Archive for January, 2018

Most automakers now offer some combination of camera and sensor-driven features that not only warn drivers of an impending collision, but also take action to help avoid the collision. These modern technology features are a huge step on the road to self-driving cars, but until the day comes when you can sit back and read a newspaper while your vehicle does all the work, there is no substitute for driving defensively. Being aware of your surroundings at all times and anticipating what other drivers may do will help you reach your destination safely. The folks at the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships offer these tips to safe driving:

Don’t Drive While Impaired

This may seem obvious, but impaired driving is still a huge problem on the highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that more than 10,000 deaths a year on the road are attributed to impaired drivers. Although alcohol is a major culprit, it is not the only cause of accidents and deaths. Recreational and prescription drugs also cause impairment. With the availability of taxis and ride share companies that can be summoned with the touch of a smartphone, it’s best to be safe and not sorry. Catch a ride and stay alive.

Watch Your Speed

The NHTSA estimates that property damage due to drivers speeding is about $40 billion per year and is the cause of around a third of all fatal accidents. Driving 10 mph an hour above the limit in Las Vegas might save you a few minutes, but it also might cost you as traffic tickets are in the hundreds of dollars. Need to get to work on time? Leave a little bit earlier.

Throw Your Cell Phone in the Trunk

You have to text and drive? Really? People got along fine for thousands of years without cell phones. The dealerships in the Chapman Las Vegas group literally have hundreds of vehicles with the ability to provide communication via voice recognition. If you’re not ready for a new car, resist the urge to touch your phone until you can stop safely. Researchers say that a 20-year-old who is distracted by his or her phone has the same reaction time of a senior citizen. Distracted driving is a major problem. If you can’t resist the urge to answer your phone, throw it in the trunk until you get where you’re going.

Anticipate the Other Person’s Mistake

Defensive driving involves seeing the big picture and anticipating the other person’s mistake. If you know the lane to your right is about to end, make room for the driver to merge in front of you. After the light turns green, count to three to give any crossing traffic a chance to clear. Assume the other person is about to make a boneheaded move and your chances of getting home safely will greatly increase.

What was once reserved for items like the latest, greatest big-screen TV, the newest phone and most awesome sounding personal music device is turning into more of a car show this year. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), happening this week in Las Vegas, draws thousands of technophiles from around the world looking to see what’s the new big thing in electronics. This year, the new big things are very big, as they come in the form of the latest automobile technology. From self-driving cars to the best infotainment features, there will be about 300 car-related items at the show. If you can’t make it to the show, take heart as much of that technology will be showing up just down the street in the future on the lots at the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

“Alexa, Start My Car”

One of the most anticipated technology items in the CES is the introduction of both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant into the automotive world. People are just getting used to speaking into a box at home and asking to dim the lights or for a recipe for General Tso’s chicken. By incorporating both systems into vehicles, you can now start the car, program your navigation, and turn up the heat or air conditioning while you’re still in your bathrobe. Conversely, once you’re in the car you’ll have the ability to open the garage door, turn on the home lights and pre-heat the oven assuming your house is wired for all that.

Swipe Right, Swipe Left

If you remember the movie Minority Report, you probably recall the cool virtual computer screen that Tom Cruise used to swipe right and swipe left for information. That ability is not far away for modern vehicles, with new heads-up displays that provide “virtual” vehicle information on the windshield, in line with your vision as you keep your eyes on the road. While early versions still have controls in steering-wheel mounted buttons, experts say the day you can just wave your hand and summon new info are not far away.

Autonomous Driving Almost Here

The subject of self-driving cars has been around for a few years now, but the day is coming when all you have to do is program in a destination (using voice recognition, of course) and sit back and enjoy the ride. Along with actual self-driving vehicle exhibits, there are a number of seminars discussing the future and challenges of keeping your hands off the wheel in the cities of tomorrow. Once you’ve learned about the future of mobility, stop by any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships and see technology in action. From rolling Wi-Fi hotspots to driver safety assistance features that use sensors and cameras to help avoid collisions, the vehicle of tomorrow has a rolling head start with the technology available today.

While some say the Internet is leading to the cause of the collapse of civilization, even the most ardent critic has to admit that the proliferation of information just a mouse click away has led to some very good improvements. Whether you want to find the best Indian cuisine in your neighborhood, check out the reviews on that new movie or find a future soul mate, the Internet has a lot of positive uses. One of the things the Internet has changed drastically is the way consumers buy cars. There are terabytes of information on the automotive industry, from car reviews and pricing to news on upcoming models and industry trends. A major change that comes from the Internet is the ability of individual dealers to put their stock on the web. Instead of driving all over town, you can check out the inventory at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships online, find the vehicle at the price you want and then go in and finish the purchase.

User-friendly Tools at Your Disposal

Looking for a used F-150 for less than $20,000? Just plug that information into the handy Chapman search engine and all the available results will pop up. What you’ll see is the suggested retail price and any discounts that all figure into the low Chapman price. There will also be multiple pictures and a complete listing of all the vehicles features, rated gas mileage and even the vehicle identification number if you want to look up more information elsewhere. From the same page you can schedule an appointment to see the vehicle and even get your financing pre-approved so once you arrive at the dealership it’s a simple process to finish the deal and drive home.

Schedule Service Online for Fast Service

No matter how modern the waiting area is or how many free donuts the dealership offers, it’s no one’s idea of a fun time to sit around a service center waiting for your car to go through maintenance. Chapman offers free rides to your home or place of business if you like, but if you really want to get through the necessary maintenance of your vehicle in quick time, schedule an appointment through the Chapman Las Vegas individual dealer websites. That not only gives you a fixed time for your repair or maintenance, but also ensures the dealership will have the parts on hand to complete the task. The Chapman Las Vegas website is your one-stop shop to find a vehicle, schedule repairs and learn more about how you can solve your transportation needs from the comfort of your living room or office.