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    4 driving safety tips that could save you money

    (BPT) - Bad driving habits aren’t just obnoxious, they’re also dangerous — motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 38,000 people having lost their lives and nearly 4.4 million injured in collisions in 2019, according to the National Safety Council.

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    Making A Pandemic Busting Purchase

    (NAPSI)—You may not be able to treat yourself to an exotic vacation trip, an evening at the theater or even a dinner out these days but there are some other satisfying ways to treat yourself. Did you know that for the price of 13 steak dinners in some places you could buy yourself a beautiful 1966 Mustang or 1969 Corvette. Plus as a bonus, the cars will last a lot longer than a dinner and won’t increase your cholesterol!What Makes A Car A Classic?The Antique Automobile Club of America defines classic cars as those over 25 years old. One that’s rare or of particular historic interest (say one that belonged to a famous person or was involved in a noteworthy incident) are also becoming more popular. To help you begin or improve your classic car fleet, ask yourself these questions:1.Decide where your cars will be kept. Your home garage? How many cars can you actually store there? Most people keep them parked in their driveway or garage.2.What kind of cars do you want to buy? Certain years, makes, sizes? Read books and get catalogs about classic cars and research them online.3.Are your friends or neighbors classic car enthusiasts? Would you like them to be? Many local meet ups happen up & down the country where friends/neighbors meet up and drive their cars. Great activity to do during this pandemic.How to Get a Classic CarYou can buy vehicles from private owners, but it’s generally easier and probably safer to get your classic car from people  that specializes in selling them. One effective and entertaining way to get into classic car collecting is through a company called Clasiq. They offer free pre-purchase inspection from an independent shop on every vehicle (so nasty surprises) and a free, secure payment process that protects your funds, all through a truly independent classic car auction experience built by the collector community for the collector community.Learn MoreFor further facts and tips on classic car collecting, visit www.clasiq.com.  

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    Survey: Pandemic has shifted how Americans view travel

    (BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable, unavoidable impact on the world — from the way you conduct business, to how you shop for groceries. It may have even shifted your idea of what is important in life.

Friday 10/02/2020
5 tips to stay safe as you get back on the road
Updated: November 26, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the nation navigates a safe and socially distant return to work and travel, states are loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders. As your car may have been relatively idle over the last few months, the following tips can help ensure your vehicle is ready when you are.

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Thursday 10/01/2020
How regular maintenance keeps your car firing on all cylinders
Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Car maintenance is often a scheduled chore when you’re regularly driving. However, if you’re driving less due to the current environment, maintenance can easily become a lesser priority or even completely forgotten. Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index found that as daily driving decreased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one-third (30%) of Americans have done less car cleaning and maintenance too.

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Wednesday 09/23/2020
Don’t Risk A Ticket. Avoid Parking In Spots Reserved For People With Disabilities
Updated: October 09, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—In the harried competition for close-in spots, normally courteous drivers engage in all kinds of parking taboos, many involving the use of parking spaces designated for the more than 30 million Americans with mobility-impairing disabilities. Fortunately, there are people doing something about it and you can help. 

Who’s Doing What

 

Through the nonprofit Accessible Parking Coalition (APC), established by the International Parking and Mobility Institute, a national effort is underway to eliminate disabled placard abuse and make accessible parking more accessible.

What You Can Do

Here are seven reminders for every driver:

1.Remember that marked accessible parking spots are for people with disabilities (the term “handicapped” is outdated and offensive to many).

2.Unless authorized, never park in an accessible parking space—not even for a minute. 

3.Never infringe on van-accessible parking spaces, which are designed for ramp- or lift-equipped vehicles. They are marked by signs that say, “Van Accessible” with the international symbol for accessibility. Many drivers using wheelchairs have nightmarish examples of waiting hours for the owners of a car parked too close to return so they could get in their vehicle.

4.Never park, block or leave a shopping cart in the cross-hatched, access aisle zones next to accessible parking spots. 

5.Don’t borrow others’ disabled parking placards or use yours after it has expired or is no longer truly needed.

6.Follow the rules, but don’t be a parking vigilante. If you suspect illegal use of a spot, take a photo of the license plate and contact local law enforcement. 

7.Remember that not all disabilities that affect mobility are apparent. Don’t assume someone is parking in a accessible spot illegally. A person with a respiratory or other ailment that makes walking difficult, for example, may be entitled to a disabled placard. 

