Monthly Archives: March 2013

Are High Tech Cars Safe?

The auto industry is heading into new territory soon, as many manufacturers plan to equip cars with wireless hot spots and broadband connections. These features could improve the driving experience, but they also bring safety concerns. These new connected cars would allow passengers to have wireless connection for several phones, tablets, computers or other devices. A WIFI hotspot would let passengers have internet access. Advocates for Connected Cars The auto industry is pushing for the “car of tomorrow”, claiming the technology will improve the driving experience and make the roads more safe. Users could stream music and movies to the car, among other entertainment features. These connected cars would also let the manufacturer remotely monitor and upgrade the vehicle’s software. The technology could keep drivers safe by notifying the driver of weather forecasts and traffic problems in their area. Many hope that this technology will allow vehicles ... read more

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Auto Safety

Wintry Driving Conditions: What You Need in an Emergency

The recent snow that stormed across the midwest was a wakeup call for many drivers who were stuck on the road. We started thinking about all those accidents and abandoned cars and remembered how important it is to have an emergency kit. We should all keep an emergency kit in the car all year, but driving in winter conditions makes this even more important. When you’re caught in a blizzard or other cold weather conditions, you never know how long you’ll wait until help comes. Keeping a few extra items in the car will put you at ease in case of an emergency. You don’t have to buy an expensive emergency kit for your car- you can find some essential pieces on your own. Here is our guide for creating your own emergency survival kit for winter driving: -heavy duty bag to carry all items -ice scraper and snow brush -shovel -flares -jumper cables -flashlight and batteries -blanket -snacks ... read more

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Auto Safety

Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

As we approach the end of these cold winter months, it’s important to do some after-winter maintenance. Safety is important to consider all year round, but we want to help by providing you with a checklist for your car’s care: Check your antifreeze Spring time is usually when you need to do a radiator flush. You want to be sure your antifreeze mixture is good to go. Inspect Your Tires Your tires were working really hard in the winter weather and need some tending to. Rotating these seasonally will extend their life. Also, air pressure goes down from the cold, so check your tire pressure and add air if necessary. Wiper Blades These take quite the beating from the snow. Now is a great time to replace your wipers. Fluids Your engine works harder in winter driving conditions. Bring your car in to have its fluids topped. Battery Like everything else, your battery works extra hard in the cold weather. Th ... read more

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Auto Care
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