James Mayfield

The drive-thru, an American icon
  Fact: We’re all very busy these days. Fact: There are times it’s hard to block out time to eat. Fact: For many of us, this is where the restaurant drive-thru comes into play. You know the scenario. You’re out driving around, crossing things off the honey-do list, when suddenly the rumble of the road is overtaken by the rumbling of the tummy. You’re far from home and still needing to finish some errands, so what do you do? Yep, cruise through the drive-thru. According to The NPD Group, a market research firm, roughly 12.4 billion trips were made by… Read More

Another awesome summer road trip playlist – 33 more tunes for the road
  We asked and you answered … thank you! Last month we released our playlist of the best summer road trip songs. Included in the article was a chance for readers to submit their favorite songs to crank up when hitting the highway on summer road trips. And there were some great ones! We compiled a new list, including ones we may have missed the first time along, and a selection of your recommendations that were sent via Twitter and Facebook, to create Another Awesome RoadLoans Summer Road Trip Playlist. You can listen to the playlist via Spotify. Interested in… Read More

Auto-related news for the summer season
  As of June 20, summer is officially here. Along with warm weather, cool drinks, swimming pools and cookouts, the ushering in of summer brings up a major theme when it comes to automobiles. Road trip, anyone? Here a couple of hot topics we found across news outlets relating to summer.   Summer travel According to AAA, around 56 percent of drivers in the U.S. are expected to take to the highways for a road trip this summer. And the relatively low gas prices have a lot to do with it. “Travelers hitting the road will pay the lowest summer… Read More

The Top 38 Summer Road Trip Songs
Like many folks, we have plans to hit the highway this summer for a few road trips. Which means in addition to packing enough snacks, water and soft drinks to keep us replenished, we’re going to need a good mix of songs to accompany the journey. And though the technology for making a road trip list of tunes has changed — what used to be created using LPs recorded onto cassettes, now is made in mere minutes with an iTunes or Spotify playlist — the fun of pulling from a wealth of material to create the perfect mix remains. Billboard’s… Read More

Shining some light on headlights
The road ahead. Every day millions of drivers count on their headlights to illuminate the way as they travel to and from their destinations. A study recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took a good look at car lights and what they found is quite interesting. The first of its kind, the ratings reveal that most headlights aren’t performing as well as they could. According to a representative from the IIHS, “Headlight systems are often designed as a styling statement rather than to provide good light for drivers.” Pair that with the fact that half of… Read More

Super Bowl 50, the winners and losers
So what did you think? It’s the question of the week around office watercoolers following last Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. At the conclusion of (and really during, thanks to social media) Super Bowl 50, everyone was weighing in with their opinions of the event. While on the field there were clear winners (Denver Broncos) and losers (Carolina Panthers) with a final score of 24-10, there were certainly highs and lows throughout the whole extravaganza. The Game For sure, the cliché rang true -- defense can win a championship. The NFL’s No. 1 defense of the Broncos showed why topped-rank defenses… Read More

Super Bowl 50, beyond the numbers
The wait is over. For millions of sports fans, this weekend’s Super Bowl 50 marks the marquee event of the year. What was once a game attended by 61,000 and viewed by 60 million, see stats in our previous post, has grown to more than 160 million viewers (Source: NFL, based on Nielsen Company figures). The popularity is reflected in the increase in ticket prices for attending the event as well, which were $12 for Super Bowl I and reached a $2,500 maximum face value during last year’s championship. This year’s matchup should be one for the ages with Peyton… Read More

It’s pro football time as the NFL kicks off a landmark season… and you can play, too
The Big 5 – 0. Whether an anniversary, a mark of years in business, a birthday or time together as a musical group (we’re looking at you, Rolling Stones), the number 50 has some serious significance. The National Football League will be celebrating this magnificent milestone at the end of this season as the Super Bowl is hitting its golden anniversary. This year’s march to Super Bowl 50 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, starts Thursday, September 10, with the New England Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that the first week of college football is in… Read More

The start of a new season and that college football feeling
Maybe it’s just me, but the popularity and hype seems to grow every year. Everywhere I turn lately, there are promotional items, billboards, advertisements, magazine covers and peanut butter cups adding to the excitement. The fact that there are entire cable networks dedicated to the topic is evidence enough for me to see the impact. I’m speaking of college football. This week marks the official start of the 2015-2016 season. Big games are on the Week 1 schedule with Alabama taking on Wisconsin in AT&T Stadium, Michigan and new coach Jim Harbaugh visiting Utah, North Carolina versus South Carolina, last… Read More

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

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