How-To Tips & Tricks

AAA's Via Magazine helps you outsmart life's challenges at home and on the road. Browse all our how-to guides on topics including your car, home, and money.

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How to Improve Your Credit Score at Any Age

Take charge of your credit score.
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How to Prepare for a Flood

Safety measures and other tips for preventing and surviving water-related disasters.
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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.
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How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Storms

Severe weather may be on the way—is your home ready?
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How to Mail Holiday Gifts

Before you wrap and ship, check out these tips to help your packages arrive safely and on time.
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How to Have Fun Outside All Winter Long

Don't let cold temperatures, rain, wind, or snow keep you inside this season.
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How to Secure Your Christmas Tree to Your Car

Tips for getting your fresh tree home safely.
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Protect Your Home When You're Away

Leaving town for a few days (or weeks)? Make sure your home is ready.
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How to Set the Perfect Table for Any Holiday or Occasion

Guests on the way? Here’s a simple formula to make setting a proper table a cinch—any time of year.
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7 Savvy Online Shopping Safety Tips

Strategies to keep your financial data safe during the holiday shopping season and beyond.
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6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

Find calm while you prepare for the holidays with this simple checklist.
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11 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Follow these tips to ensure you’re ready for any weather Old Man Winter has in store.
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How to Secure Your Home

Want to protect your house from intruders? Here are 16 ways to do it.
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When to Use Hand and Turn Signals

Road safety gestures keep drivers, motorcyclists, and cyclists safe—and ticket-free.
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How to Stay Safe at Home During the Holidays

Before you decorate, prep your space to avoid common seasonal hazards.