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What do different vehicle safety ratings mean?

Owning a car is an essential thing for most people. But it is crucial to know that the luxury of a vehicle will not be determined by its power, uniqueness, or other features. The safety of the car can only determine it. Sometimes an accident can find you even when you are so innocent. Therefore, being ready for such a thing is an assurance that you will be safe during a collision.

Who Should One Trust to Rank His Car?

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety(IIHS) and National Highway Testing Safety Administration(NHTSA) is the country's only known…

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Learn About Your Blind-Spot Monitor's Purpose

By now, many modern Charleston drivers are aware of the value that blind-spot monitors bring to vehicles. How these assistive safety tools work, though, is still a bit mysterious to some local drivers. Thankfully, the blind-spot monitor is not too difficult to understand.

In addition to its warning system, which usually includes visual and auditory alerts, radar sensors and cameras are also vital to the operation of a blind-spot monitor. While mounted to the vehicle's rear, these components detect any adjacent lanes' traffic that 

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The Benefits of Purchasing a Hatchback Vehicle from MINI of Charleston

Sedans are starting to gain popularity again, and rightfully so. This is a really practical style of vehicle that packs a lot of punch into a compact design. You're not going to get much more cargo space from any other kind of vehicle.

If you have a vehicle that has a third row in it, the hatchback can actually provide another entry and exit point to get in and out of. Not to mention, folding down the second and third rows provide you with even more access and space.


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How You Can Handle The Side Tests of the Vehicles

When looking at the vehicle's ratings in the side crash tests from IIHS, you are going to get an idea on how well you can expect a vehicle to do. The side-crash tests of vehicles are a little different from the crash tests of vehicles from the front of the vehicle.

One of the differences between the crash test ratings of the front of the vehicle and the tests of the side of the vehicle is that the tests can be looked at on all weight levels of the vehicle. A lighter vehicle with a good rating in the…

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Have You Thought About Test Driving A New Car?

Should you take the most scenic route when going on a test drive? The test drive should mimic the driving conditions you experience in Charleston. After all, you want to see if the vehicle is a good match from where you plan on driving. Little tips like these help with the test drive experience.

Did you know it is important to check the exterior of the car, too? See if there are any problems before getting inside. Once you are inside, make sure you feel comfortable. And look at all the technology features. Any info you gain will help your…

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How a Blind-Spot Monitor Can Benefit Your Safety

A blind-spot monitor is a beneficial safety feature with the vehicles at MINI of Charleston, as the monitors provide you with the assurance you need to avoid potential collisions when turning or changing lanes.

Normally, when you change lanes or get ready to turn onto another street, you have to check all your mirrors multiple times before making the turn. With the blind-spot monitor, you will be alarmed immediately when a vehicle is entering the area considered to be your blind-spot. 

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Tips for Preventing Auto Theft

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of auto thefts could have been prevented if the vehicle's owners had taken proper precautions. Having your car stolen is no laughing matter, so be smart and follow these tips for protecting your ride:

  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Lock your car doors both while parked and while driving. 
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of an All Season Tire

For those of you that are wondering why there are different tires for different seasons and what the differences between them are, there is a lot that you can learn about the design of the tires according to the season. One example is the all-season tires that you can choose.

The all-season tires are designed for driving in all seasons as the name suggest. However, they are not going to have the best handling during certain seasons because of the compromise made for the tires. For instance, you are not going to be able to enjoy the sharp handling of…

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Preparing Your Car's Winter Survival Kit

Now that the winter months are approaching, it is time to give consideration to the items that you will need in your car's winter survival kit. You don't want to be unprepared if you should get stranded on the road in snowy and cold conditions. MINI of Charleston has some tips on what to keep in your car for winter.

If you get stranded in winter, it will be cold. Make sure you have a blanket and an extra coat in your vehicle. Also, make sure that you have some snacks in case you are stranded for some…

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The Ins and Outs of LATCH Evaluations

LATCH evaluations are conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This independent organization evaluates cars for safety. In particular, the IIHS evaluates how they're affected by crashes. LATCH testing is slightly different, but still related to these tests.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This refers to the hardware systems that are used in child restraints. LATCH hardware is effective in what it does. However, it's not always intuitive for parents to use.  

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