Jeff Gordon Chevy Proud to Offer First Responders Preferred Pricing

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According to The American Security Council Foundation, there are an estimated 800,000 police officers, 1.13 Million firefighters, and 891,000 emergency medical service (EMS) professionals. To recognize the bravery, dedication and resolve of America’s first responders, Chevrolet and OnStar are offering a special discount below MSRP on new vehicles that is also compatible with most other offers and incentives.

In 2017, OnStar responded to nearly 46,000 Automatic Crash Response notifications in the U.S. in partnership with first responders. So, in addition to the special pricing, First Responders will also get 15% off OnStar Safety & Security and select Connected Services plans.

Jeff Gordon Chevy is proud to participate and extend the First Responder Discount to our Wilmington, North Carolina volunteer and paid firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, 911 dispatchers, and police (including: Officers, Sheriffs/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officers, State Troopers and Federal Law Enforcement Officers.)

To get started, visit GMFirstResponderDiscount.com to get your ID.me authorization number and head over to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet  by 1/2/19 to claim your discount on your new Chevy car, truck, or SUV!

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New Silverado to Feature Those Flashing Blue Lights (And Some Other Stuff)

The North American Truck of the Year – the all-new Silverado 1500 – has been adopted to join the police force as a Special Service Vehicle (SSV) and should start showing up on highways near you this summer, according to Chevrolet.

The Silverado 1500 Crew Cab “SSV package” will be a combination of the standard/base work truck (WT) and 1LS trim levels. They’ll use the same 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that is available to consumers – producing 355HP and 383 lb.-ft. of torque (while still getting 23 MPG highway.) But that’s where the similarities end. The Silverado SSV will be equipped with a 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which will allow officers to drive and operate all of those computers, cameras, radios, and, of course, those flashing blue lights.

Other optional equipment will include spot lamps, siren system, and strobes for the grille, headlights, and taillights. Law enforcement agencies can also choose to swap the center seat to mount a vertical gun rack or computers, mount an auxiliary dome lamp, or install a rear-view camera. There will also be another feature called the “common key package” that would allow a municipality to operate all of their Tahoe PPV and Silverado SSV trucks with the same key.

So why the Silverado? Along with being awarded Truck of the Year, Pickup of the Year, Four-Wheeler of the Year, and dashing good looks, the Silverado 1500 was also recognized for its low cost of ownership, an important deciding factor for municipalities and government agencies. Other government agencies such as fish and game enforcement and border patrol are liking the idea of the Silverado SSV as well. We got more photos of the Silverado, Tahoe, and other vehicles to keep your eye out for on the road below.

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How To Get Pulled Over by the Cops

Well, this may seem like a pointless post since we did all have to take a driving test in order to obtain our licenses – we already know the rules of the road! Unfortunately, road rage is becoming more and more prominent these days and everyone probably needs a little reminder.

Here are the top 5 things that catch the attention of traffic police:

  1. Speeding
    Well, duh. But why? The faster you go, the longer it takes for you to react to an unexpected situation. Braking distance also increases as your speed builds.
  2. Cell Phones
    We all know that texting and driving is a big no-no. In North Carolina, it is legal to talk on your cell phone while driving, but using Bluetooth or some hands-free device will keep an officer’s eyes off of you.
  3. Hazardous Driving
    This includes: blowing stop-signs and lights, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, and driving at unsafe speeds. The cops are also going to notice when you’re busy shaving, putting on make-up, or changing your clothes. Of course, it’s not necessarily against the law to do these things, but you’re only drawing attention to yourself and a cop will likely pull you over as soon as you slip up.
  4. Equipment Violations
    Leading the list are: heavily tinted windows, burnt-out headlights, broken windshields, expired tags, etc.
  5. Cruising on the Highway
    Cruising in the left lane on a multi-lane highway instead of using it only to pass slower traffic on the right will grab an officer’s attention. The same goes if you’re going significantly slower than the normal traffic flow.

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So, when you do get pulled over, know that officers have legal discretion in what they can cite you for. Saying or doing the wrong thing may make things worse. When the officer approaches you and says: “Do you know why I stopped you today?” – take a minute to answer. If you admit guilt or name a specific speed that you were driving, your fate is sealed. Be courteous but vague. However, if it’s very clear you’ve done something wrong, it won’t help being too evasive either.