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December 27, 2014

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Finding Your New Car for the New Year

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Santa didn't bring that new car you wanted? Apparently you're not alone. The week after Christmas is the biggest shopping time of the year, according to car shopping site Edmunds.com, with lots of money-saving rebates and incentives. To learn more, visit www.edmunds.com.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
When The Check Engine Light Is On, Don't Ignore It
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Don’t take this lightly: One of the most vital signals of an improperly functioning vehicle is the check engine light and, when illuminated, it alerts the driver to a variety of existing potential problems. Nevertheless, vehicle checkups during car care events throughout the country reveal that the check engine light is on in nearly one out of 10 vehicles.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Crash Course In Advice
Posted: December 16, 2014

(NAPSI)—If you’re like the average driver, you’ll be involved in an auto accident once every seven to 10 years—and now you can get help dealing with it.

Friday 12/05/2014
Good Moves For Bad Weather Driving
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—You can keep your vehicle on the road to safety even on rough roads and in cold, wet weather if you heed a few hints:

What To Get The Auto Enthusiast On Your List
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it’s the holidays or any occasion you want to be special, a gift that features a friend’s or family member’s favorite automotive item can be a great way to show you care—and know—about the person. For example, you can put car fanciers on the road to happiness with items such as these from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar brand:

Tuesday 12/02/2014
How to Boost Your Cell Phone's Signal for Safer Winter Travel
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - It's the bane of every cell phone user -- conversations that become garbled and calls that drop. These "dead zones," usually happen while you're on the road, and can be frustrating at best, while making you feel exposed and defenseless at worst. However, they also present a critical safety issue when driving during the winter.

Monday 12/01/2014
Preparing Your Car For Rough Weather Ahead
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Your car can really take a beating from cold, wet weather, so it makes sense to take a few precautions.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Weather Or Not, Get Your Car Ready Now
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s advice many motorists can warm up to: “An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of car trouble during severe weather,” suggested Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. Its “Be Car Care Aware” campaign promotes regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Design The Car Of Tomorrow, Win A Scholarship Today
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—High school students can draw a valuable lesson from a major car company’s contest.

Fuel-Saving All-Wheel Drive
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When purchasing a car, there are a lot of optional features to consider. While some offer convenience and comfort, others, such as an all-wheel-drive system, offer safety, making it one of the most important and helpful options to consider for your next car.

Safe Cars For Teens
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Many teens aren’t driving the safest cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Here are some dos and don’ts to help put your teen in the safest ride possible:

Don't Get Left Out In The Cold
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a chilling fact: Cold weather affects auto batteries more than any other engine component. That’s because they’re filled with fluid containing mostly water and are susceptible to freezing when the battery is not fully charged.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Notice
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While most motorists are fond of what’s known as that “new car smell,” there are some other specific odors that motorists should also be aware of.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Get Your Car Ready For Winter Roads
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There are a few things you need to do to keep yourself and your precious cargo—kids, friends, pets—safe on snow, ice, slush, black ice and wet roads. Safety on the road is important all year-round, but winter weather calls for extra caution behind the wheel. That’s why many auto safety experts urge motorists to keep road safety at the top of their checklists this winter and switch to tires specifically designed for cold weather driving.

Properly Prepping Engines For Winter Storage
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—As colder weather approaches, it’s time to start getting your classic cars, motorcycles, boats, lawn mowers and other seasonal equipment ready for storage. But before you stash them away for the winter, invest a few minutes in proper storage techniques to avoid costly engine problems and ensure they start up quickly come spring.

Covering Your Pickup's Bed In Style
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who love their pickup truck-whether they use it for work or fun.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Contest Celebrates Over A Century Of Innovation
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Michelin brothers founded a tire company in France that would grow to become a global leader in innovation and quality.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Free Car Care Guide For Motorists
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your car running smoothly, one of the most important pieces of equipment may not be under the hood but in the glove compartment.

