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Distracted driving laws quickly changing use of smartphones while driving
(ARA) - Distracted driving is receiving lots of attention - in the media and in the legislature. One cause of distracted driving is use of electronic devices, and since January, new federal regulations prevent commercial drivers from holding mobile phones while driving. In many states and communities, local laws extend this restriction of talking or texting on mobile phones to include private citizens. Thirty-five states have banned texting while driving, and about a third of those also require phone usage to be hands-free. These laws are coming to light for good reason. More than 18 percent of fatalities in distraction-related crashes involved a mobile phone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And two-thirds of Americans report they support restricting the use of hand-held mobile phones will driving, according to a survey by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For businessmen and women, smartphones are a lifeline to getting business done - while on the road. The smartphone has become their entire office - handling phone calls, emails and viewing documents. Due to quickly advancing technology, ride and keep your eyes on the road. If you’re always on the go - whether it’s on the road or moving from one meeting to another - the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD offers maximum performance with crystal clear audio quality and extended battery life. The over-the-ear design is perfect for all-day wear so you can spend your day on the road without missing any of your work. Legislation is getting tougher on mobile phone use, and the penalties are pretty steep. For example, the federal law preventing commercial drivers from holding mobile phones can result in a $2,750 fine, along with the risk of license revocation. Various states have various laws restricting mobile phone use. Since last July, New York - which restricts drivers from texting and driving - has issued 119,000 tickets to texting drivers. April is Distracted Driving Month, making this a good time to review how handsfree devices on your mobile phone can help you stay more focused on the road in front of you. Visit the Plantronics blog at blogcentral.plantronics.com/distracted-driving to learn more about how laws are changing to reduce distracted driving events and keep roadways safer.
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Demystifying the oil change interval
(ARA) - For years, 3,000 miles was touted as the optimum interval for changing your motor oil and filter. It’s also an oil change interval that continues to be encouraged by the automotive oil change industry. Recently, automobile, oil filter and lubricant manufacturers have been educating consumers that oil drain intervals can be safely extended, saving you time, money and reducing the impact on the environment. Breakthroughs in lubrication and filtration technology are two reasons why oil change intervals can be extended. Numerous factors come in to play when determining the oil change interval you should follow, including: whether your car is under warranty, the car’s condition, wear and tear you put on your vehicle and your oil and filter selection. Every automobile manufacturer establishes a recommended oil change interval for each model they manufacture. Oil change intervals are now typically 5,000 to 7,500 miles for many new cars. You should follow your car manufacturer’s recommendations on oil and filter change intervals while the car is under warranty. If your car is no longer under warranty, you can extend your oil change and filter intervals by upgrading to a high quality synthetic motor oil and high performance oil filter. This will reduce the number of oil changes, saving you time and money, and reducing the
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amount of oil purchased and disposed. There are a number of premium synthetic motor oils available to choose from. High performance synthetic motor oils such as Royal Purple typically have much greater oxidation stability than conventional mineral-based motor oils. Most lubricant manufacturers will offer a recommended number of miles you can drive between oil changes under normal conditions. If you elect to upgrade your motor oil, you should also upgrade your oil filter. Inexpensive filters are typically made with the 3,000mile interval in mind. These filters often use low-quality paper media for filtration and they deteriorate rapidly after 3,000 miles. There are a number of new high performance premium oil filters on the market from manufacturers such as Royal Purple, Wix and K&N. These filters are made for extended oil drain intervals. For example, Royal Purple uses a proprietary long-life, micro-glass media that provides protection for up to 12,000 miles. It also provides an increased level of protection due to the density of the filtration. Don’t get hung up on oil change myths. Upgrade to a premium synthetic motor oil and take advantage of the benefits: better wear protection for your vehicle’s engine, extended oil change intervals resulting in money savings and a reduced impact on the environment.
