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Car Talk's Summer Driving Tips

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Staff Blog | Jul 21, 2017

Summer driving tips from Car Talk. Print these out for trouble-free motoring on your summer road trips.  

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Formula e race car
Jul 21, 2017

Formula E Battery Car Racing Invades New York

Jim Motavalli

For the first time, electric car racing took place on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The event sold out, and the cars are coming back. Next step, electrifying the world's auto fleets.

racing electric vehicles

When It Comes to Tire Pressure, Too High Is Better Than Too Low
Jul 20, 2017

When It Comes to Tire Pressure, Too High Is Better Than Too Low

Dear Car Talk

Temperature changes are causing tire pressure warnings in Gary's Tacoma. How should he adjust it, keeping safety in mind?

tires air pressure Toyota Tacoma 2017

Car Has Electrical Gremlins after Steering Pump Repair
Jul 18, 2017

Car Has Electrical Gremlins after Steering Pump Repair

Dear Car Talk

The car's start-up problem might be coincidence or a loose connection--but how did that happen?

steering batteries electrical wiring Mazda CX-7 2007

How to Evaluate a Used Car
Jul 13, 2017

How to Evaluate a Used Car

Dear Car Talk

Spending a little money up front might make that first car purchase a good one.

buying Lexus IS 300 2004

The Real Deal regarding Synthetic Oil Change Intervals
Jul 11, 2017

The Real Deal regarding Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Dear Car Talk

Suzanne hears a bunch of different answers when it comes synthetic oil change intervals. What's the wise choice?

oil changes oil Toyota Camry 2011

The Volvo SX90 Plug-In Hybrid
Jul 07, 2017

Volvo’s Bombshell: All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid by 2019

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is plugging in its entire fleet over the next two years, and France is banning gas/diesel cars by 2040.

electric vehicles auto industry regulation

Chevy Bolt at a charging station
Jul 06, 2017

The Big Battery Breakthrough? It's Here (Maybe)

Jim Motavalli

Ninety-four-year-old John Bannister Goodenough, a Texas scientist with an impressive track record, says he's made low-cost solid-state batteries--with five to 10 times the energy storage of today's lithium-ion liquid cells--work in the lab. But is his technology for real?

electric vehicles auto industry

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test
Jul 06, 2017

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test

Dear Car Talk

The dealership said Cynthia needed $1500 in repairs to make her VW's AC work again. Additional testing might save her some serious bucks.

air conditioning Volkswagen Jetta 2010

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First
Jul 04, 2017

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First

Dear Car Talk

Greg's bills for his Silverado's brake system won't stop, and neither will the truck. Before he dumps more money into parts, there's a simple fix that may do the trick.

brakes Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2004