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Protect Your Teen Driver With Safety Equipment Just For Them

Protect Your Teen Driver With Safety Equipment Just For Them

Parents know that coaching a teenager on safe driving skills is vital. Their concern for their young drivers is more than just instinct – the numbers back it up. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older. And the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says more than half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. So, who is there to remind teenagers to buckle up when their parents aren’t around? How will they know when the radio is a distraction, or to slow down? While practice, awareness, education, and continued learning are the most important tools a parent can share with their ... read more

Ten Simple Tips To Prevent Your Car From Being Burglarized

Ten Simple Tips To Prevent Your Car From Being Burglarized

The car of one of my neighbors was burglarized recently, and the thieves stole a nice car stereo and back-seat DVD entertainment system. According to a report at CNN.com,  $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles in about 1.8 million thefts each year. My neighbor had -- stupidly -- left his car unlocked. Did he have an alarm? Yep, but it wasn't activated, either. He mistakenly thought, because we live in a small, gated neighborhood, that his car was safe. Law enforcement officials say that finding unlocked cars is still the number one way thieves are getting in. Luckily, this form of theft can be easily prevented with a little common sense. Summer is here, and according to the NHTSA, July and August are the banner months for would-be theives. Pay at ... read more

Baby On Board: 6 Tips to Help New Moms Drive Smarter

Baby On Board: 6 Tips to Help New Moms Drive Smarter

Driving around with your baby should be fun. But it can be challenging for new mothers to figure out the best way to travel with a baby on board. There are enough challenges to parenting without stressing over getting your child from one place to another. Read on for tips to make driving with your baby on board a breeze.         Give Yourself Plenty of Time If you’re going on a longer trip, you’ll need extra time for stops to feed and change your baby, so be sure to factor this into your family t ... read more

Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here's What Those Odors Could Mean

Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here's What Those Odors Could Mean

The nose knows when something isn’t quite right: the Car Care Council shared this educational infographic which easily outlines six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle to help drivers sniff out when something may be wrong with their car. We all love basking in that “new car smell,” but there are other odors we should never ignore. Identifying these suspicious smells early on can help car owners avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown, says the Car Care Council. The Car Care Council provides tips like these as part of its free “Be Car Care Aware” education campaign to consumers to help reinforce the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair. “When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead bring your vehicle to a professional service ... read more

Three Fun Summer Driving Destinations in Southern California and What to Drive

Three Fun Summer Driving Destinations in Southern California and What to Drive

Southern California is full of some of the best driving roads around. Whether you enjoy a spirited run in the canyons or a comfortable drive on the freeway, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in So. Cal. for car enthusiasts. These are some of the best destinations for quick road trips in Southern California. Schedule your travel times to avoid rush-hour traffic, and you can get to any of these places within just a few hours (depending on your starting point), making them perfect for day or weekend getaways!     Santa Barbara, Cal ... read more

10 Tips for a Fun & Safe Summer Road Trip

10 Tips for a Fun & Safe Summer Road Trip

The summer road trip is right up there with baseball and apple pie.  It’s an iconic American undertaking that’s been memorialized in countless movies and songs, but it also probably has special associations for each one of us who remembers family car trips or hitting the road with friends as soon as we had the freedom to drive. As we gear up for summer, many are planning their routes and checking their tires in preparation to head out on the open road.  What’s important to remember is that safety and fun go hand in hand, so use this list to help you get ready for the perfect summer road trip. Tune-Up & Tunes Safety Tip #1: Tune Up You should  ... read more

Been In An Accident? Who Determines Fault?

Been In An Accident? Who Determines Fault?

When you have a car accident, the first thing you may say is that the accident wasn’t your fault. It's an instinct, which people looking back often don't understand. Unfortunately, the other driver or drivers probably say the same thing. Determining who is at fault in a car accident comes down to one thing: negligence. All drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic rules and not harm pedestrians or other drivers. Negligence is when a driver acts in a thoughtless or careless way that causes harm to someone else. For example, if the driver fails to stop for a red light or yield, he or she behaved in a careless or thoughtless manner. Who Determines Fault? The answer depends on if the cause is litigated or not. If the case goes to court, a judge or jury determines fault in the case. They are ... read more

Quick Car Cleaning Tips to Prep for Summer Road Trips

Quick Car Cleaning Tips to Prep for Summer Road Trips

Winter has finally waned, spring has sprung, and the passing of Memorial Day means summer road trips are just around the corner! If you haven't already done it, now is the time to prepare your car for the summer travel season with the yearly ‘spring cleaning’ ritual.     1. Give it a Bath. Winter was hard on both the exterior and interior of your vehicle, so be sure to give it a thorough wash to get the salt off of the outside. For the inside, just vacuuming may not be enough; power wash the floor mats to ensure all of the salt and winter dirt is gone. Salt removal is important to both the exterior and interior because it can cause scratching and marring as well as premature rusting. And while the topic has been hotly debated,  ... read more

Do you Understand "Auto"? How to Translate What Your Car is Telling You

Do you Understand "Auto"? How to Translate What Your Car is Telling You

Ignoring the warnings your car sends out could leave you stranded on the side of the road or with a costly repair bill. According to information released by State Farm Insurance, 77 % of the cars on the road currently need service. And ignoring a small service can lead to a more expensive fix later.  "The closer attention you pay to your vehicle, the more likely you are to detect small problems before they become bigger, more expensive problems," says Tony Molla, vice president of communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  ... read more

Tire Safety: Check Your Tires for Wear and Tear

Tire Safety: Check Your Tires for Wear and Tear

It only takes a penny to see if your tires are worn or losing tread. Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, are essential to ensuring your vehicle’s safety on the road and helping to improve gas mileage and performance. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and check tire condition and pressure regularly. “The penny test is a simple, yet effective, way to check tire tread. If you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, you are ready for new tires,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Tires are critical to a vehicle’s handling and traction, and maintaining proper pressure is vitally important to vehicle safety. Underinflated tires are under stress and will wear unevenly, causing them to need to be replaced sooner. Routinely checking tire balance an ... read more