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How To: Adjust the front seat and heater in the 2010 Toyota Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust the front seat and heater in the 2010 Prius. First, you will need to adjust your seats by lifting the lever in the front of the seat. Move up and down until it's comfortable. On the side of the seat is a lever which will move the seat up and down. The other lever behind that will move the seat back up and down until it's in the right place. There is also a button on the side that will change the lumbar support for your back. There is also an option ava...

How To: Access XM Satellite Radio in a 2010 Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to access XM satellite radio in a 2010 Prius. To access this feature, press the "sat" button the dash or the "sat" button the steering wheel. You can also use the voice recognition button on the steering wheel by saying "satellite radio" out loud after pressing it. You can search for music by channel or use the type scan button while in audio mode to find the type of music you prefer. There are a variety of channels offered, look at your channel guide to find 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: Start the 2010 Prius

In this tutorial, we learn how to start the 2010 Toyota Prius. First, get in the car and make sure you are buckled up and have your keys with you. After this tap on the brakes and then simply turn the car on by pressing the power button. After you do this, the car will start to power up and the lights on it will load with all the car health information. To turn the car off, you will just simply stop the car and press the power button once more. This is a very easy car to use and it's very use...

How To: Drift using the handbrake

In this tutorial, we learn how to drift using the handbrake. First start off by driving and then pull the emergency brake and use the steering wheel to guide your car and drift. There is a sequence to using the gas and brake petal while you are doing this, to keep an even balance while you are drifting and you won't lose control of your vehicle. Start to do this when you get up to around 80 miles an hour. Practice doing this with a professional on a closed course. This is extremely dangerous ...

How To: Avoid speeding tickets

Speeding tickets are one of the worst things a driver fears on the highway, aside from wrecking, of course. But you can get home safe without getting a ticket. You just need to keep your vehicle off the radar by following these stealthy driving techniques.

How To: Drive a zamboni

A zamboni is a very cool, very big vehicle that is used to clean and resurface the ice in a hockey or ice rink. In this tutorial, go on location with the New York Times as they show you how to drive one of these monsters in the ice rink at Battery Park.

How To: Get turn by turn directions with Ford SYNC

If you have just purchased a new Ford Taurus, you may have noticed the new SYNC feature. SYNC is a GPS built right into your dashboard. If this is your first time using a global positioning system, you may need a few pointers. Check out this video and learn how to access step by step directions and get where you need to go.

How To: Safely drive a manual car

Before driving your car make sure that you put your seat belt on. There are three peddles in a car with a manual transmission. The first one on the left is the clutch. The next peddle is the brake. The peddle to the right is the gas peddle. The next thing you need to understand is the shifter. The transmission will have a number of gears, usually 4 or 5, with reverse. Make sure you study the gear pattern on the shift knob so that you know where each of the gears are when you are shifting as y...

How To: Ride in a convertible

If your not use to riding in a convertible there are a few novice mistakes that can be easily avoided and save you from embarrassment. Take into consideration that even though you are getting into a car, you are going to be exposed to the elements.

How To: Use the accessory meter on a 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video shows you how to use the accessory meter on a 2010 Toyota 4 Runner. The accessory meter display is located in the center of the dash board. The accessory meter center includes a clock, average fuel consumption, range, compass, and outside temperature display. On models equipped multi terrain select, it shows which mode is selected. To cycle between fuel consumption and range, press the mode button. Pressing the set button resets the fuel consumption back to zero. To set the clock h...

How To: Use cruise control on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner

ToyotaUSA shows us a quick video detailing cruise control on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. Cruise control is standard on all 4Runner models. Behind the lower right side of the steering wheel there are switches for the cruise control. To activate it, press the on/off button at the end of the stock. A green icon will be illuminated on the instrument panel. Accelerate or decelerate to desired speed and push the stock down to set it to that speed. To increase the cruise control speed, move the stock u...

How To: Use HomeLink in the 2010 Toyota 4Runner

This video tutorial shows you how to use the HomeLink feature in the new 2010 Toyota 4Runner. HomeLink can be used to control your garage door from a remote control inside your car. Depending on the make and model of your garage door, what you have to do is take your normal remote control for your garage door and simultaneously press and depress this and your Homelink button. The light should flash rapidly when this is done correctly. After this, your car should be linked to the sensor for yo...

