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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018-- Consumers are about to get a fresh look at Michelin® Wiper Blades thanks to a new national advertising campaign in support of the industry-leading product line. Anchored by 15- and 30-second television spots, the campaign includes radio and digital support, and will run through April 2019.

Known throughout the world as a sustainable mobility company, Michelin has built a reputation for high-quality, innovative products. The new ad campaign builds upon and honors that tradition.

The campaign aims to raise overall awareness for Michelin Wiper Blades as a premium choice for drivers who value safety and performance. The creative draws upon consumer familiarity with the iconic Michelin Man "hug" to inspire a sense of safety and security. The ads introduce the tagline, "Michelin Wiper Blades hug your windshield like our tires hug the road."

The Michelin wiper hug is the result of exclusive innovations, including Smart-Flex™ technology. Featured in Michelin Hybrid Wiper Blades, Smart-Flex technology combines the windshield-hugging features of a conventional spring-loaded blade with the anti-snow build-up feature of a beam blade for ultra-quiet and superior streak-free wiping in any weather. The result is long-lasting, all-season performance for optimum visibility.

October is Finally Falling into Cheaper Gas Prices

The national gas price average is $2.85. That is six-cents cheaper than this month’s highest price of $2.91, which was the most expensive average during the month of October since 2014. Today’s price is also four cents cheaper than last week, the same price as last month and 39- cent more than this time last year.

Reduced refinery runs, due to peak maintenance season, have contributed to stable gasoline inventories amid lower demand, which is a contributing factor driving gas prices down.

“Motorists across the country are seeing gas prices more than a dime cheaper than last week, with 41 states having less expensive state averages on the week,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Prices are falling despite market concerns about global supply and geopolitical tensions, but that could change later this month ahead of the U.S. announcement of imposed sanctions on Iran.”

Quick Stats

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Delaware ($2.56), Ohio ($2.57), South Carolina ($2.58), Mississippi ($2.58), Missouri ($2.59), Alabama ($2.60), Louisiana ($2.60), Texas ($2.61), Arkansas ($2.61) and Oklahoma ($2.61).
The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases are: Ohio (-12 cents), Delaware (-10 cents), Michigan (-10 cents), Indiana (-10 cents), Kentucky (-8 cents), Iowa (-7 cents), Maryland (-7 cents), Illinois (-7 cents), Oklahoma (-7 cents) and Missouri (-6 cents).

West Coast

Motorists in the West Coast region are paying the highest prices for retail gasoline in the country, with six of the region’s states landing on the nation’s top 10 most expensive list. Hawaii ($3.90) is the nation’s most expensive market, followed by California ($3.82), Washington ($3.54), Alaska ($3.39), Oregon ($3.38), Nevada ($3.29), and Arizona ($2.92). On the week, most prices are flat. However, Hawaii and Alaska have seen the largest increases, gaining two cents each.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly petroleum status report showed West Coast gasoline stocks decreased slightly to 27.6 million bbl during the week that ended on October 12. Stocks are approximately 1.5 million bbl lower than where they were at this time last year, which could cause prices to spike if there is a supply challenge in the region this week.


During the month of October, H&I Automotive will be participating in the Brakes For Breasts breast cancer awareness and fundraising program. Their collections will be donated to The Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. 

B4B started in 2011 with a few shops in Ohio and has continued to grow ever since and now there are more than 100 shops nationwide that participate. So far, the program has collected over $600,000 for the clinic’s research!

Breast cancer effects roughly 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1000 men in the US. About 12% of those effected each year do not survive. The clinic is not only working on a cure, but also prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

How the program works:

  • Brake pads are donated by part supply vendors. Theirs are Factory Motor Parts.
  • The customer only pays for labor, associated parts, taxes and fees.
  • The participating shop donates 10% of the brake replacement revenue to the B4B program.

The goal for H&I Automotive is $1000 and they know, with the support of their customers and community, they should have no problem attaining it!

So if you or anyone you know are ready to have their brakes replaced, make an appointment with them today and we all win!


WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2018) – Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased eight percent. Considering the increased risk created by a combination of teen drivers and teen passengers, AAA emphasizes the need for teen drivers to gain adequate supervised training, especially in different driving scenarios, before taking what could be a fatal drive.

In 2016, teen drivers were involved in more than 1 million police-reported crashes resulting in more than 3,200 deaths. Researchers pinpointed that when teens were carrying teen passengers, fatality rates jumped:

56 percent for occupants of other vehicles
45 percent for the teen driver
17 percent for pedestrians and cyclists

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Two headlights are better than one: How changing headlights in pairs makes nighttime driving safer

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Oct. 10, 2018 ---When it comes to vehicle maintenance, professional automotive technicians and organizations that promote safe driving have always advocated replacing certain safety components in their vehicles, such as tires, brakes, shocks and wiper blades, in pairs.

Replacing parts in pairs ensures that the vehicle is properly balanced and functioning safely. But it's not just tires, brakes and shocks that should be replaced in pairs. Vehicle lighting plays an integral role in keeping drivers and their passengers safe, and motorists should exercise the same level of caution regarding their vehicles' headlights, taillights, and turn signals that they do with other parts of their cars and trucks.

