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Installing a Child Car Seat

Modern vehicles are designed to be safe for all members of the family, including infants and children. They have features that are designed to work with child seats. With that being said, a seat is only safe if it's installed correctly. An improperly installed car seat leaves your child vulnerable to injury during a collision, so here are some important tips to keep in mind.

The first thing you should do is read the manual of the seat and your car. Every vehicle is different. Luckily, many manufacturers include guidelines that can help you out. 

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Being Prepared for an Accident Helps You Respond Properly

There can be nothing worse than getting into an accident. We want you to stay safe on the road and make sure that you respond properly if an unfortunate accident occurs.

The first thing to remember is to never admit fault when you exit from the vehicle. Anything you say can be used against you, and usually does! You might even be at fault, but give yourself time to assess the situation until things have settled down. It is perfectly acceptable, and recommended, that you ask the other driver if they are okay and offer any assistance. 

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All About Alternators

The alternator is a word that is thrown around a lot but many people do not truly understand its function and importance. As the primary generator of electric power in your vehicle, the alternator is a key cog in the car's charging function. 

The alternator works to charge the battery while the engine is in motion. It also supplies the necessary electrical power for the entire vehicle's electrical systems. A bad alternator can cause the battery to drain and die, leaving you stranded. 

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What To Do Before Using Your Vehicle to Tow

If you plan on towing, you should first determine the amount of weight that the vehicle can safely haul. Furthermore, a check should be done to make sure that the brakes and towing lights work. This can help keep other drivers safe while on the road. You can reduce the chances of an accident occurring by using towing mirrors.

It is critical that you practice driving while towing before going on a public road. 

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Crossovers are the Answer for Your Family

Driving a crossover is the ideal choice for most families. With the toughness and durability of an SUV and the smaller and faster responsiveness of a car, these spacious and comfortable vehicles offer the best of both worlds. Just like their SUV cousins, they have high cabins for great views of the road, and you can put your kids, their friends and even the dog inside for a trip around town.

Crossovers today have many new features. Stylish designs are constantly evolving, and new technology infotainment options abound. 

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Carpooling Tips: Start the New School Year Off Right!

We at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda love giving safety tips to clients who want to start a new carpool. The start of a school year is a great time to get involved with other parents in the community and organize a carpool.

When you start a carpool, make a list of rules and information for all potential families that want to join. Then, request information about the vehicle they will use, the driver and the days they have available. You should also know how many seats will be available in each vehicle. 

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How Can a Backup Camera Help You?

There are a number of great features that can help you enjoy a safer drive. The backup camera is one of these, designed to reduce the risk of back-over accidents that could injure children, pets or others too small to be seen in the rear-view mirror. Understanding safety technology can help you make the right decision when choosing your next car.

Backup cameras are standard in passenger cars as of 2018, but they're featured in many previous models as well. Different cars have different types of cameras, depending on the technology used. 

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Reduce Your Distractions Behind the Wheel with New Vehicle Technology

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the US. Before heading out on the road, we here at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda wanted to give you some tips for reducing those distractions.

Eat food while off the road. Messy foods can fall onto the carpet, affecting your focus. If you’re on a long trip, take breaks at a rest area or off the road and take the time to have a snack or meal, so that you’re energized when you’re back on the road. 

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How About Considering a Hatchback for a New Car?

If you spent your entire car-consuming life purchasing a sedan, you may not see the benefits associated with a hatchback. You might want to consider a hatchback for your next purchase. There are some major positives to owning a hatchback.

The obvious benefit to a hatchback is cargo space. If you are transporting a lot of personal belongings, opening up the hatch and folding down the seats delivers more of that necessary space. Better yet, a hatchback does so without compromising sleek looks. 

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Things to Think About When Hiring a Good Mechanic

Running into problems with your car sets a course for a number of hassles. Picking the wrong mechanic further adds to all those hassles. Don’t compound the problem by not performing proper due diligence when hiring a mechanic.

Avoid making false or premature assumptions. Just because a garage is in operation doesn't mean management employs the most qualified people. Check to make sure the mechanics affiliated with the garage hold specific and credible professional certifications. Avoid making judgments based on ambiguous feedback, such as seeing a lot of cars parked on the garage's lot. 

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