How to keep your car running for years longer than most
(ARA) - If you’ve been in an auto dealer’s showroom recently, you won’t be surprised to learn that the average price of a new car is approaching $30,000. While there’s no getting around the price you have to pay for a new automobile, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you won’t have to make the same investment again anytime soon. By doing the little things to maintain your car on a day-to-day basis, you can do everything in your power to make your car last long past the day you make your final payment on that car loan. “Time and miles are the two forces fighting to destroy every car,” says Tom Taylor, engineer and vice president of RockAuto. com. “Giving the car an occasional wash and wax is nice but really not as important as regular maintenance. Driving and maintaining your car as if it needs to last for at least 200,000 miles or 20 years is a smart way to preserve the value of an expensive asset.” Storage If you have a garage, make it your car’s permanent home. Reserving a garage space for your car instead of household items that could be stored elsewhere will help you avoid the accelerated wear and tear caused by prolonged exposure to the elements. If you store your car in a partially protected carport or use a car cover, regularly inspect underneath your hood for signs of vermin. “I recently needed to replace a fuel injector connector that a rat gnawed off our 20-year-old family van after it was left unattended in a carport for just a few days,” says Taylor. “Rats and mice like a nice warm engine bay and they chew constantly to wear down their ever-growing teeth.” Scheduled maintenance Your car’s maintenance, engine oil, radiator antifreeze and other components might differ significantly from your last car. Following the maintenance schedule laid out in your owner’s manual is important to protect your vehicle. The photos in the RockAuto. com online auto parts catalog can help you become familiar with the maintenance parts for your specific car. Making sure items like filters, struts and brake pads are replaced when needed will help protect other components, saving you money and unnecessary wear. Drive smart Occasionally kicking up your heels is fine, but consistently accelerating too fast can put unnecessary strain on your engine and other moving parts. Stopping or cornering too quickly can prematurely wear out your brakes and suspension. If you’re starting your car in the cold, take it easy at first - letting your car idle won’t help protect your car, but driving a little more methodically than usual while your car warms
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Price versus value: When is it worth the upgrade?
(ARA) - In today’s economy, people want to know how they can keep their vehicles on the road for longer periods of time. Frequent maintenance will keep your car in good health, ensuring you get the most out of all those expensive-to-replace parts, according to the Car Care Council. When does it make sense to upgrade to a premium automotive product? That’s a question that stumps a lot of people when confronted with the wide range of prices for seemingly comparable products. Here are a few tips on common automotive product categories to help you make informed decisions. Gasoline: Engines are designed to use a particular grade/octane of gasoline. While some auto manufacturers specify using a high-octane gasoline, some consumers purchase the higher octane gasoline based on the assumption that it’s better for the car. However, there is no benefit in using a higher octane than recommended by the manufacturer. In fact, if you paid 40 cents a gallon extra to purchase super premium gas as opposed to regular, that would cost you an additional $320 a year (assuming 12,000 miles driven and 15 miles per gallon). The bottom line: Don’t use a higher octane rating than recommended by the car’s manufacturer. Motor oil: Lubrication technology has seen significant improvements over the years. The longer oil life of high-performance synthetic motor oil allows for extended oil drains, saving time and money, and reducing the impact on the environment. Additionally, some high-performance synthetic oils such as Royal Purple have been reported to improve mileage as much as 3 percent or more. Three percent may not seem like a substantial amount, but it can result in hundreds of dollars in savings over the course of a year. The bottom line: Upgrade to a highperformance synthetic motor oil for extended oil drains and improved fuel economy. Wiper blades: Where you live is the critical factor in determining the value of upgrading to a premium wiper. There is a noticeable performance difference in low-cost wiper blades versus those specifically designed for rainy and snowy climates. Premium wiper blades are considerably sturdier and more durable than low priced blades. The bottom line: Rainy and snowy climates justify spending a few dollars more for premium wiper blades. Oil filters: Inexpensive filters are typically made with the 3,000 mile interval in mind. These filters often use low-quality paper media for filtration and deteriorate rapidly after 3,000 miles. The new generation of high-performance premium oil filters from manufacturers such as K&N, Royal Purple and others allow for extended oil drain intervals. For example, Royal Purple uses a proprietary long-life, micro-glass media that provides protection for 12,000 miles. It also provides an increased level of protection due to the density of the filtration. You can find out more at www.royalpurple.com. The bottom line: Upgrade to a premium oil filter if you plan to extend oil drain intervals or if you operate your vehicle in
up will. Drive less You don’t need to cut out the annual family road trip - highway miles are among the easiest miles you can put on your car. But eliminating unnecessary trips in everyday life can have noticeable results since the starting and stopping associated with short trips can be tough on your car. Take care of all your errands in one trip, walk with your kids to school if it’s close to home or ride the bus to and from work. If you can cut down on driving by 5 miles per day for 10 years, you’ll save 18,000 miles of driving. Taylor estimates that those miles are worth $4,000 in parts, depreciation and gas. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also put less stress on your vehicle, which should extend its lifespan. When shopping for a new car, you might be able to save hundreds of dollars by comparison shopping and finding the best price. But good maintenance and driving practices can save you thousands if it means you won’t have to buy another car for 20 years.
