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Does Your Dog Hate Car Rides? Try These Tips

Does your dog hate riding in your car? How can you tell? Well, if Fido is a big fan of the open road, he'll jump right in when you're ready to ride. If your pup shows hesitation, anxiousness, or gets car sick in your Subaru, chances are he's just not that into it. Car rides are a common dog phobia. Being jostled around in a moving vehicle can be jarring for pets-and their negative reaction to hating the car can be distracting, and a potentially unsafe, for the driver. Want to help your dog overcome the fear of riding in cars? The key is patience and a lot of positive reinforcement. Here are a few tips to get started. 6 Tips for Lowering Your Dog's Anxiety During a Car Ride1. Use positive reinforcement to lure your dog inside. Even the thought of riding in your Subaru can be triggering for your dog-especially if they've previously had a bad experience with cars. What you can do to reverse this is to associate the car with positive things. For ... read more

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How to Do the Penny Tire Test & Quarter Tire Test

Most Subaru owners will agree: your tires are a pretty important part of your car. Having good tire tread is what keeps you and your family safe on the road. With good tire treads, your vehicle will be able to handle weather conditions like rain and snow much better. And, overall wear and tear on your car will be minimal (at least from your tires!). So, how do you know if you need a new set of tires on your Subaru? A tread depth gauge is the best tool-but not always readily available. If you don't stash a tread depth gauge in your back pocket (don't worry, most people don't!), then a penny or quarter will do. Here's how. What is and how to do the Penny Tire Test? The Penny Tire Test is an easy way to use your loose change to check your tire tread in a pinch. How do you do it? Grab a penny and point President Lincoln's head down towards the ground. Insert the penny into the grooves on your tire tread. Check to see where Lincoln's head is now. Is it ... read more

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What Can I Do to Lower My Auto Insurance Costs?

Car insurance can get pretty pricey-so, we completely understand why you'd like to cut costs. One of the easiest ways to keep your auto insurance costs low? Have an excellent driving record. Safe drivers-AKA those with little to no accidents and few traffic tickets-tend to reap the best benefits of low insurance rates. Not the safest driver on Seattle's highways? No worries. Whether you're shopping around for new auto insurance or you're looking to save on your current policy, there are a few ways every driver can cut auto insurance costs. 6 Ways Seattle Drivers Can Lower Their Insurance Rates Have a few accidents under your belt? Have a great driving record, but looking for additional ways to save? You'll be happy to know there are a few other things you can do to get better rates. Here's what we've found. Drive your car less Auto insurance agents will often ask preliminary questions to gauge your driving personality. Often, the question of h ... read more

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6 Ways You Could be Killing Your Subaru

Auto care isn't always a top priority for car owners...but it should be. Owning a Subaru (or any car, really!) can be a blessing or a curse. Depending on how often and how well you maintain your vehicle, you could run it for years with no issues-or you could find yourself in an expensive heap of repairs. Want to avoid a breakdown or malfunction? Create good auto care and maintenance habits-and avoid these 6 ways you could be killing your car! Here Are 6 Ways You Could be Killing Your Subaru Wondering what's killing your Subaru? Here are 6 things you should stop doing right now if you want your Subaru to perform optimally. Ignoring the check engine light Ignoring your check engine light is good for no one. Get it checked out-even if it's a false alarm, you can have your mechanic turn off the light and assure you that nothing is wrong. And, if something has gone awry, having your car checked ASAP can save you from further damage (and more costly ... read more

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Seattle’s Drivers Rank High For Road Rage: How To Protect Yourself (And Your Subaru)

Seattle drivers know that navigating the city can be overwhelming at times. Traffic never seems to lighten up and driving cautiously isn't always an option. You must always, always, always pay attention to the other drivers on the road...which begs the question: why is road rage so bad in Seattle? Let's find out. Why Is Road Rage So Bad in Seattle? Seattle has a serious and growing traffic problem. Too many people. Too much construction. Not an ample amount of roads. With lots of traffic and similar issues, comes distracted driving. Distracted drivers are everywhere in our great city and we've all been guilty. Whether you've fiddled with your stereo at a stop light, checked your makeup in the mirror, or responded to a text during a slow down, you've been a culprit of distracted driving. How Does Distracted Driving Lead to Road Rage? Let's face it, it's impossible to drive 100% safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. All non-d ... read more

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