What is the Difference Between Active and Passive Safety Features?

2019 Chevrolet Safety Features Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Today’s vehicles are packed with enhanced technology to keep you safe, offering extra layers of protection during your daily Clarkston commute. When comparing the differences between active vs. passive safety features, the biggest difference is when these unique systems come into play. In general, active safety features work to prevent accidents, while passive safety features activate during a collision to protect the driver and passengers.

Active Safety Features

Examples of active safety features include any systems that continuously work to keep your car stable and in control on the road. These features are active because they are always on, and alert you to potential danger without your having to activate them. The Chevrolet lineup includes a wide array of innovative active safety technology that works together to provide you with an extra set of eyes as you drive. You can find these systems actively working in the:

  • Brakes – with Front Pedestrian Braking and Forward Automatic Braking, your Chevrolet will detect possible incoming collisions, and automatically apply the brakes before impact
  • Cameras – see everything around you thanks to your high-definition Surround Vision camera and rear vision and mirror cameras
  • Alerts – never fall victim to a blind spot again with assists from Rear Cross Traffic Alerts, Lane Departure Warnings, Side Blind Zone Alert, and many more

Passive Safety Features

Should the unexpected happen, passive safety features come to the rescue by protecting you and your loved ones during an accident. These features are passive because they are only activated once a collision occurs. The best example of a passive safety feature is your airbag system, which triggers upon impact. Similarly, your seatbelts and the overall construction of your car play a role in keeping all passengers safe during a crash, minimizing the overall impact.

Stay Safe in a New Chevrolet

From the Malibu to the Traverse, the entire Chevrolet lineup was designed to keep everyone on the road safe and protected. If you’re shopping for a safe, reliable vehicle, visit Bowman Chevrolet today to experience all the active and passive safety features that will give you extra peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel. Contact us to get started!

Strange Car Noises

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If you’re used to the peace and quiet of your morning commute, then strange car noises are an alarming development. And while car grinding and squealing noises might send you into a panic, it’s important to take a moment to listen closely. These strange car noises can be a huge clue while diagnosing problems under the hood. From frayed belts to worn brakes to tire troubles, we’ve assembled a brief guide to point you in the right direction.

Squeaks and Squeals

Notice a high-pitched sound coming from the vehicle? These squeaks and squeals can indicate several problems, so pay attention to when you notice the noise.

  • Belts: If you hear a squeal when you shut down the engine, then your belt may be damaged. You might need a replacement or just a simple readjustment.
  • Brakes: Squealing brakes indicate overly worn brake pads. Be sure to stick to your scheduled maintenance to ensure that your brakes stay in top condition.
  • Bearings: If you hear a whining sound during corners, your wheel bearings may need some work. A fresh set can bring the life back into your vehicle.

Car Grinding and Rumbles

A high-pitched squeal is hard to miss, but sometimes strange car noises are a bit more subtle. See if any of these noises sound familiar!

  • Exhaust and Muffler: Notice a rumble toward the back of the car? This is often an issue with your exhaust system, but it could be the catalytic converter. Best to schedule an appointment to get your car on a hoist immediately!
  • Suspension System: If your car lets out a clunk when you hit a speed bump, it’s time to get that suspension system in line. It might be an issue with the shock absorbers.
  • Tires and Wheels: A rhythmic ticking might mean your tires and wheels need some work. The issue could be anything from low air pressure to an unbalanced set.

Schedule Your Service Today!

If you’re fed up with strange car noises, then schedule your service with Bowman Chevy today. We’re located in Clarkston, near Detroit and Waterford, and we’d be happy to bring your car back to peak performance. Still have questions? Contact us online at any time!

Why Choose Chevy Certified Service at Bowman Chevy?

Chevy Service Technician Measuring Tire Tread DepthWhen your car needs a repair or routine maintenance, how do you decide where to go? Choosing Chevy Certified Service is one way to take all the headaches out of the process. With highly-trained professionals, Genuine GM parts, and value-oriented pricing, you’re assured that your car is getting the highest quality of care.

