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The coolest new safety features by Chevrolet

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Chevrolet’s Surround Vision technology uses four cameras: the standard Rear Vision Camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two side-looking cameras under each side mirror. (Photo provided by Chevrolet)

True innovation comes when a company drives down a road less-traveled. And in the do-or-die world of automobiles, Chevrolet's rides are certainly winning the race.

From advanced active safety technology for teen drivers to simple and smart ways to keep your car under control in bad weather, Chevrolet is continually elevating the security of drivers and passengers. There's a reason that multiple Chevrolet cars have been labeled as "Most Dependable."

Need proof? Raul Guzman, a sales consultant at Henna Chevrolet in Austin, shared some of the impressive ways Chevrolet is leading the way in car safety advancements.

Teen driver safety. Studies show that teen drivers are at higher risk for accidents due to inexperience and careless driving (an average of six young adults die each day in car accidents). That's why Chevrolet offers Teen Driver, a built-in system that helps you coach your child from anywhere (even if you're not in the car). You can track your teen's driving performance and set speed alerts and a volume limit. At the end of their drive, you'll get a report card that shows you how your teen performed behind the wheel so you can find areas that need practice.

Rear seat reminder. In Texas, it's illegal for an adult to leave a child unattended in a car for longer than five minutes. In 2017, 43 children died in the U.S. because they were left in a hot car. That's why Chevrolet cars debuted the Rear Seat Reminder - a system that reminds drivers to check their back seats before walking away from the vehicle. Guzman says it works by monitoring the vehicle's rear doors and activates when the rear door is opened and closed up to 10 minutes before the car is started or while it's running. Once the system is activated, the driver will hear five chimes and see a message in the driver information center that reads "Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat" the next time the car is shut off.

Stability control. Chevrolet offers some of the most proactive safety technologies on the road today - and each vehicle is equipped with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System, which automatically helps you control your vehicle in low-traction driving conditions. On top of that, the Lane Keep Assist is an available camera-based system that warns you when you accidentally drift out of your lane (and even gently nudges your steering wheel to prevent lane departure). Cars with Rear Cross Traffic Alert have radar sensors to detect other vehicles approaching from either direction and warn you to pump the brakes. And to prevent a front-end collision, Available Forward Automatic Braking system uses cameras to detect a slowing vehicle in your path, or any situation where a front-end accident is possible.

OnStar services. In the event of a collision, Chevrolet drivers benefit from the safety and support of OnStar, an automatic crash response service. Upon impact, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar advisor, who is immediately connected to your vehicle to see if you need assistance. If you don't answer, the advisor can use GPS technology to find your location and send emergency help.

myChevrolet app. Forgot to lock your car? Low tire pressure? Need an oil change? Have no idea what the blinking light on your dashboard means? Don't worry: there's an app for that. The myChevrolet app is like having a remote control for your car-you can even make sure it's locked from miles away, Guzman says. According to the website, from almost anywhere you have a phone signal, you can turn your vehicle's engine on and off, set a parking meter reminder, schedule vehicle service, check your fuel level, and more.

If you'd like to learn more about Chevrolet's safety features or if you're interested in purchasing a Chevrolet vehicle, visit Austin's Henna Chevrolet at hennachevyaustin.com.

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