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The Galveston County Daily News: Automotive

December 7, 2016


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5 ways to win at winter driving

(BPT) - As temperatures across the country start to drop, drivers are gearing up for changing road conditions. Whether you’re making your way through a Nor’easter or simply trying to navigate wet roads down South, it’s important to be prepared for whatever the season brings your way. Here is a five-step guide to winning at winter driving:

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Safe Winter Driving Tips
Updated: December 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While winter can be a beautiful time of year, it can also be a treacherous season on the roads. Winter driving conditions require increased attention and an ability to adapt quickly.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
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(StatePoint) As more consumers turn to online sites and social media to find deals on used cars from private party sellers, experts warn that buyers should beware.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
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Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Sometimes, the vehicle you need isn’t the one you have. Whether it’s transporting large items, a weekend at the beach, or a special event, many people have been in the position of not having convenient access to the right vehicle for the job.

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This Holiday, Give the Gift of Safe Driving—Five Holiday Travel Tips from Les Schwab Tire Centers
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The holiday season is upon us-one of the busiest times of year to be on the road. Safe driving practices are critical for keeping you and yours protected in heavy traffic. Now is a great time to get your vehicle winter-ready before road conditions become highly unpredictable. Consider these five safety tips to help you travel safely to see loved ones this holiday season.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Tips On Trading In
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Trading your old wheels to a dealership is often the easiest option but can be less lucrative. Try these tips to help get more money the next time:

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
Top Tips for Holiday Family Road Trips
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which means congested roads under potentially difficult driving conditions. To keep holiday road warriors comfortable and content on their drives, Autotrader editors offer some of their top holiday travel tips.

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Friday 11/04/2016
Accidents Need Not Be Deal Breakers
Updated: November 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Many used car shoppers avoid cars that have been in an accident but their loss may be your gain. Here are some tips to help you find a bargain:

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Half of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet few are given the choice [Infographic]
Posted: November 03, 2016

(BPT) - -According to the 2016 LexisNexis® Usage-Based Insurance Study 50 percent of U.S. drivers adopt usage-based insurance when offered to them, yet only one in five say they were given an opportunity to purchase a UBI policy by their insurer. The study reveals three opportunities for insurers to increase their UBI enrollment, highlighted in the infographic below. To read the full study click here.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Technician Shares Five Tips To Get Your Ride Holiday-Ready
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—This year, AAA predicts nearly 42 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles by car to visit family during the Thanksgiving holiday, and many will make similar journeys in December.

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Monday 10/24/2016
Fight Odometer Fraud
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 10/17/2016
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Updated: October 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 10/13/2016
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Updated: October 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sometimes, the vehicle you need isn’t the one you have. Perhaps you need to transport a large item or move across campus. Maybe you just want to head to Cape Cod for the weekend or attend a special event on Martha’s Vineyard. Regardless of the reason, having the right vehicle for the trip can go a long way toward making the journey more convenient and less stressful.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
Save Time, Money And Energy
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sometimes, the vehicle you need isn’t the one you have. Whether it’s transporting a large item, a cross-campus move, a trip to the airport or a special event, many people have been in the position of not having convenient access to the right vehicle for the job.

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Friday 09/23/2016
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Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Rough roads aren’t the only thing to worry about when the temperature drops. Tires also get cold and need extra grip to perform at their best. That’s something your all-season tires might not be ready for. In fact, in temperatures of 45° F or below, the rubber in all-season tires gradually hardens, leading to decreased road traction and less grip. That can cause difficulty with braking and turning. Winter tire safety experts urge drivers to consider the weather; if you often drive when it’s below 45° F—snow or no snow—it’s time for a set of winter tires to keep you and your family safe on the roads this year.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Quick Tips To Keep Your Car In Top Shape
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Routine maintenance is essential for extending your car’s life, ensuring it stays out of the shop and improving gas mileage. Here are three simple tasks that are easy to do and will benefit any vehicle. Be sure to check your owner’s manual because timing and instructions vary by vehicle.

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Be Prepared For Whatever Nature Throws At You
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—You have a better chance of keeping yourself, your vehicle and your passengers on the road to safety even when the weather is bad if you prepare in advance so your vehicle can be your refuge. These seven tips can help.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Lights, Wipers: Keys To Seeing And Being Seen
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—When the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Buying a Vehicle? The Right Timing Can Mean the Best Deal
Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 09/08/2016
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Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 09/01/2016
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Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Used Car Buying Online
Updated: August 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—A recent study by Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that 96 percent of consumers begin their car search online. In fact, millennials spend as much as 12 to 13 hours researching cars online before making the decision to buy.

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Monday 08/15/2016
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Updated: August 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 08/11/2016
Mind Your Maintenance
Updated: August 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—To make your car last, you have to put it first. Sticking to the maintenance schedule for your specific car keeps it running properly and protects you from expensive repairs. Here are three of the top items to consider to keep your car in tip-top shape.

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Monday 07/25/2016
Five Steps Toward Better Battery Behavior
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 07/18/2016
Battle Lines Drawn Over Fingerprinting Uber and Lyft Drivers
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

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Monday 07/11/2016
7 essentials for the great American road trip
Posted: July 11, 2016

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Thursday 07/07/2016
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Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

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Friday 07/01/2016
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Updated: July 02, 2016 - 2:30 am

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Surprise! Kia Ranks Highest In Initial Quality
Updated: July 02, 2016 - 2:30 am

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Friday 06/24/2016
Don't Cry Over Spilled—Gasoline
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
Build A Road Map To Help Seniors Stop Or Reduce Driving
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Parents don’t hesitate to talk to their teenagers about driving safely, but no one is talking to seniors.

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Dream Vacation Or Nightmare Road Trip? Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Can Make The Difference
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Road trip car trouble can be a real nightmare but performing a pre-trip vehicle check can help you avoid a vacation breakdown disaster.

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
Safe Trips Start With These Six Maintenance Tips
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 2:30 am

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
Five Ways To Improve Your Next Road Trip
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Before you answer the call of the open road, help ensure that your trip is hassle-free by preparing your vehicle so it’s ready to log those long miles. Consider the following:

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Thursday 06/02/2016
How to Get More Bang for Your Buck When Buying a Used Car
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Everyone knows used cars are cheaper. But how do you make sure you are not getting a lemon?  Don’t rule out a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle, say experts.

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Put Your Phone Away: Distracted Driving Includes Hands-Free Talking
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Spring Clean Your Car: Tips to Get Your Car in Great Condition
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

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Tuesday 12/22/2015
What You Need to Know About Winter Driving
Updated: December 22, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Winter can be an especially perilous time to be on the roads. Snow, ice, fog and longer nights present challenges to drivers that can lead to crashes.

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