Jan. 16th Warning Signs That You May Need To Get Your Brakes Replaced

  Although the brakes on a car aren’t the most visible, they’re still one of the most crucial elements to a vehicle and should be checked often for proper functionality. If you noticed that your brakes make an unusual noise when they are being used, or it requires a lot of pressure to bring your...

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23 Feb Top Ten Car Care Tips

We all know somebody with an older, high-mileage vehicle that just keeps on running year after year---that crazy uncle in the high-mileage ride that keeps on going strong.

13 Feb Bad Oil Change Advice Could Damage Your Engine

This friend who claims oil changes are unnecessary is flat-out wrong.

12 Feb 10 Crucial Things To Know Before You Start Driving In The Rain

Knowing how wet roads and reduced visibility affects the way your vehicle handles will help you stay safe when driving in rainy conditions.

02 Feb 100 Years of Cars

Ford. Chevy. Lincoln. Buckle up and take a ride down memory lane in our homage to 11 cars that have defined the past century of driving. 

26 Jan 6 Things Even The Laziest Car Owners Should Check

6 Things Even The Laziest Car Owners Should Check

12 Jan Can You Trust a Cars Warning Lights?

Can You Trust a Cars Warning Lights?

05 Jan Cold Weather Tips and More from 'Talking Cars'

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With much of the nation in winter’s icy grip, many of us are facing freezing temperatures and slippery driving conditions. What's worse is that some of us are feeling the nip of Jack Frost’s bite in areas that he has no business visiting, including Florida.

15 Dec A Winter Car Emergency Kit Makes a Great Gift

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A winter car emergency kit makes for a good, practical holiday gift for the drivers in your family, including yourself.

Winter weather could leave you stranded, but a well-stocked emergency kit can help you get back on the road or at least make time waiting for assistance safer and more comfortable. (See other gift suggestions for car lovers.)

22 Dec Six-Point Vehicle Check: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

During the winter, the Car Care Council recommends keeping your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full as that decreases the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. 

15 Dec Essential Winter Driving Tips

From snow and ice to sleet and rain; winter weather doesn’t hold back. Be prepared with advice from Consumer Reports experts on how to drive through whatever winter throws at you

28 Nov As Temperatures Drop, Check Tire Pressure More Often

You may notice when the weather turns colder, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard lights up more frequently. The Car Care Council recommends checking your tire pressure regularly during the winter to help keep the TPMS light off and your vehicle safe.

17 Nov Don't Let Car Troubles Ruin Your Holiday Travels

As the holidays approach, motorists should make certain their vehicle is up to the rigors of winter travel.

26 Sep Expert Tips for Safe Winter Car Trips

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Driving in winter will test even the most attentive, skillful driver. Heavy snowfall can reduce visibility, and slippery road conditions can send your car sliding off in unexpected directions with no notice. CR’s engineers routinely test tires and vehicles in snowy, icy conditions, and they’ve learned that the safest car trips require patience and preparation.

03 Nov Infographic: Vehicle Dashboard Lights

This infographic shows common dashboard lights that indicate maintenance or attention to your vehicle is needed. Every vehicle is different and you may see slightly different lights on your dash.

27 Oct Own the Night: 10 Tips for Driving After Dark

Night driving isn't just annoying, it's dangerous. Here are 10 of our favorite tips to make your nocturnal migrations safer and better.

10 Oct Fall Is the Best Time to Buy Tires for Winter

No matter where you live, fall is a good time to check your tires, especially if you'll soon be facing rain, snow, and ice.

If your tires are worn, consider replacing them with new ones before foul weather strikes. You want to be ready for challenging weather. And inventory is plentiful and you may beat the rush from last-minute buyers.

05 Oct Don't Drag Your Feet on Brake Repairs

If you brake pedal hits the floor, run, don't walk, to your mechanic.

29 Sep 7 Preventive Maintenance is the Key


What is "Preventive Maintenance" and why is it so important? 

22 Sep Five AAA Rules of the Road

These five basic rules will help keep you safe on the road. For more information on AAA Rules of the Road and Americas Worst Driver, visit AAA.com/RulesoftheRoad.

15 Sep Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings

Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

08 Sep A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation.

A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In some instances, you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances.

01 Sep Summer Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips

Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year?

10 Dec What Goes Wrong as Cars Age

Even the best cars develop problems as they rack up the miles. Parts wear, break down, and ultimately need replacement, following the natural order for cars. But components wear at different rates, as highlighted in the chart below.

Breaking out the data from our Annual Auto Survey reveals trends among the 17 potential trouble areas. We've sorted the average problem rates at three, six, and nine years to show the prevalence of some problems and how they increase over time.

31 Jul GM's Child-Reminder Feature Is a Simple, Clever Way to Save Lives

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Most parents and caregivers can’t imagine a moment when their mind could wander away from their children long enough to forget they’re sitting in the backseat of their car, but it happens in a tragic number of cases every year. Fortunately, there's a solution from General Motors.

11 Aug Back to School: Driving Safely with School Buses

Back to School: Driving Safely with School Buses

04 Aug Auto Maintenance vs. Repair

Auto Maintenance vs. Repair. Why both are important! 

27 Jul Preventive Maintenance is the Key

Preventive Maintenance is the Key

21 Jul Back to Basics: The ABCs of Car Care

Back-to-school season is the ideal time to review your ABCs; the ABCs of car care, that is.

11 Jul Community Car Care Events Show Most Vehicles Need Service

Community car care events conducted across the country reveal that the majority of vehicles need service on one or more inspected areas of the vehicle.

“At the Car Care Council, we stress the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance and provide free tools, tips and information to help motorists become more car care aware so they can avoid the hassle and expense associated with unexpected car trouble,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

07 Jul What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

Things can get out of control quickly if you don’t know what to do when your vehicle’s temperature rises.

23 Feb Top 10 Most Iconic Hollywood Movie Cars

Top 10 Most Iconic Hollywood Movie Cars Summer is here and we've got movies on the mind. 

06 Jun Don't Let Tires Flatten Your Summer Travel Plans

Getting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation. To keep your summer road trip rolling along, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends a quick tire check before you leave the driveway.

“The excitement of summer vacation quickly deflates when your car has a flat tire,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A quick four-step tire check will help you to avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.”

09 Jun Why You Should Never Put Your Feet On The Dash

Passenger feet are seen on dashboards every day but would that be the case if travelers understood the dangers associated with ‘resting their legs’?

23 May Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

11 May A Clean Car is Money in the Bank

Purchasing a new car is a major financial investment. Keeping it clean is an easy and inexpensive way to protect its resale and trade-in value, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

“Many motorists procrastinate when it comes to cleaning their vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

27 Feb Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

It’s not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as “normal.” While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away, according to the Car Care Council.

09 May 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.

03 Apr April is National Car Care Month

“April is the perfect time for car owners to take their vehicles in for servicing,” says ASE President Tim Zilke. “You can undo the wear-and-tear of winter driving while getting the family car ready for the summer months ahead.”

10 Mar Gas Prices are Going Up - Here are Some Tips to Save at the pump

A few years ago I remember paying 1.50/lt and it’s supposed to go higher this time around. So here are some tips to saving gas while you drive:

03 Mar Pothole Season Is Here!

When you see a pothole on the roadway, and can’t avoid it, what do you do? There are two “theories”: Either speed up, and hope to fly over it, or jam on your brakes and crawl through it. The real answer in somewhere in between.