September 2013

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Road trip: From Dallas to Durango and back – Part 2
Our road trip to Durango, CO, planned for a full week, took an unexpected left-hand turn north on I-25 when we learned our son would be playing in a college soccer tournament in Colorado Springs over Labor Day weekend. Colorado Springs had been our original destination, but that seemed to change when he was injured at practice and was doubtful that he would make the trip from Dallas. Durango – just this once – had been our backup road trip destination. It wasn’t the last time our plans changed. If… Read More

Children’s car seats still pose problem for parents, caregivers, says AAA
It has been 30 years since the first child safety seat law was passed (in Illinois), but 75 percent of car seats continue to be improperly used or installed, according to AAA. “The dedicated work of safety advocates [is] saving thousands of children's lives,” said AAA during National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ran Aug. 15-21. “Still today, installing a car seat correctly remains a difficult task for parents and caregivers.” The organization identified mistakes most frequently made when installing or using car seats. Here are 10 of them: Moving out of a booster seat too soon – Seat belts… Read More

Honda ‘Project Drive-In’ seeks to save threatened theaters
The drive-in theater in Graham, TX, is one of at least nine survivors of 20th Century American car culture that will get a second lease on life thanks to a donation from Japanese automaker Honda. A new digital projector was donated to the theater by the Honda Motor Co. Inc. as part of its Project Drive-In, a “national effort to save as many of America’s remaining drive-ins as possible” despite the expected discontinuation of 35-mm film distribution later this year. “Through Project Drive-In, awareness is being raised across the country, offering communities simple ways to get involved and helping this… Read More

Road trip: Dallas to Durango and back – Part 1
Durango road trip. The heart-palpitating anticipation built just thinking about the Southwest Colorado town. We had been there before. Twice. The last time with our son in tow. This time, however, he had started classes at University of Texas at Dallas when we went on our end-of-summer road trip. Our trip covered North Texas, the northeast corner of New Mexico and southern Colorado to Durango in two days. If you’ve ever taken a road trip on that route, which includes the Texas Panhandle, you are familiar with its grand vistas and unique sights.… Read More

Should you buy a used car from a private seller?
Shopping for a used car can be an intimidating process. For many potential buyers, it sounds about as enjoyable as getting a root canal. With all the puffery in promotions and pushy salespeople in search of commissions, a trip to the local car dealership may leave some consumers feeling more confused rather than confident about where to make their next purchase. That is why, today, more consumers than ever are turning to private-party sellers to purchase the car of their dreams rather than stepping onto the showroom floor. With today’s economy, value is everything, and the ability to obtain more… Read More

Edmunds.com names 17 best cars on the market – Part 2
The best five-passenger SUV on the market is the 2013 Honda CR-V. The best large pickup truck is this year’s Ram 1500. And the best hybrid is the Toyota Prius. But these are just three of the vehicles on Edmunds.com’s list of “The 17 Best Cars You Can Buy – The Vehicles We’d Buy for Ourselves” written by James Riswick, Edmund.com automotive editor. “We crafted this list of the ‘Best Cars You Can Buy,’ with an emphasis on the word ‘best,’" wrote Riswick in the article posted recently at Edmunds.com. “This isn't ‘the cars that… Read More

Edmunds.com names 17 best cars on the market – Part 1
The best subcompact car on the market is the 2013 Mini Cooper. The best midsize sedan, this year’s Nissan Altima. And the best sports car is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. But these are just three of the vehicles on Edmunds.com’s list of “The 17 Best Cars You Can Buy – The Vehicles We’d Buy for Ourselves” written by James Riswick, Edmund.com automotive editor. "This list answers a question we get all the time,” said Riswick. “If you could pick any car in a given segment, and money wasn't an issue, what car would you choose? Sure, many on this list… Read More

Road Trip: On a mission to West Bend, Iowa
It’s roughly 850 miles from where I live now, just south of Dallas, to where I grew up, in West Bend, IA, and where I was heading on my road trip to a family reunion. My trip is the same every time, and this one started out no differently – make extra coffee because even Starbucks isn’t open yet, find the cat and have the traditional pet carrier battle of wills, load her and the dog up in the car (luckily I loaded everything else the night before),… Read More

Tailgating: What are the Top 10 cars for your football party – Part 2?
Now that you know our Top 10 tips for tailgating (Monday infographic) and half of our Top 10 vehicles for tailgating, we follow-up today with five more tailgating vehicles. “In the starting lineup for any good tailgate party is the right vehicle,” says the infographic, which points in particular to one of the trucks on our list. (The list, which is based on our survey of various automotive-related websites, is not a ranking of the vehicles, just 10 vehicles which made the cut.) All vehicles on our list appeared on at least two… Read More

Tailgating: What are the Top 10 cars for your football party – Part 1?
Now that you know our Top 10 tips for tailgating (Monday infographic), it seems appropriate to suggest the Top 10 vehicles for tailgating, based on our survey of various websites. “In the starting lineup for any good tailgate party is the right vehicle,” says the infographic, which points in particular to one of the trucks on our list. All vehicles on our list appeared on at least two other 2012-13 lists compiled by sources such as KBB.com, Cars.com, CarsDirect.com, Edmunds.com and Bankrate.com, as well as RoadandTrack.com, MotorTrend.com and FoxNews.com. RoadLoans is a favored lender of… Read More