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

 

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

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 

 

 

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

 

Introducing the all new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Earlier this month, Chevrolet unveiled the 2018 Traverse.  It is inspired by it’s full sized SUVs, and remains a true eight-passenger, three-row family crossover. Designed for all ages and lifestyles, the all new Traverse will keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.

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Stay organized and store more items discreetly throughout the vehicle with it’s improved storage ease and versatility.

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Whether you have packed the whole family in, or are stowing away larger items, you can take advantage of the spacious third row seating and large cargo space! This SUV has the capability of a maximum cargo room of 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters)!

“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”

Encourage a better driving habit with the standard Teen Driver feature. It is designed for parents to set controls and review performance even when they can’t be in the vehicle with them! In addition to this feature, the Traverse will also offer a suite of advanced safety technologies: low and full-speed forward automatic braking, forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection and braking, low and high-speed automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist and a rear-seat reminder for the driver to check the back seat for a possible child or pet before exiting the vehicle and more!

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Although the Traverse will be similar in size to the Tahoe, it will not be equipped with the same towing capabilities.  Instead, the Traverse will serve better at hauling your friends and family around safely and comfortably on road trips.

The all new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will not be available for purchase until later this year (Fall 2017). Sign up today for the latest information about this stunning new SUV!

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

Source: Chevrolet Press Room