Protect Yourself From Water-Damaged Vehicles - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:07:00 PM
Savvy consumers in the market for pre-owned vehicles can protect themselves from flood-damaged autos. All it takes is a little research and a trustworthy mechanic.
Cut Gasoline Costs - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:06:00 PM
As families hit the open roads, gas prices rise in response to the increased demand. Fortunately, drivers who conserve gasoline by following recommended driving guidelines can save hundreds of dollars a year. What’s more, efficient driving can save wear and tear on your car, saving you even more money in
Are You A Normal Or Severe Driver? - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:06:00 PM
How do you think automobile manufacturers would characterize your driving? Surprisingly, according to their definitions, most people who think they are normal drivers are in fact severe.
NERVES OF STEEL - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:05:00 PM
The survey ranked a number of American cities based on the percentage of aggressive driving acts respondents reported having committed. Cities with lower percentages received better grades.
Wireless Technology Takes A Byte Out Of Crime - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:04:00 PM
Today, more than 500 police departments have partnered with Verizon Wireless to wirelessly link to local, state and federal databases for at-the-scene information on possible offenders. Information that used to take up to 15 minutes to access is now available in seconds and is transmitted over fully encrypted, secure digital
Fill Up On Fuel-Saving Tips - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:04:00 PM
As Gasoline Supplies Tighten And Prices Remain High, Consumers Can Follow Easy Tips For Conserving Fuel And Saving Money. Recent polls conducted by the Travel Industry Association of America and the Associated Press state that increases in gasoline prices and concerns about the economy will cause 30 percent of travelers
Safe Driving Is In Your Sights - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:03:00 PM
Maintaining clear visibility is a key factor in safe driving, explains Chuck Schwarting, vice president of National Safety Consulting Services, Inc., a firm specializing in driver training and safety education.
Science Solves Dusty Roads - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:01:00 PM
Keeping aggregate (gravel) particles where they belong—on the road surface and not in the air—may be easier than many people realize.
Racing For The Future - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:01:00 PM
Every year, some of the best and brightest high school students from around the world work to support one of the nation’s hottest issues—clean energy. The students participate in an internationally recognized solar car race that runs a cross-country course or is staged on a closed track. This year’s race
Convertible Caution - Jun 19, 2003 - 11:00:00 PM
New technology has helped make it safer for convertible connoisseurs—and their passengers—to enjoy the thrill of the open road.
Science Solves Dusty Roads - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:59:00 PM
Keeping aggregate (gravel) particles where they belong—on the road surface and not in the air—may be easier than many people realize. Testing has demonstrated that a naturally-occurring salt called calcium chloride can be used for dust suppression on unpaved roads. This means cleaner, healthier air for people who travel on
Have You Seen This Bowl? - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:58:00 PM
That’s because the bowl represents the most significant victory in Ford Motor Company racing history. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rest among the many other trophies, prizes and awards won by Ford over the last 100 years. It was auctioned off over a half century ago.
Putting The Brakes On Dangerous Driving - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:57:00 PM
Safer driving starts with your car’s brakes. A vehicle’s ability to stop is vital to the safety of both the car’s driver and its passengers. There are telltale signs that may indicate the need to repair or replace a car’s brakes.
Advanced Technologies Help Drivers Focus on the Road - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:57:00 PM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that driver distraction is a factor in at least 26 percent of all tow-away collisions.
Americans Go For New Generation Of Light Vehicle Engines—Diesel - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:56:00 PM
Recent sales figures show pickups outpacing automobiles in popularity and with this increase, sales of diesel-powered light trucks and SUVs have taken an upturn as well. This trend has a lot to do with Americans wanting more bang for their buck when buying an SUV or light truck.
Helping Drivers See The Light - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:55:00 PM
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the majority of car accidents in the U.S. occur at night (1,864 in 1999 alone).
