Volkswagen Safety Technologies: Keeping You Safe Behind the Wheel

2016 VW Safety TechnologiesVolkswagen has invested in some innovative safety technologies to make sure you’re always safe and sound behind the wheel. Most new models feature active and passive systems, and you have the option to upgrade to the latest high-tech components on the market when you buy Volkswagen.

According to Volkswagen, some of the most recent and advanced Volkswagen safety technologies are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Area View, Blind Spot Sensor, and City Emergency Braking among others.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed to the vehicle in front of you and keeps the distance you set.
  • Area View uses monitors to monitor spaces around you, a technology that is especially handy in tight areas.
  • Blind Spot Sensor uses sensors to make backing out of parking spots and changing lanes safer by monitoring areas you can’t see as well.
  • Finally, City Emergency Braking automatically applies the brakes as you approach obstacles, reducing damage or avoiding accidents in general.

Other innovative safety systems include the Driver Alert System, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Park Pilot, Light Assist System, Multi Collision Brake, and Road Works Assistant to name a few.

Changing Your Brakes: When Should You Replace Them?

brake repairBrake maintenance is one of the most important aspects of vehicle ownership. Not only will replacing the pads make other brake components—including rotors—last longer, but it also reduces stress on your car. In the long run, regular maintenance can actually increase resale value, especially if documented by a site like CARFAX.

Changing your brakes can be easily performed by any mechanic; however, knowing when to take the vehicle in is vital. According to Cars.com, the life of your brakes varies depending on usage and where you are located. In urban areas, stop and go traffic means a shorter life. In town, 8,000 miles is a rough estimate of when to replace brakes, and in rural areas, you may go up to 25,000 miles. Unfortunately, there is no clear rule of thumb; however, a mechanic can check the thickness of brake pads and for wear or warping.

Many brakes have built-in sensors that scrape against the disc when they need replaced. This sounds like an annoying screeching sound. You should also listen for grinding and other squeaks that indicate your brakes are bad. Also, if your brake pedal pulses when you apply the brakes, it may be a sign that your rotors are warped.

What happens if you don’t replace your brakes? Aside from the obvious dangers that go along with greater stopping distance, taking care of your brakes early can prevent catastrophic damage. For example, letting your pads go too long will ruin rotors. Let rotors go, and shoes and linings can be easily damaged as well.

If you need brake work done on your car, bring it to Gossett VW!

Car Maintenance Tips: Signs Your Tires Are Bad

tireEspecially now that it’s starting to get cold and having tires with good traction is more important than ever, it’s time to start looking for signs your tires are bad or worn out.

Take a good look at your tires. There shouldn’t be any bulges, cracks, or gauges in the rubber; it’s a good idea to take it to your dealer to check for leaks. These are usually a sign of low tire pressure, which could indicate an air leak or just deflation.

An important thing to check is your tire tread. When it gets cold, you are definitely going to want tires with good tread! Not only do tires firm up more in the cold weather, which makes it harder for them to grip the ground, but tires with low tread are slicker on wet/icy roads as well.

Check your tire pressure regularly when it’s cold. Cold air reduces tire pressure, which reduces traction, so fill your tires up with more air whenever they need it. This is also important because driving on underinflated tires actually makes them wear faster.

Do yourself a favor and check your tires, folks!

Scott Speed Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for VW Andretti Rallycross Team

Taking third place in the last race of the tournament, Scott Speed secured a win for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship earlier this month.

Despite the violent weather affecting the track and the drivers, Speed’s third place win earned enough points to secure the Volkswagen Andretti team’s first championship win at the GRC after only two years participating in the race.

Scott Speed had a rocky season, dropping to ninth in the rankings at one point before climbing back up to win the championship. Speed made at least third place in nearly every race of 2015, save for a seventh-place finish in Washington.

In 2014, Speed was the only driver to make all ten main events, so it’s no surprise he performed exceptionally in the 2015 season. Speed came into the championship race with a 36-point lead over the other competitors, and though he careened into a tire barrier at one point and dropped to fourth place, he managed to come back and secure the win.

Congrats to Scott Speed and the Volkswagen team!

Volkswagen Technology Stays Ahead of the Curve

In several areas, but particularly in technology, Volkswagen proves to be unmatched. Its vehicles are outfitted with cutting-edge technology, technology that is intelligently designed to make for a more efficient, more comfortable and more convenient driving experience.

Safety Technology

The Blind Spot Sensor finally lets you in on those mysterious areas that escape our sideview mirror. In vehicles featuring this technology, radar sensors are installed that can detect movement in the rear and side of the vehicle.

Multi-Collision Brake is designed to help you avoid secondary collisions in an accident. The system allows you to regain control at any time, but in the case you are unable to apply the brakes after an initial collision, Multi-Collision Brake can do so automatically.

Performance

With TSI engine technology, the bottom line is that you get more torque at lower revs. This is permitted through the innovative use of low capacity cylinders, turbochargers, and direct injection. You also enjoy better efficiency and less noise.

