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<a href="[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_grand_cherokee_airbags.jpg"alt="X-ray view of airbag system on 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee"/></a>Side airbags are designed to protect passengers during perpendicular collisions and rollovers. These safety elements are common in most modern vehicles, including SUVs (like the new Jeep Grand Cherokee) and luxury sedans (such as the 2021 Chrysler 300). 

There are two categories: chest protectors and curtain units. The former, also known as torso airbags, deploy from the door or the seat. They protect the body during a collision, helping to reduce overall impact friction. 

Side curtain airbags are found along the ceiling of the vehicle and open across the windows, protecting the heads of all outboard passengers. These cover the first, second, and (if applicable) third-row seats. 

Because there is less buffer space on the side of the vehicle, these airbags deploy three times faster than those in the front. They also stay inflated for longer to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. Through these innovations they help to ensure safer experiences on the highways and trails alike, lessening the force of a collision. 

To learn more about the airbag coverage on new vehicles (such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300), contact our Calgary dealership today. Don't hesitate to request a demonstration of other key safety features as well. 
<a href="[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_trail_cam.jpg"alt="2021 Jeep Wrangler's TrailView Camera video feed displayed on Uconnect touchscreen"/></a>The new Jeep Wrangler boasts two main cameras meant to increase safety. One is in the front and the other in the rear - affording wide-angle perspectives and increasing visibility on the Calgary trails.

The Wrangler's forward-facing unit, also known as the TrailCam, shows what is directly ahead of the vehicle. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen and features dynamic tire-path lines superimposed on top of the video feed. This view is for off-road conditions and allows the driver to see obstacles - such as boulders - in real time. The tool is available on models with 8.4-inch touchscreens and will prove crucial when traversing rough roads.

The rear camera, known as the ParkView function, offers a wide-angle picture of the area behind the new Wrangler. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen, with dynamic gridlines to help guide the vehicle as the driver attempts to back into a parking space. It affords seamless navigation in tight corners.

To see these unique tools in action yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive in the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler. We will gladly provide a demonstration of the TrailCam and ParkView systems, as well as highlight additional safety features.
<a href="[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_dodge_grand_caravan_safety_locks.jpg"alt="A family outside their brick home putting a cooler and soccer balls into their 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan"/></a>Child safety locks are unique systems installed on the rear doors of most vehicles. They are especially relevant on family autos, such as the new Chrysler Pacifica and Grand Caravan - providing peace of mind to Alberta parents. 

When engaged, these features prevent passengers (especially curious young children) from interacting with the lock from the inside, whether the auto is in motion or stationary. This assures a safer driving experience for all.

While most vehicles offer these child safety devices, each model has a different way of engaging them. Some rely on a switch on the edge of the door. You can find this by opening it and looking along the side for a lever with a sign above it saying on-off or lock-unlock

Other autos instead have electronic controls on the steering wheel, the driver's door, or a different location in the front. If the child lock switch isn't immediately visible, you can find it by referencing the manufacturer's manual.

To learn more about the safety features of family vehicles like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica, contact our Calgary dealership today. Don't hesitate to request a test-drive in one of our new mini-van models as well.
2021 jeep wrangler for sale in calgary abDirty or diminished brake fluid will reduce stopping efficiency, which could lead to dangerous situations on the road. 

How does this issue arise? The heat from the pads can cause the liquid to lose its lubricative properties, or debris can contaminate it, leading to abrasions or corrosion. 

Changing the brake fluid and cleaning the system can ensure that your car will retain its stopping capabilities. When should you ask your service centre technician to check for an issue? First, your owner’s manual will offer maintenance recommendations for flushing and replacing the lubricant. Different makes and models have suggested schedules, ranging from two to five years or 30,000 to 40,000 km. 

A more efficient option is to check the brake system during regularly scheduled maintenance at your favourite Calgary service centre. The advantage of this approach is that the technician can usually spot low or contaminated fluid before it causes a problem. 

If you would like to learn more about our services for Calgary vehicle owners, contact us today. 
2021 ram 3500 for sale in calgary abTowing is a challenging undertaking. Luckily, trucks like the Ram 3500 come with various safety features that make the process easier and more secure. 

For example, pickups often have trailer sway control. This system relies on a combination of upward and downward pressure on the spring arms and hitch tongue to steady the load when needed. 

Standard active safety systems can also aid in towing. Blind-spot monitoring, for instance, alerts the driver when other vehicles are in the next lane and parallel to the trailer. This tool can supplement extra-wide mirrors (such as 7x11 ones), which offer a better view behind the vehicle.

