Weekly auto rail, with a tip from NASCAR star Carl Edwards, a look at some of the top vehicles and more.
Tip of the Week
This spring, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards is helping to encourage safe-driving practices. "Drowsy driving is dangerous, so I'm participating in the Claritin Clear to Drive campaign because I want to make sure people know to check medicine labels for warnings about drowsiness before getting behind the wheel," Edwards says.
The Clear to Drive campaign aims to prevent drowsy driving and encourage people to stay alert while on the road. Here are some tips from the campaign:
- Check the labels of any medicines, including allergy medicines, for warnings about drowsiness before getting behind the wheel.
- Get adequate sleep the night before a lot of driving.
- Avoid driving if you're feeling drowsy.
- Stop driving if you start feeling drowsy behind the wheel.
- Schedule breaks during long trips or arrange for a travel companion.
For more information, go to www.cleartodrive.com.
Consumer Reports recently released its Top Picks list, ranking vehicles according to category. Here are their best:
- Pickup truck: Chevrolet Avalanche
- Small SUV: Toyota RAV4
- Small sedan: Hyundai Elantra SE
- Green car: Toyota Prius
- Minivan: Toyota Sienna
- Best overall vehicle: Lexus LS 460
For more information, go to www.consumerreports.org.
Did You Know
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety recently rated SUV safety, and four of the 12 the group reviewed received the top score. They are: Honda Element, Jeep Patriot, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Question: I purchased a 1999 Corvette two years ago, now with 60,000 miles, and I live in Arizona where the temperature gets very hot. The local dealer suggested changing all the fluids at a cost of $700. Is the service necessary for preventative maintenance?
Answer: Your car has low mileage and is approaching 10 years old with low miles. I would also recommend replacement of the fluids. I suggest you get a couple of additional price quotes. You can also go back to the dealer and ask what is the best price you can get. Most dealers just go by a supplied price that is only a guide.
-- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist
GateHouse News Service