Why replace aging headlight bulbs?

Most drivers are not aware that headlight bulbs can wear out and degrade over time. As a result, headlights are often overlooked when drivers conduct routine vehicle maintenance. As they age, headlight bulbs put out less light, which can dramatically compromise visibility at night, when drivers' visual acuity is already naturally reduced by as much as 70 percent.

According to Lumileds, a leading lighting solutions company for the automotive industry, headlight bulbs begin to project significantly less light within two to three years of their initial installation, producing dimmer light outputs that can compromise the safety of drivers and their passengers.

Car Loans of America Launches New Website

LOS ANGELES Oct. 10, 2018 -- Car Loans of America develops a system that optimizes the best car loans for people with bad credit. The company strives in bringing a better experience in car buying and giving the opportunities other banks won't give. This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offer a more comprehensive understanding. The website also has helpful tips onproviding clients with important information regarding car loans.

There is also a blog that talks about the process of buying a car loan and it is there to inform clients of the necessary tools they need for success in getting a new car.

"We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for customers in providing an easy to access experience. We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence," said Daniel Joelson, CEO Car Loans of America.

About Car Loans of America

Car Loans of America's mission is to optimize in providing the best experience in financing a car for people with bad credit. The company works with all people from different backgrounds in engaging people and giving them better opportunities in financing a car. The company has operations across the U.S. nationwide ranging from CaliforniaNevadaArizonaTexas, and many more.

InventHelp Inventor Develops Two-In-One Steering Wheel Protector and Shopping Bag

PITTSBURGHOct. 10, 2018 -- An inventor from Anaheim, Calif., has developed the COMBINATION STEERING WHEEL COVER AND SHOPPING BAG KIT, a sun-blocking shield for the steering wheel of a parked motor vehicle that doubles as a shopping bag.

"I developed my invention due to personal experience of being burned by my steering wheel upon returning to my car. In addition, California laws require shoppers to bring their own bags now, and I have been caught without a bag," said the inventor. The COMBINATION STEERING WHEEL COVER AND SHOPPING BAG KIT keeps the steering wheel rim from getting hot while parked outside. This will help prevent painful burns to the hands. It will also ensure a shopping bag is always available. This kit offers an easy-to-apply and use design. It is convenient and practical accessory that can be used every day. Finally, it is produced from lightweight materials for ease in handling.

The original design was submitted to the Orange County office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 17-OCC-1375, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp's Invention Submission Services at

Ruedas ESPN Selects 2019 Genesis G70 As

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 8, 2018 -- The all-new 2019 Genesis G70 was awarded Ruedas ESPN's "Best Luxury Sedan." The G70 luxury sport sedan was selected by the Ruedas ESPN Executive Committee, a jury composed of industry experts.

"Receiving this award from Ruedas ESPN is further proof of the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding the launch of G70," said Erwin Raphael, Executive Director, Genesis Motor America.

Ruedas ESPN is the leading Spanish language automotive radio show in the United States, broadcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio, a network of 44 radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as SIRIUS and XM Channel 157.

Also last week, on Friday, October 5, the Genesis Essentia concept was chosen as "Star of the Show" at the Miami International Auto Show by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA): the highest honor bestowed upon a vehicle at the Miami International Auto Show. Five judges unanimously decided that the all-electric, high-performance Essentia should receive the award. This was the first time the SAMA judges have rendered a unanimous decision for "Star of the Show."

"Essentia is not only a breathtaking design, it's a breath of fresh air," said SAMA head judge Juan Gregory Robbin. "It's unlike any other concept car we've ever seen. We hope this concept becomes a reality someday."

Genesis Motor America
Genesis Motor America, LLC is headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif. Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. A total of six new Genesis models, including the flagship full-size G90 luxury sedan, mid-luxury G80 and G80 Sport sedans and the all-new G70 entry-luxury sport sedan, will launch by 2021 and compete with the world's most renowned luxury car brands. All Genesis vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by an industry-leading warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services. In just the first half of 2018, Genesis has won highest-ranked brand in the automotive industry awards for quality and owner satisfaction from highly-respected, third-party experts Consumer Reports, JD Power and AutoPacific.

Gas Prices Seeing Resurgence

The national gas price average increased three-cents on the week to $2.91. All but seven states are paying more on the week. Today’s national gas price average is six-cents more than a month ago and 41-cents more than a year ago.

“The September switch-over to winter-blend gasoline ushered in cheaper gas prices compared to the summer, but that drop was short lived,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Crude oil accounts for half of the retail pump price and crude is selling at some of the highest price points in four years. That means fall and year-end prices are going to be unseasonably expensive.”

Crude oil has priced higher amid concerns of global crude supply and geopolitical tensions, including pending sanctions with Iran and Venezuela’s unstable economy.

As a result, fall gas prices have not been this expensive since 2014. At that time, motorists were paying on average more than $3/gal and crude oil was selling well above $70/bbl. This year, despite stocks increasing in the U.S. by 8 million bbl on the week, crude oil is selling at a good $25/bbl or more than last year, hitting $75/bbl last week.

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