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Back-to-school season: Tips for a better drive
This is it. The time of year when the dog days of summer fade into the first fresh days of learning. Schools across the U.S. are opening their doors to another year and schedules are being shifted to a more structured daily routine. In addition to new teachers, new friends and in many cases new buildings to maneuver, there are more vehicles in school areas in the mornings and late afternoons. In honor of this most wonderful time of the year, we created an infographic highlighting the “27 challenges and distractions you’ll need to navigate when classes resume.” From crosswalks… Read More

Back to school basics – Part 3
In my previous articles (Part 1 and Part 2), I discussed traveling to school and moving in to your college campus, respectively. Now that you are all settled, it’s time for classes to begin. I think everyone knows what the first day of school feels like − exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. As a college student myself, here is some advice I have for students about to embark on that first day. Do Pack your bag the night before. Grab a spiral or two, laptop, a few pens and pencils and put them in your backpack the evening… Read More

Back to school basics – Part 2
As I talked about in a previous entry, the process of moving onto a college campus can be stressful … especially the day of. Unloading your packed car and trying to fit everything into a small dorm or apartment can prove difficult. Carrying things up and down stairs and through never-ending hallways can be both stressful and exhausting. Here are my thoughts on how to get through such a long day. Do Stay hydrated. Make sure to regularly take in fluids throughout the day. Moving in is physically demanding and can take a toll on your body. If you are… Read More

Buy a car with bad credit – Potential benefits to getting on the road
Few things provide a sense of independence like buying your own vehicle, but poor credit is often perceived as putting the brakes on this dream. It’s not ideal, that’s for sure, but for people looking to buy a car with bad credit there may be options, like lenders that specialize in subprime loans, for example. And if financing is right for you and you qualify for a loan, there could be some great potential benefits, big and small, to having your own vehicle. The possibility of getting into a car sooner rather than later with the help of a loan… Read More

Back to school basics – Part 1
As myself and millions of other students prepare to head back to school, we hope to be ready for the entire year ahead without any bumps along the way. From my experience in college, here are some dos and don’ts to consider when getting ready to head to school. Do Get your car checked out by an experienced mechanic -- especially if you are embarking on a long road trip to school. Make sure your car is properly prepared to get you to school safely and, hopefully, avoid having problems come up while you are away at school where you… Read More

Longest-lasting vehicles – the 200,000+ mile roster
  Looking for a car that will last? If you’re looking to buy a vehicle from among the longest-lasting ones on the road, you're in good company. Many buyers in the U.S. consider the longevity of the vehicle to be important when shopping. Often, buyers do not actually intend to own the vehicle for its entire lifespan, but rather, they see a correlation between longevity and a vehicle that is mechanically dependable with routine maintenance. In reality, this correlation does not always hold; sometimes vehicles that will… Read More

Three secrets for keeping your car cool in summer
  Summer is easy to love. It's the time of year for outdoor activities, and even when it's a little hot, it can be beautiful and enjoyable. But there's nothing fun about getting into a hot car. Exposed metal such as seatbelt buckles or dash trim can actually burn your skin. It can even be dangerous to try and drive while trying to avoid a proper grip on a too-hot-to-handle steering wheel. However, with a few simple tricks, you can improve the safety and comfort of your car, even after it has been fully grilled by the sun.   1.… Read More

“Mission: Impossible” – Cruising in for repairs
  “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is the next installment in the M:I series and brings with it a new round of action, thrills and fast cars. Keeping with tradition, Tom Cruise and others in the movies are doing many of their own stunts, including hanging from the outer door of an airplane during takeoff and fast ascent. So that’s happening.     To celebrate its release, we've put together a list of some of… Read More

Austin is feeling the Tour de France spirit
As I’ve mentioned before in the RoadLoans blog, cycling is a huge part of the Austin, Texas, community. The residents are big on enjoying outdoor activities, the accessibility to bike lanes is great, and there is a beautiful lakeside route that provides a backdrop for the cyclists I see all over Austin on a daily basis. Austin bike month really brought out the spirit of cycling, and now with the Tour de France nearing its end this weekend, I can see this spirit emerging again. The Tour de France has been a competitive cycling showcase since 1903. Every year, sports… Read More

Top car names for babies
The ultimate homage to your newborn or vehicle? If you’re an expectant mother or father having a hard time choosing a baby name, but you love your car, problem solved. Yahoo! Autos has researched a list of names given to newborns in 2014 that are also car brands and models. Justin Hyde, the Managing Editor, carried out the analysis of some 33,044 baby names registered with the U.S. Social Security Administration (to get on his list the name had to be used at least five times), which threw up some interesting results. Inspiration from the auto world Some are more… Read More