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Tips to Help You Reduce Glare

When you're driving on the road at night, try to shift your focus to something else on the road aside from the oncoming headlights. This will help to reduce the glare that you experience when you're meeting another car. If you're driving on a busy highway, then consider slightly looking to the right side of the road instead of the center of the roadway.

An option for reducing glare at night is to wear nighttime glasses. They are coated on the front of the lens and the back. This design is similar to sunglasses and reduces the…

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Ways to Make Better Gas Mileage

It's getting more and more expensive every day to operate a vehicle. One of the major expenses is fuel. No one wants to pay more for gas than needed, so MINI of Portland wants you to know a few tips to get better gas mileage in your vehicle.

Driving in an efficient manner is one of the best ways to improve overall fuel economy. One way to drive more efficiently and save gas is to always drive at or below the speed limit. Driving at a slower speed saves gas and keeps you safer. Cutting down on idling time…

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For Safety, Move Over

Suppose you were to drive upon any situation where public servants or an automobile were in the breakdown lane. Would you know what American laws expect you to do? At MINI of Portland, we want to help you be an informed, safe driver, and we can answer that question.

Every state in our nation has a Move Over Law. These laws heighten safety for police officers, emergency workers and motorists in breakdown lanes. Of course, each state's law contains unique wording, but all Move Over Laws expect you to give people and autos in breakdown lanes a cushion.  

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Mirror Technology May Reduce Night-Time Accidents

When you're driving at night, you'll want every advantage to help keep you safe. Thanks to incredibly advanced technology, more such safety equipment is becoming standard on today's new vehicles. One of these technologies is the electrochromic rearview mirror.

These mirrors automatically dim when they detect light from headlights of the car behind you. Two sensors, which are either small cameras or photodetectors, sense the glare and sends a charge through an electrochromic gel.  

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Technological Advances: A Car Thief's Greatest Assets

Nowadays, car thieves only need a Wi-Fi connection and a few hacking steps they've learned from the Internet to steal your car. In order to prevent your car from being stolen through the use of technological advancements, you should take precautionary measures.

For starters, place your vehicle key fob in a metal container while at home to prevent hackers from accessing the code using an Electronic Signal Amplifier. You also should never leave the key fob on the table while dining at a restaurant or other public eatery places.  

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Arrive at Your Destination Safely With These Winter Driving Tips

Here at MINI of Portland, we understand the importance of driving safely in the winter. When the snow and ice set in, it is necessary that you are prepared. Have your vehicle inspected for leaks, worn hoses, and other damages before the snow and ice arrive.

Before you leave, check the road conditions and traffic to ensure that you take the safest route. You should also keep others informed about what route you are taking and when you are planning to arrive. Drive cautiously when you are traveling on the snow. 

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Safer Driving on the Road with Bicyclists

The use of bicycles has grown in recent years, and drivers must learn to share the road with a larger number of bicyclists. Bike lanes help, and increased driver awareness will make the roads safer for everyone.

Drivers know that the best way to avoid a collision is to drive safely. Drivers should slow down when possible, and they should always drive below the posted speed limit. Drivers must avoid distractions, and always be alert for people walking nearby, using skateboards, or bicycling. 

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Preventing Motion Sickness

There is a lot of planning that goes into a road trip. You have to pack clothes, toiletries, snacks and so much more. One thing you don't want to forget is your motion-sickness remedies. If you are prone to motion sickness like many of us here at MINI of Portland are, then you know how important it is to come prepared on a road trip. Let's take a look at some tips on how you can prevent and treat motion sickness.

Medications can be found over-the-counter that will prevent and treat motion sickness. Many of these drugs contain…

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Protect Your Car, Truck or Van Year-round With a Vehicle Cover

There are many benefits to using a high-quality, well-made car cover in every season of the year. Below are just a few of the reasons that you should cover your car if you aren’t able to store it inside a protected garage.

Although most car covers are made of natural or synthetic fabric, they are still capable of supplying an additional layer of thermal protection from extreme heat and cold.  

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How Does Horsepower Work?

Horsepower is the work done over the time it took to complete the task. This measurement is calculated by 30,000 ft-lb per minute. In perspective, a human can maintain an average of .1 horsepower. Furthermore, cars have on average low- to mid-100’s horsepower; a truck averages anywhere from high 100’s to high 400’s. One would observe that the faster a vehicle can move in a smaller amount of time, the higher the horsepower.

Horsepower originated from measuring the work of a steam boat in comparison to a horse. 

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