Auto Safety

5. Sign up for roadside assistance through your dealer or the American Automobile Association. Most plans provide help 24/7, wherever you are.

6. Trust your senses. Smell something funny? Get it checked out. Pay attention to the sound your engine makes. Any change could signal a problem. Don't ignore unfamiliar sounds (and don't just turn up the radio). Have them checked out.

Let's face it, cars rattle from time to time, especially if they're on the older side. Sometimes the weather will do it. Other times, something may be stuck under the hood. Watch out for these 10 signs -- they could signal serious engine problems and should be checked out by a mechanic.

1.Jiggling when you reach a certain speed

2.Squealing sounds when you hit the brake

3.Knocks from the engine when you speed up or drive up a hill

4.The engine turns over when you turn the key, but the car won't start

5.Your "check engine" light is on

6.Thumping in one or more of your tires

7.Clicking sounds when you make a tight turn

8.Engine keeps going after you turn off the car

9.Rumbling or hissing in the muffler

10.Moisture or the smell of antifreeze inside the car

Adapted from Sounds of Engine Trouble, courtesy of the American Automobile Association.

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