As the number of commuters on American highways has grown way beyond our current infrastructure, it seems that traffic jams are just an unavoidable aspect of modern living. We are fated to sit helplessly in bumper-to-bumper traffic, trying desperately to find a song on the radio that we haven’t already heard a million times before.
As we often sit and wonder what exactly created the traffic jam we are stuck in, there are things you can do to stave off the next one. Here are some great tips to prevent traffic jams.
According to Popular Science (who in turn drew their knowledge from a computer scientist from MIT), one particularly bad habit that can contribute to gridlock is driving at a different speed than everyone else. Match your speed to the other drivers around you.
Make sure there is space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This creates a buffer so that your braking isn’t as extreme and thus more predictable to others around you.
When you are in the market for a new vehicle, consider getting one with adaptive cruise control. This new technology helps you achieve both a steady speed and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Even with the best plan in place, you can’t win them all, so it’s also a good idea to try and soften the blow. Make a traffic jam as pleasant as possible by keeping snacks, like granola, in the car. Have all of your favorite podcast apps downloaded and ready to go. Ensure your gas tank isn’t close to being empty. This will ease your experience when waiting in traffic.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Truck owners are more likely to be using their vehicles for work so they’d want to keep an eye on how their vehicle is doing.
We’re talking about a recent press release from Chevrolet that reveals Silverado owners make up “the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users.” This app contains a host of awesome features, many of which would seem obviously attractive to a truck-owner.
With the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app, you can use the navigation tool to locate your vehicle. You can also remotely start your vehicle. There are a host of diagnostic features that can tell you your tire pressure, oil change status, and fuel efficiency. The two features most used by Silverado owners are Remote Start and Vehicle Diagnostics.
Now Chevrolet has announced that Chevrolet Silverado owners will have the opportunity to be even better connected their trucks. The new feature is ProActive Alerts and has the ability to “predict and notify drivers when certain components need attention.”
So you want to buy a new vehicle? There’s a very diverse and competitive market out there, so it’s important to do your homework. Not just on this model or that model, but go back to the drawing board and ask yourself, “What is important to me in a vehicle?” Following are some helpful tips on how to buy a new vehicle.
How many people are you going to be carting around? This is usually about how many children you have now—but not always. It’s about how many children you will have. If you are planning to keep your vehicle for ten years, think about the future. This will help you determine how many seats you’ll need.
Which is more important: fuel efficiency or performance? These aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive but if you are looking for the absolute best fuel economy out there, it might mean sacrificing a few horsepower.
Consumer Reports suggested asking yourself what kind of driving experience you prefer. If you generally prefer a smooth, quiet ride like most people, then getting a top-notch suspension or super-crisp handling shouldn’t be a priority, as these features typically add to a vehicle’s cost.
Don’t forget your gut. While being highly analytical is essential to making a good decision, you have to trust your instincts when buying a new vehicle. Hopefully you find your next new vehicle at Langs Chevrolet!
The Kinect motion sensor—widely known for being paired with the Xbox 360—is now adopting a new job description as it helps auto manufacturers and child safety seat manufacturers connect the dots.
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For automakers, it is important for family-sized vehicles like the Chevy Traverse to provide families with the proper fit for child seats of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, there is no standardized size or shape for the various seats, so automakers are left with the task of trying to make vehicles accommodate as many styles as possible.
This is where the Kinect technology comes in: The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and The Ohio State University collaborated on a project that resulted in the development of a methodology that uses the Kinect technology to create a virtual child seat in just a few minutes.
General Motors is able to use this method to test child safety seats of various styles in a far shorter amount of time and at a greatly-reduced cost than the traditional method.
“This new tool will be a great help to us in evaluating child restraint compatibility early in our vehicle design process,” said Julie Kleinert, Global Child Safety Technical Lead for GM.
Plus, we at Langs Chevrolet would imagine it’s more fun to play with the Kinect controller anyway.
With the advent of technology, a boundless amount of information is literally at one’s fingertips. However, there is still nothing quite like the touch and feel of holding a magazine and turning its pages. If only we could have a conglomeration of the two!
Well, apparently with the new Chevy Colorado ad, you can. In a partnership with Americhip and Hearst Media, Chevrolet is placing a video ad on the printed page.
2015 Chevy Colorado
What was the inspiration for this genius, you ask? According to Jill Mida, Chevy’s Manager of Truck Advertising, “We had these awesome digital films that we created for the Colorado launch and we thought, why not…put video in print.” Jack Essig, publisher director and chief revenue at Hearst Men’s Group, added, “We’re always looking for innovative ways for print to come alive. This was one of those aha moments.”
So, how does it work? Imbedded within a two-page spread in “Esquire” and “Popular Mechanics,” 10,000 selected subscribers will obtain the issue containing the preset video that begins when the page is turned to the Chevy Colorado ad.
Be sure to visit us at Langs Chevrolet where, even if you were not one of the recipients of the Chevy video ad in print, you can still enjoy our array of Chevy Colorado trucks in person.
