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105 posts categorized "Travel"

October 13, 2014

OnStar Shares Camping Hacks to Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures

OnStar_Camping_hack-introA scholarly fellow once said camping is 90-percent preparation; the rest depends on how well you deal with ghost stories, bug bites, and eating beef jerky for three days in a row. I'm not much of a camper, so I expect I'd be the one complaining about being dirty and cold.

However, OnStar is all about helping you be prepared and connecting you to the right people, so they teamed up with camping expert Perry Keydel to share camping tricks and tips for your next outdoor adventure.

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September 01, 2014

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Where Will Your Travels Take You?

Road_trip-thinkstock-464324775-sNearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans have journeyed 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

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August 22, 2014

Helpful Tips for That Last Family Road Trip Before Labor Day

Road_trip-thinkstock-475680679-1200x600Before 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.

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August 01, 2014

The Truth About the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014_Mitsubishi-Mirage-sh2967_1200x600It’s a fact that the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive, super fuel-efficient subcompact five-door hatchback.

It’s a fact that in base DE trim with a manual transmission and no extras, the Mirage has an MSRP that starts at $12,995, though it can price as high as $17,920 in ES trim with a CVT transmission and additional options. (Note that these figures do not include $810 destination and delivery fees.)

It’s also a fact that based on EPA ratings the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car currently for sale in the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower, and promises fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, with 40 mpg combined.

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June 27, 2014

Summer Time Family Road Trip Prep

Road_trip-thinkstock-165126667-sSchool's out and summer is here. Are you planning a family road trip? I know at least two families who are planning extended road trips that will be taking them more than 1500 miles round trip in the next two weeks. That's a lot of time in the car!

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June 25, 2014

Summer Road Trips: Why You Need an Espresso Machine in Your Car

Roadtrip_coffee_thinkstock-82756205Have 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.

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June 09, 2014

Quick Car Cleaning Tips to Prep for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-200299958_sWinter has finally waned, spring has sprung, and the passing of Memorial Day means summer road trips are just around the corner!

If you haven't already done it, now is the time to prepare your car for the summer travel season with the yearly ‘spring cleaning’ ritual.

 

 

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June 06, 2014

Tire Safety for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-122584104_sSummer 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.

 

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April 15, 2014

Coachella McDonald's Corvette Stingray Oasis Pool Party

Corvette_Coachella_Mcdonalds_PartyCelebrities stopped by the McDonald’s and Corvette Stingray Desert Pool Party at the Bootsy Bellows Estate on April 12, 2014 to celebrate the launch of McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger and the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Celebrities sampled the new Bacon Clubhouse Burger, rode shotgun for the Stingray Experience, and beat the heat pool-side in VIP cabanas.

Many famous faces who attended the party included one of my favorite Glee stars Dianna Agron who was spotted out with her new man Thomas Cocquere and Leonardo DiCaprio who smoked electronic cigarettes and chowed down on a Bacon Clubhouse Burger and fries in his private cabana.

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November 25, 2013

Safety Tips: What To Do If You Hit A Deer

Thinkstock-deer-car-177328201-sIt’s that time of year: late fall and early winter are the peak times to beware of deer in the roadway, and we know you don’t want to hit one.

Deer are abundant in the fall and winter because it's both hunting and mating seasons when deer are more likely to roam outside their normal territory. Pay attention to "deer crossing" signs--they’re usually installed in areas where deer are already known to be abundant. Scan down the road and off to each side and pay particular attention at dusk and dawn, when such animals as deer, elk, and moose usually venture out to eat. If you’re driving at night, watch for pairs of small glowing lights on the side of the road that could be animal eyeballs reflecting the light from your headlights. 

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