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: Drive a 97' Nissan Maxima stick shift

This video is of a minor showing how to drive a stick-shift with his wrecked '97 Nissan Maxima. He provides a step-by-step guide of how to hold the clutch to start the car, followed by a description of the different "speeds" (amount of gears), and how to shift up and down amongst them. Also, he describes common safety issues for beginners. For fun, he even shows how to pop the clutch to do a burn-out! Drive a 97' Nissan Maxima stick shift .

How To: Call 911 using Ford SYNC

If it's an emergency, sometime you just don't have enough time or energy to pick up your mobile phone and call 9-1-1. Sometime you just can't move and the only thing still working is your mouth. Ford's new SYNC system provides an option for hands free 911 Assist. In a crash involving airbag deployment, 911 Assist places a call directly to a 911 operator. Your bluetooth phone must be on and stored somewhere inside the vehicle.

How To: Program a Valentine 1 (V1) radar detector

If you just bought a Valentine 1 radar detector for your car or truck, this tutorial will show you how to install it and program it and use it. Learn what all the modes do and what the different beeps and blinks mean. Keep yourself speeding along and keep the cops from catching you by watching this tutorial and learning how to program a Valentine 1 (V1) radar detector.

How To: Get better at 4x4 off-road driving

Need to get better at 4x4 off-road driving? Well, this video tutorial will help you along your way. See how to properly drive off-road, thanks to Xtreme Offroad. If you see it here, you won't be able to stop yourself from trying it out. There has never been a better definition of the word "fun". So, go out and purchase a 4x4 truck and try out off-roading. Remember, speed is not the essence, control is the key to successful off-roading.

How To: Pull a stoppie trick on a sport bike

Let's face it, stoppies on sport bikes are cool because they're basically a backwards wheelie, but what makes them work are three simple things. Body positioning; you have to rock your body forward. Brake modulation; the fancy way of squeezing the brakes of your motorcycle. Remember, brakes are your friends. Protection; what if something does go wrong? Make sure you are wearing all of the necessary safety gear.

How To: Wire trailer lights

There are no connectors on my new trailer lights, these must be defective. But wait, there are connectors, and better yet, they are extremely simple to use. It is common to get new trailer lights and then be stumped by how to make the proper connections. This video will show you how the connection points are built right into the back of the lights and just how easy it is to match them up with your wires to make a solid connection.

How To: Start up a gas jet turbine go kart

A reasonably in depth Talk & Walk around and eventual start up and run of my DIY Jet Turbine Go Kart. Please excuse my mistake when I stupidly say that Jet engines don't 'Squeeze' the air - of course they 'squeeze' the air !! The compressor wheel within the turbocharger see's to that! - What was I thinking of ?? Oh, AND the fact I refer to the OIL pump as a FUEL pump as well - what a chump. Also, the tacho didn't seem to want to work correctly, It wouldn't read over 5000RPM for some reason - ...

How To: Get out of a speeding ticket

This may very well be the most important video series you will ever watch. You may not think it now but the next time you are pulled over as the officer is asking for your license and registration you will will be thinking of these tips and happy you took the 10 minutes to learn them.

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."

How To: Find a Sweet Parking Spot at Peak Times (Then Locate Your Car Afterwards)

Living in Los Angeles has taught me one thing—parking is a luxury. If you are lucky enough to find street parking anywhere near your desired location, do not pass it up thinking you will get an even closer one. It does not exist. Looking for free parking? Get real. You can't even park at a busted meter in Los Angeles, despite state law saying otherwise. Now, finding a good parking spot is not just relevant for Los Angeles, but for other large cities and any other crowded areas, be it a shoppi...

Sponsored Content: How to Add Some Fun to Your Daily Commute

Sure, "normal" is cozy and safe, like a glass of warm milk before bed. It gets the job done, but there's no pizzazz, no flair. We wake up, slug back some okay coffee (not good, certainly not great, but just okay), and we're shunted off to a gray cubicle in a gray building. Sure, we can't all be stuntmen and rock stars, but there is a way to inject a little zip into your day.