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Breaking down is scary and stressful. Breaking down with a dead phone battery only makes matters worse. Knowing how to fix the problem yourself or how to get help without your phone is key in making your unexpected mishap as painless as possible.

Alert Oncoming Vehicles

Many motorists assume drivers with a disabled vehicles will call for help on their own, so if you cannot, you’ll need to alert fellow drivers or highway patrol that you need help. Hanging a white cloth from your window while remaining in the vehicle is a safe way to alert others of your situation. If it is daytime, also put your emergency flashers on to warn others that your vehicle isn’t moving. If it is night, use emergency triangles, or if the engine is functional, keep the interior lights on for visibility. continue reading…

Founded in 1805 and the gateway to Amish country, Canton is rich in history. The city is home to a wide array of wonderful historical structures and the previous home of the late President William McKinley. From touring historic homes to visiting the Football Hall of Fame, there are plenty of ways to discover and experience the city’s history.

Touchdown at the Football Hall of Fame

Football Hall of Fame

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Pizza — it’s not just a food, but a centerpiece in all your greatest memories. Whether you eat it with your kids as you watch Disney Pixar’s latest creation, or with your buddies when sports history is made, one thing is for sure: pizza is a timeless classic and here to stay. While great pizza can be made in your oven, the very best pizzas come from the restaurants that are pioneering the food industry. Here are a few pies that you’ll have to try the next time you’re in North Canton, OH.

1. BAM! Healthy Cuisine

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Not long ago, a car registering 100,000 miles on the odometer would have been considered well past its prime—and well deserving of a trade in. These days, however, it is not uncommon to see cars pushing on to 150,000 and even 200,000 miles with barely a stutter.

This feat is only achievable with proper care and attention from the owner. Here are some handy tips to help you beat the car payments and squeeze every last bit of value out of your aging car.

Follow the maintenance schedule

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Want to get out of the house and do something new? These cheap or free tours will teach you more about the history surrounding North Canton, OH, while also giving you free chocolate or a cruise in a canal boat.

1. Fannie May/Harry London Chocolate Tour

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Cleaning the outside of your car is easy. Whether you take it through a car wash, or scrub it down by hand, you can get the exterior of your vehicle sparkling in no time. However, if you’re trying to clean up the inside, it’s going to take some effort. There are several things you’ll want to keep in mind when cleaning the interior of your car.

Pick up Junk

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Picture this: your car starts running ragged or you hear an unexpected sound, pop the trunk, and have no idea what you’re looking at. You don’t have to become a master NASCAR mechanic, but you ought to know your transmission from your engine and how to change your spark plugs.

The Basic Engine

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Cars don’t seem to have a lot in common with dinosaurs and dodos, but it’s easy to see the connection between ancient animals and these classic automobiles. Every one of them is extinct!

Hillman Imp

Just like the Loch Ness Monster, the Hillman Imp is the stuff of Scottish legend. When it was put into production in 1963, it became the first Scottish motor vehicle produced in 35 years. More than 440,000 of the cute little cars were created over more than a decade to compete with the popular Mini. But the Mini won the battle, and Hillman shut up shop in 1976. continue reading…

American muscle cars are making a comeback. As these become more popular, it’s important to understand what you want in a muscle car. When you’re searching for the perfect car, keep in mind the following considerations.

Old or New

Old or New

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American-made cars earned bad reputations when Detroit decided to focus on building big, gas-guzzling SUVs. Today, that has all changed. American factories have reclaimed their previous glory by creating some of the safest, advanced, and reliable cars in the world. If you want to buy a vehicle that was made in America, you can’t go wrong with these top choices.

Chevrolet Sonic

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When it comes to small cars, you can’t get much better than the Chevrolet Sonic. The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine pumps out 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty of oomph for such a small vehicle.

The car’s size makes it feel peppy while also conserving fuel. The 2014 model gets 33 mpg combined with a manual transmission. It gets 31 mpg combined with an automatic transmission.

When it comes to safety, it’s tough to beat the 2014 Chevy Sonic. It gets five stars from the government and the highest rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Those are tough numbers for any car company to top.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is a workhorse that offers plenty of power without burning through excessive gasoline. If you want a truck for the work site or for trips to the woods, the F-150 is one of the best that America can offer.

The Ford F-150′s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine roars with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Stomping on the gas pedal will get you to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds.

Despite this power and speed, the F-150 gets decent gas-mileage. The two-wheel drive version gets 18 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive gets 17 mpg combined. Sure, that looks bad compared to the tiny Sonic, but it’s good for a big truck that can tow 6,700 pounds.

Toyota Camry

Toyota? Isn’t that a Japanese company? Yes, but the world’s economy is more complicated than that. Toyota has dozens of factories in the United States. While some of the profits head to managers in Japan, a lot of the company’s money goes directly to American workers.

The 2014 Camry stands out as one of the best compact cars manufactured in America. It comes in five trim levels, so buyers can choose exactly what they want. Those who appreciate power and speed will choose trims that come with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It offers 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. That gives the Camry enough power to hit 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

That powerful engine also burns fuel efficiently. Owners can expect 25 mpg combined, which puts it among the top cars that don’t use hybrid technology.

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet was once a prime example of an American automaker that has lost sight of what buyers really wanted. The Traverse shows that Chevy has learned from those mistakes.

The Traverse is one of the best American SUVs that you can buy. It still has a powerful V6 engine that churns out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. However, it also gets 19 mpg combined. That makes it as good as, if not better than, SUVs made in other countries.

Which American-made vehicle appeals to you most? Do you think American manufacturers have made positive changes that will attract more buyers?