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As the weather gets warmer and people embark on summer road trips, it's important to take the right precautions before setting out on the open road.

Even though summer is a great time for long drives with the windows down, the warmer weather can also make your car more vulnerable to disrepair. The rise in temperature can lead to stress on tires, batteries and all of the other rubber products inside of your car.

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Not long ago, the idea that you could design a car that could drive itself and its passengers from place to place safely was something out of science fiction films. But the idea has gone from drawing boards to a prototype to the road.

At least two companies have set early versions of the self-driving car out for a spin – Audi, the German maker of some high-end cars and SUVs, and Google.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is still deciding what the future holds for its most successful international show.

Top Gearthe car culture show, was thrown into disarray recently when the BBC fired one of the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson had been in hot water several times before, but finally went over the line when he berated and physically attacked one of his producers.

From the Kia Soul+ to the Subaru Legacy, Lake Effect auto contributor Mark Savage shares his 2015 Zoomie Car of the Year Awards.

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35 years ago, Walt Brinker helped a stranded motorist. Little did he know roadside assistance would become his life's passion.

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Even though most large cities – including Milwaukee – have their own auto shows, two dates on the calendar standout for the automotive industry in this country.

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Over the past week, Lake Effect has offered some suggestions for people who are wishing for books or for games this holiday season.

Milwaukee Midget Racing

It took a lot of work, but Milwaukeean Chris Conrad is finally in the record books. Or, at least his car is.

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We all know the phrase “buy American.”  But in our global world the lines are increasingly fuzzy.

In the case of automobiles it’s hard to decipher what an American car actually is.  Is it a car made by an American manufacturer like Ford, GM, or Chrysler, but including parts from Europe?  What if it’s put together in Canada or Mexico?

Or what about a car assembled in the United States, but on behalf of a foreign company, like Honda, or Toyota, or Mercedes-Benz?

Six Tips for Common Cold Weather Car Questions

Jan 27, 2014

With the arctic weather we've been getting, most of us are taking extra precautions to face the cold. But should we do the same for our cars?