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Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Driving for the first time can be scary, you aren’t sure what to expect, but you are full of excitement. Before you put the pedal to the metal and take off, you should read these top 10 things that all new drivers need to know. 1. There are no take-backs in driving. You need to pay attention to all of your surroundings because if you hit something you can’t take back that action with an apology. There are consequences that you have to own up to and face, not to mention it can be very pricey. 2. Speeding is overrated. You might think it’s cool, and you want to impress someone with your led foot, but it’s very dangerous. It’s not only hazardous to yourself but the other drivers on the road. Take your time, don’t speed, and enjoy the view you have while driving. 3. What to do when you get pulled over. You might be freaking out the first time you get pulled over or worry that the police are going to call your parents. They don’t call your par ... read more

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Safety

Top 5 Places To Visit During Spring Break Starting from Chicago

Top 5 Places To Visit During Spring Break Starting from Chicago

Spring has sprung and we are beginning to get cabin fever. This has been a particularly nasty wintertime, but hopefully, we’ll have some good weather that will stick. Are you looking for some great places to get away to this spring break? Well, then you’re in luck! Here are 5 wonderful places to visit that are just a short road-trip away: 1. Starved Rock State Park is a great place to go. It boasts of 18 canyons and 13 miles of marked hiking. Great for the outdoor enthusiast and there’s a lovely lodge, Starved Rock Lodge, in case you’d like to spend more time there. 2. There’s so much to do in Kalamazoo! Who knew? We did, that’s who! Okay, okay. Enough with the rhyming. But, truly, there are a lot of great things to see and do in Kalamazoo and it’s less than three hours from Chicago. From hik ... read more

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Road Trips

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

It’s a cliche to say that we Americans love our cars. But just because something is a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t 100 percent true. We do love our cars! Why, though? Well, cars mean freedom for a lot of us. What’s better than grabbing your keys and jumping behind the wheel to take off on the spur of the moment--on a road trip to a famous location, to visit an old friend, or just to pick up some late-night munchies? To a lot of Americans, our cars reflect our personalities. And why not? Most of us spend an awful lot of time behind the wheel. Why not take the time to figure out exactly what kind of vehicle both meets our needs and tells the world, “Hey, world, here I am!” What do different types of cars say about their owners? Pickup truck drivers tend to be hardworking and no-nonsense. People drive hybrids both to save money on gas and because they care about the environment. Drivers of sports cars like to feel powerful and attractive. Do you kno ... read more

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Car Ownership

Winter Driving Hazards & How to Remain Safe

Winter Driving Hazards & How to Remain Safe

Remember when you were a kid and a big midweek snowstorm roared in? Did you get super excited and hope so hard that schools would close so you’d get a snow day? What was more fun than that: an unexpected day off to stay inside, watch cartoons, and drink hot chocolate? Snowball fights and building snow forts with your friends? What could be better than freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall?  Then you grew up... and suddenly “snow days” weren’t your fondest wish anymore. Instead, even in the winter snow, sleet, hail, and ice, you still have to get to work, run errands, drive the kids where they need to go...and winter weather isn’t so fun anymore.  What are some specific hazards to driving in winter, and what precautions can you take to keep you and your family safe on the roads? Well, we are glad you asked! About 25 percent of car accidents have weather as a factor. Extreme winter weather creates hazards on the road: snow, ice, sleet, poor v ... read more

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Safety

Gifts for the Car Lovers on Your List.

Gifts for the Car Lovers on Your List.

Do you stress out when December rolls around, and you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the car lovers on your list? We feel your pain. You can only give someone so many dashboard bobbleheads and “funny” bumper stickers (My Other Car Is an [Insert Reference to Hobby of Choice] before your car enthusiast giftees will start giving you the stink eye (or, worse, asking for gift cards). But don’t despair! We’ve compiled a list of some unusual and cool gifts for your gearhead friends and family members. Car Seat Gap Filler Did you even know that this is a thing? It’s a thing! Car seat gap fillers fit in between the car seats and the center console to keep small items from falling into the gap and disappearing forever. If you’ve ever dropped your cell phone in between your seat and the center console of your car, you can probably appreciate the car seat gap filler. Maybe your car enthusiast will, too! No Blind Spot Rearview Mirror This mirror shows a ... read more

