Be a defensive driver in your new or used Chevrolet!

Dallas Chevy dealer I bet you are a good driver. I bet you’ve never received a ticket let alone a warning have you? The unfortunate thing is that even with minor fender benders they can happen because of the other driver. I think that everyone at some point in their lifetime might get into a car accident here and there and it very well could be nothing that you did. That’s why it’s important to drive as defensively as you can when you are out on the road. Defensive driving involves anticipating potential car and truck accidents and doing everything you can to prevent them. Read these tips for a few defensive driving basics, and practice them on every car trip. The tips are coming to your from http://bima-nusantara.com.

  • Be prepared. Always check your car’s vitals and make sure you can clearly see out of your mirrors and windows. It’s also a good idea to keep a first aid kit in your car, along with a spare tire, jack and a list of emergency phone numbers.
  • Stay calm. Don’t get angry on the road no matter how annoying or slow other drivers may seem. Don’t incite other drivers, and try to leave the passing or turning lanes open whenever possible.
  • Follow the three-second rule. This means staying three seconds away from the car in front of you at all times, but especially on highways or roads where cars drive at high speeds. Not only will you increase your visibility, but you’ll also give yourself time to react if the driver in front of you brakes unexpectedly.
  • Turn the music down. You’d be surprised at how agitated other drivers can get by a car with blasting music. If you’re stopped next to someone, either keep your windows up or turn the volume down to be courteous.
  • Stay in sight. Avoid driving in other drivers’ blind spots so that they can see you at all times. Staying in sight also means turning on your headlights in bad weather and clicking off your brights when another car is approaching.
  • Drive with a passenger. You should try to drive with someone else in your car as often as you can so you’re never alone in an emergency situation. Carpooling is a great gas-saver, too.
  • Steer clear of accidents. Don’t be distracted by accidents or cars parked on the side of the road. Other drivers will probably already have their eyes on them and off of the road, so stay alert for careless lane passes or swerving.
I have said this before and I’ll say it again…. There is nothing wrong with being as prepared as you can be when you are driving. Practice these tips and stay as safe as you can be on the road. If you have any tips you would like to share with your Texas Chevy dealer comment on this post and we’ll add them to the list.
Thanks to Brandi Hodge and Bima Nusantara for providing these tips.

 

 

How To Handle a Hit and Run in your Chevrolet.

Dallas Chevy dealer Being involved in any kind of car accident can be a very scary thing but being involved in a hit and run can be that much scarier. Has this ever happened to you? Ever happened to someone you know or someone you love? It happened to me once. I was driving down Colleyville Blvd about 8 years ago and a man side swiped my car at a stop light. Instead of stopping to make that I was ok…. he just took off speeding down the road. Not only care car accidents annoying but they can be deadly too. I just wanted to give you a few tips and hints to remember just in case you are ever involved in a hit and run in your new or used Chevy.

How to Handle a Hit and Run

1. Survey your immediate surroundings – If the other vehicle’s driver isn’t easily spotted in your immediate surroundings, do not try and go after the driver yourself. If this happens while you are not in the vehicle check your windshield to see if they may have left a note with their contact information.

2. Call the police – Call the police immediately to file an accident report.

3. Get the facts at the scene – Ask people nearby the scene if they witnessed the accident. Take down their reports and contact information.

4. Check for surveillance cameras – If the accident occurred in a parking lot, check to see if a surveillance camera caught the incident on tape.

5. Take pictures – If you don’t have a camera on your phone, Allstate recommends that drivers keep a disposable camera in the glove box. Take snap shots of the damage to your vehicle and of your surroundings.

6. Contact your insurance company - Report even a minor accident to your insurance company immediately. – See Allstate for more information.

Just remember knowledge is power and making sure you are proactive instead of reactive in a hit and run could save you a lot of time and heartache. Let’s just hope that this never happens to you. If it does…. make sure you stop by your Dallas Chevy Dealer and let us take a look at the damage. We can get your fixed and back on the road in no time!

 

 

 

Please Don’t Do This To Your Classic Chevrolet Corvette!

