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October is Fall Car Care Month: 10 Steps to Keep Your Car Up and Running

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures during Fall Car Care Month in October to keep your vehicle operating at its best.

1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
2. Check the hoses and belts to make…
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State lawmakers consider 80 MPH speed limit

Can't drive 55? How does 80 sound? There's a new proposal in Lansing to raise the speed limit to 80 miles per hour on rural freeways.

State Representative Brad Jacobsen from Oakland County says most people are driving somewhere between 74 and 80 miles, anyway. He says if the road is straight and wide open, why not go 80 miles per hour?

The Michigan National Motorists Association says by raising speed limits, you…
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State parks wrap up camping season with harvest festivals

Family-friendly events feature fall-themed activities liketrick-or-treating and hay rides

Each year in the fall,Michigan state parks close out the busy summer camping season with a familyfavorite: harvest festivals. These events, offered this year at many locationsstatewide, are a great way to welcome autumn and feature activities such aspumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and more. Each park putsits own personal spin on the celebration, so no two events are exactly thesame.

Below is a list of upcomingharvest festival dates and locations. Asterisks (*) denote events for thosewith camping reservations.

Thursday, Oct. 1 –Sunday, Oct. 4
• *Bay City State RecreationArea (Bay County…
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10 Tips For Group Motorcycle Riding

For motorcycle riders, there's nothing sweeter than hitting the open road with a group of your friends. No one knows that better than GEICO Motorcycle, host of the Hot Bike Tour (September 9 to 13, 2015), a 1,000-mile group ride from Iowa to Montana.

But group trips can be chaotic, so having some guidelines to follow is important.
"Riding in a group is fun," says Corey Eastman of Bonnier Motorcycle Group, one of the organizers of the Hot Bike Tour. "But you should observe a few general rules to ensure that all riders are safe and stay within…
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Chrysler celebrates nine decades of driving innovation

It has been nine decades since Walter P. Chrysler founded the car company that bears his name, and today, as it was in the beginning, Chrysler is on the forefront of design and innovation.

By being a leader in these areas, Chrysler has made cutting edge vehicles that are both stylish and fun to drive for customers.

These traits of innovation and cutting edge design at an affordable price can be found today in the…
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The history of Dodge

The Dodge brothers initially worked with Ransom E. Olds and Henry P. Ford, using their skills to advance the fledgling industry as well as to hone their craft. The money the brothers earned working for Ford enabled them to set out on their own, launching the company that bore their name in 1914.

The first Dodges cost nearly twice as much as the popular Ford Model T, but were innovative and outfitted with 12-volt electrical systems and the first all-steel bodies. Dodges were also equipped with an electrical starter, which made it far easier and safer to engage the ignition…
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Fall Car Care Month Checklist: Winter is on the Way

October is Fall Car Care Month, and the Car Care Council reminds motorists that checking their vehicles before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold and the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.
“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather. Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Whether you perform the check or maintenance yourself or go to the repair shop, it’s a small investment of time and money…
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Halloween Ghosts and Goodies at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

Join us for several days of silly Halloween fun when the Village is filled with friendly witches, happy ghosts and some of your favorite spooky friends.  Find your way through an amusing straw maze and an enchanted forest where trees have eyes.  Watch an old-fashioned magic show and take a 40-minute ride on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express! There are trick-or-treat stations throughout the Village with plenty of doughnuts and candy for everyone!
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad 

Hours & Rates  
Dates:          Open October 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 and 28-31
Hours:             Weekdays: 5:00 to…
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Car Care with Kids

New drivers love their cars, but they typically don't realize what it takes to maintain them. The Car Care Council recommends having fun teaching children about the importance of car care long before they can drive so they know how routine maintenance impacts the safety and dependability of their vehicle.

"Many children love learning how cars operate, however, they don't really understand the nuts and bolts of what it takes to properly maintain a car," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "By taking the time to teach your children the basics of car care, they will…
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Back to school: Make sure your kids have medical identification and emergency contacts

New lunchbox. Check. Notebooks. Check. Pencils. Check. Emergency phone numbers. Check?

Parents and caregivers may have a checklist this week to help them ensure their child is ready to go back to school.  However, many probably haven’t thought to add ‘preparing their child for what to do in the event of a medical emergency’ to their list.

Heading back to school means children (especially young adults) have more freedom and independence. That also means mom or dad isn’t right by his/her child’s side every minute of the day, especially when he/she gets hurt on the…
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