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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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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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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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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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The Cars That Are Most Popular with Women--and Why

The Cars That Are Most Popular with Women--and Why

OK. Is there such a thing as most popular with women? In what some people (not us!) might term “the good old days,” cars were something that only men were supposed to know or care about. Automobile manufacturers advertised to men in commercials written by men. The assumption was that men bought the cars, men drove the cars, men by their very nature understood cars. (Women? Not so much.)   The process of shopping for and buying a car was so manly it practically screamed (well, bellowed in a very deep voice) “ladies, stay away! And while you’re at it, bake me a pie!”   If a woman even dared to venture alone into the testosterone-fueled atmosphere of a dealership showroom, she most certainly would be patronized by the plaid-suit-wearing, cigar-chewing salesman (always a man) and told “Here’s the perfect car for you, little lady--look, it even has a light-up vanity mirror so you can check your lipstick while your husband is driving you ar ... read more

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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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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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If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

Being the owner of a hybrid vehicle, you may or may not know that the most important element “under the hood” - or in this case, in the trunk- is the hybrid battery. Up until a few years ago, your only option when that battery failed was to replace it with a brand new battery pack that could cost up to $3,500. Yes, we know your jaw just dropped when you read that price tag, ours did too! If you find yourself with a failed hybrid battery, do not panic. Here at CARS of America, we can rebuild or recondition your hybrid battery for less than half the price of a new one and we guarantee it for 3 years. Check out our "stress test" machine we use to see if your hybrid battery is in good health (right).  Now how’s that for some serious cost savings? But, how will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four tell-tale signs: 1. The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the ... read more

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Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance

Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance

Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance False. However, it is not more or less false than the misleading information consumers have been getting from the new car manufacturers for the past 110 years or so.   There seems to be two schools of thought on performing Preventive Maintenance (PM) on anything mechanical, especially Hybrid Vehicles; people that do it, and those that do not. For a third-party opinion with no ulterior motives for their research, please refer to the 2004 University of Michigan study on Automotive Life Cycles where it was demonstrated that the cost of keeping a conventional car longer by maintaining it, saves up to 60% ( $5,300/year versus $1,800 per year) in the annual cost of ownership compared to trading it in  every four and a half years. The savings are even more on a Hybrid Veh ... read more

Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Have you ever wondered how hybrid cars came about? We seem to be seeing them and hearing a lot about them in recent years, but are they really brand new?   You would be surprised to know that hybrid vehicles, a car that is powered by both gasoline and an electric engine dates all the way back to 1898. Yes, you read that correctly, the first hybrid automobile was created in the 1800s!   Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was the first to construct a car made up of  gasoline engine and electric powered motor. This car was successful and was able to drive up to 40 miles, which back then was a lot.       The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid - the first hybrid vehicle to ever exist     Not long after Porsche launched this vehicle, European automakers began creating their hybrid version of cars too. By 1905, Henry Ford was creating and mass-producing gasoline powered vehicles that were more affordable and thus but an end to the hybrid car revolution ... read more

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