Driving Information Chevrolet Traverse

Distracted Driving
Defensive Driving
Impaired Driving
Control of a Vehicle
Off-Road Recovery
Loss of Control
Off-Road Driving
Driving on Wet Roads
Hill and Mountain Roads
Winter Driving
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
Vehicle Load Limits

Driving for Better Fuel Economy.
Driving habits can affect fuel mileage. Here are some driving tips to get the best fuel economy possible.
● Set the climate controls to the desired temperature after the engine is started, or turn them off when not required.
● On AWD vehicles, see Driver Mode Control.
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● Avoid fast starts and accelerate smoothly.
● Brake gradually and avoid abrupt stops.
● Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time.
● When road and weather conditions are appropriate, use cruise control.
● Always follow posted speed limits or drive more slowly when conditions require.
● Keep vehicle tires properly inflated.
● Combine several trips into a single trip.
● Replace the vehicle’s tires with the same.
TPC Spec number molded into the tire’s sidewall near the size.
● Follow recommended scheduled maintenance.
Distracted Driving.
Distraction comes in many forms and can take your focus from the task of driving.
Exercise good judgment and do not let other activities divert your attention away from the road. Many local governments have enacted laws regarding driver distraction.
Become familiar with the local laws in your area.
To avoid distracted driving, keep your eyes on the road, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and focus your attention on driving.
● Do not use a phone in demanding driving situations. Use a hands-free method to place or receive necessary phone calls.
● Watch the road. Do not read, take notes, or look up information on phones or other electronic devices.
● Designate a front seat passenger to handle potential distractions.
● Become familiar with vehicle features before driving, such as programming favorite radio stations and adjusting climate control and seat settings. Program all trip information into any navigation device prior to driving.
● Wait until the vehicle is parked to retrieve items that have fallen to the floor.
● Stop or park the vehicle to tend to children.
● Keep pets in an appropriate carrier or restraint.
● Avoid stressful conversations while driving, whether with a passenger or on a cell phone.
Taking your eyes off the road too long or too often could cause a crash resulting in injury or death. Focus your attention on driving.
Refer to the infotainment section for more information on using that system and the navigation system, if equipped, including pairing and using a cell phone.
Defensive Driving.
Defensive driving means “always expect the unexpected.” The first step in driving defensively is to wear the seat belt. See.
Seat Belts 0 48.
● Assume that other road users.
(pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers) are going to be careless and make mistakes. Anticipate what they may do and be ready.
● Allow enough following distance between you and the driver in front of you.
● Focus on the task of driving.
Impaired Driving.
Death and injury associated with impaired driving is a global tragedy.
Drinking alcohol or taking drugs and then driving is very dangerous. Your reflexes, perceptions, attentiveness, and judgment can be affected by even a small amount of alcohol or drugs. You can have a serious — or even fatal — collision if you drive after drinking or taking drugs.
Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or ride with a driver who has been drinking or is impaired by drugs. Find alternate transportation home; or if you are with a group, designate a driver who will remain sober.
Control of a Vehicle.
Braking, steering, and accelerating are important factors in helping to control a vehicle while driving.
Braking action involves perception time and reaction time. Deciding to push the brake pedal is perception time. Actually doing it is reaction time.
Average driver reaction time is about three-quarters of a second. In that time, a vehicle moving at 100 km/h (60 mph) travels.
20. m (66 ft), which could be a lot of distance in an emergency.
Helpful braking tips to keep in mind include:.
● Keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
● Avoid needless heavy braking.
● Keep pace with traffic.
If the engine ever stops while the vehicle is being driven, brake normally but do not pump the brakes. Doing so could make the pedal harder to push down. If the engine stops, there will be some power brake assist but it will be used when the brake is applied. Once the power assist is used up, it can take longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder to push.
Electric Power Steering.
To avoid damage to the steering system, do not drive over curbs, parking barriers, or similar objects at speeds greater than.
3. km/h (1 mph). Use care when driving over other objects such as lane dividers and speed bumps. Damage caused by misuse of the vehicle is not covered by the vehicle warranty.
The vehicle has electric power steering.
It does not have power steering fluid.
Regular maintenance is not required.
If power steering assist is lost due to a system malfunction, the vehicle can be steered, but may require increased effort.
If the steering assist is used for an extended period of time while the vehicle is not moving, power assist may be reduced.
If the steering wheel is turned until it reaches the end of its travel and is held against that position for an extended period of time, power steering assist may be reduced.
Normal use of the power steering assist should return when the system cools down.
See your dealer if there is a problem.
Curve Tips.