In this sad video you will find that apparently a Corvette owner somehow was having issues with his Corvette on what seems like a very beautiful Friday morning in Chicago. I don’t see rain, don’t see snow, don’t see a whole lot of traffic. Either way this Corvette owner had to have his Corvette towed……

Want to wince for a second? It always baffles my mind when Chevy Camaro and Chevy Corvette owners refuse to call a tow truck with a flat bed. Why on this green earth would you let your Camaro or Corvette be towed this way? Check out the video friends and once you are done crying remember some people do stupid stuff to teach us what not to do!

Here’s what the recorder of the video had to say:

I heard the screeching tires and the impact from my office, and grabbed the camcorder.

Day-amn! This graduate of the Lance Briggs School of Hi-Performance Driving had hit the retaining wall so hard, it sheared the spokes right off the rim of one of the wheels. Steel and rubber doughnut, anyone?

Clear, dry road, gentle curve, wide, well-marked lanes, beautiful, mild 50-degree Friday morning — how do they continue to do it? Oh, well, as long as they do, you’ll see it here first.

I’ll let you be surprised with — the REST — of the story. Watch, enjoy, and if you’re feeling a little schadenfreude for a Vette owner with too much money and too little common sense, you’re human

Thanks to AutoBlog and Brandi Hodge for contribution.

Do You Know How To Parallel Park?

Parallel parking is not the easiest thing for most people to do. It can be a little perplexing when you are first trying to learn. I have found that especially with teenagers sometimes drivers education is just not enough. There is no reason for you to be nervous if you just practice. The last thing you want to do when you are trying to parallel park your new or used Chevy is be nervous. That can cause an accident. Check out these tips and hints I found from the DMV and see if they can help you and/or your teenagers.

Few driving tasks are as intimidating as parallel parking. Many new motorists have failed an otherwise perfect driving test on this technicality alone. How many of us avoid parking on busy streets because we’re just not good at parallel parking? Thank goodness for strip-mall parking lots the size of a small state―maybe humiliation-free parking is the real motivation for suburban sprawl.

  1. Seek out a space you feel comfortable that you can safely get your car into without crunching into another car. Drive around the block until you find a larger gap if you need to; you will need a space that’s several feet longer than your car.
  2. Check your rearview mirror and driver-side mirror as you approach the space to ensure another car is not riding on your tail. Signal toward the space as you approach it, slow down,and stop. If another motorist rides up on your rear, simply maintain your position and keep signaling. You might even need to roll down your window and wave the other driver around; they might not have realized you’re trying to park.
  3. Line up your vehicle with the parked vehicle directly in front of your desired spot. Don’t get too close on the side, or you might scrape the other car when you make your move. But you also don’t want to be too far away―two or three feet will suffice. Position your vehicle parallel to the parked car, aligning your bumpers or staying two or three feet behind.
  4. Put your vehicle in reverse. Check the driver-side mirror to make sure the street behind you is clear of traffic before you begin to back up. Then look over your other shoulder at the space to assess the gap. Turn the steering wheel hard right. You are about to execute the first part of the S-turn.
  5. Release the brakes and slowly begin backing into the turn.
    Visually check in front of and around your car often. Make sure you remain far enough away from the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you as you slide in. If your rear tire hits the curb, you’ve gone too far; just shift gears and pull forward a few feet if this happens. (Note: Even the most gifted and seasoned parallel parkers do this―often.)
  6. Turn the steering wheel to the left once the rear of your vehicle is predominantly in the space, still going backward. This is the last half of the S-turn, where you snake your way completely into the space and straighten out your car at the same time. Continue in reverse as far back as you can without tapping the bumper of the vehicle behind you.
  7. Shift into drive and turn the steering wheel to the right again, and move forward gently toward the curb while centering your vehicle in the space.

Voila! At this point, if all went well, you should be tucked nicely in the space and parallel parked. If you aren’t, there’s no harm done. Just signal that you’re about to leave the curb, pull out and alongside the car in front of you, signal toward the curb again, and start over. You won’t be the first person―and certainly not the last―who tries it a few times before getting it right.

Check out this video that will help give you more tips and hints on parallel parking!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

A Camaro Is Returned To Its Owner 27 Years Later!

I think it would be hard enough to deal with the fact that your car was stolen from you, but what do you do when it’s returned to you….. 27 years later? Check out the story of what happened to this man. I also think that after 27 years I would still want that Camaro back!! Something to fix up and tinker with!! Have you ever had a new or used Chevy stolen from you only to be returned? Thanks to Matt Hardigree over at Jalopnik for sharing this story.

