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How Much Towing Capacity Do You Need?  May 5th, 2017 
Summer is recreational towing season, whether you're towing an RV, a boat, or a small utility trailer.

So how much towing capacity will you need?

Your driver's manual will specify the towing capacity of your vehicle. But U.S. News & World Report has published some helpful guidelines.

"The key numbers that you will want to find are the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the gross combination weight rating (GCWR)," says the article. "The GVWR is the maximum amount your vehicle can weight, including passengers, all their stuff, plus the tongue weight of the trailer that you are hauling."

The tongue weight is the amount of pressure the trailer will put on your vehicle's trailer hitch. It will vary from unit to unit.

If you want to determine the weight yourself, U.S. News & World Report suggests packing your vehicle and RV/boat/trailer like you would for your trip. Then take it to a truck stop, landfill or any place that buys/sells products by the weight. Don't forget to calculate the weight of things like propane and water.

The key is to not have too much tongue weight, otherwise your vehicle will sag. But if you have too little weight, the trailer could sway side to side.

"The general rule is that 13 to 15 percent of the trailer weight should be on the tongue unless it is a fifth-wheel or gooseneck type hitch, where 20 to 25 percent is optimal," says the article.

For more information on towing capacity, check out the article at:
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/research/how-much-towing-capacity-do-i-really-need/ss-BBAnaxP#image=3
 
 
 
What Does Your Check Engine Light Really Mean?  Apr 28th, 2017 
It's never a good feeling to see the "check engine" light appear on your vehicle dash.

Fortunately, the "check engine" light doesn't always mean disaster. According to edmonds.com, this light could include a lot of potential issues including a loose gas cap to a bad catalytic converter.

The first thing you should do, says edmonds.com, is to check your gas cap.  A loose cap may be sending a signal that the vehicle interprets as a leak in the vapour recovery system.

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can buy a code reader to decipher what the problem is. You may not be able to fix it yourself, but it will give your mechanic a head start.

A flashing "check engine" light is serious, and you need to take your vehicle in for servicing right away. edmonds.com says regardless of the issue, a "check engine" light should never be ignored.

For more information on your "check engine" light, visit edmonds. com.
https://www.edmunds.com/car-care/what-your-check-engine-light-is-telling-you.html
 
 
 
Refresh Your Vehicle Interior  Apr 13th, 2017 
Sometimes the interior of our vehicles can get a little worn or cracked with age.

Driving.ca has some helpful tips to refurbish your vehicle's interior – without spending a lot of money.

Cracked Upper Dash Panel
"Fortunately, there are mo than a few companies that offer overlay panels (both hard and soft types)," says driving.ca, "and often it's a relatively easy DIY job taking less than an hour."

Just make sure the cover you purchase is compatible with the passenger front airbag in your vehicle.

Re-Cover Car Seats
The easiest (and cheapest) solution is to buy a slip-on or tie-on seat cover. But first, be aware of any side airbags.

"[S]ide (or thorax) airbags...deploy out of the outer sides of the seat back," says driving ca, "and if you don't use a cover with a specially sewn side panel that will tear away in the event of an airbag deployment you're not likely to get the full protection these critical safety features offer."

Plastic Panel Cracks
Superglue is the best choice for this job, but first, clean the edges of the crack with rubbing alcohol.

"If you're working on a high-stress area panel such as interior door trims," says driving.ca, "consider gluing a reinforcement plastic plate on the reverse (or hidden) side; most door trims have the room to do this, and all households have more than enough scrap plastic to cut and trim a bandage to fit."

For more tips, check out driving.ca: http://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/ownership/your-corner-wrench-don%E2%80%99t-let-your-auto%E2%80%99s-interior-get-you-all-cracked-up/ar-BByv4rL

 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #6  Mar 31st, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

Stockings as a Quick Fix for Timing Belt
Timing belts can snap as they age, which is never good for your engine.

What to do if your engine belt breaks while you're on the road?

"Safely stop the car as quickly as possible," says popularmechanics.com. "Turn the engine off, open the hood, and remove the old belt. Tightly tie the stockings around the engine's pulleys, following the same path the old belt did. "

The hope is to get you home safely so your mechanic can replace the timing belt.

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com
 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #5  Mar 24th, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

Use Nail Polish to Fill in Windshield Chip
You know the cringe-worthy sound of a small rock hitting your windshield.

To help prevent the spread of damage, try using clear nail polish to fill in the chipped area.

"Carefully apply a thin layer to the damaged area," says popularmechanics.com. "When it dries, it will be almost completely invisible, and might even help prevent a crack from growing."

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com
 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #4  Mar 17th, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

Old or Missing Wiper Blade?
Driving through snow or rain with an old (or missing!) wiper blade is dangerous. It reduces visibility and, if your blade is missing altogether, the metal wiper arm can scratch your windshield.

"The fix is in a pair of women's stockings," says popularmechanics.com. "Wrap them tightly around the wiper arm to prevent the metal from scraping the glass. They also work well to clean off debris or smudges until you can get a new set of wiper blades."

Note: This hack is not intended to permanently replace the wiper blade. It's only a temporary fix until you get new blades.

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com
 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #3  Mar 10th, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

Warm Up Food on Your Seat
This hack is so good, we're quoting it verbatim from popularmechanics.com:

"Opinions are split," reads the website, "on whether pizza is better cold or hot, but most of the time it's better if take-out meals stay warm and fresh. Skip the microwave and keep it toasty in your car. If your car has seat warmers, turn them on, and place the food on top. They're already great for keeping your buns warm, and work just as well if you're bringing home the hamburger or cinnamon variety, too."

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com.
 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #2  Mar 3rd, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

How to Get Rid of Bumper Sticker Residue
So, maybe the causes you felt strongly about a few years ago are not on your radar today. That's allowed.

However, maybe your passion led you to cover the back of your vehicle with bumper stickers – that are now leaving a sticky residue. Popular Mechanics says there's an easy way to remove this from your car without ruining your paint job.

"Dampen a sheet of newspaper and lay it over the leftover sticker," says the website. "After about 15 minutes the residue will soften up and be easy to wipe away. You can use the side of a credit card to scrape off extra sticky leftovers, but use a gentle touch so you don't scratch the paint."

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com.
 
 
 
Easy Car Hack #1  Feb 24th, 2017 
Rush Autos is presenting a series of Easy Car Hacks, as featured in Popular Mechanics.

Get More Range with your Key Fob
We've all done it – parked our car in a large lot and can't remember where where we left it a few hours later. Popular Mechanics says if you're using your key fob to locate your vehicle, you can try to extend its range...by using your head.

"Put the fob under your chin," says the site, "hit a few buttons, and keep an eye out for your car's flashing lights. It's not quite telepathy, but it's an effective way to locate your car among many others."

