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4 Tips for How to Tame Your Road Rage

Road rage is fairly common, especially if you're dealing with city traffic on your daily commute. It's easy to get ticked off at the slow truck taking a "Sunday drive" or the SUV that forgets to use a turn signal. While violence and irrational anger are not the answer to a smoother drive, research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of Americans admit to being aggressive when driving. Looking to control your road rage? Here, we'll discuss 5 sure-fire ways to recognize your aggression behind the wheel and take action to calm yourself down. What Is Road Rage? The dictionary defines road rage as "violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult conditions." Think of your worst day at work. Now, picture the commute home in heavy traffic. You're stressed about your day and any small inconvenience-like someone cutting you off in traffic-just might set you off. You might swere. You might ... read more

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Car Break-Ins are on the Rise: Here’s How to Keep Your Vehicle Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Car break-ins are often crimes of opportunity. As cities across the U.S. hunker down at home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, car break-ins are on the rise. Last week, opportunistic thieves in Greensboro, N.C. were caught on neighborhood security footage checking cars for unlocked doors. In Hendricks County, Indiana, there's been an uptick in car break-ins at night. Best advice from local police departments? Lock your car. 5 Tips to Help Prevent Car Break-Ins During Coronavirus As your car sits idle for the next few weeks, here are a few steps you can take to protect your vehicle and any personal possessions. 1. Keep any valuables out of sight. Out of sight out of mind is not a joke. One of the biggest reasons that cars are broken into is for the valuables inside. Cash, laptops, jewelry, and more can catch the eye of an opportunistic thief, so it's best to take them inside. If you can't keep items out of your car, cover them up or put the ... read more

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How to Clean your Car to Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus

Per the advice of many local, state and federal government notices and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), driving isn't a high priority at the moment. In fact, many cities and states across the U.S. have issued stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies to keep citizens safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, driving to the grocery store and pharmacy (or driving to work if you're still required) is an essential need-here's how to clean and disinfect your car to minimize risk. How to Clean your Car to Minimize the Spread of Germs Whether you're an essential worker or you've needed to make the occasional trip to the grocery store for food, you probably take hand sanitizer along with you or wash your hands as soon as you arrive back home. But, what about your car? Your vehicle is a high-touch area and can serve as a breeding ground for germs. Here's how you can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus by regularly cleaning the inside of your car ... read more

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How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Car owners have a multitude of responsibilities, especially as the seasons change. After dealing with months of snow, ice, road salt, and cold temperatures, you'll need to get your car up to speed and ready for warm, sunny weather. Here are 6 ways to get your car ready for spring weather and long summer drives. 6 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Seattle Spring1. Wash your vehicle. Winter doesn't give you many nice days to wash down your vehicle. Even a drive-through car wash can feel like a chore when you're trudging through a cold winter day. As the days change to give you brighter afternoons and warmer weather, take time to wash your car. Don't forget to clean off the underbody, too, as road salt can take a toll and leave you with rust. 2. Invest in new wiper blades. Spring brings brighter days, but it also brings quite a bit of rain for the Seattle area. Invest in new wiper blades to prepare your car to tackle any rain storm. Re ... read more

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Tips to Transition your Vehicle from Winter to Spring in Seattle

Winter in Seattle can put stress on your vehicle. From driving on snowy roads to dealing with potholes, city conditions are not conducive to maintaining a well-operating vehicle. That's why our experts recommend a spring maintenance check-up-plus these 5 tips for transitioning your car from winter to spring! 5 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car1. Change the oil and check the fluids. Getting an oil change may seem like a routine agenda item for car owners, but when transitioning from winter to spring you'll want to think deeper. In the winter, you'll like put a lightweight oil in your car to help the engine crank over better; in spring heavier weight oils can be easier on your engine. If you have questions, your service technician would be happy to explain the differences and help you make the right choice. At your service appointment, they will also check all of your car's fluids to make sure you're up to date. 2. Remove the snow chains a ... read more

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