GMC Delivers On Professional Grade Promise With Trucks That Exceed Expectations - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:55:00 PM
GMC is expanding its Professional Grade lineup with a series of uniquely designed and competitively superior trucks for 2002 and beyond. “Our lineup of professional grade products with superior capabilities is growing year by year,” said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. “What began with our light-duty Sierra pickup in 1999
Fuel Prices Are Not Expected To Fuel A Slowdown In Camping Plans - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:54:00 PM
Green lights, full speed ahead—the economy will not put the breaks on this year’s camping season, say the experts.
Top 10 Trends in Advanced Transportation Technologies - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:53:00 PM
Many of our transportation systems are operating at or near capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. But the increasing use of advanced surface transportation technologies offers officials better ways to manage growth, and offers travelers more choices and more safety, according to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Have Mouse, Will Travel - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:53:00 PM
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there’s one destination that you’ll want to check out before you even pack your bags—the Internet.
Your Senses Can Tell You A Lot About Your Car - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:51:00 PM
Want to find out if you are having car trouble? Trust your senses. “There are many ways that your senses can be used, both when the car is stationary and moving, to tip you off to the condition of various parts,” says mechanical engineer Mark Ferner of the Pennzoil-Quaker State
Postal Service Receives Delivery Of Ford Electric Vehicle Fleet - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:51:00 PM
Electric vehicles from Ford let the Postal Service deliver clean air along with the mail.
Encouraging Safety And Responsibility - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:50:00 PM
A national safety initiative has helped keep America’s roads safe by encouraging people not to drink and drive.
Taking Control Of Car Financing With Online Loans - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:49:00 PM
Increasingly, women are making more of the financial decisions for their families. Recent research indicates that women now handle 75 percent of the family finances and control 80 percent of the family purchasing decisions, including buying a car.
“First Car” Of Auto Racing Restored; Ford Celebrates 100 Years Of Racing - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:48:00 PM
A significant piece of history was there all along. The car that Henry Ford drove to victory in 1901 in his one and only race, and not a replica, was in a warehouse of artifacts owned by the museum in Dearborn, Mich., that bears his name.
Mopar Enhances Styling And Helps Protect New Jeep® Liberty - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:45:00 PM
Mopar Enhances Styling And Helps Protect New Jeep® Liberty Unlike aftermarket manufacturers, Mopar offers accessories designed specifically for the new Jeep® Liberty. The Jeep® Liberty brings new style to sport utilities. Mopar helps enhance and protect that styling with a variety of accessories.
Steer Clear Of Road Hazards - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:43:00 PM
It may pay for consumers who shop for new convertibles to consider how they can overcome the possible road blocks open-topped vehicles can encounter. “Visual sensory levels in a convertible are dramatically different during daytime driving, as compared to a hardtop,” says Volvo spokesperson, Roger Ormisher.
Ford Program Gives Child Safety A Boost - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:42:00 PM
A recent survey found that most parents and caregivers are conscientious about ensuring that children ride safely, reporting that their children ride with a safety belt or safety seat of some type. However, the survey also found that up to 79 percent are misinformed about the correct safety device to
Latest Transportation Technologies Reduce Energy Use - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:41:00 PM
In the United States, automobiles now consume only about 60 percent of the gasoline, per mile driven, that they did in 1972. But with gasoline prices and congestion rising, America is becoming energy conscious once again.
Airports Fuel The War Against Pollution - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:40:00 PM
U.S. airports are introducing clean, alternative-fuel vehicles and equipment to decrease pollution from their fleets. Aviation contributes roughly 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, a figure likely to rise without prompt action.
Protecting Children In The Dark - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:39:00 PM
As the days get shorter, it will get dark even earlier. More children will be traveling home from school and other activities in the dark, which puts them at greater risk of injuries from traffic crashes. Children are most likely to be hit by a car when they are close
Retreads: Turning Public Dollars Into Public Safety - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:37:00 PM
When it comes to thrift and tire safety, a growing number of public agencies and truck fleet managers are turning to retread tires for their fleets. There are about 1,100 retreading plants in North America. Many of these are owned and operated by independent small business people.
