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August 11, 2015

Keep your Cool: How to Prevent a Summer Breakdown

Dont_overheat_summer_roadtrips-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaThe dog days of summer are here! As families try to make one last road trip before it's time to head back to school, we're sharing a few tips to make sure those adventures go off without a hitch... Unless, of course, you've got a trailer hooked to one!

 

#1) Start with a Tuneup:

If you're taking an extended road trip, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. If it's almost time for a scheduled maintenance or oil change, make a visit to your trusted mechanic and get it done before your vacay to reduce the chance of breakdowns along the way.

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August 04, 2015

Q&A Night in Milan with Mazda Design

1_Milan_with_Mazda_design_fwBy Holly Reich

I was invited to Italy by Mazda to attend Milan Design Week. The show covers a wide range of design events around the city of Milan, including furniture and industrial product exhibits, performances, and lectures. 

Mazda's exhibit, "The Car as Art" was also in central Milan, as part of Design Week 2015. Mazda designers hold to the tenet that the car is a work of art, and they strive to create cars that move people emotionally. Design Week is a fabulous way for automotive companies to show off their attributes.

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July 31, 2015

Coastal California Travel Adventure in a Mitsubishi Mirage

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When given the opportunity to take a fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage on a road trip, my goal was to see how far I could take the little car and how little gas it would use during the trip. The road trip wasn’t intended to be a hypermiler’s high-mileage challenge, but a real-world driving experience: I wanted to see how the car performed on a variety of roads to give it a fair and reasonable evaluation, but I also wanted to have some fun myself.

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July 29, 2015

Taking the 2015 Lexus NX 300h on a Texas Road Trip

Scenic Lake TravisBy Jo Ann Holt

I recently drove from Dallas to beautiful Lake Travis, west of Austin, for a return visit to some of my favorite people and scenery.  Spring rains in Texas brought the lake back up to where it should be, and it’s great to see sail boats, motor boats, and personal watercrafters out enjoying the bright, sunny weather.  

Like most Texas “lakes,” Travis is a man-made reservoir. It stretches 65 miles, and was formed in 1942 with the construction of Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River.  The only natural lake in Texas is Caddo Lake in East Texas, but that’s another story for another road trip.

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July 07, 2015

Five Tips for Summer Road Trips

Summer_road_Trip_tips-kids_in_cariStock_000047058454_SmallDon’t you just love the summer! It’s honestly one of my top four seasons to travel in! Summer vacations always brought great memories for me as a kid and now with having four kids of my own, making new memories is always happening.

To help make positive memories, traveling safely to your summer destinations should be every driver’s priority. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few summer travel tips.

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July 03, 2015

Tire Safety for Family Summer Road Trips

Family_road_tripSummer is here, which means that families across the country are starting to make plans for their summer road trip adventures. If you'll be taking an extended road trip in the next few months, we've got some safety tips to make sure your tires are ready to roll.

 

The first thing to do as part of your summer road trip planning is to check tread depth and tire pressure before you hit the road.

Tire Tread: Tires should be replaced when they’re worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet surfaces.  Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you won’t find rain along the way.

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July 01, 2015

Three Fun Summer Driving Destinations in Southern California and What to Drive

Woman_driving_road_trip-iStock_000039319394_SmallSouthern California is full of some of the best driving roads around. Whether you enjoy a spirited run in the canyons or a comfortable drive on the freeway, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in So. Cal. for car enthusiasts.

These are some of the best destinations for quick road trips in Southern California. Schedule your travel times to avoid rush-hour traffic, and you can get to any of these places within just a few hours (depending on your starting point), making them perfect for day or weekend getaways!

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June 30, 2015

Summer Travel Tips: Practice Good Road Etiquette

Serving-up-road-tickets-for-the-worst-road-etiquetteMemorial Day weekend has recently passed, signaling the beginning of summer travel season. As one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, AAA Travel projected more than 37.2 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more from home over the Memorial Day weekend, with 33 million of those travelers driving to their destinations.

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June 25, 2015

Waze Offers Voice Navigation from Terminator and Colonel Sanders

Waze_logoI spent a fair amount of time in the car on Tuesday, navigating Los Angeles traffic to and from Willow Springs, where I spent a little fun time on the racetrack (more on that later). My co-pilot was using Waze to keep us updated on traffic along the way, and we got to talking about the collection of celebrity voices that the service is using right now to provide humorous and helpful navigation tips.

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June 24, 2015

10 Tips for a Fun & Safe Summer Road Trip

10_Tips_for_a_Fun_and_Safe_Summer_Road_Trip-1The summer road trip is right up there with baseball and apple pie. 

It’s an iconic American undertaking that’s been memorialized in countless movies and songs, but it also probably has special associations for each one of us who remembers family car trips or hitting the road with friends as soon as we had the freedom to drive.

As we gear up for summer, many are planning their routes and checking their tires in preparation to head out on the open road.  What’s important to remember is that safety and fun go hand in hand, so use this list to help you get ready for the perfect summer road trip.

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