Back to School Road Safety & Preparation Tips

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Can you believe that we’re heading into the final weeks of summer and kids will be heading back to school soon? With so many online articles and blogs sharing their tips for back to school road safety, we were inspired to share a collaboration of two articles written by the National Safety Council and Organized Home.

With everyone home from summer road-trips and heading to school drop-off zones, it’s more important than ever to pay attention in school zones and share the road with other drivers. Did you know that more children are hit by cars in school zones than at any other location?* The National Safety Council shares the following tips:

  • Avoid double parking; it blocks visibility for children & vehicles
  • Load and unload children in front of the school, not across the street
  • Carpool to reduce number of vehicles in school zones

Did you know that walking children between the ages of 4-7 are mostly likely to lose back-view-backpack-bag-207697.jpgtheir lives in bus-related incidents?* Not only is it important to take extra care in school zones, but also in neighborhoods surrounding local schools. With nice weather in Baltimore extending into November, it’s likely that many students will be walking to school versus taking the bus. The National Safety Council says:

  • Stop and yield to pedestrians walking across the street
  • Take extra care to look out for students and children in school zones, near playgrounds and in all residential areas
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • No matter who has the right of way, use extreme caution when driving around pedestrians and children

According to The National Safety Council, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to pick up and drop off students. It is important to stay alert when following a school bus and to leave a safe amount of space between your car and any school bus.

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Heading back to school can be a tough adjustment for not only kids, but the entire family. Gone are the days of sleeping in and making plans on the fly; the school year means meshing everyone’s schedules together and staying organized! Organized Home suggests making a calendar (on paper or online) that both parents and/or all members of the family can refer to throughout the week.

“Color-coding entries by family member helps keep busy lives straight.”

– Organized Home

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The weekends seem to fly by when the school year starts, often making Monday morning a chaotic scene for every family. Organized Home suggests making a game-plan the night before of what needs to be done the next day, laying out your children(s) clothes before bedtime (adding independence to their routine!) and scanning all backpacks for homework, projects or library books.

“Each evening, think ahead to the following morning; where can you lighten the load?”

– Organized Home

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Whether you’re heading into a new grade or off to college, our entire team at J.B.A. Chevrolet wishes you a fantastic school year ahead!

*National Safe Route to School Program

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
410-766-6300

Sources: Organized Home | National Safety Council 

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Raising the Bar with the First Ever 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offe

Chevrolet has officially raised the bar with the release of their all-new midsize SUV model – the 2019 Blazer. Considered to be the freshest crossover in the market, the Blazer has an attention-grabbing design, offerings seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and excellent functionality.

Falling between the popular Traverse and Equinox, the 2019 Blazer is a stylish utility vehicle that offers versatility with 5-passenger seating and 64.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space when the second row seats of folded.

Equipped with a standard 3.6L V6 engine on the RS and Premier models + available AWD, the Blazer will quickly become your perfect adventure vehicle. Each trim level of of this new crossover model has been designed to perfectly match the personality of its driver.

“The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks. Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.” – Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer

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Designed to keep each driver and passenger connected through intuitive controls and a suite of convenience features, the Blazer comes equipped with hitch guidance & view, electronic locking glove box, automatic heated steering wheel & seats, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, wireless charging and 6 available USB ports.

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The first-ever 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will arrive at U.S. dealerships throughout the year, with additional details on pricing to be released closer to this time.

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JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
410-766-6300

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | Chevrolet Website 

What We Love about the Chevrolet Traverse

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We recently read an article written by Jill Ciminillo, Automotive Editor at KLEW TV in Idaho, where she shared the 5 things she loves about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse which got us thinking: what do we love about the Traverse? More like: what don’t we love?

Whether you’re looking for the perfect vehicle to fit the entire family (and some friends) or you’ve been searching for a stylish SUV with cargo space to match, you’ll want to pay close attention to what we’re about to share!

SPACE ON SPACE ON SPACE 

For starters, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse was designed with a Best in Class Maximum Cargo Space of 98.2 cubic feet – which means you can really do it all! Whether you’re spending time with the family, grabbing groceries or completing home renovations, the Traverse is designed to provide you with optimal cargo space without compromising passenger seating. What’s better? The Chevrolet Traverse comes equipped with HIDDEN UNDERFLOOR REAR STORAGE space!

You’re probably wondering: How will I access all of these extra cargo space if my hands are full? Well, the Traverse has you covered! The Premier and High Country models of the Traverse come with hands-free gesture liftgate, which means all you need to do is lightly kick your foot under the tailgate. That’s it . . . that’s all!

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TWO’S COMPANY, THREE’S A CROWD (EXCEPT IN THE TRAVERSE)

The Chevrolet Traverse redefines what it means to drive a Family Vehicle. Not only is the Traverse sleek and stylish, but it also comes equipped with comfortable seating for up to 8 passengers! Smart Slide® second-row seating ensures that your passengers have easy access to the third-row – even if there is an empty car seat in the way. How cool is that?

SAFETY – 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, Safety by NHTSA 

Whether you’re driving the entire family or riding solo, the Chevrolet Traverse comes equipped with the safety features you want (and need) to keep all of your precious cargo safe. This smart SUV uses camera, ultrasonic sensors and radar to look out for potential hazards and assist in avoiding collisions before they happen.

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forward collision alert | front pedestrian braking | low speed forward automatic braking | lane keep assist with lane departure warning | forward automatic braking | rear vision camera | rear cross traffic alert | lane change with blind spot zone alert | rear park assist

TECHNOLOGY

No matter where you are or where you’re headed, the Chevrolet Traverse will keep you connected with those who matter and entertained for miles. Equipped with Chevrolet MyLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility + available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

PERFORMANCE THAT NEVER QUITS 

Each Traverse comes with a standard 3.6L V6 engine that allows for impressive power and performance when you need it most. Towing a boat? With a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs, the Traverse comes equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission to offer smooth shifting and impressive fuel economy on the road.

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Are you an owner of a Chevrolet Traverse? We want to hear from you! What do you love about this versatile SUV? Visit our website to take a closer look at our inventory.

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
410-766-6300

Sources: KLEW TV | Chevrolet | JBA Chevrolet 

2018 Chevrolet Equinox: The Car Seat Honor Roll

“Families will find a lot to like about Chevrolet’s redesigned-for-2018 compact SUV . . .  there’s still plenty of room for two car seats in its ample backseat, and exposed Latch anchors mean installation is a breeze.” – Cars.com

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What is Cars.com Car Seat Check? 

Editors from the Cars.com website are certified child safety seat installation technicians. For the Car Seat Check, editors used a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and Graco TurboBooster seat.

How did the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox do? 

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Why the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox?

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has been designed to meet your needs and your expectations; this versatile crossover is the complete package. The Equinox comes available with ten advanced safety technologies to help you detect and prevent potential hazards on the road.

Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Vision Camera, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Lane Change Alert are just some of the fantastic safety features you can look forward who when you’re in the drivers seat of the 2018 Equinox.

Partnered with the latest in on-the-road safety tech, the Chevrolet Equinox comes equipped with Intellibeam Headlamps, Safety Alert Seat, and Surround Vision to ensure that you and your precious cargo are always safe.

Click here to learn more about the great features found in the all-new Chevrolet Equinox.

Sources: Chevrolet | Cars.com 

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
410-766-6300