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Research Into Buick Car Safety Features

safety signIn our research and writing on behalf of your Buick car dealership in Thunder Bay ON, we came across many safety features available in a new Buick car in Canada, some brand new and others have been around for some time.  The 2013 model year brought with it many added safety features for new Buick cars in Thunder Bay.  “Buick added a host of safety features for 2013: a standard backup camera and optional cross-traffic and blindspot alerts to the Verano, a standard front-center airbag for the Enclave and optional forward collision and lane departure warnings for the new Encore.”

An intriguing find in our research was that Buick, rather than repurposing the radar from adaptive cruise control mounted near or in the car’s grille — often the way collision warning systems work — decided to make the Buick Encore capable of seeing oncoming obstacles with a windshield-mounted camera that takes 10 to 12 images per second.  “It looks at the change in size of [the] object as you approach it,” GM safety engineer Ray Kiefer told us last week. “It works much like the human eye.”

Another interesting tidbit is that the system doesn’t engage automatic braking, which some do. However, it is still capable in the area of helping to avoid fender benders and lower repair costs for the ones that happen.  We stumbled upon one particular study in the new Buick car world, about the features listed above and their effectiveness in adding safety to the roadways.  Here are some of the details, “A study released last month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports crash-avoidance technologies are having ‘some clear success stories.’


How to Ascertain GMC Trucks

newIn the vast and often overwhelming world of the internet where random as well as specific information awaits at your fingertips, it is daunting at times when setting out to find what is guaranteed useful date on a subject.  We try to do this each week, as we bring you what we find pertinent sharing on new and used GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay.  Today’s subject?  GMC Sierra 1500 trim levels and options for 2018 that we would actually entertain purchasing and owning ourselves, based on usefulness.

For starters, those interested in a “professional-grade pickup” will have plenty to pick from with the GMC Sierra 1500. We’d take the SLE crew cab with the short box, as it provides the best all-around value, according to all that we have read and seen regarding new GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay ON. Its spacious interior, usable cargo configurations, and excellent equipment pair best with the SLE Value package, and includes so much for the money, as follows:

10-way-adjustable power driver’s seat
• Trailer hitch with wiring harness
• Integrated garage-door opener
• Remote vehicle starter
• LED fog lamps

Consider that it is joined with the 5.3-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive and it costs a class-competitive amount.  It totals more than the Toyota, but less than the Ram, and it just so happens that most all experts agree that the “highly capable and fully usable half-ton Sierra is better than both.”

So, you will, as all other new GMC truck shoppers do, need to decide what matters most to you in the process of shopping for your next new GMC Truck in Thunder Bay ON, but if the list is anything close to what experts design, then you will be wise to hone in on the GMC Sierra 1500 for 2018.  Come by your local new and used GMC Truck dealership and pursue a test drive today!


Added Convenience Features in New Buick Cars

park assistFront and Rear Ultrasonic Parking Assist can help drivers avoid certain objects in their path during low-speed parking and many prefer the option, now available on the new Buick car lineup in Thunder Bay, just as an extra safety precaution when attempting to park in difficult spaces. Front and Rear Parking Assist may not detect all objects, such as pedestrians or objects below the bumper. For this reason alone, drivers should remember to always check the area around the vehicle before moving forward or backing up.  This is common sense, but with all of the latest and greatest technology bombarding us left and right in this world, namely the automobile world, it can be easy to let your guard down and end up in a disastrous scenario.

The feature uses multiple ultrasonic sensors located on both the front and rear bumpers, in order to operate on new Buick cars in Thunder Bay ON.  “When moving below five miles per hour (or eight kilometers per hour), the sensors may detect objects up to eight feet (2.4 m) behind the vehicle and up to four feet (1.2 m) in front of the vehicle.”

In Buick cars for sale in Thunder Bay ON, which possess this parking feature, when an object is first detected while backing up in reverse gear, Rear Parking Assist emits beeps through the rear speakers, or, if the vehicle is equipped with the Safety Alert Seat, the seat pulses two times.  “As the vehicle gets closer to the detected object, distance-to-object information may be displayed, which will change from yellow to amber to red. On some vehicles, the time between beeps may get shorter as the vehicle approaches the detected object.”  Then, when an object is within two feet (0.6 m) of the bumper, five repeating beeps are played from the rear speakers, or, if the vehicle is equipped with the Safety Alert Seat, it pulses five times on both sides, this continues and develops into a continuous tone from the rear speakers once it gets within .3m of the new Buick car in Thunder Bay.