LaQuenda Jackson

Road trip: A Letter from Camp Rockmont
Being from Texas, I always thought that the Hill Country was pretty nice. The rolling slopes that pave the way between Waco and Austin seem like a big to-do when you’re used to the flatlands of Dallas. But the Hill Country is nothing compared to what awaited my son and me in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It was my nine-year-old son’s first sleep-away camp. He and a classmate registered to attend Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, near Asheville. I had done a little research on the camp, but didn’t really put any time into researching the area. I knew that… Read More

An American Holiday in the French Quarter
So flying to New Orleans to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend may not technically qualify as a “road trip,” but surely tackling the streets of the French Quarter on foot should count for something, right? However, when visiting the French Quarter, the emphasis should definitely be on the word “trip” rather than “road.” This wasn’t my first time going to the Crescent City, but it was my first visit during the Fourth of July. As usual, there were several factions of people invading the Quarter. You had your conventiongoers, your family reunion/vacation groups and then your general revelers, e.g.… Read More

RoadLoans – Who we are (Part 2)
RoadLoans wants to create a car-buying experience that meets the needs of our customers, and empowers them to make the best decision for their lives, as we described in Part 1 of “RoadLoans – Who we are.” Part 2 of “Who we are” is about how we have tried to incorporate the most innovative technology available to improve the online experience. “We receive thousands of applications every month,” said Scott Rundle, V.P. of Direct Originations for RoadLoans. “Because of the volume, it’s important that we employ every technical advantage we have to create the best online experience possible.” Convenience is… Read More

RoadLoans – Who we are (Part 1)
There are a lot of things you probably already know about RoadLoans – that we are one of the leading sources for online auto and truck financing, that we provide financing for customers nationwide, and that we don’t mind working with people who have challenging credit histories. But what you may not know is why we do what we do. Our aim is to help people get into cars and, as a result, improve their quality of life. Sounds a little too emotional for a financial services company, right? Well the truth is, we don’t want to be thought of… Read More

RoadLoans – Who we are (Part 1)
There are a lot of things you probably already know about RoadLoans – that we are one of the leading sources for online auto and truck financing, that we provide financing for customers nationwide, and that we don’t mind working with people who have challenging credit histories. But what you may not know is why we do what we do. Our aim is to help people get into cars and, as a result, improve their quality of life. Sounds a little too emotional for a financial services company, right? Well the truth is, we don’t want to be thought of… Read More

Used vehicles – navigating the shifting currents of in-car technology and value
New technology in the dashboard comes at a premium when cars are sold new, but it can be an entirely different story when a used vehicle is resold after four or five years. That big bright screen with the navigation system may have been top of the line in 2008, but there are newer systems today that make in-car technology in older used vehicles look positively antique. Joe Spina, senior analyst with Edmunds.com, says that the age of the technology definitely affects the value of a car. “On a newer vehicle, technology helps the value. But generally speaking, these types… Read More

The best family vehicles of 2013
The family is growing, and you need more space.  Not in the house, but in the car. Your bachelor-mobile was great for date night, but now you have to think about diaper bags, car seats, soccer balls and grocery trips. The two-seater is no longer suitable for your family lifestyle. Well, RoadLoans is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the best family vehicles of 2013. You might think it’s just the top ten minivans, but our list has vehicles of all shapes, sizes and prices to compliment the various dimensions of today’s families. Read More

Road Trip: Going to Galveston a family tradition
It has become a tradition. Every year, I take my kids to Galveston for an end-of-summer weekend. The beach city is about a five-hour road trip from where we live, so when you’re short on vacation time and money, it’s a quick, affordable getaway. Now, while I normally dread the idea of driving my 8-, 6- and 4-year-old anywhere that takes longer than 30 minutes, this road trip doesn’t give me indigestion. Besides the bucket load of electronics I have to keep them busy, there are a few stops along the road… Read More

The top 10 playmakers for your tailgate party
The kickoff to football season has us digging for our favorite jersey, picking our fantasy team and planning for Sundays filled with football fever. However, nothing says "good game" like a good tailgate party. RoadLoans.com had a compiled a list of 10 winning plays when planning a tailgate. If you have the menu, but no means of transportation, we've got you covered there too – with our Top Ten Vehicles for Tailgating, which will appear Tuesday and Wednesday on The Open Road blog. RoadLoans has everything you need to make this football tailgating season a winning one.   Read More

Back-to-school driving tips to keep children safe
It sneaks up on us every year. Just like Christmas, back-to-school commitments can catch us off guard, and before we know it, we are racing to and fro, taking our kids to classes and extra-curricular activities. But the rules of the road change a bit from September to May. With some help from Trafficschool.com, here are a few driving tips that can help you maneuver the back-to-school commute. Check the crosswalk. Just when you think you’re in the clear, a latecomer is making a mad dash in hopes of beating the tardy bell. Double-check the crosswalks to ensure no one… Read More