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What to Look For: 2019 New York Auto Show

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The New York Auto Show will be help Friday, April 19, 2019 to Sunday, April 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue at 34th Street in Manhattan. The New York Auto Show is the longest running auto show in the country, first starting in Madison Square Garden in 1900. There will be nearly 1000 different vehicles displayed at the show... talk about overwhelming! To help you sort through the masses, here's a list of our must-see exhibits at the 2019 New York Auto Show:

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Understanding Auto Start/Stop Systems

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When shopping for a new car, you are very likely to come across Auto Start/Stop systems. Auto Start/Stop or Idle-Stop systems involve shutting off a vehicle’s engine when the vehicle brakes to a complete stop. During the process, the starter shuts off the engine, while the battery continues supplying electricity to the vehicle. Once the driver releases the brake, the battery and starter immediately restart the engine. Furthermore, some vehicles with Auto Start/Stop systems also have some form of regenerative braking technology. 
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Spring Cleaning: After-Winter Car Wash Tips

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Cars go through a lot during the winter, especially if you live in a colder climate. Snow, ice, gravel and of course the dreaded road salt build-up, causing dirt and grime to ravage your vehicle. While proper car cleaning is important year-round, it is especially vital when it comes to rescuing your vehicle from the ails of winter. Here are a few tips for completing Spring cleaning on your vehicle:
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The main purpose of oil in your car is to provide protection. It protects your engine in three major ways:
  1. By reducing friction
  2. By reducing wear
  3. By reducing harmful deposits
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28th Annual Ligonier Ice Fest

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The 28th Annual Ligonier Ice Festival will be held this weekend, January 26-27, in the Ligonier Diamond. The festival starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Events include:
  • Merchant Indoor Sales
  • Kettle Corn
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Weather Permitting)
  • Free Concerts inside the Town Hall
  • Firemen’s Spaghetti Dinner
  • Speed Carving
New for this year is “Ice Fest After Dark.” Attendees can take a walk around the Diamond as all the sculptures are illuminated. Check here for a full schedule and list of events!
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Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

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It goes without saying that one of the best ways to improve your winter driving is by getting winter tires. Dedicated winter tires are made from rubber that stays soft in colder temperatures, and are specifically designed to maximize traction circles and increase a vehicle’s grip. Besides winter tires, here are a few tips for safely navigating icy roads:
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