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Published November 9, 2015

The giving spirit at a local auto dealership is hoping to provide warmth to the needy over the next few weeks. 

Elder Ford in Troy is hosting a coat drive this holiday season, and the donated coats will go to The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is also an event sponsor, and Signarama in Troy donated some signage for the campaign. 

According to Elder Ford, coats of all sizes and for every age group will be accepted, but they should either be new or gently used.

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Published November 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and city officials in Madison Heights are very concerned about the project’s accelerated schedule and the way it’s being funded.

“The city has been generally supportive of the project, but council and staff feel the need to object to how it’s being handled,” said Madison Heights City Manager Ben Myers. 

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 26, 2015

Talk of Indian summer and El Niño to the contrary, the arctic air of winter is bound to make an appearance in Michigan soon. And for drivers, that should mean being ready to prepare for the challenges that cold temperatures and snow may bring to a vehicle.

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan public affairs specialist, said now is the best time to check on everything in the car, before the weather gets cold.

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Published October 19, 2015

Police and health experts are warning metro Detroit’s drivers to not be afraid of being extra cautious while driving or trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Donna Bucciarelli, injury prevention education coordinator at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, said adult drivers should never be distracted by phones and texts, but it’s especially important to pay attention on Halloween due to the night’s foot traffic.

“Especially on Halloween, kids … have a mission,” she said. “They will dart out in front of cars, in between cars.”

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Published October 12, 2015

This year might not hit the target, but state and national agencies are looking forward to a time when they won’t have to count traffic fatalities on Michigan’s roads.

Since 2012, the state of Michigan has committed to the campaign known as Toward Zero Deaths. The campaign, which goes by #TowardZeroDeaths on Twitter, aspires to one day prevent traffic fatalities altogether.

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Published October 5, 2015

As the seasons go round and round, so do a vehicle’s tires. But in order to keep traction on the roads, drivers should monitor their tires’ condition and buy quality ones when it’s time to change them, according to local auto repair businesses.

Andrew McLaughlin, manager and service adviser at Mac’s Tire & Auto Repair in Center Line, said motorists should buy tires on an as-need basis, but he added that it’s a good idea to consider a purchase before the winter begins. 

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Published September 28, 2015

Fall has begun, but it’s still too soon for most cyclists to put away their bikes. So safety advocates are reminding metro Detroiters to watch out for bicyclists and to keep a close eye out for them at intersections, in neighborhoods and on the roads.

AAA Michigan public affairs director Susan Hiltz said that while cyclists are most frequently on the road during the summer months, the prevalence of cycling means that motorists cannot let their guard down.

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Published September 21, 2015

Attentive driving means sharing the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, and around this time of year, it can also mean having to stop for animals like deer.

According to data compiled by insurance company State Farm with the aid of Federal Highway Administration statistics, the most recently tabulated odds of Michigan drivers having a deer-related auto accident are 1 in 97.

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Published September 15, 2015

Summer can make students forgetful of their previous learning, but many drivers also need a refresher lesson on what to do when they see a school bus making a stop, according to state traffic safety experts.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said the biggest thing that motorists need to keep in mind is that traffic patterns have changed, particularly around the high-risk period of 3-7 p.m.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and police agencies statewide are in the middle of a Labor Day campaign to punish drunken driving and other irresponsible driving behavior.

From Aug. 21-Sept. 7, police promise to be on the lookout for people who appear to be driving drunk or who are not wearing their seat belts as part of a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

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Published August 24, 2015

The arrival of a new school year means that many college students will be hauling their belongings in their personal vehicles in order to move into their dorms. But in doing so, police are advising people to store along some safety tips for the ride.

Sgt. Sam Marzban from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said people should be cautious and not stuff so many things inside their vehicles that they can no longer see what’s around them while driving.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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