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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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Learn About Tire Pressure

Proper tire pressure is very important for your tires because it makes a difference in the ride you get and how long your tires will last. Even with a warranty on the tires, you may have to replace the tires yourself if they wore out due to improper air pressure. Pay us a visit at [DEALER] and let us check your tires and offer some tips on tire maintenance.

Tire pressure is something that should be monitored regularly. Proper tire pressure is vehicle specific, which means go by what your vehicle owner’s manual says and not what is written…

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Read Here to Learn About Brake Fluid

Your vehicle's braking system has brake fluid that flows through the brake lines. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. It needs to be drained and changed on a routine basis because it will degrade over time. You can learn more about brake fluid by reading our content below.

There are many kinds of brake fluid, which can make it confusing about which one your vehicle needs, but the two main types are glycol-based and silicone-based. If your vehicle includes ABS, it will probably need a…

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Shield Your Eyes from Sunlight While Driving

Although you might try to avoid driving through Portland near sunrise or sunset, sometimes you just can't help it. Unfortunately, the sun may then be at just the right angle to cause a near-blinding glare. When the sun's rays are aiming for your eyes, a few simple precautions can help you maintain clear vision.

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What Does an Infotainment System Do?

Infotainment systems have become a standard feature of the modern automobile, but what do they typically do? Many new car buyers may be asking themselves this question as they shop the different models that are available.

The word "infotainment" is a portmanteau of "information" and "entertainment." Infotainment systems get their name from the combination of traditional entertainment features like stereos and satellite radio services with new technologies like GPS navigation and smartphone support.  

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How Can a Vehicle History Report Help You Select a New-to-You Car?

When you purchase a used vehicle, this can be beneficial to your budget and to your lifestyle. A used vehicle is priced more affordably than it was when it was brand new. You might be able to get a vehicle that you otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. During the purchase process, you can access a vehicle history report. This report will give you a number of really useful details about a certain vehicle. This will help you decide if that specific car is the one for you. 

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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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The Importance of Getting Vehicle Alignment Services

If you neglect getting alignment services performed on your car, you run the risk of doing more damage than you might realize. Here are a few of the things to consider if you haven't gotten an alignment recently.

The car is going to start pulling to one side or the other as a result of hitting a curb or banging into a pothole. Pulling to the side affects the handling, and that means you will have a difficult time at higher speeds being able to safely keep your vehicle within the lane lines. 

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How Do Your Car's Brake Pads Function?

Brake pads are an important part of a disc braking system. They absorb the friction and heat that occurs between the caliper's piston and the rotor. When you push on the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the rotor. The process generates a lot of friction, which is needed in order to stop the piston and bring your car to a stop.

Brake pads may be made from metal or ceramic. Heavy vehicles usually have ceramic brake pads. No matter what type your car has, they will need to be replaced. City driving with stop-and-go traffic wears out the brake…

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