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Archive for January, 2018

It’s not a far drive north from the Valley of the Sun until the possibility of icy roads and drifting snow can turn a weekend adventure into a disaster. The folks at Chapman Chevrolet would like to offer a few tips on how to be prepared for winter driving, and to make you aware of some of the features in modern Chevrolets that can help you get out of a sticky situation.

Prepare Yourself Before Heading Out

Always check the weather reports before heading north this time of year. If bad weather is forecast, the best thing you can do is stay home. If that’s not possible, at least be prepared for the worst. Fill your tank before you head out so if you do get stuck waiting for a road to clear, you can at least run the heater. Stock your car with necessary helpful items, such as a cell phone charger, snow shovel and a bag of sand to pour under your wheels in case you slide off the road. Emergency flares, jumper cables, a flashlight and blankets are also a good idea. Stocking up with a jug of water and some nutrition bars will help you make it through an extended period out on the road.

How to Drive on Snow and Ice

Your father may have taught you to pump the brakes when sliding on ice. If you were driving a 1964 Comet, he was absolutely correct, but modern vehicles have anti-lock brakes and pumping them defeats the purpose. If you start to slide, don’t panic! Put gentle pressure on the brakes and steer your car very slightly in the direction you want to go. The ABS system will modulate all the braking. If the road is icy and you want to change lanes, wait until you come across a patch covered with snow. This will provide greater traction. If you do slide off the road, the OnStar system in your new Chevrolet will connect you with help that will get a responder out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, refer to your owner’s manual on how to run your car intermittently to keep the interior warm. Make sure and clear any drifted snow away from the tail pipe periodically and keep a window cracked to let in a bit of fresh air.

Don’t Put Off Required Service

If you have some winter driving in your plans, make sure and swing by Chapman Chevrolet for scheduled service and to examine your tires, windshield wipers, hoses, battery, lights and other critical elements. The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is not only apt in this situation, but might save you from an extended period stuck in the bitter cold. If you do a lot of winter driving, consider a new Chevy with four-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The redesigned Chevy Traverse is not only the perfect vehicle for families on the go, it’s also a sophisticated SUV that enjoys a night on the town, as well as a powerful tow vehicle that will let you take your boat or camper on the next weekend adventure. Filled with new safety features that help you and your family arrive at your destination safely, the Traverse is the midsize SUV built for 21st Century transportation needs. Check out the stunning new design and supreme handling of the Traverse by taking a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Room for People and Cargo

With plenty of room for up to 8 adults to stretch out comfortably and a best-in-class maximum cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet, the Chevy Traverse is the vehicle that’s built for hauling soccer teams and their equipment to the game. Six different trim levels provide a wide variety of amenities and price points that make the Traverse the affordable SUV for everyone. The base LS comes with attractive 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED running lamps and 8-passenger seating. Move up to the LT and you get fog lamps, body color side mirrors, larger wheels and a chrome grill. The RS has some real street credibility with black bowtie emblems, a black ice grille and dark android wheels. The features really start to add up on the Premier model, with LED D-optic headlamps, Argent Metallic wheels and silver and chrome roof rails. Choose the Redline option on the Premier trim level and you’ll get a racing vibe, with black and red badging, black wheels with red stripes and other black accents. The High Country edition is the top-of-the-line with an exclusive Jet Black/Loft Brown interior, IntelliBeam headlamps, a power folding rear seat and every safety and convenience package offered by Chevrolet.

Technology Cup Overflows

From the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that slides upwards at the touch of a button to reveal a storage compartment to all the driver assistance safety features available, the Chevy Traverse overflows with modern technology. Stream your favorite music and podcasts using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and make hands-free phone calls with the latest in voice recognition software. Get several “extra sets of eyes” when you opt for the driver assistance features that alert you to possible danger at the front, rear and on the sides. Surround Vision gives you a bird’s eye view all around the vehicle to help avoid collisions. The technology list is really too long to do justice to here. Check it out when you see the new Chevy Traverse at Chapman Chevrolet.