Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

How Does the Adaptive Cruise Control Feature Work in Your Volkswagen?

Monday, January 3rd, 2022
Volkswagen Adaptive Cruise Control

What Is Adaptive Cruise Control? 

Navigating rush-hour traffic can be exasperating, especially after a tiring day at work. Also, monotonous highway driving could get on your nerves. At such times, don’t you wish for a co-driver in your cockpit? The Adaptive Cruise Control feature fitted in most Volkswagen models is such an intelligent function that works as a co-driver. What is Adaptive Cruise Control? By using a radar sensor, camera, and navigation system data, the Adaptive Cruise Control system maintains a set speed from the vehicle in front of you. Additionally, it monitors the traffic situation and applies the brakes and accelerates as needed. Along with the Side Assist feature, this system can be of great help on highways. At Team Gunther VW in Daphne, AL, we present a video prepared by the Volkswagen brand that explains the system in further detail. If you want to understand the intricacies of this system in person, you could schedule a test drive.   


How Does the Side Assist Feature Work?

Monday, December 6th, 2021
Lane Change Assist System

An Overview of the Lane Change System 

Changing lanes, especially on the highway and traffic-ridden city roads, can be quite challenging. The Volkswagen brand has considered this. Two radar systems in the rear of your Volkswagen keep an eye on the areas behind you and the blind spots at the sides. Whether or not you wish to change the lane, the Side Assist feature warns you of potential risks if you decide to go for a lane change. This feature is active at speeds of 30 km/hr or higher. Interestingly, the Side Assist feature is always offered with Rear Traffic Alert as a standard feature and Lane Assist as an optional system. At Team Gunther VW in Daphne, AL, we provide you with a video prepared by the folks at Volkswagen that gives you an overview of the lane change system. 


Why Is It Easy to Back up with Your Volkswagen?

Saturday, November 27th, 2021
Rear Traffic Alert

How Does the Rear Traffic Alert Work in Your Volkswagen? 

Backing up or reversing any vehicle can be a big pain! The Volkswagen brand has considered this. It presents the Rear Traffic Alert. How does the Rear Traffic Alert work in your Volkswagen? This system uses two radar sensors integrated into the front bumper, which scans for traffic approaching from the sides. You are alerted if it detects an obstacle. If you don’t react, it undertakes an emergency stop. To understand how it works better, at Team Gunther VW in Daphne, AL, we provide you with a video prepared by the folks at Volkswagen.  


Your catalytic converter is worth a lot, are you properly protecting it?

Monday, June 21st, 2021
A catalytic converter attached to a vehicle's exhaust pipe.

Why do people steal catalytic converters?

Thieves breaking into vehicles has been a problem since vehicles and thieves have overlapped. Most Team Gunther Volkswagen customers in Daphne are very conscious about bringing their electronics in the house with them, because of the potential for data loss. However, there are still a lot of valuable parts and components to modern automobiles that people are willing to take. Catalytic converters are among the most common car parts stolen – especially in the last year or so. So, why do people steal catalytic converters? Obviously, money is the main reason. Also, let’s not forget that catalytic converters are vulnerable and easy targets. Let’s take a closer look at some things you should know.  (more…)

Volkswagen introduces new active safety features in 2021 models

Friday, March 26th, 2021
The Volkswagen steering wheel will control many of the safety functions now available.

What does Volkswagen Travel Assist/Emergency Assist do?

There are a lot of advances in technology happening in and around the world of Volkswagen vehicles. Lately, the automaker’s coming roster of electric vehicles has been getting a lot of attention and that is overshadowing some of the safety innovations that can be found in several models available at the Team Gunther VW showroom right now. One of the newest features can actually work with other systems to take control of the vehicle and bring it safely to a stop if needed. So, what does Volkswagen Travel Assist/Emergency Assist do? Our team found a helpful video and wanted to share it with you. Let’s take a closer look at some of this technology’s highlights.  (more…)

A Labor Day Weekend trip can be fun and safe with these tips

Friday, August 7th, 2020
An illustrated picture of a family in a vehicle going on a trip.

Is it safe to travel for Labor Day Weekend in 2020?

Packing up the family and hitting the road for one last vacation before the end of summer is a great American tradition. However, world events have conspired to make this a harder decision to make this year. So, is it safe to travel on Labor Day Weekend in 2020? We can’t make that determination for you and your family. Certainly, if someone isn’t feeling well or is at an increased risk of getting sick, it’s probably wise to just stay home this year. However, if you’re confident you can stay safe and healthy while exploring a new area, our team found this list of tips that could make trip planning a little easier. Let’s take a look at what they found.  (more…)

After you have cleaned everything, don’t forget about your vehicle

Friday, March 27th, 2020
A stock photo of a person washing their hands.

What is the quickest way to disinfect a car?

The effects of COVID-19 have forced us to change the way we do just about everything we used to take for granted. Team Gunther Volkswagen has implemented several new protocols to protect our customers while we’re working with them. You have probably already scrubbed the inside of your house so hard the paint is starting to peel, but have you thought to expand those efforts to the vehicle sitting in your driveway. So, what is the quickest way to disinfect car? A few of the product experts working at the Team Gunther VW showroom did some online research and spoke with some of the experts in our service department to gather the information. Let’s take a look at what they found.  (more…)

Team Gunther VW introduces new safety protocols to protect customers and staff

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
A stock photo of a person disinfecting the inside of a car.

Can I still schedule a test drive in Alabama?

New surrounding the spread of COVID-19 is constantly changing. The top brass at Team Gunther Volkswagen have implemented some new rules and procedures to help do our part to limit the spread of the virus or ‘flatten the curve.’ However, if you’re wondering, ‘Can I still schedule a test drive in Alabama,’ the answer is, yes. As of right now there are no restrictions on operations and people are still more than welcome to visit our showroom to go for a test drive. On the other hand, if you would like to stay home, Team Gunther VW will be happy to bring a vehicle for you to test drive right to your front door. You can set this up today by calling 855-660-8226 to schedule an appointment with one of our product experts.   (more…)

Keep your vehicle safe from thieves this summer or all year around

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
A stock photo of a person breaking into a vehicle.

How can I prevent my car from being stolen?

According to available statistics, summer is the time of year when a car is most likely to get broken into or stolen. For the most part, these are crimes of opportunity and thieves are just looking for an easy target. Police and insurance experts say that keeping valuables out of sight and making sure a vehicle locked will go a long way toward making sure these criminals skip your vehicle. But if you’re looking for a few other ways to answer the question, ‘How can I prevent my car from being stolen,’ a few Team Gunther Volkswagen product experts found these videos that might be helpful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is something we can do to give you a little extra peace of mind. (more…)

Just put your phone down until you get to your destination

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
A stock photo of a person holding a phone while they're in a car.

Is it illegal to text-and-drive in Alabama?

If there is anybody who seems to have a smartphone surgically attached to their hand, it’s just about any of the product experts working at the Team Gunther Volkswagen showroom. An anonymous straw poll taken around the dealership found that quite a few of us are guilty of distracted driving sometimes. The reason we were curious is that we get asked, ‘Is it illegal to text-and-drive in Alabama,’ when we are explaining the incredible features available with our lineup of hatchbacks, sedans and crossover SUVs. There is no credible study on driving safety that says it’s ok to text and drive. Our product experts thought it would be beneficial to clearly explain the legal consequences of this bad, if not outright dangerous, habit. (more…)