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Driver’s Ed Courses May Not Be Enough for New Drivers

Some parents may be relieved at the fact that their teenager passed their Driver’s Education course. But what they don’t know, is that said Driver’s Ed courses do not make their teen an all-around safe driver. As the infographic below highlights, Driver’s Ed courses don’t educate students about tire safety. Twelve percent of 2.2 million […]

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Talking Tesla Model III and electric vehicles with Bill Press

I made my first appearance in studio with The Bill Press Show this morning to talk one of Bill’s and my favorite subjects – cars! Bill enjoys hearing about the latest in advanced technology vehicles, so we chatted about the recently announced Tesla Model III – a smaller, more affordable Model S that is supposed to come in […]

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Now that the Atlantic Hurricane Season is well underway, and you are (hopefully) all stocked up with flashlights, batteries and nonperishables, we wanted to share a few tips to prepare you for safe driving in the rainy weather the season promises. Use Your Headlights Illuminating your headlights during inclement weather not only improves your visibility, […]

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Kia delivers luxury for less with its sub-$20k Soul

What better way to venture to outer space like Kia’s fan favorite hamsters than in a Solar yellow Soul? I enjoyed the Soul much more than I expected to. After trying out the 2013 model, I was left disappointed by what visions of grandeur I had formed in my head about this car. But not […]

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What Michelin Taught Me About the Importance of Safe Tires

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Contributor, @whitneygonzalez What tires are you driving on? What kind of condition are they in? These are the kind of questions that can determine whether your next trip will be a safe one or not. Last week, I was invited to Michelin’s Proving Grounds outside of Greenville, SC, to learn about […]

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Cadillac’s 2014 CTS sedan is one sexy people hauler

Cadillac has been wooing me over the last couple of years – from the ATS, to the Escalade Hybrid, to the all-new CTS sedan. Their design and performance teams have heard the people’s cry and have risen to the challenge, producing a series of legitimate German-car fighters. The 2014 CTS is no exception. This car […]

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Join Melanie Batenchuk on December 3 for #ODSAWchat

We talk a good deal about driver safety here on Be Car Chic, but it’s typically focused at teenage and novice drivers. This week, December 2 through December 9, we’re going to talk about older driver safety because it is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (ODSAW). Sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), this […]

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5 tips for traveling smartly this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and now is the time to start preparing for that long road trip to see the family. We worked with our friends at General Motors to put together these savvy travel tips for Turkey Day. 1) Pre-trip Preparation – Don’t let procrastination get the best of you. When all you […]

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Gateway to Luxury: Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and CLA45 AMG

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and CLA45 AMG Review and Test Drive BY Owen Bergwall | Green Car and Technology Contributor German Luxury and Performance for $30,000 | A Rocket Version for $50,000 Here in Washington D.C., we have our fair share of Mercedes-Benz owners and drivers. One might say that the only thing more common than […]

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Meet ‘The Detail Box’

Launching today is a new service for the car-care obsessed called ‘The Detail Box.’ It’s like a monthly CSA for car care products. How does it work? For $15 a month, you get a shipment of sample car care products that you can test out before committing to a full bottle of the stuff. If […]

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Preparing for a summer road trip infographic

Summertime is synonymous with road trips for many Americans. Erie Insurance put together this infographic highlighting crash risk, traffic congestion and gas costs to popular destinations across the country. No surprise that Washington, D.C. ranks #1 for crash risk and traffic congestion! I found this through Daily Infographic – if you love data visualization as much […]

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Cellcontrol infographic on distracted driving

Cellcontrol infographic on distracted driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month might be behind us, but we are still very aware of this important issue and its deadly impact. Don’t be one of the nine people killed everyday in distraction-related traffic accidents. With Memorial Day weekend travel upon us, here’s an infographic to refresh your memory on texting while driving statistics. Cellcontrol […]

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What you missed at the 2013 DC Auto Show

Last week, we welcomed journalists, automakers, legislators, Hill staff and regulators to the nation’s capital to talk about the automotive industry and the policies that impact it. We know it can be tough to make it to the capital city in between Detroit and Chicago, so that’s why we’ve laid out all you need to […]

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Five Tips to Winterize Your Car

Five MORE tips to winterize your car

Back in 2010, we put together five tips to winterize your car. That post, and our advice on how NOT to de-ice your windshield have been some of our most popular winter-themed posts. Today, we bring you some additional tips our friends at Ford shared with us. I’m a firm believer in preventative maintenance. Taking care […]

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What to pack in your car's winter emergency kit

What to pack in your car’s winter emergency kit

The holidays may be over, but the winter weather is just getting started for most of the country. By now, you’ve survived family and friends, tempting holiday treats, too many visitors, buying and exchanging your Christmas gifts… And just when you thought you wouldn’t have to survive anything else, it’s time to think about having […]

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2013 Toyota RAV4: World’s first crossover sheds rear wheel, cuteness factor

Imagine driving through the desert on a solitary dirt road with your favorite 90′s music blaring through the speakers and a fun friend in the passenger seat. It’s not your typical scenario, but that was the scene in and around Scottsdale, Arizona as Jessica Caldwell of and I put Toyota’s brand-new RAV4 through the […]

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What is the best day to buy a luxury import car? December 31, 2012

BY Dave Lee, General Sales Manager | Voss Village BMW Editor’s note:  This guest blog post is extra special to me because it is written by my former boss, a gentleman who guided me when I worked for him in the Import Sales department at Performance Automall in Chapel Hill, N.C. I owe a lot of […]

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2013 Ford Fusion a delightful Accord alternative

Earlier this month, I toted around in the 2013 Ford Fusion (today named Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show) for a weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by its style and smoothness. Upon its reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, I had been impressed by the bold overhaul […]

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8 Helpful Tips: How to prep your car for sale by owner

8 Helpful Tips: How to prep your car for sale by owner

Nearly three years after starting this blog about the auto industry, I was reminded of how I got started here in the first place – giving friends car buying and selling advice. My coworker’s boyfriend purchased a new car and now it’s time for him to sell his current vehicle. Like many friends and colleagues […]

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2013 Toyota Avalon gets top-to-bottom makeover

Not every day does one have the opportunity to whisk along the beautiful countryside of Napa, Calif. in a brand-new car before it hits dealership showrooms. But that’s exactly what Toyota recently asked a group of auto journalists, including yours truly, to do. So, I obligingly packed my bags and traveled to wine country to […]

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