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Hyundai Genesis Has Your Back – Literally

Remember your first drive by yourself with your license? No mom or dad in the passenger seat to yell reminders or warnings…Just you and the open road. We all loved it, but we have to admit, it was a little daunting to drive without your dad’s sixth sense available. Well, all that has changed with the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

Now, we don’t need to rely on dad to save the day. The all-new Genesis, when equipped with the Sensory Surround Safety and other safety features like the Automatic Emergency Braking System and the Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, literally has our back.

Other features like a heads-Up Display and LCD Color Instrument Panel Display and Smart Cruise Control are designed with the mission to warn and prevent from a potential collision. It’s no longer just about safety when faced with danger – it’s about safety to prevent it.

At Rogers Auto Group located at 2270 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL, our New Hyundai Inventory is filled with new Hyundai models who are even faster and dare we say, smarter than and anxious parent in the passenger seat. Stop by and check out or new inventory today!

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Hyundai Keeps You Safe 24/7 with Innovative Features

Here at Rogers Auto Group, we tend to get really excited when a new model year is poised to join our new model lineup in our Chicago, IL showroom. This is the case with the upcoming 2015 Hyundai Genesis, which will boast even more safety features than ever before. Take the model’s Sensory Surround Safety feature for instance, which utilizes Lane Keep Assist to ensure that you’re out of danger and in your own lane at all times. Check out this daring way to showcase how this system works and remember, don’t try this at home.

As you can see, the 2015 Genesis stays on track in its lane, even though the driver is unable to see where he is going. Instead of taking a blind test drive, visit our dealership where we can open your eyes to the many great offerings from the Hyundai brand!

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Hyundai Uses Dad’s Sixth Sense in the new Genesis

One of Hyundai’s two Super Bowl commercials used the innate ability of “dad” to show how the new 2015 Genesis is a smart and responsive safety vehicle. We thought this quick, 30-second spot was simple, funny and right to the point. The car you put your family in should be able to protect them, which is precisely what the Genesis does in certain situations. Take a look.

From infant-hood to teenage years, there’s a bunch of situations you have to protect your kids from, none more scary than when they first start driving. But automotive technology nowadays makes it a little easier on you, especially when teenage hormones occasionally take your kid’s eyes off the road.

Rogers Auto Group, conveniently located at 2720 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL is always willing to help you find a safe, reliable vehicle for you and your family. Ask us about loans and lease options.

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Driving Etiquette

Found this article on Chevrolet.com and felt it was worth sharing! I can speak from personal experience when I say that road rage isn’t necessarily caused by a lack of restraint of my emotions, but rather a reaction to people who cut you off and go 15 mph below the speed limit, stop suddenly and for no apparent reason, or simply drive carelessly or recklessly around you. So i ask myself, and encourage others to do the same.. how is your driving etiquette?

Ideally, the road is a considerate, friendly place—drivers happily allowing each other to merge on a crowded highway, making room for cars to take that left turn in the middle of a long line of traffic and yielding to pedestrians when they’re trying to cross the street. Sounds a little too perfect, right?

Putting our dreams aside, considerate drivers are the unicorns of the travel world (except for you, obviously, for you are the ultimate master of the road and everyone else should have their licenses revoked). Even so, say you wanted to brush-up on your standard driving etiquette—not that you need it, of course. Here are a few ways to mind your manners on the road.

1. Let people merge.

The amount of time it costs you to let someone merge in front of you on the highway is probably no more than five seconds. Don’t tell me you’ve never spent 20 minutes circling a parking lot to find “the perfect spot.” You can spare the five seconds. And spare it you shall. Those five seconds will make your fellow driver’s journey less stressful, which will make conditions on the road for everyone around you much safer.

2. Remember: The left lane is for passing!

While you may not be in a hurry, there are likely drivers on the road who need to get where they’re going as soon as possible. And it’s basically a proven fact that one of the most annoying types of drivers is the slow poke gumming up the works in the left lane. If you’re less living life in the fast lane and more of a slow rider, keep in mind that not everyone else is in enjoyment mode—some are getting down to business, trying to get to where they’re going. It’s Driver’s Ed 101, though you may have forgotten: The left lane is the passing lane. So keep in the right lane unless you’re passing, and the people who gotta do what they gotta do will appreciate you for it.

3. Yield to pedestrians.

Look, this isn’t a romantic comedy. Accidents happen, and they will most likely not result in the star-crossed meeting with the love of your life. You’re more likely to find yourselves in front of a judge. Even when pedestrians are totally taking advantage of that stop sign you’re stuck at, they still have the right of way. Walkers and drivers can coexist wherever there’s mutual respect. Acknowledge them with eye contact or a wave, and you’ll be on your way before you can say, “My lawyer will get in touch.”

