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Beat the Heat—Prepare Your Car for Summer!

As summer heat and humidity reach their peak, you will want to protect your vehicle. The good news is that you can avoid costly repairs—we'll show you how with this checklist.

Why Should You Ride to Work on June 18th?

Are you tired of getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic? Are you concerned about the environment? Or would you just like a good excuse to work off that extra hamburger you ate over Memorial Day weekend? Your chance to take action is coming up fast. June 18 is the national Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day. On every third Monday of June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been encouraging riders to hop on their motorcycles and scooters to get to work. And they've been encouraging drivers to do this for 28 years!

June is Tire Safety Month

When was the last time you checked your tires? According to some studies, less than 1 in 5 Americans check their tires regularly. In overlooking this routine matter, many people don’t realize that they’re actually losing money—and putting themselves at risk

Annual Click It or Ticket Campaign

Once each year law enforcement agencies step up their efforts to make roadways a safer place by focusing on a seat belt campaign. They call it the Click It or Ticket campaign. This campaign started in 1993. It encourages drivers and passengers to click their seat belts into place before starting the engine. This year it runs from May 21 to June 3.

May is Bicycle Safety Month!

In many parts of the United States, balmier weather has finally arrived. After those long grey winter months, people are now dusting off their bicycles, inflating the tires and grabbing their helmets. Families will venture out to ride in parks and public areas. Office workers will mount their favorite bicycle to get to work without the hassle of being stuck in traffic.

4 Ways to Prepare for Car Buying Season

The month of May is often considered to be the beginning of the “buying season” for vehicles. Are you looking to buy a car? There are so many choices to consider, including the make and model, year, color, size and gas mileage. Your vehicle will probably be the second-biggest expense in your budget (after housing), so it’s best to take your time deciding. How can you avoid getting stuck with a “lemon”? In this post, we’ll show you four ways to be wise when choosing which car to buy.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving—your first thought may be of cell phone use, but many other circumstances can be just as distracting. For instance, a phone call may suddenly ping in on your dashboard touchscreen, you may be scanning to find your favorite song in an endless playlist, or you could even just be trying to figure out how to move the automatic seat back just one more inch.

Don't Drink and Drive on St. Patrick's Day

In March, the phrase “Kiss me, I’m green!” seems to apply to everyone, not just the Irish. As the nation gears up for one of the booziest holidays of the year, St. Patrick’s Day, nearly everyone wants to be in on the green-tinted fun. However, if your plans include hitting the road to travel to your favorite pub for some drinks with friends, remember an important point: Even on St. Patrick’s Day it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Even drinking just a little alcohol will make anyone more dangerous on the road.

6 Tips for Renting a Car

Spring is the time to hit the road. Warmer weather has arrived, you have a long break from college or work, and you can hear the road calling your name. If you’re going to rent a car for your trip – whether it’s just to get from the airport and back or you’ll be taking a road trip – keep in mind these 6 tips to reduce costs and avoid problems.

7 Surprising Tips for Safe Driving at Railroad Crossings

Trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing is a way to lose big – the train will always win. In fact, the driver of a vehicle that crashes into a train is 20 times more likely to lose their life than if they crashed into another vehicle. So how can you drive safely when approaching railroad crossings? Here are a few unexpected rules to follow.




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