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Is Your Car Ready For The Holiday Season?

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Volkswagen Freezing Winter

The most important thing every holiday season is your safety.

The holidays are here, and with it comes a lot of errands to fulfill. However, whether you’re driving several hours to spend time with family or braving the roads for last minute gifts, it’s important to never forget about your safety on the road, especially when considering the increased incidences of accidents caused by wet and icy roads.

One critically important tip is to make sure your car is prepared. Even if you are the proud owner of a reliable Volvo with all the safety bells and whistles, it must be in optimal driving condition for winter conditions.

Now, you may think about going to a service station, but have you ever considered doing it all on your own instead? Assuming you have the necessary skills, doing so could spare you lots of time and money.

If you do decide to prep your Volvo yourself, you will need to find all the necessary spare parts that are compatible with your car. Places like sparepartstore24.co.uk provide a huge assortment of all the spare parts you might need for you vehicle, including a large selection of brake system parts, filter parts, engine parts, suspension parts, steering parts, electric parts, heater parts, oils and fluid parts, repair kits, pipes and hoses, exhaust system parts, body parts, lights and mirrors, transmission parts and bearings and seals.

It does not matter you’re looking for — all you have to do is search for the particular item on their domain, and you will surely find it.

Don’t hesitate to get your car ready for winter road conditions to help make sure you and your beloved ones stay safe on the road this holiday season.

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New Ram 1500 Aces Crash Test, But Fails To Get Top Safety Pick Rating

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New, 2019 RAM 1500 IIHS Crash test

It missed out on the coveted rating because seemingly innocuous oversight.

Make no mistake, the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 is a very safe pickup truck. It aced nearly all of the Insurance Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s six crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, whereas the previous generation Ram 1500 received a less impressive marginal rating in the driver-side small overlap front test and the roof strength test.

Unfortunately, it missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick rating because its best available headlights earned only a marginal rating.

It’s worth noting that the IIHS introduced the passenger-side small overlap test in 2017, and 2019 Ram 1500 is the first pickup to undergo and, thus, ace the test. It’s optional front crash prevention system also earned a superior rating, helping avoid crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph as tested.

Does a marginal rating for the headlights deter you from getting the new RAM 1500? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe large CUV, blue

The large crossover earns Hyundai another Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ rating.

The all-new, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has the earned highest average score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash scenarios and front-crash prevention assessment.

For a vehicle to earn the Top Safety Pick rating, it must have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating and acceptable- or good-rated headlights.

To be awarded the higher Top Safety Pick+ rating, the vehicle must also receive an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test, and a good rating for the headlights.

Santa Fe models equipped with the available “good” LED headlights earned a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) rating, while those with “moderate” halogen projectors settled for Top Safety Pick (TSP).

With these results, Hyundai now claims to have more TSP and TSP+ awards than any other automaker in North America.

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Tesla Model 3 Excels In NHTSA Crash Tests

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Tesla Model 3 EV Side Crash Test

Tesla’s most affordable car appears to take safety seriously.

The Tesla Model 3 scored top marks in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, receiving five stars in every crash category including frontal crash, side crash and rollover.

The electric sedan also achieved a five-star rating in every subcategory — side barrier, side pole, etc. — as well as top ratings for all occupants. It joins Tesla Model S and Model X, as well as a slew of new cars, at the top.

There have been several reports of drivers and passengers walking away mostly unscathed from devastating Model 3 crashes, and now we know how.

However, as impressive as these results are, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash scenarios are more more challenging than the NHTSA and will be more telling of just how safe the Model 3 is.

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