Car Care Tips

80 Years of Thills at Daytona Beach

The first car stock car race resembles that outrageously dangerous chariot scene from “Ben Hur” more than modern NASCAR.

Reckless driving atop an uneven, sandy racetrack defined America’s first-ever stock car race, hosted 80 years ago in Daytona Beach.

America's Dams: Adventure for All Ages

There’s just something about a wall of cement holding back billions of gallons of water that inspires awe. It’s a fascinating blend of brute force, gumption and technology.

We’ve come a long way since the first block dam was built in Jordan 3,000 years ago. Take a tour of America’s most famous dams.

Keep Your Cabin Allergy Free with These Five Steps

Spring showers bring more than bright flowers for anyone with sinus problems.

Pollen and other irritants common during March and April spring can turn the interior of your vehicle into an allergy war zone. Routine vacuuming and dusting--along with nasal spray and some local honey--are some of your best weapons this time of year.

Portable Vacuums Give Drivers A Handle on Spring Allergens

Never underestimate the power of convenience, especially when it comes to cleaning.

A portable vacuum with plenty of attachments addresses those crevices, contours and uneven surfaces where colonies of allergens and irritants thrive.

Take your battle to the source by keeping a portable vacuum in your vehicle.

Seven Critical Tips For Fixing Cracked Auto Windshield

A chip in the windshield doesn’t need to obstruct your vision to cause problems. The windshield absorbs and distributes energy during a crash. It’s too important a safety feature to trust to anyone but a reputable expert.

Here’s how to choose one.

Radio Language Ushered in Clear Talk

Romeo Echo Alpha Delta--Mike Echo. Do you copy?

Learn how the world’s most popular phonetic language got it’s start.

The 'Ah-ha' Moment: Spring Check Reveals Brake Warning Signs

Spring embodies rebirth and renewal--not just for flora and fauna, but your car, too.

Winter weather punishes brake pads, shoes and rotors. A spring inspection can highlight issues before they turn into safety problems.

75th Anniversary of Mt. Rushmore

Ink fades, paper disintegrates and digital files vanish with a click. But stone lasts for centuries.

Mount Rushmore turns 75 this year, making 2016 an ideal time to visit what very well could be America’s most enduring monument.

Toyota Debuts All-New Hybrid RAV4

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a rugged yet comfortable compact SUV that is loaded with advanced technological features, gets great gas mileage and earned the “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 2016 is also the debut of the RAV4 hybrid, adding to Toyota’s lineage of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Get A Grip on Gear Fit for Your Little Leaguer

Winter’s howling winds will soon give way to that unmistakable “tink” when an aluminum bat swats cowhide--a telltale sign Little League is back. Do their the cleats and gloves still fit?

Here’s a guide to taking inventory before opening day.

Tacoma Combines Power, Fuel-Efficiency in All-New Tough Truck

The all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma is the most powerful and fuel-efficient Tacoma ever, has advanced suspension tuning and builds on its success as one of the best midsize pickups for drivers who love adventure as much as a reliable vehicle for getting around town.

2016 Toyota Camry Earns "Top Safety Pick" by IIHS

Year after year Toyota Camry continues to receive industry accolades, and it's easy to see why. The 2016 Toyota Camry shines with a smooth, comforable and quiet ride. It boasts 35 MPH highway. See why Camry owners have a lot to smile about.

Style Meets Power in Presidential Fleet

American presidents have ridden in style for generations. In 1909 William Howard Taft became the first president to take a ride in a White House automobile, and since then presidential transportation has become much more than a way to get from Point A to Point B.

Take a peek into some of our chief executive limousines.

Four Reasons to Get Multipoint Inspection

Multipoint inspections are the automotive equivalent of a physical. What do technicians look for? Why is it one of the best things you can do for a vehicle?

Mobile Apps Assist Drivers in Times of Need

During and after an accident are the worst times to figure out urgent steps you need to take for safety. Worse, you may be unable to place an urgent call yourself.

Learn about phone apps designed to help in times of stress.

Your Vehicle Deserves a Breath of Clean Air

Those scented cardboard cutouts in the impulse buy section of the convenience store offer quick, easy way to freshen up your interior. Yet, they aren’t a long-term solution for lingering odor.

Tackle Winter Grime to Prevent Damage

Winter weather bullies your vehicle. A combination of snow, ice, sludge and mud are among the causes of gritty wheel wells and a paint job coated in caked crud. Luckily, some simple steps reintroduce that showroom sparkle.