Eighty percent of people with parking placards agree accessible parking fraud is widespread. Disabled placard abuse and illegal use of accessible parking spaces are crimes that carry penalties. Many jurisdictions are cracking down, increasing fines—some more than $1,000 per violation—and setting up sting operations to catch offenders.

Learn More

For further facts, news and advice on this topic, visit www.accessibleparkingcoalition.org.

 

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Friday 09/04/2020
How to enhance your next road trip in 4 easy steps
Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Travel might look different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the journey. Whether it’s a day drive up the coast or an overnight camping trip in the mountains, you can still fuel a sense of adventure by simply getting behind the wheel. And with travelers spending more of their free time on the road, it’s the perfect time to upgrade any vehicle with the latest in auto tech, accessories and equipment, starting with your tires.

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Tuesday 08/25/2020
Tips for Enjoying a Drive-In Movie Experience
Updated: August 30, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Social distancing guidelines across the country have made visiting a conventional movie theater difficult, if not impossible. However, what was once a relic of the past has now become an innovation in entertainment, the drive-in movie theater.

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Friday 08/21/2020
Time To Hit The Open Road? Rent An RV!
Updated: August 28, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Consumer preferences have changed drastically since the start of the pandemic, with travel being no exception. Thousands of Americans have opted out of airline tickets and hotel reservations in favor of RV rentals, a safer method of travel that allows for self-contained excursions with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all on-board.

As more Americans become increasingly comfortable with the idea of getting back on the road, RV travel appears to be making its way into the mainstream. RVshare, the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, has seen RV bookings quadruple since last summer.

A Travel Sentiment survey conducted by RVshare found that nearly 70% of respondents plan to travel in the next three months, with the majority reporting that they will not be flying any time soon and would instead opt to travel via RV.

Don’t own an RV? No problem. RVshare lists more than 100,000 RVs across the U.S. for rent by owners looking to make a second income off their asset that otherwise might be sitting unused. With options ranging from a luxury motorhome to a confined camper, there is something for everyone at any pricepoint.

Tips for Renting an RV:

•Use a trusted site: Use a trusted site like RVshare.com where your payment is protected and the owner of the vehicle is verified. RVshare also offers roadside assistance, 24/7 customer service, insurance and other perks to protect your trip and payment.

•Have a plan before booking: Have an idea of where you plan to take your vehicle. Make a reservation to reserve a spot at the campground. If you’re not planning on staying at a campground, factor in that you’ll be using the generator for an extended period of time, which may cost extra.

Enter your destination, dates and filter by preferences: Start by filtering by your pick-up destination, the dates you’d like to rent the RV and filter any other preferences you may have, like pet-friendly or type of vehicle. Worried about driving a big rig? Find an owner who offers delivery for a hassle-free experience.

•Review the full listing: The listing is full of information including pricing, fees, rental amenities including supplies on-board. RVs aren’t always outfitted and you may have to bring towels, linens and cookware.

Interested in learning more about how to book an RV rental? Visit RVshare.com.

 

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Wednesday 08/19/2020
4 Ideas for Late Summer Adventures from Expert Drivers and Road Trip Veterans
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With just a few more weeks of summer, families are looking for ways to squeeze in a late season adventure, but it’s challenging to find the right activity that is fun and responsible given the times. Road trips are a great way to have a family adventure while maintaining social distancing and other health and safety guidelines and still have a great time. To help, Cooper Tire asked some of their sponsored athletes and friends, who are expert drivers and veteran road trippers, to share their suggestions for late summer travel across the U.S. Here are their top four recommendations for vehicle-friendly destinations, as well as some tips to make sure your tires are road-ready as you embark on your own (safe and fun) outdoor adventures.

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Monday 08/10/2020
10 rules of tires every driver should follow before they hit the road
Updated: December 02, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Every time you drive, you trust your tires with your safety.

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Monday 05/11/2020
Can You Save Money Driving an Electric Vehicle?
Posted: May 11, 2020

(StatePoint) While many motorists are aware of the environmental benefits of going electric, they may not know just how much they stand to save by making the switch.

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Wednesday 03/18/2020
How to Extend the Life of Your Used Car
Posted: March 18, 2020

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of all car sales are used vehicles, thanks to the rising costs of new cars and the increasing quality of their used counterparts. While buying a previously owned vehicle makes the best financial sense in a lot of cases, experts say there are some things to keep in mind.  

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Friday 12/06/2019
What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car
Posted: December 06, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to their next set of wheels, the majority of Americans would consider buying used despite harboring concerns about reliability and necessary repairs, suggests a new survey.

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