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Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service.
A relaxing summer day can turn sour in a hurry when you return to your vehicle and notice some new imperfections on its shiny exterior.
“Dents and dings are particularly annoying because they show up like spots on a mirror, especially on dark colored surfaces,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. “They also can diminish the value of your vehicle.”
Dust off your almanac and download a freeway app for your smartphone if you are driving through any of the top metropolitan areas this summer.
Roadway construction could make travel a dusty slog if you don’t know how to navigate around road closures.
“We encourage people to plan ahead and do their research,’ said Nancy singer, spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration.
The federal agency and every state offers traveler information on construction projects. The state sites have detailed maps and closure information.
A renowned federal agency has proven it costs more to be cool.
According to a recent report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the testing arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, cranking up your vehicle’s air conditioning system increases gas consumption.
Dogs adore car rides, and drivers cherish taking them. But sharp turns, sudden stops or collisions can cause severe injury or death to unrestrained animals—and put human passengers at risk of injury as well.
Lindsey Wolko, founder of the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, has spent the last decade raising awareness about animal restraints for pet owners. Yet, she cautions there is no uniform safety standard for the industry.