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Overcoming Your Fear of ParThere's no denying the fact that parallel parking is a difficult maneuver. If it makes you break into a cold sweat, whether you're wedging your car into a tight spot or snuggling up to the curb on a perfectly empty street, you should know that there are plenty of tips and tricks to help you parallel park like a pro every time.

As intimidating as parallel parking can be for new drivers, and even seasoned vets, there's no need to let your anxiety impact you to the point that you're parking blocks away from your destination just to avoid parallel parking. Here are a few tips to master this useful maneuver and ensure that you feel comfortable parking in any situation.

How to Jump Start a CarYou know that over time, parts of your car will start to fail, often due to wear. While the battery doesn't suffer the same stresses as mechanical engine parts, it, too, can die if you accidentally drain it by leaving the headlights on or the door ajar, if your alternator isn't working properly (to return charge to the battery), if terminals are corroded, or if it's simply old. It can also go kaput if you just don't turn on your car for a while... like if you're stuck at home during a quarantine, for example.

If you want to avoid a towing fee and the cost of a professional battery recharge (or worse, replacement), you may be able to get things going again with a jump start, whereby you use some charge from another vehicle to recharge your own battery. There is some risk involved, but when you know what you're doing, the process should be relatively smooth and easy. Here are the basics of jump starting a car.

DIY Detailing to Keep Your Even with proper care, including frequent cleaning and regular trips to your local mechanic for needed service, your car can start to look a little worse for the wear as the years go by. You may start to see scratches marring your otherwise pristine paint job, or you might suffer tiny chips and cracks on the windshield that don't warrant outright replacement. Your headlights may suffer from fogging that makes them unsightly (and less functional).

What can you do to repair these minor cosmetic issues without spending an arm and a leg on professional service, part replacement, or a new paint job? Luckily, there are a few DIY ways to address these flaws and return your car to a like-new appearance.

 

Windshield Chip Repair Kit

Whether you like to take gravel roads to remote wilderness locations to camp, or you're simply dealing with roadway construction that leaves wheels spitting up asphalt and debris, it's normal to see minor chips and cracks appear in your windshield over time. While they might not be overly concerning as-is, they can quickly spread and become a considerable eyesore if left unattended.

What You Need to Know aboutWhen purchasing a new vehicle, you may be concerned about emissions. We now know that carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions can be hazardous, which is why more and more vehicle manufacturers are moving toward cleaner fuel, hybrid engines and electric vehicles as a means of curbing harmful emissions.

There's more to the story, though. As a responsible consumer, you need to know that there are two main considerations when it comes to vehicle emissions: directemissions and lifecycle emissions. What do these two terms mean and how can they impact your next car purchase?

Lemon Laws 101There are a variety of consumer protection laws in place to ensure that Americans aren't exposed scams, harmful defects, and the like when they purchase goods. When it comes to cars, consumers are protected by "lemon laws," or legislation designed to provide a means of recourse should you discover that your car is defective.

All 50 states have lemon laws on the books pertaining to new cars, and they typically allow consumers the opportunity to have the defect addressed by the manufacturer, or if this isn't possible, to receive a new car or a refund. Rules vary from one state to the next, howver, and only a handful of states have lemon laws in place for used car purchases. If you fear you may have bought a lemon, here are a few things you should know about lemon laws.