4. Be extra mindful of your driving when you have a passenger in the car.

Whether you’re just joking around or being plain irresponsible, no one wants to ride shotgun with someone who makes them feel unsafe. (Speaking of safety, did you know that the Chevy Cruze was the first car in its class with 10 standard air bags, and even today, no car in its class offers more*?) My dad has a slew of optical illusions up his sleeve that make driving with him feel like you’re starring in a Final Destination movie, so I feel like I’m an expert on this one. When you’re the driver, your passenger’s life (or your backseater’s life) is in your hands. No fast, sharp turns, no speeding, no cutting people off. Take care of your passengers—they may not say so, but they’ll certainly appreciate you for it.

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Stephanie Georgopulos is an editor at Thought Catalog. Her work has been featured on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, Gizmodo, The Next Web, Refinery 29 and elsewhere. Email her at Stephanie@thoughtcatalog.com. See original article at http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/rules-for-driving.html

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10 Essential Tips for Good Driving Etiquette

In a perfect world, the road would be a relaxing place where no one was ever in a hurry and everyone drove considerately.  Unfortunately, we all know that this is not the case, but it never hurts to strive for perfection.  Next time you’re behind the wheel, keep in mind our 10 tips below for friendly driving etiquette.  Not only will your commute be safer and stress-free, but you may just inspire a fellow driver to pay it forward.

1. Merge smart.  If someone is merging in front of you on the highway, slow down and let the car in front of you.  This will make barely a dent in your travel time, but will make your fellow driver’s journey less stressful, and keep the road safer by keeping traffic moving uninterrupted.  On the other side of the coin, when you’re the one merging into traffic, keep up your speed and ease into traffic rather than stop or slow down.

2. Use the left lane for passing only.  This is probably one of drivers’ biggest pet peeves when it comes to sharing the highway.  Unless you’re passing someone, drive in the right lane and leave the left lane open for those who want to pass.  This will not only keep traffic flowing better, but will cut down on tailgating and road rage from those who want to get to their destinations faster.

3. Yield to pedestrians.  Pedestrians in crosswalks always have the right of way, even when you’re in a hurry, so follow basic etiquette and let the pedestrian cross before you continue on your way.  Conversely, stopping for pedestrians trying to cross in the middle of the road without a crosswalk is not recommended, as it stops traffic unexpectedly and can cause accidents.

4. Don’t multitask.  When you’re behind the wheel, focus on the road, not your cell phone, radio, GPS, eating, makeup, or any number of common distractions.  Your attention to driving is not only courteous to your fellow drivers and passengers, but makes the road an overall safer place.

5. Mind your brights.  When driving at night, be considerate and dim your high beams when an oncoming car is approaching.  The simple gesture makes everyone’s drive safer.

6. Don’t tailgate.  When you’re in a hurry, it often seems like even getting a few inches closer to the car in front of you will get you to your destination quicker.  However, it’s both rude and unsafe to tailgate the car in front of you, and should there be a collision, it will almost always be deemed the fault of the car behind.  Leaving ample space between you and the car in front of you will make everyone’s drive safer and less stressful.

7. Use your turn signals.  There’s nothing more frustrating than drivers who do not use their turn signals to let others know what they’re about to do.  Your signals are one of the best tools for safe driving.  Set a good example for courtesy and safety by putting on your turn signal before changing lanes or making a turn.

8.  Use your horn for safety, not personal expression.  Your car’s horn is there as a safety tool, to alert other drivers and pedestrians in an emergency situation.  Using it to express anger or annoyance toward your fellow drivers only perpetuates rudeness on the road.  Next time you get the urge to honk at someone for annoying you, take a deep breath and remember your etiquette!

9.  Don’t hang out in a blind spot.  Always anticipate that your fellow drivers might not be fully aware of their surroundings and minimize the potential for accidents by avoiding driving in another car’s blind spot.

10. Acknowledge when others are courteous.  Help spread the road etiquette gospel by acknowledging when a fellow driver sends some courtesy your way.  A simple wave when someone lets you in can go a long way in spreading the road friendliness.

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7 Ways to Drive Safer at Night

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities on the road occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day. Even more telling is that even though one quarter of all driving is done at night, more than half of all driving deaths occur then.  While you might already be an overall safe driver, taking extra precautions at night can help your odds of ending up as one of these grim statistics.  Check out our safety tips below to help keep the evening roads safe for you as well as other drivers.

1.    Maintain your headlights:  Keep your headlights clean for better visibility by wiping down your lens covers on a regular basis.  Even better, make sure your headlights are properly aimed so that you can see the road and other drivers won’t be blinded.  If you notice a light out, whether it’s a headlight or taillight, get it replaced immediately.

