According to AAA estimates, about 89 percent of the millions of holiday travelers on the road will be traveling 50 miles or more to reach loved ones. So, when you’re one of 45+ million trying to reach family and friends, how do you make the traveling adventure better, more fun, easier and potentially safer for all involved? You incorporate a few quick and easy holiday road trip hacks, of course! Take these, for example. Ensure you have the best apps loaded to assist in your travel needs BEFORE you leave. Some of my personal favorites include: Gas Buddy can guide you in finding not only the cheapest prices, but also the closest gas station if/when the need arises Sit or Squat is ideal for, well … other needs Waze is great for redirecting around traffic jams that pop up while en route Hands-free is key. Ensure whatever method you are using (even if it’s the person in the passenger seat) is up to the task. Plastic cereal containers make great travel trash cans. Keep a couple extra liners in the bottom of the container for quick changes during pit stops and you won’t waste time pulling wrappers and straws out from between the seats once you reach your destination. Shower caddies make great organizers. Create activity centers for the kids … Read More
Ram trucks stand out among the crowd with some of the hardest-working, longest-lasting trucks on the road today. The Ram brand also offers some of the best-looking, most luxurious trucks. Available options and special editions make Ram trucks much more than just a work truck. It’s a comfortable everyday driver that easily transitions from the work site to a night on the town. Recently, Ram trucks announced the final special edition release for the 2017 calendar year – the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport. “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep® and Ram Brands. “Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.” The Hydro Blue Sport goes on sale November 2017, but don’t delay. Production will be limited to only 2,000 units.
Soon 3,300 lucky owners will receive their street-legal production drag car. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon. With the capability of achieving 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon holds the fastest quarter-mile at a staggering 9.65 seconds. This time was certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The NHRA then immediately banned the Demon from competition.
Recent storms that rolled through New England sparked an interesting (and passionate!) conversation around traffic signals and power outages in our household. As my husband attempted to make his way to a job nearly 45 minutes away, he crossed the path of several traffic lights that were out. Treating them as if they were a four-way stop, he watched in amazement as others flew through the intersection, as if they had a green light. Those behind him got angry, some even going around and flying an old-fashioned Jersey wave in his direction as they passed. But wasn’t he doing the right thing? Isn’t a power outage, or a malfunctioning traffic signal supposed to be considered a four-way stop, as a matter of safety? Of course, I got online and started looking and, according to DriversEd.com, that is, in fact exactly how drivers should treat what DriversEd.com refers to as a “traffic signal blackout.” If all traffic signal lights are not working because of an electrical power failure, you must stop at the intersection and then proceed when you know other turning and approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection. But I found other items that suggest differently. For example, when a storm wreaked havoc in the state of … Read More
Remember the days when a truck was just a vehicle for work? A power horse to get the job done? These days our trucks are all that and so much more. With all the power, payload and towing capacity that we need, we’re also turning to our trucks as our daily drivers, our family vehicles and our night-on-the-town luxury rides. So, it only makes sense that truck design has stepped up to meet these needs. The lineup of Ram Special Editions are where muscle meets pedigree. If you’re looking for a hard-working, sophisticated truck, this is where you begin. 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition Premium. There is no better word to describe the 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition truck. You’ll appreciate every interior detail from the stitching to the galvanized metal accents. Available in a 1500, 2500 and 3500, you can have your power and your luxury, too. 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Touted as the Ram truck lineup’s most luxurious truck ever, the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten exudes elegance. Comfort and style are the heart of this truck’s design with its beige leather seating, blue accents, suede headliner and brushed metal interior accents. (It’s also available with a classic black interior that includes black leather seats.) 2018 Ram Harvest Designed for work on the farm and available in … Read More
Recently, a friend of mine posted photos of the season’s first snow on her social media accounts. Generally, I wish my friends were a bit closer so I could visit them more often. But for the first time ever, I was grateful she lives nearly 2,000 miles away. I’m not quite ready for the colors of autumn to fall away and succumb to winter white. Luckily, the brilliant red, orange and yellow hues are still in full swing, but that doesn’t mean that Old Man Winter isn’t just around the corner. This year’s Farmer’s Almanac is calling for average temperatures (cold, but not unusually cold) and above average precipitation. You know what that means – snow! While beautiful, snow can lead to some less-than terrific driving conditions. What better time than now, before the majority of the country gets its first dusting, to review some of the basics of winter driving? Ensure your vehicle is prepped and ready for winter weather. Now is the time to check your tires, brakes, battery, fluids, etc. Distance is your friend when it comes to snow-packed and/or slippery roads. Following too closely is never a good idea, but doing so in slippery conditions can be even more dangerous. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Know your brakes. … Read More
