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Keeping Kids Safe When Motoring on Halloween

Halloween is one of the most enjoyed seasonal events each year. Children are particularly enthusiastic about this holiday. One activity that remains popular with the kids is trick-or-treating. If you will be driving about on Halloween, there are some important safety tips to bear in mind to keep the kids safe.

An important step to take when driving on Halloween is be sure to obey all traffic signs and signals. In addition, lower your driving speed to a point at least five miles per hour lower than the posted limit.  

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How Does LATCH Work?

Parents and guardians worry about their children all the time. The doubly do so when driving. Without the right safety equipment in a vehicle, a child's welfare becomes at risk. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) test performed by the IIHS seeks to improve safety for young ones.

LATCH refers to attachment hardware designed for child restraints. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests and rates vehicles and equipment to determine safety levels. LATCH tests, several of them, seek to establish desirable safety standards for restraints.  

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Choose Your Time and Place for Leaf-Peeping Road Trips

For those of you that have decided that you are going to at least give leaf-peeping a try this fall, you need to learn about a lot of factors. For one thing, there is more to it than just driving along in an area and enjoying the fall colors.

Among the things that you need to do is time it right when it comes to leaf peeping. In order to time it right, you need to be aware of the place you are going to be at so that you can catch the peak. While the fall leaves are going…

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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors: How They Work

Car owners love auto-dimming rearview mirrors because they minimize the impact of bright headlights reflecting into the driver's eyes. The auto experts here at Mossy Alfa Romeo want you to know more about how they work.

If you take one of these rearview mirrors apart, you will find two pieces of glass sandwiching a layer of electrochromic gel, which is transparent most of the time. However, if it receives a small electrical charge, it starts to oxidize, which darkens it. 

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Tips for Keeping Your Battery Alive

Instead of leaving the lights in inside your car when you stop for a few moments, turn them off so that your battery's power doesn't drain. Make sure all of the lights are off inside your car at the end of your trip as well or if you know that you're not going to get back in the car for a few hours.

Clean any corrosion that has built up on the battery posts. This can prevent a full connection between the cables and the battery itself. Clean the connections that go on top of the posts…

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Tire Rotation Importance and Regularity Explained

While tire rotation may not seem like an important vehicle maintenance task, it can actually pay big dividends down the road. You should periodically rotate your tires so that the tread is evenly spaced over all four tires regardless of their position on the vehicle. Even tread will help your tires to perform better because traction and handling will remain consistent. This improved handling will lead to better braking performance and cornering. This is also a good time to check for any damage.

It is important to check your owner's manual to determine how often to rotate your tires…

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Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

While we appreciate our wipers during days of inclement weather, we often forget they exist when we don't use them. Occasionally checking your wiper blades to see how they're holding up is a routine part of caring for your vehicle.

Wiper blades can deteriorate over time due to use and environmental conditions. Heat causes the rubber to lose its suppleness, leaving it prone to cracking and breaking. It's a good idea to replace your blades before a major seasonal change, such as winter, so you know they'll be up to the task of clearing frost and…

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Regular Maintenance Prevents Engine Overheating

No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road in the heat of summer with a steaming car engine. Preventive measures that help your vehicle's cooling system function correctly can help you avoid this scenario.

There are a couple of basic things you need to do to keep your vehicle from overheating. The first is to maintain a proper level of coolant. Check your coolant levels regularly and put in the type recommended for your vehicle. 

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Tackle Car Odors Before They Start

Our dealership wants you to not only be an informed vehicle owner, but also and to understand how to care for your car. Both automotive experts and organized consumers tend to offer the same tips on how to deal with car odors. Those suggestions are effective, but there is one secret. The best way to deal with car odors is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

If it's already too late to prevent odors, take action as soon as possible to minimize any negative effects. 

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The Benefits of Having a Spare Tire for a Blowout

Not everyone has a spare tire. However, there are a lot of benefits to having a spare tire. One of the benefits of a spare tire is that you have something useful while you are experiencing a blowout. You won't be stranded just because one of your tires went out on you.

In the case of a blowout, you will be able to change your tire if you are in a safe place. You just have to take out your reflective cones if they are available. Then you need to locate the spare tire and tools for switching them…

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