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Stories by Brendan

How to Inspect and Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Feb 8, 2017

Windshield wipers can be an overlooked part of your car’s safety system. If your wipers are not working properly, it may be difficult to see the road or other hazards when it rains or snows. Faulty wiper blades can be ineffective and even smear your windshield, potentially creating visibility issues. Some simple, regular maintenance can help ensure your […]

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Emergency Smarts: Disaster Planning for Your Pets

Feb 5, 2017

Many of us have been advised to make emergency preparedness plans for our family, but what about our pets? Whether you care for dogs, birds or cats, their safety can be equally at risk during an emergency. And, as with the members of your family, advance preparations may make all the difference in keeping your pets safe […]

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How to Check Your Car’s Brake Pads

Jan 24, 2017

Proper brake pad maintenance and inspection can not only be critical for the long life of your car, but also for your safety as a driver or passenger. Simply put: your vehicle’s brakes are what enable you to slow down and stop. Unfortunately, brakes can be overlooked when it comes to regular auto maintenance. So, […]

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5 Driving Habits to Avoid This Winter [VIDEO]

Jan 17, 2017

Winter weather can be tough for drivers. Slippery road conditions may make driving difficult, and the salt used to melt ice can damage your car, says auto technician Charles Sanville, founder of In fact, more than 116,000 people are injured each year while driving on snowy, slushy or icy roads, according to the Department […]

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Snowmobile Safety: 7 Hand Signals to Know [VIDEO]

Jan 10, 2017

When operating any type of vehicle, it’s important to know the rules of the road. That goes for off-roading, too. When driving a snowmobile, understanding and using the proper hand signals may help keep you and your fellow riders safe. Here are seven key hand signals to know while driving a snowmobile this winter.  

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High-Mileage Cars: Is 200,000 the new normal?

Jan 9, 2017

In the 1960s and 1970s, many automobile odometers did not even read beyond 99,999 miles. Hit 100,000, and the odometer “flipped” or turned back to zero. But now, thanks to tougher quality standards and post-recession financial concerns, Americans are driving their cars longer than ever before, says IHS Markit, and high-mileage cars may now be the […]

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Quick Fix: Defrost Your Windshield [GIF]

Jan 4, 2017

  Does your car windshield sometimes frost up in the winter? Meteorologist Ken Weathers has a tip that may help you clear up the frost quickly.                 Step 1: Put on rubber gloves, then mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water. (Do not use hot water, Weathers says, […]

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Quick Fix: Avoid Door Dings With A Pool Noodle [GIF]

Nov 16, 2016

  It can make you cringe when it happens: You pull your car into your garage, people get out and you hear the car door slam into the wall. Just like that, your car door has a ding. We’ve all been there, but there’s good news. If you’ve got a tight squeeze in your garage, […]

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Quick Fix: Prevent Car Doors From Freezing With Cooking Spray [GIF]

Nov 15, 2016

When dealing with the frigid temperatures of winter, there’s not much worse than coming out to your car to find the doors frozen shut. According to Adam Savage’s Tested, car doors can freeze because water gets into the rubber seal around the door and hardens. Fortunately, there is a simple trick that may help prevent that, […]

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Stay Safe on the Road During the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

Nov 10, 2016

Heading out on the highway during the busy holiday season can be stressful, which makes proper preparation even more important. While preparing your vehicle and adjusting your speed can be helpful, Ken Shields, an Allstate agent in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, would like to focus on distracted driving. “Not long ago, I found myself in a […]

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