Car Car Tips & Other News

Impaired driving remains key concern, hazard for motorists

Drunken driving has plummeted in recent years but that doesn’t mean there’s fewer impaired motorists on the road.

Recent government studies indicate that while drunken driving is at its lowest rate since the early 1970s, people are taking to the wheel while high on marijuana or after popping prescription pills.

Road Rage: Tips to help drivers keep their cool

Adults juggling a mortgage, career and family sometimes struggle to keep their temper in check while driving. Imagine the difficulty for teenagers with minimal driving experience when they grapple with road rage.

“People in our society become adults at the age of 18 but in terms of brain development teenagers don’t have access to normal full adult executive function,” said Dr. Bob Nemerovski, a Bay Area psychologist and expert on road rage.

National Campaign Takes Aim at Reducing Child Traffic Injuries

A new national campaign aims to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries for children younger under the age of 10.

Parents chauffeuring between events sometimes neglect to properly buckle their children, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Administration. More than half of the 1,552 children who died in traffic-related injuries during the past 5 years were not wearing seatbelts.

National campaign highlights distracted driving

Multi-tasking plays a crucial role in our culture. Driving, however, is one place where a one-track mind still belongs.

“Keeping both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road sounds simple enough, but these fundamentals become nearly impossible when a driver is distracted,” said Jennie Leatherman of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “A distraction behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster.”

Improve Value of Your Vehicle with a Simple Facelift

Removing small dents improves value of vehicle

Dents and dings are a scourge for anyone who values their vehicle’s appearance. What can be done to return a vehicle to its original condition and not max out your credit card?

Plug into a Better Understanding of Your Vehicle

You can’t get much information by looking at the little yellow “check engine” light on your dashboard. And there’s good reason for that.

The icon represents literally hundreds of potential problems ranging from simple fixes to complete overhauls. Automotive technicians rely on expensive diagnostic tools to root out the problem.

Avoid Vehicle Breakdown with Semi-Annual Check-Up

Nobody likes to be caught off-guard, especially with vehicle problems.Getting a multi-point inspection should come well before packing up for that road trip this summer.

“Surveys of our certified technicians show a well-maintained vehicle lasts longer, retains more of its resale value, pollutes less, and gets better mileage than one that’s been neglected — to say nothing of being safer to operate,” said Tony Molla, vice president of communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Hazard Ahead: Tips for Avoiding Road Debris

Never underestimate the destructive power of an inanimate object in the roadway. A shredded tire--or any large debris--poses significant risks to you and your vehicle.

“Road debris can be damaging to vehicles, especially if it’s kicked up by someone else and becomes airborne,” said Noel Houze, the national secretary for the American Association of State Troopers. “Also, how people react to objects in the roadway can be dangerous.”

Houze suggests maintaining a safe following distance of several car lengths to stay on the lookout for road debris.

Driving Lenses Add Practicality, Anti-Glare to Looking Cool

Driving glasses reduce glare for improved visibility

Corey Hart wears his at night and the sharp-dressed members of ZZ Top prefer them cheap. Their popular tunes on sunglasses make for enjoyable listening but don’t help when making the best choice for driving.

“Sunglasses are so important people tend to include them in their mental checklist with wallet and cell phone before they leave the house,” said Bill Yerby, director of sales and marketing for Serengeti Eyewear. “While glare is the biggest issue, eye strain caused by harsh light and squinting presents a real and pervasive hazard for drivers.”

Listen for Sounds of Spring...and 'Ping'...and 'Knock, Knock'

Cars making unusual noises should be inspected

By Tony Molla

Modern vehicles are designed to run quietly and efficiently, so unusual noises usually indicate trouble is brewing.

But what do those noises mean, and how do you know which are the sounds of a potentially serious problem?