Car & Driving Tips

Experts share advice on all things related to your car: from how and when to buy or lease a new or used car to how to manage car repairs and scheduled maintenance. Stay updated on car seat laws, learn the basics like how to change a tire, and get practical tips for driving safely and smartly.

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How to Be a Good Passenger

Help ensure a smooth trip by calmly monitoring the environment and responsibly navigating.
A woman rides in the front passenger seat of a Jeep with the air conditioning on.

How to Get The Most Out of Your Car’s A/C

Stay comfortable while reducing impact on your fuel economy.
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How Much Car Can I Afford?

Determine your budget and stick to it with these handy tips.
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Get In and Go With Gig Car Share

It's easy to get around the Bay Area thanks to Gig, the car-sharing service from AAA.
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Why Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana is Dangerous

It’s illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Here’s why.
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Is Your Car Ready for a Road Trip?

Kick the tires and take a peek under the hood before you go.
A red 2023 Kia EV6 GT on a closed track.

Is a Plug-In Hybrid or an EV Right for You?

These electric cousins offer two very different driving experiences.
Chevy Bolts outside of a Hertz car rental building.

How to Rent an EV

Know these 6 things before you rent an electric car on a trip.
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How to Avoid Pothole Damage

And what to do if you hit one.
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Why You Need Adaptive Driving Beam Headlights

New cars may now come with this advanced headlight technology.
A mom and her child look at a white car in a dealership showroom.

How to Ensure Your Next Car is Safer for Pedestrians

Look out for these features when shopping for a new car.
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How to Get a Real ID

What you need to know about the new requirements going into effect on May 7, 2025.
AAA Member uses their windshield wipers on a rainy day.

How to Prepare Your Car for the Rain

Follow these tips to stay calm and safe while traveling in wet weather.
Wet forest road.

How to Safely Drive in the Rain

Follow these 10 tips to stay calm and safe while traveling in wet weather.
A man checks the oil on his red sedan.

What Does the Oil Pressure Light Mean?

And what should you do if it comes on?