Car Pro Guide to Handling Vehicle Hail Damage, Plus Severe Weather Driving Tips
   Published June 25, 2019
Spring brings storms and, with them, many places get hail. We had this happen this past Sunday evening in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. In parts of the Metroplex, baseball-sized hail ruined thousands of cars, some so bad the windshields and rear windows were knocked out.

When driving in the rain, you need to exercise greater caution than usual because your reaction time and sight will be decreased.
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CAUTION: Children Are Out Of School For Summer Break
   Published June 5, 2019
School systems are out for summer break, which means lots of sunshine and an increase in children on the roads, especially in neighborhoods and parks.

The American Automobile Association says everyone ďshould expect more foot and bike traffic in neighborhoods and residential areas as school-aged children look to take advantage of the warm weather, longer daylight hours, and not having to prepare for school the following morning.Ē

Summer Driving TipsHere are some tips to consider year  Read More
When Itís Time To Take Mom And Dadís Keys
   Published March 21, 2019
Odds are, at around 16 years of age, your parents handed you the keys to your very first car. It is a day most of us never forget. Even if it was just a cheap car, it was ugly, and it didnít run all that great, it still meant you had your freedom. Now many years later, you are faced with the decision to have a talk with your parents about their ability to drive. As cruel as it seems, you are in the unenviable position to take away freedom from the very people who gave you yours.

With the  Read More
Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely
   Published November 19, 2018
Itís time to start thinking about how to get your Christmas tree home. Thereís more to it than meets the eye to get it done safely and according to AAA, a lot of drivers arenít doing it correctly.

In a 2017 study, AAA researchers reported that an estimated 20 million Americans who bought a real Christmas tree in the three years prior did not properly secure it to their vehicle. Not only can you risk seriously damaging your vehicle, but it can also cause dangerous road debris if it falls off  Read More
6 Tips for Safe Driving During Deer Season
   Published October 3, 2018
As if distracted drivers and people who are drinking and driving arenít enough of a hazard this time of year, now we have to fear the deer. They just seem to come from nowhere, and as you know, they are extremely fast.

Animal-Related CrashesAlthough virtually none of the lower 48 states are immune, some states are worse than others. West Virginia tops the list of the most deer and car collisions, Montana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa round out the top five.

Although a deer can jump  Read More
Warn Your Teen Driver About The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving
   Published August 2, 2018
A reminder now about drowsy driving involving younger people. If you have young drivers in your family, warn them of the dangers! Here are some statistics and tips for teen drivers and their parents from the National Transportation Safety Board:

The problem:According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver, and drivers aged 16 to 24 are at the greatest risk for being involved in a drowsy driving crash.Between 2010 and 2015,  Read More
Capless Gas Tanks Pros and Cons
   Published June 13, 2018
[Editorís Note: This article has been updated since its original posting date.]

More and more, as I review new vehicles, and they need fuel, I open the gas tank flap all set to unscrew the gas cap, but there is not one there. There is a small trap door, that you canít push in with your finger, yet when you stick the gas nozzle from the pump in, it easily inserts. Welcome to capless gas tanks. Ford really pioneered capless fuel fillers on the 2009 Explorer. Other brands currently offering  Read More
How Well Do Automatic Braking Systems Work?
   Published June 13, 2018
A lot of people heard me talking about the automatic braking system on the new 2019 Subaru Ascent I reviewed last week, and that prompted a lot of questions. The big question is, like all technology in vehicles, how well does it work?

Although some folks are skeptical about new features on vehicles, the government and automakers have agreed that all vehicles by 2022 will have this safety feature, so Americans are going to have to get used to this technology. Today, roughly 10% of cars on  Read More
We All Need to Do Better When It Comes To Tire Safety
   Published May 22, 2018
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, when 36.6 million people are expected to hit the road, comes National Tire Safety Week. Itís an annual reminder for drivers to make sure theyíre driving on tires with the proper tread and inflation. A recent study found that four in ten teenagers are not. But itís not just teens with unsafe tire habits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 19 percent of consumers regularly check and inflate their tires. Thatís a pretty  Read More
The 100 Deadly Days Of Summer for Teenage Drivers
   Published May 17, 2018
We talked a lot on air last week about Kailee Mills, the 16-year old Spring, TX girl tragically killed while taking her seat belt off for a split second. We are about to enter the deadliest time of the year for teen drivers, statistically at least. Itís known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.

100 Deadliest Days Of SummerThe so-called 100 days of summer fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when school is out. In a recent study published by the American Automobile Association,  Read More
AAA: Distracted Driving Tops Driversí List of Dangers on Road
   Published April 5, 2018
If you are concerned about distracted driving, youíre not alone. Itís a top concern for many drivers when it comes to dangers on the road.

