CAR CARE NEWS :: AUGUST 2014

Car Car Tips & Other News

Don't let minor dents, scrapes ruin the value of your car

A relaxing summer day can turn sour in a hurry when you return to your vehicle and notice some new imperfections on its shiny exterior.

“Dents and dings are particularly annoying because they show up like spots on a mirror, especially on dark colored surfaces,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. “They also can diminish the value of your vehicle.”

Why keeping cool may cost you at the pump

A renowned federal agency has proven it costs more to be cool.

According to a recent report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the testing arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, cranking up your vehicle’s air conditioning system increases gas consumption.

Pet-friendly safety solutions for your furry passengers

Dogs adore car rides, and drivers cherish taking them. But sharp turns, sudden stops or collisions can cause severe injury or death to unrestrained animals—and put human passengers at risk of injury as well.

Lindsey Wolko, founder of the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, has spent the last decade raising awareness about animal restraints for pet owners. Yet, she cautions there is no uniform safety standard for the industry.

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service. 

New Prius V expands cargo room for active families

2014 Prius v

Toyota’s groundbreaking hybrid is expanding with the 2014 Prius Vbringing hybrid technology and versatility to the popular vehicle that makes it ideal for families with an active lifestyle.

The “V” stands for versatility, and the Prius V is the largest of the Prius family, with more cargo room than most small SUVs.

Don't let all the small electronics turn a good day bad

It’s not enough anymore for your car’s battery to just help start the engine. It also needs to power a navigation system, charge your cell phone, operate a back-up camera and a plethora of 21st century conveniences. 

So how do you ensure your battery has enough strength to do all that and prevent you from being stranded thousands of miles from home on your summer road trip?

Answers to sticky problem of removing bug goo

That rubber wiper at the gas station won’t always remove the caked insect carcasses from your windshield. Similarly, tap water and a paper towel won’t wipe away splattered remnants of those dragon flies, gnats and mosquitoes hovering above the nation’s roads.

Five tips to keep drivers from getting hot under the collar

Anyone driving in a hot or muggy climate knows their vehicle’s air conditioning system makes the journey more enjoyable--and helps keep tempers cool, too.

How do you keep cool air from turning into stale, warm gusts?

“Though air conditioning systems have improved dramatically over the years, refrigerant can still leak from hoses, seals or key system components,” said Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a nationwide non-profit that certifies automotive technicians.

Easy ways to prevent heat-related catastrophe

Summer travel means extra precautions for drivers and passengers, especially during weekends and holidays.

So says the California Highway Patrol, which warns drivers easy safety precautions help mitigate summer heat taking its toll on vehicles, drivers, passengers and pets. 

Be prepared: Essentials for your next road trip

Emergency preparedness is not exclusively for natural disasters. Every vehicle trip has the potential for crises, especially during the summer when families may find themselves on a lonely stretch of highway.

“Prevention and planning are much easier than dealing with the consequences,” said Troy Geen of The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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