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    1. Expert Tips for Safe Winter Car Trips

      Expert Tips for Safe Winter Car Trips

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      Driving in winter will test even the most attentive, skillful driver. Heavy snowfall can reduce visibility, and slippery road conditions can send your car sliding off in unexpected directions with no notice. CR’s engineers routinely test tires and vehicles in snowy, icy conditions, and they’ve learned that the safest car trips require patience and preparation.

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    2. GM's Child-Reminder Feature Is a Simple, Clever Way to Save Lives

      GM's Child-Reminder Feature Is a Simple, Clever Way to Save Lives

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      Most parents and caregivers can’t imagine a moment when their mind could wander away from their children long enough to forget they’re sitting in the backseat of their car, but it happens in a tragic number of cases every year. Fortunately, there's a solution from General Motors.

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    3. Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard

      Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard

      Today Combi USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Combi Shuttle Travel System because the car seat can disengage from the stroller. Consumer Reports discovered this problem in its tests last fall and notified the manufacturer about the problem. Combi immediately stopped selling the product, which had been available through online retailers between June 2015 and September 2016.

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    4. The Privacy Threat in Your Used Car

      When Charles Henderson traded in his beloved convertible four years ago, the dealer made sure to collect the car keys, but he couldn't take away Henderson's digital access.

      A security expert at IBM, Henderson knew to protect his private data, so before he waved goodbye to the car, he deleted his personal information from the built-in digital systems that guided him home via GPS, opened his garage door, and dialed up the friends in his phone book. The dealership also double-checked to confirm that he had made many of these moves, he says.

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    5. Study Shows Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price

      Study Shows Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price

      Location and price drive gasoline sales, according to a new survey by the American Automobile Association. But an extensive study also conducted by AAA, reveals that consumers would be wise to factor the quality of the gasoline in their purchase decision.

      Using an independent engine testing lab that specializes in fuel analysis, AAA sought to answer the question: Is “Top Tier” gasoline worth the price? The short answer is yes.

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    6. The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

      The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

      Nodding off at the wheel isn’t just frightening—it can be fatal. Consider that at 55 mph you cover the length of a football field in 5 seconds. In fact, about one-fifth of fatal car crashes involve a drowsy driver, according to a 2014 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in which specially trained investigators analyzed 14,268 car crashes between 2009 and 2013.

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    7. How to Avoid Holiday Package Theft at Home

      How to Avoid Holiday Package Theft at Home

      Unless you’ve had a package stolen from your doorstep, you probably don’t give much thought to where FedEx or UPS or the U.S. Postal Service drops off a delivery.

      But maybe you should. Law-enforcement agencies from Jacksonville, Florida, to Princeton, Colorado, are alerting people about package theft by Scrooge-y crooks who could make the holidays a little less merry by snatching holiday gifts from their doorsteps.

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    8. What Goes Wrong as Cars Age

      What Goes Wrong as Cars Age

      Even the best cars develop problems as they rack up the miles. Parts wear, break down, and ultimately need replacement, following the natural order for cars. But components wear at different rates, as highlighted in the chart below.

      Breaking out the data from our Annual Auto Survey reveals trends among the 17 potential trouble areas. We've sorted the average problem rates at three, six, and nine years to show the prevalence of some problems and how they increase over time.

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    9. Why Tires Go Flat in Cold Weather

      Why Tires Go Flat in Cold Weather

      As winter approaches, many motorists will experience a low-pressure warning light on the dash or simply observe that the tires look a bit less full than they should. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure. Of course, tires naturally lose pressure over time, and there can be a puncture.

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    10. The Real Difference a Fuel-Efficient Car Can Make

      The Real Difference a Fuel-Efficient Car Can Make

      Many of us try to make daily choices to reduce the amount of energy and effort it takes to live our lives. It's human nature to strive for efficiency. The benefits can be experienced daily, including having more time to spend on the things and people that matter most. Collectively, our actions can have a far-reaching impact, such as reducing energy consumption and contributing to cleaner air.

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    11. How to Winterize a Car

      How to Winterize a Car

      The winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures, dirt, and road-salt residue can all cause problems. However, there are some simple checks and maintenance items you can do that will help your vehicle stay in top condition.

      If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on the windshield, or if the wiper-blade rubber shows any signs of cracking or stiffness, replace them with a new set.

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    12. 3 Dangers to Avoid in Packed Parking Lots

      3 Dangers to Avoid in Packed Parking Lots

      As you navigate the mall parking lots during this holiday season, you may think that squeezing into an open space will be your biggest challenge. Think again. That’s because parking lots are not only rife with car accidents, but they are where most mall-related crime occurs. Drivers and walkers navigating the lot are vulnerable to being hit by cars and falling prey to theft. Also, unattended vehicles loaded with packages are open invitations for break-ins.

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    13. 2015 LA Auto Show

      2015 LA Auto Show

      An all-new name kick starts the growing crossover lineup with the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Replacing the dated SRX, the XT5 claims a slightly larger size with reduced weight. In the sea of Cadillac reinvention, the XT5 will have the 3.6-liter V6 engine found in the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and CT6 sedans, while also employing start/stop technology to achieve better fuel consumption. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, as well as an electronically controlled transmission shifter.

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    14. When Shopping for Booster Seats, Fit in Your Car Is Key

      In its latest report on child booster seats, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that all 23 new booster seat models evaluated provide good belt fit, or properly positioned shoulder belt mid-shoulder and lap belt flat across the upper thighs. This is a significant improvement from the common fails in 2008, when IIHS started this program.

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    15. Rear-Facing Car Seats Are Still the Safest Way For Young Kids to Ride

      Rear-Facing Car Seats Are Still the Safest Way For Young Kids to Ride

      A recently released study on rear-facing child car seats may inadvertently be sending the wrong message to parents. The study's results, while meaningful to improving the overall safety of car seats, look at just one small piece of the puzzle, possibly causing some parents to jump to conclusions.

      Simply put: Rear-facing car seats are still the safest way for young kids to ride in a car.

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