Car Ownership Tips

Budget-Friendly Car Cleaning Tips

For a cleaner ride and fatter wallet, try these money-saving tips.

Read More »
Featured Articles
The Best 5 Driving Roads in America
If you're looking for American roads that make driving an end in itself, these are the cream of the crop.
Read More »
What Does Exhaust Smoke Mean for Your Car?
Use exhaust smoke as a warning sign.
Read More »
7 Ways to Prevent Car Accidents
Nearly 90 percent of crashes are due to human error.
Read More »
Latest Articles

9 Ways to Make Winter Driving Easier

November 12, 2014
Here are nine inventions that make winter more tolerable for you and your vehicle.... Read More »

Know How and When to File an Insurance Claim

October 23, 2014
Vehicle insurance helps financially protect drivers and provides them with some peace of m... Read More »

The Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive

October 14, 2014
Some vehicles come with either "all-wheel drive" (AWD) or "four-wheel drive" (4WD), and yo... Read More »

How to Keep Your Car Upholstery Clean

September 24, 2014
Part of your car ownership strategy should be keeping that upholstery spic and span. Her... Read More »

Share the Road: Tips for Preventing Vehicle-Bike Collisions

August 26, 2014
Motorists have a right to the road just as bicyclists have a right to the road. Here's how... Read More »
1 2 3

Track Your Service Records
Get Recall Alerts
Get Updated Value Estimates on Your Car.
Find a Review
Choose Your Vehicle:
Choose Trim/Style: (optional)
Featured Video
Common Sounds Your Car Might Make

Related articles for Car Ownership Tips


10 Ways to Become a Better Driver
10 Ways To Lower Your Cost Of Ownership
2008 Automotive Environmental Index
2008 Luxury SUVs
2008 Mazda RX-8 - Provided by CNET.com
2008 Vehicle Dependability Study Results
2009: What's New In Compacts and Small Sedans
2009: What's New In Convertibles
2009: What's New In Green Cars And SUVs
2009: What's New In SUVs And Crossovers
2009: What's New In Trucks
2009: What’s New In Coupes And Sports Cars
2009: What’s New In Mid- And Full-Size Sedans
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L
2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
2010: New Green Cars and SUVs
2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Easier Car Ownership
3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
4 Reasons to Update Your In-Dash Navigation This Holiday Season
5 Factors That Affect Your Insurance Rates
5 Futuristic Vehicle Safety Features
5 Maintenance Items You Can’t Afford To Ignore
5 Tactics for Safe City Driving
5 Tough Questions to Ask Your Mechanic
5 Ways to Improve Visibility While Driving
5 Ways To Protect Against Rust
6 Tips for Eco-Friendly Car Care
7 Tips to Help Your Vehicle Reach 200,000 Miles
7 Ways to Prevent Car Accidents
8 Ways to Reduce Stress While Driving
9 Ways to Make Winter Driving Easier
9 Ways to Ruin Your Paint Without Knowing It
Airbag Safety
America Can Get Its Act Together: 5 Great American Vehicles For Under $30,000
Anti-Lock Braking System Sensor Service
As Seen On Good Morning America: Top Detailing Products
Battery Care
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Tires
Big Wheels Can Present Big Problems
Boost Navigator: GPS For The Masses
Brake Bleeding
Breaking In a New Car
Budget-Friendly Car Cleaning Tips
Buying a Car? New Services Let You Skip Negotiations
Buying A Certified Pre-Owned Hybrid
Buying a New Car: What to Do with Your Old Vehicle?
Buying vs. Leasing: Which Is Best for You?
CAFE Standards: Past and Future Efforts to Improve Fuel Economy
Cash for Clunkers: A Personal Experience
Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles: Luxury or Economy?
Certified Pre-Owned: What's It Worth To You?
Common Sounds Your Car Might Make
Crate Engines: When You Need to Replace Your Engine
Do-It-Yourself Wheel Repair
DriverSide How To Videos
Driverside's Top Tips for Car Owners
DriverSide.com On The Today Show
Driving 101: Six Driving Schools You Should Try


Easier Commuting with Kids
Eight Common Automotive DIY Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
Engine Rehab
Essential Items to Keep in Your Car
Everything You Need to Know About Child Safety Seats
Find Peace of Mind with an Extended Car Warranty
Five Bestselling Hybrids
Five Terms to Know Before Visiting a Car Dealership
Five Tools Every Driver Should Have
Five Used Car Red Flags
Flushing Your Radiator
Four Common Auto Insurance Scams
Four Dealer Options Worth Picking Up
Four Services Only Found at the Dealership
Four Ways to Prepare for a Thanksgiving Road Trip
Get the Most out of Car Camping
Go Green with Your Vehicle Roof Racks
How a Vehicle Becomes a Certified Pre-Owned Car
How and When to Check Your Brakes
How Long Will a Hybrid Car Battery Last?
How The Auto Dealer Makes a Profit
How to Add Air to Your Tires
How to Align Your Headlights
How To Change Your Cabin Air Filter
How To Change Your Engine Air Filter
How To Change Your Headlights And Taillights
How To Change Your Oil
How To Check Your Car Fuses
How To Check Your Car's Drive Belts
How to Check Your Drive Belts
How To Check Your Engine Fluids
How to Choose a Dealership
How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Vehicle
How to Drive Safely at Night
How To Extend The Life Of Your Car
How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery
How to Fall in Love with Your Car Again
How To Find Your VIN Number
How to Fix Cloudy Headlights
How To Jump Start Your Car
How to Keep Your Car Interior Cool in the Summer
How to Keep Your Car Upholstery Clean
How to Maintain Your Vehicle After 100,000 miles
How To Offset Service Cost
How to Parallel Park in 6 Steps
How to Park Your Car Like a Pro
How to Pay For and Finance a Vehicle
How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance
How To Prep Your Car For Summer
How to Prepare for Your Teen Driver
How to Prepare Your Car for Holiday Driving
How to Prepare Your Car for Winter
How to Protect Your Car from Winter Weather
How to Protect Your Car's Interior
How To Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs
How to Remove Window Tint
How to Safely Change a Flat Tire