2.    Use your lights smartly:  Be sure to turn on your headlights even at dusk.  While it might not help you see any better, it will make it easier for other drivers to see you.  When nightfall fully settles in, do not hesitate to use your high beams for best visibility when other drivers are not around, but be mindful about turning them off appropriately.  Your exterior lights aren’t the only ones to help with visibility.  Dim your instrument panel and dashboard lights to give your eyes the best visibility, and use your reading/map lights sparingly.

3.    Allow room for error:  For safest nighttime driving, it’s best to make adjustments to account for decreased visibility.  Drive slower and leave more room between you and the car in front of you than you would during the daytime.  Typical low beams illuminate 160 to 250 feet in front of your car, but it takes more than 200 feet to completely stop a vehicle traveling 60 miles per hour.

4.    Clean windshields and mirrors:  Give your windshield a cleaning every time you fill up at the gas station, and don’t forget about your rearview mirrors too.  Dirty mirrors can produce glare from cars behind you and make it harder to see what’s behind you.

5.    Don’t stare at oncoming lights:  Locking a gaze with the headlights of an oncoming vehicle is not only distracting but it can affect your vision, even after the vehicle has passed you.  If it’s safe to do so, avert your gaze toward the white line on the shoulder of the road until the car has passed you.

6.    Watch for fatigued and drunk drivers:  Even if you are being safe, you can’t count on other drivers to do the same.  If you’re traveling late at night, look out for drivers who might be impaired and exercise extra caution.

7.    Stay alert:  Just as you should watch out for other impaired drivers, don’t forget to watch out for yourself!  If you feel fatigued, get off the road to avoid endangering yourself and others.  Fresh air, stretching your legs, and coffee are good remedies, but don’t get back behind the wheel if you are still sleepy.

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Car Accidents

On average, there are an estimated 6 million car accidents per year in the United States.  How can you stay safe when you get behind the wheel?  Follow our ten tips below to help get to your destination safely and keep those around you safe as well.

1. Use signals:  Letting other drivers know what you’re about to do is one of the simplest ways to avoid collisions.  Get in the habit of always using your turn signal, even when no one else is around.  Be sure to signal at least 3 seconds in advance of a lane change or 100 feet before a turn.  But be aware that other drivers will not always use their turn signals!

2. Don’t tailgate:  Leaving space between you and the car in front of you can make all the difference in avoiding a rear-end collision.  The general rule of thumb is to leave a car length for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling.  If you’re driving 60 mph, try to keep six car lengths of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

3. Maintain your vehicle and know its limits:  A well-maintained vehicle is a safe one. Make sure your brakes are in top working order to allow you to stop suddenly to avoid an accident.  Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned for best handling response.  And maximize your visibility with a full reservoir of washer fluid and properly-working windshield wipers.  In addition to vehicle maintenance, be sure you’re familiar with your car’s limits for braking and handling and drive accordingly.

4. Be aware:  Awareness is key to avoiding accidents.  Keep an eye on your mirrors, blind spots, and the road up ahead.  Watch out for sudden road distractions like children, animals, and drunk drivers.  Exercise extra caution at intersections, as many accidents happen here.  Look out for red light runners, and look both ways when your light turns green.

5. Avoid distractions:  Keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel is one of the easiest ways to get to your destination safely.  Phone calls, texting, eating, putting on makeup, adjusting your stereo, reading a map or programming your navigation system can all distract you and put you and others in danger.  When you’re driving, focus on driving and pull over if you need to handle anything else.

6. Be courteous and drive defensively:  Get out of the way of tailgaters or aggressive drivers, as they are much more likely to cause an accident around you.  Drive defensively and always watch out for other drivers’ mistakes to keep yourself safe.  And keep the road friendly by driving courteously.

7. Stay Alert:  When you get behind the wheel, stay completely alert and focused on the task of driving.  Mostly importantly, do not drive if you are drowsy.  Sleepy drivers are twice as likely to cause an accident than non-drowsy ones.

8. Adapt to weather and time of day:  Adjust your driving to account for weather conditions.  Visibility and road conditions are greatly affected by rain and snow, so be sure to slow down and accommodate for the hazards of weather.  Even nighttime driving in perfect weather has its downfalls; be sure to allow for decreased visibility at night as well as other drivers who may be sleepy.

9. Follow laws:  Laws are set up for your safety, so following them is an easy way to stay safe while driving.  Obey posted speed limits and other signs, wear your seatbelt, don’t drink and drive, don’t pass when it’s prohibited, etc.  Not only will you avoid getting a ticket by obeying the law, you can keep yourself and other drivers safe!

10. Leave early:  Driving in a rushed manner can severely affect the safety of your trip.  Leave early and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.  This way, you can drive relaxed and focus on safety rather than the clock.

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