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Safe winter driving tips for the holidays and beyond
  With the onset of winter and the holidays fast approaching, many of us are likely to have wintry road expeditions affecting our holiday plans. Whether you’ll just be driving across town or your travel plans have more in common with Santa’s, getting on the road at this time can be dangerous. But with some simple pointers, like accelerating and decelerating slowly when in snow, increasing your following distance and knowing your brakes, you can immediately improve your driving. Here are some safe winter driving tips for when the weather turns against you.   Vehicle preparation The cold itself can… Read More

The car interior features to which you may be saying goodbye
  Some basic features inside your next car may not look so familiar. As automakers modernize the interiors of their vehicles, a number of in-car components that have long been part of the furniture might not survive the decade, according to Automotive News. These are the features to go on its endangered-species list: Gear shifter – The design and operation of gear shifters is changing, with the traditional lever being replaced in some cases by a variety of buttons, toggles and switches. Non-traditional gear shifters will make up 48 percent of the global auto market by 2026, it has been… Read More

Credit: Chevrolet/Newspress USA
  They say that getting there is part of the holiday experience. But not always in a good way, it should also be said. As millions of Americans take to the highways for a family road trip this Thanksgiving, a new survey reveals the biggest causes of stress. Traffic and unexpected delays, packing and cost are the main pain points, according to the poll carried out for Chevrolet. About one in four parents are most stressed by having to answer cries of “are we there yet?” and just under one in three find it stressful to keep the kids entertained.… Read More

Why all-new or newly redesigned doesn’t always mean a better car
  Choosing a brand-new vehicle brimming with cutting edge features and a sleek new design can certainly add extra excitement to the car-buying process. But taking this route may also come with a downside, as the implementation of new and relatively unproven technology sometimes misfires when it comes to reliability. Consumer Reports’ 2017 auto survey, which incorporates results from 640,000 vehicles owned by 400,000 subscribers, shows that “all-new or updated models are more likely than older ones to have a wonky engine, a jerky transmission, or high-tech features that fail outright.” Owners of first-year models had twice as many complaints… Read More

What you should know about flood-damaged cars
Be aware of the risks before making a purchase     The devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are far reaching and, as the damage is assessed, it’s been estimated that up to a million vehicles may have been flooded. Not all flooded cars will be dealt with properly, though. Unfortunately, it’s likely that many will be cleaned up and sold without the damage being disclosed. So if you’re in the market for a used car, there are some things you should know to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. 1. The vehicle could be ruined Flood damage can… Read More

Useful car terms to know
Talking about cars can get complicated at times, especially if you’re not familiar with the terminology. The following articles explain some automotive terms you may come across in different situations, from trading in a vehicle to getting a service. Click the headlines to learn more.     Car terms to know when trading in your vehicle Walk into the dealership with the confidence to negotiate a better deal by understanding the likes of “trade-in allowance,” an “upside down loan” and “rolling over.”   Car terms to know when getting a service Have you ever got your car serviced without knowing… Read More

Used-car satisfaction, and the models owners would buy again
  Buying a car is a process of questions and answers. Even more so if you’re buying a used vehicle. For example, there’s the matter of when you might want to change your current car, and, when the time is right, what model you should buy and how old it should be. Consumer Reports aims to help you with the answers to such questions. Its 2016 auto satisfaction survey gathered the views of 225,935 subscribers on how satisfied they are with their vehicle, taking into account things like driving experience and comfort, and whether they would buy it again. In… Read More

Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Gas mileage, cost and other key differences
  Can you drive a stick shift? Because a lot of people can’t. Americans are accustomed to the style of driving that comes with cars that have automatic transmissions, with a majority of drivers owning vehicles with automatic shifting. Interestingly enough, driving vehicles with manual transmissions is still extremely common in other countries, especially those in Europe. So we began to ask … why is this? We have found some interesting differences between the features of manual and automatic transmissions that help car buyers, wherever they may be, understand the different driving and ownership experiences associated with each. And hopefully… Read More

12 New Year’s resolutions for becoming a safer driver
  About this time each year, most of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions – all those promises we make to ourselves with every intention of following through but usually end up breaking before January is over. RoadLoans doesn’t want that to happen to you in 2017. We have gathered some ideas that you may want to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions, especially for the time you spend in your car, truck or SUV. Keeping these resolutions will make you a better driver and keep your family safer on the road. We’ve compiled our list… Read More

Car terms to know for the holidays
    As you venture onto the roads for the holidays, here are some car terms and tips to keep in mind and help the season go smoothly. Designated driver – It’s the season of parties, and if you’re travelling in a group, make sure you designate someone who won’t be drinking alcohol to drive safely. Defensive driving – Not everyone drives responsibly at this time of year, however, and there may be drunk or distracted drivers on the road. Staying alert and driving defensively, through practices like anticipating dangerous situations and other drivers’ mistakes, will help you stay safe.… Read More

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