Subzero TroubleshootingRead More
Picture this: it’s 7:45 AM, it snowed tremendously last night, so you've turned your car on to warm up before you leave. After about 15 minutes you are ready to brush off your car and leave. All bundled up, you open your car door expecting a wave of warm air to wash over you, but it doesn’t… What does this mean?!
When living in the Northeast and dealing with subzero temperatures, nothing is worse than the paralyzing moment you realize the heat in your car isn’t working. There are a few possibilities that could lead to this, but before you rush anywhere, do some research to become more knowledgeable on what needs to be fixed in your car.
According to Lifewire, there are four common cooling system problems that could result in your loss of heat for these crucial months. They are as follows:
Air in the cooling system.
Plugged heater core.
Coolant not flowing through heater core.
Also remember to always check your coolant levels. A lack of coolant or leak in your system can cause problems such as blowing cold air and never heating up.
For more information on common car heater problems and how to stay warm during the problem solving portion, check out https://bit.ly/320CuZk. And remember to always carry a blanket and other emergency supplies in case you’re stuck in an unusual predicament!
Winter Driving SafetyRead More
What is seemingly the longest time of the year, can also be one of the most dangerous for drivers. Everyone talks about different ways to be prepared for winter driving, but a lot of it comes down to knowing your vehicle. The weather can be unpredictable during the colder months, so with your driving habits and care and knowledge of your vehicle, you can improve your winter driving experience.
There are multiple ways to prepare your car (and ultimately yourself) for the uncertain months still ahead including:
- Understanding how your car behaves in the snow.
- Make sure your tires have good tread and are properly inflated given the temperature changes.
- Check your exhaust pipe to make sure it’s clear.
- Pack your trunk with emergency supplies.
Another aspect to take into account when the winter weather strikes is to plan your trip with common sense. Although beautiful, snow flurries can become quite dangerous with high winds and prolonged snowfall. Along with giving yourself ample time to travel, consider following these tips as well:
- Don’t warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area.
- Ensure your cellphone is fully charged and bring a car charger.
- Monitor the weather conditions before you leave for your trip.
Lastly, always drive extra carefully in winter weather. Vehicles handle differently in snow and ice, and it’s often better to be on the cautious side when driving in harsh conditions. Tips for adjusting your driving habits in the winter can include:
- Driving slowly.
- Leaving more distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Knowing your route and being on high alert.
- Being alert to animals.
For more information and tips on how to best prepare yourself for winter driving, check out iii.org’s article on winter driving preparedness.
For any help with preparing or maintaining your car, visit your local Chevy dealer and don’t be afraid to ask questions! We’re here to help you and your Chevy vehicle get home safely day after day.
Seeing Clearly This WinterRead More
We already know about the basics of winter safety such as winter tires and winter wipers, but what about windshield safety? This one is often overlooked because it’s not something you replace seasonally, you replace it as needed. But if an issue arises, it’s important to know when it needs to be replaced as well as general care tips for the winter months.
Picture this, you’re driving along the snowy roads when suddenly a tractor trailer in front of you kicks up a large rock-like substance, and wham! An immediate crack forms in your windshield. With a common situation like this it’s often resolved with a simple phone call to your insurance company. But, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment, and if the crack is right in your line of vision you do not want to be driving.
Check out these winter windshield care tips to help avoid a crack in your windshield this winter. And even if it does occur, read what not to do to avoid worsening the crack:
- Remove all snow and ice from the front and back windshield before leaving the house to ensure full visibility, and double check to make sure there are no existing cracks already.
- Leave your windshield wipers out and up when you park your car. This will help prolong their durability.
- Consider getting a windshield cover to prevent frost and snow from accumulating on your windshield.
- Allow the windshield to heat up gradually by using the defroster on a lower level as opposed to blasting the heat immediately.
- Never pour hot or boiling water onto your windshield, this will cause damage.
- If there is a chip or crack, be sure to replace it as soon as possible so it doesn’t become larger.
The last thing you want is to be stuck at an automotive center in the middle of winter. Make sure you take the time each day to care for your windshield so you can travel safely in your Chevy this season.
Safety Solutions: Teen Driver FeaturesRead More
Teen drivers continue to pose a risk for the road.
Teens tend to be more distracted, listen to their music louder, are more likely to text, and oftentimes drive without a seatbelt. In fact, the fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over.
Chevy is working to become a part of the solution. Chevy has created a feature, specifically for teen drivers, that will temporarily block the auto from shifting into gear if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled. A message will alert the driver to buckle up in order to shift into gear.
This industry first feature will come standard in the 2020 models of the Chevy Malibu, Traverse, and Colorado as a part of the Chevy “Teen Driver” package.
For more information on the feature and anticipated results, click here.