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Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.... More >>


School zone safety in the age of distractions
(BPT) - Every school year, busy parents tack on more daily chores to their to-do lists. In addition to packing lunches and getting kids dressed, they also have to make sure last night’s homework was completed. For many families, the morning routine also means getting everyone in the car and o... More >>


Negligence is the rust of the soul ... and the car
(BPT) - Whether it’s the anxiety of looking at a bank statement after a big purchase or waiting for news from a doctor, facing harsh realities can be nerve-racking. The same mentality applies when dealing with your car discrepancies, be it routine maintenance or even skirmishes with other dri... More >>


New research finds 40 percent of teens say they've been hit or nearly hit while walking
(BPT) - Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with teens on the go. However, new research examines how cell phones and other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, leading to greater risk on the roads, particularly when walking.“Teens on the Move,” a rep... More >>


Are your car seat fears founded?
(BPT) - Driving your newborn home from the hospital is when you know your life has changed. Car safety before kids is relatively simple, but after your first child is born, it becomes more complicated, especially when it comes to proper car seat installation.More than 50 percent of new fathers and ... More >>


How a tape measure and scale can save your child's life
(BPT) - Babies are measured and weighed frequently in the first few years of life so parents and pediatricians can be sure they are getting a healthy start. But as kids get older, many parents don’t know exactly how tall or heavy their children are. Knowing your child’s height and weigh... More >>


Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a... More >>


Best way to handle aggressive drivers? Model better behavior
(BPT) - Aggressive drivers speed, drive too fast or carelessly, change lanes without warning, cut off other vehicles, tailgate and pass in ways that endanger others. Aggressive driving likely causes “a substantial number” of the 6.8 million crashes that occur every year on American high... More >>


Ever wondered how a fuel cell vehicle works? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fuel cell vehicles are powered by amazing technology. They generate electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process within a fuel cell stack. These vehicles combine the best attributes of gasoline and battery-powered cars, resulting in a clean, long range vehicle with fast refu... More >>


Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
(BPT) - New research on driver’s education and training shows a gap in teen drivers’ knowledge – one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.That knowledge gap concerns the only part of the car that actu... More >>


7 eye-opening facts for parents of teen drivers [Infographic]
(BPT) - New to the road, teen drivers are still honing their skills behind the wheel. But did you know that teen drivers are 1.8 times more likely to get in an accident than the average driver? In fact, one out of five teen drivers will have an accident within their first year of driving. Before tu... More >>


Heading off road? Expert tips help you drive like a pro [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether heading off road for work or play, it’s important to adjust your driving style for the conditions. BFGoodrich Tires asked its BFGoodrich Performance Team Members and Baja 1000 off-road racing champions to provide tips almost anyone can use to drive like a pro when they go off ... More >>


Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.Interest in outdoor adventures is on the rise, es... More >>


Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons
(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold ... More >>


8 ways to protect the value of your car this winter
(BPT) - Your car is one of your most prized possessions. It’s your road-trip partner, your chauffer each morning and your home away from home when you’re on the go. Because you depend on your car for so much, you want to protect and keep it running as long as possible.As the seasons cha... More >>


Better tire knowledge can help reduce number of teen auto crashes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Automobile accidents are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S. Of the 2.2 million accidents per year among inexperienced drivers, 12 percent can be attributed to tire-related issues, such as insufficient tread or pressure. Surprisingly, few driver education programs offer instruction on tir... More >>


The great American road trip, done safely [Infographic]
(BPT) - Few things in life are guaranteed to work out well. And when it comes to car travel, there are plenty of opportunities for disaster. A recent study found that 78 percent of Americans think road trips are adventurous. You just have to make sure unexpected car issues don’t disrupt the f... More >>


Home on the road: Insight and advice about America's driving habits
(BPT) - Our homes may be our castles, but as we do more and spend more time in our vehicles, our four-wheeled chariots are not too far behind.We eat, talk, work, and sometimes even dress in our vehicles. We do things we’re not supposed to – specifically, texting. And we’re increas... More >>


Named your car? Then treat it like a good friend with these tips
(BPT) - When cousins Bo and Luke Duke from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard named their car “The General Lee,” they had the famous General Robert E. Lee in mind. Why? The show was set in the South, so perhaps it was to capture the Southern vibe of the Duke lifestyle. Maybe it ... More >>


Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time
(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety... More >>


Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident duri... More >>


Tips to make the daily drive easier for commuters
(BPT) - It’s a tough job driving to work – just ask the millions of Americans who commute every day. The average commute takes 25.5 minutes one way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, 10.8 million people drive an hour or more to work each way. Some have it worse: approximatel... More >>


Auto insight: What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil?
(BPT) - There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of ... More >>


Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
(BPT) - It’s that time again - time to buy a new car. Maybe you’re excited because you’ve been dreaming of getting new wheels for a long time now. Or maybe you’re nervous; buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. If you fall ... More >>



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