How To Save Money On A Road Trip
How To Save Money On Auto Insurance
How To Save Money On Auto Parts
How To Save Money On Automotive Body Work
How to Save Money on Brakes
How To Save Money On Car Repairs
How To Save Money On Cleaning Your Car's Interior
How To Save Money On Commuting
How To Save Money On Exterior Car Care
How To Save Money On Fixing Car Leather
How to Save Money on Fuel
How to Save Money on Glass Repair
How To Save Money On Hybrid Maintenance
How To Save Money On New Tires
How To Save Money On Renting A Car
How To Save Money On Roadside Assistance
How To Save Money On Summer Maintenance
How To Save Money On Touching Up Exterior Defects
How To Save Money On Wheel Repair
How to Save Money on Your Car Payment
How to Talk to Your Mechanic
How to Tow Your Car
How to Update Your In-Car Navigation System
How to Use a Car Jack
How to Wash and Wax Your Car in Seven Steps
Hybrid Maintenance: What to Expect at the Mechanic
Hypermiling
Indexing Spark Plugs
Is Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip?
Is Your Car's Fuel Gauge Accurate?
Keep Your Engine Cooling System Going Strong in Summer
Keep Your Home Burglar-Free with GPS Safety
Kids And Car Safety
Know How and When to File an Insurance Claim
Need Extra Cash? Maybe It’s Time to Refinance Your Car
New DriverSide Study Finds American Owners Are Too Lax With Vehicle Maintenance
On-Board Diagnostics: Deciphering the Check Engine Light
Our 10 Favorite All-New Vehicles for 2012
Our Five New Year's Resolutions
Our New Year's Ownership Resolutions
Our Top 5 Most Dependable Used Cars
Pennies at the Pump: The Truth About Cheap Gas
Personal GPS: Well Worth It
Prepping Your Vehicle For Sale
Recyclable Cars
Replacing Shock Absorbers
Ridesharing: Make Money with Your Car
Sell Your Car
Sell, Scrap or Donate
Share the Road: Tips for Preventing Vehicle-Bike Collisions
Should We Be Computing Gallons Per Mile?
Should You Buy an Extended Car Warranty?
Six Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Ideas
Smart Ways To Save Your Automotive Dollars
Smooth Traveling: 7 Things You Need on a Road Trip
Sounds That Could Mean Trouble for Your Car
Spark Plug Wire Replacement


Stop Your Car Windows from Fogging Up
Struts and Shocks: When and Why They Need Maintenance
Successfully Negotiate a New Vehicle Purchase
Survey Finds Drivers Holding on to Their Cars Longer
The 5 Best Mobile Apps for Drivers
The Advantages of Buying a New or Used Car
The Best 5 Driving Roads in America
The Best Car Warranties in America
The Classics Perspective: Doing It Yourself
The Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive
The Difference Between Tire Rotations and Wheel Alignments
The Future Is Here: Six of the Best Automotive Infotainment Systems
The Hybrid Halo Effect
The Joy of Voice Command
The New Cash For Clunkers Programs
The Penny Test: A Quick Way to Check Tire Wear
The Six Best Driver Seats for 2012
The Truth Behind Mechanic Certifications
Three Car Repair Rip-Offs
Three Crucial Safety Tips for Women Who Drive Alone
Top 10 Factors Contributing To Fuel Economy
Top 10 In-Car DVD Players
Top 10 Least Expensive Mid-Size Sedans Of 2008
Top 10 Non-Hybrid Gas Savers For 2008
Top 10 Road Trip Vehicles
Top 10 Speediest States
Top 10 V8 Sedans For Under $65,000
Top 3 Signs Your Brakes Are Done
Top 3 Tips for Pet-Friendly Road Trips
Top 5 Overcharged Repair Jobs
Top 5 Tips: What To Do If you Can't Make Your Car Payment
Top 5 Ways to Spot Bad Drivers on the Road
Top 5 Ways To Update Your Vehicle
Top 7 Deals In Used Luxury
Toyota Recall Information
Underwater Finance
Video: Essential Items to Keep in Your Car
What Does Exhaust Smoke Mean for Your Car?
What Engine Oil Should You Use in Hot Weather?
What Kind of Car Should You Buy?
What to Do Before Driving Internationally
What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled
What to Do if Your Car Won't Start
What to Do in the Event of an Accident
What to Do When Your Engine Overheats
What Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity Means
What's Involved In Servicing Your Car's Air Conditioning
What's New With GPS Units?
When is it Time to Get a New Car?
When Should You Rotate Your Tires?
When Should Your Parents Stop Driving?
When to Check and Replace Vehicle Engine Belts
When to Repair a Cracked Windshield
When to Test and Replace a Car Battery
Windshield Wipers: Maintenance and Buying Tips
Winter Driving Tips: How to Drive in the Snow
Your Checklist to Being a Better Owner