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Tips for the Test Drive

Test driving a car takes just a short time, but it is one of the most important steps in determining whether or not a new vehicle is right for you. The most important part about a test drive is removing the subjectivity, or emotion, and focusing on the objective at hand to determine whether this is an ideal vehicle for your particular life situation. While test drive opportunities are not always optimal, it is important to look for certain things during your time behind the wheel, and to learn as much about the vehicle as possible.
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Long-Distance Driving Tips

Driving long distances is something many of us do on a regular basis. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of long-distance driving tips that you might find helpful. These include the following:
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Winterizing Your Car

Late-model vehicles have come to be reliable, all-season transportation. However, many consumers don't realize that they need to take some simple steps to ensure that their vehicles are "winterized' and ready for safe travel at freezing temperatures.

These steps include:
1. Have the oil changed. Engine oil changes viscosity, or thickness, based on temperature. Change engine oil when outside temperatures plummet. This ensures that the engine can start easily in sub-freezing temperatures.
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10 Safe Driving Tips for New Drivers

The early years of driving are the most dangerous, as new drivers are more likely to have an accident during their first two years than at any other time. To reduce the likelihood of an accident, here are some safe driving tips for new drivers:
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The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Driving while texting on a mobile device is illegal in most states, and the statistics make it easy to understand the dangers of texting while driving:
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What are Clean Diesel Engines?

Diesel automobiles earned a bad reputation in the 1980s when automakers introduced underpowered and noisy diesel engines. All of that is now in the past, as today's modern replacements are environmentally friendly, powerful, and quiet. They are, quite literally, clean diesel engines.

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2012 Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

The most fuel-efficient vehicles defined by the EPA as those which use the least amount of fuel per mile is a group that includes sporty subcompacts, roomy hatchbacks, and luxury-oriented family sedans.
While most fuel-efficient cars are hybrids combining both a combustion and electric motor in the same vehicle recent advancements in gasoline engines have allowed non-hybrid (traditional vehicles powered solely by an internal combustion engine) vehicles to climb up the list.
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Emerging Automotive Technologies

Emerging automotive technologies are innovative advancements that may soon be commonplace in the vehicles we drive each day. They include lighting systems, safety systems, maintenance systems, and convenience features that seamlessly integrate several different systems such as navigation, audio, and phone functions.

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Teen Drivers & Statistics and Safety Tips

It is a highly unfortunate fact that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2009 show that an average of eight teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died each day from injuries sustained in car crashes. Teen driver safety is imperative to reducing these startling facts, and following a few simple tips is a good way to avoid danger.
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Hybrid Car Primer & Fun Facts

Innovatively combining the best of combustion and electric propulsion, hybrid vehicles are a new option that might revolutionize fuel-efficient transportation. Here are 10 fascinating facts about hybrid cars:
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