ESP CHEVROLET AVEO 2007 1.G Owners Manual
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or the safety belts!
With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle
does. You get more time to stop. You stop
over more distance, and your strongest bones
take the forces. That is why safety belts
make such good sense.
Questions and Answers About
Q:Will I be trapped in the vehicle after an
accident if I am wearing a safety belt?
A:Youcouldbe — whether you are wearing a
safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a
safety belt, even if you are upside down. And
your chance of being conscious during and
after an accident, so youcanunbuckle and get
out, ismuchgreater if you are belted.
Q:If my vehicle has airbags, why should I
have to wear safety belts?
A:Airbags are supplemental systems only; so
they workwithsafety belts — not instead of
them. Every airbag system ever offered
for sale has required the use of safety belts.
Even if you are in a vehicle that has airbags,
you still have to buckle up to get the most
protection. That is true not only in frontal
collisions, but especially in side and other
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Doors and Locks
Unlocked doors can be dangerous.
Passengers, especially children, can
easily open the doors and fall out of a
moving vehicle. When a door is
locked, the handle will not open it.
You increase the chance of being
thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if
the doors are not locked. So, wear
safety belts properly and lock the
doors whenever you drive.
Young children who get into unlocked
vehicles may be unable to get out. A
child can be overcome by extreme
heat and can suffer permanent injuries
or even death from heat stroke.
Always lock your vehicle whenever
you leave it.
Outsiders can easily enter through an
unlocked door when you slow down
or stop your vehicle. Locking your
doors can help prevent this from
There are several ways to lock and unlock your
From the outside, use your key or the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. SeeRemote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation on
To manually unlock the front doors from the
outside, insert the key and turn it toward the front
of the vehicle. To manually lock the doors from
the outside, insert the key and turn it toward
the rear of the vehicle.
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Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets
in a vehicle with the windows closed is
dangerous. They can be overcome by the
extreme heat and suffer permanent
injuries or even death from heat stroke.
Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a
pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the
windows closed in warm or hot weather.
Use the window crank to open and close each
The rear windows do not open fully.
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The window lockout
is located with the
Press the lockout button to stop the front and rear
passengers from using their window switches.
The driver can still operate all the windows with the
lockout on. Press the lockout button again to
return to normal window operation.
To block out glare you can swing down the visors.
You can also remove them from the center
mount and swing them to the side.
Visor Vanity Mirror
Your vehicle has vanity mirrors located on the
back of the sun visors. Swing down the sun visor
to expose the vanity mirror.
Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some
cities. Although your vehicle has a number of
theft-deterrent features, we know that nothing we
put on it can make it impossible to steal.
Your vehicle may have a theft-deterrent system.
The theft-deterrent system will not arm when
you lock the doors using the key or the manual
door lock. It arms only when you use the remote
keyless entry transmitter.
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Outside Power Mirror
For sedan models, the
control for the power
mirrors is located on the
instrument panel, left
of the steering wheel.
To adjust the mirrors, do the following:
1. Select the mirror you want to adjust by moving
the selector switch to L for the driver’s side
mirror or R for the passenger’s side mirror.
2. To adjust the mirror, press the corresponding
edges located on the four-way control pad to
move the mirror in the direction that you
want it to go - up, down, left or right.
The ignition must be turned to ON to adjust
the mirrors.For hatchback models,
the control for the power
mirror is located on
the driver’s door panel,
above the power
1. Select the mirror you want to adjust by
pressing the left side of the selector switch for
the driver’s side mirror or the right side for
the passenger’s side mirror.
2. To adjust each mirror, press the corresponding
edges located on the four-way control pad to
move the mirror in the direction that you
want it to go. The ignition must be turned to
ON to adjust the mirrors.
The outside rearview mirrors can be folded ﬂat
against the side of the vehicle by pushing
them toward the vehicle’s doors.
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The headlamps will automatically turn off when the
ignition key is turned to LOCK or ACC.
;(Parking Lamps):Turn the band to this
position to turn on the parking lamps, together with
the taillamps, license plate lamp, and instrument
OFF:Turn the band to this position to turn
all lamps off, except the Daytime Running
Headlamps on Reminder
If you open the driver’s door with the ignition
turned to LOCK or ACC while leaving the lamps
on, you will hear a warning chime.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier
for others to see the front of your vehicle during
the day. DRL can be helpful in many different
driving conditions, but they can be especially
helpful in the short periods after dawn and before
sunset. Fully functional daytime running lamps
are required on all vehicles ﬁrst sold in Canada.The DRL system will make your low-beam
headlamps come on when the following conditions
•The ignition is on.
•The exterior lamp band is in OFF or in the
parking lamp position.
•The parking brake is released.
An indicator light on instrument panel cluster will
come on when the DRL system is on.
When the DRL system is on, the taillamps,
sidemarker lamps, parking lamps and instrument
panel lights will not be illuminated unless you
have turned the exterior lamps control to
the parking lamp or headlamp position.
The DRL system will turn off when one of the
following conditions are met:
•The ignition is off.
•The parking brake is on.
•The high-beam headlamps are on.
•The low-beam headlamps are on.
•The ﬂash-to-pass feature is used.
As with any vehicle, you should turn on the
regular headlamp system when you need it.