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Adapt your vehicle and driving habits to combat rising gas prices
(ARA) - Just as Americans are gearing up for warm-weather road trips and family vacations, prices at the gas pump are rising. For most people, driving is essential for getting to work, taking kids to school and going out to have some fun, so filling up the tank is a non-negotiable expense. However, costs add up quickly as fuel prices climb higher, taking up more of your budget. If you want to keep your plans in place and your spending on track, it’s important to be smart about fuel consumption. Not everyone can afford to buy a new, ultra-fuelefficient car, so making adjustments to your existing vehicle - and your driving habits can help you stretch the dollars you spend at the pump. * Drive mindfully: If you’re used to speeding up fast and braking at the last moment, you need to reconsider how you’re operating your vehicle - those habits can drain your gas tank and send you back to the pump more often. Instead, make a conscious effort to accelerate and slow down gradually and use cruise control to maintain a constant speed, all of which will help to use fuel more efficiently. When possible, avoid idling and make plans for running errands, to cut down on the number of trips you take. * Reduce drag: If you drive a truck, smoothing out the aerodynamics of your truck with a truck bed cover or a tonneau cover can make a big difference in fuel consumption. Covers like the Access Roll-Up Cover, manufactured by Agri-Cover Inc., a North Dakota truck accessory company, are a simple solution that will give you immediate gas mileage improvement. The roll-up cover is lockable, so it protects your gear and improves the look of your vehicle in addition to reducing drag and bringing down your gas costs. Covers can be added easily with clamp-on installation and can be rolled up behind the cab when not in use. For more information on the Access RollUp Cover and to find out Looking for ways to save money at the pump? A truck bed how much gas money you could save, visit www.ac- cover can reduce drag and cut fuel consumption. cesscover.com. moving parts in the engine. If it’s not clean, * Choose wisely: You’re typically given three options at the or if levels are low, your vehicle won’t be pump, with a trio of gasolines with different performing as efficiently as possible. Equally octane levels - and different prices. One of important to getting good mileage is the air the simplest ways to cut costs is to opt for the pressure in your tires, which should be at the lowest octane fuel that you can use in your manufacturer’s recommended levels (often vehicle. Making this change can save you listed on the driver’s side door frame). Proper hundreds of dollars per year, without sacri- inflation can improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. A check of the air, oil and fuel ficing performance or gas mileage. * Give your vehicle a check-up: Mainte- filters should also be included in a check-up. Making adjustments to your vehicle and nance and mileage can go hand in hand, so it’s important to make sure that your car is in the way you drive can be the best way to save shape for saving fuel. Check and change your yourself from going over budget on gasoline. oil regularly - it’s an essential component in Start with these tips and you’ll be able to enreducing wear caused by friction between joy the season the way you want to.
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Buying a car? Avoid these wrong turns
(ARA) - Buying a car is like an epic adventure. There are heroes (you), sidekicks (your wingmen who accompany you to the dealership), foes (the sales manager who just won’t give up on the undercarriage rust-proofing) and even a prize at the end (your shiny new vehicle). And like any journey, buying a car can be fraught with perils and wrong turns. Fortunately, a few simple steps can help ensure your car buying experience is a great adventure that doesn’t turn into a detour to financial disaster. Here are some common wrong turns and how to avoid them: 1. Failing to check your credit before going to the dealership. Unless you’re paying cash - something many people cannot afford to do - you’ll be financing your vehicle purchase. You need to know what’s on your credit report and how strong your credit score is before you apply for financing. This will give you an idea of what loan terms you might qualify for. Websites like www.creditreport.com can help you understand your credit. A membership to CreditReport.com includes daily monitoring of your credit report to help you manage your credit, know your score, and catch potential fraud quickly. 2. Not having financing lined up before you shop. Once you have a handle on your credit, it’s important to explore your financing options before you ever set foot on a car lot. Yes, virtually every dealer can help you with financing, but there’s no guarantee they will be able to offer you the best terms. You may be able to qualify for a lower interest rate through your bank. Having checked a couple financing options before you shop ensures you know exactly how much you can spend, and gives you more bargaining power at the dealership. 3. Not knowing what the actual price of the car should be. There’s the price the dealer puts on the car - the sticker price - and then there’s the price you should actually pay. Most automotive experts agree, you should start your negotiations based on the invoice price, which is what the dealer paid for the vehicle, and pay only a few percentage points over that price. Fortunately, online resources like Edmunds. com and KBB.com can help provide an idea of what you can expect to pay for any vehicle you’re thinking of purchasing. 