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Wednesday 11/21/2018
Defensive Driving Tips
Updated: November 27, 2018 - 2:53 am

(NAPSI)—These five tips can help you be prepared for the perils of the road.

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Monday 11/19/2018
Keep Your Car On The Road To Safety And Savings
Updated: November 21, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—When the weather turns cooler, it’s a hot idea to prepare your car for hazardous conditions.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
Why to Buy a Car Now and How to Protect Your Investment
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) ‘Tis the season for shopping, and not just for presents to put under the tree. Many people shop for new cars this time of year, and for good reason.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Drivers dabble with drive-time decisions
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to driving, and the list only grows once you’ve got your own set of wheels. Whether you’re facing a purchasing dilemma over which make and model is best for you, or simply wonder how much is too much to top off the gas, being a responsible driver comes with more options than there are gears on a manual car.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
Car-Shopping Tips for Students and Grads
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) College is a time when many young people buy their first cars. But with the rising cost of a degree, students and their families will want to ensure they are getting a good value on vehicle purchases.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
Make your tailgating party the hotspot
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most anticipated traditions of the year.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Leave it to the machines: How to avoid injury during snow season
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Back and shoulder pain, pulled muscles, slips and falls — these are just a few of the injuries commonly reported during the winter season due to snow removal. When the snow begins to fall, it’s important to make sure you have the proper snow-removal equipment. If you don’t, you’re increasing your risk for serious injury.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Time Is Money When It Comes To Car Maintenance
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

"I am deeply concerned that nearly half of all car seats are not used correctly," says Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "You don’t have to be a parent to play a part in protecting children. I urge everyone to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age.”

The right car seat is the best protection in a crash

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure that the car seat you use is the right one for your child's age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height).

Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat)

The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars.

Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents shouldn't move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they've hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat.

4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat)

At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it's up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

8-12 years old (booster seat)

After a child exceeds the age and size limits of their forward-facing seat, they can transition to a booster seat. A booster seat lifts a child up and helps their body properly align with the vehicle's existing seat belt.

Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face.

"Tweens" and preteens (seat belt)

Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the "cool" place to be.

For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat.

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Thursday 09/06/2018
Five Tips To Help You On The Road To Your New Home
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Whenever you rent a truck to move yourself from one home to another, keeping these five facts in mind can help you and your furniture all arrive in good order and good time.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

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How Smart Technology is Going to Change Your Driving Experience
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) You’ve probably heard that smart technology is going to change the driving experience to make it safer and more convenient. But if you’re not in the market for a new car, you may have assumed these developments won’t apply to you any time soon.

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Friday 08/31/2018
3 tire safety tips for end of summer
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - With the final days of summer upon us, now is the time to spend a few extra minutes performing a tire safety check. Here are three easy steps to ensure your tires will be ready to handle the season change and keep you and your family safe year-round.

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Monday 08/27/2018
Tips for Choosing All-Terrain or Off-Road Tires
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) Love driving off-road? Before heading out for the great wide open, be sure your vehicle is equipped with the right set of tires.

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Tuesday 08/21/2018
Hints To Help You Protect Your Kids In The Car
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Keeping your kids on the road to safety when in and around a car can be easier if you take these steps:

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A Clean Car Is Money In The Bank
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Purchasing a new car is a major financial investment. Keeping it clean can be an easy and inexpensive way to protect its resale and trade-in value.

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Monday 08/20/2018
5 tips for a mobile man cave that rivals home
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - It’s football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens.

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Urgent Airbag Safety Recall: Recalled Airbags Can Kill Or Seriously Injure You And Your Passengers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history to replace defective airbags, but need YOUR help to repair YOUR vehicle to help avoid the risk that a defective airbag could kill or seriously injure you and your passengers. Authorized dealerships and stores in your area are replacing defective airbags for FREE.

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Monday 07/30/2018
Help Teens Learn Driving
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—When it’s time for your teens to get their learner’s permits and driver’s licenses, here’s a hint on how you can help: Don’t teach them yourself. Leave that to the professionals.

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Monday 07/16/2018
Teen Driver Contest Highlights Tire Safety
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - Teaching teens to drive can be a hair-raising experience for any parent. And while driver's education classes can help focus kids' attention on the rules of the road and basic etiquette while behind the wheel, they need to put their education into action on the road.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
Good News For Older Drivers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—Staying on the road to safety and savings can be easier for many mature Californians than they realize.

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Tuesday 07/03/2018
Ask Six Simple Questions To Select The Right Auto Repair Shop
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NAPSI)—By asking six simple questions, you may be better able to identify the right auto repair shop to properly care for one of your most valuable assets, your car.

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Thursday 06/14/2018
Ready for the road? A 10-point checklist for RV'ers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

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Tuesday 06/12/2018
5 things your tires can tell you
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(BPT) - Cars can relay all kinds of information these days, like how many miles until you run out of gas or what’s causing that traffic jam up ahead. Your tires can offer a wealth of information, too, and knowing how to read them can help improve the performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

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Thursday 06/07/2018
Car Shopping? Get Smart About Warranties and Service Contracts
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) Car shopping? One important factor to consider is what each manufacturer’s warranty covers and how long the coverage lasts, as well as whether you’re going to purchase additional coverage through a vehicle service contract.

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Monday 06/04/2018
9 Things All Drivers Need to Know About Their Tires
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(StatePoint) Today’s cars are packed with impressive features. Stability control. Ride assist. Ever-more-powerful engines. But no matter what technology makes its way into your car -- it’s your tires that connect it to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Buying Tires for Your Car? What to Consider
Updated: March 08, 2018 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Purchasing new tires for your car can be frustrating: an average of two hours is spent researching tires and 89 percent of all consumers experience some sort of buyer’s remorse, according to a consumer study by Cooper Tires.

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