Car Care 101 for College-bound Drivers
Nearly 22 million students will head to college this fall. Many parents prepare their teens with instructions about personal safety, laundry and cooking. However, they sometimes forget to address the important subject of automobile maintenance and repair. Before you send them off, sit down with your student and discuss a plan for proper vehicle maintenance. […]Read more
Hit the Brakes: Not All Self-Braking Cars Are Created Equal
New test results from AAA reveal that automatic emergency braking systems — the safety technology that will soon be standard equipment on 99 percent of vehicles — vary widely in design and performance. All the systems tested by AAA are designed to apply the brakes when a driver fails to engage. However, those designed to […]Read more
Get Your Car Winter Ready
We all think about preparing for summertime activities. We ready our wardrobes, camping gear, fishing tackle, and even our boats. We also usually get our cars ready to go. With winter driving upon us, it’s time — or maybe past time — to prepare our vehicles for cold weather. Here’s a simple checklist to help […]Read more
Roadside Assistance is Still Needed Despite Cool Technology
Despite recent advances in vehicle technology, AAA set a new record last year, rescuing more than 32 million drivers. More folks had problems with flat tires and keys than ever before, despite the new maintenance reminders and other dashboard alerts designed to mitigate roadside troubles. Keys Keyless ignition systems are pretty slick, but they can […]Read more
How to Find a Great Mechanic
In the not too distant past, tuning-up the family car or changing the oil at home before a trip was commonplace. Virtually every household garage sported a jack, jack stands, standard hand tools, a grease gun and maybe even a tachometer and dwell meter. Today? Probably not. The Reason: Today’s vehicles have become complicated–really […]Read more
My New Car Doesn’t Have a What?
If you told me 15 years ago that cars would no longer come equipped with spare tires, I wouldn’t have believed you. But today, this is often the case; spare tires are being phased out. According to the latest data, 36 percent of 2015 model year cars were sold without spare tires; up five percent […]Read more
What’s the Hullabaloo Regarding Synthetic, High Mileage and Conventional Oil?
Oil is the lifeblood of an internal combustion engine and changing your vehicle’s oil, according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule, is critical to protect your investment. If you have purchased an oil change lately, you may have been surprised by all the choices. Years ago about the only choice you had included viscosity: 10W30 or […]Read more
The Heart of Your Vehicle Needs Care
We all know how important a healthy heart is to the human body. When the heart functions well, the rest of the body tends to run quite nicely. In general, we feel better when we eat heart-healthy foods, exercise regularly, avoid stress and get enough sleep. It’s the same for our vehicles. An engine is […]Read more