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Chevrolet Offers Parents Safety Technology That Acts Like Extra Sets of Eyes

Today marks the official start of summer and Chevrolet wants to help parents avoid situations where summer moments become tragic incidents. With school out and the weather warming up, more children are spending time outside drawing chalk pictures on the driveway, blowing bubbles into the wind or riding bicycles around the neighborhood.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on average there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries a year caused by backover crashes. Of those crashes, NHTSA estimates that 40 percent occurred in residential areas, with 24 percent happening in driveways.

“The majority of backover incidents are caused by the driver not being able to see their immediate surroundings,” says Rondell Burge, researcher of driver behavior, Chevrolet. “When you hear about backover or frontover incidents involving parents or grandparents and their little ones, your heart sinks. It’s personal and at Chevy we want to help drivers see as much of their environment as possible to help them avoid the unthinkable. That’s where Surround Vision can help.”

Surround Vision technology, available on the all-new 2018 Equinox, provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle by acting like multiple sets of eyes that help drivers quickly view their vehicle’s perimeter during low-speed maneuvers such as backing up or parking.

The technology uses four cameras: the standard Rear Vision Camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two side-looking cameras under each side mirror. When drivers shift into reverse, the bird’s-eye view is displayed on the center stack instrument panel, alongside an image from the forward- or rear-looking camera, providing the driver with multiple views of the immediate area.

Burge, who is responsible for analyzing how drivers interact with viewing systems like the Equinox’s available Surround Vision, takes his role very seriously.

“I have a family and think of them often when doing my research. My wife is a driver and my three young children are passengers in our vehicles. They’re also the little ones playing in our front yard, running around having fun,” says Burge. “Technology offered on the Equinox, like Surround Vision, is designed to give drivers more tools to help them see around their vehicle before they put it in gear.”

In addition to Surround Vision and standard Rear Vision Camera, the all-new 2018 Equinox offers other purposeful technology to help the driver and their passengers stay safe, comfortable and connected, including a suite of available active safety features plus Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver.

Chevrolet offers Surround Vision on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Equinox, and Traverse. Rear Vision Camera is available on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, City Express, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Express, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Sonic, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax and Volt

It’s important to remember that safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information. Before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children of their own, should walk all the way around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy.

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Stop by Classic Chevy in DFW today to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and to learn more about Chevy safety features and technologies. Classic Chevy can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.

Chevrolet Volt Owners Speak Out About Thier Savings to Consumer Reports

The word is spreading, DFW. According to Consumer Reports web users, many Chevy Volt owners are claiming they use even less gas than Consumer Reports’ formal tests have assumed.

Consumer Reports has based their fuel economy calculations for the Volt being operated by electricity 70 percent of the time and gasoline 30 percent of the time. But some of their forum users are claiming that they operate almost exclusively on electricity. Here’s a few examples from Consumer Reports:

  • User carriegordo reports driving 7,000 miles on just 7.3 gallons of gas. That’s less than a single tankful in the Volt’s already small 9.3-gallon tank.
  • User marclee reported that 2800 of the 3200 miles he’s driven his Volt have been on electricity. That leaves just 400 on gas. (These numbers are easily retrieved from the efficiency screen on the Volt’s central display.)
  • User themajor1975 reported driving 11,000 miles on 62 gallons of gas.
  • Two other forum users reported driving more than 2500 miles on 10.7 gallons of gas, and 500 miles on just one gallon.

While we can’t say with certainty that this is the case with all Volt owners, it does prove that the Volt has a tremendous amount of potential when it comes to saving on fuel.

Want to hear it from a Volt owner yourself? Check out this customer testimonial from Kory Levoy. He’s spent $38 in gas – in two months!

[Source: Consumer Reports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Educate Your Children on What to Do After an Accident, Dallas Ft Worth

Hey Dallas-Fort Worth drivers, do any of your drive around with kiddos in the backseat of your new or used Chevrolet?  For those of you who answered yes to that question, let me ask another: Could you say with certainty that your child would know what to do if you happen to be involved in a car accident?

If you can’t say with certainty, don’t worry. You aren’t alone. According to a study conducted by OnStar and Kelton Research, less than half of parents are sure that their children would know at least one measure to take in the event of a car crash or a medical emergency in or around a vehicle.

In a GM press release, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, Kate Carr, said “Parents know how important it is to teach kids about safety in the home, but think how much time kids spend in cars. A few simple precautions can make a big difference.”

