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Annoying Chimes Pay Off in Fewer Deaths

Although the repetitive chimes may annoy you from time to time, the fact remains that the seat belt reminder warning actually pays of in fewer injuries and deaths. This is the 15th anniversary of the law requiring you to wear seat belts or risk a ticket in Michigan, home of General Motors and Chevrolet. To celebrate the anniversary, Chevy is promoting the “Click it or Ticket” campaign designed as another reminder to buckle up when you get behind the wheel. Although some people feel the seat belt law impinges on their freedom, the fact remains that seat belt usage has gone up to 93 percent in the last 15 years, while fatalities as the result of crashes have decreased by 35 percent.

Chevy Adds Other Safety Features

Next time you’re in Tempe, swing by Chapman Chevrolet and take a look at all the additional safety features available on the new Chevys. Lane departure warning, blind spot warning and strategically placed air bags all combine to help reduce injuries. “Our goal is the safety of our customers,” said Jeff Boyer, GM VP. “With vehicles like the made-in-Michigan Chevrolet Traverse that offer the industry’s first Front Center Air Bag, we prove that safety is of the utmost importance to us, both in our state and around the world.”

Seat Belts Reduce Injuries by Half

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of seat belts cut down on crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent. The CDC acknowledges that air bags provide added protection, but do not take the place of the seat belt restraint system. Prior to the use of seat belts, major injuries and deaths occurred as the result of bodies being thrown from vehicles. The Click it or Ticket campaign reminds drivers that seat belt laws are a primary enforcement regulation, meaning officers can pull you overs solely for not wearing the restraint system. In 2010, states that had primary enforcement laws saw almost 90 percent usage of seat belt restraints. In secondary enforcement states, where you have to be pulled over for something else to receive a seat belt citation, that figure drops to 80 percent.

Bottom Line: Seat Belts Save Lives

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 345 lives were saved in Michigan due to the use of seat belts in 2010. Drivers and front-seat passengers have a 60 percent reduced risk of a fatality in an SUV, van or pickup when using a seat belt.

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Safety, Size and Affordability in One Package

When it’s time to haul the kids, the dogs and their soccer equipment to the park, there are few vehicles that rival the Chevrolet Traverse for comfort, style and affordability. Starting at just $30,995, the Traverse is a mid-size SUV that seats eight and provides a whopping 116 cubic feet of cargo room. A luxurious interior, industry-leading safety features and fuel-efficient engine combine to make the Traverse the smart choice for families on the go. Test-drive the new Traverse for yourself at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Safety Comes First

Primarily designed as a people mover for mid to large-size families, Chevy didn’t skimp when it came time to add the safety features. The Traverse received the best-possible five star rating rom the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration because of features like an industry-first center airbag. Sensors that provide blind spot alerts, rear cross traffic warnings and lane departure assistance all combine to make the Traverse one of the safest SUVs on the road. Daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring and OnStar crisis assist and emergency services all help avoid collisions. A rigid chassis and cross-beam support work together to minimize damage and injury in the case of a wreck.

V6 Delivers Performance, Efficiency

The standard 3.6-liter, 217 cubic inch V6 is the only engine available for the Traverse, but it provides both power and efficiency out on the highway. By providing 288 horsepower, there is plenty of kick for performing a freeway merge or getting around large trucks on those mountain climbs. The Traverse is rated for 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway with front wheel drive. Both estimates drop by 1 mpg when outfitting the Traverse with Chevy’s all-wheel drive. A 22 gallon fuel tank means you can drive well in excess of 400 miles between fill-ups.

Enjoy the Lap of Luxury

The interior of the Chevrolet Traverse is made from refined materials that envelope you as you sink into the molded bucket seats in the first and second rows. Ambient lighting, Wi-Fi, touch screen navigation and infotainment, and a logical layout of controls make the interior of the Traverse as comfortable as sitting home in your recliner. Steering wheel controls mean you can focus on the road while adjusting the music, making a call or setting the cruise control. See for yourself just how comfortable a midsize SUV can be when you test-drive the new Traverse at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.