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Categories: Safety

Help Your Car Stay Cool & Survive the Summer Heat

On: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:10AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Heat waves are plaguing parts of this country, or as people from the southern states call it “the middle of summer”. Many parts of the nation are dealing with extreme heat and unpleasant humidity, and drivers dread getting into their cars. Going for a ride can feel like torture, even to the people who normally love driving their cars around. There are a few things you can do to minimize your discomfort when you have to drive somewhere this summer—hopefully the tips below will get you through the extreme heat. Learn about keeping the cabin cooler for your comfort as well as keeping your car from overheating.

Safety Features Premier in Luxury Cars First

On: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 9:10AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Before safety was widely demanded in all models, the only ultra-luxury models—A.K.A. the really expensive ones—offered live-saving features. People who were involved in wrecks had little chance of survival unless they had cars with advanced (for the time) safety features like ABS and air bags. In current times, these safety features are pretty much standard, but the tradition of luxury cars getting the latest and greatest in safety technology first remains the same.

Ford Sued Over MyFord Touch System

On: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The MyFord Touch system has been a two-headed tale. First, Ford is always eager to tout the technological touchscreen infotainment system as one of its innovative, cutting edge products. It even raves about how it convinces customers to buy Ford vehicles. The other head, the consumer and reviewer head, tells a different story, a story of technical issues and poor experiences. That side of the story has led to publicity problems, updates, and now a lawsuit. A new class action lawsuit claims that the system is not only defective, but downright dangerous.

Are Black Boxes in Cars an Invasion of Privacy?

On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:15PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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There is a growing, and ongoing, debate in this country about a little device in a lot of cars, but many drivers don’t even know they are there! This event recording device is known as a black box and is somewhat hard to find inside your own personal vehicle. The black box inside privately owned vehicles has many worried about privacy and the potential for abuse of information.


New Programs Help Older Persons Maintain Driving Skills

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: Bill Wilson

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We’re all getting older; that’s undeniable. But what may not be as obvious is that Americans as a group are aging, all 319 million of us. For the people who plan and build the nation’s infrastructure, this presents a monumental challenge, given that most people’s motoring skills decline as they age. Studies conducted by both government and private sources reveal the following facts:

Seven Things Any Car Emergency Kit Should Have

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 7:17AM | By: Bill Wilson

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There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “Hope for a sunny day but prepare for a storm.” This adage certainly applies to automotive travel. Today’s motor vehicles are safer and more reliable than ever before. But, despite this, mechanical trouble and accidents still occur.

Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Bill Wilson

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Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:

NHTSA to Take More Aggressive Action When It Comes to Recalls

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:38AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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While the dust settles after the battle between the Chrysler Group and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), David Strickland, head of the NHTSA, has made statements which signal a more aggressive approach when reviewing the qualifications for furture recalls.

Jeep Recalls 1.5 Millions Vehicles

On: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:13PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In one of the largest recalls we have seen in some time, Jeep has recalled a staggering 1,560,000 vehicles in total. The issue at hand, is no small problem either—it seems that Grand Cherokee models built between 1993-1998, as well as Liberty models made between 2002-2007, may have been built with defective fuel tanks. Yeah... remember when your dad would tell you stories about the Ford Pinto growing up? Well, welcome to the next generation of Pinto-like problems. The fuel tanks on these Jeeps may, in fact, leak and fail in the vehicle is rear ended. Not good.  

So what is the cure for this problem? Well, naturally Chrysler is asking all customers bring their Jeeps back in for inspection and repair. Trucks that do not have a tow hitch will get one, and any truck that already has a tow hitch will have it inspected to determine if it needs to be replaced, all free of charge, of course. Chrysler will be contacting owners this month, and anyone with questions may contact the company at 1-800-247-9753.  Read on for the full report...

'Slow and Ugly' Cars Are Safest for Teen Drivers

On: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 12:56PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Parents thinking about letting their teen have (or borrow) their first car are unanimously nervous about letting their young driver get on the road. The vehicle you choose has a tremendous impact on your teen’s safety—and not only in the ways you think. When your teenage driver gets behind the wheel, their probabilty of crashing is not just about the safety features on the vehicle itself; it also has a lot to do with driver mentality. One safety advocate advises parents to opt for a car that’s slow, big, and downright embarrassing to extinguish your teen’s urge to engage in reckless driving.

10 Ways To Foil Car Thieves

On: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:45AM | By: Bill Wilson

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While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:

• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.

• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.

• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.

• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.