For more car hacks, visit popularmechanics.com
 
 
 
2017 Family Day Activities  Feb 16th, 2017 
It looks like a good weekend weather-wise for Family Day, and there's lots of family day fun to be had in Calgary.

Besides the Chocolate Festival and outdoor skating, you can take in activities at Fort Calgary and Eau Claire Market.

You can also catch a $3 movie at three local cinemas, or take in Improv at the Loose Moose Theatre.

Really, you'd be hard pressed to fit it all in!

For more details, check out Global News: http://globalnews.ca/news/3251136/calgary-family-day-events-2017-10-affordable-things-to-do-over-the-long-weekend/
 
 
 
How to Prepare for Whiteout Driving Conditions  Feb 10th, 2017 
A sudden whiteout on the highway is something we'd all like to avoid. But, if you should find yourself in such conditions, there are things you can do to remain safe.

According to driving.ca, the first thing to look for are clouds.

"Look for long bands of well-defined clouds in the sky," says driving instructor Candace Calder on drive.ca. "Those streams are likely to be packing a wall of snow."

If you can't see very far in front of your car, slow down and stay in the right-hand lane. Make sure your headlights are on, not just the daytime running lights.

Try not to be "blocked in" by vehicles around you, and look for a clear shoulder, exit or rest stop to pull off.

For more information on driving in whiteout conditions, go to driver.ca.
 
 
 
How Far Can You Drive on an Empty Gas Tank?  Jan 27th, 2017 
It's never a good idea to drive too far from home on a nearly-empty gas tank.

It's easy to forget a vehicle's fuel gauge is an estimate, not an exact measurement. Gas mileage is also influenced by the type of driving – for example, highway driving will give you better mileage than stop-and-go traffic.

However, sometimes situations arise when you run out of gas, or come very close to it. So yourmechanic.com has developed a chart to see how far your vehicle can run after the fuel light comes on.

You can find the chart here:
www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-far-can-you-drive-your-vehicle-on-empty-by-brady-klopfer
 
 
 
Get Better Gas Mileage from Your Vehicle  Jan 20th, 2017 
Prices at the gas pump are not at an all-time high, but it still pays to get better mileage from your vehicle.

Popular Mechanics offers these suggestions to get the most from the fuel in your gas tank:
  1. Make sure tires are fully inflated (allowing for weather conditions). A fully-inflated tire is more efficient than an under-inflated tire.
  2. Remove excess weight, such as sporting gear that isn't used all the time.
  3. Maintain your radiator. Radiators are most efficient at a mid-range temperature – neither too hot nor too cold – so keep an eye on the temperature gauge in your dashboard.
  4. Change fuel filters on a regular basis, as recommended by your owner's manual.
  5. Get regular tune-ups. A well-maintained car engine is most efficient and saves on gas.
For more fuel-saving tips, visit popularmechanics.com.
 
 
 
How to Get the Most out of Your Car’s Headlights  Jan 13th, 2017 
We do a lot of night-time driving during these dark winter months, which means we depend on our headlights more than ever.

Drivers often have one of two complaints about their headlights – either their own headlights are too dim, or the lights from oncoming traffic are too bright.

If you're having troubles with your headlights, there are a couple of things you can do without spending the money for new headlights.

The following tips are from driving.ca:
  1. Cut down glare from headlights behind you by tilting your mirrors downwards as far as you can and still see the traffic behind you.
  2. Keep your headlights free of ice and slush to help you see the road easier.
  3. If your headlights tend to fog up, you can buy a kit to restore the shine of your headlight. But driving.ca warns that once you do this, your headlights are prone to "hazing" over much more quickly next time.
  4. You can purchase brighter bulbs if you feel yours are too dim, but make sure the bulbs you buy are specifically designed for your vehicle.
For more tips on headlight care, visit driving.ca.
 
 
 
Why do Mechanics Need Your VIN?  Jan 6th, 2017 
Not only does a 17-digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) identify your car, it also gives your mechanic a better picture of how your car was built.

According to driver.ca, the VIN "provides a complete breakdown of what equipment the auto was manufactured with. It will denote engine type and size, transmission, body colour, along with an almost endless list of features, optional and standard equipment and oft times importantly, the vehicle build date."

The article explains that different trim levels offer different systems, such as braking or steering.

For more information on VINs, go to driver.ca.

Remember, if your vehicle is ready for a check-up, Rush Autos has two mechanic bays to serve you.
 
 
 
New Year's Eve 2017- Drive Safely  Dec 30th, 2016 
2017 can't come soon enough, and there are many activities in Calgary to usher in the new year.

While you're celebrating, please remember to not drink and drive. Calgary Transit is offering bus and C-Train service on 12 major routes from the city centre until 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Check out the Calgary Transit website for more details: calgarytransit.com

We wish you a healthy and happy 2017! 
 
 
Driving Tips for the Holiday Season  Dec 16th, 2016 
Travel during the holiday season can be stressful, especially if you're travelling with kids and pets, and you need to arrive at the in-laws' house before dinner.

roadtripamerica.com has some good tips for driving during the hectic holiday season. They include:
  • Try to avoid traffic by leaving a day earlier or later.
  • Think like a boy scout, and be prepared for emergencies (such as blankets, flashlights, first aid kit and emergency food).
  • Stop and stretch whenever possible.
  • Bring some entertainment, e.g. movies, games, music.
For more great driving tips during the holiday season, visit roadtripamerica.com.

Rush Autos wishes you and yours a safe and happy festive season!
 
 
 
How to Start a Car in Cold Weather  Dec 9th, 2016 
According to yourmechanic.com, there are four main reasons why vehicles are harder to start in cold weather:
  1. Batteries don't like cold weather.
  2. Engine oil doesn't like cold weather.
  3. Cold weather can cause fuel problems if there's water in the fuel lines.
  4. Older vehicles may have carburetor issues.
When starting your vehicle in cold weather, yourmechanic.com suggests:
  • Turn off all electrical accessories.
  • Turn the key and let the engine crank for a few seconds.
  • If that doesn't work, wait a minute or two and try again.
For more information on starting your vehicle in cold weather, visit yourmechanic.com.
 
 
 
When to get a Wheel Alignment?  Dec 2nd, 2016 
According to Canadian Automotive News, you should get a wheel alignment if your car does one of the following:
  1. Your car is pulling to one side of the road.
  2. You're driving in a straight line but your steering wheel is crooked.
  3. The tread on your tires is uneven.
  4. Your steering wheel is vibrating.
  5. Your tires are squealing for no apparent reason.
The website says aligned tires will last much longer. Misaligned tires will wear unevenly and could interfere with your steering. Getting a wheel alignment is a pretty affordable option when you consider any long-term consequences. Rotating your tires on a regular basis is also a good idea.

For more information on wheel alignments, go to news/goauto.ca.
 
 
 
What is Electronic Stability Control?  Nov 25th, 2016 
Electronic Stability Control (or Electronic Stability Program or Dynamic Stability Control) helps keep your vehicle under control.

