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Summer Driving Safety Tips

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These next few months will see the streets, roads and highways packed with more vehicles than ever before. The weather is nicer, the kids are out of school, vacations are scheduled, summer road trips are planned. But before you hit the road, it is important that you check your vehicle and review summer driving safety tips.

  • Conduct a basic safety check of your vehicle. Check the levels of your fluids: oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check your tire pressure, wiper blades, lights, and A/C.
  • If you have children, be sure you're aware of heatstroke concerns that arise in warm weather. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Remember to share the road with other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It will be crowded out there, so be aware of people who may not see you.
  • Have an emergency roadside kit stocked with a car charger for your cell phone, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, gloves and blankets, and tools. 
  • Be sure to have an updated GPS on hand (or a physical map or atlas, if you're so inclined) for your designated navigator to guide you safely to your destinations.
  • Don't forget water and snacks, and even entertainment for the passengers. Build a playlist of road trip songs, tablets with downloaded games, and a pillow to stay comfy.

 For more tips and ideas, check out this great interactive guide courtesy of the NHTSA.

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Waze Speed Limit Alert Coming to U.S. 'Soon'

Waze speed limit alert coming soon
credit/ Waze

    "You probably know the feeling. You might be driving on a business trip or a road trip. Or you might be driving down a road you’ve driven at least a thousand times. Suddenly it happens. You look at your dashboard and think to yourself, 'What’s the speed limit on this street?'" (Waze)

    Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, has now added a way to resolve this issue.

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Smail Auto Blog's Three Most Popular Posts of 2015

   These are the posts you clicked on the most in 2015:

 

Smail Auto Group Cares Campaign Raises $67,000 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Smail Auto Group Cares Campaign Raises $67,000 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Smail Auto Group Cares campaign was developed to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by decorating dealerships in pink and donating $125 for every vehicle purchased (new or pre-owned) during the month of October.

During October, the Smail Auto Group Cares campaign was able to raise $67,000. (Read more...)

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What's the Difference Between Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive?

Four-wheel drive vs. all-wheel drive for a Pennsylvania winter.

    Sometimes the terms all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are used interchangeably. However, the systems are actually quite from one another.

    Most vehicles are propelled only by two tires (one axle), in either the front or the back.

    Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive split the power to all four wheels (both axles).

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Why Winter Coats and Car Seats Don't Mix

Wearing winter coats in the car poses a big risk to children.

    Next time you bundle up your child in their winter coat before buckling up, you may want to think twice.

    A recent report from NBC showed that there's a real danger associated with car seats and kids in thick winter jackets.

    Adjusting the car seat straps so that children's coats can fit in the seat with them makes it more likely for that child to be ejected from the car seat in the event of an accident.

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Don't Believe the Bad Winter Car-Care Advice on Facebook

Bad winter car care advice.

    Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, some posts can't be taken too seriously — especially in regard to car care tips.

    A few of the "tips" circulating are actually memes or jokes. Taking this advice to heart could harm you or your vehicle.

    Some examples of unsound advice:
    *Do not try at home. Will cause damage to your vehicle.

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Car Shopping 101: Why TrueCar Isn't Always the Best Bet

Why a TrueCar dealer may not be your best bet.
    
    If you're in the market for a new vehicle, chances are you've done some purchase price research. You want a certain make and model at a fair price. 
 
    At Smail Auto Group, we want to help you get that vehicle. 
 
    TrueCar is a relatively-popular automotive pricing and information website for both new and used cars. The site has what they call a "massive up-to-the-minute database of selling prices," which aims to aid consumers. 

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Keep Your Car Safe With These Christmas Tree Transporting Tips

Tips to get your Christmas tree home safely.

    Every year, 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. And, since Pennsylvania is a top Christmas tree-producing state, many local drivers will be hauling home a freshly-cut pine in the coming weeks.

    Check out these tips — straight from the experts at the National Christmas Tree Association — to get your tree home safely:

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