4. Looking at the monthly payment, rather than the actual price. When you’re car shopping, it’s easy to take the wrong turn and focus on how the monthly payment fits into your budget. But that doesn’t give you an accurate picture of the true price of the car you’re financing. You may think you’re getting a good deal on the sale price, but if you’re paying thousands in interest over the life of the loan, that deal may not be as good as you think. For example, if you finance a $25,000 vehicle with no money down and no trade at 7.5 percent interest over six years, you’ll pay nearly $6,200 in interest, according to onlinecalculator.org. That means you haven’t bought a $25,000 car, you’ve bought one that actually costs you more than $31,500. 5. Buying costly add-ons or features that you don’t need. Remember the sales manager who just won’t take “no” for an answer when it comes to the rust-proofing? Add-ons - services or products that the dealership tries to sell you after you’ve chosen your vehicle - are a significant revenue stream for car sellers. Often, however, the items are ones you really don’t need. For example, if you’re buying a new car, do you really need the extended warranty plan? In most cases, the manufacturer’s warranty should be sufficient. Be sure to read all the fine print on your sales contract before signing anything. If the dealer has included add-ons you don’t want or need, ask to have them - and their costs - removed. If the dealer balks, threaten to walk; there are just too many car dealers out there to settle for less than the best deal possible.
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Covered Bridge Scenic Byway
General description: A 44-mile highway that winds through scenic hills and past numerous covered bridges. Location: Southeast Ohio on the Wayne National Forest. The byway travels Ohio Route 26 between Woodsfield and Marietta. Byway route number: Ohio Route 26. Travel season: Year-round. Special attractions: Little Muskingum River, historic tours, Marietta riverfront and attractions, covered bridges, autumn foliage, wildflowers, wildlife. Camping: Five national forest campgrounds, with picnic tables, fire grates, and toilets. Services: All traveler services in Marietta and Woodsfield. Limited services available at various communities along the byway. Nearby attractions: Ohio River, Ohio River Museum, Campus Maritius Museum, mound cemetery, Middleton Doll Company tours, Blennerhassett Island. The drive: Covered Bridge Scenic Byway winds through the hilly, picturesque region of southeastern Ohio. The narrow two-lane road has a few pullouts, and traffic moves about 35 to 45 miles per hour along the twisting route. Traffic is generally light. Summertime temperatures reach a humid 90 degrees, with thunderstorms and occasional flash flooding along the river. Fall and spring temperatures range from about the 30s to the 60s. Spring tends to be wet, and autumn is mostly sunny. Winter days reach the 40s and 50s and nighttime temperatures are below 30 degrees. The byway is scenic driven in either direction. When driving south to north, begin in Marietta -- the first non-native settlement in the Northwest Territory. Marietta was established in 1788 and has retained a rich historical flavor. Riverboat trade was a major part of Marietta’s economy, and today you can tour the maritime museum to revisit the past. An attractive riverfront has a walking mall, red brick streets, shops, paddle wheel boat, and restaurants. The town cemetery is located around two large Indian burial mounds. There are several historic tours around Marietta, including trolley car tours through town. During the summer months a ferry shuttles people to Blennerhassett Island in the Ohio River. The mansion built here in the 1700s has been restored, and there are tours, buggy rides, picnicking, and shopping opportunities on the island. Other area tours include the Fenton Glass Factory and Rossi Pasta factory; historic Parkersburg, West Virginia; and the Middleton Doll Factory at nearby Belpre. The doll factory produces porcelain dolls. The factory itself looks like a giant dollhouse and is especially beautiful when lit with Christmas lights. The byway follows Ohio Route 26 along the Little Muskingum River. This river corridor winds through some of the most picturesque rural farmland in the Midwest. Small farms and crossroad communities are interspersed with forested land. Weathered barns painted as Mail Pouch Tobacco billboards are found here, and covered bridges, over a century old, are still in use. There are a variety of recreation opportunities along the scenic byway. Canoeing is excellent from fall through spring, and there are some nice swimming holes. The river appears muddy, and in fact, the Indian word “Muskingum” translates to mean muddy river. Fifty-two species of fish inhabit the river, including the native stream muskellunge and endangered Ohio brook lamprey. Anglers fish for smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth bass; crappie; sauger; bluegill; and catfish, among others. Chiggers, ticks, and poison ivy can be a nuisance to the unwary. The byway winds through a region of farms and rolling hills, and you’ll travel either along the river valley or up to ridgetops for extended views. American beech; sugar maple; black, white, and swamp oak; and shagbark and pignut hickory vegetate the steep slopes. Dogwood and redbud blossoms brighten the forest understory each spring. The first covered bridge along this byway appears near the community of Hills. Nearby, Lane Farm is a small recreation area in the trees that provides opportunities to picnic, fish, and camp. There are three campsites available. Walk across the covered bridge to hike a portion of the North Country Trail. This moderate trail winds east and north from here as far as Woodsfield. The North Country Trail is a National Scenic Trail that will eventually wind through the country, linking New York and North Dakota. Hikers are likely to see beavers, whitetailed deer, and turkeys. Other forest