According to the blog, The Safe Driver, "ESC will detect if the vehicle is losing traction or steering control during a panic swerve or when driving on a slippery road surface."

ESC works with the individual brakes on your vehicle, which help bring it under control. It's activated only when it senses a loss of steering control and stabilizes the vehicle without swerving or fishtailing.

The Safe Driver says, "When ESC is applied, it will make a noise as if something is broken with your vehicle. Don't worry though; everything is fine."

There are a few things to keep in mind with ESC:
  1. Some ESC systems might temporarily reduce your engine power.
  2. A driver still needs to slow down for corners and weather conditions.
  3. Tires must have adequate tread and inflation.
For more detailed information about ESC, check out The Safe Driver blog: safedriving.wordpress.com.

 
 
 
How to Fix Paint Chips  Nov 10th, 2016 
Chips in your vehicle's paint are annoying. However, if they aren't dealt with quickly, they can lead to rust spots.

The blog, autotribute.com, explains how to repair a fresh paint chip before rust sets in. Here's their 4-step plan:

  1. Clean the chip with soap and water first, then rub a little automotive polishing compound over the area "to soften any ragged edges. Rubbing too hard can damage the clear coat over the paint," says the article.
  2. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Apply a primer and let dry for at least an hour
  4. Paint the chip. Let it dry for at least an hour before applying a second coat.
Make sure you test your paint on paper or a hidden area of your car to ensure the colour matches your vehicle. Consult your owner's manual for more information.

To learn more about covering paint chips – and vehicles in general – check out autotribute.com.
 
 
 
Make Your Vehicle Last Longer  Nov 4th, 2016 
We sometimes take our vehicles for granted.

However, there are simple things we can do to get more out of our auto investment.

The blog Auto Tribute lists ways we can make our vehicles last longer:
  1. Change the oil frequently. "This is because engine oil is pumped through all kinds of moving parts in a vehicle’s engine, and keeping it free of dirt will extend its operating life. Whenever you change your oil, be sure to replace your oil filter too," says the blog.
  2. Ensure your tires are inflated properly. Auto Tribute advises, "First, under-inflated tires lower gas mileage because they run hotter and expose more tread to the pavement. Secondly, because of the flexing and heat, the tires may last only half as many miles of what they could have if properly inflated."
  3. Park in the shade when possible. Even in the winter (especially during Chinook weather), the sun's solar rays can cause damage to your vehicle. The article says, "The ultraviolet rays from the sun are a powerful oxidizer that can hurt a vehicle’s paint and fade upholstery."
Find more helpful car maintenance tips at www.autotribute.com.
 
 
 
Drive Safely on Halloween  Oct 28th, 2016 
Because Halloween is an exciting evening for children, they sometimes forget about traffic safety while trick or treating. This means drivers must be extra cautious.

The City of Calgary has posted some practical safety tips on its website (calgary.ca), including tips for drivers:
  • When children get excited, they tend to forget the most basic safety rules, especially around traffic. If you’re driving, slow down and be extra cautious in residential areas.
  • Drive defensively - expect children to dart out from between parked cars.
  • Watch carefully for people using pedestrian crossings.
Rush Autos wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!
 
 
 
Autumn Driving: Things to Watch  Oct 21st, 2016 
Autumn is a beautiful, invigorating time of year – perfect for road trips.

However, cooling temperatures and falling leaves do present some risks to drivers. The website safebee.com recommends watching for these things while on the road:
  1. Don't brake on leaves because they can be slippery.
  2. Watch for morning frost on bridges and overpasses.
  3. Keep an eye out for deer. It's breeding season, so be especially vigilant at sunrise and sunset.

Read more about autumn safety at safebee.com.

 
 
 
What is a VIN (Vehicle Idenfication Number)?  Oct 14th, 2016 
A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a 17-digit code that contains most of the information about your vehicle, such as the manufacturer, year, make and model. It's like a fingerprint of your car.

According to autocheck.com, here is the breakdown of a 17-digit VIN:

Digit #1: Where vehicle was built
Digits #2-3: Manufacturer
Digits 4-8: Vehicle brand, engine size, type
Digit #9: Security code/authorization
Digit #10: Year of vehicle
Digit #11: Plant that assembled vehicle
Digits #12-16: Vehicle serial number

To learn more about VINs, go to autocheck.com.
 
 
 
Why Do We Need Winter Tires?  Oct 7th, 2016 
Simply put, winter tires give your vehicle maximum grip on snowy and icy roads.

According to wheels.ca, "All tires have a temperature range they like to work in to give you their best performance. Summer tires like it hot, all-season tires like all things moderate and, of course, winter tires like it cold."

Winter tires give you better traction by staying soft. Summer and all-season tires don't have that ability in colder temperatures.

"To better understand how traction works, we have to think small. Up really, really close, that smooth pavement underneath your car actually looks a lot like the Canadian Rockies," says wheels.ca. "The pavement is all sharp points, with deep valleys in between; it is a very irregular landscape. A tire’s surface is like that as well, made up of irregular hills and valleys. When the car rolls along and these two surfaces — rubber and road — meet, they must interlace for good grip."

To read more about winter tires, go to www.wheels.ca.

If you're looking to replace your summer tires for winter wheels, contact us. We have two mechanic bays to service your vehicle. We're location in NE Calgary at 704 Meridian Road NE.
 
 
 
How are Vehicle Insurance Premiums Calculated?  Sep 30th, 2016 
Auto insurance can be expensive, and sometimes drivers wonder why it costs what it does.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) says there are three major factors that influence the cost of your insurance premiums:
  1. The year, make and model of the vehicle.
  2. Your driving record.
  3. Where you live.
The IBC says, "Generally, the harder your vehicle is to steal and the less expensive it is to repair, the less you pay for insurance."

Learn more from the IBC website at www.ibc.ca.
 
 
 
Fall Vehicle Check-Up  Sep 23rd, 2016 
Now is the perfect time to give your car a check-up, before the winter weather sets in.

You want to make sure your vehicle is in top condition, in terms of mechanics and safety.

Carcare.org lists a few items to look for on your vehicle this fall:
  1. Check your battery connections, and make sure they are clean and free of corrosion.
  2. Ensure your heating and defrost systems are working, along with your windshield wiper blades.
  3. Have your brakes checked, to make sure they are in good condition.
  4. Don't forget your tires! Look for pressure and tread wear, and make sure there are no bald spots.

Rush Autos, in NE Calgary, has two mechanic bays to serve you. We can help prepare your vehicle for winter driving.

