Before the back-to-school rush, many families will be making the most of one last summer vacation. In fact, the overall national average of a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past week, and according to a report from Edmunds.com, about 40 percent of Americans plan to take one last leisure trip before Labor Day, a holiday weekend when some analysts believe gas prices will be at their lowest nationwide.
Whether it’s a road trip across the state, a trip to drop off a student at college, a picnic in the park, or vacation to a tropical island, it's important to be prepared for the last outing of the summer.
AskPatty has been receiving emails all sumer long about foods and products that would be perfect to take along in the car for family road trips. (I'm not kidding, I get e-newsletters several times a week from Skymall.com!) Whether you're looking for something to feed the kids on a lunch break or something to help keep them occupied and comfortable along the way, we've learned about it this summer, and are sharing it with you here. We've even got a few items for traveling pets as well.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.
Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.
Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”
Have you ever found yourself on the road craving some coffee? Have you found yourself either nowhere near your favorite coffee shop, or simply can’t convince yourself to pay for an overpriced cup?
Or even worse, it’s late at night and you've got the nods and there's no coffee shop for a hundred miles. Almost makes you wish you had brought your personal espresso machine, don’t you? Well, there is a solution.
Many of today’s vehicles now have power outlets that would allow using a personal espresso machine in the car for a great way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee wherever you are.
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!)
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.
There's no need to scream! If you see this
truck, Honda will give you free ice cream!
This summer, the SoCal Honda Dealers are helping
SoCal residents in a fun, summer-themed way: by treating them to free ice
cream! All weekend, from Friday August 9 through Sunday August
11th, 2013, the friendly blue Helpful Honda Ice Cream truck will be
out at community events in SoCal treating folks to free ice cream (first come,
first served). And unlike other ice cream trucks, you won’t hear the familiar
jingle as the truck approaches, because Honda will be posting its location on
our Facebook and Twitter pages instead!
Honda sent us photos of the truck so
you can keep an eye out for it. Also, stay tuned at Facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers
and Twitter.com/HelpfulHonda for more
summer-themed giveaways (and many other helpful events)! In fact, if you pay
attention, you might even discover a chance to win some great premiums like LA
Dodgers and Galaxy gear as well as SoCal Honda polo shirts!
Lexus launched its 2014 IS sports sedan at the notorious “Rock” (Rockingham Speedway) outside of Raleigh/ Durham, North Carolina. The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. It has since changed its length, shape, and altitude and has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series races, last known as the Subway 400 (1966–2004) and a significant list of other races. Used as the spot for movies and TV filming, the track is currently home to Fast Track High Performance Driving School and is utilized extensively for NASCAR testing.
For Cadillac’s launch of Style Driven, an initiative blending fashion
and automotive design, they chose Hundred Acres, a sustainable
restaurant in SoHo, New York. The environment: a mellow mix of new age farm-to-table vintage and quiet luxury.
The series follows Walsh as she is ferried around New York City in a Cadillac SRX choosing dresses and accessories for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Met in New York City. This year the theme was punk. But, we’re talking high-voltage high-style punk.
"The aroma of good chili should generate rapture akin to a lover's kiss." Motto of the Chili Appreciation Society International.
When you think of Volvo you always think safety, right? My recent test drive showed a new more sexy racy side to Volvo after driving the Volvo XC60 T-6 R-Design. It had an extra hot chili pepper ingredient called Polestar. This Volvo is more like a cross between the safest car you will ever drive and a tightly wrapped sexy turbo charged race car.
Day one of the Volvo Sun ..With a Little Fun media event was a magical round trip drive in from the luxurious Montelucia Resort and Spa in Scottsdale to Sedona and back. The drive was 279 miles winding our way through spectacular Arizona desert landscapes, Prescott National Forest then up and over the newly dusted snowy mountains into the awe inspiring red rock formations of Sedona. My co-Driver was the ever cheerful auto writer Jo Ann Holt and we enjoyed a Mexican lunch with the Volvo team in Sedona. The drive back was mostly highway driving which gave us both the opportunity to test the vehicle for various driving terrains and conditions.
Part scenic test drives of the 2012 Volvo XC60 T-6 R-Design with a dash of Hot Chili Pepper Polestar and the 2012 Volvo XC70 Cross Country, and part stay at the Montelucia Resort & Spa, a top-rated luxury Scottsdale hotel for a Volvo media event, was a sweetly serene, restful and FUN atmosphere.
The setting was filled with the softly floating notes of Native American pipe music everywhere, panoramic stunning views of rocky outcroppings, outdoor fireplaces, pool side private cabanas, gourmet coffee, gelato, chocolate, fine wine and interesting delicious cuisine options.
The first night I enjoyed a lovely tapas style dinner and watched the very rain delayed, multiple crash delayed, fiery crash at lap 40 delayed Daytona 500. Was so fun to watch that race with a bunch of the top automotive media pundits. Go Matt Kenseth, congratulations on your well earned Daytona 500 win!
The Montelucia resort recently hired a new Executive Chef, Michael Cairns and he brought his team building 'A Game' expertise and enthusiasm on the second night by hosting an outstandingly FUN Volvo Iron Chef Southwest Chili Cook Off event.