Handling an Auto Emergency: How to Stay Cool and Composed When Your Car Breaks Down

handling an auto emergencyIf you drive any car long enough, at some point it’s bound to break down on the road. It may be as simple as running out of gas or getting a flat tire, or perhaps the oil pressure or temperature light will indicate you need to pull over. Whatever the cause of the problem, handling an auto emergency on the road is something every driver should know how to do. Continue reading

Avoiding Driving Distractions: A Common Sense Guide

avoiding driving distractionsDriving while distracted can be almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. However, few people see it that way, and some who would strongly condemn drinking and driving think nothing of eating while driving or using smartphones behind the wheel. Continue reading

How to Enjoy Your High-Tech Car Features While Also Protecting Your Privacy

protect high-tech car featuresIf you’re driving a new or nearly new car, odds are it knows quite a bit about you. Much like phones, most new cars are “smart” and come equipped with high-tech car features such as Bluetooth connectivity and in-dash navigation systems. If you use these high-tech car features (and sometimes even if you don’t), they can store personal information that a thief or valet could then access for nefarious purposes.  Continue reading

Preventing a Car Break-In: Your 10-Step Strategy

lock car to prevent car break-inThough many cars are stolen each year, you’re far more likely to have someone steal something out of your vehicle than steal the vehicle itself. In the U.S., a car break-in occurs every 17 seconds, resulting in well over $1 billion in annual losses. Continue reading

Motor Oil: Separating Myth From Fact

motor oilMotor oil is a critical part of your car’s engine and should be regularly checked and changed to ensure your vehicle runs properly. However, there are a number of myths about motor oil and its use. Some of the myths might have been true in the distant past but no longer apply with modern cars and oils. Continue reading

The Tires on Your Car: Alignment, Rotation and Tread

tires on your carKeeping the tires on your car in good condition is a simple but important part of car maintenance. If the tires don’t provide good traction, you won’t be able to start, stop or steer your vehicle as quickly, which can make it harder to avoid accidents.  Continue reading

An In-Depth Guide to In-Dash Navigation Systems

in-dash navigation systemsIn-dash navigation systems are available on many new or late-model cars. Most popular luxury models include in-dash navigation systems as standard equipment and combine them with audio controls and other applications to create a single, multipurpose “infotainment” screen. Continue reading