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Categories: Miscellaneous

Car Rentals for the Modern Age

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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Most of us depend on our vehicles for daily transportation to and from work and to run errands. Most towns are not small enough to handle everyday tasks on foot or bicycle. What do you do if you don’t need a car every day? Maybe you work from home, have no children, and the expense of a personal vehicle is just not worth it. You could use public transportation, taxis, or impose on a friend. Or you could rent a Zipcar. This is not really a new concept. It’s been around for years, but recent mergers have now given the convenient automobiles nationwide availability.

Charging Made Easy

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:07AM | By: Karen Cook

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Electric vehicles have been on the market for years now. Eventually they will be a necessity rather than a choice. The main problems the industry must overcome are the relatively low travel distance compared with gasoline engines and the lack of charging stations nationwide. Gas is much more readily available and the benefits from it are instantaneous. You never have to wait to use the fuel you just put in your tank. These issues are being addressed as quickly as researchers can find new options.

Stop for Ghosts and Goblins

On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:30AM | By: Karen Cook

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With Halloween just around the corner, we need to remember how much bigger our cars are than the average trick-or-treater. This seems simple. It’s just common sense, right? Not so common according to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Almost three times more pedestrian fatalities occur on Halloween than on an average day. Some of this is the fault of the pedestrian and some the fault of the driver, but these can be avoided if we all pay attention.

The Autobahn Comes to America

On: Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 4:35PM | By: Karen Cook

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I lived in Germany for two years. We didn’t have a car. We really didn’t need one. We lived in a small farm town with everything necessary within walking distance. We did have friends with cars, however, and we went castle-hopping on the weekends or into Frankfurt to shop at the big department stores that seemed to believe that all Americans wore cowboy boots and huge belt buckles. At least that’s what all the “American” manikins wore. To get to Frankfurt we had to take the Autobahn. To people who haven’t been there, an Autobahn is an interstate with no speed limit. This isn’t entirely true. There are stretches that have posted speed limits and fines for exceeding them. For the most part though, the recommended speed is 81 mph. There are actually fewer accidents compared to American interstates but the fatality rate is higher. It’s a trade off I guess.


Configurator Contest!

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:49PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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As part of a bid to entice new buyers, car companies these days offer a series of “configurators” on their websites. These are essentially graphic tools that allow people to “build” and spec any car that the company currently offers. They range from basic cosmetic options, like paint color and wheel type, to incredibly granular tweaks, such as the color of the stitching on the seats, and whether you want the suspension to have one, three, or five modes. What I’ve decided to do is go through (more or less) all of the configurators that are available, pick the best and the worst, and explain how pithy little applets can tell you a lot about an automaker. So, without further ado, the awards:

Destination Truck Stops

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:44PM | By: Karen Cook

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Road trips are as much about the journey as the destination. The best stories come from the road, not the place we intended to go. For those of you who believe the best part of life is what you can’t plan for, here are some places you might want to check out if you happen to be in the neighborhood. These are truck stops easily accessible from the interstate but they aren’t just for truckers anymore.

Take Your Inner Child for a Spin!

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 12:16PM | By: Karen Cook

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Have you ever been jealous of those children who get to sleep in those cool beds shaped like a car? Well, be envious no longer! You can have one for yourself along with a truckload of other home furnishings made from various parts of an automobile.

Look at Me!

On: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:22AM | By: Karen Cook

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Everyone is a unique individual—just like everyone else. For some reason, human beings want to show the world that they are special, different, and one of a kind. Unfortunately a lot of people broadcast this fact on their vehicles leaving the rest of us to shake our heads and be thankful that we aren’t quite that different. Let me illustrate with a sampling of the odd things you can buy for your car.

Poor Weather Makes Driving Better

On: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:14AM | By: Nick Bakewell

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Here's the story of how rain, miserable, leaden sheets of grey, doleful rain managed to make a boring journey into one of the most exciting I've ever taken. Rain really did improve my commute.

Advice for First Time Buyers

On: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 9:30AM | By: Karen Cook

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Buying your first car is exciting and liberating! And difficult. It’s hard to find a decent car that fits within a first-timer’s budget. When my son bought his first car he wanted to do it totally on his own, even though we offered to help him with making sure he got a dependable car without being cheated. He wouldn’t have it and off he went to do it all by himself. He really didn’t do too badly. He came home with a two-tone (green body with a black spray-painted roof) Sentra that lasted him several years without any major problems. He got lucky. So, for all of you who don’t like to take advice from your parents, here’s a little you can take from me and just not tell them.

Automobile Trivia

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 5:04PM | By: Karen Cook

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The world’s population has been interested in the most, least, best, and worst things since Guinness started putting out its book, and before. Here is a list of interesting trivia facts about automobiles, driving, and doing weird things with our vehicles.