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Roberto Cruz

Articles by Roberto Cruz

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Ready Your Motorcycle for the Road

The do’s and don’ts of preparing your motorcycle for the open road.

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4 Projects That Will Make Your Car Look and Smell Amazing

Get in the spring spirit by cleaning the inside of your car. Here are four car cleaning projects that will make your vehicle look and smell amazing. For best results, try them after your next car wash. An inside job Your vehicle’s windshield takes all sorts of abuse, from bug splatter to bird droppings. WiperRead More

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s 1994 Honda Accord

With her signature catchphrases and trendsetting pouf hairstyle, Nicole Polizzi became a household name when she starred in MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore.” Recently, Polizzi has been on several television programs, including “Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip” and “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” She is a proud mother of two, an entrepreneur with a fashionRead More

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Bounce Back From Pothole Damage

AAA estimates pothole damage costs U.S. drivers $3 billion in vehicle repairs each year. Minimize their effect on your car and learn how to bounce back after you hit one with this advice from AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul. Slow your Roll The best way to avoid a pothole is to swerve around it, butRead More

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Coming in 2022: Automatic Braking

Last year, 20 automakers pledged that automatic emergency braking systems would become a standard feature on 99 percent of vehicles in the U.S. car market by 2022. Here’s a closer look at how these systems work and what it means for drivers. What is it? Also known as forward collision mitigation, automatic braking systems areRead More

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Dr. Travis Stork’s Nissan Pathfinder

Host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show “The Doctors,” Dr. Travis Stork is a board-certified emergency medicine physician passionate about helping others achieve healthier lifestyles. In addition to appearing on season eight of “The Bachelor,” he’s also the New York Times best-selling author of “The Doctor’s Diet” and “The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step PrescriptionRead More

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Choosing the Right Car Seat

Keeping your little loved ones safe when you drive is a year-round responsibility. Having a high-quality car seat will help ensure that happens. Here’s some advice from AAA Northeast car seat expert Karen Blackburn. Choose the right seat You should get a seat that fits your child and your car. Check the manufacturer’s height andRead More

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Love Your Car? Show It That You Care

Sometimes it’s nice to do things because you care. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, show your car some love with any of these three helpful, but sometimes ignored, preventive maintenance techniques. Set things straight. A properly aligned set of wheels makes your car drive straight and prevents tires from wearing out unevenly. While mostRead More

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4 of the Most Influential Automakers

If the American automobile industry had its own Mount Rushmore (on the side of a cliff somewhere outside Detroit), the sculptor creating the monument would have plenty of faces from which to choose. Here are four pioneers who fit the bill, whose visions and innovativeness in the automotive sector helped make the car what itRead More

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Snow and Ice Removal Cheat Sheet

Before work, every minute counts. Here’s some advice on how to get snow and ice off your car in a hurry. Make or buy a de-icer spray and use it on the windshield, side windows and mirrors to kick ice clearing into high gear. Use de-icer on the wiper blades and pull them off the glassRead More

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Test Drive: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum

While it has been on the market for 20 years, the Toyota RAV4 continues to shine as one of the best compact SUVs for its features, technology and safety. Its smaller size makes the RAV4 easy to maneuver and park, yet there is still plenty of space for five adults, including rear seat passengers, who willRead More

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John Leguizamo’s Jeep Wrangler

Colombian-born, Queens, N.Y.-raised John Leguizamo is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, playwright and producer – making him one of the busiest performers in Hollywood. He has appeared on Broadway and in more than 100 films (“Carlito’s Way,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Ride Along”) and television shows (“ER,” “Bloodline”). His latest film, ”John Wick: Chapter 2” hits theaters Feb.Read More

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Online Car-Buying 101

Shopping for a used cars online is easier than ever. Here are some tips for buying used on the internet courtesy of AAA Car Doctor John Paul.

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Driver Do’s and Don’ts: Right Way to Store Summer Tires

With big treads and softer rubber, winter tires give your vehicle better traction on nasty roads. If you recently made the switch to winter rollers, here’s some advice from AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul on what to do with your summer set for the next few months. DO Clean the tires with soap and waterRead More

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