Check back each week as we update this story with appropriate links and video from "Crocker's Cars," our series that will provide tips to keep your car running better longer while also taking a look at other automotive issues in North Central Alabama.
2/9: Steve visits the Hyundai plant near Montgomery where workers make the Hyundai Elantra. The workers there were also featured in a Super Bowl ad.
2/16: Steve talks to experts from AAA and the Insitiute for Automotive Excellence on how you can find a professional auto mechanic.
Check out AAA-Alabama's approved list of car mechanics at http://ww1.aaa.com/services/automotive/shopLocator/shopLocatorSearch.xhtml?association=AAA&club=14&dt=1329439194068
Institute for Automotive Service Excellence: https://www.ase.com/default.aspx
2/23: Steve explores why the Honda Odyssey ranks so high with experts like "Parenting" magazine as a great family vehicle. And it's made right here in Alabama.
Parenting Magazine's list of smartest cars: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/best-family-cars-suvs?pnid=517378
Honda Odyssey: http://automobiles.honda.com/odyssey/
Honda recalls has issued a voluntary recall on 2008 and 2009 Odysseys to replace the power tailgate strut. For more information visit http://www.recalls.honda.com/
3/16: Steve learns more about the MV-1, the only ADA approved vehicle made in the U.S. Serra Automotive recently opened the first and only MV-1 U.S. dealership in Vestavia. Learn more at http://www.serraautocollection.com/.
3/22: Steve explores the CrasherFlasher, a product that helps make your vehicle more visible to other motorists when you've broken down on the road. Go to http://www.crasherflasher.com for more information.
4/5: Steve visits the Huntsville Toyota plant, which is the only facility where all three types of Toyota engines are built.
4/19: Steve gets introduced to some skilled students competing in the Ford/AAA Automotive Skills Competition.
5/3: When automakers hire, their suppliers also have a chance to grow. Steve visits one of the best suppliers in this segment.
Interested in finding a job in the Alabama automotive industry? Visit http://www.aidt.edu/
Steve also talks about a great new program from Toyota called 100 Cars for Good. The automaker will be donating vehicles to non-profits around the country based on the public's votes. Three Birmingham-area charities are on the list and you can vote for them starting May 14 through https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood/.
5/17: Steve looks into the Strap-n-Go and the move over law, which was enacted in part because of the injuries of then Officer Cliff Hembree. He was hit by a vehicle during a traffic stop in 2003. For more information, visit the following web sites:
5/31: Steve tags along with a State Trooper to give us an idea of what a trooper is looking out for on the road.
6/7: Want to learn more about the mechatronics program and how to connect with industry professionals? Visit these websites:
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