inhabitants include rabbits, squirrels, muskrats, red and gray foxes, minks, racoons, skunks, and opossums. The endangered river otter and bobcat also reside in this region. Bird watchers can look for endangered king rails, as well as great blue herons, Canada geese, bluebirds, warblers, vireos, and red-tailed and sharp-shinned hawks. The byway leaves the river near Moss Run, and climbs up to a good view of the ridges and drainages lying to the east and south. Continue north on the highway, and take a side trip east from Dart. Park at the North Country Trailhead and hike south about 1 mile to Archers Fork, to see a natural stone bridge. There are many scenic rock outcrops and rock formations in the area, but the most impressive is the massive rock bridge that you can actually walk across. This is a region rich in oil and gas, with some of the oldest wells in the country. Occasionally you may see cables crossing the road, from antiquated wells connected to a pump house down by the river. If the flags are moving, the oil well is pumping. Most of the wells, however, are well hidden by vegetation. Back on the byway, travel north past Steel Run to the Hune Bridge Recreation Area. You can drive right over this picturesque covered bridge into the camping and picnic area. There are two campsites and good access for launching a canoe on the Little Muskingum River. You can hike another portion of the North Country Trail,
called the Covered Bridge Trail here, which runs from Hune north 4.5 miles to the Rinard Covered Bridge just past Wingett Run. Another recreation area at Rinard Mills, called Haught Run, provides three campsites and good river access. The byway continues north, through pastoral, rural countryside. The Knowlton Covered Bridge is near Cline, and a small county park provides picnic facilities. A side trip east from Cline leads about 3 miles to Ring Mill, a historic mill site. En route, the road goes right between a house and barn, so watch for chickens and cows on the road. Ring Mill is the northernmost launch point for canoeing the Little Muskingum River. There are three campsites and a picnic area. An interpretive sign explains about the Walter Ring House, which housed four generations of millers from 1846 until 1921. Continuing north on the byway, the Lamping Homestead has picnic sites and a 5-mile loop trail. This tranquil site includes a 5-acre pond stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish. The byway leaves the river and follows smaller streams, climbs ridges to expansive vistas, then drops back into the valley to end at Woodsfield. This small community has a quaint rural atmosphere and some antique shops.
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On the road again
Ready your car for spring and summer travel
(MS) -- The return of warm weather marks the return of road trips for millions of motorists across the country. Whether going to the beach or heading off to parts unknown, hitting the open road with the windows down is a time-honored tradition for drivers of all ages. But such road trips can prove disastrous if drivers don’t take the right steps to prepare their vehicles for spring and summer travel. The following are a few ways motorists can ensure their car is ready to tackle the open road. * Tighten things up. Loose parts, such as exhaust clamps, license plates, and interior trim panels, can create rattles and cause parts to get damaged or fall off. What’s more, rattling sounds can be a noisy nuisance for drivers and passengers alike. Permatex Threadlockers can be used to keep the nuts and bolts from coming loose and save parts replacement costs. They also have a threadlocker for plastic fasteners, which vehicle manufacturers have grown to rely on more and more. * Wash your car. A newly washed car not only looks good, but it’s often much safer as well. Take your car to a car wash a few days before the trip and have the vehicle thoroughly cleaned. A thorough cleaning will remove dirt and grime from the vehicle’s undercarriage, not to mention unsightly bird droppings and water spots or salt stains leftover from winter. * Fix foggy headlight lenses. Many spring and summer road trippers travel at night so their days can be spent soaking up some sun at the beach or lake. Before heading off for parts unknown, motorists should inspect their headlight lenses to reduce risk of accident. If the lenses are yellowed and foggy, that’s likely because salt, ozone and road debris has dulled them to a point where vision can be impaired, placing drivers and their passengers at risk. But foggy lenses don’t mandate an expensive headlight replacement. In fact, The Permatex Lens Renew Kit makes it easy to clean up and polish dull headlight lenses and restore them to like new condition, improving your car’s lighting and driver visibility. * Check the battery. Over time, battery terminals and cables will start to corrode. Such corrosion will eventually eat away at the battery’s parts, creating a bad connection that sooner or later will require the battery be replaced. Check the battery before your trip and remember to clean the battery periodically as part of routine vehicle maintenance. * Address windshield nicks and bullseyes. Nicks and chips in the windshields are a common problem regardless of the season. But such damage is most prevalent in the winter because of the extra debris that’s on the road. These nicks and cracks need to get fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading and resulting in the need for a windshield replacement. Oftentimes, motorists can address nicks and bullseyes in their own driveways in a matter of minutes. For example, the Permatex Bullseye Windshield Repair kit is tailor made for doit-yourselfers, requiring no heating or mixing while ensuring each repair is virtually undetectable. More information on easy repairs that you can do yourself can be found at www. permatex.com.
