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How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today’s car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it’s not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark... More >>


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 ... More >>


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... More >>


Do you know who's driving your car? Learn how to protect yourself from auto theft [Infographic]
(BPT) - Owning a new car is an exciting time. It’s also a time when you have to be at your most aware. Learn some shocking statistics about auto theft in the United States and how you can protect your investment.  ... More >>


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 duri... More >>


Four eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road
(BPT) - You put your vehicle through a lot this winter, but spring is finally here and that means you can enjoy driving once again.If you’re ready to get out on the road, these environmentally friendly tips can make sure your car is ready for that first trip.* Wash your car at a professional ... More >>


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 te... More >>


Four out of 10 drivers don't know this dashboard warning could save their lives
(BPT) - When it comes to tire pressure safety, many drivers fall flat in connecting this all-important safety concern with the dashboard icon that could alert them to a problem, a new national survey shows. With an estimated 245 million cars and light trucks on U.S. roadways, driver safety concerns... More >>


Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100... More >>


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 ... More >>


It's the season for sunshine, barbecues and big changes
(BPT) - As temperatures rise and the economy shows signs of improvement, many Americans are warming to the idea of making major life changes. For many, spring is the season for getting married and shopping for new cars or homes. Big life changes can mean significant financial investments.If you&rsq... More >>


Umbrella insurance: Are you adequately covered?
(BPT) - If you have auto insurance, you probably think you have all the coverage you need for yourself, your spouse and your teenage drivers. Likewise, your homeowners insurance will take care of repair costs in case the pipes burst or there’s a fire. But what happens if you get sued?If your ... More >>


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 ro... More >>


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 ta... More >>


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... More >>


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 increas... More >>


Running on empty: How far can you really go?
(BPT) - Whether intentional or purely circumstantial, it’s likely that most experienced drivers have seen the low-fuel light illuminate their vehicle’s dashboard at least once. For some drivers, the fuel light is a source of anxiety as they search for the closest gas station. For others... More >>


Tax return check has arrived, so buy the shoes
(BPT) - Your tax return check has arrived in the mail. Now you’ll finally pay off that credit card or add the extra cash to your savings for a rainy day. Or maybe you’ll blow your new fortune on a pair of designer shoes.Perhaps it’s time you instead considered a pair of synthetic ... More >>


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 nor... More >>


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 ... More >>


Confidence is key for spring road trips
(BPT) - As the spring weather approaches and consistent warm temperatures arrive, millions of drivers will take to the highway for spring road trips.With one of the most unbearable winters now in the rearview mirror, drivers are facing roads that are riddled with potholes and other hazards. The cha... More >>


How to protect yourself from uninsured drivers
(BPT) - Though most states require drivers to have car insurance, there are still motorists who take their chances and drive without coverage or with insufficient coverage. Nationwide, an estimated 14 percent of drivers are uninsured, and, in a handful of states, that figure tops 20 percent, accord... More >>


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 ins... More >>


Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it’s time to make sure your vehicles are maintained.  As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your... More >>


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 tu... More >>


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 high... More >>



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