Fueling Automobiles - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:36:00 PM
The fuel cell, after more than 50 years in development, is finally beginning to fulfill its potential as a gasoline alternative. Fuel cells silently convert natural gas, various liquid hydrocarbons or hydrogen fuel into electricity from an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.
The Golden Hour - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:35:00 PM
Some highway interchanges loop around so much that it is hard to pinpoint your exact location if your vehicle breaks down or you are involved in an accident. Other roadways simply appear identical mile after mile. But emergency responders need to know where you are right away when an accident
Green Drivers Help Improve Air Quality - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:34:00 PM
Motorists can become “green drivers” by regularly carrying out simple car care and maintenance procedures that also can help our nation continue to improve air quality, a non-profit transportation research group reports.
Are You A Responsible Driver? - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:33:00 PM
Today, there are more than 111 million wireless phone users in the country—85 percent use their wireless phones while driving—chances are you are one of them. When behind the wheel, responsible driving should be your top priority.
The Key To Smart Car Shopping - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:30:00 PM
Experts say consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle may be well advised to take a trip on the Information Superhighway. Web sites are now available that link car buyers with certified dealers and can help make purchasing a vehicle a virtual breeze.
Four Ways You Can Take Control - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:30:00 PM
According to a recent survey, 38 percent of consumers feel that the Internet gives them a sense of control. Anyone who’s ever shopped online knows the feeling—the rush that comes with getting a great deal on a dream vacation or the latest fully loaded computer.
Straight Talk On Tire Alignment - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:28:00 PM
Safe driving starts with keeping your car moving in a straight line. However, extreme weather can make for damaged roads and pot holes, which can harm a car’s tires and destroy their alignment.
Prepare For The Road This Summer And Save Money On Gas - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:26:00 PM
Americans always hit the roadways in great numbers in the summer. A study by the Travel Industry Association of America reports that two-thirds of employed travelers spend at least one-half of their vacation time traveling.
The Art of Motorcycles Holding the Road and the Shine - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:25:00 PM
If you go hog wild on a Harley, or prefer to blow it out on a BMW, you may get more miles—and more enjoyment—from your bike if you take steps to keep the machine looking its best—starting with the finish.
Dashboard Dining - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:23:00 PM
Though it’s not the first place you would choose to eat, your car may be one place where you occasionally catch a meal. Today, the phrase “to go” means food is not going home, it’s going with you in the car while you shuttle yourself or your kids between appointments,
Understanding Car Insurance - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:22:00 PM
Shop around: You may be surprised to learn that auto insurance premiums for the exact same coverage on the same car can vary widely (by hundreds of dollars) between different insurers.
All 3 Every 3 Stresses Routine Maintenance - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:20:00 PM
A properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer and will last up to 50 percent longer. That’s one of the findings of a recent survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians.
For Cars, Study Reveals Benefits Of Sticking With Steel - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:18:00 PM
Escalating fuel prices and concern over automotive emissions have prompted automakers to step up the search for ways to design more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.
Buying A Safer Car: What You Need To Know - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:16:00 PM
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), African Americans have a disproportionate number of deaths and injuries in certain types of crashes compared to that of the general population.
Affordable SUVs Drive Into New Territory - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:06:00 PM
The abbreviation SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle, but a new, sensibly sized model offers such a combination of style, range of seating and cargo capability that those three letters could be said to signify “Superior Utility and Versatility.
Shopping For Cars—And Information—Online - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:05:00 PM
More and more Americans are taking a test drive on the information superhighway, especially when shopping for cars. Both minorities and non-minorities are going online to do research, and both give the process a high satisfaction rating.
Auto Industry: The Engine That Drives The Economy - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:02:00 PM
America’s automobile industry doesn’t just manufacture the passenger cars and light trucks that millions of Americans depend on for work, shopping, vacation and other mobility needs. Auto manufacturers, along with their suppliers and dealers, drive the U.S. economy, and that economic engine has more horsepower than many people realize.
