Monthly Archives: July 2015

Chevrolet Introduces Active Phone Cooling Features

Active Phone Cooling

Given the summer heat, Chevrolet’s new Active Phone Cooling feature for smartphones might be useful sooner than you think.

There are probably times when you’ve looked at the features that come standard in a new car and have wondered when you would ever need them. Well, Chevrolet is adding another feature, but given the summer heat, it might be useful sooner than you think. Made for smartphones, Chevrolet is introducing its Active Phone Cooling feature.

While you may not think you’ll ever need it, the Active Phone Cooling feature is essentially an air conditioning vent for your phone. The new feature will be available in several new models, including the Chevrolet Impala.

The idea comes from a study that found smartphones don’t charge when they get too hot. Like most technology, smartphones overheat. When the sun heats up the car’s interior, it heats up your phone as well.

“Over time, regular overheating can do permanent damage to the lithium ion batteries that power our smartphones. I always recommend keeping your phone in a cool, ventilated place, where it can stay at a comfortable room temperature, whether it’s charging or discharging,” said Jeffrey Van Camp, deputy editor of Digital Trends.

Aimed at those who are constantly using their smartphones, the Active Cooling Feature may just end up as popular as the cup holder.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are happy to see Chevrolet working to keep up with the fast changing technology field!

What to Do Without Brakes

What to Do Without Brakes

While it isn’t an ideal situation, you should still know what to do without brakes, and we here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have a few tips!

Being unable to stop a two ton moving vehicle is a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be so frightening. By remaining calm, you can greatly increase your chances of making it out of traffic and rolling to a stop on the side of the road. While it isn’t an ideal situation, you should still know what to do without brakes, and we here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have a few tips!

  • Try the Brakes Again Most vehicles have a dual braking system where the rear and front brakes work independently. As a result, you would have to lose both systems to be unable to stop at all. Put strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal. If all else fails, pull the emergency brake, which works separately from your usual braking system.
  • Turn On Your Hazards Keeping a clear head is the most important thing when you’re in trouble on the road. Other drivers, however, don’t know you’re in trouble. To let them know, turn on your hazard/emergency lights. You’ll be given more space as you work your way to the side of the road.
  • Stay Safe Once you’re out of traffic, don’t try to drive again. Having no brakes is no joke and makes you a threat to yourself and other drivers. Instead, wait for a friend or highway patrolman to arrive.