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Frequency interference and static during normal
radio reception can occur if items such as cell
phone chargers, vehicle convenience accessories,
and external electronic devices are plugged into
the accessory power outlet. If there is interference
or static, unplug the item from the accessory
The range for most AM stations is greater than for
FM, especially at night. The longer range can
cause station frequencies to interfere with each
other. For better radio reception, most AM
radio stations boost the power levels during the
day, and then reduce these levels during the night.
Static can also occur when things like storms
and power lines interfere with radio reception.
When this happens, try reducing the treble on
FM stereo gives the best sound, but FM signals
reach only about 10 to 40 miles (16 to 65 km). Tall
buildings or hills can interfere with FM signals,
causing the sound to fade in and out.
Care of Your CDs
Handle CDs carefully. Store them in their original
cases or other protective cases and away from
direct sunlight and dust. The CD player scans the
bottom surface of the disc. If the surface of a
CD is damaged, such as cracked, broken,
or scratched, the CD does not play properly or not
at all. If the surface of a CD is soiled, take a
soft, lint free cloth or dampen a clean, soft cloth in
a mild, neutral detergent solution mixed with
water, and clean it. Make sure the wiping process
starts from the center to the edge.
Do not touch the bottom side of a CD while
handling it; this could damage the surface. Pick up
CDs by grasping the outer edges or the edge of
the hole and the outer edge.
Care of the CD Player
Do not use CD lens cleaners for CD players
because the lens of the CD optics can become
contaminated by lubricants.
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The body takes about an hour to rid itself of the
alcohol in one drink. No amount of coffee or
number of cold showers will speed that up. “I will
be careful” is not the right answer. What if
there is an emergency, a need to take sudden
action, as when a child darts into the street?
A person with even a moderate BAC might not be
able to react quickly enough to avoid the
There is something else about drinking and driving
that many people do not know. Medical research
shows that alcohol in a person’s system can make
crash injuries worse, especially injuries to the
brain, spinal cord, or heart. This means that when
anyone who has been drinking — driver or
passenger — is in a crash, that person’s chance
of being killed or permanently disabled is
higher than if the person had not been drinking.
Drinking and then driving is very
dangerous. Your re exes, perceptions,
attentiveness, and judgment can be
affected by even a small amount of
alcohol. You can have a serious — or
even fatal — collision if you drive after
drinking. Please do not drink and drive or
ride with a driver who has been drinking.
Ride home in a cab; or if you are with a
group, designate a driver who will not
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Remember: ABS does not change the time you
need to get your foot up to the brake pedal or
always decrease stopping distance. If you get too
close to the vehicle in front of you, you will not have
time to apply the brakes if that vehicle suddenly
slows or stops. Always leave enough room up
ahead to stop, even though you have ABS.
Do not pump the brakes. Just hold the brake
pedal down ﬁrmly and let anti-lock work for you.
You might feel a slight brake pedal pulsation
or notice some noise, but this is normal.
Braking in Emergencies
At some time, nearly every driver gets into a
situation that requires hard braking.
If you have ABS, you can steer and brake at the
same time. However, if you do not have ABS, your
ﬁrst reaction — to hit the brake pedal hard and
hold it down — might be the wrong thing to
do. Your wheels can stop rolling. Once they do,
the vehicle cannot respond to your steering.Momentum will carry it in whatever direction it was
headed when the wheels stopped rolling. That
could be off the road, into the very thing you were
trying to avoid, or into traffic.
If you do not have ABS, use a “squeeze” braking
technique. This will give you maximum braking
while maintaining steering control. You can do this
by pushing on the brake pedal with steadily
In an emergency, you will probably want to squeeze
the brakes hard without locking the wheels. If you
hear or feel the wheels sliding, ease off the brake
pedal. This will help you retain steering control. If
you do have ABS, it is different. SeeAnti-Lock
Brake System (ABS) on page 225.
In many emergencies, steering can help you more
than even the very best braking.
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So here are some tips for passing:
•Drive ahead. Look down the road, to the sides,
and to crossroads for situations that might
affect your passing patterns. If you have any
doubt whatsoever about making a successful
pass, wait for a better time.
•Watch for traffic signs, pavement markings, and
lines. If you can see a sign up ahead that might
indicate a turn or an intersection, delay your
pass. A broken center line usually indicates it is
all right to pass, providing the road ahead is
clear. Never cross a solid line on your side of
the lane or a double solid line, even if the road
seems empty of approaching traffic.
•Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to
pass while you are awaiting an opportunity. For
one thing, following too closely reduces your
area of vision, especially if you are following a
larger vehicle. Also, you will not have adequate
space if the vehicle ahead suddenly slows or
stops. Keep back a reasonable distance.
•When it looks like a chance to pass is coming
up, start to accelerate but stay in the right lane
and do not get too close. Time your move so
you will be increasing speed as the time comes
to move into the other lane. If the way is clear to
pass, you will have a running start that more
than makes up for the distance you would lose
by dropping back. And if something happens to
cause you to cancel your pass, you need only
slow down and drop back again and wait for
•If other vehicles are lined up to pass a slow
vehicle, wait your turn. But take care that
someone is not trying to pass you as you pull
out to pass the slow vehicle. Remember to
glance over your shoulder and check the