Don’t Be Blinded To Danger Of Sun Glare - Jun 19, 2003 - 10:01:00 PM
It’s happened to all of us: we’re driving down the road and suddenly the sun is directly in our eyes. We’re temporarily blinded by the glare. It often passes quickly and we continue down the road. But what if a child had run in front of the car at that
Driving Through Financial Roadblocks - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:59:00 PM
A new program gives drivers the chance to earn hundreds of dollars per month simply by doing what many people do every day—drive their car.
Handy Automotive Do-It-Yourself Tips - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:58:00 PM
Whether you're planning a simple oil change or a major engine overhaul, there are a few tips that the FRAM® automotive experts suggest you do before you begin.
Driving in Style DVD Entertainment System - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:55:00 PM
Following the success of the VHS Rear Seat Video Entertainment System, a DVD version was a natural extension to our product line," said Cindy Moreen, marketing manager for Mopar Accessories. "And since the Durango has become such a popular family vehicle, we've designed a DVD Entertainment System specifically for our
Driving Cleaner Cars - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:51:00 PM
According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, car makers have developed advanced engine technologies-such as lean burn, direct injection, hybrids and fuel cells-that are helping to make cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles and pick-ups even cleaner and more fuel efficient.
Fall Driving Tips - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:50:00 PM
Be extra careful driving on wet leaves because they can cause skidding, and in some situations could help cause an accident, said Mary Kimbro, of the CertifiedFirstª Network.
Leather Luxury-Are You Protecting Your Investment? - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:48:00 PM
Cars with leather interiors are on the rise. Research has found that new vehicles with leather accounted for 26 percent of vehicles on the road in 2000, up from 15 percent in 1996. With demand for leather steadily growing, leather and seat suppliers cite many reasons for the increase.
Don't Compromise Safety When It Comes To Brakes - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:46:00 PM
Slowly but surely, the majority of motorists are recognizing the warning signs that signal a brake job is due-by hearing a noise or noticing a pedal that feels low or spongy. In fact, according to Aftermarket Business Magazine, the number of motorists who pay attention to brake warning signs is
Drive Down The Cost Of Having A Car - Jun 19, 2003 - 9:44:00 PM
A little-known and very inexpensive option on many policies is rental reimbursement. It covers the cost of a car rental if your car is damaged or stolen.
Lemon of a Car From the Sweet Grandmother - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:54:00 AM
That story about the friend of a friend who bought the total lemon of a car from the sweet grandmother is not always an urban legend! Many people are tricked into buying cars that should be junked and are worth nothing, but look fine on the outside, under the hood
Be Prepared For Collision Repair - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:52:00 AM
No one plans for a car accident, but preparation can be key to a better vehicle repair experience, especially collision repair. Here are some answers to common questions asked by first time accident victims.
Winterize Your Vehicle with Window Film - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:51:00 AM
Now that summer has passed, you don't worry so much about the sun. In fact, the way the sun warms up your vehicle sitting outside on a cold day feels great. But don't forget -- the UV damage the sun is inflicting on your car is even more worrisome in
Liquid Deicers Keep Winter Roads Clear - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:06:00 AM
When it comes to safer winter roads, the solution may be a liquid. While a variety of deicers and abrasives are available, a proactive technique that utilizes liquid calcium chloride is quickly gaining popularity.
Shorter Daylight Hours Cause Safety Concerns - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:01:00 AM
Most drivers have experienced difficulty driving at night or have occasionally had trouble seeing signs or objects on the road until they were next to them.
Rent Smart On Your Next Road Trip - Jun 18, 2003 - 12:01:00 AM
Driving from here to there, or even driving from the airport to there, can be one of the most challenging aspects of any vacation.
Getting A Car You Can Count On - Jun 17, 2003 - 10:25:00 PM
If you're interested in buying a pre-owned vehicle, you may be interested in taking an innovative new route.
The Ford Quality Checked Certified Pre-owned vehicle program, helps ensure that customers get the best pre-owned vehicle available at Ford dealerships.
