Fall Driving Tips

Fall is arguably the most beautiful season. It’s a great time to go for a drive, just to enjoy the scenery. As the weather and road conditions change with the season, the following Fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves.

 

The Dangers of Leaves on the Roads

It is important to treat leaves with the same caution as ice, as they can be just as slippery when wet. When driving you should try to avoid the piles of leaves along the edge of the road, as they can obscure hidden hazards. It is also critical to slow down when driving on a road covered with leaves, especially around turns.

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Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight

In the Fall there are fewer hours of daylight. As the hours of daylight decrease, chances are you’ll be doing more driving in dusk or dark conditions. You may even be commuting to or from work in the dark. In the fading light of dusk, it is more difficult to see pedestrians, animals and children, so be sure all your lights are on, working properly and kept clean.

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Changing Weather Conditions

As Fall progresses, the overnight temperatures tend to drop, often below the freezing point. Give yourself extra time to clear your windows of frost/ice before heading out on the road. Make sure your wipers and defrosters are working as they should. While driving, be aware of frost or black ice on the roadways, especially when driving on bridges, or in shaded areas.

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Cope with Glare

Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. When the sun is hanging low in the sky, it can be blinding if you’re driving toward it.  Sun glare can impact your sight for seconds after exposure, making it hard to see pedestrians, oncoming traffic, or the car in front of you. Keeping your windshield clean is also very important as dirt on the glass can amplify the glare.

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Safe driving practices are important through the year. We all should get out and enjoy the season before the winter drives us all indoor.  Be aware of the unique autumn driving hazards and follow our Fall driving safety tips for a safer and more pleasant drive.

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Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air                               Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore
1230 Belair Road                                                        1 Kane Street
Bel Air, MD 21014                                                      Baltimore, MD 21224
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Source: The Fun Times Guide

 

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Chevrolet Launches Call Me Out App To Discourage Distracted Driving

Chevrolet is launching a new smartphone app that takes aim at distracted driving. This app encourages drivers to leave their phone alone while operating a vehicle. Unlike all the other new smartphone apps being launched daily, Chevy’s Call Me Out app could save your life.

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In 2016, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There isn’t enough data available to prove how many of those cases involved the use of cell phones by drivers. In efforts to help reduce these statistics, Chevrolet hosted a hackathon, challenging college students to propose ways of reducing distracted driving. The framework for the Call Me Out app evolved from this effort.

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“As the father of two daughters, I am keenly aware of all the perils that my children face out in the world on a daily basis, and that is why it is so important for GM and Chevrolet to offer technologies that help all of us become safer drivers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “With Call Me Out we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”

Here’s how the app works: The Call Me Out app encourages users to enlist friends and family members to record messages, which are then used to remind them to keep their hands off their devices and on the wheel. In addition to the audible message, a graphic of a wagging finger is also displayed on the device. The app uses the phone’s accelerometer and GPS to detect when the phone is being physically picked up while traveling speeds above 5 mph. The app also includes a gaming featuring, with a scoreboard and rankings. The less a phone is handled while driving, the higher the score on the Leaderboard.

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The app is currently available as a free download, though only for Android users in the Google Play Store (must be 18 years or older and have a data plan).

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air                               Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore
1230 Belair Road                                                        1 Kane Street
Bel Air, MD 21014                                                      Baltimore, MD 21224
(888) 844-0314                                                            (855) 978-9791

Source: Chevrolet Press Room

Back to School Safety Tips

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As the school doors open, traffic gets a little heavier on our streets. People are back from holidays, school buses and public transit are on regular routes, and more people are walking, cycling or driving to school.

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We need to remember during this time to share roads safely. It’s important to slow down and stay alert near school zones and parks, especially before and after school!

Did you know that school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today? The reality is, more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses.

  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children – from all directions
  • The yellow flashing lights are to alert motorists that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload passengers
  • The red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm, signals the bus is stopped and that children are getting on or off the bus
  • Please leave at least 10 feet around a school bus
  • Be alert as children are unpredictable

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Sharing the road safely with young pedestrians is just as important as school buses. All drivers should recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children.

  • Drivers must observe school zone speeds
  • Crossing guards and school patrol officers are there to keep our children safe. If you come up to a set of lights, and the light turns green, but the crossing guard still says stop, follow their direction and not the traffic light
  • Kids are small and are easily distracted. Be observant and alert as you never know when a small child might step out from between parked cars or off a sidewalk
  • Please do not block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

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From all of us at Bob Bell, let’s all help everyone stay safe this school year!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air                           Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore
1230 Belair Road                                                   1 Kane Street
Bel Air, MD 21014                                                 Baltimore, MD 21224
(888) 844-0314                                                       (855) 978-9791

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation

Prepare Yourselves for the all new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Take a closer look at the breathtaking design of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Chevrolet is reintroducing this midsize SUV, as its newest member of the Chevy family.