● Take curves at a reasonable speed.
● Reduce speed before entering a curve.
● Maintain a reasonable steady speed through the curve.
● Wait until the vehicle is out of the curve before accelerating gently into the straightaway.
Steering in Emergencies.
● There are some situations when steering around a problem may be more effective than braking.
● Holding both sides of the steering wheel allows you to turn 180 degrees without removing a hand.
● The Antilock Brake System (ABS) allows steering while braking.
Off-Road Recovery.
The vehicle’s right wheels can drop off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while driving. Follow these tips:.
● Ease off the accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer the vehicle so that it straddles the edge of the pavement.
● Turn the steering wheel about one-eighth of a turn, until the right front tire contacts the pavement edge.
● Turn the steering wheel to go straight down the roadway.
Loss of Control.
There are three types of skids that correspond to the vehicle’s three control systems:.
● Braking Skid — wheels are not rolling.
● Steering or Cornering Skid — too much speed or steering in a curve causes tires to slip and lose cornering force.
● Acceleration Skid — too much throttle causes the driving wheels to spin.
Defensive drivers avoid most skids by taking reasonable care suited to existing conditions, and by not overdriving those conditions. But skids are always possible.
If the vehicle starts to slide, follow these suggestions:.
● Ease your foot off the accelerator pedal and steer the way you want the vehicle to go. The vehicle may straighten out. Be ready for a second skid if it occurs.
● Slow down and adjust your driving according to weather conditions. Stopping distance can be longer and vehicle control can be affected when traction is reduced by water, snow, ice, gravel, or other material on the road. Learn to recognize warning clues — such as enough water, ice, or packed snow on the road to make a mirrored surface — and slow down when you have any doubt.
● Try to avoid sudden steering, acceleration, or braking, including reducing vehicle speed by shifting to a lower gear. Any sudden changes could cause the tires to slide.
Remember: Antilock brakes help avoid only the braking skid.
Off-Road Driving.
All-wheel-drive vehicles can be used for off-road driving. Vehicles without all-wheel drive and vehicles not equipped with All.
Terrain (AT) or On-Off Road (OOR) tires must not be driven off-road except on a level, solid surface. To contact the tire manufacturer for more information about the original equipment tires, see the warranty manual.
Controlling the vehicle is the key to successful off-road driving. One of the best ways to control the vehicle is to control the speed.
When driving off-road, bouncing and quick changes in direction can easily throw you out of position. This could cause you to lose control and crash. You and your passengers should always wear seat belts.
Before Driving Off-Road.
● Have all necessary maintenance and service work completed.
● Fuel the vehicle, fill fluid levels, and check inflation pressure in all tires, including the spare, if equipped.
● Read all the information about all-wheel-drive vehicles in this manual.
● Make sure all underbody shields, if equipped, are properly attached.
● Know the local laws that apply to off-road driving.
To gain more ground clearance if needed, it may be necessary to remove the front fascia lower air dam. However, driving without the air dam reduces fuel economy.
Operating the vehicle for extended periods without the front fascia lower air dam installed can cause improper airflow to the engine. Reattach the front fascia air dam after off-road driving.
Loading the Vehicle for Off-Road Driving.
● Unsecured cargo on the load floor can be tossed about when driving over rough terrain. You or your passengers can be struck by flying objects. Secure the cargo properly.
● Keep cargo in the cargo area as far forward and as low as possible. The heaviest things should be on the floor, forward of the rear axle.
● Heavy loads on the roof raise the vehicle’s center of gravity, making it more likely to roll over. You can be seriously or fatally injured if the vehicle rolls over. Put heavy loads inside the cargo area, not on the roof.
For more information about loading the vehicle, see Vehicle Load Limits 0 210.
Environmental Concerns.
● Always use established trails, roads, and areas that have been set aside for public off-road recreational driving and obey all posted regulations.
● Do not damage shrubs, flowers, trees, or grasses or disturb wildlife.
● Do not park over things that burn. See.
Parking over Things That Burn 0 219.
Driving on Hills.
Driving safely on hills requires good judgment and an understanding of what the vehicle can and cannot do.
Many hills are simply too steep for any vehicle. Driving up hills can cause the vehicle to stall. Driving down hills can cause loss of control. Driving across hills can cause a rollover. You could be injured or killed. Do not drive on steep hills.
Before driving on a hill, assess the steepness, traction, and obstructions. If the terrain ahead cannot be seen, get out of the vehicle and walk the hill before driving further.
When driving on hills:.
● Use a low gear and keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
● Maintain a slow speed.