In order to help educate the public, OnStar and Safe Kids have provided us with a few tips on how to educate our children.

Car Seats: Safe Kids recommends keeping kids in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, as it is the safest way for children to travel. Children more than two years old can sit in forward-facing car seats or in rear-facing convertible seats as long as the child hasn’t reached the maximum car seat weight or height. Many forward-facing seats can help protect kids from 50 to 85 pounds. Booster seats protect kids up to 100 pounds. Always make sure the car seat is properly secured according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Airbags: Remember that children who are up against or very close to any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front seat.  It is also better to put a forward-facing child restraint in the rear seat as well.  Check the owner’s manual to see where the airbags are located in your vehicle.

Safety Belts: For children who outgrow their booster seats, proper safety belt technique is critical. Show your child how to properly put on and take off a safety belt on their own. Make sure they know that the shoulder belt should always be worn in front of their chest, centered on the shoulder, and the lap belt should be low on the hips, contacting the thighs, not the stomach.

Educate about OnStar: If your vehicle has OnStar, you should make sure your young passengers are educated about its capabilities. In the event of a moderate-to-severe crash, OnStar will automatically connect to a trained advisor who will ask if everyone’s OK and can send emergency help to the location of the vehicle. It’s important that children know they can trust this OnStar voice and that they should answer any questions the advisor may ask and follow directions given. It’s also crucial for kids to understand how to use OnStar in a non-crash-related emergency. Inform them that the red emergency button on the rearview mirror is just like dialing 9-1-1. If the driver is in trouble and cannot press the button for some reason, kids should know that this is a fast and easy way to call for help. However, you should tell them to never play with the buttons.

Sitting Properly: You can teach your child how to sit properly in a seat to help avoid injury:

  • Sit with shoulders against the back of the seat.
  • Position the head rest to protect the head.
  • Keep your head away from the door panel or window as that could cause injury.
  • Keep your legs in front of you, not to the side.
  • Stow all belongings so they do not injure passengers in a crash.

Car Keys: Never leave children alone in a vehicle with the car keys. Children could operate the power windows or other vehicle controls that can be dangerous.  Children can be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing window.  Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children and never leave a child alone in a vehicle.  Lock all doors after leaving an empty vehicle.

Be sure to run over all of this with your children (if you have them) before your next outing in your new or used Chevrolet so in the unfortunate event of an accident, you can sure your kiddos know exactly what to do. It could end up saving all of your lives.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Staggering Chevrolet Volt Statistics from General Motors Media

It’s official, Dallas Ft Worth. On May 17, General Motors announced that Chevrolet Volt owners have collectively saved a supertanker of gasoline since the electric car with extended range went on sale, compiling 40 million miles on electricity and avoiding the use of more than 2.1 million gallons of gasoline. Pretty staggering, wouldn’t you say?

© General Motors

In the General Motors press release, the marketing director for the Chevrolet Volt, Cristi Landy, said, “With each click of the odometer, Chevrolet Volt owners are measuring their contribution to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and to preserving the environment.”

If you’ve ever contemplating the actual savings of driving an electric vehicle instead of a gasoline-powered car, here’s another statistic for you: Volt owners have saved more than $8 million at the pump based on $3.80/gallon.

Man, I love statistics. Don’t you? So, 40 million miles. That’s 16,373 trips across the U.S., 1,606 trips around the Earth and 167 trips to the Moon.

The Volt has a total driving range of up to 379 miles – the first 35 of which can be driven gas and tailpipe-emissions free. For some of you in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex, that means driving to and from work every day without using a drop of gasoline. Need to travel a bit farther? Not to worry, once the battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank. On average, the typical Volt owners drive an average of 900 miles between fill ups at the gas station.

I’ll bet the idea of an owning an electric car is sounding more appealing to you by the minute. Contact Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine for more details.

[Source: media.gm.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

2014 Chevrolet Impala Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Photo Courtesy of MotorTrend.com

Hey Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts, say hello to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show, the 2014 Impala comes with standard and available new safety firsts for Chevrolet, including special radar to help avoid crashes, visual and audible alerts help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent.

In a GM press release, these new, first-time safety features were described in more detail. I can’t wait to see what rating the IIHS give the Impala.

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control – Using radar technology, this feature senses traffic in front of the Impala to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again. It is the first application in a Chevrolet.
  • Collision mitigation braking – Another Chevy first: Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the driver does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn’t react at all, this feature intervenes and applies the brakes in an effort to avoid the crash.
  • Forward collision alert – Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course.
  • Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane detection system that warns the driver of impending lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts.
  • Side blind zone alert – Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system “looks” for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
  • Rear cross traffic alert – Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot – including angled parking. Visual and audible alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.