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This model stems from originality and its unique design elements to make it stand out from the rest of its predecessors.

If you like a vehicle with a bold attitude, the 2019 Blazer may just be the perfect fit for you. Completely customizable, this crossover SUV is breaking boundaries of style and character. Some of the features you can customize include; distinctive interior and exterior trims and colors, front-end grilles, RS and up-level premier models, nine-speed automatic transmission that back your 2.5L I-4 to 3.6L V-6 engines, and SO much MORE! It’s a blank canvas, and your style is the paintbrush.

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Aside from style, the Blazer is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It is designed to give its drivers and passengers the most comfortable and efficient experience.  Equipped with hitch guidance, electronic-locking glove boxes, comfort-open windows, heated REAR seats, wireless charging, and six USB ports for everyone to enjoy. You’re not simply driving home when you get in your 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, you ARE home.

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We know, it’s overwhelming, but don’t get too excited just yet. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer won’t be available until early 2019. You will have to stay tuned for additional details regarding pricing, closer to its release.

You won’t want to miss this, and we want to make sure that you don’t!

Sign up here for all the updates on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, so that you’re ready for yours, when it hits the market. You’re welcome.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air                           Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore
1230 Belair Road                                                    1 Kane Street
Bel Air, MD 21014                                                  Baltimore, MD 21224
(888) 844-0314                                                         (855) 978-9791

Source: Chevrolet Press Room

 

Explore the new faces of the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze and Spark!

If you are a Chevrolet enthusiast, you may have already seen the reveal of the 2019 Chevy Malibu, Cruze and Spark earlier this year. Either way, we are thrilled to present to you, a sneak peek into them!

2019 Chevrolet Spark

2019 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark is now sporting a fresh new front grille and reshaped fog lights, on the 2019 higher end trim models. Aside from the cosmetics, new active safety technologies are now available such as, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. This feature will assist drivers and prevent/reduce the severity of low-speed front-end collisions. This affordable Chevy has been a leader in its segment since its debut, with young buyers and women, due to its ability to be easily personalized.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze

2019 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze received a stunning new update to its facade, with an updated front grille and LED accent lighting. The Cruze has acquired a standard 7.0-inch color touchscreen radio and new wheel designs on all models. A remote starter and automatic climate control are now standard on the LT and Premier models. The Cruze will be available for purchase later this year in both the sedan and hatchback models. Similarly to the Spark, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking will be available as well as many more advanced safety features as an optional extra.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu has added a new trim to its lineup, the RS. This new sporty design offers amazing features, at an attractive price point. Included in this model are 18-inch wheels, rear spoiler, dual-outlet exhaust and MORE! The list does not end there…Inside, you will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats and a standard 8-inch color touchscreen radio running Chevrolet Infotainment 3.  There are many more updates across the 2019 Malibu lineup, it’s worth checking out!

The 2019 line up is impressive and we’re really excited for the arrival on our lots later this year! Keep your eyes open for the official launch!

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Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air                           Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore
1230 Belair Road                                                    1 Kane Street
Bel Air, MD 21014                                                  Baltimore, MD 21224
(888) 844-0314                                                         (855) 978-9791

Source: Chevrolet Press Room

Chevrolet Bolt EV: 2017 Drivers’ Choice Best Car of the Year

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“A clear standout above all of the vehicles we’ve driven over the past 12 months, it should be no shocker to anyone who has followed the evolution of electric cars, that this highly practical plug-in takes our most coveted prize . . . not Tesla or any other upper crust brand that got there first.  And they did it with a good looking, highly practical package . . ..” – MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice

2017 MotorTrend Car of the Year, 2017 North American Car of the Year, 2017 Green Car of the Year. With some of the most prestigious awards tucked comfortably under it’s belt, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has completely reinvented what it means to drive an electric vehicle. Not convinced? Keep reading.

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Range

Did you know that the average daily commute is about 40 miles round trip? On a complete charge, the Bolt EV reaches an EPA-estimated 238 miles and goes from 0-60 in less than 6.5 seconds. Imagine going from A to B . . . and back again without ever having to plug-in. It’s possible with the Bolt EV.

Design & Cargo

A crossover design from the inside out, the Bolt EV will become a natural head-turner in your driveway with its sculpted proportions and details.

LT – electronic precision shift | Michelin self-sealing tires | 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screeen | rear vision camera

PREMIER – includes LT features plus rear camera mirror | surround vision | leather-wrapped heated steering wheel

The Bolt EV was engineered to provide more room than the average electric vehicle. With up to 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space (with the seats down), you have more flexibility to carry larger and oddly shaped items.