VW TSI Engine
Volkswagen TSI Engine

On electric and hybrid VW vehicles, brake energy recuperation allows energy released during braking to be stored in the vehicle’s battery.

Volkswagen always manages to not only ride the wave of current technology, but stay ahead of the curve. This means that when you buy a vehicle outfitted with Volkswagen technology, you are a buying a vehicle of the future.

Know the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

drivingOne problem with drowsy driving is that people simply don’t understand just how dangerous it is. Every year there are 100,000 crashes that can be attributed to drowsy driving. Of those crashes, 71,000 people will sustain injuries and 1,550 people will lose their lives (NHTSA).

So what happens when you get drowsy behind the wheel? The effect mimics the effects of alcohol consumption. Your reaction times start to slow down and it becomes more difficult for your mind to process what’s happening. And that’s only when you get less than six hours’ sleep.

What should you do to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving? The best approach is a preventative approach. If you are tired, don’t drive. It is that simple.

Sometimes, it’s unavoidable or it comes on by surprise. On long trips, we are apt to push through even if we are getting tired. In those cases, try pulling over to take a 15-20 minute nap. If you must, drink some coffee or an energy drink. Just know that these beverages might cause you your energy level to plummet dramatically and suddenly.

We at Gossett VW want you to stay safe behind the wheel, even if that means taking a break from being behind the wheel!

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween CostumesOh no! It’s Halloween night and your child doesn’t have a costume for Trick or Treating! What do you do? Fortunately for you, there are plenty of creative and creepy last minute Halloween costumes.

Ghost

The ghost is always a classic. Not only is it super spooky, but it’s also easy to make. All you need is an old white sheet and a pair of scissors to make sure your little ghoul can see.

A Bag of Jelly Beans

This one is pretty creative. What you do is take a clear garbage bag and cut holes in it so your child can fit inside. Then, fill the bag with balloons of different colors. Their costume will be a treat in itself.

Secret Agent

If your child has a nice suit and a pair of sunglasses, than they have everything they need for the perfect secret agent costume. Not only is it simple, but it’s simply cool!

Volkswagen Named the Most Sustainable Automotive Company in the World

VolkswagenVolkswagen has long been considered one of the most responsible, reliable, and environmentally-friendly automotive companies in the world. New evidence supports that claim.

According to a press release from Volkswagen, Volkswagen was named the most sustainable automotive company in the world.

The title was granted to Volkswagen by RobecoSAM AG and based on evidence from a Dow Jones sustainability index.

Volkswagen was awarded high rankings in economical sustainability, social sustainability, and ecological sustainability. Each of these scores illustrates the company’s commitment to a better world.

“This distinction is a great success for the entire team. It confirms that the Volkswagen Group is well on the way to establishing itself long term as the world’s most sustainable automaker,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in the press release.

Volkswagen is not only the most sustainable car company in the world, it also creates some of the world’s most sustainable cars. Stop by today to discover them for yourself.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

bicycleDriving carefully around cyclists is so important because they lack the protection that a motor vehicle provides. What would be a fender bender with another car could seriously injure or kill a cyclist.

As we approach the end of summer, maybe you’ve already had some close calls with cyclists. To prevent any more from happening, we’ve thrown together some tips for sharing the road with cyclists.

Yield To Life, an organization that promotes safety concerning bicycles, explains how important it is to have patience around cyclists. If there is oncoming traffic or if you are unable to see ahead because of a curve or obstruction, simply wait to pass the cyclist in front of you.

When turning right, check your right side view mirror to see if there is a cyclist on your right that looks to be heading straight through the intersection.

When turning left, make sure that an oncoming cyclist is not riding straight through the intersection. Cyclists can often be hard to pick out in a busy intersection.

No cyclist appreciates getting “doored.” This happens when someone in a parked car opens the door to get out without checking their side view mirror first.

Overall, one of the best tips for sharing the road with cyclists to just to expect them. By expecting them and making an effort to look for them, you’ll never be surprised when they appear.

Awesome New Technology in Volkswagen Lineup

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen has decided to democratize a lot of cutting-edge infotainment and driver assistance technologies.

Nearly every 2016 model will feature the new MIB II infotainment system with VW Car-Net App-Connect, making Volkswagen “one of the first in the industry to support all three available connected car systems.” Whether you use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink, VW has your covered.

Tech first seen on the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg will soon be enjoyed throughout the VW lineup. Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control will help most 2016 model owners to stay safer in their VW. These owners will also see Lane Departure Warning and Parking Steering Assistant in their new vehicles.

2016 VW Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Toareg – Available now at Gossett Volkswagen of Germantown

The new technology in Volkswagen’s lineup will keep owners connected, entertained, and safe. But there is another change that will help them save at the pump. Most new Volkswagens will require regular gasoline as opposed to premium. Every little bit helps and over time; that adds up to big savings!