By Cameron Conaway
The average American, according to Harvard Health Publications, spends about 101 minutes per day driving. This amounts to about 50 hours per month. Hold on to that for a moment. Now consider this: The typical college class involves a student being present in the classroom for about 36 hours each semester. While safety must always take top priority when operating any vehicle, a new movement is rising that gives the term “Driver’s Ed” far more dynamic dimensions.
In today’s busy world, maximizing time is of the utmost importance. Thanks to available Chevrolet MyLink*, learning about anything and everything while you’re on the road has never been easier. It has the potential to bring you a truly global education, while you get where you’re going. And your spacious Traverse is a good deal more comfortable than most classrooms, with available leather-appointed seats that can be heated or cooled as needed. So settle in, keep your eyes on the road, listen and learn.
Say It in Swahili. With research continuing to prove that studying a new language improves the health of our brains, there’s no better time than now to embark on this great adventure. Simply load language lessons onto your flash drive and connect it to the USB port** on your MyLink system.
Tailor News to You. Because MyLink offers seamless smartphone app integration, you’ll be able to access all your favorite radio shows and podcasts. CNET recently listed Sticher*** as one of the overall best apps for drivers.
Enter the Classroom. Full-length lectures from inside the classrooms of educational powerhouses like Yale and Stanford are now available in the comfort of your own vehicle. And you can do the required reading for these courses via audiobooks. Through voice-recognition technology, MyLink allows you to start and stop your audiobook by tapping a button on your steering wheel and speaking a command. No more awkward and potentially dangerous reaching.
Sing Out. It’s helpful to start your singing career with an actual vocal coach whom you can watch as well as hear. But there’s no reason you can’t take your between-lessons practicing on the road. Get an online singing coach, tape the lessons from your Skype sessions and replay the audio version of them in your car.
Just Connect! Some of life’s greatest lessons come from the people in our lives. MyLink offers hands-free calling of course—but it doesn’t stop there: Through Bluetooth® wireless technology****, you can search your personal phone book for that colleague, friend or family member who’s on your mind.
There’s no feeling quite like being on the road. The way the world unfolds before our eyes is something to treasure. Like the road and like learning, your Traverse and Chevrolet MyLink can help get you where you’re going.
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Cameron Conaway, Executive Director at The Good Men Project, is a former MMA fighter and an award-winning poet. His work has appeared in The Guardian and on ESPN and The Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter @CameronConaway.
*MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink
on Traverse does not include Gracenote functionality.
**Not compatible with all devices.
***Go to gmtotalconnect.com to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
****Data plan rates apply.