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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, millions of Californians are preparing for their first holiday trip of the season this week. And by taking just a few simple precautions, consumers can make sure their vacation plans aren't ruined by an automobile break-down. The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has issued the following winter car care tips to help California consumers keep their cars running and their families safe for the holidays.<br>Please contact BAR spokesperson Patti Roberts for more information on the ways BAR will help state consumers keep their cars on the road this winter: 916-327-8864. <p> Winter Maintenance and Safety Tips<p> -- Tire Chains -- Weather and road conditions can change suddenly if you<br> are traveling in the mountains or the foothills. Always keep chains<br> handy and learn how to install them.<br> -- Winter Safety Kit -- Whether you're heading for the mountains or<br> planning a long road trip, it's a good idea to store a few items in an<br> old duffel bag or backpack in the trunk of your car in case of<br> emergency: battery jumper cables; a large flashlight and extra<br> batteries; first aid supplies; an extra blanket or two and some warm<br> clothing; a battery-powered radio with spare batteries; a basic tool<br> kit (screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench); bottled water and non-<br> perishable food; highway safety flares in good condition; and a<br> windshield ice scraper.<br> -- Wiper Blades -- Replace dry and cracked wiper blades and top off the<br> wiper fluid. (Do not use water!)<br> -- Battery and Battery Cables -- Have your battery tested, especially if<br> it's near the end of its warranty, and inspect the cables for<br> corrosion, cracks and dirt.<br> -- Brake Pads and Linings -- Have your brakes checked by a licensed<br> adjuster. Visit the Bureau of Automotive Repair Web site at<br> <A HREF="http://www.autorepair.ca.gov" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autorepair.ca.gov</a> to find a licensed brake station in your area.<br> -- Tires -- Regularly check the air pressure on your tires (including the<br> spare) and inspect them for signs of excessive wear. Uneven or<br> excessive tread wear is an indication that it may be time for rotation<br> or replacement.<br> -- Lights -- Properly functioning lights are crucial for driving in winter<br> fog. Test them to make sure they work, especially brake lights and turn<br> signals.<br> -- Heater and Defroster -- You may want to have a professional inspect the<br> entire heating system, as well as the belts and hoses.<br> -- Gas -- Try to keep your tank at least half-full, particularly when<br> driving at night, in bad weather or long distances.<br> -- Cell Phone -- If you carry a cell phone for emergencies, make sure the<br> battery is fully charged.<p><br>In addition to registering and regulating California automotive repair facilities, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) assists consumers with all aspects of automotive repair. For more information on other services, visit BAR's Web site at <A HREF="http://www.autorepair.ca.gov" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autorepair.ca.gov</a> or call the toll-free number at 1-800-952-5210.<p>
 

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George,<p>Who is that, that did a 4-wheel drift into the snow? Looks like they didn't read the Thanksgiving story! LOL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emhammer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/00_s60/s60_awd_test/large/24.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>-Drew
 

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He was another journalist with me in Calgary. His name was Jorge I believe. He's actually a professional driver, but he over did it a bit in that last curve. He's lucky he stopped there. The car was easily towed out. Had he drifted much further, the car would have fallen in a 6 foot ditch.
 
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