Monthly Archives: February 2014

2013 Safest Cars

2013 Safest Cars

Safety sells. We know that wasn’t always the case; but in today’s market, the majority of new-car shoppers do value how well a car will protect them in a crash—or how it might help them avoid one altogether. Trouble is, between the two U.S. agencies that conduct crash tests—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—there’s a lot of information to distill. And to compound matters, the test results from these two agencies aren’t always in agreement. We already help make sense of that in the Safety section of each full review here at The Car Connection, and that’s a great place to start when cross-shopping models before you head to the dealership. And to make this information even more useful to those who want one of the safest new cars, we’ve done some additional sorting to filter out the best of the best. In order to come up with this list of safest cars, we looked at vehicles ... read more

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Cold Weather Car Care for the Winter Months

Cold Weather Car Care for the Winter Months

As the first of the winter snow begins to fall and the roads become snowy, icy and the gritting machines come out at full force, it seems about time to prepare ourselves (and our cars!) for the cold weather. Winter weather of course has its benefits but can also be extremely damaging to your car. As the weather deteriorates so can our cars if we do nothing to protect them from these potentially damaging conditions. Driving on salted roads can cause our bumpers and wheel wells to rust, windscreens can whiten very quickly, batteries become flat and tyres can easily become corroded. Essentially every aspect of your car has to work that bit harder during these blustery and busy months. There are a few ways to avoid any temporary or long term damage and keep yourself safe during winter conditions. Firstly, ensure that the tire pressure is correct; an over pressurised tire can lose traction which can be extremely dangerous during snowy and icy conditions whereas low press ... read more

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America’s Most Stolen Cars

America’s Most Stolen Cars

The 1995 Honda Civic is stolen more often than any other car in America, according to the NICB. The popular 1995 Honda Civic continues to be the top pick among thieves, holding onto that position for the 2007 calendar year, according to the “Hot Wheels” report released in July 2008 by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). And while the types of vehicles being stolen remain consistent from year to year, overall car theft in the U.S. declined almost nine percent in 2007. “The continuing national decrease in vehicle theft is a positive sign that the fight against vehicle theft by law enforcement, the insurance industry and the NICB continues to be effective,” said Robert M. Bryant, NICB’s president and chief executive officer. The most recent NICB report listed the 1991 Honda Accord as the second-most-stolen vehicle, followed by the 1989 Toyota Camry ... read more

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