Back to School Driving Tips

school driving tips

Between rainy weather, falling leaves, and shorter days, driving to school in the early morning can be difficult. Whether you’re a parent with a car full of elementary school kids or you’re a teenager driving yourself to school for the first time, we have some back to school driving tips to help you get there safely.

There are all kinds of hazards to keep track of when driving to school. One thing you have to watch out for is young pedestrians and bicyclists. Especially in low light, it’s important to drive slowly, obey speed limits in school zones, and be watchful for children crossing the street or biking ahead of you. If a car in front of you has stopped to let pedestrians pass, don’t go around them.

It’s also important to reduce the number of distractions in your car. Have the radio turned off or keep the volume low; put your phone away until you’ve parked; and don’t eat while driving. Wake up early enough to get ready and eat breakfast before you leave, with plenty of time to get to school. Rushing will make you drive faster and more recklessly.

Finally, if you’re dropping your kids off, there are some drop-off lane rules to observe. Setting up a carpooling schedule with other parents is a great way to reduce the number of vehicles in line, making things safer and faster for everyone. Don’t double park, as it hinders visibility for pedestrians and other drivers, and always drop kids off right in front of the school, not across the street.

To make sure your car is ready to handle the demands of driving in fall, schedule a maintenance check at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.

New 2015 Chevy Safety Features Earn Four Top Safety Pick Awards

2015 Chevy Spark - 2015 Chevy safety features
2015 Chevy Spark – 2015 Chevy safety features earn top marks

Chevy has done it again – this year it won four Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2015 Spark, Volt, Malibu, and Equinox were all awarded the prestigious title for their innovative safe design and new features.  Here at Gjovik Auto ,we were glad to hear about the success of the new 2015 Chevy safety features.

2015 Chevy Safety Features: New Standards for  Safe Driving

2015 Chevy Malibu - 2015 Chevy safety features earn the car Top Safety Pick honor
2015 Chevy Malibu – 2015 Chevy safety features earn the car Top Safety Pick honor

According to Chevy, the industry has nearly doubled the number of awards from last year, meaning the entire market has introduced some innovative new features. In particular, Chevy has made forward collision alert, blind-spot warning, and new engineering techniques the new standards for safe driving.

“Receiving this recognition from IIHS for the 2015 Spark, Volt, Malibu and Equinox is great news for Chevrolet and even greater news for our customers,” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossover Marketing.

2015 Chevy Equinox
2015 Chevy Equinox

As one of the world’s largest car brands, it’s refreshing to know that Chevy isn’t just focused on performance and fuel economy, but safety as well. You can rest assured when buying a Chevy, thanks to the new award-winning features.

Visit Gjovik Auto today to test drive any of these fine Chevy vehicles!

Winter Driving Tips for Sandwich, IL Roads

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Tip #1: Stay home

Driving in wintery, freezing, wet, and slick conditions can not only be stressful, but downright terrifying.  Before you hit the road this winter season, avoid stress by making sure you are prepared for anything. Here, we’ve provided a few winter driving tips that will help you (and your car) to safely navigate hazardous road conditions.

  1. Stay home. If and when you have the luxurious option of staying off the roads altogether, that’s your best bet. Cozy up with your favorite little beings, a good book or movie, get the fireplace roaring, and stay put. Twist your arm, right?

Ok, ok. So you just have to get where you’re going.

  1. Make sure you have good—no, great—tires. A set of good snow tires is the single most important factor on snowy roads (besides your expert control of the vehicle, of course). In rural areas, we suggest snow tires, while in the city (where roads are usually cleared), you can probably get away with all-season tires. Your tires help your car to grip the road and reduce slipping and sliding, so don’t skimp.
  2. Don’t skimp. That brings us to our next point. When purchasing winter tires, buy all four. Snow tires installed on just the front wheels of a front-wheel-drive car can make it prone to spinning out in the snow, and snow tires on only the rear wheels of a rear-wheel-drive car can make the car especially difficult to turn.
  3. Another Winter Driving Tips: The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox comes equipped with ESC and all-wheel drive@
    The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox comes equipped with ESC and all-wheel drive!

    ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is as important as airbags. ESC stabilizes your car in the event you lose control. Don’t get behind the wheel in slick or hazardous conditions unless you have it. All cars manufactured after 2012 are required to have it, and for good reason.

  4. AWD is helpful. AWD is designed to help you get going and keep moving in deep snow, and also helps you to turn when roads are slippery. Keep in mind that AWD isn’t a miracle worker, and only offers a fraction of the performance that winter tires do. AWD is well-worth having, but drivers should be aware of its limitations.
  5. Go slow. Take it easy out there. Being late is almost universally acceptable when it’s your safety versus punctuality. In the event you absolutely cannot be late, leave early. Don’t follow too closely, assume roads are slick, and pull over if you need to.

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If you need a reliable car to help you get through tough the winter months, stop by Gjovik Auto today!

