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Distracted Driving
Visual and Mental Distractions Behind the Wheel Are Real and Potentially Dangerous

Halloween Driving Safety Tips
Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween, or on the night your community hosts Halloween activities.

Car Emergency Tools
Often, we don’t think about what we need in an emergency situation until we’re in one. Whether you have a flat tire or another roadside emergency, you should have the following items in your car.

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers
Here are a few tips on how to deal with aggressive drivers, plus helpful hints to reduce your own stress while driving.

Motorists Can Celebrate Fall Car Care Month in Three Easy Steps
October is Fall Car Care Month, the ideal time of the year to pay special attention to that vehicle you depend on so much to get you where you are going, says the Car Care Council.

What's That Smell Coming From My Car's Engine?
“Car smells are a clear indicator that’s something wrong,” says Trotta. “So you never want to ignore a strange smell when you’re driving.” Here are some of the most common car odors, she says, and what to do if you pick up their scent.

7 Fall Driving Safety Tips
Fall is a time for hay rides, leaf peeping and pumpkin picking. It's also a time when road and weather conditions make getting there a little tougher. Stay safe on the road this season with these smart driving tips.

Take Action to Reduce Effects of Severe Driving
Are you a severe driver? Normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, so for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception.

8 Things That Will Drain Your Car Battery
One of the things that car owners dread is finding out that they cannot start their vehicles when they are rushing for an appointment. While there can be a host of issues as to why the engine doesn’t want to turn over, one of the most common culprits is a dead battery. 

Preventative Maintenance More Important As Vehicles Age
The average age of vehicles on the road is rising, and as cars get older, they need more service and repair. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists who own an older car, truck or SUV become more diligent about preventative maintenance. 

50 Weird Driving Laws in the US
We’ve all heard a handful of funny laws that make you wonder the backstory of its creation. For instance, did you know it’s illegal to stick an ice cream cone in your back post in Alabama and Georgia? This was to prevent thieves from luring away other people’s horses.

Getting Your Car Ready for School
It’s back-to-school time and the Car Care Council wants to help families get their vehicles ready for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more. An informative new video from the non-profit organization provides motorists a with a five-point checklist to be performed before the start of the school year.

What Does the Check Engine Light Really Mean?
You’re driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you’re like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or how you should react.

Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College
Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in the family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

Safety tips for teen drivers
While getting a drivers license is an exciting rite-of-passage for teens, it can make a parent frantic—with good reason. 

Spark Plugs Need to Be Replaced Periodically
That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle’s power, performance, dependability, and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically.

Focus on Safety — Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip
Of the many great things about summertime, few match the fun of a family road trip.

Top 10: 4th of July Road Trips
It’s called The Great American Road Trip for a reason. And, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s Birthday than to hit the road and experience history.

Car Air-Conditioning: How To Maximize The Cool
Your car’s air-conditioning system has one job—to keep you cool. But during a summer scorcher, it may seem like it’s barely up to the task.

7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Safe for Summer Driving
These basics will prevent most car troubles and save you the heartache of emergencies.
Automobile History
The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, though Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry in the first half of the twentieth century. 

Car Care Council Supports National Tire Safety
Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week in May to start checking tire pressure and condition regularly, says the Car Care Council.

Top Summer Car Care Tips
Summer’s high temperatures can take a toll on everyone – and everything, including your car. 

How to Save Money at the Gas Pump
Even though gas prices are expected to rise significantly, you can still find ways to pay less.

Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles
Not long ago, to keep a car running beyond the 200,000-mile mark would have seemed about as likely as driving it to the moon. But big improvements in powertrain technology, rust prevention, lubricants, and more have led to game-changing improvements in reliability and durability. Now, almost any car can make it well into six-figure territory with proper care.  

Tire Pressure
Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next, to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices on your car. 

Travel Tips for the Easter-Passover Weekend
If you're planning on traveling this weekend, you'll be headed into a kind of perfect storm: Good Friday, the start of Passover and spring break are all converging to make for clogged roads, busy airports, and overcrowded train stations.

10 Road Trips You Can Take in a Week
Putting Off Car Care? Stop Stalling
Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be causing extensive damage to your vehicle and increasing the chance of a breakdown. With National Car Care Month in April upon us, the non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop stalling and get your vehicle serviced today.

Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear's Cars of Tomorrow

Pet Passenger Safety
Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and often bring their favorite furry friend along on road trips, day trips and day-to-day errands. However, in a vehicle, this can mean added distractions for the driver and added dangers for all passengers, including pets.

Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs
Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. 

What's With All the Buttons: This Is How You Choose Types and Grades of Fuel

Winter Driving Tips

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater

How to keep your car's value from depreciating any faster than it has to - A car may be a depreciating asset, but you don't want its value to drop faster than it has to.

No Need to 'Warm Up' Modern Vehicles in Cold Weather
It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.
The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.

17 Weird Traffic and Car-Related Laws from around the United States
Whether you're heading down the street or across the country on a road trip, it's likely you generally follow (most) traffic laws. The majority of those rules are fairly straightforward and well known—do we even need to mention speed limits?—but some states have more obscure laws on the books, covering some rather strange topics. Curious whether you've ever been or could be in violation of some of these more eccentric traffic laws? Click through to see 20 of the oddest we could find and where they're in force.

Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips
Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.