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Safe Driving Tips for Teens

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/14/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Nothing strikes fear into a parent’s heart quite like watching their child drive away for the first time.


You’ve done your best to prepare them, but you have to let them go and trust that you’ve taught them well.


It’s never too late to remind them that safe driving happens well before you get behind the wheel. 


Let them know that preparing your vehicle for getting on the road is just as important as what you…

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How to Clean Your Car’s Seat Belts (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/9/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Your seat belt is all about safety.


That’s no secret.


What you may not have thought about is that your seat belts can take a beating. 


Every time you grab the belt to buckle up, oils from your hands soil the material. 


Spills from food or drinks combine with dirt to wreaks havoc on your seat belts.


If your seat belts are looking tired and dingy, it’s time to clean them up!

How to clean your seat belts…

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How to Clean Your Windshield (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/9/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


The open road.


The fresh breeze.


The music blaring.


These are just some of the perks of summertime and the open road.


But there’s a nasty side to nicer weather and driving your car.


And that’s the dirt, bugs and grime.


On your windshield, they’re a nuisance and a potential safety hazard.


Here’s how to care for the windshield to keep your vision clear.

1.Grab the supplies to wash your car. 

You’ll need a…

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Tips for a Fun, Safe Road Trip (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/5/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


With summer getting into full swing, there’s no better time to hit the road and enjoy some R&R.


You can escape from reality and enjoy the open road, but be sure to make your driving trip a safe, fun event for everyone.


Here’s what you can do.

1. Go off-road.

Instead of stopping for the standard fast-food fare, try something different.


Give everyone on the trip a chance to choose a new restaurant and be brave to…

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5 Signs You Need a New Car (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/3/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Holding onto a car that’s still chugging along makes sense, especially if enjoying a life with no car payments.


But there will come a time when you’ll need to retire old faithful and invest in a new model that’s likely a lot more reliable, too.


Here are five signs it’s time to give your tried-and-true vehicle a rest.

1. It’s becoming an embarrassment

Got teenagers?


They’ll act as a “thermostat” for your car’s…

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4 Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/7/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A car is a huge expense.


It’s wise to Invest in your vehicle’s maintenance needs so it lasts as long as possible.


If you want to increase the ROI of your purchase, here’s what you should do.

1. Change the filter

Giving your car an oil change and swapping out the filter…

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5-Step Method to Clean Leather Car Seats (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/29/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


So you splurged on leather seats. You’re living in the lap of luxury.


The dream comes to a screeching halt once the leather seats become dingy and dirty.


Properly caring for your car’s seats will maintain the level of comfort and luxury you’re used to, as well as the vehicle’s value…

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3 Transmission Don’ts (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/31/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A vehicle is a huge investment.


Taking care of it will ensure that it lasts a long time.


One of the most expensive things to replace on your vehicle is the transmission.


Here are some transmission FAQs to help you take good care of this important system.

1. Should I coast down a hill in neutral?

Many people think that they’ll save on fuel if they put their car in neutral and coast down a hill.


It seems to…

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3 Must-Have Car Accessories (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/2/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Needs vs. wants.


When it comes to accessories for your vehicle, some are just nice to have, while others are a necessity.


Many drivers spend a lot of time in their cars, shuttling kids around to after-school activities and getting to and from work.


Why not make your vehicle as safe and user-friendly as possible?


Consider these nifty gadgets:

1. Health monitor for your car

A Bluetooth-enabled monitor connects to your car’s systems via a sensor plug.


You can…

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Driving Tips to Keep Your Manual Transmission Humming (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/18/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Manual transmissions aren’t for everyone.


In fact, more and more people not only don’t know how to drive them but they don’t even know you can still buy them.


However, the stick-shift car is alive and well, even if the majority of drivers eschew having to manually shift gears while behind the wheel.


If you prefer doing the work, use these tips to keep your engine in tip-top shape:

  • Don’t rest. Your hands, that is, on…

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