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Are Anti-Lock Brakes Unsafe?
Are Anti-Lock Brakes Unsafe?

I don't like anti-lock brakes. I cannot stop as quickly on snow as I would stop if I pumped the old style brakes. Your article about "Experienced Drivers" making "Deadly Mistakes" only reinforced my feeling of this so-called "safety feature". I wish manufacturers would rid us of ABS, and go back to...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
GE And Project Better Place Partner In Battery Venture

GE has announced that it is getting together with Project Better Place, a Silicon Valley startup. GE wants to promote their charging station and Project Better Place envisions a network of battery charging and exchange sites. GE brings financial bona fides and a desire to impact the EV market to...Read More»

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Honesty On The Road Comes With A Pricetag

I can’t figure it out. Is the story on Syracuse.com about the inefficiency of a government bureaucracy or about honesty going wrong – the no good deed goes unpunished twist. A 2005 Jeep slid on a snow covered road and hit a guard rail on a state road in Mexico, New York. The damage was...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe 2-door Coupe Premium RWD Front Exterior View
Car Trivia: Five Secret Warning Lights in Your Car

There are a number of things that everyone who drives a car knows. These would include that the headlight switch is always to the left of the steering wheel and that the brake pedal has to be depressed to start the car. Now let’s go up just one level and test your automotive awareness. If you...Read More»

2006 Saturn Ion
A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Always Have a Plan B

I recently helped a friend buy a used car. The problem was that she had to trade in a high-mileage older car. Even though I had pre-negotiated its trade value in advance with the dealer, that value could not be confirmed until the dealer inspected the car in person. If you’re reading this...Read More»

Car repair
Arizona Woman Repairs Cars With a Conscience

In its list of five money-saving results of the recession, Bankrate's The 2010 Frugal Living Guide advises readers on “Finding Better Mechanics.” It's timely advice--but it's also timeless. The guide says that the drop in consumer confidence has caused a new questioning of our old...Read More»

Pulled over by the police
Aggressive Driving Class: A Personal Experience

Sometime ago I screwed up while driving to a friend’s home in a neighboring state. After arriving late to the party I was informed that it was a well known speed trap and not to feel bad about the ticket. It happens. Wanting the whole experience to go away I marked guilty on the ticket and...Read More»

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Free Car Repair Help Made Available

Two western states have made their auto repair protection efforts available in the form of pamphlets that can be accessed online. The California Bureau of Auto Repair, whose actions has been the subject of a number of All Car Advice posts, publishes a Consumer’s Guide to Auto Repair. It can...Read More»

Child in booster seat -- from IIHS instructional video
Child Booster Seats Are Improving, IIHS Finds

Have little ones too large for child seats but not large enough for a normal seatbelt fit? Research shows that the likelihood of injury is reduced significantly if booster seats are used. And depending on where you are, they could be required by law. But shopping for a booster seat can be a little...Read More»

1999 Ford Taurus SHO
How To Avoid Endless Car Repair Bills

You can’t keep a car forever. Sooner or later you will reach a point of diminishing returns and that Ford Taurus you have been driving since Bill and Hillary were in the White House will cost you more that it is worth. But how do you avoid that money pit that develops when a vehicle drops...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Best Local Prices Could Broaden Your Horizon

If you're heading out to do some new-car shopping this weekend but not entirely comfortable with what comes after the test drive, you're not alone. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially in the negotiation stage. Exactly how much of a discount, in light of all the incentives, should you be asking...Read More»

Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth adapter
Could Connectivity And Smartphones Open Your Car Up To Hackers?

Is it time for firewalls and malware protection for your car? Almost, but not quite yet, say experts, in a top-notch report from CNET. Earlier this year we reported on research from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, that showed how researchers were able to...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer
5 Point Used Car Buying Checklist

What if there was a screening test for used cars and you could detect those that were carriers and those that were already infected. Then you could avoid the possibility that they would be separating you form the spoils of your labor and not purchase them in the first place. Although there...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
Car Dealers: Stay In The Driver's Seat Or Pay More For Your Next Vehicle

I learned a lot as Internet Manager for a major car dealer. One of the biggest lessons was that customers are encouraged to go to sleep in the process of buying a car so the dealer can direct them in a way that maximizes their profits. This isn’t a good or bad thing; it’s simply how the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Sienna LE
Run Flat Tires: How They Work And What's Good And Bad

It only takes one flat tire horror experience to make you regularly check your tires. My nightmare on the interstate came on an on ramp in a driving downpour. It was in pre-cell phone days (although I probably would not have called for roadside assistance anyway) and required setting up the jack...Read More»

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4-door Auto 4WD Angular Front Exterior View
Motor Oil Labeling: What It Means

The most common comparison used when trying to explain viscosity in motor oil is that of water and molasses. For the purpose of explaining viscosity in a very basic way in the automotive application we can define viscosity as the resistance of a fluid to flow. In the comparison of the water and...Read More»

Woman driving
Zoning Out While Driving: Some Explanations

If, after buying a new car, you have ever reached for a non-existent gear shift lever or headlight switch, you get an idea of how at home we become in our cars. Some studies have shown that the average time a person spends in their car is 540 hours per year. In 2005 the Telework Exchange found that...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Hybrid Insurance Costs To Rise, Study Finds

The type of consumer owning a hybrid vehicle has changed and that change has resulted in an increased frequency of collisions. This trend was discussed in detail in the latest edition of Industry Trends Report of Mitchell International Inc. which offers business solutions to the insurance...Read More»

2011 Honda Accord Coupe
Top Ten Car Prep Tips For College

The goal when you send your car off to college is for it to be a non-issue from at least August to December. You want it to transport your student from home to campus and back again. It may find other uses at school like being used as a pool car for your son or daughter’s living group. This...Read More»

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