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(MS) -- As the motor vehicle industry continues to evolve, the emphasis drivers and manufacturers place on safety continues to increase. But even though technological advancements have vastly improved driver safety, accidents still happen. One of the more concerning trends with regards to traffic accidents is when they occur. In spite of the fact that there are five times as many motorists during the day, statistics indicate that one-third of all accidents and roughly half of all traffic fatalities occur at night. Though that might seem counterintuitive, this peculiarity can largely be traced to a driver’s visual acuity, which is reduced by 70 percent at night. Simply put, the human eye is not adapted for nocturnal vision, so drivers must take steps to improve their vision and visibility within their vehicle. The following are just a few of the ways drivers can do just that. * Replace headlight bulbs every two years. Addressing automobile lighting is one of the most underperformed vehicle maintenance tasks. In fact, many drivers do not even consider replacing their headlight bulb until it fails. But as a bulb ages, its light output is drastically reduced by a host of factors, including humidity, electrical resistance and filament fatigue. Industry experts recommend replacing headlight bulbs every two years, and motorists should add bulb inspection and/or replacement to their list of routine maintenance tasks. * Upgrade your headlight bulbs. Perhaps the best way drivers can improve nocturnal vision is to upgrade their headlight bulbs. Philips, a leading innovator of automotive lighting, makes a series of upgrade headlight bulbs that put out more light and create longer beam patterns than the standard halogen bulb found on many of today’s vehicles. Philips even produces a special headlight bulb for motorcycles that not only improves vision but creates a unique orange reflection that helps distinguish the motorcycle from other vehicles on the road. * Inspect and replace wiper blades when necessary. Similar to headlight bulbs, wiper blades are often overlooked when it comes to vehicle maintenance. But many motorists would be shocked to discover that industry experts recommend wiper blades be replaced at the change of each season or on three month intervals. That’s because the longer a wiper blade is on the vehicle, the more brittle and ineffective it becomes, putting drivers and passengers at risk. Drivers can also purchase inexpensive treatments designed to make the rubber more pliable and extend the life of the wipers. In addition, when inspecting or replacing wiper blades, top off the windshield washer fluid as a precautionary measure. * Install daytime running lights, or DRLs. While many drivers will admit to having trouble driving at night, just as many, if not more, might also concede they struggle with visibility at dusk or even during the day. But DRLs operate whenever the vehicle is moving, helping to increase visibility during the day and at dusk. While most DRLs are based off the car’s headlights, causing the headlights to wear down over time, the new LED DayLight DRLs from Philips operate on their own and use high powered LEDs which draw less power from the vehicle. These LEDs are incredibly bright for maximum visibility in daylight and have a much longer life expectancy than headlight bulbs. * Clean interior glass and mirrors. Another way to improve visibility is to clean interior glass to remove any film buildup that can reduce vision and create a hazy reflection from the sun. This is especially important for motorists who smoke in the car, as this film is typically thicker. When addressing interior glass, take the time to adjust all side and rearview mirrors properly to cover all of the views around the car, especially the blind spots. More information about Philips Upgrade Headlight Bulbs is available at: www. philips.com/automotive. For Philips LED DayLight Daytime Running Lights go to: www.daylight-led.com.
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