 
 
 
Driving Tips for Your Teenager  Sep 16th, 2016 
If your teenager is gearing up for their driver's license, True Car blog has a few tips for a new, young driver:

1. Limit the number of passengers in the car to reduce distractions.
2. Set a curfew. The later the hour, the greater the chance of an accident.
3. Send your child to driving lessons, meaning lessons at an accredited driving school. They have lots of great driving advice.
4. Be a good example – buckle up and no texting & driving.
5. Keep the vehicle in good repair. You don't want your child to run into engine trouble if they're several miles from home.

More details are available at the True Car blog: truecar.com/blog/2016/09/06/five-essential-tips-for-your-teen-driver/
 
 
 
The Era of 10- and 11-Speed Transmissions?  Sep 9th, 2016 
How many gears does a passenger vehicle need?

That's the question The Detroit Bureau blog is asking.

"Barely a decade ago, even going to six speeds was controversial," says the blog. "Today, however, that’s the starting point as manufacturers opt for seven, eight and even higher numbers. How much is too much? Is there a point of diminishing returns?"

Ford and General Motors announced they are releasing 10-speed automatic transmissions for 2017, and Honda has filed a patent application in Japan for an 11-speed transmission. It's going to be an interesting competition for auto makers.

Why are so many gears necessary, anyway?

Gears are necessary for optimal fuel efficiency and engine performance. The Detroit Bureau says, "Ideally, you want an infinite number of gears so that the engine is always operating at a speed that delivers either the best power or the best mileage – or the best balance of both."

Read more about this at The Detroit Bureau: http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2016/09/how-many-gears-are-too-many-gears/

 
 
 
Back to School: School Zones  Sep 1st, 2016 
Students are returning to school, which means extra care must be taken around school zones.

Calgary school zones are in effect 365 days per year, from 7:30am until 9:00pm. These times were introduced in 2014, to reduce confusion with motorists.

As the City of Calgary website explains, "The ‘one hour after sunset’ end time for playground zones was not effective. Depending on the time of year, the end times could be as early as 5:30 p.m. in winter, and as late as 11 p.m. in summer."

The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h.

You can find more information about school and playground zones on the City of Calgary website: www.calgary.ca.
 
 
 
Emergency Car Kit  Aug 24th, 2016 
Whether you're traveling by car in summer or winter, you should keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times.

The Government of Canada has provided a list of basic items for a 72-hour emergency kit:
  • Food
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Road Maps
  • Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents
  • First aid kit that includes seatbelt cutter, small shovel, candle, matches, wind-up flashlight
The list includes items to keep inside your trunk:
  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares
You can see the list at www.getprepared.gc.ca
 
 
 
Summer Driving Tips  Aug 19th, 2016 
The air may feel a bit cooler lately, but there are still a few weeks left of summer holiday season – and still plenty of opportunities for road trips.

DefensiveDriving.org lists 19 things to keep in mind on your summer road trip. They include:

1. Keep your vehicle "hydrated" so it doesn't overheat.
2. Wear sunglasses to reduce effects of the sun's glare.
3. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good repair.
4. Watch for workers in road construction zones.
5. Bring an emergency repair kit.

You can find the complete list at https://www.defensivedriving.org/summer-driving-safety-tips/

If you're looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, drop by Rush Autos at 704 Meridian Road NE, Calgary.
 
 
 
Driving While Drowsy = Dangerous  Aug 11th, 2016 
MSN Autos reports a shocking statistic: "84 million Americans drive tired every day".

A study, conducted by Governors Highway Safety and State Farm Insurance,  says an estimated 328,000 crashes each year are caused by sleepy drivers.

Most surprising is that "one third of drivers admitted to driving drowsy at least once a month."

Driving while tired has the same effects as driving while impaired. "Going 24 hours withour sleep was found to be comparable to a .10 percent blood alcohol level," says the MSN article.

You can read the study here: http://www.ghsa.org/html/publications/sfdrowsy.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618
 
 
 
Cars of the Olympic Games  Aug 5th, 2016 
The 2016 Olympic Games start today! (Go Team Canada!)

Motoring Research has compiled a list of the Cars of the Olympic Games, starting with the 1956 Games in Melbourne (Fiat). This year's car is The Nissan Golf Leaf.

Check out the list here: www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/features/gold-metal-cars-olympic-games
 
 
 
Driving in Summer Heat  Jul 26th, 2016 
OK, this summer hasn't been the hottest Calgary has ever seen, but there are plenty of hot summer days ahead.

Consumer Reports (consumerreports.org) has some great tips for driving in the heat. Here are some tips from their website:

  • If you need to park in sunlight and you have a sunroof, close the shade.
  • Put a sunshade in the windshield and another over the rear seat window, especially if you’ll be carrying children in car seats.
  • If you’re parking in a secure area and there won’t be any rain, lower each window an inch or two. If you have a sunroof, you can leave it in the tilt position to provide extra ventilation.
  • Open the windows for the first few minutes to let buildup heat escape.
  • Remember that the rear seat and cargo areas in SUVs, wagons, and minivans can be considerably warmer than the front-seat area. If you’re carrying passengers back there, and there are no backseat temperature controls, adjust the front a/c vents so they direct air to the rear.

We hope you enjoy your road trip adventures this summer!

If you're looking for a new vehicle for your summer road trip, drop by Rush Autos at 704 Meridian Road NE in Calgary.

 
 
 
Parking at the Calgary Stampede  Jul 13th, 2016 
Because the Calgary Stampede is so popular (and for good reason!), parking near the Stampede grounds can be stressful.

Many people use Calgary Transit to get to and from Stampede Park, but sometimes a person needs to have close access to their vehicle.

The folks at the Calgary Stampede have published some helpful guides for parking on their website at calgarystampede.com.

You can also find parking lots and prices at parkopedia.ca.

Have a great Stampede!
 
 
 
2016 Canada Day Road Trip!  Jun 28th, 2016 
Planning a road trip for the Canada Day long weekend?

There's no better place than Alberta to celebrate our country's 149th Birthday.

Canmore
Start the day with a pancake breakfast, and take in the Canada Day parade at noon. Spend the evening listening (and dancing) to live music at the Civic Centre Plaza.

Banff
Stroll through the Banff Artisan and Farmers Market and enjoy live music all day throughout the town. Don't miss the fireworks at 11:00 pm!

Edmonton
Celebrate with a visit to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, or join in family activities at the Muttart Conservatory. If history is your gig, relive history at Ford Edmonton Park.

Jasper
After a pancake breakfast and parade, join the Party in the Park. Finish the day with live music, hot dogs and fireworks.

Lethbridge

Test your fitness level with the Bike Competition starting at noon, or dazzle 'em with your skills during the Competition. Or cool off with games at the Westminster Pool.

If you're looking for a vehicle to get around our exciting province this summer, call Rush Autos at 403-204-8282, or drop by our new & expanded location at 704 Meridian Road NE, Calgary.

 
 
 
2 Mechanic Bays to Serve You  Jun 15th, 2016 
Rush Autos has moved into its new NE Calgary location at 704 Meridian Road NE.

