Archives for Driver Safety

Let’s discuss tires! Winter vs. All-Season

The difference in winter tires starts with the rubber compound, which remains flexible during cold weather rather than hard like all-seasons. Deep grooves (1) in the unidirectional tread blocks (2)clear snow and slush efficiently; small cuts, called sipes (3), grip tiny variations in slick surfaces.

All-seasons wear longer because of harder rubber compounds. Drainage channels (1) limit hydroplaning; fewer grooves (2) mean better dry-surface grip. Bidirectional tread (3) allows tires to be rotated to both sides of the car.

 

 

Braking

“I’ll be fine, I have all-wheel drive.” It’s called all-wheel drive instead of all-wheel stop for a reason. On all-seasons, the AWD car stopped in the longest distance. On snow tires, both cars came to a halt about a car length sooner—often the difference between a close call and a call to your insurance company. So long story short, Winter Tires will drastically improve your braking distance.

 

Acceleration

The difference between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires in terms acceleration time is not that great.


Cornering

This is a very important part of the test, this will allow you to go around an obstacle and back on track safely. Luckily, this is the best result for winter tires, make sure you are riding on winter tires if you often drive on curvy roads, or at higher speeds.

 

Uphill acceleration

Going uphill on snow or ice can be quite difficult. Especially if your car is heavy and if you’re towing a trailer or anything. On this particular test, having All-Wheel-Drive is the best thing you can do for yourself, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that winter/snow tires do help quite a lot.

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Getting Ready for a Road Trip

Iowa is nice, but eventually, most drivers feel the need to wander a bit. Whether that means just driving over to Iowa City, going as far as Chicago, or even to one (or both) of the coasts, just driving somewhere new and seeing more of the country can do wonders for your mood — that’s the case with me, anyway. Plus, it’s just nice to get out of your bubble. In any case, though, before you undertake such an expedition, you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared, and I’ve put together a few tips to help you out with that.

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Driving Through Fresh Snow

Shortly after I had moved out of my parents’ house, I found myself in a situation that was not exactly enviable: I had to drive across the state early on Christmas morning to see everyone to whom I had promised an appearance. This was about a one-hundred mile journey, and, by my figuring at the time — which was correct — I would have to leave my apartment at about five in the morning to make time for everyone and still be home around midnight; my independence at the time was fresh and I was committed to not staying with my parents for a night if I could manage to avoid it.

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Driving on the Ice

As a child, I lived near a lake, and one of the most vivid memories of my childhood is going to the shores during wintertime. The lake was frozen and it was snowing, but through the haze I saw something that I’ve never seen since: a beat-up old car doing donuts on the surface of the ice. It didn’t strike me as particularly wise back then, and it wasn’t long after that realized that it was just plain stupid. Is peoples’ knowledge of driving in winter so poor that they don’t know that they shouldn’t drive on a lake?

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Child Safety Tips for Booster Seats and Safety Belts

Most vehicle systems, like seat belts and airbags, are engineered specifically for adult sized persons. These systems are not designed to accommodate children, so other steps must be taken to keep your child or infant safe in the car. Safety is extremely important to Iowa Chevy Dealers, and Pat McGrath Chevyland is proud to sell some of the safest vehicles on the market. Vehicles like the Chevy Malibu, Equinox, and Cruze have all been chosen as Top Safety Picks for 2012 by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In spite of their safe rating, parents are still expected to know how to properly secure their children inside of a vehicle. The following tips will help in keeping your child safe in case of an accident.

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Helpful Tips for Safer Teen Driving

No matter what your automotive needs might be, here at Pat McGrath Chevyland we’ve got you covered. Visit our superior Chevrolet dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and we’ll make sure to give you the first-class customer service you deserve. We’re confident that you’ll find the right vehicle for you in our vast new and used car inventory — especially if you’re a young driver looking for your first car.

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Safety Tips to Help Prevent Accidents

The vehicles we sell at our Chevy dealership in Cedar Rapids, IA are loaded with the latest safety features, but there’s something even Chevy safety features can’t prevent: human error. The majority of crashes are due to human error and until cars start driving themselves, we all need to do better. Pat McGrath Chevyland wants all of our customers to be safe out on the road, so we’ve assembled a few tips to help you drive smarter.

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Safe Driving Tips from Pat McGrath Chevyland

Safety on the roads is the responsibility of all drivers. The fact is that the vast majority of accidents can be avoided if drivers would follow a few basic safety rules. At Pat McGrath Chevyland in Cedar Rapids IA, we are always concerned with the safety of our customers. While all the new Chevrolet vehicles we offer come with a host of innovative and advanced safety features, there is still no substitute for the safe driving practices of the person behind the wheel. What follows are a few important rules that will keep you and others safe on the road.

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Driver Safety Tips for Women from Pat McGrath Chevyland

Many women have legitimate concerns about driving alone. The rise in crimes such as carjacking and the threats posed by sexual predators, muggers, and police impersonators, make this a very real problem. At Pat McGrath Chevyland in Cedar Rapids IA, we would like to address some of these concerns, and offer some important safety tips for women.

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How to Winterize Your Car from Pat McGrath Chevyland

As your Marion-area used Chevy dealership, here at Pat McGrath Chevyland we’re proud to deliver spectacular selection and stellar customer service to Cedar Rapids and the surrounding community. As part of our commitment to serving you, we do everything we can to educate drivers on car care, including preparing your vehicle for the winter months. While the process isn’t as intensive as it used to be, there are some precautions you should take before the snow starts to fall.

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