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SAFETY TIPS FOR MOUNTAIN TRAVEL DURING THE RAINY SEASON

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Safety on the road is something that we can never take for granted. Regardless of the time of day or the weather, both motorists and pedestrians should always be alert and attentive.

However, extra care must always be taken when the conditions are less favorable for safe driving. This includes when driving in the mountains or driving during the rainy season. It requires making sure that the vehicle being driven is up to date in service and in good condition.

To enhance driver safety and confidence during this year’s rainy season, Chevrolet Sales Thailand has launched the Chevrolet Happy Rainy Day campaign. The campaign, which runs until August 31, offers all Chevrolet customers a free 30-point inspection at Chevrolet dealers nationwide. In addition, Chevrolet is offering customers a special 15 percent discount on wipers and brake pads.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of safety for all drivers and pedestrians,” said Worapan Phunman, director of Aftersales Development for Chevrolet Sales Thailand. “Driving conditions can get tricky during the rainy season, and we recommend that every vehicle owner checks his or her vehicle to ensure that it is safe enough to drive in these conditions. We invite all Chevrolet vehicle owners to come to our service centers to get their vehicles inspected.”

He added, “Beyond ensuring that their vehicles are in the best condition, vehicle owners should take extra care to plan their routes and stay fully focused on the road ahead.”

Here are some tips for traveling safely in the scenic mountains during this year’s rainy season.

  • Receive a basic check-up for your vehicle, including the wipers, tire pressure, engine oil, battery and lights. It is also essential to have a full tank of fuel before heading into the mountains. Owners of the Chevrolet Trailblazer can easily monitor their tire pressure on the vehicle’s dashboard.
  • Plan your route carefully before heading out, especially if you are journeying to somewhere unfamiliar. Keep in mind that getting lost may get you, as a driver, frustrated, which can affect your concentration. As driving on hilly and winding mountainous roads already requires lower speeds, poor weather and visibility necessitate much more careful driving. The Trailblazer has a built-in satellite navigation system that is easy to use to help drivers plan the optimal routes.
  • Use a low gear when going up and down steep and slippery roads. Shifting to a lower gear and allowing the engine braking to activate before reaching a downhill slope help you to better control speed and make your brakes last longer.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good condition, especially the engine. Many vehicles can tackle hilly roads but vehicles with higher torque are much more preferable. The Trailblazer is one of the most powerful SUVs in its class. Its Duramax 2.5L turbo-diesel engine provides 180 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at a low 2,000 rpm.
  • Exercise patience. Although it is not peak travel season, drivers should prepare for and anticipate heavy traffic. Avoid overtaking if you can’t see clearly ahead of you, such as on bends, bridges, hills and slopes.
  • Supportive technologies such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Panic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Anti-Rolling Protection can help keep drivers calm on the road. Furthermore, specially developed functions for mountainous roads, Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), help to increase safety on slopes.

For more information, please call 1734 or visit www.chevrolet.co.th.