This new location boasts a larger showroom and two service bays which are open and ready to service your vehicle.

Our service department offers a full range of mechanical services, including:
• Tires
• Alternators
• Transmissions
• Engines
• Starters
• Rear Ends
• Brakes
• Shocks
• Sway Bars
...and much more!

Drop by 704 Meridian Road NE or call us at 403-204-8282.
 
 
 
April is National Car Care Month  Mar 31st, 2016 
Did you know April is National Car Care Month?

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is improving, it's time to think about a spring check-up on your vehicle.

Be Car Care Aware (carcare.org) recommends you schedule these basic maintenance items on your vehicle now that it's Spring:

1. Check Fluids – Include your windshield wiper fluid in the inspection.
2. Check Hoses and Belts – Are they cracked or frayed or showing signs of wear?
3. Check Battery – Make sure the connection is clean and free of corrosion.
4. Check Brakes – They are just as important in the summer as in the winter.
5. Inspect Exhaust System – Look for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers.
6. Schedule a Tune-up – This helps you get the best fuel economy.
7. Check Tires – Pay attention to uneven wear, pressure and bald spots.

A vehicle is a big investment, and Rush Autos wants you to get the most out of that investment. We specialize in quality used cars, and are located at 704 Meridian Road NE.
 
 
 
Spring Break Travel Ideas  Mar 23rd, 2016 
Not everyone has the budget to fly to an exotic destination for Spring Break,but who needs to fly anywhere when there are so many great places to visit in Alberta.

According to TripAdvisor, these are the Top 10 Things to do in Alberta:
1. Moraine Lake, at Lake Louise
2. Royal Tyrrell Museum, in Drumheller
3. Peyto Lake, at Lake Louise
4. Icefields Parkway, in Banff National Park
5. Athabasca Falls, at Jasper
6. Lake Louise
7. Maligne Canyon, at Jasper
8. Canmore Cave Tours, in Canmore
9. Banff Gondola, in Banff
10. Winspear Centre, in Edmonton

If you're looking for a quality used vehicle to see the best of Alberta this spring, stop by Rush Autos at ther NEW LOCATION at 704 Meridian Road NE, Calgary.
 
 
 
Jamming Good with Weird and Gilly: Touring Unveils Disco Volante Spyder  Mar 1st, 2016 
Forget Panic! At the Disco. Get outta that Disco Inferno. Leave behind that fond, fuzzy memory of making out with Cherie Currie at Rodney Binghenheimer’s English Disco. Instead, welcome yet another iteration of Touring Superleggera’s take on their venerable Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco Volante of the early 1950s. This time inspired by the open […] 
 
 
Electric Shocker: Morgan Shows Production 3 Wheeler EV  Mar 1st, 2016 
Morgan isn’t like other automakers, but you probably knew that already. This tiny British sports-car maker continues to do many things in much the same way it has throughout its century-plus of existence, regarding timber as an appropriate structural material for use in a car and producing some models that could be sent through a […] 
 
 
Advertising the 1990s: It Was Longer Ago than You Think  Feb 26th, 2016 
Ah, the 1990s. Not yet seen in the retro-ironic light that has washed over the ’80s, and yet they’re now officially a generation ago and things really were different then. Advertising is nothing if not a cultural barometer, and this roundup of ads from the ’90s provides a good indication of which way the winds blew. […] 
 
 
Indian Automaker Tata Forced to Rename Car Due to Zika Virus  Feb 25th, 2016 
Marketing departments often spend many months and millions of dollars coming up with names for new models, and then fate steps in with some unwanted context. While we don’t imagine that Indian carmaker Tata spent too many crore of rupees over the decision to call its new small hatchback the Zica, it was quickly overtaken […] 
 
 
Ford to Debut Traffic Jam Assist, Fully Autonomous Car in Four Years  Feb 23rd, 2016 
  More automated driving features will come to new Ford and Lincoln models as the automaker triples its investment in developing new driver assist features, CEO Mark Fields said Monday. Without delving into any specifics, Fields said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the company was finalizing a traffic jam assist and a […] 
 
 
Year of the Goose, Part 5: Track Education at Yamaha Champions Riding School  Feb 19th, 2016 
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is an impossible thing. That’s a lie, of course. The tuning-fork company’s been selling the same basic bike since 2008. And each of the big-four Japanese bike companies builds what’s known in the industry as a “supersport”—a machine with a fairing that sticks your ass up in the air like a presenting baboon […] 
 
 
190-mph Four-Door: Bentley Flying Spur V-8 S Joins the Party  Feb 17th, 2016 
When you have parts lying around, it makes sense to use them, no? We don’t know if Bentley has a cache of spare parts burning a hole in its storage facilities, but we do know it has the ability to juice the twin-turbo V-8 in the Continental V8 to produce more power, plus a bevy […] 
 
 
The Lamborghini Centenario Will be Carbon-Fiber Madness  Feb 17th, 2016 
Ferruccio Lamborghini would probably be flattered to see the company that bears his name celebrate his 100th birthday. But this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the March 1966 debut of the Lamborghini Miura at the Geneva auto show. The mid-engined Miura, of course, is often considered the first supercar. It made the subsequent Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona look dated, and it fundamentally […] 
 
 
The 10 Cars You Must See from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show  Feb 12th, 2016 
 
 
 
This 1937 Film Explains the Secrets of Splash Engine Lubrication  Feb 12th, 2016 
A vast number of the engineering challenges faced by those who develop internal-combustion engines come down to one simple factor: friction. Countless years have gone into creating surfaces, coatings, oils, and bearings that attempt to overcome this universal force. And yet the most basic way in which an engine copes with friction, its lubrication system, hasn’t really changed in the […] 
 
 
Family Day Weekend - Road Trips  Feb 10th, 2016 
It looks like good weather for traveling this Family Day weekend, and there are lots of things to do that are a short drive away from Calgary. Here are just a few ideas:

EDMONTON
Check out the Silver Skate Festival, the Ice Castles or go skating at Elk Island National Park.

RED DEER
Bring the kids to the Friday Family Dance or join in the Sylvan Lake Polar Bear Dip, which is part of the Sylvan Lake Winterfest.

CANMORE
Take in Canmore's Winter Festival with the Valentine Dance on Saturday or the Bonhomme Carnaval on Sunday.

LETHBRIDGE & AREA
Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride in Waterton National Park, or take in a Valentine's HIgh Tea in Lethbridge on Saturday.

There's lots to do in our province this weekend! If you're looking for a quality used vehicle for your travels, drop by Rush Autos at 106 Meridian Road NE in Calgary.

