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Minimal Maintenance Required
Water. Dust. Mud. Together they are the soup we feed our ATVs -- gobbled up without so much as a post-ride burp. Maintenance-free suspension bushings, fully sealed engines and electronics and tough-as-nails drive systems see to that. But a diet of these potentially destructive ingredients requires a few key maintenance

May 25, 2005 - 12:03:00 AM

Industry Faces Driver Shortage
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, trucking carriers will need at least 600,000 additional drivers nationally by 2010. This increasing demand for truck transportation and the limited supply of experienced drivers make driving a lucrative career option for the right kind of person. "We're looking for people who want

May 10, 2005 - 9:45:00 PM

The Driving Tool That Helps Move Today’s Commuters
It’s a fact. More vehicles are on the road. People are driving farther. Traffic continues to get worse and spending time bumper-to-bumper is an increasingly common occurrence. And traffic is not simply a stress-generating annoyance -- it’s costly. According to research by the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers lose $11.71 in

May 10, 2005 - 3:27:00 PM

Communications Company Takes Live TV to the Streets
For decades, many companies tried to bring static-free, live television to vehicles on the road. All of their attempts failed, however. The antennae they developed couldn't properly capture satellite TV signals, resulting in distorted or rolling pictures. Further, the bulky, tall satellite dishes were impractical for cars. Finally, KVH Industries

May 6, 2005 - 12:18:00 AM

All-Terrain Vehicles: 6 Tips For a Safe Summer Ride
The summer air beckons avid all-terrain vehicle riders outdoors. Unfortunately, injuries can occur if ATVs aren't handled safely. Proper safety training, common sense and personal responsibility are the keys to preventing ATV accidents. Polaris Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of ATVs, offers the following tips for safe riding.

May 6, 2005 - 12:06:00 AM

Soon Every Passenger in Your Car Will Be Able to Personalize Their Entertainment Experience
Are we there yet?” For years, those have been the most popular words uttered during a long car trip; but soon people will instead be saying, “Can I stay in the car a little longer, please!” Starting in Spring 2005, people who buy one of General Motors’ new crossover sport

May 4, 2005 - 8:25:00 PM

They're Back: The Sport Wagon Reemerges
Hauling everything from mountain bikes to surfboards and vacation gear, the new sport wagons are a good fit for many families. Remember family vacations with parents, kids, camping gear, and pets piled into the old station wagon? You remember that old wagon, right? Like the one Chevy Chase drove cross-country

May 3, 2005 - 7:00:00 PM

What To Look For When Buying A Riding Mower
Your knowledge of riding mowers will get a lift if you know what to look for and what you're going to use it for. Remember, riding mowers come in many varieties, from attachment-capable garden tractors to small rear engine riders. According to Murray Inc., a mower manufacturer for more than

May 3, 2005 - 6:38:00 PM

Ideal Gifts For Golfers And NASCAR Racing Fans
Two new books from Wiley make great gifts for Dad. The first, "Golf''s Short Game For Dummies" (Wiley $16.99), helps readers improve their chip, pitch and bunker shots and fine-tune their putting. The "NASCAR For Dummies" book, (Wiley, $21.99) lets readers discover all the fun and excitement of NASCAR.

May 3, 2005 - 6:29:00 PM

Toyota Announces Partner Robots
An overview of the project to develop partner robots designed to function as personal assistants for humans is being carried out by Toyota for its corporate activities based on the spirit of “contributing to society through making things and making automobiles.” Toyota is promoting the development of human-assisting partner robots

May 2, 2005 - 10:20:00 PM

Cabin Air Filters Help Drivers Breathe Easier
Drivers and passengers may now breathe a little easier when sitting in heavy traffic. Automobile manufacturers have begun installing cabin air filters-which work much like the furnace or air-conditioning filters found in most homes-to significantly reduce the amount of carbon monoxide, mold spores and other dangerous contaminants found in many

Apr 28, 2005 - 11:55:00 PM

In-Vehicle Communications Systems Valuable To Consumers, Law Enforcement
An estimated 1.3 million Americans had their vehicles stolen last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report. After years of steady decline in the '90s, victims of motor vehicle thefts lost an estimated $8.6 billion in 2003. As police agencies across the country look for

