Need to get somewhere but don’t have a car? If you’ve got a smart phone, consider the ride sharing service from Uber as an alternative to a taxi or other forms of public transportation. The company, which has has labeled itself as “the most reliable ride in cities around the world,” brags about its inexpensive pricing and simple operation. Just “Push a button, and you know you're getting a ride.” And, here are two great reasons to give it a try.
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Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!
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Christmas is just around the corner, so we've collected an assortment of gadgets and gizmos meant specifically for that Car Guy you love so much.
Regardless of whether he wants to drive them or work on them -- it doesn't matter if he's your dad, husband, brother, uncle, son or special friend -- if he loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for your favorite car guy.
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Dear Santa, I’ve been very good this year, and one of the elves working at the nearby dealership let it slip that you might be giving me a new sled for Christmas. If it’s true, I’d like to offer you a few hints to help make sure my new ride is appropriately decked out for safe, comfortable travels year-round.
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Most people don’t think that a truck can be tough and green.
However, the 2014 Ford F-150 is proving everyone wrong when it comes to
reducing the truck’s environmental impact.
Ford now uses several sustainable
materials -- including rice hulls, and many others -- inside the vehicle to
make it more ecofriendly.
“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford’s
environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager.
“But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using
sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities, and trucks.”
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If you’re a pumpkin lover, this is the most wonderful time
of the year. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, we can enjoy everything in our
favorite flavor, whether it’s a frothy pumpkin latte or a yummy pumpkin bagel
schmeared in delicious pumpkin cream cheese.
It’s also the time of year that we can embrace our fondness
for the color orange. “Orange is the new black,” they say, and I’m not talking
about prison uniforms here. While “Orange is the New Black,” may be the most
watched original series on Netflix, it’s not the most popular automotive
paint shade on the road. However, orange cars certainly turn heads: And even if
they don’t sell a ton of them, the manufacturers still offer orange in a broad
variety of shades across many models in their lineups.
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We saw this cute little "Things we've 'caught' people doing in their car" infographic in a recent tweet from @USAToday,
and it was too fun to pass up. A little research of our own reveals there’s
even more to this than first meets the eye.
The USA Today graphic is based on a survey created by KFC to
back up its recent release of the “Go Cup” a handy (and now-patented-by-KFC) container
that fits in a vehicle's cup holder, which includes a choice of the brand’s
chicken products along with seasoned potato wedges for $2.49 plus tax.
As the infographic shows, the top activities Americans have
“caught” motorists multi-tasking while behind the wheel include:
talking on the phone (84 percent),
eating (69 percent),
singing (61 percent),
and applying makeup
However, the KFC survey reveals even more: Some drivers just can’t
resist moving to the music, as 33 percent have caught someone “dancing” in the
car (I've done that!). Amazingly, 26 percent report they have busted someone changing clothes (yep, I've done that!).
And one in five has spotted someone taking a “selfie” photo while behind the
wheel. (Yikes, I've done that, too!)
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all month
long, we’ll be reporting on ways that automotive companies are showing their
support of the annual campaign.
Last week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores
nationwide celebrated a “Pink
Out Day” to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield
This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General
Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs.
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In an automotive-focused study of “connected” consumers performed
last year, the J.D.
Power and Associates 2012 New Autoshopper Study showed that 79 percent of
new-vehicle buyers used the internet to research their vehicle purchase, and one
in five new-vehicle buyers use the internet via tablets and smartphones as part
of their automotive shopping process.
“Access to new-vehicle information
through the internet and apps -- obtained via personal computers, smartphones,
and tablets -- is having a greater impact on many aspects of the purchase
decision than ever before,” said Arianne Walker, senior director, automotive
media and marketing solutions at J.D. Power and Associates. Among “connected”
consumers who use a smartphone as part of their research, 59 percent do so at
the dealership to access vehicle pricing, model, and inventory information, as
well as to compare vehicles.
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