Robert Andrews is getting a special Christmas present this year: the 1973 Chevy Camaro stolen from him 27 years ago, returned by the Santas at the California Highway Patrol. But who is the Grinch who stole it?

Andrews, now living in Nevada, reported the car stolen in July of 1983 in Santa Ana. It never turned up and he moved on with his life. The Camaro (not pictured) was missing until someone bought the car from a woman who said the car had been in her backyard for 15 years.

An inspection by the DMV pulled up the correct VIN and the car was turned over to the California Highway Patrol, who then contacted the Nevada Highway Patrol, who was able to track down Andrews after a month of searching.

Police plan to talk to the woman who had the Camaro as a part of their ongoing investigation into the theft. A few officers are hoping to save Andrews the trouble of taking the car back by offering him money for the car. (Hat tip to Panhardrod!)

[LA Times, Photo: Roadsidepictures]

At least these days if you have OnStar it is easier to recover a stolen car! We weren’t so lucky back in 1973.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Crash Test!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) puts together crash tests every year to determine which vehicles are deemed the safest to drive. These cars are awarded safety awards by certain criteria and to win such an award is a very important and special thing for an automaker. I happened to come across a video from IIHS of a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and I wanted to share it with you. What this video shows is that automakers are putting extra time, thought and energy into the new cars that they are building. You should not be surprised to see that the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has a much smaller amount of damage compared to the 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. Check out the video below and see what the IIHS had to say about this very special test.

IIHS 50th anniversary demonstration test • September 9, 2009
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.

“It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “What this test shows is that automakers don’t build cars like they used to. They build them better.”

The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute’s 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to “conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents.”

More information at http://www.iihs.org/50th/default.html

Who’s The Better Driver The Teenager or The Senior?

I came across this story today from USAToday.com. Who is the better driver? The fast paced teenager or the slower paced senior? I was surprised at the answer. You’ve got to read this story. I was once a teenager and I thought I was a good driver then. I wonder how good of a driver I will be when I’m 65.

Picture this: You’re out on the road, driving in mixed traffic with your choice of drivers to follow. One is a gray-haired senior puttering along in the right lane and the other is a fresh-faced teenager moving briskly in the left lane.

Statistically speaking, which driver is safer to follow? Kirk Seaman of AOL Autos’ blog asks whether it’s older driver with the slower reflexes, poorer vision, and cautious driving style, or the younger driver with faster reactions, better eyesight, and driving with the flow of traffic?

Seaman’s answer: Stay in the right lane, behind the oldster, and let the teenager go on his way. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the safest drivers are in the age group between 64 and 69 years old. And studies of the data reveal that teenage drivers — especially male teenage drivers — are the most dangerous drivers on the road.

Here’s Seaman’s report on why:

“In every motorized country around the world, teenage drivers are disproportionately involved in crashes,” said Dr. Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Institute. “The seriousness of this problem has been recognized for decades. Only in the last few years have public policies such as graduated driving licenses been enacted to address the situation. And those laws seem to be working, but fatalities are still high.”

In 2008, 5,864 15- to 20-year-old drivers were involved in fatal crashes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that number is down by 27 percent since 1998. Driver fatalities for this age group also decreased by 20 percent in the same time period.

However, motor vehicle crashes still remain the major cause of death for teenagers. In 2008, 2,739 15- to 20-year-old drivers were killed and an additional 228,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Sixty percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.

Senior drivers, like teenage drivers, have higher crash rates per mile driven, especially when it comes to fatal crashes. But seniors don’t drive as many miles, so a better measurement of their susceptibility to accidents can be had by comparing crash rates on a per capita basis. Looking at the numbers in this way shows senior drivers have much lower crash rates. Despite their increased risk of crashing per mile driven, relatively few elderly drivers are involved in accidents because of their lower rates of exposure. In addition, the rate of fatalities per capita among seniors has decreased 40 percent since 1975 and is now at its lowest level during this period.

Let’s look at the numbers. In 2008, 15- to 20-year-old drivers made up 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, yet accounted for 12 percent of occupant deaths among all ages in passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans). Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Drivers from 65 to 69 years old made up 3.7 percent of the population, but accounted for just 3.2 percent of all fatal crashes.

