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Don't Let Your Blind Spot Get the Best of You

There are things that any person can do to try to prevent traffic accidents from happening. Proper precautions are always a smart step to take because we can all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes can turn out to be quite costly.

Newer vehicles tend to include blind-spot monitors as part of their overall package. What these monitors do is scan to see if there are any vehicles in your blind spot at any given time. The monitor will go off if such a vehicle is detected. This may be indicated by a light, a sound, or some combination of…

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Differentials Help Distinguish Modern Cars From Old Designs

The invention of the vehicle differential was a miracle of modern car construction. This regulatory device is made from a collection of gears that allow an engine to torque and turn shafts at various rates. In short, a differential helps your engine do many powered jobs at once. It would be very tough to drive an antique car without a differential setup.

When a differential problem happens, it will be very noticeable during actions like steering your vehicle through turns. There might also be non-typical sounds when you start your car, when it comes to an idle, or when your…

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Off-road Hazards and Deep Water are no Match for SUVs

While vehicles such as compact cars and sedans certainly have their place, they don't usually tend to do well in adverse weather conditions. Unlike these smaller vehicles, sports utility vehicles (SUV) are well-known for taking inclement weather conditions in stride. Indeed, many mainstream SUVs offer enhanced resistance to flood waters as well as the ability to off-road with ease. Here at Subaru of Spokane, we enjoy helping people who are in the market for their next SUV make informed buying choices. 

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Keeping Headlights Bright

While you're driving during the winter months, the proper use of your headlights is crucial, especially if you know you'll be driving in snow, rain, or other hazardous conditions. Your headlights should be bright enough so that you can be seen and so that other people can see you on the road.

Before heading out on the road, you need to make sure there is nothing obstructing your headlights. Visit Subaru of Spokane to have someone check your lights to ensure that each one works as it should and that there are no issues with the wires or…

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Some Critical Ways to Protect Your Vehicle From Road Salt

Salt is poured on the roads from time to time to make sure that they are passable and safe for drivers to operate their vehicles on following a snow or ice event. We here at Subaru of Spokane want to make sure that you have a few tips for how to keep your car protected from road salt.

Take your car for a wash as soon as possible after it has gone through the road salt. You will want to get that salt off of your vehicle just as quickly as possible. You should also do everything within your power…

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How to Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists

Generally speaking, bicyclists have a right to use the road just like vehicles do. Therefore, it is incumbent upon drivers to ensure that they are taking precautions when driving in proximity to someone on a bike. Those who see someone riding a bike should slow down and provide extra space for them to do so safely.

It is never a good idea to drive while distracted. By putting down your cell phone or otherwise keeping your attention on the road, you reduce the risk of getting into an accident. If you need to pass someone on a bike, be sure…

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Don't Allow Motion Sickness to Put a Stop to Your Road Trip

Whether you are driving to visit family, or to go spend some time in a national park, road trips can really be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, for people who suffer from motion sickness, there road trips can sometimes be a bit of an ordeal.

Luckily, there are some solutions to their motion sickness woes, however. For starters, taking a motion sickness pill before the car starts moving is always a good idea. If the issues persist once the vehicle is on the road, rolling down a window to let in some fresh air is often a big help. If…

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It’s Back-to-School so Head Back to the Mechanic

Every year, it’s time for the kids to go back to school. Now that summer is over, it’s time to focus on something else that’s important: your car. You may have gone on an incredible road trip over the summer. You may have also been parking your car in the heat. You need to be sure that your car is in tip-top shape. 

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Pay Closer Attention to the Health of the Car Tires

Knowing what to look for when a tire may be close to failing can make all the difference in avoiding a tire blowout. Here are a couple things to consider with the health of your car tires.

The tire treads should not have any cracks or bulges. If they do, this could easily cause the tire to fail at high speeds. To avoid them blowing out, bring the car in for a service check so a professional can look closely at the treads. 

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Learn More About Motor Oil With These Helpful Tips

When it comes to motor oil, the myths are many and the facts are sometimes hard to discover. Below are a few things to keep in mind regarding this often-misunderstood automotive necessity.

You may have heard that motor oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, but this isn’t always the case. Depending upon the vehicle’s make and model, it may be able to safely go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes. Oil color isn’t a reliable indicator of when an oil change is due either. It’s always a good idea to replace your…

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