Driving has changed. Smart Motorist brings you expert advice on the newest technology, safety equipment, and strategies for safe navigations of today's roadways. You'll find clear, informative articles on subjects like Cell Phones, SUV, Road Rage, Distracted Drivers, and Winter Driving.

If you're looking to buy a new or used vehicle, we've included a number of articles detailing the steps involved in locating a good vehicle as well as obtaining financing, insurance, and extended warranties.

Car Buying Tips

20 Steps To Successful Car Buying

 Article Index:Step 1: The Buying ProcessStep 2: Which Car Do I Want? What Car Do I Need?Step 3: How Much Can I Afford?Step...

Key components to keep your car in good running condition if not buying new ones

With job layoffs mounting, people struggling to stay in their homes and just a general worry over what’s going to happen next, buying a...

Top Ten Safest Vehicles

Chosen by the editors of SmartMotorist.comLarge Luxury CarsMercedes-Benz S-ClassBMW 7-SeriesAudi A8Lexus LS400/LS430Cadillac Deville...

How To Buy A Car? An Overview.

Congratulations on taking the crucial first step in acquiring your new or used wheels! We offer personal recommendations, based on a...

Top eight auto brand for the 2009 model year

It has been a wild and crazy year in the automotive industry and not all of it for the good. Spiking gas prices in particular, driven by...

Car accessories

Vehicle Types - Types of Car

Vehicle Types: Automobiles vs. Light Trucks - For classification purposes, automobile manufacturers have historically divided their light...

Adjusting Your Mirrors Correctly

Don't assume that modern car door mirrors adjust themselves or you could be putting your life and others at risk. You need to adjust...

Engine Oil Specifications and Lubricant Technology

- Rudy HiebertEurope and the United States differ greatly when it comes to setting engine oil specifications. In Europe, vehicle...

Washing & Detailing Your Vehicle

Carwash Chains - Many of the carwash chains offer interior detailing services in addition to their washing activities. Just remember you...

Checking and maintenance of car brake system

The brakes are the most important active safety of a car and one of its key pieces. However, many drivers do not seem to understand it well...

Security Systems

Security systems and anti-theft devices

Statistics - Each year, more than a million vehicles are stolen in the United States with a car stolen every 23 seconds, according to the...

History of auto-theft legislation

Federal Legislation1919 - The Dyer Act, popularly known as the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act, made interstate transportation of stolen...

Auto theft - How to reduce your risk

Your risk of having your car stolen depends on three things: where you live (urban areas more than rural; port and border cities more than...

Car-Jacking

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) defines carjacking as the attempted or completed robbery of a motor vehicle by a stranger that includes...

Anti-theft system components

Automatic system arming (aka: passive setting):Costs: Free - Included with most better systems, and most built-in alarms.Benefits: The...

Auto Financing

Car leasing vs. buying which is better?

The answer may depend upon how far you drive each year Fuel prices drop Options to buying a car Cost of maintaining an auto Driving habits...

Auto Warranties and Extended Auto Warranties Explained

Are extended warranties worth it? Unless you're prepared to pay for the very best policies from the highest rated companies (such as...

Auto Leasing Explained

Loans versus Leases - Loans enable people to buy things. A lease is a rental agreement. Once you make all the payments on an installment...

Rent A Car - Preparation

Be Prepared Next Time You Rent A Car Renters beware: the actual cost of renting a car can exceed advertised rates from 50 to 75 percent...

Insurance Fraud Costs Consumers Billions of Dollars a Year

Insurance fraud has become a major financial problem for both insurance companies and consumers. The National Insurance Crime Bureau...

Driving Guideline

Tips for Driving In Rain

Rainy driving tips - Smart Motorist offers the following suggestions for safer driving in wet weather. In stormy conditions, it is more...

Driving Tips From Driving Experts

From http://www.driving.co.uk/21 Smart Driving Tips for New Drivers:You're biggest risk of having a bad accident is within the first two...

Where to put hands on the steering wheel?

By Gary RichardsFrom the first day in driving school, this lesson is drilled into our heads: Firmly grip the steering wheel in the 10-2...

Hydroplaning (Aquaplaning)

Hydroplaning (called aquaplaning in Europe and Asia) occurs when water on the roadway accumulates in front of your vehicle's tires...

Driving In Fog

Smart Motorist is dedicated to raising driving standards by increasing the skill and competence of all drivers. Driving safely on today...

Traffic and Safety

What Causes Car Accidents?

The dictionary defines accident as "an unexpected and undesirable event, a mishap unforeseen and without apparent cause."...

Older Drivers, Elderly Driving, Seniors at the Wheel

In the next 20 years the number of elderly drivers (persons 70 & over) is predicted to triple in the United States. As age increases,...

Maintain a Safe Following Distance (The 3 Second Rule)

Good Weather - During daylight with good, dry roads and low traffic volume, you can ensure you're a safe distance from the car ahead of...

Driver Fatigue is an important cause of road crashes.

Driver fatigue is very dangerous condition created when a person is suffering symptoms of fatigue while driving, often resulting from the...

Traffic Jams

The Physics Behind Traffic Jamsby William BeatyI live in Seattle and my two daily commutes last about 45 minutes. (That's when I'm lucky...