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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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What to Do And What to Avoid in a Front Wheel Skid

There are many types of skids that you need to know about so that you can apply the correct procedure in correcting the skid. There is the front-wheel skid and the rear-wheel skid as well as other types of skids that you need to know about.

When it comes to the front-wheel skid, you are going to have to lighten up on the accelerator at first. Then correct the path on the vehicle. For vehicles with manual transmission, you want to depress the clutch in order to work towards gaining control of your vehicle. Also, apply the brakes. 

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Take Necessary Steps Toward Preventing Vehicle Theft

If you are concerned with your vehicle being stolen, there are some very simple tips that can go a long way towards preventing a theft. These are in addition to the vehicle you choose coming with some great safety technology features. Let's take a look:

Think about where you park your vehicle for the day. If you're situated in a monitored parking ramp, this is the place to be. If not, stick to someplace that is well-lit and in view of the street where people are going by frequently. 

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Tire Tread and Pressure Maintenance and Service Tips

If you are looking to perform routine maintenance on your tires, there are a few different parts of your tires that you should monitor. Your overall tire tread is very important. When the tread wears down too low, this can compromise the grip that you have on the road. This poses quite the safety risk. Also be sure that your tread is wearing down at the same rate.

As for tire pressure, make sure that your tires has the recommended amount of air them as outlined by the manufacturer. There will be times that you need to add additional air…

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Keep the Wheels at the Same Speed

When you're driving on a road, the differential allows for driving the wheels of the vehicle while also making them rotate at the various speeds of which you drive. The RPMs of the wheels will be proportional so that there is an equal speed between the tires, whether they are turning or going straight.

If the differential is damaged, there are a few signs that you might notice. You might hear a shrill or whining noise while you're decelerating. You could also hear a whining sound while you're accelerating over a small speed. Sometimes, there will be…

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The Importance of Your Car's Timing Belt

Our team at Ed Martin Acura shares a goal to help you stay informed about keeping your vehicle in exceptional condition. An important piece of equipment that is included in your car is its timing belt. When the timing belt goes bad, your vehicle will suddenly shut down and can result in expensive repairs if the engine becomes damaged. Learn more about your vehicle's timing belt by reading our content below.

You should have your timing belt changed routinely, which is typically between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Check your owner's manual for specific guidelines on how…

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