● When possible, drive straight up or down the hill.
● Slow down when approaching the top of the hill.
● Use headlamps even during the day to make the vehicle more visible.
Driving to the top of a hill at high speed can cause a crash. There could be a drop-off, embankment, cliff, or even another vehicle. You could be seriously injured or killed. As you near the top of a hill, slow down and stay alert.
● Never go downhill forward or backward with the transmission in N (Neutral). The brakes could overheat and you could lose control.
● When driving down a hill, keep the vehicle headed straight down. Use a low gear because the engine will work with the brakes to slow the vehicle and help keep the vehicle under control.
Heavy braking when going down a hill can cause your brakes to overheat and fade. This could cause loss of control and you or others could be injured or killed.
Apply the brakes lightly when descending a hill and use a low gear to keep vehicle speed under control.
If the vehicle stalls on a hill:.
● Apply the brakes to stop the vehicle, and then apply the parking brake.
● Shift into P (Park) and then restart the engine.
● If driving uphill when the vehicle stalls, shift to R (Reverse), release the parking brake, and back straight down.
● Never try to turn the vehicle around.
If the hill is steep enough to stall the vehicle, it is steep enough to cause it to roll over.
● If you cannot make it up the hill, back straight down the hill.
● Never back down a hill in N (Neutral) using only the brake.
● The vehicle can roll backward quickly and you could lose control.
● If driving downhill when the vehicle stalls, shift to a lower gear, release the parking brake, and drive straight down the hill.
● If the vehicle cannot be restarted after stalling, set the parking brake, shift the transmission into P (Park), and turn the vehicle off.
● 1. Leave the vehicle and seek help.
● 2. Stay clear of the path the vehicle would take if it rolled downhill.
● Avoid turns that take the vehicle across the incline of the hill. A hill that can be driven straight up or down might be too steep to drive across. Driving across an incline puts more weight on the downhill wheels which could cause a downhill slide or a rollover.
● Surface conditions can be a problem.
Loose gravel, muddy spots, or even wet grass can cause the tires to slip sideways, downhill. If the vehicle slips sideways, it can hit something and potentially and roll over.
● Hidden obstacles can make the steepness of the incline more severe. If a rock is driven across with the uphill wheels, or if the downhill wheels drop into a rut or depression, the vehicle can tilt even more.
● If an incline must be driven across, and the vehicle starts to slide, turn downhill.
This should help straighten out the vehicle and prevent the side slipping.
Getting out of the vehicle on the downhill side when stopped across an incline is dangerous. If the vehicle rolls over, you could be crushed or killed.
Always get out on the uphill side of the vehicle and stay well clear of the rollover path.
Driving in Mud, Sand, Snow, or Ice.
Use a low gear when driving in mud – the deeper the mud, the lower the gear. Keep the vehicle moving to avoid getting stuck.
Traction changes when driving on sand. On loose sand, such as on beaches or sand dunes, the tires tend to sink into the sand.
This affects steering, accelerating, and braking. Drive at a reduced speed and avoid sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers.
Traction is reduced on hard packed snow and ice and it is easy to lose control. Reduce vehicle speed when driving on hard packed snow and ice.
Driving on frozen lakes, ponds, or rivers can be dangerous. Ice conditions vary greatly and the vehicle could fall through the ice; you and your passengers could drown. Drive your vehicle on safe surfaces only.
Driving in Water.
Driving through rushing water can be dangerous. Deep water can sweep your vehicle downstream and you and your passengers could drown. If it is only shallow water, it can still wash away the ground from under your tires. Traction could be lost, and the vehicle could roll over. Do not drive through rushing water.
Do not drive through standing water if it is deep enough to cover the wheel hubs, axles, or exhaust pipe. Deep water can damage the axle and other vehicle parts.
If the standing water is not too deep, drive through it slowly. At faster speeds, water can get into the engine and cause it to stall.
Stalling can occur if the exhaust pipe is under water. Do not turn off the ignition when driving through water. If the exhaust pipe is under water, the engine will not start. When going through water, the brakes get wet and it may take longer to stop. See.
Driving on Wet Roads 0 207.
After Off-Road Driving.
Remove any brush or debris that has collected on the underbody or chassis, or under the hood. These accumulations can be a fire hazard.
After operation in mud or sand, have the brake linings cleaned and checked. These substances can cause glazing and uneven braking. Check the body structure, steering, suspension, wheels, tires, and exhaust system for damage and check the fuel lines and cooling system for any leakage.
More frequent maintenance service is required. See Maintenance Schedule 0 338.
Driving on Wet Roads.
Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive slower in these types of driving conditions and avoid driving through large puddles and deep-standing or flowing water.
Wet brakes can cause crashes. They might not work as well in a quick stop and could cause pulling to one side. You could lose control of the vehicle.
After driving through a large puddle of water or a car/vehicle wash, lightly apply the brake pedal until the brakes work normally.
Flowing or rushing water creates strong forces. Driving through flowing water could cause the vehicle to be carried away. If this happens, you and other vehicle occupants could drown. Do not.
Warning (Continued) ignore police warnings and be very cautious about trying to drive through flowing water.
Hydroplaning is dangerous. Water can build up under the vehicle’s tires so they actually ride on the water. This can happen if the road is wet enough and you are going fast enough. When the vehicle is hydroplaning, it has little or no contact with the road.
There is no hard and fast rule about hydroplaning. The best advice is to slow down when the road is wet.
Other Rainy Weather Tips.
Besides slowing down, other wet weather driving tips include:.
● Allow extra following distance.
● Pass with caution.
● Keep windshield wiping equipment in good shape.
● Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir filled.
● Have good tires with proper tread depth.
See Tires 0 298.
● Turn off cruise control.
● Activate All-Wheel Drive (AWD) mode. See.
Driver Mode Control 0 227.
Coasting downhill in N (Neutral) or with the ignition off is dangerous. This can cause overheating of the brakes and loss of steering assist. Always have the engine running and the vehicle in gear.
● Drive at speeds that keep the vehicle in its own lane. Do not swing wide or cross the center line.
● Be alert on top of hills; something could be in your lane (e.g., stalled car, crash).
● Pay attention to special road signs (e.g., falling rocks area, winding roads, long grades, passing or no-passing zones) and take appropriate action.
● Select All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Mode. See.
Driver Mode Control 0 227 and.
All-Wheel Drive 0 222.
Winter Driving.
Driving on Snow or Ice.
To avoid damage to the wheels and brake components, always clear snow and ice from inside the wheels and underneath the vehicle before driving.
Snow or ice between the tires and the road creates less traction or grip, so drive carefully. Wet ice can occur at about 0 °C.
(32 °F) when freezing rain begins to fall.
Avoid driving on wet ice or in freezing rain until roads can be treated.
For Slippery Road Driving:.
● Accelerate gently. Accelerating too quickly causes the wheels to spin and makes the surface under the tires slick.
● Turn on Traction Control. See Traction.
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● The Antilock Brake System (ABS) improves vehicle stability during hard stops, but the brakes should be applied sooner than when on dry pavement. See Antilock.
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● Allow greater following distance and watch for slippery spots. Icy patches can occur on otherwise clear roads in shaded areas. The surface of a curve or an overpass can remain icy when the surrounding roads are clear. Avoid sudden steering maneuvers and braking while on ice.
● Turn off cruise control.
Cold Weather Mode.
In very low temperatures, a cold weather message may display on the Driver.
Information Center (DIC). The engine speed, transmission shift patterns, and cabin fan speed may operate differently to enable the vehicle to warm up quicker. You can manually override the cabin fan speed in cold weather mode.
Blizzard Conditions.
Stop the vehicle in a safe place and signal for help. Stay with the vehicle unless there is help nearby. If possible, use Roadside.
Assistance. See Roadside Assistance Program.
0. 356. To get help and keep everyone in the vehicle safe:.
● Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
● Tie a red cloth to an outside mirror.
Snow can trap engine exhaust under the vehicle. This may cause exhaust gases to get inside. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide (CO), which cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause unconsciousness and even death.
If the vehicle is stuck in snow:.
● Clear snow from the base of the vehicle, especially any blocking the exhaust pipe.
● Open a window about 5 cm (2 in) on the vehicle side that is away from the wind, to bring in fresh air.
● Fully open the air outlets on or under the instrument panel.
● Adjust the climate control system to circulate the air inside the vehicle and set the fan speed to the highest setting. See “Climate Control Systems.”.
For more information about CO, see.
Engine Exhaust 0 219.
To save fuel, run the engine for short periods to warm the vehicle and then shut the engine off and partially close the window. Moving about to keep warm also helps.
If it takes time for help to arrive, when running the engine, push the accelerator pedal slightly so the engine runs faster than the idle speed. This keeps the battery charged to restart the vehicle and to signal for help with the headlamps. Do this as little as possible, to save fuel.
If the Vehicle Is Stuck.
Slowly and cautiously spin the wheels to free the vehicle when stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow.
If stuck too severely for the traction system to free the vehicle, turn the traction system off and use the rocking method. See.
