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Don't Let Rodents Damage Your Car

Ferrari of Austin knows how hard you worked to buy your car, so we want to ensure you're informed about all the risks that come with automobile ownership. You protect your car with insurance, and you lock your doors to prevent theft, but is your car rodent proof?

Rats, mice and even squirrels are a problem. They make nests in the engine compartments of vehicles, and they love to chew on wires. If rodents chew on engine wires, they can cause serious damage. 

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Don't Let Rodents Damage Your Car

Ferrari of Austin knows how hard you worked to buy your car, so we want to ensure you're informed about all the risks that come with automobile ownership. You protect your car with insurance, and you lock your doors to prevent theft, but is your car rodent proof?

Rats, mice and even squirrels are a problem. They make nests in the engine compartments of vehicles, and they love to chew on wires. If rodents chew on engine wires, they can cause serious damage. 

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How Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work

We here at Ferrari of Austin love to swap car-related trivia and demystify auto tech with savvy drivers like you. Take auto-dimming rearview mirrors. Have you ever wondered how they work? We wondered, so we did a little research. Here's what we discovered.

An auto-dimming mirror darkens to fight glare and prevent you from enduring the Troxler Effect. The Troxler Effect is the the result of glare in your rearview and the resulting blind spot that occurs when the vehicle behind you turns off. This glare and sudden blind spot delays your response time by 1.4 seconds.  

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Reducing Glare Can Increase Safety

Maintaining clear and clean fields of vision is a top priority for drivers, and successfully doing so can promote safety. Unfortunately, there are many road-based hazards that can reduce the visual field of drivers, and one such danger is glare.

Glare comes in many forms, and these include glare from car headlights and also glare from sunlight. Glare from sunlight tends to occur most strongly during sunsets and sunrises, and this light can at times cause temporary loss of perception for drivers.

The good news is that there are many easy ways to reduce the effects of glare.  

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Getting the Most Out of Your Gas Dollar

Everyone wants to save money while driving around the streets. With today's rising gas prices, it is more important than ever to practice good fuel economy in order to get the most out of your gas dollar.

Carefully planning trips and combining errands will ensure that you use as little fuel as possible. Because fuel economy is worse when starting from a cold engine, it makes sense to do as much as you can when you are out and about. Planning work hours to avoid peak rush hour traffic can also reduce the amount of time that your vehicle…

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How the Temperature Outside Can Affect Your Car Battery

There are many factors that can affect the way that your vehicle performs. The temperature outside can mess with your vehicle and it can stop your vehicle's battery from working how it is meant to work. It is important for you to know that this can happen and for you to do what you can to look out for your vehicle.

Extremely cold temperatures can reduce the capacity of a battery. This can stop the battery from working how it is meant to work. When your vehicle sits in cold temperatures for a long period of time, the battery…

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Prep Your Vehicle Early For Winter's Worst

The most irritating thing about winter is its unpredictability. In some places, the cold months are relatively easy when it comes to car care. In other places, winter weather can take an extreme toll on your vehicle. Most vehicles are designed to work well during cold months, but this precludes owners making some preparations.

Electrical, heating, and cooling systems are the most susceptible systems during long periods of cold. It is a good idea to have your battery checked long before the cold starts.  

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Useful Information About Brake Pads

To keep your vehicle's braking system in optimal condition, you should have its brake pads replaced on a regular basis. The brake pads are important because they act as a buffer and apply pressure and friction to the rotors (the shiny discs that you may be able to see behind the wheels).

You should reference your owner's manual to see what your vehicle's manufacturer recommends when it comes to changing the brake pads. With most vehicles, brake pads will need to be changed every 50,000 miles.  

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How to Handle Being in a Car Accident

Being in a car accident can be scary. You want to make sure you handle everything efficiently. Plus, you will want to get your car fixed as soon as possible. You will want to call emergency services so that the police can come out. They can start an investigation, ticket any responsible parties, and provide you with a police report. We will then want to inform insurance as to what happened.

At some point, you will want to get your car repaired. This may be a few minor issues or something more dramatic. Either way, you will want to follow…

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Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

As bicycles continue to increase in popularity as a way to get around cities, drivers need to develop good habits to share the road with them safely. Observing local traffic laws and learning to anticipate cyclist riding decisions can help keep the roadways safe.

Safety tips for driving on roads with cyclists include common sense precautions like driving the speed limit or slower to give yourself plenty of time to react. 

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