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Cut your stress for the New Year

A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen—insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more.  Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress.
Stress is an inevitable part of life.  Relaxation, sleep, socializing, and taking vacations are all things we tell ourselves we deserve but don’t allow ourselves to have.

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What's Your Driving Stereotype?

The guys of Dude Perfect are at it again with another car video. If you haven't checked out their YouTube channel, this group of guys pulls various silly stunts, with surprisingly ingenious ingenuity.

This week, they're talking driver stereotypes. You've all met one. You probably are one.

Remember that time you needed a ride from a friend, and realized all of their worldly possessions were crammed into the backseat? They have an apartment, but somehow they need old mail, appliances, spare shoes, coats from two winters ago, and beach chairs back there.

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How the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Improved Since the 1995 Wrangler YJ

 

In 1995, the Jeep Wrangler YJ was released. Despite its square headlights that had fans of the traditional round lights rioting in the street, it was the top-of-the-line off-roading model at the time.

Twenty years later, and it still is-- or its modern day descendant is. The Fast Lane Car brings both vehicles to a muddy, gullied trail to see which is the reigning champion of off-road performance.

The modern machine is by every measure a better vehicle. It is safer, has more interior comforts, and it handles off-road conditions with far more ease. It's aided not only by…

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Toyota Vehicles Can Withstand a Beating

Toyota makes some of the most reliable vehicles on the road, well into high mileage. But how durable are they, really? Top Gear's hosts aim to find out, by whatever means necessary.

Would you expect your car to survive being plunged into salt water? Probably not, especially when you add the corrosive effect of sand. However, this used Toyota truck does.

Or, at least it starts up again with a little bit of WD-40.

It also survives crashes, fires, and a slew of wild stunts designed to test the vehicle's limits.

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Toyota Vehicles Can Withstand a Beating

Toyota makes some of the most reliable vehicles on the road, well into high mileage. But how durable are they, really? Top Gear's hosts aim to find out, by whatever means necessary.

Would you expect your car to survive being plunged into salt water? Probably not, especially when you add the corrosive effect of sand. However, this used Toyota truck does.

Or, at least it starts up again with a little bit of WD-40.

It also survives crashes, fires, and a slew of wild stunts designed to test the vehicle's limits.

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Beginner's Guide to Washing Your Car

Visiting John Johnson Select Used Cars for your first car? Whether it's your first, or tenth car, we could all use some pointers on how to keep your vehicle looking and smelling clean.

Ford put out some videos recently, starring Unbox Therapy's Lewis Hilsenteger, with some basic tips on how to do just that.

The key to hand-washing a car is to avoid scratching the finish with the very dirt you are washing off.

First, minimize the larger, loose debris your sponge has to deal with by rinsing the car thoroughly first.

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Can We Catch Drunk Drivers with Lasers?

It's the future. Cops can already detect if you're speeding by using lasers, and now it looks like they might be able to detect if you're driving drunk!

Last year, a team of Polish scientists figured out a better way to bust you if you're driving back from the bar when you should've gotten a ride.

Normally, you would only get pulled over if you were caught swaying in the lane or driving abnormally. What these scientists figured out, however, is how to use a process called "stand-off detection" to read the chemical composition of…

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Shocking Answer to the Windows vs AC Question

Have you ever heard, "it's better to roll up the windows and run your air conditioning than drive with the windows rolled down"? The idea is, your car is aerodynamic. Open windows make the car less aerodynamic, so you get lower gas mileage. Of course, running the AC drains power and reduces mpg as well. So which is really better? It turns out-- neither. Maybe. Sort of? Alright, so the Mythbusters team called this one "Myth Busted." They found that a car with its windows rolled down ran 15% lo
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Consumer Reports Lists Its Favorite Used SUVs

Are you in the market for a used car, truck or SUV? Well, that's great news because you're about to save a whole bundle of money! Now, we clearly recognize that you have a long list of options when shopping for a reliable and affordable used model.

However, you don't need to spend all of your free time traveling from one dealership to the next when Consumer Reports has taken the time to test drive and review many of our used models. All you have to do is press play on the clip below to find out…

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Photo Taking Tips

Have you ever tried taking the perfect picture of your car? It’s more of a science than you would think, especially if you’re using that picture to try and attract potential buyers. Lighting is extremely important, so that the car doesn’t look washed out and the buyer can see all of the important angles features of the vehicle. The best time of day to take pictures would be right when the sun is rising or setting. This allows for the right amount of light exposure, without it being too harsh. C
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