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Experience behind the wheel may matter more than age when it comes to the safety of young-adult drivers, according to two new studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These results suggest that states could reduce road crashes, fatalities and injuries by extending graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to novice drivers beyond age 17. AAA is promoting this research as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which takes place from Oct. 19-25.

As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.

“With fewer daylight hours in fall and winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicle’s lights and wipers are working properly so your visibility is not compromised and you can be seen by others,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “From the driver’s seat, you may not notice a light that isn’t working, so inspect all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out. Also, inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when wet weather hits.”

Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility; signals and alerts other drivers; and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to replacing dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 -- Who can forget the Griswold's famous cross-country station wagon trip in "National Lampoon's Vacation"?  While the 31-year-old movie was made long before the days of in-car movies, and the only "portable electronics" available were cumbersome cassette players people carried around, it seems that – interestingly enough – some things have stayed the same.  

The Auto Alliance's latest Auto Index consumer survey found Americans still mostly pass the time on long road trips by looking out the window and taking in the scenery, much like they did in their childhood. In fact, 41 percent of respondents said that's how they spent the road trips of their youth. Today, 40 percent of the public report watching the scenery as their favorite way to pass the time on car trips.

Desert Car Care Receives 2014 Best of Chandler Auto Repair Shop AwardAfter more than a month of online polling and thousands of votes, Desert Car Care -- a Bumper to Bumper Radio Preferred Shop -- received the 2014 Best of Chandler award in the auto repair shop category. The 2014 Best of Chandler Awards are sponsored by the East Valley Tribune Get Out magazine.

Desert Car Care is a local leader in automotive service and repair with locations not only in Chandler, but in Mesa and Gilbert as well. Frank Leutz and his staff begin with certified professional service advisers and continues with technicians certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Congratulations from Bumper to Bumper Radio!

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If you missed it, you can listen online to the official check presentation from the Bumper to Bumper Radio Preferred Shop Network to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The combined effort of the shops resulted in a record breaking effort, raising over $10,300 for PCH this year.

We invite all our listeners to join us in this important effort by signing up to donate any amount.

Every contribution to Phoenix Children's Hospital has a direct impact on our young patients. Donations from caring people like you make it possible for PCH to offer the very best medical specialists, cutting-edge technology, and family-friendly services without regard to the family's ability to pay.

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Has your car been recalled? If you're one of the millions of drivers impacted by the General Motors recall, what should you do? Automotive analyst Lauren Fix, The Car Coach and Consumer Reports' Jeff Bartlett provide consumers with important information to ensure their cars' safe repair. Watch the segment on The Willis Report.



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How do you check your engine oil and when do you change it? Should you buy conventional or synthetic oil? Be Car Care Aware Tips to save you money and protect your engine.

Are self driving cars the wave of the future? Should General Motors be promoting their autonomous cars during their HUGE recall problem? GM President predicts self-driving cars will be available by 2020. Lauren Fix discusses this on Fox Business Channel with Gerri Willis.

Most vehicles start out with a "new car" smell, but there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be "Car Care Aware" and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown.

Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car.

Use the sniff test to identify any unusual smells in your vehicle, including the following six warning signs:

Across the country, many buyers soon find out that the number on their odometer doesn't come close to matching their car's true mileage.

We use mileage to determine when to get our oil changed, when to rotate our tires, and how much our vehicle is valued, but that mileage on your new "used" vehicle, may not be what you paid for.

The people at CarFax tells us that, unfortunately, "odometer fraud" is not a forgotten scam. It's been around for decades but, with the advent of the digital odometer, many people mistakenly believe that odometer roll-backs are no longer possible. However going digital has actually made odometer fraud easier; it's just like hacking a computer. The bad news is that New York is one of the top five states with the most amount of "roll-back" cars.

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Andrew Abel of the GoodGuys Car Show joins Bumper to Bumper Radio from their remote broadcast at WestWorld.