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How to Use Your Roof Rack

Roof racks are designed to hold different types of containers and boxes to make it easier to transport more items on your vehicle when you're limited on cargo space. Knowing how to use roof racks correctly will prevent your items from falling off of the car and becoming damaged.

Tips for Loading a Rack Onto Your Roof

Begin by measuring the bag or container that you plan to transport to ensure it fits onto the rack. Use a waterproof item to ensure the contents of the bag or box remain dry while spending time on the road.  

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How Does a LATCH Evaluation Work?

Here at Mathews Acura, we want you to be well-informed about the ease of installing a child safety seat when you are choosing your next vehicle. Today, we're talking about the IIHS LATCH system evaluations.

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) evaluations inspect the child seat attachment hardware within a vehicle and how well it performs in a crash test. Even though a car seat can be properly installed with regular seat belts, the LATCH system makes correct installation easier. 

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Cleaning Your Car Quickly Makes Room for Fun On Your Day Off

Nobody wants to spend all day cleaning out their vehicle. Yes, this is an area that can get pretty messy. This is especially true if you are someone that likes to eat or drink in your vehicle. However, we're about to give you some tried and true tips that will help you make quick work out of cleaning your vehicle.

Make sure you remove all garbage that is present in the vehicle. Spot treat any stains that have formed on the seats or floors. Make sure you're using a product that is designed for your type of interior…

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Expert Tips to Help You Drive Safely in the Rain

While spring and summer showers can be refreshing, they also cause wet pavement that can pose a risk to drivers. However, you can use our expert tips to help you maintain control when the roads are wet.

It is always helpful to have your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals checked routinely. This will ensure that you are visible to other motorists in rainy weather. In addition, having the inflation and tread depth of your tires checked regularly can help your tires maintain traction on wet pavement. 

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Things to Remember During Your Next Test Drive

Taking a test drive is important during the car-buying process. They can give you so much information about how a car can perform on your daily drives, and they'll give you the opportunity to ask detailed questions about capability and interior features. At Mathews Acura, we enjoy getting our prospective customers behind the wheel.

Before you take a test drive, try to call ahead to make an appointment. This may end up saving you time at the dealership, and then you'll be able to handle things more efficiently. 

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Preventing Motion Sickness

Family road trips are a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime while also being able to see some of the many wonders across this great country of ours. Unfortunately, motion sickness can quickly turn family fun into an unpleasant experience. Luckily, there are many ways that motion sickness can be prevented. That is why we here at Mathews Acura wanted to give you a few tips of how to prevent motion sickness.

First, for more severe cases of motion sickness, there are many different medicines that can be taken to address it. One of the most…

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Android Auto Improves Safety

The Android Auto app is software that puts the driver in control. The system connects to Google Voice to let drivers use spoken commands while driving. You can connect a cellphone to Android Auto and use the phone's features. Drivers can keep eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Drivers know it is essential to give full time and attention to driving. Things can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, and drivers can be distracted by looking down to manage a phone or other controls.  

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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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