Winter 2009 Forward to a Friend

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READ A SUBARU “BEST-SELLER”

What’s printed in an array of languages by the hundreds of thousands every year? Vehicle owner’s manuals.

Your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual can answer most of the questions that you might have concerning your Subaru. Reading it will make you more knowledgeable and help you to better care for your vehicle. Maintaining your vehicle enables it to provide safe, reliable transportation and helps make it more fuel efficient and worth more down the road.

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CLEAR VISION

Winter driving in many parts of the country means coping with snow, sleet, ice, salt spray, and other elements that reduce visibility. Clean those windows before starting out. Brush, scrape, and wipe to see better for safer driving.

Now might be the best time to change your wiper blades to enhance visibility. See your dealer for Genuine Subaru winter wiper blades, which feature a natural rubber wiping edge and frames with protective rubber sleeves that prevent ice and snow buildup.

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WINTER DRIVING WITH ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Vehicles with the latest technological features make winter driving a different experience. Be aware of how your vehicle is equipped.

  • Don’t pump your brakes – there is no need because your Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) does it for you.
  • Minimal tire spin – as part of Vehicle Stability Control (VDC), the Traction Control System helps prevent wheelspin.
  • Limited swerving – VDC helps keep your vehicle going straight.

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TRAVEL WITH TWEENS

Children between 8 and 12 years old pose different situations than younger children in baby and booster seats and larger teenagers. The safest place for “tweens” to ride is still the back seat. They’ve become more independent, and tend to not want to use seatbelts.

Here are some tips for travel with tweens:

  • Be sure you buckle your own seatbelt.
  • Tell tweens that buckling up is the law.
  • Allow your tweens to choose their favorite radio stations.
  • Give tweens something to do in the back seat.
  • Allow tweens to “own” their private space in the back seat.

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ROAD TRIP RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Take an extra key.
  2. Back up your navigation unit with a good road map.
  3. Check critical components before leaving – tires, belts, and hoses.
  4. Stay alert – stop often and alternate drivers.
  5. Know and follow traffic laws.

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DON’T PLAY GAMES WITH YOUR GAS GAUGE, WINTER EDITION

In addition to running out of gas, driving with the gas tank at low levels in winter results in humidity from the air inside the tank condensing into water, often resulting in stalling and/or frozen fuel lines.

Keeping your tank filled helps to eliminate these problems and also allows you to run the engine periodically and keep warm in case you are stranded by bad weather.

– Thanks to John Harsh of Edwardsburg, MI, for this tip.

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AIR YOUR SPARE

When did you last check the air pressure in your spare tire? You carry it for emergencies, but it won’t do you any good if it’s flat or is low on air.

Try to make it a habit to check your spare tire’s pressure every time you check the pressure in the other tires.

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