Professional, Factory-Trained Technicians

Our Chevy Certified Service team members are absolute experts on your Chevrolet vehicle. Consistent training keeps them abreast of all the most current information and technology advances, so they’re ready to face every challenge. From routine maintenance like oil changes and tire repairs, to collision bodywork and catastrophic engine problems, our service professionals are ready to diagnose and fix your car.

Value-Oriented Pricing

People often decide to go to the auto shop down the street because they think they’re going to get a better deal. You might be surprised to find out that Chevy Certified Service offers Everyday Value Pricing on many of the most common needs, including tires, brakes, oil changes, batteries, and more. So with the Certified Service team, you’re getting dependable, guaranteed service for competitive prices.

Local and Convenient

Because Chevy Certified Service centers are conveniently located at your local dealership, they’re easy to get to and stocked with Genuine GM parts manufactured specifically for your Chevy. Our technicians understand your vehicle, and as you build a service history with us, we’ll have records of your car’s history down to every last detail.

Online Resources

All the information you need about your vehicle is kept in the Chevrolet Owner Center online – owner’s manuals, warranty information, current recalls, how-to videos, and so much more. Tools for finding tires for your vehicle and auto maintenance frequently-asked-questions are easily accessed, so you’ll never be left in the dark about your car.

Bowman Chevy’s Top-Notch Service Team

Your Chevy Certified Service department at Bowman Chevy is ready to make your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs easy and stress-free. Our service team is the best of the best, with all the latest training and a high level of communication skills. If you’re located in Waterford, Lake Orion, or Oakland County, it’s easy to get to our Clarkston location. Stop in and take a look around our huge inventory while you’re there. We can always help with financing questions, too. Make a date with Bowman Chevy’s Certified Service. Contact us today!

Fear of Night Driving? 2014 Chevrolet Impala Can Help

DETROIT – With Daylight Saving Time ending, many people will drive in the dark more often. For those uneasy with night driving, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala can help brighten the task.

ChevroletImpalaHeadlamps041-mediumThe enhanced visibility provided by Impala’s headlamps can help drivers avoid crashes after dark, the riskiest time of day. According to a study cited by the Federal Highway Administration, the risk of a fatality at night among drivers not impaired by alcohol is more than two times higher than in daytime due to less visibility.

According to a 2009 study conducted by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps like those on the new Impala can help drivers see objects in the road sooner than other types of headlamps, allowing for greater stopping distance.

Impala’s new headlamps are a key to one of the most comprehensive collections of standard and available safety features in the segment. Impala received the highest possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

All 2014 Impala models are equipped with projector beam headlamp technology, a first for the redesigned flagship sedan. The LS and LT models use halogen projectors, while the up-level LTZ uses HID bi-functional xenon projectors that offer crisper and brighter illumination.

Both types of projector distribute light evenly across the front of the car, providing a wider range of visibility than other headlamps. Impala’s new headlamps use curved reflectors and “prescription” lenses designed to project brighter light farther and with more directional accuracy. They also feature a light shield designed to reduce glare for oncoming traffic.

“Safety and customer satisfaction drove design and development of Impala’s new headlamps,” said Todd Pawlik, Impala chief engineer. “We benchmarked them against the best in the industry.”

Impala’s low-profile black-and-chrome headlamps highlight the new model’s exterior, giving it a slightly sinister appearance. Impala’s designers were able to narrow the headlamp opening by eliminating the reflector-optic cavity in favor of a smaller lamp with bi-functional high/low-beam operation controlled in the projector by the light shield.

The all new 2014 Chevrolet Impala set to make a statement at New

Extra chrome trim with metallized Chevrolet “bowtie” accents over the side marker reflector stretch horizontally to the corner of the car, emphasizing the sleek appearance of the lamp and the width of the car.

To further enhance the appearance, the headlamp designers placed an inner lens over the turn-signal cavity, helping to obscure the bulb while dispersing its light, giving a dramatic “fire-in-the-hole” appearance when lit.

The LTZ model accents the HID bulb with a light-emitting diode, or LED, halo ring designed to give an expensive appearance while functioning as a parking lamp. The model’s LED daytime running lamps improve visibility at any time of day.

“Impala’s new-look headlamps required a significant amount of attention to detail,” said Steve McCabe, lead creative designer for Impala. “As a result they help give the car a premium appearance.”

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About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.