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Simple Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving

We want you to be safe when you’re out and about driving on the road, and one great way to improve your chances is to reduce distracted driving. At Mathews Acura, we can offer you some tips on how to be an alert and safe driver. How to reduce distracted driving:

  • Stay off your cell phone and other electronic devices.
  • Avoid serious discussions while driving.
  • Avoid driving when you’re tired. If you feel yourself getting tired, pull over for a bit.
  • Keep animals and children confined and in the backseat. 
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Coming Out of a Slide

While you're driving on an icy road, there is a possibility that you will start sliding. If you begin to slide in your vehicle, don't panic. You should also avoid slamming on the brakes as this can cause you to lose control of your car. Gently pump your brakes until you gain traction on the roadway.

As you're sliding, you want to turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the car is going. The car will likely turn in the opposite direction, but as long as you maintain control of the steering wheel, then you…

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Avoid Getting Your Vehicle Stolen with Preventive Tips

People assume that their vehicle won't be stolen, seeing how many manufacturers are including plenty of safety features in their vehicles these days. Unfortunately, there are still a number of ways that a thief can gain access to your vehicle. Don't wait until it's too late to pay attention to ways that you can prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

  • Pay close attention to where your vehicle is being parked. In the evening hours, your parking spot should be well-lit. During the day, your vehicle should be in a very visible space where people are constantly passing…
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A Useful Resource Explaining How to Properly Install a Child Safety Seat

Although you keep your child in a car seat for his or her protection when you are driving, it may not be installed properly. If it isn't, the chance of an injury will significantly increase if a collision does occur, which is why it it imperative to install it correctly. Read further to lean how to install a child safety seat.

Before you install a child safety seat in your car, read its manual for specific instructions about how it should be positioned in your vehicle. In addition, always put a car seat in the back of the car…

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What to do if You're in a Motor Vehicle Accident

No one plans to be in an accident, but unfortunately, sometimes motor vehicle collisions do occur. If you're in an accident, try to remember to stay calm. There are a few important things you need to do after the accident occurs.

Make sure you take pictures of the accident. Take as many photos as possible. Your insurance company may want these. If there is a question about which vehicle is at fault for the accident, pictures will help prove your innocence. It's also vital that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Let them know what…

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Important Safety Tips for a Roadside Emergency

A breakdown can occur anywhere. It can be a scary experience. You should always be prepared for a roadside emergency.

Stay away from traffic. Move your vehicle to an emergency lane or a patch of grass. If a tire is damaged, you can drive on the rim until you are in a safe area. Flares can confuse other drivers if they are too close to your car. Always place emergency signals a few feet away from your vehicle. Keep jumper cables and an emergency kit in your vehicle. You should also keep bottles of water in your car. 

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Making Sure That Everyone Makes it To Your Tailgating Event

In a tailgating event, it can be easy for someone in the group to get lost. Therefore, something has to be thought about in the case this happens. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that one can make sure that everyone makes it to the tailgating party.

One thing you can do is fill up some helium balloons so that anyone that may have a hard time finding you can actually catch up with you. However, it is important to make sure that you have made it clear to people the type of balloons you are going to inflate so…

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Know Your Basic Acura Maintenance

Getting a car can be fun, exciting, and a symbol for change. However, it is incredibly important to know how to properly care for your car so your car will stay functional for the long haul, and so that you will be able to catch when something is wrong sooner.

For starters, make sure you complete routine tire rotations and oil changes. Brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid need to be checked frequently. If necessary, make sure you top them off as well. Invest in wiper blades if you haven't changed them in a while if they have already…

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How to Prepare for a Summer Road Trip

We here at Mathews Acura believe that everybody should get the opportunity to take their car on a summer road trip, because it is an experience that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. In order to help you achieve this goal, here are some tips that you will hopefully find useful in planning and organizing a spectacular summer road trip.

Make sure to create a budget, you don't want to find out halfway through your trip that you are out of funds. Figure out the expenses that you are expecting, and then make sure you have enough resources to leave…

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Keep the Roads Safe and Avoid Distraction

Distracted driving is a roadway menace across the country, as more and more car crashes are caused by the phenomenon. With the rise of the smartphone and other technologies, it's harder than ever to stay focused behind the wheel. We know that you care about safety, and keeping a few tips in mind can help you avoid dangerous distractions.

If it's your phone that poses the greatest risk of distraction, preparing yourself can help. Putting your phone in an inaccessible place can help to remove the temptation posed by the device. 

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