General Motors Emphasizes Its Commitment to Customer Safety

Customer SafetySafety is and always has been a top priority for General Motors and for us here at Gjovik Auto, whose customers are our family, friends, and neighbors. We are pleased to tell you that GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, recently appointed Jeff Boyer as the new Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately.

Though the position is a new one, Boyer’s long-standing reputation is not. For almost 40 years Boyer has worked in various engineering, safety, and process leadership positions within the company.

“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” Barra stated in a press release.

“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers in the vehicles they drive,” said Boyer. “Today’s GM is committed to this, and I’m ready to take on this assignment.”

We sure like this guy all right.

NHTSA Awards 2014 Buick LaCrosse Five-Star Safety Rating

NHTSA Awards 2014 Buick LaCrosse Five-Star Safety Rating

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has earned an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This rating includes both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions. The LaCrosse earned five-star ratings for both front and side-impact crashes and a four-star rating in the rollover tests, which gave it an overall five-star rating.

Buick incorporated a wide range of safety features into the LaCrosse. In addition to a strong frame, these include Forward Collision Alert technology and Adaptive Cruise Control. Forward Collision Alert uses both audio and visual warnings to alert you when you are too close to the car in front of you.

Also keeping you safe are the available Side Blind Zone Alert and Change Alert. These technologies use radar to let you know when a car is in your blind spot so you don’t change lanes and cause an accident. An available rear camera uses Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help you park with confidence.

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is available now at Gjovik Auto. Come see how luxury and safety combine to create the perfect sedan for you.

National Teen Driver Safety Week: Gjovik’s Tips

In case you hadn’t heard, this week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. That means it’s time to go over the rules of the road with your teen, in order to make sure he or she is aware of safe driving practices and the dos and don’ts of manning a vehicle. If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t panic. Gjovik Auto has the basics covered, so you can use our handy guide as a starting point in opening a dialogue with your teen driver.

  • Consider a parent-teen driving contract. Go over your expectations about important things, such as refraining from texting or using a mobile phone while driving, or wearing a seatbelt at all times. As you go over the contract, you and your teen should sign each section, and review it frequently as your teen becomes a more experienced driver.
  • See if your car’s manufacturer offers in-car monitoring. All GM vehicles that offer OnStar come with a service called Family Link. For $3.99 per month, you can check on your car’s location using the Vehicle Locate feature. This allows you to keep tabs on where your teen is driving. You’ll need an OnStar subscription if you want to take advantage of Family Link.
  • Buy your teen a car that comes with excellent safety ratings. Check the IIHS and websites to see how your car rates, or to research a new or used car before purchasing.

Remember that you are the best influence on your teen’s driving habits, so taking the time to have an adult discussion about the realities of being  a driver can help shape your teen into a safe, responsible driver. Let’s make National Teen Driver Safety Week the starting point for these conversations, and keep them going throughout the year!

National Teen Driver Safety Week
Use National Teen Driver Safety Week at a starting point for a discussion with your teen.

Sierra and Silverado: Pickup Trucks with Five-Star Safety Ratings

Cars and minivans typically come equipped with a plethora of safety features designed to keep your family snug and secure. But we often assume trucks are built with one purpose: to get you and all your equipment to work, whether you work on a horse farm, in construction, or mowing grass. Certain trucks, though, are designed with your entire family in mind, providing the very best safety features available. The 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are the first pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since the organization changed its testing program back in 2010/2011.

Pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings
2014 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado and Sierra are both built using high-tensile steel, and offer fully boxed frames. As two incredible pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings, they offer features like Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, and Forward Collision Warning. Other safety features include a rear vision camera, seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and trailer-sway control. And for the safety of you and your passengers, both trucks some with six standard airbags.

If you require the very best safety features around, and long to own a full-size pickup, there are only two choices for you. You can find both the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra at Gjovik Auto, so stop by and see them for yourself!

#Heatstroke is No Joke: GM Donates $200,000 to Heatstroke Awareness

Heatstroke awareness
GM is dedicated to raising heatstroke awareness.

If you’re a sensible human being, you probably know that leaving a child or pet in your car on a scorching summer day is a no-no. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 children have lost their lives on average every year since 1998 after being left unattended in a hot vehicle. With temperatures inside a car much higher than outside, leaving your kid—two- or four-legged—in your vehicle when it’s hot out can become deadly in a matter of minutes.

Just how deadly is pretty clear. On a nice, comfortable, 75-degree day, your car can reach 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Imagine how much worse that gets as the outside temperature rises. As we move through the summer months, organizations across the country are attempting to raise heatstroke awareness in order to save lives and really make people think. To help with this effort, GM is donating $200,000 to Safe Kids Worldwide to support the Never Leave Your Child in a Car campaign.

With GM’s donation and cooperation, Safe Kids Worldwide was able to spread its message across social media channels on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31st. GM fans were encouraged to use the hashtag #heatstroke to help keep the conversation going. And even though National Heatstroke Prevention Day is over, Gjovik Auto encourages its readers to spread the word, either online or in person. Let’s aim for a 2014 where no such preventable deaths occur.