So what do you think, DFW? Do the Impala’s safety features sound appealing to you? Let’s not forget that the Impala is also extremely easy on the eyes. The 2014 model looks more like the Camaro in my opinion. Check out this video GM also released, and stick around for more news on the newest Chevrolet models.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Avoid the Temptation to Speed in Your New or Used Chevrolet

Speeding. We all do it… to some extent, at least. I, myself am guilty of this. I came across an interesting article with some findings from a study that I had to share with you, though, and the facts are clear. In a new study from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), it states that speeding-related traffic fatalities have not been reduced in almost three decades. While it may be tempting to fly down the Dallas Ft Worth highways in our new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, we have to resist. In 2010 alone, more than 10,000 people lost their lives in speeding-related accidents and it continues to be a factor in almost one-third of traffic deaths each year.

ConsumerReports.org stated that the GHSA report surveyed all 50 states and found that little has been done to improve state laws on speeding since 2005. In fact, the study shows that some are regressing; Seven states have increased speed limits during that time with some reaching up to 85 mph, with only two states having higher fines for speeders and three states having an excessive speed classification. I’m sure you know that the great state of Texas is one of the states mentioned above that has increased speed limits. But to the Lone Star State’s defense, the speed limit was only increased in rural areas where it was really needed. Regardless of whether or not I agree, there are studies that have long shown that higher traffic deaths are attributed to higher speed limits.

As if saving lives wasn’t enough of a reason for you to lighten the load on your Chevrolet’s pedal, you’ll also be saving yourself some precious green on gasoline. That’s right, ConsumerReports.org’s tests have shown that with a family sedan, an increase of 10 mph at highway speeds can drop fuel economy by five mpg.

So Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet drivers, slow your roll. You’ll potentially save lives and definitely save on gasoline.

[Source: ConsumerReports.org]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

How to Cope with the Rising Gas Prices in Dallas Ft Worth

Every time my gas light comes on, I cringe. Because I know that I’m about to shell out at least $50. Can you believe that gas prices have risen more than 40 cents since January? It’s sickening, and it’s only going to continue to rise. ConsumerReports.org estimates that the national average will hit $4 by May. With the way I’ve seen the prices rise in the last two weeks, I’m thinking it’ll be sooner than that.

As of today, the average gas price in Texas is 3.834 with a national average of 3.897.  At least we’re still sitting below the national average, right? I’ll bet the Chevy Volt is looking pretty good to most of you right now. Unfortunately, many of us can’t afford to run out and buy a new, fuel-efficient or electric vehicle. We could always drive less, but again that’s not an option for everyone. MoneyMorning.com published a great article on March 29 sharing the only real ways we can save some cash at the pump. Hope this helps, Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers!

  • Grocery discounts — Many big supermarket chains reward your purchases with discounts at the pump. Publix Supermarkets Inc. (PINK: PUSH) recently offered a $10 gas coupon for every $25 of groceries purchased. That could save you as much as $1.50 a gallon.
  • Gas company loyalty cards — If you usually buy gas from a major national chain, apply for a loyalty card like the BP Visa Card. You get a 5% rebate on all gas purchased at BP plc (ADR NYSE: BP) stations. Shell, Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and others offer similar deals. Savings – 7 to 10 cents a gallon.
  • Rewards cards — If you don’t want to limit your purchases to one brand, sign up for a credit card that offer rewards for filling up at any station. Chase Freedom offers $200 cash back after you make $500 in purchases in your first three months, 5% cash back on gas during certain periods and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • Pay cash — If you don’t want to apply for a new credit card, try paying with boring old cash. Many service stations will reward you with a 10-cent-per-gallon discount.
  • Shop Around – Make sure you’re getting the cheapest gas in your area. A recent check of GasBuddy.com for the New York City area showed $3.89 for the best price and $4.69 for the worst — a difference of 80 cents a gallon.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

Should You Opt for Leather Seats in Your New Chevrolet?

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet.comWith buying a new car in Dallas or Ft Worth comes a long list of decision-making. Do you want the black Tahoe or the blue Tahoe? Is 2WD, 4WD or AWD right for you? These among others are what you’ll need to ask yourself when the time comes. Some of these may be easy for you to decide while others may take a little research. One of the most common dilemmas I hear from new car shoppers is whether or not they want to spring for leather seats.

