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How To: Master the obstacle swerve on a motorcycle

In this video, we learn how to master the obstacle swerve on a motorcycle. First, you must reach a speed of 15 miles per hour and then swerve around a 7 foot obstacle 13 feet ahead. Learn how to swerve to the left first and then start to swerve to the right on a closed course. Do not brake while you are swerving and learn how to use counter steering. Keep your head up and look where you want to go while you are riding. Enjoy riding your bike and make sure to be extremely cautious when you are...

How To: Program the HomeLink setup in a 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to program the HomeLink setup in a 2010 Prius. This can be programmed to operate any HomeLink compatible device. Up to three devices can be operated from the vehicle. To program a garage door opener, simply press both the remote and home link button until the indicator light flash rapidly. To program anything else, simply follow the instructions that are given to you when you purchase your car. This is a great feature that can save you time and add more simplici...

How To: Obtain and keep a California drivers license

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) created this "The California Driver License" video series specifically to help new drivers understand the requirements and responsibilities of obtaining and keeping a license to drive. CA DMV examiners explain the application process, restrictions for provisional drivers, the behind the wheel test, insurance requirements, actions that can be taken against provisional drivers and driving under the influence.

How To: Make a quick stop on a motorcycle

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a quick stop on a motorcycle. You must reach a speed of 15 mph first. A quick stop means you stop right when you are in the middle of driving, without slowing down first. Close the throttle first, then pull in the clutch. From here, apply both brakes evenly and firmly without locking them up and keep the handlebars straight. Make sure you ride safe and you do this with a helmet on after you have learned the basics of riding a motorcycle. Once you learn t...

How To: Adjust the steering wheel in the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust the steering wheel in the 2010 Prius. Every Prius has a tilt and telescopic steering wheel that should only be adjusted when the car is stopped. Reach under the steering wheel and push the lever down to release. Then, move the steering wheel in and out and up and down until you find the position that is comfortable for you. Pull the lever up to lock it into position. Make sure the steering wheel is completely locked into place before you start driving ...

How To: Operate the backup camera on the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to operate the backup camera on the 2010 Prius. The Prius models can come equipped with a navigation and a backup camera. When you shift into reverse, the navigation screen will change to show what the camera sees behind the vehicle. You will also hear a repeating beep to indicate that you are going in reverse. This is a great tool to use while you are backing up your vehicle, which can help you avoid small things in the road. This is also a great tool to help a...

How To: Adjust the mirrors in a 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust the mirrors in a 2010 Prius. The interior rear view mirror will dim automatically if it sense a glare coming into it. You can turn this function on and off by pressing the buttons on the mirror. There are also outside mirrors that have controls to the left of the steering wheel. Press the buttons to adjust the area the lens is at. There is also a defroster that will activate when you turn on the front or rear defroster. This will loosen any ice from th...

How To: Choose which driving mode to use in the 2010 Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to choose which driving mode to use in the 2010 Prius. The Prius offers four drive modes: normal, eco, power, and ev mode. To activate the mode, press the appropriate button the center console and the light will appear in the center console. Now, you can press it again to deactivate it if you no longer want it on. The Prius has a driving range of 1/2 mile and can operate at 25 mph using light throttle. If the battery needs charging or the speed exceeds 25 mph th...

How To: Drift your car with ease

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to drift a car. Viewers will learn 3 different ways of drifting. The first ways is the handbrake turn. Begin by building up speed in the first gear, swing the wheel over sharply, pull the handbrake, dip the clutch and release the handbrake. The second way is the 90 degree turn. Begin by driving in the second gear, nip the handbrake as you approach the turn, opposite lock and accelerate out of the slide. The third way is the handbrake turn into the rev...

How To: Start your 2010 Lincoln MKT with the ignition button

No more do you need to fumble with keys. The 2010 Lincoln MKT has a button ignition instead of the standard key ignition. And it might be confusing at first, but this video will show you how to start and turn off your vehicle by using the push button (available on select models). No more digging in your purse or pockets… simply have the key fab within a certain distance and press the ON button. It's that easy!

How To: Use hands-free park assist on a 2010 Lincoln MKS

If you live in a big city, you know finding a parking space can be tough, especially one that you're comfortable maneuvering into. Parallel parking isn't for everyone, but with the 2010 Lincoln MKS, you don't have to be a parallel parking master to squeeze into a tight spot. The vehicle has a built-in automatic hands-free park assist that does all the work for you! That's right. No more work, the car does it for you. All you control is the gears, gas, and brake. This video shows you how to ac...

How To: Use the fog lights on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video shows a quick demonstration of how to turn the fog lights on in Toyota 4Runner. If using fog lights, they're turned on by rotating by rotating the inner control ring on the handle with the light controls on it, to the left of the steering wheel. Fog lights will only come on when the headlights are on low beam. The fog lights are the circular lights on the front of the vehicle, next to the rectangular headlights. If you have a new Toyota 4Runner, this video will show you where the f...

