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Proper Brake Care

Periodically checking your brakes is a vital part of routine maintenance. 

At a minimum this should be done at least once a year – plan a brake check at the same time you get your tires rotated.

It's best to get them checked as you rotate your tires during every oil change. At the very least, you should get them looked at before going on a long trip. 

Signs of brake problems 

It is important to be alert to signs that you might be having problems with your brakes. 

Clues that something’s wrong with your brakes include:

Take Care of your Car this Winter.

Winter months can present many challenges for your vehicle. While modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, there are some basic steps every driver should take as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. 
Fluid Refill and Replacement
 
Whether you take your car in for regular maintenance or you're a do-it-yourself home mechanic, the best way to winterize your car is to start by checking your fluid levels.

Safety Reminders for Holiday Driving

California safety agencies are promoting safe driving this holiday season with tips and added enforcement during December.the California Highway Patrol has teamed up with seven other state law enforcement agencies across the nation in the fourth annual “Interstate 40 Challenge:  The Drive toward Zero Fatalities.” The enforcement campaign began Thanksgiving weekend and focuses on more than 2,500-mile stretch of Interstate 40, a stretch of raod that begins in North Carolina and ends in California.As part of the campaign, agencies are encouraged to assign officers for every 20 miles along the

National Seatbelt Campaign Focuses on Child Safety

A new national campaign aims to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries for children younger than 10.

Parents chauffeuring between events sometimes neglect to properly buckle their children, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Administration. More than half of the 1,552 children who died in traffic-related injuries during the past 5 years were not wearing seatbelts.

Tips for Safe St. Patty's Day Festivities

Perhaps no holiday is more associated with drinking than St. Patrick’s Day. Pints of Guinness flow from taps nationwide as revelers engage in pub crawls and happy hours.

The carefree nature of the holiday can lead to lapses in judgment and severe consequences. Collisions caused by drunk drivers claimed 31 lives on St. Patrick’s Day in 2013.

Government agencies and safety advocates urge everyone who plans to drink during the annual celebration to designate a sober driver.

Zero Emissions and Zero Cost: Toyota Offers One Fuel Cell Vehicle for Free

It’s hard to be a trendsetter in places like Los Angeles or San Francisco, but one lucky Californian will blaze that trail when they park a new Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) in their garage.
 
Toyota and the Environmental Media Association (EMA) are offering a historic opportunity to own the company’s first zero-emission hydrogen vehicle when it arrives in California dealerships like Maitia Toyota in late 2015. Toyota is the first major auto manufacturer to give away a fuel cell vehicle to an individual owner.