Major risk factors contributing to teenage crashes are those you would expect, including:

  • Lack of experience. Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
  • Poor judgment. Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next).
  • Low seat belt usage. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In 2007, 61 percent of all 15- to 20-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts.

“Almost all states have adopted some form of graduated driver licensing,” said Dr. McCartt. “These laws are proving effective in reducing teenage crashes.”

Graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems are designed to delay full licensure while allowing teens to get their initial driving experience under low-risk conditions. Research suggests that the most comprehensive of these programs are associated with reductions of 38 percent and 40 percent in fatal and injury crashes, respectively, among 16-year-old drivers.

“When parents know their state’s GDL laws, they can help enforce the laws and, in effect, help keep their teen drivers safe,” said Dr. McCartt.

What do you guys think about this story? I found it very interesting and as a Fort Worth Chevy dealer I felt the need to share it with you. What are your thoughts?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Has Your New Or Used Truck Ever Been Stolen? Check Out These Facts.

Who knew that 50% of the cars or trucks stolen were left unlocked? You should always lock your doors, roll up your windows and whenever you park your new car or truck you should take your valuables out. Of course you don’t want you car or truck stolen but you don’t want to be robbed either. Don’t  leave anything in the car that can be seen as desirable to a thief. Even if you feel like you live in a very safe neighborhood you should just try to be vigilant. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I once left my window cracked and had my backpack stolen…. Thanks to AutoBlog for this wonderful graphic. And just remember if your new or used truck is broken into and you need some help with repairs you can always call your local Fort Worth Chevy Dealer.

Can you think of any tips or hints that could keep your car or truck from being stolen?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Exactly Is Car Insurance?

Ok this probably seems like a really odd question to most of you. Sure most of you know what car insurance is, but for the younger drivers they may have no clue how important it is. They may have no clue what it means to have insurance on your new or used car or truck. Auto Insurance is insurance that protects the insured (aka the driver) against losses involving the use of automobiles. For instance if the insured rear ends  someone then the insurance company would take care of the insured’s car and the car in which the insured hit. There are several different combinations of coverage that can be bought. These different combinations and coverage’s include but are not limited to liability coverages of bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments, and the physical damage coverages of collision and comprehensive. To get full descriptions of what these mean and entail you can visit any auto insurance companies website.

You should always do your research and find out exactly which insurance company fits you and your needs the best before making a decision. This will also aid you in saving money. I would check no less than 3 different insurance companies and compare and contrast. Trust me, doing this could save you thousands in the long run. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email. I am happy to help. I know there are a lot of young adults out there on there own who may not have the help of mom and dad, but I’ll answer any questions I can.

In the mean time…. Drive Safely.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Getting A New Car or Truck? Thinking About Leasing?

Are you getting a new car or truck? Can’t decide whether to lease or buy? Well when deciding whether or not to lease a car, it is important to consider several factors. Consider this leasing 101.

When you are leasing a car or truck, the monthly payments are generally lower than the monthly finance payments because you are paying for the car or trucks depreciation during the term of the lease, plus rent charges, taxes and other fees. Remember though, after paying for all that you must then return the car at the end of the lease unless your lease permits you to buy the car or truck.

There are different lease offers and terms, including mileage limits and how long you want to keep the car  or truck before you decide on a lease, make a firm decision on these before you go to the dealership. Most leases only permit you to put 12,000-15,000 miles per year on the vehicle. Well if you commute quite a distance to work or you like to travel you’re going to put lots of miles on that car and the typical charge is 20 cents per mile you go over. That can sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

When you lease a car or truck, you are basically purchasing the right to use that car for a predetermined amount of time and miles. At the end of the lease you may return the car or truck and pay certain fees and charges or you can buy the car or truck for an additional “already agreed-upon” price. You should be careful not to sign a lease for more time than you truly want to keep the car or truck as can be very heavy early termination charges if you end the lease early. Don’t forget that you are ultimately responsible for excessive wear and damage to the car or truck. You are also responsible for bringing the car or truck in for service in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. You will also have to have insurance that meets the leasing company’s standards.

I know people that love leasing vehicles and swear by it. I also know people that don’t care for it at all. Ultimately the decision is yours. What will it be? Buying or Leasing??? Hmmm.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.