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Are You Guilty of Distracted Driving?

Although we seldom care to admit it, most of us are guilty of distracted driving, whether we realize it or not. At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we want to keep you as safe as possible when you’re on the road, so we’re here to offer some tips on how to not drive distracted.

  • If you’re a multi-tasker, do it before you get behind the wheel.
  • Any phone calls or texts should be done prior to driving.
  • Do not eat or drink when driving. 
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Understand the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

In an effort to assist our customers in driving safer on the roads, your friends at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley wanted to pass along some information about the differences when there is an oversteer and understeer in your vehicle.

Basically with an understeer, it appears there is no grip on the road and your vehicle tends to veer off the shoulder when making turns. When you have little response from the steering wheel and find you are working too hard to maintain your lane around turns, you'll want to have a mechanic take a closer look before…

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Ways to Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we don’t want you to become a victim of auto theft like hundreds of thousands of other car owners. We have some great tips to provide you that will decrease the likelihood of having your vehicle stolen. Pay us a visit. Here are some safety tips.

  • Avoid parking in unlit areas or high-crime areas.
  • Make sure you remove the keys and lock all doors when you leave the vehicle.
  • Have the VIN number embedded into all the windows. 
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Anyone Can Maximize Fuel Economy With a Few Simple Tips

Any savvy driver is always looking for ways to get the most gas mileage out of a vehicle. Having your vehicle regularly inspected and serviced is one of the most effective ways to make sure that your engine is running properly and gas is being burned efficiently.

In addition, you should try to use cruise control as much as possible on longer trips. Pack as lightly as possible for longer trips because extra cargo weighs your car down and burns more gas. Also, avoid accelerating or braking abruptly when possible.  

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Different Types of Winter Tires for Your Adventures

Folks that live in cold climates all have one thing in common: Winter weather! Whether you need to travel for business or to see family, you need to be prepared for whatever comes your way this season. There are several options for outfitting your tires for the winter, and the one you pick will depend upon the kind of snowfall levels you're likely to encounter.

If you live in or travel to a region of the country that only experiences a light dusting of snow now and then, performance winter tires may be the option for you.  

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Tire Tread and Pressure Maintenance Tips Will Help You Properly Care for Your Vehicle

If you are providing your vehicle with some routine maintenance, your tires are a part of your vehicle that require some attention. After all, your tires heavily contribute to the overall safety of your vehicle. If you want to check the tread of your tires to see if a new set is needed soon, you can use the penny test to see where the current life of your tires is at. You simply insert a penny upside-down in the tread of your tires. The amount of Lincoln's head that you can see will tell you the current life of…

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The Purpose of the Differential Fluid and How to Keep Everything Functional

Differential fluid is actually one of the most important fluids to have in your vehicle. One of the reasons that it is so important is that it serves a function when it comes to the gears. The function it serves is to transfer heat away from the gear to help it last longer.

Given that the differential fluid serves such a major function in your vehicle, it is important to know that it can breakdown. Therefore, you have to be on top of the fluid and be aware of the symptoms as they occur so that you don't have…

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What is a Timing Belt?

As an informed car owner, learning the inner workings of your car is a must. For this reason, our Acura service team wanted to ensure that you know about how a timing belt works in your vehicle. A timing belt can be thought of as a device used to ensure your gears shift seamlessly as you accelerate.

The length of time that a timing belt lasts is largely dependent on how hard you drive your vehicle but many experts agree that a typical timing belt will last anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 miles assuming it is regularly checked…

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Useful Information About Your Automobile's Alternator

Our staff at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley has a mission to help keep our customers informed about their vehicles. Your vehicle's starting system includes a battery, starter, and alternator. These are important pieces of equipment that help your vehicle perform well. Here is some helpful information about your vehicle's alternator.

Your vehicle's alternator is important because it keeps the battery charged when you are driving. It also helps the battery keep the electrical components in your car working properly, which include the headlights and windshield wipers.  

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How to Get Better Fuel Economy

Gas prices are a little lower than in past years, but the price is still high. You want to get the best fuel economy from your vehicle as possible. By following a few basic tips, you can get better gas mileage from your car.

One of the best ways to improve fuel economy is to go slower. By reducing speed even by a small amount, you can save money on gas. 

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