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Ever wondered how a fuel cell vehicle works? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fuel cell vehicles are powered by amazing technology. They generate electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process within a fuel cell stack. These vehicles combine the best attributes of gasoline and battery-powered cars, resulting in a clean, long range vehicle with fast refue ...
Smart ideas to get your car running, and looking, its best before your next road trip
(BPT) - Are you a self-proclaimed road warrior who loves when other drivers do a double take to admire your well-cared-for car? Do you like to make others envious of your engine’s soft purr, your car’s immaculate finish, manicured curves and polished accents? Even if you’re not a c ...
Parents, prevent heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car
(BPT) - Warm weather is great for trips to the pool or beach, but not so good for the inside of cars, which can rise to deadly temperatures in a very short period of time.Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. Even on a mild 70 degree day, the temperature insi ...
Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
(BPT) - New research on driver’s education and training shows a gap in teen drivers’ knowledge – one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.That knowledge gap concerns the only part of the car that actua ...
Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time
(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety ...
The great American road trip, done safely [Infographic]
(BPT) - Few things in life are guaranteed to work out well. And when it comes to car travel, there are plenty of opportunities for disaster. A recent study found that 78 percent of Americans think road trips are adventurous. You just have to make sure unexpected car issues don’t disrupt the fu ...
Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a ...
Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen
(BPT) - There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.A new survey released by Liberty Mutual Insurance finds that the majority of s ...
Keep your car cool on the road this summer
(BPT) - Summer temperatures can be notoriously hard on your car. Whether it’s a summer road trip or your daily commute to work, you could potentially find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine or driving with no air conditioning. While you can’t prevent norm ...
Best way to handle aggressive drivers? Model better behavior
(BPT) - Aggressive drivers speed, drive too fast or carelessly, change lanes without warning, cut off other vehicles, tailgate and pass in ways that endanger others. Aggressive driving likely causes “a substantial number” of the 6.8 million crashes that occur every year on American highw ...
Good habits to keep teens safe on the road
(BPT) - No one starts their day anticipating getting into a car crash. But it only takes one time to be riding in a vehicle without buckling up for a life to be changed forever. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. Fatalities are split almost equally between tee ...
Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
(BPT) - It’s that time again - time to buy a new car. Maybe you’re excited because you’ve been dreaming of getting new wheels for a long time now. Or maybe you’re nervous; buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. If you fall i ...
Home on the road: Insight and advice about America's driving habits
(BPT) - Our homes may be our castles, but as we do more and spend more time in our vehicles, our four-wheeled chariots are not too far behind.We eat, talk, work, and sometimes even dress in our vehicles. We do things we’re not supposed to – specifically, texting. And we’re increasi ...
Auto insight: What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil?
(BPT) - There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of t ...
Named your car? Then treat it like a good friend with these tips
(BPT) - When cousins Bo and Luke Duke from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard named their car “The General Lee,” they had the famous General Robert E. Lee in mind. Why? The show was set in the South, so perhaps it was to capture the Southern vibe of the Duke lifestyle. Maybe it s ...
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.Interest in outdoor adventures is on the rise, esp ...
7 eye-opening facts for parents of teen drivers [Infographic]
(BPT) - New to the road, teen drivers are still honing their skills behind the wheel. But did you know that teen drivers are 1.8 times more likely to get in an accident than the average driver? In fact, one out of five teen drivers will have an accident within their first year of driving. Before tur ...
Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons
(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold b ...
Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Itching to get on the water and have some fun this summer? Whether it’s fishing, sailing, cruising or watersports, they’re easier and more accessible than many think. Even better? Boating is one surefire way to make every summer weekend feel like a vacation close to home.Boating ...
Don't be stuck in the heat walking on your feet: how to prep your car for summer driving
(BPT) - It is summer and you can’t wait to get out on the road to head to the cabin, on vacation or just a nice carefree ride with the windows down. But while you may be ready to go, is your car? These quick vehicle inspection tips will help you make sure your vehicle is ready for the open roa ...
Keeping your eyes (and tires) on the road
(BPT) - Have you ever thought about all of the distractions associated with driving? Weather, kids, pets, eating, cell phones, billboards, the radio and even a friend riding shotgun all compete for the driver’s ever-shrinking attention span.Some distractions like cell phone usage - whether tal ...
Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident durin ...
Better tire knowledge can help reduce number of teen auto crashes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S. Of the 2.2 million accidents per year among inexperienced drivers, 12 percent can be attributed to tire-related issues, such as insufficient tread or pressure. Surprisingly, few driver education programs offer instruction on tire ...
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