The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend $9.1 billion on Halloween this year. And you can bet that the largest percentage of that will go toward costumes – some even for the four-wheeled family members. Dressing up your car for Halloween may sound strange to some, but to others, not so much, and DIYing a costume just might be easier that you think. For example, if you own a white Dodge Magnum, print and cut out a couple over-sized Ghostbusters logos, rig up some ghost-busting gear for the roof of your car using things like plastic soda bottles, pool noodles, duct tape and spray paint. And voila! You have your very own Ghostbuster mobile. Any black vehicle can quickly and easily be turned into a bat-mobile. Amazon even has the wings, if you don’t care to make them yourself. Trunks make a great canvas for a multitude of different ideas. They can be the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland, or a giant (funny or creepy) mouth or Platform 9¾. Do you have a white Jeep Wrangler? Some black lettering and a golden eagle on the hood and you’ve got your own version of Daisy Duke’s Dixie. Turn the bed of your Ram pickup into a creepy graveyard with some fake grass, skeletons and tombstones. You can … Read More
Recently, a friend and colleague mentioned that, as he nears the point of having a teen driver in his house, he’s looking at purchasing a 2018 Jeep® Compass. To be completely honest, this surprised me. When I think young drivers and the vehicles they want to drive, I don’t necessarily think of the Compass. I think Renegade. Perhaps it’s because, when I look back at my own teenage years, the words “directionless” and “rebel” come to mind. But I digress. For him, it’s more a matter of practicality. The Compass has plenty of room for his son to haul his buddies around. Plus, when he heads off to college, there will be more than enough room for his college gear. In addition, the family currently has a Grand Cherokee, so there is a familiarity that comes with driving a “mini-me” version of the same vehicle. And the best part – the price is right. While I know the recently-updated Jeep Compass has many fans, I regrettably must admit I have not paid it much attention. Until now. Now I’m … recalculating. What is so great about the new Compass? As I said previously, the price is right. Whether you go for the base-model Sport or head straight for the top and choose the rugged Trailhawk, you’re looking at an MSRP … Read More
As I look outside my office window at the trees with their changing colors, I think to myself, “Self, you should own a convertible.” Then, reality sets in, in the form of a light smack to the back of the head and a loving, “Stop talking to yourself in the third person,” from the wife. Living in an area where others go for vacation (the Lakes Region of New Hampshire), we move with the seasons, adjusting day-to-day life according to what is bringing folks to town. Whether someone likes ice fishing, snow or water skiing, hiking, boating, small town festivals and fairs or a simple drive through the countryside, there’s pretty much something for everyone. My personal favorite happens to be trying to find all the best homemade ice cream joints in the state. But that’s a story for a different time … Currently, of course, the bold colors of autumn are drawing people from near and far. It doesn’t matter which road you travel, inevitably you will end up behind someone taking a Sunday drive (on a Wednesday), and enjoying the colors of fall. And you know what? That’s fine. Because we get it. This is OUR convertible season. Sure, summer has beautiful, scenic views of the lush, green mountains, bright blue skies and beautiful, clear lakes. But there … Read More
If you were to guess which state sold the most hybrid vehicles, and you said California, you would be correct. If you were to guess which state sold the most minivans, and you said California, you would be correct again. So, would it surprise you to discover that the Chrysler brand is lobbying for the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the only hybrid minivan in the United States, to be named the Official Family Vehicle for California? I didn’t think so. Other well-known state symbols, like the grizzly bear, valley quail, desert tortoise and serpentine (it’s a rock), act as lobbyists in support of the Pacifica for the brand’s multi-media campaign. “Forty percent of all hybrids are sold in the state of California — it’s also the biggest minivan market in the country — so it makes perfect sense that we say the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the ‘Official Family Vehicle for California,’” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT®, Chrysler and FIAT®, FCA – North America. As Kuniskis further pointed out, it isn’t just the minivan’s marketability that makes it a solid representative for the state. “With 84 miles MPGe in electric-only mode, 33 miles of all-electric range and seating for seven, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan is hands-down the most fuel-efficient family vehicle. Aligning … Read More