Car Seats: Safe Kids recommends keeping kids in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, as it is the safest way for children to travel. Children more than two years old can sit in forward-facing car seats or in rear-facing convertible seats as long as the child hasn’t reached the maximum car seat weight or height. Many forward-facing seats can help protect kids from 50 to 85 pounds. Booster seats protect kids up to 100 pounds. Always make sure the car seat is properly secured according to manufacturers’ instructions.
Airbags: Remember that children who are up against or very close to any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front seat. It is also better to put a forward-facing child restraint in the rear seat as well. Check the owner’s manual to see where the airbags are located in your vehicle.
Safety Belts: For children who outgrow their booster seats, proper safety belt technique is critical. Show your child how to properly put on and take off a safety belt on their own. Make sure they know that the shoulder belt should always be worn in front of their chest, centered on the shoulder, and the lap belt should be low on the hips, contacting the thighs, not the stomach. Take Safe Kids’ safety belt fit test, to be sure your child is ready to advance to the safety belt.
Educate about OnStar: If your vehicle has OnStar, you should make sure your young passengers are educated about its capabilities. In the event of a moderate-to-severe crash, OnStar will automatically connect to a trained advisor who will ask if everyone’s OK and can send emergency help to the location of the vehicle. It’s important that children know they can trust this OnStar voice and that they should answer any questions the advisor may ask and follow directions given.
It’s also crucial for kids to understand how to use OnStar in a non-crash-related emergency. Inform them that the red emergency button on the rearview mirror is just like dialing 9-1-1. If the driver is in trouble and cannot press the button for some reason, kids should know that this is a fast and easy way to call for help. However, you should tell them to never play with the buttons.
Sitting Properly: You can teach your child how to sit properly in a seat to help avoid injury:
Sit with shoulders against the back of the seat.
Position the head rest to protect the head.
Keep your head away from the door panel or window as that could cause injury.
Keep your legs in front of you, not to the side.
Stow all belongings so they do not injure passengers in a crash.
Car Keys: Never leave children alone in a vehicle with the car keys. Children could operate the power windows or other vehicle controls that can be dangerous. Children can be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing window. Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children and never leave a child alone in a vehicle. Lock all doors after leaving an empty vehicle.
Safe Kids Worldwide and OnStar offer vehicle emergency preparation tips for parents
San Diego, 6-18-2012 – When it comes to preparing San Diego children for emergencies, high-profile situations like fires and medical emergencies around the home are top of mind for many parents. However, for emergencies in the car, young children often do not know what to do.
A recent study by OnStar and Kelton Research found that less than half of parents are sure that their children would know at least one measure to take in the event of a car crash (46 percent) or a medical emergency in or around a vehicle (47 percent). Comparatively, 72 percent of parents expect their kids would know what to do if there was a fire in the home.
“Parents know how important it is to teach kids about safety in the home, but think how much time kids spend in cars. A few simple precautions can make a big difference,” said Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.
In addition to a number of educational programs that Safe Kids Coalitions offer around the country, OnStar and Safe Kids are providing parents some tips to help prepare children for an emergency that might take place in or around the vehicle.
GM Foundation has supported Safe Kids for the past 16 years, beginning with the Safe Kids Buckle Up program.
Safe Kids conducts programs for kids and families around the country and in San Diego that teach safety messages, including how to use OnStar, common vehicle myths, tips and more. A Cub Scout program is geared for kids ages 7-10; the Safest Generation program is tailored for kids ages 11-12 and the Countdown2Drive programs reaches older kids and young teens. Visit www.safekids.org to find a program near you.
Four cylinders deactivate to save fuel during light-load driving
San Diego, 8-15-2012 – Full-size pickups are unique, both in the jobs their owners ask of them and in how long San Diego drivers expect them to last. So for the Chevrolet Silverado and other full-size trucks, General Motors improves the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.
More than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul. Some truly put their trucks to the test, moving large trailers over long distances, such as in the blistering heat of west Texas and the biting cold of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. These customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last.
Fact: More than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road.
“The Silverado has a reputation of being the most-dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup truck on the market,” said Rick Flores general sales manager of City Chevrolet. “No competitor can match the V-8 engines under the hood. They’ve been developed, tested and refined over 57 years and more than 100 million engines.”
Rather than adding turbochargers or multi-valve cylinder heads to increase the power of smaller engines, Chevrolet engineers chose to keep the proven capability of the larger V-8 truck engines, and save fuel by switching off half of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.
A combination of simple hydraulic valves and sophisticated software switch off the cylinders when the driver doesn’t need full power. When more power is needed, the system, called Active Fuel Management, seamlessly reengages the additional cylinders.
With recent increases in computing power, Chevrolet has combined sophisticated digital design, powerful control strategies, and simple, robust mechanical systems to bring real benefits with no added cost to San Diego area customers.
By giving customers V-8 power and capability when they need it, with enhanced fuel efficiency when they don’t, Silverado offers the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any V-8 pickup. In fact, the Silverado’s 5.3-liter V-8 delivers EPA fuel economy estimates comparable to some competitors’ V-6 engines.
The mainstream 2013 Silverado 1500 4WD with the available 5.3-liter V-8 has an EPA highway estimate of 21 mpg, matching the estimates for a leading competitor’s 4WD model with a more complex, less-proven boosted V-6.
For San Diego area customers looking for even better fuel economy, the 2013 Silverado XFE model with the 5.3-liter V-8 has an EPA highway estimate of 22 mpg, retaining all the capability and dependability of other Chevy V-8s.
For millions of people who depend on their trucks and expect them to last, General Motor’s V-8 engines with Active Fuel Management are an excellent solution.
Since 2004, approximately 4.6 million of these V-8 engines have employed Active Fuel Management
Before purchasing a new car, it’s important to consider your desires, your needs, and your finances. Chevrolet offers a number of vehicles that appeal to a wide range of tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. Before you take a trip to our local Chevrolet dealership in San Diego, consider visiting the following websites to learn more about what Chevy has to offer you. Plus, get great tips on shopping for a new car.
Believe it or not, the cost of driving a used car isn’t always cheaper than driving a new one. Find out whether you would be financially better off with a new Chevy or a used one by checking out the New vs. Used Car Calculator by AOL Autos.
The first thing to look at before even considering a new Chevrolet is whether or not you can afford one. Though there are several Chevrolet models that are more affordable than the vast majority of new cars on the road, it’s good to look at your finances to make sure that a new car would be a feasible investment. If you do a little bit of online research on your local Chevrolet dealership’s website, you can get an idea of how much it would cost to finance a new Chevrolet and whether you can afford it.
Condition of Previous Car
If your current car is giving you lots of problems or costing you a bundle in repair and maintenance costs, it might be time to invest in a reliable new Chevrolet. You might even be able to save money if you replace your current car with a new Chevrolet—new Chevys are extremely efficient and likely won’t need any major repairs for a long time if they’re maintained well. Also consider the value of your current car; this can help reduce the overall cost of purchasing a new Chevy.
Potential Fuel Economy Gain
In recent years, Chevrolet engineers have increased their emphasis on fuel efficiency. There’s a good chance that after you upgrade to a new Chevrolet from your current car, you will be able to save lots of money on fuel costs each year. There are currently six new Chevrolets that earn over 36 mpg on the highway. Visit a Chevrolet dealership to find out how much money you can save on fuel every year with a new Chevy.
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