Chevy Safety Assist
Whether we want to admit it or not, driving can be dangerous. Now, driving may never reach the danger level of Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive or even one of King’s numerous killer cars short stories, but there are some dangers to driving other than your vehicle gaining enough sentience to murder. Chevrolet has decided to accept the challenge and conquer the more frequent risks. With Chevy Safety Assist, Chevrolet offers its most advanced safety features in one package: Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist.
We at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin want to give you an insight into how each feature within the Chevy Safety Assist system works. Read further to find out more info on each individual safety option.
Chevy Safety Assist, while available for most new Chevys, comes standard with the 2022 Bolt EV, 2022 Bolt EUV, 2022 Equinox, and 2022 Trailblazer. See more on each individual vehicle below.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Automatic Emergency Braking is pretty straightforward. Typically paired with one of the following alerts or indicators, this braking system is designed to stop your vehicle when the camera detects an obstruction in your path. To maximize its usefulness, along with being paired with the other Chevy safety features, Automatic Emergency Braking is best used at lower speeds, specifically at speeds under 50 miles per hour. It provides the system with more time to react.
Forward Collision Alert
Forward Collision Alert is there to help prevent front-end collisions. Warning you with both flashing lights and beeps, the alert will try and steer your attention back to what is in front of you and away from whatever is distracting you. While active, this alert will also warn you when you’re following too close to the car in front of you. So, no more tailgating while using the Forward Collision Alert.
Front Pedestrian Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking will stop your vehicle if it senses a person in its path. The system works efficiently in daylight and at speeds below 50 mph. The usefulness decreases as visibility does. If you do not react in a certain time, the braking system can implement emergency braking to reduce the likelihood of hitting the pedestrian.
Following Distance Indicator
Following Distance Indicator puts distance between your vehicle and any vehicle in front of it. With this indicator, your vehicle can slow itself down to increase the space between the vehicle ahead of you. It measures the distance by seconds instead of a length in feet. The indicator will warn you if you’re creeping too close or too quickly toward the vehicle in front of you.
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will keep you situated firmly in your lane and can slightly steer the vehicle if you start to drift into a different lane. Make sure to use your blinker when Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning is in effect. The system will attempt to pull you back into the lane you are vacating if you do not inform it (via the turn signal) that you are changing lanes.
Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist
Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist uses the sensors added to your vehicle to shift the high beam headlights on and off. This means no more accidentally blinding the car driving opposite of you when you forget to turn your high beams off. That’s one less thing for you to worry about when driving at night or with low visibility!
Here’s a quick reminder. Chevy Safety Assist features are just that, assistance. Autonomous cars are closer than they may seem, but they aren’t here yet. The Chevy Safety Assist package provides more awareness of what is in front of the driver, limiting front-end accidents. You can learn more about the different safety features Chevrolet offers here.
Even if a comet passes too closely to the Earth and all machines decide to go for the jugular, they’ll have to override the Front Pedestrian Braking first. If you have any more questions, whether they pertain to safety features or not, don’t hesitate to give us at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin a call! We’d be thrilled to help!