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Internet on the Road – The Many Features of Modern Infotainment Systems

We value safety on the roads of Lafayette, but at the same time, we find it difficult to unplug ourselves from the modern digital world even when driving. We rely on the Internet for so much – communications, multimedia, and of course, navigation. Once, we had to rely on looking at our smart phones while driving to make use of all of this, even if it was mounted on the dashboard. This wasn’t safe, and modern safety regulations have prohibited many implementations of this.

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Driving Tools That Increase Safety in Sunny Environments

When the sun is shining on a highway, the UV rays can affect overall safety. The biggest problem is glare because this type of light can make the process of viewing the surroundings a hassle. In order to stay safe on a road while the sun is setting, you'll need to use a few safety accessories immediately after you notice bright light on the windshield.

Because the sun can produce intense light directly in front of a car and along the side windows, you'll need a solution that can shield your eyes as you steer your vehicle along…

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How to Easily Change a Flat Tire on Your Vehicle

This guide for changing a flat tire should allow you to safely make the change without issue, regardless of where you need to do the repair. Even if the tire is on the rim, you can drive on it a few feet if you need to get off the roadway to a safe and flat spot to make the repair. Use the lug wrench to loosen the lugs only slightly while the vehicle is still on the ground.

Jack the vehicle high enough so the tire clears the road, then loosen the lugs the rest of the way. Gently pull…

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Make Your Road Trip Extra Fun with Games

Giles Automotive wants the time that you spend on the road with your family to be enjoyable and time where you all are able to bond. There are games that you can play to make your road trip fun.

Start up a game where everyone writes down the states that they see listed on the license plates of those vehicles passing you. The one with the most states written down at the end of the day is the winner. Have someone in the vehicle think of an object and then play twenty questions as everyone else tries to figure out…

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The Best Way to Drive in the Rain

Driving in the rain can be a very intimidating experience for beginning drivers and real pain for experienced drivers. The idea of going slower, staying more cautious, and paying closer attention to your surroundings can put insurmountable stress on your brain eventually producing anxiety.

One way of overcoming these hazardous weather conditions is by avoiding using cruise control. Some people have a habit of pressing that automatic button when they need to hurry up and do something, which is a huge mistake because this can, in fact, increases their chances of losing control of the...

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How High and Low Temperatures Affect Your Car Battery

The battery dying in your car can turn even the best day into a slugfest. Much of the time the fault lies with the driver or passengers of a vehicle. For example, you leave the lights on, and the car battery dies. There are situations where you are not at fault, however. These situations generally come in the form of high and low temperatures affecting the battery.

Subjecting your vehicle to excessively high or low temperatures will undoubtedly have an effect on the performance your battery gets. In fact, in some situations your battery will not function at all- generally…

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What is the Importance of a Dash Cam?

At our dealership, we want the very best for our customers and care about the safety of their vehicles. Installing a dashboard camera is just one way to improve your driving experience.

In the event of a fender bender, it's helpful to have a factual account of what happened. Dash cams are an ideal way to record events that otherwise might have conflicting accounts. Some insurance companies even offer a slight discount for customers who have a dash cam in their vehicle. Avoiding fraudulent claims by another motorist, having a factual account of what transpired to present in court…

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Stay Updated with the Slow Down and Move Over Laws

There have been a set of laws put in place all throughout America, every state has their own version of them, but all of them boil down to the same intent. These laws are called the 'Slow Down & Move Over' laws, and they are put in place to offer extra safety for workers on the side of the road.

This can include police officers doing a traffic stop or emergency services at…

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What does a bumper-to-bumper warranty cover?

Warranties are strange beasts. Each manufacturer has its own warranty on their vehicles that last for a specified amount of time. There are factory warranties that cover everything for three-years, five-years, and even ten years. However, no matter the length of the warranty, you need to read the fine print to discover the warranty limitations.

A bumper-to-bumper warranty is the most extensive of all warranties issued by factories, or that you can purchase after the factory warranty expires. 

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Front Wheel Drive vs. Rear-Wheel Drive: What's the Difference?

At Giles Automotive, we believe that it's important to be as informed as possible when it comes time to purchase a new car. When it comes to front wheel drive and rear wheel drive, what is best for you depends on some different factors, mostly the road and weather conditions where you normally drive, and your preferred method of driving.

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