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Did you know? 3rd Annual
National Plug In Day is this weekend, and green car enthusiasts
across the nation will be celebrating the electrification of the automobile
with special events in their area,
as well as at a main event that will be happening in the nation’s
National Plug In day is celebrated this year on Saturday,
September 29th, and is intended to introduce people to the benefits of driving
electric vehicles; highlighting the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings
of electric cars with ride and drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure
demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.
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If you would prefer NOT to be punched in the arm by
passengers in the car whenever they spy a Beetle on the road, then you might prefer
the modern, high-tech version of the game -- called SmileDrive
-- playable on your smart phone. (Sorry Apple fans, the game is not yet available for iPhone users.)
Whether you call it “Slug Bug,” “Punch Buggy,” or “Slug Dub,” the free app from Volkswagen and powered by Google has re-imagined the classic car game, automatically
allowing people to collect “punches” each time they encounter another
Volkswagen also using the app. But the app also does much more than that!
Aside from preventing bruises, SmileDrive is designed to
maximize fun on every trip, by connecting to a user’s car—any kind of
car—through Bluetooth® wireless technology, to run in the background and track
data for both everyday commutes and road trips. (Drivers cannot interact with
the app, nor receive any notifications, while the car is in motion.) Then, after
a drive is complete, the app uses factors like location, distance, time, and
weather to deliver users their Smile Score and awards them with virtual bumper
“stickers” for unique accomplishments earned while out and about. (I wish
I had installed the app for my 3400-mile summertime roadtrip across the
southwest United States!)
Continue reading "Car Games: Volkswagen replaces Punch Buggy with SmileDrive " »
Most of us love to score a good Groupon deal, and now
there's a great reason to love Groupon even more: Make a donation to
KidsAndCars.org through the Groupon website before Wednesday September 26,
2013, and for every $10 tax-deductible donation, KidsAndCars.org will receive
an additional $20 from matching sponsors.
That means each $10 Groupon
purchased actually equals a $30 donation to KidsAndCars.org!!
Donate now at: groupon.com/deals/kidsandcars-org
Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a
driver moving very slowly in reverse did not see them. The dollars raised
by KidsAndCars.org will be used to provide safety professionals with BlindZone Education Kits that help drivers become aware of exactly
how large and dangerous the blindzone behind their vehicle is and what they can
do to eliminate this danger.
Continue reading "Donate $10 to Blind Zone Education before September 26 and Groupon Grassroots will add $20 " »
It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21),
and Safe Kids Worldwide has revealed that one in four parents have driven
without buckling up their children.
WHAT? The national survey, funded as part of a $2 million
grant from the General Motors Foundation, asked more than a thousand parents
and caregivers of children ages 10 and under if it was acceptable for a child
to ride unrestrained in a vehicle in certain circumstances.
Examples given included driving a short distance, if the car or booster seat
was missing, during overnight travel, as a reward for the child, or if they
chose to hold the child in their lap.
Continue reading "It Is NEVER Okay To Drive With An Unbuckled Child!" »
By Erin Evernham
“RUSH” and “Snake and Mongoose” are two upcoming racing
related movies that are definitely worth seeing. It seems Hollywood has finally
shown our sport in a realistic light.
“Days of Thunder” may be one of my all-time favorite movies
but, goodness, its racing scenes lacked a lot of credibility. “Talladega
Nights,” which did make me laugh a few times, did absolutely no justice to our
sport and “Driven”... well, that movie was just way too farfetched for my taste.
So these two movies, which I have had the privilege of
seeing already at advanced screenings, make my racing heart smile. They may not
be 100% accurate but the racing scenes were very believable to me. Both movies
told great stories about athletes facing rivalry, fear, fame, competition, and
Continue reading "“RUSH” and “Snake and Mongoose” -- Finally: Realistic Racing Movies " »
Cal Worthington, the quintessential car salesman best
remembered for television commercials starring his “dog” Spot, has passed away
at the age of 92. Worthington died Sunday after
watching football with family at his ranch north of Sacramento.
While I can’t say that he did anything to encourage my
career as an automotive journalist, I can say that Cal Worthington and his “dog” Spot
were frequent guests in our livingroom, as his commercials ran frequently on
local channels when I was growing up in Southern California in the 1970s and
1980s. His “dog” Spot was never a dog;
every commercial featured a different animal, from lions, tigers, and bears (oh
my!) to skunks, octopi, and pigs.
Continue reading "Automotive Icon, Cal Worthington, Passes at 92 " »
Labor Day has passed, summer vacations are over, and the
kids are back in school; while it might seem that all the fun is behind us,
football fans welcome a new season of their favorite sport, celebrating many
weekend games in the parking lot of their team’s arena.
Whether you're a superfan or just love one, the start of the season means it's time for tailgating. And for those who love to entertain, tailgating is almost as much a sport as the game itself.
Continue reading "Top Tips for Tailgating " »
BMW i3: The new reality
BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.
studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand
participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed
that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.
“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will
live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads. In order
to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the
world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i –
the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary
vehicles and mobility services.”
~ BMW Project i
Continue reading "BMW i3: Sustainability Can Be Sexy" »