Winter Driving Tips

On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow around 7:30 am and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for us all. We don’t think that Mother nature got the message. Take control of the winter roads with these Winter driving tips from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Tires

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Regardless of the season, you should inspect your tires on a monthly basis and before long road trips.

  • Check your tire pressure – ensuring that your tires are inflated to your vehicle’s suggested PSI. You can find this information either in your owner’s manual or on the label inside your driver’s door.
  • All-season tires are not winter tires. All-season tires begin to lose their grip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit and are not as effective in heavy snow and ice.
  • Tires marked with a snowflake are designed for snowy conditions and offer excellent snow traction performance. Winter tires provide better traction, handling and braking. They can shorten braking distances by as much as 25%.
  • Look closely at your tread and replace tires with uneven wear or insufficient tread.

Survival Kit

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No one expects to be stranded on the side of the road. Be prepared for winter driving by keeping a survival kit in your vehicle. Below are some suggestions of items you should keep in your trunk.

  • Gloves, blankets and extra cloths
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Know what to do in an emergency
  • Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares and markers
  • Extra food, water and first aid kit
  • Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper
  • Abrasive material, such as sand or kitty litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow

Check Your Vehicle

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Winter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. Here are some tips to help you make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge.

  • Service your vehicle with a Winter tune-up or other routine maintenance
  • Keep an extra jug of high-quality “no-freeze” windshield-washer fluid
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full to prevent your gas line from freezing.
  • Check your battery
  • Check your cooling system
  • Check your windshield wipers and defrosters

Cleaning Your Vehicle

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Did you know that it is illegal in Maryland to drive with snow on the roof of your car? Safe winter driving starts before you drive off from your driveway.

  • Clear snow and ice from all windows, headlights, mirrors, hood and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the window to defrost completely to allow clear visibility all around.
  • Snow or ice left on your vehicle will blow up onto your windshield while driving and will even blow off your vehicle onto the cars behind you potentially damaging their vehicle or blocking their view.

Practice Safe Winter Driving Habits

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Since every vehicle handles differently during different road conditions, it’s important to take the time to get to know your vehicle under winter weather driving conditions,

  • Practice cold weather driving when your area gets snow, it’s best to practice on an empty lot in full daylight.
  • Drive slowly as it’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a snow-covered or an icy road.
  • If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, apply firm pressure, if you have non-anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
  • Steer into the skid. If you find yourself in a skidding, remain calm and ease your foot off the gas carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

Prepare for Driving

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The safest strategy is to avoid driving in bad weather conditions. If that isn’t a choice, plan before getting on the road. Driving in poor weather usually takes a lot longer and is more stressful.

  • Tell someone where you are going, your route and your estimated time of arrival.
  • Allow for extra to get to your destination.
  • Be alert, well rested and sober behind the wheel.
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Stay on main roads and drive carefully by matching your speed to the road and weather conditions.
  • “Know Before you Go.” Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit: http://www.md511.org for current travel information.

Winter is an optimal time to slow down and snuggle in. Doing so may not just make you feel happy; it might also help to keep you safe. So many collisions can be easily prevented by driving cautiously, alertly and patiently. It only takes a moment to change a life forever.

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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: Maryland Department of Transportation

 

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Happy 2nd Anniversary Truck Legends

This past September, Chevrolet celebrated its second anniversary of the Truck Legends program. Being a member is free, but is limited to anyone who has purchased/leased more than one Chevy truck or who owns one with more than 100,000 miles on it. Eligible models are restricted to the Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado (includes C/K trucks), Suburban, Colorado (including old S-10s) and Tahoe.

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“We know there is a story behind every mile, every truck and every customer,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director, in a prepared statement. “In 2018 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first Chevrolet truck, and that event would not be complete without recognizing the customers who have made Chevrolet part of the fabric of America. The stories from our Truck Legends will play a key part in celebrating the next hundred years of Chevrolet trucks.”

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Being a member has a truckload of benefits! As a Chevy Truck Legends member, you can enjoy plenty of perks, including an exclusive cap, decals, special invites to Chevy events, the ability to share your photos and story in our member gallery, exclusive merchandise and truck news and updates from Chevy. Truck Legends will also be eligible for discounts from various Chevy partners and the ability to purchase exclusive Truck Legends merchandise.