Apr 28, 2005 - 11:47:00 PM

"Make Scents" While In The Driver's Seat
The average person spends more than 32 full days every year locked inside the confines of their car's interior. With 39 percent of people realizing they may have to spend even more time inside their cars this year, auto manufacturers and those in the auto accessory industry are constantly developing

Apr 18, 2005 - 11:34:00 PM

Investing in a Franchise and the American Dream
Harley-Davidson enthusiasts Chris McIntyre, Jeff Brown and Peter Wurmer always dreamt of touring the world on motorcycles. Their dream is now a reality for them and the tens of thousands of customers who rent motorcycles, ATVs and watercraft from EagleRider franchise locations in the United States, Mexico, France and Spain.

Apr 18, 2005 - 10:37:00 PM

Young Car Lovers Across America to Flex Their Passion for a Scholarship and Career-Igniting Apprenticeship
Many young people across America are immersed in all things automotive. With the popularity of reality shows such as “Pimp My Ride” and “Ride with Funkmaster Flex” and movies such as “The Fast and the Furious,” young people are fascinated by car culture. Yet, even as interest increases, there are

Mar 14, 2005 - 11:32:00 PM

The Latest 'Must Have' Automotive Accessories
Whether commuting to and from work, or traveling to far away places to see friends and family, people are spending more and more time on the road these days. Our vehicles have become a home away from home, and people are responding to the trend by decking their cars and

Mar 14, 2005 - 11:22:00 PM

Cars of the Future Will Be Highly Intelligent
Even the Batmobile was not equipped with this: an airbag that receives sensory data from the car's on-board electronic system, prompting it to inflate over the hood and windshield in the split seconds before a collision with a pedestrian. The external airbag is one in a range of new and

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:38:00 PM

Donating Your Car to Charity Can Save Lives
Do you need to let go of your unwanted car, truck or van? Have you considered donating it? Across the nation, an increasing number of charities have turned to car-donation programs as an effective way to raise money. However, it's important to be cautious when deciding where to donate your

Feb 17, 2005 - 9:33:00 PM

Don't Forget to Recycle Your Old Car Battery
What's in your neighborhood recycling bin? If you are like most diligent recyclers, yesterday's newspaper finds its way atop a curbside pile that includes aluminum cans, glass jars and some two-liter soda bottles. And that's pretty much where most consumer recycling efforts end. But consider the lowly battery - something

Feb 17, 2005 - 8:06:00 PM

Cruise the Country 'Madden Style'
It has happened to everyone: You're watching a game on television and it's almost over, but then you have to be somewhere and you can't finish watching the game. You get in the car and try to find the game on the radio. But by the time you find the

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:43:00 PM

Tailgating Goes High-tech
It's football Saturday. Your cooler is stocked with burgers, brats and dogs, along with assorted beverages of choice. Portable grill? Check. Team flag? Got it. Decked out in your jersey and face painted in your team's colors, you're ready for a morning (or afternoon) of tailgating. But will your tailgating

Feb 17, 2005 - 7:37:00 PM

Kids and Cars: Tips to Keep Your Children Safe
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more children are killed as passengers in car accidents than by any other type of injury. Many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided with the proper use of child safety seats and seat belts. While 97 percent of parents believe

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:39:00 PM

Cool Toys for the Car That Has Everything
So what do you get car enthusiasts this holiday season? The answer is simple: cool gadgets to make their lives on the road much easier and more fun.

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:38:00 PM

Help With Auto Repairs Is a Cell Phone Call Away
Mobile phones have become a lifeline for North American motorists. According to the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, more than 73 million calls are placed to 911 hotlines from cell phones every year. AAA handles an additional 14 million calls for emergency roadside assistance from cell callers.

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:34:00 PM

Say Goodbye to Static; TV In Cars Is Now Crystal Clear
How many times have you wished you had a television in your car to keep the kids quiet and entertained? Well, the days of poor reception and lousy picture quality are gone, thanks to KVH Industries' affordable new in-car satellite television system.