Valentine's Destinations for Chocolate Lovers

You can do better than a heart-shaped box of goodies for Valentine’s Day. Why not make chocolate itself the destination?

Visit any of these destinations and your sweet tooth (and your sweetie) will thank you.

Three Ways to Make Tires Last Longer

An underinflated tire poses a safety risk and also wears out faster. Can you rely on tire warning lights in your dashboard? No really. Here's why.

Belts and Hoses: Your Engine's Unsung Heroes

Who ever really thinks about engine belts and hoses when they’re driving?

Yet, it is those critical but forgotten parts that can leave your vehicle stranded on a remote roadway. The numerous belts and hoses are critical to many operations drivers take for granted, from keeping your engine cool to recirculating air in the passenger compartment.

Unravel the Enigma Behind Dashboard Warning Lights

A yellow or red light in the dashboard is your vehicle’s way of saying, “We need to talk.” Sometimes the underlying issue turns out to be minor. Other times not.

Realistic Goals Keep New Year's Resolutions on Track

This year, it’s going to be different. You’re going to learn that second language, commit to an exercise regimen and sock away more money from each paycheck into retirement. Experts suggest sticking to one goal is your best option.

Popular RAV4 Adds Hybrid Model for 2016

2016 Toyota Rav4

The day has come. A hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 has arrived. Powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine and electric motors in the front and rear, the Hybrid averages about 33 miles per gallon.

Put the Shine Back in Your Ride This Winter

Want your car to look showroom-ready in the dead of winter? Take a few tips from the pros to keep your vehicle shining all season long.

Create Your Own Survival Kit Before Leaving Town

No one likes getting stuck in foul weather. But most could use a gentle reminder that a little preparation can save the day. See what you should pack for your holiday journeys.

Tips for Choosing the Right Vehicle Battery

Batteries are fickle things. Too much cold, too much heat and they can stop performing. Fear not--there are some simple ways of keeping the power flowing all year long. See how.

Improve Winter Safety With Back-up Power

Automobiles embody self-reliance and independence...until the battery dies. Here are some suggestions how to give your car some added umph when the battery goes kaput.

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Spacious Highlander Blends Comfort, Versatility

The 2015 Highlander exudes athleticism, comfort and versatility. The spacious cabin seats eight and offers enough room for the third-row to recline.

2015 Toyota 4-Runner Continues Legacy of Reliability

The 2015 4-Runner is tough. While it has plenty of comfort, Toyota built this vehicle to tackle off-road conditions.

2015 Toyota Corolla Is All About Attitude

The 2015 Toyota Corolla’s aggressive styling makes it stick out from the crowd of vehicles on the road.

A large grille gives it a stylish stance that looks great whether it’s sitting still or on the highway. The rear spoiler adds a sporty touch that carries the ready-to-roll feel from bumper to bumper.

2015 Camry Delivers Power with Comfort, Impressive MPG

The 2015 Toyota Camry is an all-new design that makes it the sportiest, best-handling, most comfortable and quietest Camry ever.

Drivers can choose between a 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, or a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 horsepower and gets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. A hybrid variant achieves 43 mpg in the city.

Test Your Trivial Knowledge on All Things Harry Potter

Muggles around the world are no doubt wishing fantasy author J.K. Rowling a happy 50th birthday in July.

Rowling’s ultra-popular “Harry Potter” series has sold more than 400 million books worldwide and has spawned a plethora of merchandising from clothing to video games to toys.

2015 RAV4 Builds on Two Decades of Engineering Excellence

2015 Toyota RAV4

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 marks 20 years for the iconic vehicle, and the newest model stays true to its roots by delivering great value with advanced technological features, cargo space and safety.

Hitting the Road with Bugs Bunny and Friends

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are hitting the road this year.

The tour is part of an exhibit honoring Chuck Jones, their relatively obscure yet influential and amazingly talented creator.

Jones entertained millions without ever being directly involved in their lives. The artist and writer during the golden age of Warner Bros. cartoons introduced us to beloved characters who quickly became cultural touchstones. His work is the subject of a travelling Smithsonian exhibit crisscrossing the nation the next few years.

New Tacoma Blends Power, Versatility in Rugged Compact Pickup

2015 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota’s venerable Tacoma is back in 2015 staying true to its roots as a rugged compact pickup offering power, versatility and a variety of cab sizes to fit any needs, be they carrying loads on the job site, off-roading or taking the kids to school.