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Help us grow this community, so that Chevrolet can continue to offer content and once-in-a-lifetime experiences! If you fit the criteria, what are you waiting for? Join now, so you won’t miss out on any more opportunities!

Chevrolet has named Lonzo Anderson as the Official Truck Legend of Texas. Anderson, of Arlington, Texas, has more than 375,000 miles on his 2000 Silverado. His truck will be displayed in a place of honor for the duration of the State Fair of Texas, as a testament to the most dependable, longest-lasting fullsize pickups on the road.

If you’re not eligible, Come See Us at Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air or Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore to purchase a brand-new Chevy truck! You can then, immediately earn a membership in the Truck Legends program! 

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 Pressroom

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

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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

2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Lean, Mean… and Strong

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The all-new Chevrolet Equinox has been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year; a redesign that includes shedding 400 pounds of extra weight! So, what do drivers gain by this 10% body-mass loss? For starters, our most popular crossover is now more agile on the road and offers drivers a more safe, comfortable driving experience.

Thanks to a lighter, stiffer, and stronger structure, the 2018 Equinox rewards drivers in the following areas:

SAFETY: High-strength and ultra-high strength steel creates a safety cage around its passengers, which are complimented by the high-level restraint systems and available safety features.

RIDE & HANDLING: By reducing the chassis flex in the Equinox suspension system, Chevrolet engineers were able to focus more on overall ride comfort and precision on the road.

QUIETNESS & REFINEMENT: The stiffer body-structure of the Equinox also pays off when it comes to blocking out exterior noise and vibrations. Contributing the overall weight loss of the Equinox, the stiffer body-structure also means that engineers could reduce the amount of sound-absorbing materials in the overall design.

FUEL ECONOMY: This might seem like a no-brainer, but we’re pretty excited about this added benefit of the 2018 Equinox! The lower the weight, the better then fuel efficiency. The all-new Equinox delivers EPA estimated 32MPG and 29MPG on the highway with the standard 1.5L turbo and 2.0L turbo engines. The diesel engine offers a GM-estimated 40MPG on the highway.

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Like the many models before it, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features a modern, expressive design and is equipped with the latest in vehicle connectivity and safety features.

low speed forward automatic braking | lane keep assist & lane departure warning | forward collision alert | rear vision camera | rear cross traffic alert | rear park assist | side blind zone alert | lane change alert

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is now available at Bob Bell Bel Air. Discover why the Equinox is the right choice for you or view our inventory by simply visiting our website.

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

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | Chevrolet | Bob Bell Bel Air 

 

 

2018 Corvette: Carbon 65 Edition

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“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match.” 

– Paul Edwards, U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Corvette, Chevrolet has released the Limited Carbon 65 Edition. With only 650 numbered models across the globe, Carbon 65 honors the Corvette legacy ” . . . while offering customer another unique, special-edition . . . that personalizes the ownership experience.”

unique fender stripes and door graphics | black wheels with blue brake calipers | new visible carbon-fiber spoiler | carbon flash badges and outside mirrors | jet black suede wrapped interior with blue stitching | competition sport seats | & more

Each 2018 Corvette model will come standard with:

HD digital radio | available Performance Data Recorder | improved rear-view camera image | enhanced Head-Up Display | Spice Red convertible top and interior

Featured on the 2018 models of the Corvette Stingray, Grand Sport, and Z06 the Carbon 65 Edition costs $15,000 and is available starting summer 2017.

You can learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette and browse our inventory by visiting our website.

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

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

 

MotorTrend Car of the Year: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

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Chevrolet is always looking for new and innovative ways to change the game. We are proud to say that our latest game changer – the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – has been named MOTOR TREND 2017 Car of the Year!

“Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bolt EV . . . Being recognized once again as MOTOR TREND Car of the Year is a great honor for the entire Chevrolet team.” – Alan Batey, President of GM North America & Global Brand Chief

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the all-new affordable electric vehicle that offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge. Known as the “regen effect”, the 2017 Bolt EV features Regen on Demand which allows you to slow down without using the brake pedal. This feature transfers energy back to the battery and converts that energy into electricity; just one of the many ways the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV maintains your range on the road.

nightThe 2017 Bolt EV keeps efficiency at its peak. With the latest in custom technology, the Bolt EV keeps you informed on battery/energy levels, range estimations, climate control, and audio. Features also include a 10.2 inch diagonal display and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Protecting you on the road is a top priority for Chevrolet. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV features ingenious safety systems that are designed to keep you safe from all angles.

front pedestrian braking | forward collision alert | 10 air bags |  OnStar automatic crash response | blind zone alert | rear cross traffic alert

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“The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.” – Ed Loh, MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief

Want to learn more about the 2017 MOTOR TREND Car of the Year? Visit chevrolet.com for more details!

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

Sources: MOTOR TREND | Chevrolet Press Room | 2017 Bolt EV, Chevrolet

2017 Chevrolet Special Edition SUVs

Chevrolet recently announced the highly anticipated arrival of their latest special edition SUVs! The 2017 Equinox Midnight & Sport Editions, Traverse Graphite Edition, and the Tahoe & Suburban Midnight Editions are the newest additions to a growing portfolio of special edition vehicles from Chevy.

“Special Editions give consumers an opportunity to buy something outside of the mainstream trim designation . . . spend a little more for a unique model, one that often provides a higher resale value when it’s time to sell or trade the vehicle for their next purchase.” – Karl Brauer, Senior Director of Automotive Industry Insights, Kelly Blue Book

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Midnight & Sport Editions

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The 2017 Chevy Equinox features premium accents, wheel designs, and the latest in available safety features. Drivers can also enjoy the new standard features of a color touchscreen radio and rear-vision camera. The 2017 Equinox Midnight Edition is offered in Mosaic Black Metallic and the Sport Edition is offered in Summit White. Other features include:

black grille & Chevrolet bowties | black 18-inch aluminum wheels | jet black perforated leather-appointed seats | driver memory settings for front seats & side mirrors | black mirror caps & roof rack crossbars

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Graphite Edition

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The 2017 Chevy Traverse is the perfect crossover SUV for those seeking a roomy interior and the latest in advanced vehicle safety technology. With seating for up to 8 passengers, the Traverse offers more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment. The 2017 Traverse Graphite Edition comes in Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior colors and offers the following features:

20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels | dual exhaust | black Chevrolet bowties | integrated assist step

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban Midnight Editions

Both the Tahoe and Suburban Midnight Editions come in the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package

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The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban models come updated with features such as Teen Driver, enhanced aerodynamics, Chevrolet MyLink, and rear seat reminder customization. New features include low speed forward automatic braking. Both the Tahoe and Suburban offer the following features:

off-road tuned suspension | off-road tires | off-road tubular assist steps | tow hooks | hill descent control | high capacity air cleaner | Z71 badging | 18″ black painted Z71 wheels | roof rack cross rails | black grille insert | black Chevrolet bowties

“The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.” – Mike Weidman, Marketing & Advertising Manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

The 2017 Equinox and Traverse Special Editions are currently available, while the Tahoe and Suburban models are arriving in showrooms later this year.

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

Source: Chevrolet Press Room – Equinox & Traverse | Chevrolet Press Room – Tahoe & Suburban | Bob Bell of Bel Air

Introducing the All-New 2016 Malibu!

Dramatic design, impressive safety, exceptional efficiency, and seamless connectivity – it’s no wonder the all-new 2016 Malibu is changing the perception of what a midsize car can be. You’ll get used to all of the attention.

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Malibu offers the perfect blend of form and function with its dramatic styling, and agile stance. This surprisingly sporty ride is one of the lightest vehicles in its class! Its head-turning style is coupled with exceptional efficiency. A 1.8L hybrid engine offers 48 MPG city, and with hybrid-exclusive features like the Driver Efficiency Gauge — which provides feedback on how your driving habits affect fuel economy— Malibu Hybrid can help you get the most out of every gallon.

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With an intuitive and customizable Chevrolet MyLink display with support for Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto and an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connection, Malibu helps keep you connected to the entertainment you love and the information you need.

Take a look at our inventory and different trims and click here.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314