Windshield Dings Love to Travel - Jun 17, 2003 - 6:36:00 PM
Windshield dings love to travel. Driving means extra vibration. And vibration helps little dings grow into big cracks.
Extended driving also means running the heater or air conditioner, which causes radically different temperatures on the inside and outside of the windshield. Engineers call this temperature stress "thermal shock." Dings call
Driving Experience - Jun 17, 2003 - 6:14:00 AM
A new kind of computer game is expected to drive children to learn as it takes them on driving/sightseeing tours, visiting historical places, landmarks and other highlights.
Checking Tire Condition Vital To Personal Safety - Jun 17, 2003 - 12:36:00 AM
In the wake of recent major national tire recalls, people are beginning to realize the importance of tire safety and truly understanding the condition of their vehicles. Even with the enormous media exposure, still this issue hasn’t reached everyone.
Smart Tips For New Car Buyer - Jun 17, 2003 - 12:33:00 AM
When it’s new car buying season, millions of Americans plan to spend $10,000 to $70,000 for a new pair of wheels. The good news is because of the slowing economy and excess inventory, manufacturers and dealers are under increased pressure to make the sale.
October is National Car Care Month - Jun 17, 2003 - 12:30:00 AM
October is National Car Care Month and a perfect time to think about how you treat your car. It may surprise you to know how everyday driving can take a major toll on your vehicle.
Non-Stop Safety For Trucks - Jun 15, 2003 - 10:37:00 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that a nationwide survey of truck and motorcoach drivers found both groups held favorable opinions of commercial vehicle electronic clearance systems designed to keep safe vehicles moving. Truckers strongly favored this service 2:1 and motorcoach drivers favored it 3:1.
New Book Chronicles Behind-The-Scenes Look At Ford Racing History - Jun 15, 2003 - 10:30:00 PM
Henry Ford's much-heralded victory in a 10-mile automobile race on a horse track in Grosse Pointe, Mich., in 1901, was the beginning of a century-long involvement in the business of motorsports for a company that would soon bear his name.
Extend The Life Of Your Car - Jun 14, 2003 - 10:38:00 PM
Are you hot stuff when it comes to understanding your vehicle's needs? Did you know what a young-and old-car's fancy turns to when the weather changes? An oil change.
Improving Communications At The Traffic Stop - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:13:00 AM
Traffic law enforcement is a proven method of increasing pedestrian safety, and seat belt, child safety seat and helmet use; reducing the incidence of impaired and aggressive driving; and increasing the apprehension of dangerous criminals.
The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Sets Standard For Midsize SUVs - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:12:00 AM
Chevrolet has changed the SUV landscape with its all new 2002 TrailBlazer. The TrailBlazer delivers uncompromising strength, power, security and ride quality which can be traced to a host of technologies incorporated in Chevrolet's newest midsize SUV. The four-door SUV comes available in either two-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive
Eight Easy Steps For Snowplow Preparation - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:11:00 AM
For snowplow owners, the key to a safe and productive snowplowing season is preparation. These eight easy steps will prepare and keep you and your snowplowing equipment heading in the right direction all season long.
Taking Off To A Cleaner Environment - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:06:00 AM
Americans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief now that our airports are cleaning up the way they get around on the ground.
Gov’t And Industry Teaming Up To Save Teen Drivers - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:03:00 AM
Teenagers usually perceive a driver’s license as a ticket to freedom. It’s momentous for parents, too. Though they often are aware of the high crash risks associated with teen drivers, they’re relieved not to have to chauffeur their children around anymore.
Shriners Patient Speaks About Spinal Cord Injuries - Jun 14, 2003 - 12:02:00 AM
Ironically, on the night Hillary Plog suffered a severe spinal cord injury, she was the one person at a party who was not drinking. She had volunteered to drive a friend home and was followed by another who had been drinking, a young man she’d known for years.
Steer Clear Of Road Hazards - Jun 13, 2003 - 11:58:00 PM
It may pay for consumers who shop for new convertibles to consider how they can overcome the possible road blocks open-topped vehicles can encounter.