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:31:00 PM

Satellite TV System Keeps Truckers Entertained
For the past five years, truck drivers Robert and Peggy Daniels have used KVH Industries' TracVision antennae - which can pick up more than 300 channels of live DirecTV programming - to stay entertained and informed while they're on the road. Over those five years, the couple averaged more than

Feb 16, 2005 - 8:24:00 PM

GPS: Pin-Pointing The Solution
Signals from space are doing more to improve your life than you may realize. It's got nothing to do with little green men, but everything to do with what many consider the next big thing: Global Positioning Systems, or GPS.

Feb 16, 2005 - 12:05:00 AM

Doubling Ethanol Output Will Hurt Farmers
John Kerry wants to double our ethanol production to five-billion gallons per year. So does President Bush and most of the U.S. Congress. Especially in a presidential election year. Ethanol makes farmers feel all warm and fuzzy and farmers will vote for both Presidential and Senate candidates in closely contested

Feb 15, 2005 - 11:58:00 PM

Professional Grade Equipment Takes Tailgaters to the Next Level
The pre-game tailgate party has evolved through the years from a cooler of cold ones and a hibachi grill in the back of a pickup to feature more elaborate spreads and high-powered accessories. As tailgating takes off, the vehicle remains at the center of the party with its gate open

Feb 15, 2005 - 11:45:00 PM

Do's And Don'ts To Help Keep Children Safe In And Around Vehicles
Just as you take certain steps to make your home safer for kids, you also play a role in making vehicles safer for children, whether you're on the road or at home. Here are common-sense measures you can take daily to help keep kids safe:

Feb 15, 2005 - 10:05:00 PM

California's Low-Carb Diet Gouges Car Buyers
As levels of traditional air pollutants like smog and soot continue to decline, regulators are setting their sights on the regulation of benign gases claimed to cause climate change-like carbon dioxide, usually referred to as CO2.

Feb 15, 2005 - 9:58:00 PM

Warming Up To Remote Starters
Winter isn't just hard on cars; it can be hard on drivers, too. Most anyone who's gotten into a cold car in the early morning will probably agree. But there are ways to make it more bearable. For instance, you can put the brakes on the "icebox on wheels" effect

Feb 15, 2005 - 9:49:00 PM

Breaking Down Today's Top Engines
Today's engines provide more horsepower, more speed-and more fun-than ever before. Many of the most modern designs, however, are based on some classic concepts that never seem to go out of style. For instance, one of the most powerful engines today is a close descendant of an engine that powered

Feb 15, 2005 - 9:46:00 PM

Road To Safety May Run Through The Earth's Core
For the breakthrough technology built into its latest tires, one company nearly went to the center of the earth. At least, it used sand sent up from there. A key element in a smart new tire is the use of volcanic sand. It lets the tire stay flexible, even in

Feb 15, 2005 - 9:39:00 PM

CHILD SAFETY ALERT Boosting Children's Auto Safety
The next time you give your child a lift in the car, you may want to check to see if he needs a boost, too. Experts say children who have outgrown their toddler seats (usually at age 4 or 40 pounds) are far safer sitting in booster seats until they

Feb 15, 2005 - 9:20:00 PM

POINTERS FOR PARENTS High-Tech Cars Drive Demand For Specialists
There's good news for young people who are driven to learn all they can about cars and computers. It may be good news for their parents as well. Over the course of the next 10 years, it's estimated that over 31,000 new jobs will be available annually in the service

Feb 14, 2005 - 9:31:00 PM

Happy Holidays, Motorhead
You know the type. Someone whose senses are ignited by the smell of high octane fuel. Someone who snaps to attention at the deep, low growl of a V8 engine and swoons at the sight of a very sleek, sexy body-with four wheels.

Feb 14, 2005 - 9:27:00 PM

Education That Leads To Careers
You may be able to earn more than you dreamed of. All it takes is a little patience and making the effort to get specialized training in modern technology. Technology plays an important role in today's workplace, and has changed many occupations dramatically.

Feb 14, 2005 - 9:18:00 PM

Help Wanted: Automotive Service Technicians
One of the biggest challenges facing many companies today is finding knowledgeable, highly-skilled employees. This is especially true for automotive dealerships and repair shops.

Feb 14, 2005 - 9:17:00 PM

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