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Sharing the Road With Cyclists: How to Stay Safe and Avoid Accidents

Cycling is popular across the United States, both as recreation and as a form of transportation. All states consider cyclists as vehicle drivers with the same roadway rights as motorists. When driving, you need to keep an eye out for cyclists and treat them just like any other slow-moving vehicle. The following tips can help you stay safe and avoid accidents and collisions while sharing the road with cyclists.

Use common sense when passing. Wait until you're sure it's safe before passing a cyclist. Always allow at least three feet of space between you and the bicycle you're passing...

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Warning Signs That Can Indicate Failing Brakes and a Higher Risk for Collision

The brakes on your car serve a single purpose: to stop the vehicle safely. Properly maintaining the brake system is vital to reduce the risk of a car accident. Once a year, a trained technician should check the brake pads, fluid level, condition of the lines, drums, calipers, pistons and rotors, and the functionality of the dashboard indicators.

Recognize the Warning Signs of Failing Brakes

Even if the brakes are checked annually, you need to know how to identify brake problems that could impact your car's stopping distance or reduce your ability to stop quickly in an...

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Tips for Maintaining Your Car's Pristine Paint Job

Over time, pollution, Mother Nature and everyday wear and tear take a toll on a car's finish. By properly maintaining the paint job with the following tips, you can protect the finish so it retains that showroom-new appearance longer.

Wash the car weekly. Never use household cleaners on auto paint. Instead, use a quality car shampoo and a soft microfiber or terry detailing cloth that won't harm the paint. Be sure to dry the surface with a chamois after washing to avoid unsightly mineral spots.

Wax the finish at least twice a...

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Avoid the Threat of Collisions by Nixing Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a hazard that kills thousands and injures close to half a million people every year on America's roads. To avoid becoming a statistic, it's vital to understand the dangers of driving while distracted and change the behaviors that put you at greater risk.

What Defines Distracted Driving?

Any activity that takes your focus away from the road is a distraction that increases the likelihood of a crash. This includes eating or drinking, talking with passengers, grooming, reading, watching a video, looking at a map, and using a GPS device, radio, CD or MP3 player. The two activities that pose the biggest threats to safety are using a cell phone and texting because they shift your manual, cognitive and visual attention away...

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Common Issues With Car Paint, What Causes Them and How to Prevent Them

Auto paint issues are frustrating, because it's often difficult to pinpoint their cause after the fact. Learning about some common car paint issues and how to prevent them can help you safeguard your car's finish and keep it looking great.


Areas where the clear coat is peeling, or delaminating, can start out small but spread quickly. This issue can occur when incompatible paint products are used during a repair, or from exposure to the sun and elements. The best way to prevent delamination is to always park your car in a garage or shaded area.


Auto paint is protected by a layer of clear coat, so it takes considerable wear or damage for it to peel. Most often, it's caused by a...

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