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As of January 1st 2017, hands-free electronic devices are now required when driving in California. Although the said devices can still be used by drivers, new rules of the road will hopefully limit the distraction cell phones and other electronics have been known to cause.

Buying a car with a salvage title can be risky business. The first thing to understand is what a salvage title is and how it affects you and your vehicle.

Did you know that Earth Day is on Saturday this year? April 22nd is a day to celebrate the amazing planet we live on and make strides to help protect it. No matter how you plan on spending the day, it’s always a good time to practice driving green when it comes to your car.

Many drivers believe that turning your car on and letting it idle before driving can protect your engine, however, experts say this myth might actually be hurting rather than helping. Motorists, especially in the cold winter months, are known to go out and turn their cars on anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes before they get in and drive off.

Car theft is a total nightmare for a car owner. One moment your car was there, safe and sound – the next, it’s gone. Car theft is inconvenient, and many stolen cars are never recovered. And unless you have comprehensive car insurance, you may not be covered for the value of your car.

According to the RepairPal Encyclopedia, the engine oil filter removes contaminants from the engine oil before it circulates throughout the engine. Common symptoms that indicate a needed replacement include an abnormal knocking noise from inside the engine or even an engine oil leak.

Have you gone out to the garage and found an oil stain where your car normally sits? This isn't just a nuisance to clean up; it indicates an oil leak, which can cause your car’s parts to grind together and even freeze up. There are many factors that can cause your engine to leak oil, and it’s important to find a mechanic who can properly diagnose the issue. Here are a few reasons why cars leak oil.

The Society of Automotive Engineers was created over 100 years ago to connect automotive engineers with each other, and quality information. This means nearly nothing to most people until they see SAE written on a bottle of oil, or on a tool.

Cruise control is a great feature on modern cars – especially for long road trips. You can turn it on, set your preferred speed, (under the speed limit, right?) and just cruise. You don’t have to worry about maintaining your speed, and you can enjoy a smooth driving experience.

Buying gasoline is something we all do every week or so. It's not something many people put a lot of thought into. There are three basic types: regular, mid-grade, and premium.