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Dealing With An Insurance Adjuster
   Published September 24, 2019
As expected, we have heard from a ton of Hurricane Harvey victims who have lost cars in the flood. They are rightfully concerned about getting transportation so they can rebuild their lives and get back to making money. One trend I am seeing is people rushing to settle with their insurance company on their old vehicle. Thatís exactly what the insurance company wants you to do.

If your vehicle is totaled by wreck or flood damage, or stolen and not recovered, you are going to be forced to  Read More
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published August 26, 2019
I have talked on the air a lot about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars, but I have never broached the subject of child safety seats.

As I researched the subject, I learned that not only are there a wide variety of child seats available, but many child seats are not properly installed. It is also important to understand that as your child grows, he or she will require larger and different kinds of child seats.

3 Basic Types Of Child Seats
1.) Rear-facing seats

These seats  Read More
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Car Care Council: Change Your Spark Plugs
   Published July 17, 2019
The non-profit Car Care Council is once again reminding us all about the importance of vehicle maintenance, and in this case specifically the spark plug. It may be a small engine part, but the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle's power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency. It should be replaced periodically, according to the automotive experts at Car Care Council. Doing so can even improve fuel efficiency.

"Spark plugs are one of the  Read More
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How To Keep Your Car From Being Stolen On July 4th
   Published July 2, 2019
July 4th isnít just a popular holiday for watching fireworks. Itís also a popular holiday for car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that more than 8,000 vehicles were stolen on the July 4th holiday from 2014-2017. The holiday also makes #7 on the NICBís most recent Holiday Theft Report released last October. The report is based on 2017 data, when more than two thousand cars were stolen on Independence Day.

2017 Holiday Vehicle Thefts
New Yearís Day  Read More
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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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8 Ways To Get Your Car Ready For Summer
   Published May 1, 2019
It seems to sneak up on us every year. Suddenly we look up and for many, the thermometer is hitting triple digits. For some people, depending on locale, that first 100-degree day is the start of a string of hot days that lasts for months. This is a tough time of year for your car, but there are things you can do to help your car get through the summer season.

1. Check A/C Have your air conditioning system checked, many repair shops do this at no charge or a very nominal fee. It is not  Read More
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CarMD Lists Top Reasons For Check Engine Light To Be On
   Published April 24, 2019
CarMD, a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data and business solutions, released its 2019 CarMD Vehicle Health Index report. This annual VHI report provides an overview of information related to check engine-related car repairs, costs and trends.
Top 5 Reasons for Check Engine LightBelow youíll find the rankings according to CarMDís findings along with average cost of repairs. The one you donít want is the pricey problem of  Read More
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Road Trip Prep Music & Car Care Month
   Published April 3, 2019
When it comes to music, who puts you in the mood for a road trip? If itís either Bruce Springsteen or Keith Urban you are not alone.

According to a nationwide survey of more than 25,000 vehicle owners conducted on behalf of the non-profit Car Care Council, Springsteen and Urban were the preferred choice to listen to when getting ready to hit the road.

The survey results coincide with National Car Care Month.

"With April being National Car Care Month, we thought it would be a fun  Read More
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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
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How to Detect Pothole Damage To Your Vehicle
   Published March 6, 2019
Weíve all been there. Worried about our wheels, tires, steering, suspension and alignment after hitting a pothole. And for good reason. Potholes can do a number on our vehicles.

According to a 2016 American Automobile Association report, pothole damage causes Americans $3 billion dollars annually. AAA also says every year, it responds to more than four million calls for flat tire assistance, many the result of damage caused by potholes.

So how do you know if youíre vehicle is damaged  Read More
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Frigid Weather Decreases EV Range Dramatically, Study Finds
   Published February 13, 2019
Electric vehicle range can be impacted drastically by extreme temperatures, according to a new study from the American Automobile Association. Itís especially true when using the car heater during frigid temps, but hot weather has an impact, too. Using either the carís heating or A/C system can reduce range and result in the need to charge more often. Both are things drivers should keep in mind when they head out on the road in those conditions.

