Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 4 of 7

When your car brakes down during the winter, go look for help – Myth

You have a better chance of being found with your vehicle than hiking off somewhere. You also are protected from some of the elements and are easier to spot in aerial searches. If you are broken down in the middle of traffic you do want to get out of your vehicle and find a safe place to stand because chances are, someone will run into your vehicle if it is stopped in traffic.

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Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 3 of 7

When you are sliding, turn in the direction of the skid: Myth

This is true if you drive a rear wheel drive vehicle but the majority of the vehicles on the road are now front wheel drive. So what you want to do is turn your steering wheel in the direction that you want to go and keep your foot on the gas. Anti-lock brakes will enable your wheel to keep turning and enable you to maintain control of steering. Most skids happen when the vehicle is going around a corner too fast for conditions so keep that speed down!

 

Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 2 of 7

The lower your tire pressure the better traction you will have – True, but…..

The negative effects of driving with low tire pressure far out weigh the positive. One, you aren’t guaranteed better traction, two, the lower pressure can cause you to blow your tire. The better alternative is to put snow tires on your vehicle in the winter, they are designed to be more flexible in the cold than a standard all-year tire.

Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 1 of 7

It’s safer to keep up with the flow of traffic – MYTH, kind of

It’s okay to keep with the flow of traffic if the speed is safe for conditions BUT you always have those “cowboys” that are driving a 4-wheel drive and think that they are invincible on the road. Don’t keep up with these guys. The power and traction to get going doesn’t mean anything when it comes to stopping at high speeds.

 

 

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Cruze updates

2011 Chevy Cruze

2011 Chevy Cruze Exterior

Production has begun on the new 42 MPG Eco Cruze model. Production has also begun on the RS package. This package includes: unique front and rear fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps and is available on LT and LTZ models. Production has begun on the 2LS models that will have a manual transmission.

What the industry has had to say lately:

“…it’s clear that GM has delivered a vehicle that finishes ahead of the competition in terms of powertrain refinement, ride quality and interior style. When the cruze heads into production, Chevy will have the best compact for mainstream buyers.” – Automobile Magazine

“it performs like a car that other automakers in this class should be benchmarking.”  – Cars.com

2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and Corvette Ownership Experience

2011 Corvette ZR1

The new 2011 ZR1 Corvette from Chevrolet

Only 500 cars being produced. Available in either Inferno Orange Metallic or Supersonic Blue with suede interior and body color stitching. 19″ front/ 20″ rear black 20 spoke wheels, black mirrors and headlamps, body color door handles, CFZ carbon fiber body pieces plus black front splitter, black rockers, raised hood, full width body color ZR1 style rear spoiler

Z06 performance package includes:

  • Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brakes
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control
  • Michelin PS2 Tires

Corvette Ownership Experience

No other luxury sport nameplate offers many different means available to customers to personalize and memorialize their ownership experience.

  • Corvette engine build experience for Z06 and ZR1 customers – opportunity to be part of hand-built production of the actual LS7 or LS9 engine that will go into the customers vehicle.
  • Corvette buyer tour is the opportunity for customers to walk the Bowling Green production line as their Corvette is assembled.
  • Corvette museum delivery is the only national museum dedicated to Corvette in which customers may accept delivery of their new car
  • Corvette ZR1 Driving School has paid tuition for customers purchasing the ZR1 models. Schools are located at Bondurant (Phonix, AZ) and Ron Fellow’s School (Parump, NV)
  • Corvette Owner Corrals at ALMS Races – The opportunity for Corvette owners to get “up close and personal” with all the Corvette racing action.

2011 Camaro Convertible scheduled to start production this month

Bluetooth now available on all new Camaro models. the 1LS model includes redundant steering wheel controls. Also available as part of the convenience and connectivity package (1LT and ISS) remote start on automatic transmissions, and rear park assist on 1SS Coupe models.

2011 Safest Luxury Cars – Cadillac CTS

In a study released this month, Consumer Reports found that 65 percent of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57 percent of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy — we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.

Chevy Cruze makes the list of top 5 safest cars

Top Five Safest Cars for 2011
Forbes: Hannah Elliot – January 21, 2010

BMW 5-Series

Segment: Large Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $45,050

 

 

Chevrolet Cruze

Segment: Small Sedan

MSRP: $16,275

 

 

Lincoln MKS

Segment: Large Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $41,500

 

 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Segment: Mid-size Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $33,990

 

 

Subaru Legacy

Segment: Mid-size Sedan

MSRP: $19,995

Behind the Numbers
To compile our list of the safest cars this year, we started with all vehicles chosen by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety as “Top Safety Picks” for 2011. We then excluded all crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks in order to limit our list to cars. Then we extracted any model that did not receive perfect scores of “good” in all front-, side-, rear-crash and rollover tests, or any that lacked electronic stability control, which IIHS says significantly reduces crash risk. The cars still standing after all of that are our winners.
Front evaluations involve a 40-mph frontal offset crash and subsequent slow-motion film analysis to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the crash. Side evaluations are based on crashes where the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. In the roof strength test a metal plate is pushed against the roof at a rate of 0.2 inches per second. To earn a top rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush.

Rear tests use a dummy that measures neck pressure; the test simulates a collision where a stationary vehicle is struck from behind at 20 mph.

The severity of the tests (IIHS tests are more severe than those administered by the government’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has pressured automakers to improve crash scores as well. When IIHS released its first roof crush results in March 2009, only one-third of the SUVs tested had roofs that earned a “good” rating; these days, the majority of SUVs earn top roof strength ratings. Likewise, many cars failed IIHS side tests in 2003; now more than 90 percent of 2011 model cars, 94 percent of SUVs and 56 percent of pickups now have standard head and torso side airbags, all of which enable them to pass the test more easily.

In a study released this month, Consumer Reports found that 65 percent of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57 percent of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy — we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.