 
 
 
Car and Driver Tested: The Quickest Cars from the 1950s to Today  Feb 8th, 2016 
 
 
 
The 7 New Rules of Car Buying: How to Shop in Today’s World  Feb 8th, 2016 
There are few truly bad vehicles for sale today, but, when there are more models boasting more whistles and bells than ever before, that doesn’t make car shopping easy. Even if you’re car savvy, you can still make an uninformed choice or get a bad deal. And the wealth of resources for information can obscure […] 
 
 
Super Bowl 50: Watch Every Car Ad from the Big Game!  Feb 5th, 2016 
Last year’s Super Bowl saw a decline in automotive advertising, with only nine scheduled for the Big Game. In hindsight, that doesn’t seem like a misstep, given how 2015 shattered car-sales records, the automakers made out okay avoiding big-budget ads and expensive airtime. Of course, we car fans missed the extra dash of automotive goodness during the Super Bowl, […] 
 
 
They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular: See All 18 Seinfeld Porsches, VWs Heading to Auction  Feb 5th, 2016 
At first there were three, now there are 18—that’s the total number of Porsches (and Volkswagens) Jerry Seinfeld has consigned to the Gooding & Company auction at Amelia Island next month. Besides releasing the full list of cars the actor, comedian, and noted Porsche-head plans to part with, Gooding & Co. also shared photos of the cars. […] 
 
 
Kevin Hart Uses Hyundai Genesis to Stalk Daughter’s Date in Funny Super Bowl Ad  Feb 4th, 2016 
As we all continue to wrangle with the usefulness of wearables like Apple’s Watch and their place in the car, Hyundai has crafted perhaps the best example yet of the tech’s potential with its latest Super Bowl 50 ad. Hyundai is among a few automakers that have integrated wearables with its in-car infotainment and telematics suite, […] 
 
 
Sub-Optimal Walken Experience: Kia’s Super Bowl Ad Blows a Great Bad Pun  Feb 2nd, 2016 
We love a good pun. Or a bad pun. Or any pun at all, really. To wit, there may have been an instant messenger conversation the other day where we labored to fit the names of hardcore musicians and bands into those of motorcycles, resulting in such semi-amusing groaners as the Ducati Multistradag Nasty, the […] 
 
 
The 2016 24 Hours of Daytona in 40 Stunning Photos  Feb 1st, 2016 
 
 
 
Behind the Scenes at Aston Martin’s Frankenstein Lab for Special Projects  Jan 29th, 2016 
Top-secret engineering facilities shouldn’t draw attention to themselves, but Aston Martin’s skunkworks takes covert boringness to a whole new level. As these things tend to be, it’s in a low-rise building, this one located in the small and uninteresting English town of Wellesbourne, seven miles from Aston’s Gaydon HQ. There are no signs, unsurprisingly, but we […] 
 
 
Spied: Lego Porsche 911 Prototype Kit Debuts at German Toy Fair  Jan 27th, 2016 
This must be the first time we’ve ever covered spy photos from of a camouflaged prototype Porsche 911 made of . . . Legos. First uncovered by Lego site Brothers-Brick.com, which appears to have sourced photos from Eurobrick.com forums, the upcoming Porsche 911 Technic kit debuted at the Spielwarenmesse toy show in Nuremberg, Germany. Incredibly, […] 
 
 
This Smart Accelerator Pedal Can Kick Back at You  Jan 26th, 2016 
Drive a car decked out with safety-assistance technology and, depending on the maker, it’ll buzz, beep, bloop, flash, or even vibrate your butt to signal a warning. But Bosch sees promise in giving you a swift kick in the right foot, too. The German do-it-all purveyor of home appliances, advanced automotive electronics, and more has just introduced the “active gas […] 
 
 
Raise High Your Paddles, Bond Fans: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 Is Going to Auction  Jan 21st, 2016 
If you loved the Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre, you were probably disappointed to hear that Aston Martin had no plans to put it into production. Assuming you’re one of those people and also happen to be quite well off, we have great news for you. You can actually buy an Aston Martin DB10. Next month, […] 
 
 
Hot Metal: The Most Anticipated New Cars of 2016  Jan 20th, 2016 
 
 
 
Master of His Domain: $10 Million Worth of Jerry Seinfeld Porsches Headed to Auction  Jan 19th, 2016 
As a lifelong Porsche-phile, Jerry Seinfeld has spent decades assembling one of the most revered and comprehensive collections of Porsche automobiles in existence. Now, the comedian and host of the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series is letting a few of those prized vehicles trickle back into circulation, starting with a 1955 Porsche 550 […] 
 
 
Watch Max Verstappen Drive His Formula 1 Car Up a Ski Slope  Jan 15th, 2016 
You already know that F1 cars are incredibly capable on the track, but have you ever wondered how an F1 car would do on snow? If so, wonder no more.  Max Verstappen has taken his Red Bull F1 car to a ski resort, fitted it with snow chains, and driven it like there’s nothing unnatural […] 
 
 
I Try Ford’s Drugged-Driving Suit, Misery and Embarrassment Ensue  Jan 14th, 2016 
“They sort of all hit at the same time,” says the friendly Ford representative as he straps what feels like 20-some pounds of weight to my right forearm, when I ask in which order I would experience the simulated effects of marijuana, cocaine, LSD, heroin, and ecstasy brought on by Ford’s “Drugged Driving Suit.” Or, at least, that’s […] 
 
 
The 12 Cars You Must See from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show  Jan 12th, 2016 
 
 
 
Nothing More, Nothing Less: Sweet Photos of Old Jeeps!  Jan 9th, 2016 
Enjoy this collection of elegantly composed photographs featuring some of our favorite Jeeps of all time.  
 
 
The Fastest Way to Defog Your Windshield, Courtesy of a Former NASA Engineer  Jan 6th, 2016 
Winter’s here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take that long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you’re harried and already late for work, that extra time waiting can […] 
 
 
The Five Automotive Brands to Watch in 2016  Jan 6th, 2016 
With major new-product launches and other potentially news-making happenings, these are the companies that you’ll be hearing a lot about in the next 12 months. 
 
 
New Vehicle for 2016?  Jan 4th, 2016 
If you're looking for a "new" pre-owned vehicle for 2016, drop by Rush Autos. We're a family-owned used car dealership in NE Calgary, and we have an exciting selection of vehicles, including:

   • a great selection of family vehicles
   • trucks (check out the Ford F-350s we have in stock)
   • 2009 Hummer H3
   • and many more!

Bad credit? No credit? We can help!

Rush Autos is located at 106 Meridian Road NE, just off Barlow Trail.
 
