Are You Worried About Your Teen Driver in Dixon, IL?

Are You Worried About Your Teen Driver in Dixon, IL?

Whether your child is heading off to college or just got their learner’s permit, it’s natural to be worried about your teen driver in Dixon, Illinois. In fact, Chevrolet recently conducted a back-to-school driving survey that uncovered that 68 percent of parents are concerned about on-road safety with school starting back up.

During the unprecedented events of 2020, over half of parents said they drove less than usual. As a result, 76 percent of people now drive more defensively than before and 73 percent of respondents have noticed that drivers seem to be more aggravated than prior to 2020.

This rise in defensive driving and concerns about aggressive fellow drivers have many parents worried about sending young drivers on the road. Additionally, 47 percent of parents stated that the events of last year halted their child’s progress toward getting licensed to drive.

Luckily for parents in Dixon, Chevrolet puts safety first in its lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Chevy’s Safety Assist driver awareness suite of technology features offers standard capabilities like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision alert to help protect your precious cargo on the road. Teen Driver Technology allows you to prohibit certain activities behind the wheel and can make sure your teen is buckled before they take off.

Bring your teen to Ken Nelson Chevrolet and check out the safety features on the latest Chevrolet vehicles. Whether your teenager needs a new vehicle or you want to buy one that they can borrow, hopefully Chevy’s tech will put your mind at ease.

What Is the ZR2 & Why Is It Coming to the Silverado?

Chevrolet Silverado | Dixon, IL

Chevrolet first offered the ZR2 off-road package in 1994 on the Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Since then, it has expanded to be available on other Chevy trucks and SUVs. Most recently, it was relaunched as a trim level on the Chevrolet Colorado and has been there since 2017.

Now, Chevrolet has teased that the ZR2 trim will be making its way to the Silverado lineup for the 2022 model year at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Here are some Silverado ZR2 details you should know.

What is the ZR2 package?

The ZR2 is an equipment and performance package that enhances off-road capabilities. On the Colorado, it adds ZR2 off-road suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, increased ground clearance, an Off-Road Appearance Package, and a Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System.

What can we expect on the Silverado ZR2?

As for the Silverado ZR2, we don’t know specifics yet, but we expect to see similar off-road-ready features. Car and Driver suggests that the Silverado ZR2 will come equipped with 35-inch tires, front and rear locking differentials, skid plates, and a suspension lift.

Chevrolet says this exciting new addition to the Silverado lineup will be making its debut this fall at dealerships — including here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois. If you want a pickup truck that offers maximum off-roading potential, keep an eye out for the debut of the Silverado ZR2.

Chevy Equinox Makes IIHS 2020 List of Safe Vehicles for Teens

Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL
Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL

Chevy Equinox models from 2016 and after were all named as top choices for teen drivers in the latest “Safe Vehicles for Teens” list released annually by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In order to receive a spot on this respected IIHS list, cars must receive ratings of “acceptable” or “good” in the IIHS driver-side small overlap front test. The Equinox also had to earn “good” safety ratings in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraints tests.

More standards had to be met to get on the list. The 2020 Chevy Equinox also received at least 4 stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) side and front tests to go along with an overall score of 4 stars at minimum. A spot on the list also required a score of at least 3 out of 5 on the Consumer Reports emergency handling capability test.

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS after proving its mettle in crash tests. Teen Driver is a safety feature that enables you to determine which features will be activated and which will be limited while your teen drives. Teen Driver will track your child’s performance and present you with an in-vehicle report card detailing their habits.

Find out more about the Equinox when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or better yet, stop by to take it for a test drive!

Transform Your Truck Bed for Summer Fun

Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL
Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL

Though some people are already counting down to fall, there’s still plenty of summer days left to enjoy. If you have a Chevy Colorado or a Silverado, it’s easy to transform your truck bed to enhance your summer fun. Here are some simple ways to do that.

Truck Bed Picnic

Take a meal outdoors with your loved ones while avoiding sitting directly in the grass. All you need to bring are some pillows, a blanket, and your favorite homemade or takeout food.

Truck Bed Movie Night

You don’t have to go to a drive-in to catch a movie in your truck. Grab a laptop or a tablet and watch your favorite movies in the bed of your truck. All you need to do is blow up an air mattress that fits, get some blankets and pillows, and lay back and watch. And pack some movie snacks and drinks in case you have the munchies.

Truck Bed Camping

Thanks to Chevy technology and towing capabilities, you might have already used your truck for camping. Consider truck bed camping in your backyard or driveway, to adhere to social distancing standards while still having a delightful night outside of the house.

For more ideas to get the most out of your Chevy truck, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Reveals Gas Mileage and Tow Rating for the 2021 Tahoe

2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL
2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most anticipated upcoming additions to the Chevrolet lineup. The brand has tweaked the model to be bigger and bolder than ever. Now, we know a little more about this SUV, since Chevy released the gas mileage and tow ratings for the 2021 Tahoe.

The 2021 Tahoe manages to squeeze out an EPA-estimated 20 mpg on the highway, when equipped with the standard 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. Engines with higher power outputs lower the fuel economy by just a bit.

Towing capacity is where the 2021 Tahoe really shines, however. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more impressive metrics among large SUVs. When the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and comes configured with 2WD, it can tow up to 7,900 pounds. Opting for 4WD lowers that tow rating by just 200 pounds. Regardless of which drivetrain you go with, you can easily bring along a camper or boat on your family’s next getaway. 

Learn more about the upcoming 2021 Tahoe when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Can’t wait until the new model arrives? Stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 Tahoe models we have in stock right now. We’ll help match you with the right Tahoe to suit your family’s needs, preferences, and budget.