We have a screen for that . . .

Want to stay on-top of how much energy your Bolt EV is using? Receive valuable and real-time information, such as your battery levels, range estimation, and charge bolt1settings from a single glance at the standard 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen and 8-inch diagonal driver cluster.

Easily view and access music playlists, Smartphone contacts, and more. The 2017 Bolt EV is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety

Equipped with a number of ingenious radar and camera-based safety systems, the Bolt EV works hard to prevent dangerous situations on the road.

10 air bags | advanced high-strength steel frame | available OnStar Automatic Crash Response | Available OnStar Advisors

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best Car of the Year – is available at Bob Bell Bel Air. Visit us today or speak with a member of our sales team.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | Chevrolet | MotorWeek

Unlimited OnStar Data Now Available!

Are you on always on the go? Whether you drive your Chevrolet for work or leisure, most of us, at one point or another, have used data with our mobile devices or OnStar while commuting. Say goodbye to large data bills! Chevrolet Owners can now purchase unlimited data plans with OnStar 4G LTE.

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Last year alone, Chevrolet owners used more than 4 million GB of data through OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. That’s 200% more data than the previous year! Not only are these Chevrolet drivers using OnStar AtYourService, but they are streaming videos, using social media, navigating and using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. As a response to the high usage of data consumption, OnStar now offers an unlimited prepaid data plan, enabled through AT&T, for $20/month!

The unlimited plan is available on most Chevrolet models from the year 2015 onward, providing a complete in-vehicle safety and connectivity system! The hotspot is very easy to use and connect to your devices, and is always on when your vehicle is running. So sit back and enjoy a fast and reliable connection worrying less about your mobile’s devices battery.

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“As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker”

 

Learn more about OnStar and whether your vehicle is eligible to take advantage of this new unlimited plan today!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | OnStar

 

A New Standard of Off-Roading: The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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If you’re looking to adventure off the beaten path this New Year, we have the perfect Chevrolet truck to get you there. The brand new 2017 Colorado ZR2 is a truck full of Chevy firsts and off-road capabilities that perform just as well on smooth ground. The ZR2 features a segment exclusive Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel engine and a stance as aggressive as it’s style.

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Off-Road Mode Technology of the ZR2 allows drivers to seamlessly choose between desert, mud, or mountains to ensure that they are receiving the accurate amount of performance needed to tackle any off-road destination. 

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The functional design of the Colorado ZR2 features rock sliders, 50mm front & rear lift,  and 17-inch wheels with a 31-inch overall diameter. The segment-first Multimatic™ shocks are designed to ensure the best performance on uneven roads. The Colorado ZR2 is also equipped with segment exclusive front & rear electronic locking differentials, tubular rocker protection, wider track for more stability on the road, skid plates, and Autotrac® transfer case. 

Can’t wait to get on your next adventure? Sign up to get the latest details on the spring release of the 2017 Colorado ZR2.

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Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room 

 

It’s Worth the Drive to Save Lives: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that almost 200,000 people across the country will receive a breast cancer diagnosis this year? The Red Devils, Inc. stands by those who have received this diagnosis.

Our Bob Bell of Bel Air is dedicated to supporting a community that is made up of great people who have continuously supported us over the years. Every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Bob Bell team raises funds to be donated to The Red Devils, Inc.; a local organization whose mission is to fund services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families in the Maryland and Washington, DC area.

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Inspired by the strength and lives of Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt, The Red Devils were founded in 2002 and has since invested close to $3 million to fund treatment and support for nearly 6,000 breast cancer families to ensure that their loved ones are able to remain in treatment. With partnerships at over 40 hospitals throughout Maryland and Washington, DC, The Red Devils have made it possible for patients to receive treatment support free of charge!

The Red Devils provide transportation to treatment for patients, support for the families of women fighting breast cancer (groceries, childcare, rent & mortgage), as well as medical services & treatment related therapies (chemotherapy & radiation, medical co-payments & insurance premiums, exams, massage therapy).

It’s Worth the Drive to Save Lives

Inspired by this extreme generosity and strength, we had made it our focus to raise funds in support of the programs & services that The Red Devils have made it their 14642382_10154650993278887_6318717377381133056_nmission to provide. For every Chevrolet sold throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, #BobBellCares has donated $25 to The Red Devils in hopes of continuing to provide the support services needed to improve the quality of life for women fighting breast cancer and their families.

It’s always amazing to see a community rally together for change; and it’s no different with our Bob Bell community! Our loyal customers have, once again, shown their growing support for this cause and have taken the opportunity to stand by the strong women in our community. Thank you!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. | The Red Devils, Inc.