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Traffic Laws Sometimes Expect You to Merge for Safety

Smart drivers know the road's rules. We recently learned that seven in 10 drivers unaware of Move Over Laws. Today's blog article from State College Used Cars can help you understand these laws.

Whether you are driving in our state or another jurisdiction in the United States, a Move Over Law applies. While each state wrote its own, they all provide that you must move over when you approach traffic stops, breakdowns and similar occurrences beside roadways. Doing so creates an open lane and gives people involved in roadside situations more room to safely operate.  

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How do Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work?

Bright lights at night are more than a passing irritation; in some cases, they can even cause a driver to develop a temporary blind spot and impair their ability to respond quickly to obstacles in the road. Auto-dimming mirrors seek to eliminate this safety hazard by reducing the glare from the bright lights of other motorists.

Rearview mirrors are more intelligent than ever before. In addition to possessing light-sensing technology, they also have a thin layer of light-absorbing gel held just behind the mirrored surface.  

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Factors of the LATCH Evaluations

Vehicles have to be tested for safety when it comes to the driver and passengers of all ages. Therefore, among the things that have to be tested in the vehicle is the LATCH system. Fortunately, there are professionals that are going to be able to look at the factors and provide the evaluation.

Among the many factors that are tested in the LATCH, there is the location of the LATCH anchors, which has a lot of influence on how easy it would be to install your child's seat. The location of the tether anchor serves a key role here…

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Advanced Technology Make Winter Tires Safer

Snow, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on your daily commute into work. Driving in these conditions with young children or older adults can add an extra level of stress to your day. Consider changing out your tires to ones designed especially for winter weather to help you feel more confident in your daily travels.

Today's modern tires are much more advanced than tires of yesteryear. First, the rubber compounding has changed so that tires can remain more flexible in extreme temperatures, which improve their traction.  

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What to Do About a Windshield Chip

If you are considering purchasing a car from us, you need to know that we here at State College Used Cars desire to educate you on as many things as possible. This would include your repair options if you get a windshield chip. Here are some factors to consider.

A windshield chip repair is often a cheaper alternative to a total windshield repair. The technicians at will insert a resin into the chip to make it bond to the glass and significantly decrease the chances it will develop into a full crack. 

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What to Do When Traveling With Pets

Traveling with pets can be very fun and rewarding. However, there are certain things you are going to have to do in order to make sure that everything goes well when it comes to traveling. One thing that you are going to have to think about when it comes to your vehicle is the safety.

One thing that can happen that can jeopardize the safety of the trip is when a pet gets loose. This can cause a distraction that can turn out to be very dangerous. Therefore, you need something that is going to keep the pets in place…

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Effects of Winter on Your Car's Battery

Your car battery can be impacted from hot weather just as it can from cold weather. In the winter, you might notice that your car is harder to start. Extreme cold temperatures can sometimes cause your battery to essentially freeze. If possible, cover the hood of your vehicle to provide some kind of warmth so that you're not starting your car when it's extremely cold.

On the other hand, the heat from the summer months can drain your battery because of the higher temperatures. You're using the air conditioner in your car or the fan to try…

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Your Car's Timing Belt Has A Huge Responsibility In Engine Performance

Timing belts are sometimes called serpentine belts. This is because they are very thick and strong neoprene or woven belts that "snake" around many engine parts. These belts are responsible for timing the action of shafts within the engine. Properly timed components ensure that valves open and close correctly.

Breaking a timing belt is no laughing matter. Spotting a belt that needs to be replaced is quite simple. Cracks and abrasions on the underside will be visible. Uneven track marks on the top side can also show.  

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Muffler and Exhaust Service

You know that the exhaust and muffler are vital to your vehicle’s operation. You, however, may not aware as to how much of a role these components play in the health of your car.

The muffler and exhaust can lead to failed emissions tests, which can cause a delay in your registration process. These components, if not operating to their full potential, can also lead to problems with the engine.

Contrary to what some may believe, your exhaust system does not begin and end at the back of the vehicle.  

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Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

An informed truck owner is a good truck owner, and at State College Used Cars, we believe you have the right to know as much about your car as possible. One aspect of truck ownership you should know about is the pros and cons of having a tonneau cover.

A tonneau can help you protect your truck bed from bad weather and secure items you haul both when the car is stationary and when it is in motion. Some people believe they can even increase gas mileage slightly. However, they limit the size and shape of what you can securely…

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