While most think of this as purely a “status” option, there are actually a lot of other factors you need to consider before making your decision. Let’s take a look at the PROs and CONs or having leather seats in your new or used Chevrolet in Grapevine, Dallas or Ft Worth.

PROs:

  • Right off the bat, I have to say that leather is considered by many as luxurious and can sometimes boost your ego and/or status among your family and friends. This alone is sometimes reason enough for people. Not to mention that wonderful smell…
  • Leather is soft and also easy to maintain in terms of cleaning. Spills are also easier to get rid of in leather vs. cloth seats. And oh, that smell. That delicious smell that wafts from the car the moment you open the door: the looks and aroma alone of a leather interior might have you reaching for your wallet!

CONs:

  • It’s expensive. Leather seats will definitely hike up the price of that new or used Chevrolet you’ve got your eye on.
  • Summers are brutal, especially in Dallas/Ft Worth. Unless you’re going to be parking your vehicle in the shade the majority of the time, you can expect a few burns throughout the summer months and even during some of the others.
  • Maintenance. Now I know I mentioned the ease of maintaining leather seats above as a pro, but the down side is that you have to do it often. Failure to keep up with the maintenance can result in hardening and cracking and will look worn quickly.

If you can handle the hot summers and the maintenance and have the means, then I’d spring for the leather seats in that new Chevrolet. If you’re still unsure, swing by the Grapevine dealership and get a feel for what leather seats are like in one of Classic Chevrolet’s new car or trucks.

[Source: AutoByTel.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Don’t Miss the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and 2013 Chevrolet Spark at the 2012 DFW Auto Show in Dallas

Hey DFW Chevrolet car enthusiasts, are you heading to the DFW Auto Show in Dallas this weekend? If you haven’t already set aside some time to check it out, you may want to clear your schedule. The DFW Auto Show in Dallas started back in 1982 and now hosts more than half a million square feet of new cars, trucks and SUVs at the Dallas Convention Center.

Besides checking out Chevrolet’s awesome 2013 line up up close, be sure to head over to the Ride & Drive event in Lot E (the old Reunion Arena Parking Lot) adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center and get behind the wheel of a new Chevrolet! Hours for the Ride & Drive event are: 10 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday (March 23 and 24); and 11 am to 6 pm Sunday (March 25). Participants must be 18 years old, and have a valid driver’s license and insurance.

As if you needed anymore incentive to attend, the DFW Auto Show is also sponsoring a contest – Test Drive a Car to Win a Gas Card! Just by test driving a new car, you’ll be registering to win a gas card – $300 for first prize, $200 for second prize and $100 for third prize! With gasoline prices expected to rise to more than four dollars a gallon, why wouldn’t you want to enter in this contest?

The show starts this Wednesday and tickets are only $12 for adults and $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Want to bring the kids along? No problem! Kids 12 and under are free! See you there!

Show Hours:

  • Wednesday: 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Increase Tire Life on Your Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet By Switching to Nitrogen

Did you know that using nitrogen instead of air in tires has been around for years? It’s been used on airplanes tires, those huge tires you see on tractors, racing tires and now, our Texas Chevrolets. Not only does switching to nitrogen increase your tire life by 30% or more, it also dramatically increases the safety of your new or used Chevrolet. Studies show that using nitrogen reduces tire failures and blowouts by up to 50%.

Other benefits of switching to nitrogen include:

chevrolet service grapevineEliminates corrosion, oxidation and normal tire pressure loss associated with oxygen-filled tires. Nitrogen escapes tires much slower than oxygen. While oxygen-filled tires can lose up to 2 psi per month without any punctures, nitrogen-filled tires take about six months to lose 2 psi.

Improves fuel economy up to 10% a year, and provides better handling and tire performance. Overtime, using nitrogen in your tires can improve vehicle handling and fuel efficiency through better tire pressure retention and cooler running tire temperatures.

Reduces running tire temperature. When oxygen reacts with different things, it’s known as oxidation. When oxidation occurs rapidly, a “burning” process occurs. If tires on race cars and airplanes were using air, they could actually easily catch fire because they run so hot.

With benefits like that, why wouldn’t you want to use nitrogen? If you’re ready to make the switch, head down to Classic Chevrolet where we are proud to say we provide nitrogen. So what are you waiting for, Grapevine Chevrolet owners? Start improving your tire performance today. Save time and make an appointment online or just swing by the Chevrolet dealership and visit the excellent Classic Chevrolet service department.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.