How To: Load a CD in a 2010 Prius

This is an easy guide on how to load a CD in a 2010 Toyota Prius. On units with standard audio system, insert CD into the slot to load. Press eject button on the left to eject. On units with JBL audio systems, press the load button in the right hand side and wait for the light. Next to the CD port to turn amber until solid green. Now you can insert a CD (if you'd like to load all 6 CDs), press and hold the load button and wait until light turns solid green. Now you can insert the next CD and ...

How To: Use vehicle stability control on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

Learn how to use vehicle stability control on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner by following the steps in this video. VSC allows a driver to maintain steering control in the event that traction for the vehicle is lost. This Toyota USA tutorial explains the purpose of the VSC system and what indicator to look out for on your vehicle's panel to know when the system has been activated. To better understand how your 2010 Toyota 4Runner maintains steering stability and traction, listen to this video tutorial.

How To: Use the auxiliary audio port on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

Each Toyota 2010 4Runner has a mini plug auxiliary audio input port in the center console. When you want to play your personal playback devices, e.g. iPods or other MP3 players, on your car's sound system, simply plug it in the mini plug socket and press the aux button of the sound system. Depending on the model you drive there may also be a USB port in the glove box for selected models. Connecting your iPod to it will play the device as well as charge it when you drive. Playing sounds in you...

How To: Use rear parking assist on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

One of the many features that comes with the 2010 Toyota 4Runner is Rear Parking Assist. To use this feature, press the button to the left of the steering wheel that is marked P. The system will beep and the green LED will be lit, confirming that the feature is turned on. When the car is put into reverse, the parking assist will start beeping. As the car gets closer to an object, the beeping will gradually get faster and faster. When the car becomes very close to an object, the beeping will b...

How To: Use downhill assist on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner

The 2010 Toyota 4Runner comes with several features – one of which is Downhill Assist Control or DAC. When the driver turns the DAC feature on by simply pressing a button, it will help the car as it descends along slippery and/or steep slopes. When DAC is activated, a green icon will be lit up. DAC works with the A-TRAC (or the Active Traction system) and the ABS (or anti-lock braking system) to help keep the 4Runner's speed below 15 mph, a safe speed for driving down steep grades.

How To: Adjust the 2nd row seats in a 2010 Toyota 4Runner 5P

This video shows you how to adjust the second-row seats in a 2010 Toyota 4 Runner. The 4 Runner comes with a 40-20-40 split folding second-row seat. To fold the second-row seat, pull up on the strap to pivot the bottom of the seat forward, then push the head rest into the down position. Lift the lever on the outside of the seat to fold the seat back forward. The seat backs recline by leaning forward and pulling up on the lever and leaning back to desired position. The seat also has a center a...

How To: Use the backup camera on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video shows you how to use the backup camera on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner to assist in backing up. The 4Runners that are equipped with the available navigational system also have the backup camera. When you shift into reverse, the navigation screen display changes and shows you what the camera sees behind the vehicle. There are also select models that are not equipped with the navigational system that are equipped with a backup camera. This select 4Runner has the rear view displayed in the r...

How To: Use the SmartKey on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video tutorial shows you some of the benefits of the SmartKey on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. This key can be used as just like the standard version, using the remote controls to lock and unlock the car. This key also provides keyless entry; if you have the key in your possession and approach the car it will unlock the doors for you. You can also use this key to open and shut the rear window. The SmartKey brings a bit of innovation to the once standard remote control key.

How To: Use the Smart Key to start a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

Do you have a smart key but are not aware of its advantages? Here are some tips. Put your foot on the brake pedal. A green light will illuminate the start/stop button. Then press that button and the engine will start. To start other accessories, leave your foot off the brake pedal and click the start/stop button. An amber light will illuminate. If the battery is low on the smart key, then touch the smart key to the start/stop button and the engine will start. This provides quick ways to start...

How To: Pair your cell phone in a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This instructional video demonstrates how to pair a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone with a 2010 Toyota 4Runner that does not have a navigational system. In a series of simple steps, the 2-minute video covers the precise process of pairing one's phone with the vehicle. Then, it finishes by showing how the voice-activated system in the 4Runner can be used to make a phone call. This short, step-by-step tutorial is perfect for anybody with a Toyota 4Runner who is having difficulty getting a cell pho...

How To: Stop your car during sudden acceleration

With the recent recall of 3.8 million vehicles from Toyota for falty acceleration pedals or the "floor mat problem", it's important to know what to do if your car gets a mind of its own and starts accelerating out of control. If you own any of the recalled car models including the Camry or Prius, be sure to listen up! This video might just save your life! Learn how to stop your car during sudden acceleration with help from the car safety video.

LA Auto Show: VW Does Infotainment the Right Way

The 2015 LA Auto Show showcases the best of the auto industry—well, at least according to car companies. Increases in horsepower, better fuel economy, and most importantly—the latest tech—is all on display during the 10-day event in Southern California. Once of my first missions at the show was to figure out who is putting the most care and thought into in-cabin electronics, mainly the ones that guide us around and play our music, affectionately known as "infotainment."