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Reduce Glare With These Two Tips

There are a couple of times during the day when the sun can make glare almost impossible to see through. Sunrise and sunset tend to make seeing much more difficult. At Ed Martin Acura, we want you to have all of the strategies that you can get to ensure that you get from one point to the next safely. We've come up with a few driving tips to reduce glare.

First of all, clean both the inside and outside of the windshield. Dirt creates a haze that makes it more difficult to see through when driving into the sun…

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Time to Renew Your Car for Spring

With spring in full swing, you may notice your travel bug becoming a little more insistent. At Ed Martin Acura, we want to ensure you can enjoy many happy miles ahead, whether you stay in town or travel across the country. To help with that, here are a few spring car care tips.

To prepare for the extra dust that's often associated with the warmer months, spring is a great time to replace your vehicle's air filters. New air filters will help your engine run more efficiently and keep the interior of your car smelling fresh. 

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Vehicle Knowledge: Let's Learn About Gaskets

We make it a priority to keep our customers informed about their vehicles. Your vehicle has hundreds of gaskets that are used to seal two surfaces together. This will prevent fluids and gases from leaking and mixing.

There are many kinds of gaskets, which include head gaskets, intake multifold gaskets, exhaust multifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. Gaskets are usually multi-surface steel, but they can also be made of copper, rubber, and other materials.  

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Car Washing 101

Our team at Ed Martin Acura has a goal to help our customers care for their vehicles. Keeping your car washed on a regular basis is necessary to maintain a visually pleasing exterior, which will increase its resale or trade-in value.

How often you should wash your vehicle depends on several factors. If you primarily keep your vehicle parked in a garage, and the weather where you live is mostly mild throughout the year, then washing your vehicle once a month is probably enough.  

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Why Move Over Laws Were Created

Move Over laws are being talked about more and more. At Ed Martin Acura, we’re always surprised to hear that so many people don’t know what they are. The laws are designed to keep first responders safe in the line of duty in our town and all across the country.

Traffic and emergency stops are some of the most dangerous things that law enforcement officers and first responders can do. Over 100 officers have been struck and killed in the past decade. The Move Over laws originated in South Carolina and, since then, every other state has enacted…

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Discover the Perks of Android Auto

Android Auto is a popular in-vehicle technology that allows you to be hands-free while you drive around town. Many vehicles at Ed Martin Acura are Android Auto compatible, making it easy for you to use voice commands for music, phone calls, navigation, and other apps.

The Google Assistant makes it easy for you to interact with your apps. You can use the voice command button on your steering wheel or say, “Okay Google” in order to get started. Then, you can have the assistant play music playlists, find directions, locate an ebook, and much more. 

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Reduce Instances of Distracted Driving

Safety should be a main priority while traveling in your vehicle. In our fast paced world multi-tasking is crucial to accomplishing a day's worth of errands and tasks. Many drivers take their busy lives on the road with them and naturally fall into multi-tasking. This has proven to be a hazard for both drivers and pedestrians. Your complete attention must be on driving.

Speaking on the phone could be distracting even when you are using a hands-free device. Texting takes your eyes off the road. Additionally, squeezing in a meal is always tempting.  

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The Importance of Swapping Out Your Winter Tires for Warm Weather Ones

In order to stay safe while on the road in the winter, it is important that you have tires which provide enough grip. Winter tires are going to provide you with enough traction on snow covered roads, icy, slush, etc. While a new set of tires can be a big investment, there are ways that you can protect your tires. This will allow you to use them for years to come.

Winter tires should primarily be used during the months of the year that are very cold and snowy.  

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Spot the Difference Between an Oversteer and Understeer

One thing our team at Ed Martin Acura will do from time to time is pass along information that can make driving safer. Here are some of the ways to spot the differences between an oversteer and understeer in your vehicle.

When the car is dealing with an understeer, the vehicle will leave the road in many instances. As you turn the wheel, the tires tend to skid instead of turn, and your vehicle will drift into the shoulder and beyond, depending on the severity of this condition. The driver is going to basically have little response from the steering…

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The Ins and Outs of Blind Spot Monitoring Systems

In a quest to put ever-safer vehicles on the road, more and more auto manufacturers are equipping their new car, truck and van models with blind spot monitoring technology. Keep reading to find out how these safety control systems can benefit you and your family.

All vehicles come standard with rear-view and side mirrors that allow the driver to see an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane. However, it’s possible for an approaching vehicle to be located in a spot that’s not visible in any mirror.  

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