In a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, 88-percent of drivers believe distracted driving is a serious threat and on the rise.

Respondents were more worried about distracted driving than other risky behaviors like aggressive driving, drivers using drugs and drunk driving:
Aggressive driving: 68 percent
Drivers using drugs: 55 percent
Drunk  Read More
Keep Your Child Safe With A Teen Driver Contract
   Published March 27, 2018
I talked about this with a couple of listeners on last weekís show and many have wanted to utilize it.

An Austin-area judge came up with a wonderful teen driver contract. Here is the note he sent me. Thank you so much, Judge Madison!

Dear Jerry,
I commend you for your article that was published in the Austin American Statesman on Thursday, October 11. I preside over 4 municipal courts in Central Texas. My court in Lakeway has won 3 traffic safety initiative awards for innovative programs  Read More
5 Ways to Resolve To Be a Safer Driver in 2018
   Published December 27, 2017
Thereís no stopping the clock and ready or not weíre on the road to 2018. But itís still not too late to make a few New Yearís resolutions on the driving front. That said, here are five ways to resolve to be a safer driver in 2018.

1. Resolve to not drive distracted
Distracted driving, which includes talking, texting or reading emails on a cellphone, is a dangerous problem on the nationís roadways that isnít going away. The NHTSA estimates 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while behind  Read More
New Years Warning: Donít Drink And Drive
   Published December 27, 2017
We are quickly approaching New Yearís Eve, a dangerous time on the nationís roadways when it comes to drinking and driving.

Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Yearís Day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Holiday Season Drinking and Driving FactsNewly released holiday drinking and driving stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are alarming:
During  Read More
How To Safely Transport Your Holiday Food
   Published November 15, 2017
At some point, weíve all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps while speeding down the highway over the hills and through the woods to Grandmotherís house.

How about getting all those leftovers home after Thanksgiving dinner? While Auntie Mayís pumpkin pie may seem perfectly pleasant perched atop a lace doily on the dining-room table, it can become a dangerous projectile if not secured properly in  Read More
Sharing the Road With Big Rigs
   Published September 5, 2017
My father was a truck driver for as long as I can remember. It was in the days when there were virtually no creature comforts in the cabs of the trucks. I donít think he ever drove a truck with air-conditioning, and there were certainly no CD players, video monitors, or CB radios. One night during the summer, around 10 PM, he was driving between Dallas and San Antonio and fell asleep while driving. He woke up too late to navigate a turn in the highway and turned the big rig on its side,  Read More
Move Over To Protect Our First Responders
   Published April 17, 2017
His name was Ronnie Lerma, he served as a police officer in my hometown, Garland, TX. Ronnie was a mountain of a man with a gentle spirit. I had met Ronnie several times at the dealership I owned at the time. I have always been a proud supporter of our first responders. On September 21, 1998, Ronnie stopped a vehicle on I-635 for speeding. As he reached for his ticket book from his motorcycle, he was struck by a van and killed. Ronnie was 39 and left behind a wife and two children. The  Read More
A Teenís First Car Is a Lesson in Life
   Published October 24, 2016
We spent a good amount of time on the Car Pro Show last weekend talking about Teen Driver Safety Week. It can be a life changer for the parents as well as the child. For most parents, your childís independence is exciting and scary at the same time.

We had a caller to the nationally syndicated show who had a son who wanted a pickup truck. While I like pickups as a first vehicle, this family was on a limited budget. I spoke to the teen on the air to try to explain why he would be better  Read More
What Is Top Tier Fuel and Where Can I Get It?
   Published October 11, 2016
You may not realize it, but not all gasoline is created equal.

Some brands meet higher standards than those set by the U.S. government. They use higher-quality additives that keep engines cleaner. Lower-quality gas uses lower-quality additive packages that can build up deposits on fuel injectors and intake valves. As you might imagine, those buildups can lead to poor engine performance.

Additives include octane enhancers, antiknock compounds and oxygenates, as well as corrosion  Read More
NHTSA Safety Advisory: Check Your Brakes For Rust
   Published April 9, 2015
If you live in a so-called cold weather Rust Belt state, which includes about half of the 50 states, you need to have your brake systems checked regularly for corrosion. Thatís the newest safety advisory from U.S. safety regulators whoíve been investigating rust complaints in 2 million older model GM trucks and SUVs.

Instead of finding GMís vehicles defective in that area, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is chalking the corrosion and rust issues up to all the salt used  Read More