 
 
These Were the Biggest Automotive News Stories of the Year  Dec 30th, 2015 
 
 
 
Bored Over the Holiday Break? These 10 Auto Museums Are Worth a Visit  Dec 29th, 2015 
Bored over the holiday break? Pay a visit to one of these ten excellent automotive museums. Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, CA The recently reopened Petersen Museum might just be the premiere automotive museum in the U.S. It’s probably the only place in the world where you can see both BMW’s 3.0 CSL Art […] 
 
 
Not a Car, Don’t Care: You Have to See This Custom, 7500-Piece Lego Millennium Falcon  Dec 28th, 2015 
Yes, you can buy a Lego Millennium Falcon kit in stores, but one master builder has constructed a replica of the galaxy’s most famous Corellian freighter that goes so far above and beyond we just had to share. Built by Hannes Tscharner, this Falcon is based on the version that appears in the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens (note the rectangular […] 
 
 
Picture This: Our 25 Hottest Car Photos of the Year!  Dec 28th, 2015 
The stories we tell wouldn’t be complete without stunning imagery from our talented roster of photographers. Enjoy this selection of 25 of our favorite photos from the past year! 
 
 
Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley Sportster Is Headed to Auction  Dec 28th, 2015 
One of Evel Knievel’s stunt bikes, a customized 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 1000, is coming up for auction next month in Las Vegas. The infamous daredevil, known for jumping Harleys from ramp to ramp, rode the Sportster while fending off Mexican drug dealers in the 1977 action movie Viva Knievel! The Sportster was custom built by Bud Ekins, a […] 
 
 
Ten Most Common Automotive Repairs from Delta Auto Protect  Dec 19th, 2015 
We have mined our data to give you a collection of the ten most common automotive repairs. This list can often be avoided with proper maintenance to your automobile or financially alleviated with the help of extended automotive warranty service. 
 
 
Exceptional Conceptual: The Greatest Concept Cars of All Time, Volume II  Dec 18th, 2015 
Manufacturers love concept cars for their ability to grab the attention of an otherwise-indifferent public, and we love them because they remind us of why we got into cars in the first place. To celebrate, we compiled another list of our favorite concept cars of all time. 
 
 
A Little Less Autonomous: California’s New Rules Prohibit Driverless Cars  Dec 17th, 2015 
  The California Department of Motor Vehicles just enacted a whole spate of new laws aimed at regulating the testing of self-driving cars—and major players like Google are not happy.As Automotive News reports, the rules put strict limitations on automakers planning to test autonomous cars on the state’s public roads. There are four key aspects to […] 
 
 
The Bug’s Life: A History of the Volkswagen Beetle  Dec 16th, 2015 
Volkswagen’s Beetle is one of the oldest nameplates still in use today—here's a peek at the Bug's history. 
 
 
Pick ’Em Up: The 51 Coolest Trucks of All Time  Dec 11th, 2015 
There's just something we all love about a pickup, man. 
 
 
Holiday Road Trip Tips  Dec 10th, 2015 
Planning a road trip for the winter holiday season?

Here are some practical tips from travelingmom.com:
  1. Let someone know your timetable and travel route. This is especially important if you’ll be driving in areas with little traffic, rural locations, or large park areas.
  2. Prevention is the best medicine: Driving slowly and maintaining plenty of room between you and the next car is the easiest way to avoid accidents. We all want to get to Christmas dinner faster but that extra 30 minutes could save your life. In bad weather, allow for three-to-12 times more stopping distance depending on the size of your vehicle.
  3. Stock your car with a shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets, flashlight, warning devices (flares), sand or kitty litter, and high-calorie non-perishable food.
  4. Keep spare, charged batteries for cell phones in your car. Duracell and others make instant chargers for popular phones such as the iPhone. If your car battery dies, you will be glad you spent the extra $15 to reach help. If you regularly travel to very remote areas where cell towers are few and far between, consider investing in a satellite telephone or an in-car service like On-Star.
  5. Keep your gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing. Also, make sure the windshield wiper fluid reservoir is full.
  6. Check to make sure your lights and windshield wipers are functioning properly. In most states it is illegal to drive if either is malfunctioning; and in certain weather situations it is also extremely unsafe.
  7. If you get stuck in the snow, stay in your car – it’s your best shelter. Don’t leave unless help is within 100 yards.
  8. Nearly 60 percent of accidents are the result of improper driving. Whether you’ve had a bit too much pie or a bit too much pilsner, don’t drive until you are fully awake and not impaired by anything. Most adults know well enough not to drink and drive, but few realize accidents are just as easily caused by being drowsy or impaired by legal drugs like cold medicines. When in doubt, pull to the side of the road or check into a motel for a quick nap.
  9. Carry a first aid kit in the car with you.  This is especially important if you have children or the elderly riding with you.
  10. Ensure you have a winter tune-up done on your vehicle.
Read more at https://www.travelingmom.com/10-tips-for-safer-winter-road-trips/#vosgCjt6d2XyDaL3.99

Rush Autos wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! We're located at 106 Meridian Road NE, Calgary.
 
 
 
New Speed Limits Coming to the Autobahn in the Home State of Porsche, Mercedes  Dec 8th, 2015 
Germany’s speed-unrestricted autobahn occupies a special place in the mind of most auto enthusiasts—and much of the German populace, as well. But of course, not everyone is a fan. One of those opponents with the power to enforce his will is the traffic minister for the state of Baden-Württemberg—home of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi’s Quattro GmbH, […] 
 
 
The 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept Promised the Future, All That’s Left Are Scissor Doors  Dec 3rd, 2015 
Since the dawn of the automobile—or at the very least, the birth of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile in 1901—the industry has drifted toward non-rectilinear shapes. Even the phone-booth-upright Ford Model T featured as many round forms as Henry Ford deemed financially prudent. For those of us born in the 1970s, the angular machines we grew […] 
 
 
Own a Piece of George Barris History with This Corvair-Powered Buggy  Dec 1st, 2015 
Although he’s best known for creating the first TV Batmobile, the custom creations of the late George Barris have been spotted on America’s television and movie screens for decades. From Jurassic Park to Dukes of Hazzard and beyond, he produced and modified some of Hollywood’s most memorable cars. Here’s one of his lesser-known creations: this VW-based, Corvair-powered T-Buggy, which […] 
 
 
There’s Snow Place Like Inside to Test Winter Tires: We Head to Finland’s Test World  Nov 30th, 2015 
Being headquartered in Michigan, where winters are usually gray, very often snowy, and bitterly cold, we’re major proponents of winter tires. Indeed, if you’ve ever driven a car on winter tires and experience the kind of additional stopping power they provide when ice, snow, and slush cover the roadways, you no doubt feel the same way. Of course, driving or testing winter tires […] 
 
 
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Driving in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  Nov 25th, 2015 
Come Thanksgiving morning, the kitchen windows steam up, the aroma of roasting turkey wafts through the house, and on TV is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon (live on the East Coast, tape-delayed elsewhere), the parade is viewed live by some 3.5 million spectators and televised to an estimated 50 […] 
 
 
I Bought a Mazda Bongo Friendee to Attend the Goodwood Revival, Because Of Course I Did  Nov 24th, 2015 
I write this on an airliner headed west from London. If you haven’t seen a couple of D-type Jags powerslide out of a corner in hot pursuit of a crackling Ferrari 246S Dino, then you need to go to the Goodwood Revival in September. If you haven’t seen 150,000 people glammed up in vintage tweed […] 
 
