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 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

“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

Memories on the road during the Fourth of July
For most of my summers as a young teen, I had the pleasure of spending my Fourth of July on the lake. I would pack up for the weekend, and take the easy drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The ride never felt long because I always traveled it with friends, food and good music. Unlike many road trip vacations where the ride seems to never end, this particular trip was enjoyable – almost a part of the vacation. The drive was easy. Leaving my house, I simply drove a few minutes to get onto… Read More

Happy Memorial Day – remembering military servicemembers
  This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and is considered by many to unofficially signal the start of the summer season, including celebrations that range from pool and beach parties to our personal favorite, road trips. However, Memorial Day, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May (May 25 this year), is also, as its name suggests, an official U.S. holiday that commemorates those persons that have died while in active military service. In honor of, and gratitude for, our five branches of the U.S. military, we present a list of service of servicemembers… Read More

Summer road trip ideas from the experts
With summer just around the bend, it’s a great time to plan a road trip, and low gas prices heading into the season could make it all the more doable. “Gas prices are about $1 a gallon lower for most drivers as the summer vacation season approaches, a better-than 25% discount over last year,” says Bob Sullivan of So with the savings on fuel prices possibly keeping some extra cash in your pocket, and with the U.S. of A. as your oyster, take a look at these summer road trip ideas, drawn from the experts, for inspiration.   Go… Read More

Mother’s Day gift ideas – Part 2
Yesterday, we got Mother’s Day weekend kicked off right by giving you some gift ideas that your mom might be able use every day of the year. But wait, there’s more!   Sunglasses My mom always loves a new pair of sunglasses. Maybe pick out a fresh new stylish pair for her to wear while driving. She can both look good and see well as she cruises around town. Also, if your mother has had the same pair of sunglasses since the ’90s, I think you would be doing her a huge favor. Keychain An inexpensive, cute gift that you… Read More

Mother’s Day gift ideas – Part 1
This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. As it approaches and you consider what gifts to get that special mom in your life, think about getting her something she can use every day. Need some help? Here are 5 great car-related gift ideas for mom this year. Phone Charger Make sure that while your mom is out in her car that her phone always has enough juice to do things like use a maps app or call roadside assistance in case of emergency. If she has a car charger already, upgrade her to a new one. Maybe one with a… Read More