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Stories by Brendan

How to Check Your Car’s Brake Pads

May 29, 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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National Parks Road Trip: Cruise Along the Pacific Coast

May 15, 2017

Did you know there are more than 400 national parks in the United States? While some are better known than others, each park has unique natural features to explore and wildlife to observe. A road trip is one way to experience these national treasures. The itinerary below takes you on a beautiful drive up the West Coast from California to Washington, allowing […]

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How to Inspect and Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

May 12, 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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Drive Safer by Increasing Awareness of Motorcyclists [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 4, 2017

Drivers of cars, trucks and vans are conditioned to look for other large vehicles on the road, especially when changing lanes and making turns. But with so many motorcycles on the road, especially in the summer months, drivers must pay extra attention to be aware of riders on two-wheeled vehicles. Motorcycles are obviously smaller, faster […]

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QUIZ: Which Foodie Road Trip Is Right for You?

May 3, 2017

If your vacation plans tend to be full of restaurants to visit, farmers markets to explore and food trucks to find, this quiz is for you. With so many food-focused destinations, how do you choose? We’ll help you narrow them down to find the foodie road trip that fits your personality.

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Ridesharing Services: Simple Tips for Drivers and Passengers

May 1, 2017

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way for drivers to earn extra cash, and for passengers to get a ride whenever they want. However, the increasing popularity of ridesharing means that both drivers and passengers may sometimes forget that they should still take some basic safety precautions. Here’s what you need to know to help you have a pleasant ridesharing experience. Tips for Ridesharing […]

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Tips for Checking Your Tire Pressure

Apr 28, 2017

Assuming you already have a tire gauge in hand, here’s how to quickly check the amount of pressure in your tires: Remove the cap from the air valve of the tire by unscrewing it (counterclockwise). Press the tire gauge against the open valve stem. You will hear a hiss of air (this is normal). Read the air […]

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Be Prepared for National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Apr 28, 2017

Warmer weather can entice motorcyclists to get back on their bikes and out on the road. And since May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, it’s particularly relevant for riders to take the proper precautions to help ensure that each ride is both safe and enjoyable. Consider these tips on protective gear and safe riding techniques before […]

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4 Safety Tips for Traveling Alone

Apr 18, 2017

Solo travel can be a great way to experience new cultures and connect with a new place in a way that traveling with others might not allow. But being alone in a foreign locale can also pose some safety challenges. Before you plan your solo adventure, take a look at these four tips for staying safer on the […]

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Distracted Driving: Understanding Your Fellow Drivers [Infographic]

Apr 4, 2017

Distracted driving is not a new concept for drivers, but it remains a concern. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015, which accounted for 16 percent of all people injured in motor vehicle crashes. In addition, 10 percent of all fatal crashes were reported […]

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