Friday 09/19/2014
Wondering if it's Time to Buy a New Car? Just Check Your Mailbox
Updated: September 20, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NewsUSA) - Have you ever wondered how all of those colorful auto dealership promotion pamphlets arrive in the mail at the exact moment you are contemplating a new car purchase? Oddly enough, they are perfectly timed to coincide with your vehicle-buying needs -- and there's a reason behind it.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Teens And Tires: What They Don't Know Can Hurt Them
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers can be prevented each year with better driver’s education, recent research shows. Teenagers often lack the essential knowledge and skills that can help keep them safe on the roads.

Cleaning Up The Mess Made By Title Washing
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—A dangerous scam that hides major problems from consumers who purchase used cars is on the rise.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Simple Tips to Be More Efficient in Your Garage
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) Most everyone has a couple of tricks up their sleeve that make chores and tasks simpler. You likely have a few of your own -- and once you develop a superior method of ticking off a to-do list item, it can be difficult to remember what your life was like before.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Giant "Shockmobile" Latest Hit In Mobile Marketing
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—From giant rolling hot dogs to a 65-foot-long “backyard barbecue grill,” huge mobile marketing exhibits are bringing their messages—and, sometimes, tastes—to millions of consumers who might otherwise be focused on much smaller mobile devices. In fact, these rolling marketing exhibits have become so effective that at least one vehicle components manufacturer has joined the parade to communicate the importance of car care.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Treat Yourself To A Healthier Car Ride
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Fortunately, your car can protect you from the pollen, dust and pollutants that are drawn inside through air-conditioning and ventilation systems.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Making That Back-To-College Move Easier
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—As the new school year approaches, college students everywhere are preparing for their trip back to campus.

Back-To-School Budget Tips
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—Preparing to go back to school used to be as simple as stocking up the latest textbooks and grabbing a calculator. Today, college students and their parents regularly spend an average of over $800 on apparel, electronics, dorm furnishings and more. As a nation, that means spending for back-to-college reaches over $45 billion. When you add in monthly fees for Internet access, phone data plans and other ongoing technology-related expenses, the "basics" are more costly than ever before.

Find Out The Meaning Behind The Numbers At The Gas Pump
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:48 am

(NAPSI)—Are you one of the millions of Americans who will load up their car this summer and head out for a weekend getaway? If you are, you might be paying the price at the gas pump. Across the U.S., consumers paid the highest average price for gas on the Fourth of July since 2008. Like many, you may question why gas prices peak in the summer. What goes into the price of gas? To understand why, you need to consider the whole story.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Five Tips For RV Travelers
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s a new look at an old pastime: Recreational vehicle (RV) travel has been a favorite with Americans for more than a century. The fuel of choice for RV travelers, propane, has also been around for more than 100 years. Propane is a clean, American-made fuel used for cooking, heating and cooling, and powering a variety of appliances in most towable, motorized and specialty RVs.

Online Resource For New Drivers
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Most young people look forward to the day they get their driver’s license, but they should know that with the newfound freedom also comes the responsibility of caring for their car.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
7 eye-opening facts for parents of teen drivers [Infographic]
Posted: July 23, 2014

(BPT) - New to the road, teen drivers are still honing their skills behind the wheel. But did you know that teen drivers are 1.8 times more likely to get in an accident than the average driver? In fact, one out of five teen drivers will have an accident within their first year of driving. Before turning over the keys, parents should take the time to educate themselves and their teen about the safety risks and insurance implications of unsafe driving.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Top Car Color Choices Of Men And Women
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to car colors, men and women follow different roads.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Ethanol Is Good For America
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—How much you pay at the pump, how much we can avoid pollution and combat climate change, and how effectively we can stand up to other countries can all depend on whether the government continues a policy that’s been called an unmitigated success.

Tuesday 04/01/2014
April is Financial Literacy Month: What to Know Before Buying or Leasing a Vehicle
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Buying or leasing a vehicle is an exciting decision. For many consumers, it’s the first “big ticket” item they acquire. Knowing what to expect before making this important financial commitment will help you feel confident about your decision for years to come.

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