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How to Handle a Roadside Emergency to Keep You and Your Car Safe

Auto emergencies are always stressful.

Whether it's a mechanical failure, a flat tire or an unexpected empty gas tank that causes a roadside emergency, it's vital to take steps right away to ensure your personal safety and protect your car:

Get off the roadway. If you can, pull off onto the shoulder or into an emergency lane to prevent a possible collision. Get as far off the road as possible to stay safe and avoid debris kicked up by other vehicles that could damage your paint or auto glass. Make the...
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Blind Spots Are to Blame for Many Accidents, So Know the Dangers

Blinds spots are a hazard that drivers must contend with every time they get behind the wheel. These visual impairments not only pose a threat to drivers, their passengers and other motorists, but they also can cause serious or fatal injuries to motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

How to Identify and Deal With Blind Spots

A blind spot can be caused by factors within your vehicle or in your outside surroundings. Here are some common driving situations where not monitoring blind zones can prove perilous:

Intersections and crosswalks - Big trees, roadside signs, bus shelters and other large objects can make it impossible to see other traffic and pedestrians when you're approaching an...
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When Should I Replace the Windshield Wipers on My Car?

If you're wondering when to replace windshield wipers on your vehicle, we've got the answer for you. Industry experts advise every six months, and three factors will impact how long your new wiper blades last: the climate you live in, the amount of use they get and the condition of your car's windshield.

How to Know When to Replace Windshield Wipers

Your windshield becomes a streaky mess when the wipers are on. This is often the first sign that the blade edges are wearing down. This is can be due to hot or cold temperatures cracking the...
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Frame Straightening Basics: How Auto Body Frame Machines DoTheir Jobs

Frame damage is quite common; it occurs in roughly 50 percent of all auto accidents. If the frame of your vehicle gets damaged in an accident or collision, you'll need the help of an experienced auto body shop with the proper equipment to restore its shape. Your chosen repair shop should have an auto body frame machine that uses hydraulics to provide the torque and leverage required to pull the damaged frame back to factory specifications. Learning some basics can help you understand how an auto body frame machine does its job.

Exactly What is an Auto Body Frame Machine?

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Fender-Benders Happen, Know How to React

Even a minor fender bender is a traumatic experience. Here is what to do immediately afterwards to protect you and your vehicle, and make the situation less stressful:

Focus on safety - Get your vehicle off the roadway as soon as possible to prevent another collision. If you can't move the vehicle, keep your seatbelt fastened, turn on your hazard lights and call 911.

Assess any injuries - Check yourself and any others in the vehicle for obvious injuries first, and then assess whether anyone has other symptoms. Call 911 and don't move an injured person unless they're in harm's way.

Call the police - If you believe a police report is warranted due to injuries or damages, or to...

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