No matter what your taste in styling is, Chevy is giving new Spark owners an extensive array of color combinations to choose from. Most recently, Toasted Marshmallow and Kalamata Olive became available.
According to Chevy, the other color options for the 2016 Spark styling include Jalapeno Green, Lime, Salsa Red, Titanium, Electric Blue, Black Granite, Splash, Silver Ice, and Summit White. Believe it or not, these are just the options for the exterior paint colors. For a small price, drivers can customize the interior as well.
2015 Chevy Spark
“The first generation Spark’s colors allowed us to explore some fun, creative names,” said Dora Nowicki, marketing manager for the 2016 Spark. “We had an opportunity to continue this trend with the new Spark. When it came time to name new colors for the 2016 model, we brought color samples to the table and challenged our launch team to let their creativity run wild.”
So why add so many options? Chevy wants drivers to have a unique experience and add a little more fun than usual. This is just one more reason to consider buying the 2016 Spark from Langs Chevrolet.
Chevrolet is raising the bar with the all-new 2016 Malibu, which appeared at the Javits Center in New York, sporting a more aggressive look than ever.
The wide grille, the expressive headlights, and the angled LED running lamps all work together to give the Malibu a new edge.
In fact, because it was noticeably inspired by it, you could even call it the Impala’s angry little brother. And it’s the same story at the rear as it is at the front: the taillights have a sharper cant to them and the large, integrated dual exhausts look positively ferocious.
When you enter the car, however, it’s like entering a completely different world. Brown-and-beige leather, a large central MyLink system, and a dedicated display in the instrument cluster are all dedicated toward absolute comfort and convenience.
For the full list of details on the all-new 2016 Malibu, check out the official press release, or just visit Langs Chevrolet when it goes on sale!
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and there’s no better time to bring the dangers of distracted driving to the forefront. According to distraction.gov, distracted driving is simply described as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” While we may think that we are in complete control of distracted behavior behind the wheel, the truth is that all distractions endanger not only the driver, but other people on the road.
What is distracting me?
Talking on the phone
Talking with passengers
Adjusting audio, navigation, and other infotainment display controls
Applying makeup (or otherwise grooming)
Eating and drinking
Watching a video
But hands-free phone use is ok, right?
An estimated one in four car crashes involves cell phone use. That means nearly 25% of all accidents can be avoided by simply eliminating cell phone use while on the road. Keep in mind that hands-free phone use isn’t free of distractions, either. Though you may have free use of both hands, it’s your brain that allows you to make split-second decisions, and conversations are a distraction and slow down the decision-making process.
What can I do?
NSC.org suggests you practice the following rules in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness month, and make them a habit year-round.
Eliminate phone use of any kind while on the road (Take the pledge here).
Spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving on social media.
Here at Langs Chevrolet, we believe in putting safety first. Stop by to check out our exciting lineup of vehicles that offer a wide variety of advanced safety features!
The all-new Chevy Malibu safety technology system provides parents and teens with numerous tools that teach safe driving habits. Inexperienced teen drivers, ages 16-19, are involved in fatal car crashes three times as much as drivers ages 20 and over, according to the IIHS. Chevy has taken note and provided a new system to see that number decrease.
Teen Driver was developed by Chevy engineers and provides parents with a suite of safety technology focused on helping their teens develop better driving habits even when they’re not in the car with them. The new safety features are listed below.
Muting audio systems when front seat safety belts are not fastened
Audible and visual warnings given when the Malibu is traveling faster than permitted speeds
Tracking of driving distance, speed, over-speed warnings given, stability control events, antilock brake events, and forward collision alerts
Teen Driver is enabled through Chevy’s MyLink System, making it a seamless set-up process for parents. The new Chevy Malibu won’t be available until later this year, so we at Langs Chevrolet will let you know when they start arriving on our lot!
Dayton is getting a stimulus to its economy and it isn’t coming from any government. The NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament took place in Flyer territory. The opening round, dubbed the “First Four,” kicked off the tournament.
The NCAA First Four coming to the Dayton area pays out to over $4 million in the local economy each year. It also puts Dayton in the national spotlight, which is great for prospective businesses to see how the city works. But putting on such an enormous event is no easy task.
Getting ready for the NCAA First Four requires an entire year’s worth of work. Volunteers pour thousands of hours into setting up and preparations, like finding sponsors. Sponsors invest millions of dollars in the games. Both are a major part of the success in Dayton.
Two events, deemed the Hoopla, were a major part of the pregame. First, the Hoopla Four Miler run took place, starting and ending at the UD River Campus. This year 300 people took part, doubling 2014’s number.
Second, The Hoopla STEM Challenge was held at Chaminade-Julienne High School. There, boys and girls in grades K-8 participated in the hot shot competition. STEM partners were on hand to teach the kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
March Madness runs from March 17th to April 1st, and we at Langs Chevrolet have our brackets filled out!