Traction Control/Electronic Stability Control.
0. 225.
If the vehicle’s tires spin at high speed, they can explode, and you or others could be injured. The vehicle can.
overheat, causing an engine compartment fire or other damage. Spin the wheels as little as possible and avoid going above.
56. km/h (35 mph).
Select All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Mode. See.
Driver Mode Control 0 227 and.
All-Wheel Drive 0 222.
Rocking the Vehicle to Get it Out.
Turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the area around the front wheels. Turn off any traction system. Shift back and forth between R (Reverse) and a low forward gear, spinning the wheels as little as possible. To prevent transmission wear, wait until the wheels stop spinning before shifting gears.
Release the accelerator pedal while shifting, and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transmission is in gear. Slowly spinning the wheels in the forward and reverse directions causes a rocking motion that could free the vehicle. If that does not get the vehicle out after a few tries, it might need to be towed out. If the vehicle does need to be towed out, see Towing the.
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Vehicle Load Limits.
It is very important to know how much weight the vehicle can carry. This weight is called the vehicle capacity weight and includes the weight of all occupants, cargo, and all nonfactory-installed options. Two labels on the vehicle may show how much weight it may properly carry, the Tire and Loading Information label and the.
Certification/Tire label.
Do not load the vehicle any heavier than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
(GVWR), or either the maximum front or rear Gross Axle Weight.
Rating (GAWR). This can cause systems to break and change the way the vehicle handles. This could cause loss of control and a crash.
Overloading can also reduce stopping performance, damage the tires, and shorten the life of the vehicle.
Tire and Loading Information Label.
Example Label.
A vehicle-specific Tire and Loading.
Information label is attached to the center pillar (B-pillar). The tire and loading information label shows the number of occupant seating positions (1), and the maximum vehicle capacity weight (2) in kilograms and pounds.
The Tire and Loading Information label also shows the size of the original equipment tires (3) and the recommended cold tire inflation pressures (4). For more information on tires and inflation see Tires 0 298 and.
Tire Pressure 0 304.
There is also important loading information on the vehicle Certification/.
Tire label. It may show the Gross.
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the front and rear axle. See.
“Certification/Tire Label” later in this section.
“Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit–.
● Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or.
XXX lbs.” on your vehicle’s placard.
● Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
● Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
● The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs.
and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs.
(1400-750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.).
● Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in.
Step 4.
● If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.”.
See Trailer Towing 0 261 for important information on towing a trailer, towing safety rules and trailering tips.
Example 1.
● Vehicle Capacity Weight for.
Example 1 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs).
● Subtract Occupant Weight @.
68. kg (150 lbs) Ч 2 = 136 kg.
(300 lbs).
● Available Occupant and Cargo.
Weight = 317 kg (700 lbs).
Example 2.
● Vehicle Capacity Weight for.
Example 2 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs).
● Subtract Occupant Weight @.
68. kg (150 lbs) Ч 5 = 340 kg.
(750 lbs).
● Available Cargo Weight = 113 kg.
(250 lbs).
Example 3.
● Vehicle Capacity Weight for.
Example 3 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs).
● Subtract Occupant Weight @ 91 kg.
(200 lbs) Ч 5 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs).
● Available Cargo Weight =.
0. kg (0 lbs).
Refer to the vehicle’s tire and loading information label for specific information about the vehicle’s capacity weight and seating positions. The combined weight of the driver, passengers, and cargo should never exceed the vehicle’s capacity weight.
Certification/Tire Label.
Label Example.
A vehicle-specific Certification/Tire label is attached to the center pillar (B-pillar).
The label may show the size of the vehicle’s original tires and the inflation pressures needed to obtain the gross weight capacity of the vehicle. The label shows the gross weight capacity of the vehicle. This is called the Gross Vehicle.
Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel, and cargo.
The Certification/Tire label may also show the maximum weights for the front and rear axles, called the Gross.
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). To find out the actual loads on the front and rear axles, weigh the vehicle at a weigh station. Your dealer can help with this.
Be sure to spread the load equally on both sides of the centerline.
Overloading the vehicle may cause damage. Repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not overload the vehicle.
Things inside the vehicle can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in a crash.
● Put things in the cargo area of the vehicle. In the cargo area, put them as far forward as possible.
Try to spread the weight evenly.
● Never stack heavier things, like suitcases, inside the vehicle so that some of them are above the tops of the seats.
● Do not leave an unsecured child restraint in the vehicle.
● Secure loose items in the vehicle.
● Do not leave a seat folded down unless needed.

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