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Gas prices? The future of hybrids? Find out what's in the news today!

We hear about recalls all of the time, but have you ever heard of a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) or a campaign? How do they differ from recalls? If a recall or TSB is issued for your car, do you have to pay for the repairs? 

I recently came across a very interesting article that stated that California is preparing a campaign to encourage motorists to wait longer than the “recommended 3000 mile” oil change. If you recall the other week, one our fellow bloggers discussed this very topic.

In August 2010, in Missouri, a nineteen-year-old pickup truck driver traveling at 55mph crashed into the back of a tractor truck, which caused a deadly chain reaction. After striking the tractor truck, the pickup truck was then rear-ended by a school bus, which was then rear-ended by another school bus. Among the casualties were the pickup driver and a fifteen-year-old student. Another thirty-eight people were injured.

Are you planning a road trip this winter? With just a little preparation, you can prevent a few common problems, the 4 Bs—blowouts, bad batteries, broken belts, and bugs!

With the holiday season upon us now, things are getting pretty hectic. We are constantly running around getting decorations, presents, attending parties, and sometimes just going for a nice car ride to look at the Christmas lights.

Today was just like any other day en route to work. Massive amounts of traffic interspersed in sections of the freeway that really didn’t make any sense. My drive to work is a neverending cycle of the scene from Office Space. You change lanes to the one that’s moving faster, which then stops and while old lane picks up. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to just bite the bullet and stick to the lane I’m in unless I want to experience massive amounts of road rage.

There are a lot of people who have strong objections to using cell phones while driving, but I am one of the staunchest opponents you will ever meet. I never use my phone in the car, nor will I talk with someone who is using the phone while driving. If I am in a car and the driver wants to use his or her phone, I won’t shut up about it.

I was driving around the neighborhood surrounding the offices at RepairPal today during lunch and came across a pretty typical scene. As it was a beautiful day, the bikers were out in full force, complete with their spandex team outfits. Road biking is very popular here in the Bay Area, so much so that on any given day, you can come across many groups riding.

For many years, the oil change recommendation was every 3,000 miles/3 months and the filter was replaced every other oil change (6,000 miles/6 months). A couple of factors combined to make these frequent oil changes necessary. One factor was that most engines were still using carburetors to deliver fuel to the engine—excess fuel would end up mixing with, and ultimately degrading, the engine oil. The second factor is that engine oils were simply not a good as they are today.

I just got back from a ten-day trip in Europe and I have to say, there are a lot of differences between the U.S. and Europe. The food, the culture, the water, the customs—after five days in London, I was finally getting a hold on most things, but one thing that I was never able to really conquer is the way they drive on the right side of the street. I wasn’t crazy enough to try and drive a car there (I can't imagine handling a stick shift with my left hand!), but we did go on some buses and taxis. It felt weird for sure, but the strangest thing was when we were pedestrians at a cross walk.