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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
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Halloween Risk: What To Do If Your Car Gets Egged
   Published October 24, 2018
If your car is going to get egged, it will probably be next Wednesday night. Lots of things can happen on Halloween, but getting your car egged is one of the WORST. It happened to me a few years ago, and I am sure it was random, but the results could have been bad had I not known what to do. Thank goodness I saw it before I left for the day.

The DamageAs harmless as eggs seem, they can actually wreak havoc on vehicle paint surfaces and cause long-lasting, permanent damage. The yolk thatís  Read More
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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
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Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
   Published August 28, 2018
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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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
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Getting Your Car To 200,000 Miles
   Published July 31, 2018
The average age of cars on the road today is higher than ever ó nearly 11 years old, according to research firm R.L. Polk. Thatís partially a function of a slow economy, but also, Polk says, because vehicles are ďmore durable and more reliable than their predecessors.Ē

With the average car adding more than 15,000 miles to the odometer each year, itís practically a given that youíll hit the once-notable milestone of 100,000 miles. In fact, you might even triple that without needing a  Read More
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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
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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
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Texas Offering Rebates For Natural Gas, Plug-in Hybrids, & Electrics
   Published June 6, 2018
In Texas, the TERP program is back in effect, at least while funding lasts. Donít miss the fact that this started last September, so you can apply if you have purchased or leased a compressed natural gas, liquified petroleum gas, and all-electric, or plug-in hybrid. (You can find a list of  Read More
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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
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Dealing With Summer Car Service Woes at the Dealership
   Published May 10, 2018
A Texas Car Pro Show listener got in touch with me, totally frustrated with her dealership. She loves the dealership overall, loves her salesperson, and loves her vehicle. However, she gets irritated when she calls the dealership to make an appointment, and the first available time is two weeks away.

Welcome to summer temperatures and the problems it causes for dealerships and customers.

Summer Car Service Challenges
All the years I owned car dealerships, I dreaded the summer heat.   Read More