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Breaking Up (with Your Vehicle) is Hard to Do and DAV Makes it Easy for You
   Published November 25, 2019
Parting with the old, makes room for the new. DAV vehicle donor Jim Byrnes and grandson enjoying their new set of wheels.We know youíve developed a relationship with your car, motorcycle or truck. But there comes a time when itís best to say goodbyeóand you can feel good about it by donating your vehicle to DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Thatís what Jim Byrnes did.

ďThe vehicle I donated was my favorite,Ē says Jim, who donated his beloved Range Rover to DAVís vehicle donation program.  Read More
How To Safely Transport Your Holiday Food
   Published November 21, 2019
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
Black Friday Shoppers: Be Careful Parking At The Mall
   Published November 20, 2019
When it comes to hitting the shopping mall during the holiday season, it can be a real jungle out there. Parking lots are accidents waiting to happen as they fill up with cars and people, including thieves who are only too happy to steal your Christmas out of your car. So there are many things to be on the lookout for, from your personal safety and that of other pedestrians, to the safety of your vehicle and its precious unwrapped contents.

Parking  Read More
5 Ways to Maintain Your Vehicleís Value
   Published November 13, 2019
The greatest single cost in car ownership is depreciation. Basically, the second you drive your car off a dealer lot, it loses value and will continue to do so until you either decide to sell it or it stops working.

By taking proper care of your car, keeping it looking good and running smoothly, you can ensure that it fetches as much money as possible when it comes time to sell or trade in. Following these five simple steps will work wonders in maintaining  Read More
Store Your Vehicleís Roadside Assistance Number
   Published November 6, 2019
Many of you will be traveling over the holidays, and nobody wants to find himself or herself stuck on the side of the road for any reason, but if you drive in major metro areas, odds are good you see it on a daily basis. I am a sucker for people who look like they need help and have stopped many times to see if I could assist. The last time I did this, the driver had been in a hurry and ran out of gas in a fairly new car. He asked if I could give him a lift to a gas station and I asked him if heíd called roadside assistance? His reply was ďI donít think I have thatĒ. He was driving a two-year-old Camry, and a quick Google search revealed the phone number. He called and the ETA of the service provider was less than 10 minutes.
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Where To Find Your Carís Digital Ownerís Manual Online
   Published November 5, 2019
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
Ways to Protect Your Car From Germs This Flu Season
   Published October 30, 2019
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
Halloween Risk: What To Do If Your Car Gets Egged
   Published October 24, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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