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Cut Down on Driving Distractions

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Content provided courtesy of USAA. Anything that takes your eyes, hands or mind off the road increases your risk for an auto accident. Texting while driving may be the biggest offender. In 2013, research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to have a wreck. Don't believe i... more

Auto Repair: Finding Leaks in the Cooling System

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In addition to keeping the water and coolant level where it needs to be, you can prevent trouble in your cooling system by keeping an eye out for leaks and replacing old or damaged hoses. Figure 12-3 shows the common trouble spots in the cooling system — the places where you should check for coolantleaks. The following sections give you a fe... more

Car Buying: Is Cool Worth the Cost?

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Content provided courtesy of USAA. My name is Scott, and I drive a boring four-door family sedan. Can you say "uncool?" Go ahead; it's OK. I'm used to it by now. My 13-year-old son reminds me all the time. And I'm totally fine with it. In fact, I kind of wear it like a badge of honor because when it comes to cars, "cool" and "financial catastr... more

3 Seconds Can Help Prevent an Accident



Content provided courtesy of USAA. To keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, consider using the "three-second rule." Look for a fixed object on the road — a sign, a tree or an overpass. When the car in front of you passes that object, count "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three." If you reach the object before ... more

Top 10 Auto Maintenance Mistakes

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This content is provided courtesy of USAA. The cost of procrastinating usually far outweighs the expense of following your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule, according to, a provider of auto maintenance diagnostic products. The company surveyed a group of master mechanics for the top 10 common auto maintenance mistakes that c... more

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