 
Ford’s “Drugged Driving Suit” Simulates Effects of Driving While High  Nov 20th, 2015 
Like most everyone else who’s ever driven a vehicle, the folks at Ford know that sliding behind the wheel while under the influence of anything is a terrible idea, and the company is looking to drive that point home as part of its Ford Driving Skills for Life young-driver safety initiative. Henceforth, the program will include the […] 
 
 
Booster Shot: How Future Turbochargers Will Deliver More Power and Efficiency  Nov 19th, 2015 
By now, you know turbochargers are not the failure-prone spinners they were in the 1980s, no longer the bolt-on pieces that pulverized weak engines and their weak parts with surges of intoxicating power. Today, nearly one in every four new vehicles sold in North America comes with at least one turbo, if not two. Enough of our […] 
 
 
The New Valet: How Cutting-Edge Parking Tech Works [Sponsored]  Nov 19th, 2015 
For most motorists, parking is the most loathed aspect of driving. Whether it’s parallel parking in a tight spot on a busy urban street or navigating the chaos of a crammed lot, there’s no doubt parking can be a stressful experience. The opportunity for a bump, scrape or scratch looms around every corner Innovations surrounding […] 
 
 
Cop Stops Google Self-Driving Car—for Driving too Slow  Nov 13th, 2015 
So, when this photo first hit social media last night, the speculation was humorous. Viewers imagined a rogue Google Car, flagrantly disobeying its programming, tearing through Mountain View, California at an irresponsibly high speed. The reality is much more hilarious. On the Mountain View Police Blog—go figure, the local P.D. in Google’s hometown has a […] 
 
 
Brand New Muscle Car - Building Yesterday's Dream Cars Today  Nov 7th, 2015 
What if you could build a 1967 Ford Mustang, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro or other classic muscle car from scratch with all new parts including a new body? Welcome to the world of Brand New Muscle Car at US Restoration; build yesterday's dream cars today! 
 
 
“Steve McQueen, The Man and Le Mans” Is a Fascinating Look Behind the Scenes of an Iconic Film  Nov 6th, 2015 
The movie Le Mans has long stood as one of the fundamental tests of gearheadery, a faith-proving shibboleth by which true enthusiasts identify themselves and each other. If you like it—as you should—then you’re in the club. But you’re also in a minority, for all the cult status the film has acquired in the 45 […] 
 
 
This Nissan Juke Is a Life-Size Origami Paper Sculpture  Nov 4th, 2015 
Some designs are said to have started with a clean sheet of paper, but here is one that started with many such sheets: a full-size Nissan Juke model that is comprised entirely of folded pieces of paper, created by an origami artist in Britain. The total count for pieces of paper folded for the project […] 
 
 
BawitdaBowtie: Kid Rock’s Bad-Ass, Smokestacked Chevy Silverado Dually for SEMA  Nov 4th, 2015 
California is crucifying Volkswagen over excessive diesel emissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency is triple-checking every diesel vehicle it can lay its hands on. “Whatever,” says Chevrolet. Here’s a heavy-duty Silverado 3500 dualie with American-flag decals and fat chrome exhaust stacks, designed with input from Mr. American Bad Ass himself, Kid Rock. But while the dudebros drilling seven-inch […] 
 
 
The Toyota “Tundrasine” Limo Pickup Is 26 Feet Long, Has 8 Doors  Nov 4th, 2015 
There are fancy trucks, and there are fancy trucks. And for the 2015 SEMA show, Toyota has stretched the fancy-truck concept—literally—in the form of the gargantuan, aptly named “Tundrasine.” Based on the luxurious, Texas-themed Tundra 1794 Edition, the Tundrasine is rendered in Midnight Black and stretches more than 26 feet in length, including a near-20-foot wheelbase—long enough to comfortably park a Bentley Mulsanne between […] 
 
 
20 Late-Model Cars Destined to Become Classics  Oct 30th, 2015 
A collection of late-model vehicles that we feel have a good shot of becoming classics in every sense of the term. 
 
 
9 Halloween Safe Driving Tips  Oct 29th, 2015 
This article is reprinted from www.cars.com via Yahoo! Cars

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, the number of partygoers and trick-or-treaters roaming the streets by foot and by car is sure to soar. It’s a time that should be nothing but fun, but according to these scary facts, Halloween can quickly turn into a nightmare.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists Halloween as consistently one of the top three nights for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. For kids, the statistics are even deadlier. Kids are twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.  Deaths related to drunken drivers are also up: More than 115 people were killed by drunken drivers on Halloween night between 2009 and 2013, NHTSA reports.

No, we here at Cars.com are not going as Debbie Downers this year for Halloween. We love Halloween, but we want it to be safe for everyone, so use the following tips to keep you and yours safe this spooktacular night. You can thank us in candy later.

If you’re driving:
  • Slow down! Pay particular attention when driving in residential areas where pedestrian traffic is likely to be heavy. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than two times as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small reduction in speed — 10 mph — can be the difference between life and death.
  • Remember that the kids are excited, excitable and sometimes unpredictable. Keep your eyes on the road and reduce any distractions inside your car or truck (that’s right, stop texting or live tweeting during your drive, on Halloween and every day)!
  • If you’re behind the wheel, you better be sober. We don’t need to explain this one.
  • If you’re not sober, have a sober friend drive, grab a ride-sharing service, a taxi or hop on some public transportation.
For trick-or-treaters and their parents/guardians
  • When suiting up, avoid costumes that drag along the ground and could potentially trip someone. Make sure masks don’t obscure vision. Seek costumes in light or bright colors that are easier for cars to see. There are even some costumes that light up on their own, delighting little ones and making them safer.
  • Let it glow! Apply reflective tape to children’s costumes, jackets or treat sacks. Bring along a flashlight (don’t forget to check the batteries before you head out!) to illuminate your path or even adorn the children with some of the glow necklaces or glow sticks that are found in abundance in the dollar section at your favorite store.
  • Review routes and safety precautions with younger and older children alike. Older children who are on their own should let their parents know the route they’re travelling and have an agreed upon time to come home. Everyone should stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks to cross the streets and be vigilant about looking for automotive traffic from all directions.
  • All together now! Adults or an older teenager should accompany younger trick-or-treaters. AAA suggests that youngsters have a chaperone until age 12. Older kids should travel in groups and stay together — it’s more fun together anyhow.
  • Enjoy yourselves. Halloween is supposed to be and genuinely is, fun.
Once everyone is home safely, allow the kids a few pieces of candy before bed (after you’ve checked to be sure it’s safe, of course) and then carry on with binge-watching old horror films while binge-eating some of the wee ones’ candy. They won’t even notice.

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