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Electronic Parking Brakes: What's The Point?
Electronic Parking Brakes: What's The Point?

Take a new luxury car out on the test drive and you'll probably notice one important difference as you're parking: The expected pedal or handbrake lever has been replaced by a single button or switch. So what's the point? Actually it makes sense on many counts. These new electronic parking brake...Read More»

free parking  -  flickr user alancleaver_2000
Valet Parking Always A Little Risky: Tips To Minimize Mischief

Leaving your car with valet parking attendants? It's likely it will be responsibly parked, with the keys placed on a wall or in a drawer. But if you're not as lucky—or if you drive something irresistibly flashy like a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Lamborghini Gallardo—it could turn into a...Read More»

Dog in driving gear
TCC Tip: Don't Let Your Dog Ride Shotgun

Your dog may in fact "want to go for a ride"--but that ride could end up hurting you both, according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The charitable wing of the roadside-services provider says as many as one-third of dog owners report their pets distracted them while driving...Read More»

Old Driver
For Older Drivers, Mental Workouts Help Reduce Accidents

Play a musical instrument? Take hikes on the weekend? Do the morning crossword puzzle? As odd as it might sound, any of these things might make you a better, safer driver. It found that simply getting a daily mental workout will help significantly reduce the chances of being in an accident. For a...Read More»

Sirius Backseat TV - Chrysler
Survey: DVD, Nav Systems Are Must-Haves For Summer Road Trips

What's the single most important, must-have accessory for keeping a family road trip stress-free? According to a CarMax survey of 500 families planning travel with children this summer, it's most commonly either a DVD player or a GPS navigation system. Curiously, those parents who were age 18 to 34...Read More»

Used car salesman
Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning'

Have you heard of "curbstoning"? We hadn't, and we like to think we're up on new automotive trends. But if the National Automobile Dealers Association has its way, you will. Curbstoning, you see, is a dangerous threat to used-car buyers, who put themselves and their families in dire peril by buying...Read More»

preview - America's Worst Drivers
AAA's Five Rules Of The Road For That 'Worst Driver'

For the new Travel Channel show America's Worst Driver, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has compiled some easy-to-follow advice on how to be a safer driver. In a quick video clip, Dr. Bill Van Tassel, an AAA safety expert, goes through five of AAA's Rules of the Road: No distracted...Read More»

Nissan BladeGlider Electric Sports Car Concept  -  2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Car Advice: Make the Most of Your Auto Show Experience

It's auto show season in North America.  Are you prepared to get out there a make the most of your city's exposition?  It can be an exciting, yet overwhelming event.  Here are a few suggestions to ensure you get what you pay for: Do your homework Get online and do some research before you go...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
Choose Your New Car In Five Easy Steps

Before you get too caught up in the excitement of buying a car, take a minute to set up a strategy. You'll have a much better chance of getting the things you want and need by the end of the process, and it's a good way to avoid a vehicle prone to problems. 1) Set a Budget Choose a maximum dollar...Read More»

Toyota Prius in the snow
How To Maintain Control Of Your Car In The Snow

For those of you not fortunate enough to have settled in a tropical region, dealing with snow and ice is probably a part of life for at least one season each year. If you've found yourself in the ditch or on the median more than once, here are a few tips on how to keep yourself out of the winter...Read More»

winter tire
How To Shop for Winter Tires

Sliding around a little too much this winter? Investing in some good winter tires might seem like a pricey proposition, but it could pay off. Winter tires are usually more expensive than all-season radials, but since you'll only be using your winter treads for a few months a year, they'll last...Read More»

Bluetooth
TCC Tip: Buyer Beware, Your Bluetooth May Not Pair

This week, as we've sifted through TheCarConnection.com's email for your questions, we've found an interesting one concerning Bluetooth connectivity. We're big users of the hands-free frequency, though we do advocate that you make all calls from a parked car, not a moving one. We're also...Read More»

2009 BMW 7-Series
TCC Tip: Can the BMW 7-Series Get Baby on Board?

A few times each week, TheCarConnection reaches into our mail bag to answer car questions and offer advice our readers can't find anywhere else. Today's question comes to us from North Carolina, from a reader who wants to know if he can get his babies on board in the new big Bimmer: I enjoyed your...Read More»

Deer  --  flickr user donjd2
Deer Season, Deer Danger: Stay Safe With These Tips

It's deer season. Whether or not you knew that, or even care, you should consider that this is the time of the year when—as the weather changes, hunters are chasing whitetail, and deer are, um, mating—your chances of hitting one of these animals is much higher. Typically, more than half of all...Read More»

Teen driving
Don’t Get Your Teen Driver A Car—Sharing Is Safer

At one time, perhaps a generation ago, some experts preached that car ownership for teen drivers was one of the best strategies for emphasizing responsibility and accountability. If teens had to manage maintenance and other costs for their own vehicle, the logic went, they would be more likely to...Read More»

Clunkers
Couple Finds Cash For Clunkers Trade Back On The Used Lot

A Southern California couple who decided to trade in their 2001 Nissan Xterra under the Cash for Clunkers program in August later found the vehicle for sale in the same dealership's used lot. Oops. It seems that the dealership, Volkswagen of Garden Grove, decided to forget about the CARS claim on...Read More»

2010 Jeep Liberty - user guide and DVD
Chrysler Slims Down—Owner’s Manuals, That Is

If you’re the type of buyer who, upon taking delivery of a new car, reads the owner’s manual from cover to cover, you might be a little disappointed to find that these tomes are missing from new 2010 Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep products. Beginning with the 2010 model year, Chrysler will be the...Read More»

Meguiar's New Paint Collection
Risky Old Car-Care Products: How To Identify, Dispose Of Them

Do you have an old tin of car wax, or a bottle of car-wash concentrate that’s more than a few years old? Don’t use it; they likely contain so-called volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are dangerous for health and the environment. They've been tightly regulated by California and have been...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
2010 Subaru Outback Fan Questions Features Rating, We Explain

Never let it be said that users don't read our reviews with an eagle eye. Reader Keith Siegel shot us a note this morning, asking the following question: I was surprised to see a score of "8" for Features in your 2010 Subaru Outback review. The only negative was the failure to offer memory seats...Read More»

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