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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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April 28, 2015

Looking for something fun on TV? Try "Just Shut up and Drive"

Rhys_Millen-Justin_Bell-Shut_up_and_drive-Lexus_RCFWant to take an adventurous trip with a road buddy? Then you'll want to tune in as performance driving legend Rhys Millen joins former Le Mans racer Justin Bell  to go head-to-head in a high-performance Lexus RC F through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in season three of "Shut Up And Drive."

Fans of the show, living vicariously through these two drivers, voted online for Rhys and Justin to test their speed and skills on this remote, yet stunning, road. Flanked by picturesque canyons for at least 15 miles, Highway 141 hugs the Dolores River and is tantamount to driving at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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January 23, 2015

10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Woman-driver-thinkstock-169280608_sBy Jamie Zunick

Long road trips are the best part of my life.  I have traveled cross-country through America many times. 

As a single woman traveling alone, I've learned how to take care of myself so that the journey can be pleasant and enjoyable. 

This list contains my suggestions for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys.

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October 27, 2014

What I Did on my Summer Road Trip Vacation

Lead-IMG_6521-sunset-LEADI’ve been in the automotive industry for more than 25 years and have driven many cars at media events all across the country. From my Los Angeles home base, I’ve driven through much of California, and into Nevada and Arizona, but I’ve never actually taken a cross-country road trip in my own car. After some ribbing from a friend, who in those same 25 years has driven throughout most of the US, we decided it was time for me to undertake my first substantial multi-state driving adventure. 

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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, 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!) 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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