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106 posts categorized "Travel"

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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September 24, 2013

Car Games: Volkswagen replaces Punch Buggy with SmileDrive

Volkswagen-smiledrive-app-smilescoreIf you would prefer NOT to be punched in the arm by passengers in the car whenever they spy a Beetle on the road, then you might prefer the modern, high-tech version of the game -- called SmileDrive -- playable on your smart phone. (Sorry Apple fans, the game is not yet available for iPhone users.)

Whether you call it “Slug Bug,” “Punch Buggy,” or “Slug Dub,” the free app from Volkswagen and powered by Google has re-imagined the classic car game, automatically allowing people to collect “punches” each time they encounter another Volkswagen also using the app. But the app also does much more than that!

Aside from preventing bruises, SmileDrive is designed to maximize fun on every trip, by connecting to a user’s car—any kind of car—through Bluetooth® wireless technology, to run in the background and track data for both everyday commutes and road trips. (Drivers cannot interact with the app, nor receive any notifications, while the car is in motion.) Then, after a drive is complete, the app uses factors like location, distance, time, and weather to deliver users their Smile Score and awards them with virtual bumper “stickers” for unique accomplishments earned while out and about.  (I wish I had installed the app for my 3400-mile summertime roadtrip across the southwest United States!)

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August 21, 2013

How to Eat Carefully While on a Road Trip


Healthy-Eating-Road-Trip_Thinkstock-105671811-sAs students prepare to return to school across the country, is your family planning a last-chance road trip? In addition to watching the road, are you also watching what you eat? For all the education we do about distracted driving awareness, this feature is going in a different direction: in this article we are sharing healthy eating tips while in the car, especially if you’re taking a family road trip!

My friend Amy Culver, also known as “The Queen of Lean” has shared the following tips on healthy, calorie-conscious choices you can make while in the car, so that with a little planning, you can save money, eat nutritiously, and create some nice family memories on your end-of-summer road trip.

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August 12, 2013

2013 Ford Escape From A BMW X5 Owner's Perspective

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2014 Ford Escape

When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.

Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.

Kathy settled in and murmured,  “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…

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August 05, 2013

This SpongeBob SquarePants-Inspired 2014 Toyota Highlander is perfect for “Happy Driving!”

2014_SpongeBob_Toyota_Highlander_exteriorInstead of staying in his usual pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants will be touring the U.S. this summer in a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle as part of a “Happy Driving!” promotional tour, bringing SpongeBob’s special brand of fun to several locations across the country.

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August 02, 2013

Baby on Board: 6 Tips to Help New Moms Drive Smarter

Grumpy-baby-in-car_thinkstock-78399971Driving around with your baby should be fun. But it can be challenging for new mothers to figure out the best way to travel with a baby on board.

There are enough challenges to parenting without stressing over getting your child from one place to another. Read on for tips to make driving with your baby on board a breeze.

 

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July 29, 2013

Small Footprint With Lots of Sparkle: MINI Cooper S

2013-Mini-CooperPeople always ask me what my favorite car is. And I always answer tactfully, “Whatever I am driving this week.” If pushed, I concede to the one vehicle I’d have in Manhattan, the MINI Cooper S.

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June 21, 2013

Erin Evernham Races at the 3rd Annual Leadfoot Festival

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By Erin Evernham

The slogan on my souvenir shirt reads, “To some it’s a driveway, to others it’s a race course, but to Rod Millen, it is a dream.” Rod Millen is one of the most accomplished hill climb and rally racers ever. After Rod and his wife Shelly attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England a few years back, they decided to create their own version of the event in Rod’s home country of New Zealand. And they have done just that with the Leadfoot Festival (as they named it): they have built from scratch a first-class event that brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles, old race cars, and motorsports legends.

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June 20, 2013

Have You Seen the All-New Electric-Drive smart?

Smart-electric-drive-10-beautysmart, the iconic microcar, is wrapping up its cross-country tour bringing the all-new smart electric drive to eco-minded urbanites across the country and giving shoppers an opportunity to drive the most affordable electric vehicle on the market, with an MSRP of $25,000 (additional federal, state and local subsidies may further reduce the cost of the car). The smart electric drive achieves 122 city MPGe, or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.

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June 19, 2013

1966 Volvo P1800 at Three Million Miles and Counting

Irv-gordon-three-million-mile-volvo-p1800-49598_2_1-ledeI was impressed when my friend told me her 1991 Toyota Corolla was approaching 300,000 miles. Then I received this press release from Volvo talking about Irv Gordon and how he is about to pass 3,000,000 miles in his beautifully maintained 1966 Volvo P1800. Based on his calculations, Gordon plans to reach three million miles in Alaska this September. America's last frontier is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and a fitting backdrop for his three-million mile moment. 

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