In addition, some tire monitoring systems include a hookup for trailer wheels. This component allows the driver to get an early warning about a puncture that could lead to a loss of control. 

To learn more about the Ram 3500 and other trucks with trailer safety features, contact our Calgary, AB dealership today.
2021 chrysler pacifica for sale in calgary abThe wheelbase of a vehicle is the distance between the centres of its front and rear tires. It is a commonly-cited specification, but what does it mean? 

A car with a longer wheelbase has extra interior space. This connection might seem obvious, but the vehicle may also display less evident traits. For example, it will be more stable and offer a smoother ride. This is why SUVs and luxury cars often have lengthier dimensions. 

On the other hand, autos with shorter wheelbases offer better handling. For this reason, many sports cars have less distance between their front and back tires. 

Towing vehicles, such as pickup trucks like the Ram 1500, benefit from very long wheelbases because it makes it harder for them to lose control when pulling heavy loads. 

Whether you are interested in sports cars with shorter wheelbase measurements or lengthier sedans or trucks, contact our Calgary dealership today to inquire about our current offerings.
2021 chrysler pacifica for sale in calgary abA continuous variable transmission (CVT) is different from standard automatic and manual units, which have a fixed number of gears. Instead, it uses a pulley-like system connected to flexible composite belts. 

What are the benefits of this type of setup?

Since there is no shifting with a CVT, a vehicle can technically have an unlimited number of gears. The engine can always operate near peak efficiency because it can get the best possible ratio at any speed. Also, the system has fewer components, so it is much lighter than a standard transmission. This can lead to lower gas usage. 

When it comes to performance, a CVT offers smoother operation and steadier acceleration with no pauses for gear changes. At the same time, the components are more challenging to repair, and they do not work on autos that have powerful engines. Some hybrid vehicles, such as the Chrysler Pacifica, have an electromagnetic continuous variable transmission (EVT). 

To see which cars near you have a continuous variable transmission, contact our Calgary dealership today.
2021 ram for sale in calgary abElectric power steering (EPS) uses energy from the vehicle's battery to reduce the effort required to turn the wheel. Most new cars and many trucks have this system, though a few still rely on a hydraulic design. 

The EPS components include a brushless motor, sensors, and an electronic controller. The entire package usually sits inside the steering column. 

The system is very efficient. It conserves fuel and electricity since it remains in standby mode unless needed. Also, because of the design and components, it is easy for automakers to pair EPS with active safety tools such as lane-keeping assist and automated parking. 

The main drawback of this type of power steering is that any wiring, fuse, or battery failure can affect the functionality. These issues are rare in modern cars. Furthermore, though it could be hard to turn, the wheel will still function without electrical assistance. 

To learn more about this feature, contact our Calgary dealership today.
2021 jeep cherokee for sale in calgary abAdaptive cruise control (ACC), available on autos such as the Jeep Cherokee, enables your vehicle to maintain a set speed on the highway. It also relies on sensors to adjust the pace to ensure a safe following distance. Some cars even have a stop-and-go feature that works in heavier traffic. 

An ACC system relies on cameras, radar, or lasers to locate vehicles near yours as you drive down the highway. These sensors can measure distance and velocity and adjust the engine as needed to keep an appropriate gap. When the road is clear, the vehicle returns to its pre-set speed. 

You typically activate cruise control with buttons or knobs on the steering wheel or column. First, you engage the system and then accelerate to your desired speed. Most units require you to press a SET switch before removing your foot from the pedal. 

Additional controls allow you to increase or decrease the pace incrementally (1-2 km/h at a time). 

To see which vehicles have adaptive cruise control near you, contact our Calgary dealership today.
2020 ram 3500 for sale in calgary abDiesel engines have come a long way since the 1980’s. Today’s models avoid problems like noise and excessive emissions. Also, they have enhanced some of the advantages that make them a great option for specific tasks. 

What does diesel bring to Calgary drivers? First of all, the motors are more efficient than their gas counterparts.

The reason for this is their higher compression ratio. Diesel units use hot, dense air to ignite the fuel (instead of spark plugs). In addition to this attribute, the engine design has fewer components. The limited number of moving parts lowers the maintenance requirements. 

Another advantage of these units is that they provide more torque. The extra power may not be useful to some, but it comes in handy for towing, hauling, or acceleration. This is why pickup trucks, such as the Ram 3500, come with a diesel option. 

To check the availability of diesel-power vehicles near you, contact our Calgary dealership today.
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