CAR CARE NEWS :: SEPTEMBER 2014

2014 Camry ranks at top for sedan performance, value

The 2014 Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling cars in the United States with one being sold every 60 seconds – and the 2014 model’s combination of drivability, fuel economy and power are key components to that success.

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A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

Dear Friends,

As a Toyota owner we wanted you to be the first to hear about your new neighbor, Livermore Toyota.

We invite you to drop by for a visit to our beautiful new facility and say “Hello” to the staff. Located on the corner of Highway 580 and North Vasco Road, Livermore Toyota is a full service dealership. We offer great deals on huge inventory of new and pre-owned Toyotas including the redesigned 2014 Rav4 and exceptional 2014 Prius.

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Seasonal service

Post-summer inspection helps prevent autumn breakdown

Post-summer inspection helps prevent autumn breakdown

Those summer day trips, vacations and weekend events take a toll on your vehicle, and maintenance issues may go unnoticed until the first cool days of autumn.

“The biggest problems come from people putting off routine maintenance,” said Tony Molla of ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a nonprofit certification agency for auto technicians. “Just like you routinely go to the dentist, your vehicle needs preventative care, too.”

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Car care

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

A towel and elbow grease aren't always the best choices for shining your vehicle.

Sometimes a brush is the right answer.   

“Brushes are great when you need to gently agitate while letting particulates get washed away,” said Jim Dvorak of Mothers, a polish company based in Southern California.

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Accessories

Drivers turn to dash cams for video evidence during accidents

Drivers turn to dash cams for video evidence during accidents

Cameras similar to those worn by thrillseekers are finding their way to the dashboards of safety-conscious drivers.

“Dash cameras are helpful in hit-and-run collisions – or other situations where you’d want to get someone’s license plate,” said Johan-Till Broer of Garman, a Kansas-based electronics company that started making dash cameras this year.

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Seasonal driving

Safety tips for drivers navigating back-to-school traffic

Safety tips for drivers navigating back-to-school traffic

School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September. “We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.” The same rules that help adults get to work on time should be learned by younger drivers, Sharaky said.

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Before you go

Annual campaign promotes car seat safety for the littlest passengers

Annual campaign promotes car seat safety for the littlest passengers

Child passenger safety takes center stage in September with National Child Safety Week, an annual reminder for parents on ways to help prevent injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency sponsoring the event, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

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Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

One of the most useful vehicles owned by fire departments nationwide doesn’t pump a gallon of water. Instead, the truck provides clean, breathable air to firefighters, an important commodity to someone charging into a searing building billowing with smoke.

“Firefighting is inherently dangerous and having a reliable supply of clean air allows us to perform in extremely hostile conditions,” said Capt. Ken Kuykendall of the Folsom Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.

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