.
- Cyclist are often moving a much faster pace than you might anticipate, be extremely cautious when trying to pass or turn.
- When passing, keep at least three feet between your vehicle and a cyclist.
- Obey the rules of the road, just as expect of motor vehicles.
- Keep riding to two across or single file. Avoid riding three abreast.
- Make yourself visible to drivers by wearing a light or reflector.
- Always wear a helmet.
According to the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving “18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes” and “40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger”. These are numbers that we can control and reduce. College Chevrolet Buick hopes that you will take our advice, and that of Mrs. Roche-Wallace, limit distractions while behind the wheel.