Month: December 2017

Choosing the right car for a new driver

What happens when it comes time to purchase a vehicle for a new driver? Do you run out to buy the fanciest, most expensive vehicle on the lot? Probably not. Instead, hopefully, you’ve done research and have already taken into consideration things like the price, your budget and the cost-to-own. Once you get past that, though, it’s time for the fun part – shopping and test driving. Temptation may lead you down the path of getting something fun, but here’s where practicality is your pal. For the record, that doesn’t mean boring. It just means making the smart choice of something you can safely and comfortably drive. Here are a few additional things to consider when test driving your first vehicle. 1. Visibility Blind spots can cause accidents. When you sit in the vehicle, can you easily see in all directions? Does the vehicle offer blind-spot monitoring capability? If you have to crane your head in an awkward fashion to see the vehicle next to you, it is probably not the car for you. 2. Ride height You may, at first, think this sounds odd, but bear with me for a moment and take into consideration the majority of other vehicles you see on the road around you. Are you surrounded by large trucks and SUVs? Or are they mostly … Read More

Alfa Romeo Giulia wins 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year®

What test drive includes more than 7,000 miles of driving, potholes, jagged pavement, steep grades, misaligned railroad crossings and avoidance maneuvers? The one that wins you Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. This year, 26 contenders were assessed. The field was narrowed to the top eight “Of the Year” finalists who were evaluated against six criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value and performance of intended function. From there, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia rose to the top. But it wasn’t just any win. It was the first Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for an Italian car. “Motor Trend’s judges agreed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the new ultimate driving machine,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief. “Alfa Romeo developed a car that is perhaps the finest handling sedan on the market.”  

What color is your truck?

It’s no secret that I love my truck. I write about it a lot. One of the things I like best about it is the color, because no one else has one like it. It’s Stinger Yellow. As you might imagine, not only does everyone see me coming, but they also definitely know it’s me because it is, in fact, the only yellow truck in town. Part of my disinterest in other truck colors, red and/or blue for instance, was the fact that I feel like I see them all too often. If you had asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have guessed that red was among the most popular of truck colors, but that is not actually the case. Working in conjunction with Performance Truck Products and utilizing data available on Cars.com, Spork Marketing recently created and released the infographic below depicting the most popular truck colors of 2017. “If you’d have asked me before we collected this data, I’d have guessed that red, blue and green were all equally popular. However, as our chart shows, green is significantly less popular than red or blue,” said Nate Dwyer, director at Performance Truck Products. “The popularity of white, silver and black trucks is definitely a result of fleet and commercial sales, as at least one of these … Read More

Four tips to stay safe on the road this winter

Recently I was chatting with friends of mine who live in Manhattan and they were marveling at the fact that just a couple of weeks ago it was 80 degrees outside. In November. In New York City. Keep in mind we were having this conversation as snow was falling all around us and we were shivering in the cold. Fall of 2017 did have some unseasonably warm temperatures. But today is December 1 and I’m afraid it’s time to face the music – winter, and all its glory, is right around the corner. I drove in a lot of winter weather that day I spent with my friends from NYC. Freezing rain, sleet, snow and then finally clear skies and frigid temperatures – I covered it all in just a few short hours. And I have to be honest, my husband and I have been slow to put our winter tires on our vehicles because the temperatures have been so mild. Luckily, I have plenty of experience driving in winter weather. But that doesn’t mean that the first time out each season, I don’t need to jump start my brain. Just a quick reminder of the basics before Old Man Winter gets a chance to give me a swift kick in the rear and send me headed in a direction … Read More