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Categories: Safety

10 Tips for Driving in Ice and Snow

On: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:59AM | By: Bill Wilson


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If this winter has proven anything, it’s that severe weather can pop up where it’s least expected. Just ask the residents of Atlanta, GA or San Antonio, TX. With spring still a few months away, now is a great time to review the following tips for driving in icy and snowy conditions.


The Coldest Test Track in the US, and Why You're Safer Because of It

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:22AM | By: Bill Wilson


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The next time you set out on a winter’s drive, you might want to give some thought to the tiny town of Baudette, MN, population 1100. Why? Because chances are that many of the cold weather features in your vehicle were tested in this icy little hamlet just below the Canadian border.


Itty Bitty Cars Can Have Huge Safety Issues

On: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:40AM | By: Karen Cook


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Tiny cars are great on gas consumption, perfect for crowded cities, and the light weight is necessary for electric power. One place they fall short, so to speak, is in safety ratings, specifically in crash tests. This year saw a 70% drop in the makes and models chosen as top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


Ford's On a Recall Roll

On: Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 5:00PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford seems to have run into a manufacturing problem recently which affects several makes and model years. Here’s the rundown for those affected.


 

Tesla's On Fire Again

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:39PM | By: Karen Cook


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Tesla’s on fire again! And not in the positive way. Poor Tesla. Almost on the heels of Model S engine fires and then a fire at a factory, Tesla is now recalling 29,222 vehicle chargers for the 2013 Model S because they may overheat and catch fire.


Volvo Recalls 30,000 S60 Models

On: Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 4:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Volvo has issued a recall for S60 models designated as 2011 and 2012 model years, specifically those built between June 22, 2010 through May 14, 2012, cars that were manufactured with 5-cylinder engines (VIN code 62). The software on these cars may be defective and not alert the driver if the engine goes into a low pressure situation. Obviously, without warning that the engine is low on oil, the driver will not remedy the situation and continue driving until the engine stalls or seizes, which could cause a serious crash.  

Volvo has said it began notifying owners in late December, and the process should continue through early January.

The software will be updated/fixed for free to allow it to recognize low oil pressure and warn the driver accordingly.  Owners can contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 with any questions or concerns.


Cutting the Dark with Lasers!

On: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:20AM | By: Karen Cook


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The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.


Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds!

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43PM | By: Karen Cook


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Electric vehicles are awesome, right? I mean, they cut down on all kinds of pollution. Emissions are low to non-existent and noise pollution is minimal with a car that travels silently at speeds less than 20 mph. Neighborhoods are peaceful and you can hear the birds singing. What’s not to like?


Helping Older Drivers Stay Safe Behind The Wheel

On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 11:30AM | By: Karen Cook


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Several years ago (I won’t depress myself by figuring up exactly how many) I was in a car accident on this day, Christmas Eve. It could have ruined Christmas for me and my family. I had two young sons at the time who were thankfully with my mother. I was injured but not severely and we spent most of the day in the emergency room, which is generally crowded around the holidays.


Driver's Wish List

On: Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 2:15PM | By: Karen Cook


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I’ve done a few articles on what to give other car enthusiast for Christmas but this one is my own wish list for me and other drivers. This is an open letter to Santa Claus, car manufacturers and people driving all those other cars on the road this time of year.


Infiniti Q50 Excels in Safety

On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06AM | By: Karen Cook


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If safety is high on your list of requirements in a new vehicle, Infiniti has a sports sedan for you. It recently received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which is the highest possible ranking. The Q50 sports sedan was tested along with the Q50 3.7 and the Q50 Hybrid. The 3.7 received only four stars, but that’s still respectable. The final rating includes combined scores from frontal, side impact, and rollover crash tests. The tests are performed by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the testing procedures are severe and rigorous to insure passenger safety in all new vehicles.