Toyota Unveils Prius Special Edition 2015 Model

2015 Toyota Prius

The 2015 Toyota Prius celebrates the vehicle’s 14th year with a special edition model and an ever-increasing fuel efficiency — drivers can expect 50 mpg out of their Prius vehicles.

Two colors are available for the special edition Prius, absolutely red and blizzard pearl, and it features unique interior accents centered on black SofTex seats.

Drivers turn to dash cams for video evidence during accidents

Dash cams become eye witness to driving incidents

Cameras similar to those worn by thrillseekers are finding their way to the dashboards of safety-conscious drivers.

“Dash cameras are helpful in hit-and-run collisions – or other situations where you’d want to get someone’s license plate,” said Johan-Till Broer of Garman, a Kansas-based electronics company that started making dash cameras this year.

Family hiking: Letting dog be your guide

One North Carolina native believes she has found a way to unlock the beauty and wonders of nature to America’s internet-crazed youth.

For Ellen Eastwood the answer lies in four paws and a discriminating nose. Her guidebook, “The Trail Hound’s Handbook, Your Family Guide To Hiking With Dogs,” teaches kids how to have fun in the wilderness with man’s best friend.

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service.

Don't let all the small electronics turn a good day bad

It’s not enough anymore for your car’s battery to just help start the engine. It also needs to power a navigation system, charge your cell phone, operate a back-up camera and a plethora of 21st century conveniences.

So how do you ensure your battery has enough strength to do all that and prevent you from being stranded thousands of miles from home on your summer road trip?

Rinseless wash lets you drop the hose, save water

Sometimes using a hose and bucket just doesn’t make sense for washing a car.

That’s especially true in drought-stricken areas where water is an expensive commodity. Apartment dwellers and urbanites also face challenges looking for an available faucet and appropriate location.

Proper rotation improves the life of your tires

Rotating tires regularly and correctly helps even out tread wear and extends tire life, saving money and keeping you safer on the road. But how often should you rotate?

“Tire rotation is a critical part of tire maintenance,” said Dan Zielinski, Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs at Rubber Manufacturers Association. “Tires will wear differently at each wheel position.”

Chasing waterfalls during peak spring runoff

You just can't stir up controversy among waterfall experts.
There's none of the big talk heard among tree people or mountain climbers, for instance, who enjoy banter about which grove has the largest redwoods or which peak is the toughest to climb.
Waterfall enthusiasts hail from the Mutual Admiration Society, where there's an unspoken code of etiquette when speaking of another's natural wonders. They are polite to the point of reverence.

Coastal drives offer whale of an adventure

Swirls of salty spray splash across the deck. Binoculars rise to eyebrows in anxious anticipation for the guests of honor.

Somebody yells, "There," and children rush to the railing and lean over for a better look. "Oohs!" and "ahhs" come from a group huddled on the foredeck.

The whales have returned on their annual migration to cool northern waters. One large gray mass breaks the dark green surface and foaming sea cascades across its back. Others spout in the distance and rise and fall with the gently rolling sea.

Tin can tourists: the enduring popularity of travel trailering

Behold the travel trailer—a home on wheels that you take into the wilderness. How do you explain the allure? And why have travel trailers been captivating lovers of the great outdoors for nearly 100 years?

The answer has something to do with our “inner nomad,” according to RV historian Al Hesselbart of Elkhart, Indiana.

Caving: Exploring the world from 100 feet underground

Most people look at a hole in the ground and take a detour. Paul Burger looks at it and crawls in.
Burger is a geologist by training, adventurer by spirit. And he has seen the world from inside out by peaking into the nooks and crannies of earth’s subterranean landscape. What he has discovered is a growing, changing world hidden by darkness.

America the Beautiful pass offers easy park access

You could, if you spent just a few hours at each site, visit every destination in America’s vast network of national parks and monuments within a year for the cost of two tickets to a major league baseball game.

All it takes is some determination and an America the Beautiful Pass. The $80 pass grants free entrance to some 400 federal properties including the park system’s crown jewels such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Steering vibration may signal brake problems

You’re driving down the block and a bike rider appears from a side street. As your vehicle slows down, you notice an unsettling vibration in the steering wheel. Lately, you’ve also noticed the vibration anytime you use the brakes.

Your first instinct tells you something has gone wrong with the tires, but a new set was installed a couple months ago.

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