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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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Handling Unpleasant Vehicle Odors

Many have experience opening a vehicle door only to encounter a strong whiff of cigarette, old food, vomit or other nasty odors. There are a number of ways to handle the problem. First, toss out any trash that might be the culprit. When a spill occurs, soak the liquid as soon as possible to prevent it from being absorbed by the upholstery.

If the upholstery or floor carpet has already fallen prey, remove the mats and shampoo the fabric using warm water and mild household detergent. If needed, carpet, leather and vinyl cleaners are available where automotive products are sold…

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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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Appropriate Wiper Blade Usage Can Save the Day

At Mathews Acura, we like to help our customers and others out by pointing out little-known but critical safety issues. One such issue that affects drivers in colder climates is poor visibility. While poor visibility can be an issue, individuals who make use of proper wiper and blade technology can greatly mitigate this potential risk.

Most wiper blades come in a few basic varieties, and these include winter and summer wiper blades. Summer wiper blades are light in construction and contain many exposed moving parts.  

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Oversteering vs. Understeering: Opposite and Serious Car Problems

Problems with a car's performance aren't limited to pick up or stalling matters. Steering problems can create serious issues for a driver concerned about safety. Oversteering and understeering represent two opposite troubles drivers don't like to experience.

With understeering, the car won't turn as much as the driver wishes. An oversteering issue, not surprisingly, refers to the vehicles steering more than the driver wants. The problems may sound minor, but they aren't. An inability to control a vehicle's steering could lead to an accident. 

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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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What Happens When You Don't Change Your Timing Belt?

As useful as timing belts have proven to be, you have to check it and change it on a regular basis because a catastrophe could happen in your vehicle if you fail to change the belt. The following is one of the things that are very likely to happen once the timing belt snaps.

When the timing belt finally breaks, one thing that will happen is that your vehicle will come to a complete stop. The pistons of the vehicle are going to be broken and useless. It will cost thousands of dollars to get those repaired. In some cases…

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The Importance of Your Vehicle's Differential

Here at Mathews Acura, we strive to help our consumers keep their vehicles in excellent shape. One important component that helps your vehicle run smoothly is its differential.

A differential is the gearbox that is found between the drive wheels of your vehicle. Vehicles that have four-wheel drive typically have front and rear differentials. A differential works with the transmission to move power from the engine to the axle that turns the wheels. 

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What Does a Vehicle Alternator Do?

The alternator is the driving force behind the electronics in your vehicle. Your battery, lights, instruments, gauges and other electronics require a working alternator to run correctly. When your vehicle does not start or seems to have a problem maintaining power, it can be either a battery or an alternator issue.

When the alternator is failing, newer vehicles may have an indicator light in the instrument panel that signifies trouble with the alternator. Dim lights and gauges that don't work can be indications that the alternator is on the blitz.  

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