Driving Tips for Back to School Safety

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With a new school year come new responsibilities. Not just for the students, but for the parents and guardians who keep them safe. Here are four driving tips to keep in mind now for back to school safety:

  1. Keep your distance. Bus drivers have a stressful job, and you can make it easier on them by staying a safe distance behind the bus at all times and yielding when they need to merge. Teach your children to respect the bus as well, and show them how to walk in front of (and never behind of) a school bus.
  2.  Pay attention to the zone. Make sure you are aware of the posted school zone speed limits, which typically range between 15 and 25 mph. If you accelerate too much, you will move from the school zone to the danger zone!
  3. Walk smart. Even if you or your kids aren’t driving to school, pedestrians need to be aware of vehicles and learn the risks of jaywalking.
  4. Buckle that belt. One of the most important things any driver or passenger can do is buckle their seat belt. It’s not just the law; it’s a lifesaver.

These are just four things to keep in mind as kids start heading back to school. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we wish all students a safe and fun school year!

Keep Your Corvette Safe with Valet Mode

Keep Your Corvette Safe with Valet Mode

Keep Your Corvette Safe with Valet Mode

When you first purchase a car, especially a car as beautiful as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, it can be difficult not to worry about it when it’s out of sight. To help make new Corvette owners more comfortable with leaving their car in the hands of other people, Chevrolet is introducing the new Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.

“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product manager. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

With this new system, which is industry-exclusive, drivers will be able to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system, and record video, audio, and vehicle data whenever Valet Mode is active. All you need is a unique four-digit code! The entry code simultaneously locks the storage bins, glove box, and disables the radio and infotainment system.

The Performance Data Record (PDR), which was created originally for use on the racetrack, uses a 720p, high definition camera, a dedicated microphone, a self-contained telemetry recorder, and an SD-car slot in the glove box to record. With this system, drivers can keep an eye on their baby, even if they’re not within sight.

All 2015 Corvette models will be available with Valet Mode. For more information on the release and specs of this superb sports car, stop in or contact Wiesner of Huntsville today!

New Standard Feature on Chevy SS Sedan Makes Parallel Parking a Breeze

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Was parallel parking the worst part of your driving test, the part that almost prevented you from driving home with your new license? If so, we at Wiesner of Huntsville think you’ll be glad to know that with the Chevy SS Sedan, your days of parallel parking are over. The vehicle now comes standard with Automatic Parking Assist, which means you’ll be able to take your hands off the wheel and allow your Chevy to do the parking for you.

Not only can the Automatic Parking Assist feature parallel park for you, it can also bay park your vehicle as well. All you have to do is put the car in reverse and control the gas and brake pedals, following the instructions from the Driver Information Center.

“Technologies that provide help in parking and even vehicles that can park themselves started, as most technologies do, on luxury cars but they have proliferated to more mainstream vehicles,” said Michelle Krebs, AutoTrader.com senior analyst. “They have broad appeal from newly licensed young drivers to older drivers and are also are attractive to people who live in increasingly congested urban areas.”

Basically, what she’s saying is you weren’t the only one who struggled through the parallel parking section of the driver’s test.

2015 Cadillac ATS Offers New Powermat Wireless Charger

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How many times have you been distracted while driving trying to plug your phone in to charge? You don’t have to answer that question out loud. We at Wiesner of Huntsville aren’t sure we want to know. We want our customers to drive safely, but we also understand there are times when you can’t help but take your eyes off the road. That’s why we’re so excited about the innovative technologies Cadillac is offering to decrease distracted driving, including the new Powermat wireless charger.

The Powermat charger is a rubberized pad that uses an electromagnetic field to charge your smartphone. All you have to do is rest your phone on the pad for it to begin charging. No untangling of cords necessary. Plus, you can still take advantage of Cadillac’s in-vehicle Bluetooth and other connected technologies.

“A recent survey from IHS revealed that 70 percent of consumers charge their mobile phone at least once per day, with 30 percent charging more than once,” said Ryan Sanderson, associate director of Power Supply & Storage Components for IHS Technology.

“This is driving demand for charging access in multiple locations throughout the day, something wireless charging can address in a more convenient way than the consumer having to carry one or more wired chargers around with them on a daily basis.”

The wireless charging pad will first become available in the 2015 ATS coupe and sedan, set to arrive this season. Later, the technology will be offered in the CTS sport sedan and the all-new Escalade.

It’s time to say hello to the new 2015 ATS with wireless charging and goodbye to those corded car chargers.