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Auto Repair

How to Assemble Your Emergency Car Kit

How to Assemble Your Emergency Car Kit

When you’re driving around the roads of Evanston and Glenview, you’ve got a lot on your mind--running errands, getting to and from work, picking up the kids, taking your family out for the day or the night...the list can seem endless. You don’t always immediately think about whether or not your emergency car kit is complete and ready for the unexpected. Of course, nobody can be ready for every possible unexpected roadside issue (zombie apocalypse, anyone?), but there are some items it’s just a good idea to have with you in your car, including: Tire-changing supplies, including a spare tire, lug wrench, and tire jack Tire sealant to stop a tire leak until you can get to a service station More and more vehicles come without spare tires, so carry a can of Fix-a-Flat because it’s the quickest and cheapest way to fix a flat tire. Jumper cables Gas can Flashlight (check the batteries frequently--every couple of months, if possible) Other crucial roadside ... read more

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Safety

Our 10 Favorite Ways to Entertain Kids on Long Car Rides

Our 10 Favorite Ways to Entertain Kids on Long Car Rides

  Did your family take road trips when you were a kid? Do you remember how you tried to deal with the boredom of a long, hot car ride with your brother always putting his foot on your side and your sister yelling “Mom, he keeps looking at me!” Did your mom or dad glare at you in the rearview mirror and growl “Be quiet or I’m turning this car around and taking us home!” Ah, the good old days, right? Well, now those of us who are parents can be happy that finally we get to be in charge of the car trips, plan the itinerary, pack the games and snacks, and even occasionally get to be the ones yelling at the kids to SHUT UP! Actually, we’re joking. We love to take long car rides with our kids! There are a lot more ways to entertain children now than back in the day. Spending time as a family on a long car trip can actually be a bonding experience and a way to create fun memories. If you’re planning a long road trip with the kids any time soon ... read more

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Auto Repair

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Chicago, IL Of course, there’s always something to see and do in Chicago. That goes without saying. But if you want to play tourist, drive the short distance to Chicago and treat yourself to a weekend getaway. Here are a few places to consider visiting in Chicago: The Chicago Mural in Logan Square The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown Some of the ethnic restaurants Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood or Little Vietnam near Broadway in Uptown Watch comedy improvisation from The Second City at Chicago Mainstage   Geneva, IL With its boutique shops, fabulous cuisine, lovely weather, and plenty of activities, Geneva is a terrific place to drive. You can meet with friends, visit the Fabyan Windmill, or take a long bike ride along the Fox River Trail.   Milwaukee, WI If you like beer, you need to go here. The people are friendly and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. Top picks are the Harley-Davidson Museum, Discovery World, and the Milw ... read more

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Road Trips

Kia Bursts into Flames

http://www.wesh.com/article/caught-on-camera-woman-escapes-after-kia-catches-fire-on-i-4/20919470 This vehicle, engulfed in flames in the video, was part of a manufacturers recall for engine compartment fires. The manufacturer claimed they had no current address for the owner. Some  service provider, somewhere, was servicing that vehicle and had a valid address. At CARS of America, we check for open recalls on your vehicle every time you visit, print it, give it to you, and make sure you understand it is a safety recall that must be performed by an authorized dealer.  One more example of the many value-added services that vehicle owners may not realize we provide, even with a simple oil change. The owner of this Kia could have avoided one big hassle if she was a CARS of America client

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recalls

Hybrid Myth Busting

Hybrid Myth Busting

Myths have been a part of automotive service forever. Time to bust another one; All the talk about "corroding buss bars" in Hybrid Battery Packs misses the more major point; the internal corrosion. As the battery creates electricity, electron flow is created. Plate particles float in the electron flow from the negative pole to the positive pole. Because of the magnetic property of electricity, these particles "stick" to the positive, creating resistance, in the same way as "corrosion" does on the buss bars. Eventually this internal corrosion will cause the Hybrid light to come on. Most shops and all dealers just replace the battery. There is a better choice. Do you know what it is? $50 CARS of America gift card to the first person that sends the correct answer to [email protected]. Winner will be determined by time stamp. P.S. It's ok if you don ... read more

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Hybrids
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