Extreme Temps Decrease EV RangeHere is a  Read More
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GasBuddy Reveals Americaís 2018 Top-Rated Gas Station Brands
   Published February 6, 2019
If there is one thing drivers all have in common, itís the need to fill up at the gas station. And you may find youíre doing more than buying your gas there. The $600 billion dollar convenience store and fuel retailing industry is one of the only growing retail sectors in America according to GasBuddy. It had a growth rate of 0.3% from 2017 to 2018 with more anticipated growth in 2019.

That said, gas stations havenít always been thought of fondly, (think movies with dimly lit gas stations  Read More
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Why It's Important To Teach Kids About Cars
   Published January 30, 2019
You teach your kids to be responsible, about the birds and the bees, how to be a responsible adult, but do you teach your kids about the basics of cars? Too often, parents hand their kids a set of car keys and simply say, ďbe carefulĒ.

There are things your kids need to know about cars to prepare them for the rest of their lives. This is not necessarily a job for dads, either parent can step up and prepare kids for proper maintenance, safety, and care of his or her car. This can save  Read More
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IIHS Names 2019 Top Safety Picks
   Published January 2, 2019
Nearly five dozen 2019 models meet stricter criteria to qualify for a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ or TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
30 first-tier ďplusĒ award winners earn the highest rating for passenger-side protection in a small overlap front crash and have good-rated available headlights.27 winners of the second-tier award qualify with an acceptable or higher rating in the newest IIHS crash test and the nighttime headlight evaluation.
All 57  Read More
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Why You Should Nix The 3000-Mile Oil Change
   Published November 26, 2018
Itís a question I get from listeners all the time on the Car Pro Show: ďDo I really need to change my oil every 3000 miles?Ē

The query is certainly understandable given that many of us grew up being warned to change your oil every 3000 miles, and the consequences for not doing that seemed dire. I grew up being scared to go even 3100 miles without a complete oil change and a new filter.

All that said, the answer is simply no, there are no circumstances by which anyone needs to change  Read More
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Prepping Your Car For Old Man Winter
   Published November 11, 2018
Old man winter is just around the corner and that means itís time to get your car prepped for the frigid temps and the snow and ice that could follow. Some things you can do yourself, others could require a trip to a service shop. But theyíre all important when it comes to preparing for and driving safely in often dangerous winter conditions. This is especially true if you have any winter road trips planned.

Know Your VehicleIt sounds simple, but every vehicle handles differently, so take  Read More
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Austin, DFW, Houston Listeners Check Out AirCheck Texas
   Published November 10, 2018
If you are interested in the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine program, a Texas program that provides assistance for owners of vehicles that wonít pass emissions tests, note that changes for eligibility requirements for ALL replacement vehicles took effect on September 1, 2018.

AirCheck TexasAirCheckTexas, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, does two things to help get polluting cars off roadways. It either helps income-qualified drivers replace their vehicle or  Read More
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Where To Find Your Carís Digital Ownerís Manual Online
   Published November 10, 2018
Have questions about your car? Well, forget finding them the old fashioned way, in an ownerís manual tucked away in your glovebox. These days youíll need to go online. In the digital age, automakers are posting them on their websites and some, like Hyundaiís, even include augmented reality features. Many brands are also now allowing you to reference them through the vehicleís infotainment system.

The move to digital manuals is due in part to cutting weight, since paper adds up. In fact, if  Read More
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Ways to Protect Your Car From Germs This Flu Season
   Published October 31, 2018
Cold and flu season is once again upon us and that means germs will soon be coming at us from all directions, including from inside our own vehicles.

Flu cases are low right now, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but things really get hopping in December and flu season runs through March. So there is still time to get your flu prevention plan of attack ready and help keep your family SUV as germ-free as possible. Itís serious business, too. The CDC says during  Read More
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What Teens Should Do When Pulled Over By Police
   Published October 25, 2018
I got a really nice email from a KNX listener who has partnered with the Los Angeles Sheriffís Department to educate teen drivers on what to do when pulled over by the police. Itís through a program called POP which stands for The Pull Over Protocol:

Jerry, I greatly appreciate your transparency and sharing from your life AND your interest in keeping our teenagers safe.

I am the Chief Education Officer from http://popprotocol.org (which trains teens on what to do at a traffic stop) and we  Read More