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  • Every year, new car concepts and production launches light up the automotive industry at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The 2012 NAIAS certainly highlighted the best new vehicles the world has seen in years.

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  • The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. The 2012 NAIAS is conclusively educational, entertaining and astonishing in its 24th year as an international event.

    Cobo Hall Detroit Michigan

    There are many great highlights ...

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  • What is now known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) started as the Detroit Auto Show in 1907 and was managed by the Detroit Area Dealers Association (DADA). When the show began it started with just 17 exhibitors ...

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  • Have you been nearly blinded by an oncoming vehicle recently and wondered, “Why are their headlights so bright?!” There are a couple reasons including the increase in electric powered vehicles on the road and the use of LED bulbs in ...

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  • There are few things better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day but did you know January is National Soup Month in the United States?


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  • Do you have one of these on your windshield? You may not know how dangerous driving with a damaged windshield truly is.

    The windshield of your vehicle is crucial to the structural support of the cabin. In a front end ...

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  • Whether you are new to winter driving in places like Michigan or Ohio or a long-time resident, it can be helpful to review how to drive safely during the winter months.

    Perhaps you drive at night? Well, it feels like it because most people head out into the dark when they leave work in the winter. Did you know that death rates for night time driving are three times higher than daytime driving, according to the National Safety Council

    There is always some natural risk in driving, and that increases during the dark, especially during snowy and icy road conditions. Here are some tips for driving at night and during inclement weather in the winter time.
     

    Driving in the Dark

    Remember that, even with headlights, it is extremely difficult to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and others. Use your headlights between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Don't drive if you're too tired and follow these recommended steps from the National Safety Council:

    • Use the snow brush to remove any snow that hasn't come off the windshield, hood or headlights. 
    • Don't drink and drive. Not only does alcohol severely impair your driving ability, it also acts as a depressant. Just one drink can induce fatigue. 
    • Never text and drive. Put your mobile phone in your glove box until you reach your destination or need it for an emergency. 
    • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. 
    • When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you don't distract drivers ahead of you. 
    • If an oncoming vehicle doesn't lower beams from high to low, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide. 
    • If you're too tired to drive, stop and get rest. 
    • Pull off the road as far as possible, if you have car trouble. Turn on flashers and the dome light.  Stay off the roadway and get passengers away from the area.
    Driving in Freezing Rain

    Heavy and freezing rains will cause more problems because your tires can begin to hydroplane. In this case, the key to keeping your tires in contact with the road is to simply slow down.
     
    Consider buying a dedicated set of winter / snow tires for your vehicle, since they are specially made to dig down and bite into snow and ice. Winter tires are designed to do this because they are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather and freezing conditions.

    Driving in Snow and Ice 

    An important winter driving skill to learn in snow and ice conditions is the controlled slide. If your vehicle begins to slide, take the following steps to regain control:

    • Take your foot off the gas pedal
    • If you have anti-lock (ABS) brakes, apply them firmly (Otherwise, pump them gently only if you are about to hit something)
    • Steer the car into the direction of the skid to straighten out the car (Then steer in the direction you wish to go)
    While you cannot control everything that other drivers do on the road, you can do your best to be prepared for any situation. Slow down and leave wider spaces between you and other drivers when you encounter bad winter weather and dark conditions. Read the Full Story













  • Many of us still follow the old adage that it is necessary for our car’s engine to “warm up” before driving it during the cold winter months. Of course, for some the motivation is the added benefit of getting into ...

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  • Great Lakes, No Clouds

    According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, The Great Lakes contain about 84% of North America’s surface fresh water, as well as about 21% of the world’s supply!

    Only the polar ice caps and Lake Baikal in Siberia have ...

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  • Performing routine car maintenance is a relatively simple way to correct and ensure the overall health, preservation, and value of your vehicle.  Review your vehicle's owner manual to find the maintenance recommendations that will help keep your car in top condition. 

    A trusted tire store with ASE certified professional mechanics can properly service your car on the regular schedule outlined in your car's manual. They will also help identify and fix some of the most hazardous vehicle conditions including worn tires, bad brakes, malfunctioning lights and worn wiper blades. 

    In addition to increasing the life of your vehicle, regular maintenance checks and updates to your vehicle will make it safer for you and your passengers. If your vehicle does break down while you're on the road, follow these simple rules:

    • Park your vehicle so it can be seen for a safe distance (200 feet, if possible) in each direction.
    • Move your vehicle off the road.
    • Turn on your emergency flashers. 
    To help avoid a potentially costly breakdown, here are some basic car care tips:

     




    Care For Your Tires – As a good rule of thumb, have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. This can vary depending on the amount of driving you do. Check the air pressure in your tires every other time you stop to fill up at the gas station. This simple procedure can also help your car’s fuel economy. 

    Check Your Belts And Hoses – Look for a belt or hose that has a crack or corrosion. These parts are usually made of rubber and will eventually wear out. If you’re still unsure, belts and hoses can be checked during an oil change or at your vehicle’s annual checkup.

     


    Check Your Oil
    – Engine problems can result if the level of oil in your vehicle is too high or low. Owners of both new and older vehicles can consider using synthetic motor oil to help increase the mileage between oil changes. For example, Belle Tire offers a variety of motor oil viscosities for different makes and models.


    Check Your Coolant – The ideal level of coolant should be between the low and high markings. Check your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where your coolant reservoir is. If you are checking the coolant yourself, never take the cap off if your vehicle has been recently driven.


    Learn The Dashboard Lights – Again, refer to your owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with some of your dashboard warning lights. These include: Check Engine, Service Engine, Electrical Fault, Brake Warning, ABS Brake Warning, Coolant and Oil. Ignoring these warning signs for too long could result in expensive repairs.


    Whether your car just came off the showroom floor or you drive a used vehicle, one of the best ways to extend its life is to practice regular maintenance.


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