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What Is Four Wheel Steering?

Four wheel steering is a new car technology that results in increased maneuverability in cars and other four wheeled vehicles. It should be clarified that four wheel steering is totally different from four wheel drive, which is a technology that gives power to all four wheels of a vehicle. With...

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What Is High Octane Fuel?

Many people believe that even with a ratty car, a high octane fuel will boost its little engine so it run faster, better, and basically kick-butt in the street-racing world. Not necessarily. The only thing a high octane fuel can do is to make the fuel more “resistant to knocking.” Knocking, also...

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What Is Double Clutching?

Double clutching is a driving technique that is usually employed when driving a truck or high performance racecars. But this is a technique that can be used on any car as long as it has a manual transmission. When driving a manual transmission car, shifting gears is a simple, no-fuss affair. The...

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General Motors Deal to Sell Hummer Falls Through

General Motors Company's plan to sell the Hummer line of sport utility vehicles to a Chinese manufacturer fell through this week. GM is now scrambling to secure other offers. China's Sichuan Tengzholg Heavy Industrial Machinery offered the $150 million dollar bid that GM accepted for the Hummer...

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Surprise! Rental Cars Are Full of Bacteria and Germs

An NBC news study has found that rental cars are potentially filled with bacteria, including those that cause stomach viruses and strep throat. In their study, 66% percent of cars tested were found to have high bacteria levels, some on par with public toilets. What can you do to minimize the...

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What Are Child Seat Belt Laws?

Child seat belt laws are dependent on a variety of factors. These laws vary depending on location and the age of the child riding in the car. The ages of children are typically divided into four main categories, namely, infants, those between 1 and 3 years, those between 3 and and 8 years old,...

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GM Wants Federal Mandate for Event Data Recorders

GM is supporting a Texas congressman’s push to require event data recorders in all vehicles sold in the United States. Event data recorders (EDRs) capture multiple data streams from a vehicle prior to the deployment of air bags. In some cases, EDRs record much more data and (in the case of Nissan...

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Essential Skills for Every Driver

Today's cars have gotten so go we no longer have to think about things like carrying spare parts, carrying tools or taking night classes to learn how to be a mechanic. Still, there are a few essential skills that every driver should have to cope with driving emergencies or even routine maintenence....

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Honda Recall Announced on Over 410,000 Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. announced a recall on over 410,000 vehicles. Over 344,000 Honda's Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Honda Element S.U.V.s have been recalled because of "soft" brake pedals. The brakes can, in a statement issued by Honda, over time cause a loss of braking power as time and wear cause...

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Driver's Ed: Are Anti Lock Brakes Better Than a Trained Driver?

Many people are under the misconception that antilock brakes (ABS for short) provide the best possible stopping distances under all conditions. While there are many variables that come into play, the short answer is that a trained and skilled driver can stop a vehicle quicker with conventional...