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8 Things You Need To Know About Back-Up Cameras

On the evening of October 19, 2002, pediatrician Greg Gulbransen walked out his front door to move the family's sport-utility vehicle into the driveway. Unbeknownst to him, his 2-year-old son Cameron followed. Gulbransen was backing up when he felt a small bump, discovering only after it was too late that he'd accidentally run over and killed the boy.


Back-up accidents involving a small child inadvertently hurt or killed by a family member driving away from home happen all too frequently. Driving safety advocate Janette Fennell even has a name for them: the bye-bye syndrome.


On March 31, 2014…

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Nissan Group becomes No. 1 full-line manufacturer in EPA’s annual fuel economy review

     - Nissan Group takes lead as most fuel efficient full-line automaker with largest year-over-year improvement among any automotive manufacturer


     - Lightweight engineering strategy, improved aerodynamics and efficient transmissions drive fuel economy improvements


NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? Nissan Group is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States, according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Trends" Report. Nissan?s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined1 mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the United States.


Nissan…

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When Should I Change My Oil?

An engine oil change is a relatively simple service. It?s widely touted as the single most important part of your car?s maintenance schedule. There is a good reason for this. Nothing will shorten engine life faster than missed oil changes. But how can you tell when you should change your oil?  Advances in technology and increased consumer awareness have created some confusion to how often this needs to happen.

The Easy Answer

For most of us, all we need to do is follow the manufacturer?s recommended maintenance schedule for oil change intervals. Their guidelines are designed to…
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Michigan gas prices tumble to 10-month low

Gasoline prices in Michigan tumbled to their lowest point in about 10 months, and analysts expect prices to keep falling.

The average price of an unleaded gallon of gasoline fell to $3.27, down 13 cents from a week ago, according to AAA.

In metro Detroit, it was a similar story. The average price dropped 10 cents to $3.31 per gallon.

"Decreased demand, relatively lower crude prices and the cost savings associated with producing winter-blend fuel will likely keep downward pressure on the price for retail gasoline," AAA Michigan said in a statement. "Barring any major disruptions in supply…
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Safe Bowhunting Tips

Michigan's bowhunting season opened, Oct. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are sharing tips for a safe bowhunting experience.

"Bowhunting is a popular pastime in Michigan and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season," said Sgt. Tom Wanless, supervisor of the DNR's hunter education program. "There are some common-sense safety tips every hunter should review before heading to the woods."

The top safety tips for bowhunting are:
 
- Before you go out, inspect equipment, including your tree stand. If anything is worn, frayed, cracked or peeling, replace it or get it fixed…
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Wrangler may leave frame, factory, steel behind

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News? Larry Vellequette.

The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission).

Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight and might need an aluminum unibody setup; previously, he had implied that Wrangler would be Chrysler?s first car to make extensive use of aluminum since the Plymouth Prowler, whose team was largely hired by Ford…
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Ram 1500 relying more on diesels

Dodge?s use of Cummins diesels back  in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were available.

Like the Cummins B-series engines, the VM has been both reputable and technologically advanced; and sales have exceeded expectations.

Ram announced today that 20% of its pickups would be diesel-powered by November, double its…
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Checking Tire Pressure

Picture this. It?s a brisk fall morning, and and you?ve overslept a few minutes, because let?s face it, the bed is warmer than the air outside. You rush through your morning routine. When you finally get into your car, you are greeted by an ominous warning on your dash: Low Tire Pressure. You get out and walk around the car checking your tires to see if they look low. But they look fine, so you take the risk and drive to work, wondering if you are about to experience a flat tire. Later that day, you get…
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2015 Durango additions

Refreshed  in 2014 with a standard eight-speed automatic and other improvements, the 2015 Dodge Durango has had few ?core? changes but two package changes and a new Black Forest Green Pearl paint (SXT, Limited, and Citadel only). The popular Rallye and Blacktop packages are now available across more models.




The Rallye appearance package carries over from 2014?s SXT, except that the headlamps are ow halogens with LED daytime running lights. It is now available on V6 Limited Durangos, as well as SXTs. The package includes a roof-rack delete, 20? black aluminum wheels, bright-tipped dual exhaust, and body-color grille surround…
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Autumn Driving Safety Tips


- Make adjustments for the light. Did you know that we lose a minute of daylight every day until the clocks are set back in November? Fewer hours of daylight make it more difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and children playing in the late afternoon. Also, later sunrises mean that drivers need to adjust to the brighter sun at different times of the morning. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your car to shield your vision.
   

- Avoid driving over wet leaves. Fall foliage is beautiful but once those leaves start falling and get wet from rain, they can become a…
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