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6 reasons to be thankful for the automobile infographic
Where would we be without the automobile? Still at home, or being pulled along by a horse perhaps. This mode of transport has truly transformed the world and, while it’s not perfect, it’s given us a huge amount of choice and made our lives better in a variety of ways. In the season of Thanksgiving, here are six reasons to be thankful for the car.       Read More

Ozark Mountains waterfall
  Having seen little of Arkansas but enough to want to see more, we set off for “The Natural State” looking forward to the great outdoors. Arriving at a secluded homestead in a valley of the Ozark Mountains several hours later, we immediately felt we’d got what we came for. The drive from the Dallas metroplex had got progressively more scenic as we crossed the Red River into Oklahoma, traveled over Lake Eufaula and the Arkansas River further north, then crossed into Arkansas before finding our way along the backroads. Now, my family and I sat back on the verandah,… Read More

Celebrating the Champions League and the road to Spain
  My son and daughter are getting to grips with the passing seasons; each with its own character, its own highs and lows. What they’re also discovering is that, for some of us, there’s a different flow – the soccer season. A collection of games, a marathon not a sprint, taking you on a new journey every time. Sometimes where you want to go, other times clearly the wrong way and missing all the signs. The soccer season comes in different shapes and sizes depending on who you follow, it’s true. The MLS is in full swing while the popular… Read More

Top 12 songs to sing in the car
  Singing at the top of your lungs to a favorite tune as you cruise down the highway is one of the true pleasures of driving. Behind the wheel, master of your own destiny, or at least your next destination, and with the scenery flickering by, it can turn a good journey into a great one. To fuel more happy trips to come, we’ve put together a dozen recommendations from well-versed in-the-car-singers here at RoadLoans and parent company Santander Consumer USA. Check out what makes these tracks special and take our Spotify playlist for a spin!   https://open.spotify.com/user/roadloans/playlist/0TzeDkjefTVoYciSJ5O4AI   “Three… Read More

Road trip to New Orleans
  The heat is on high, decorative beads hang from the trees, and the smell of fresh bread is in the air while the sun rises to the sound of jazz music. This is New Orleans in the summertime. No matter the temperature, locals and tourists ride on bikes or catch the streetcar to local eateries and the French Quarter. New Orleans is not only the place to be for the Mardi Gras in mid-February, but the perfect city to take the entire family on a summer road trip. While entering The Big Easy you can’t help but notice the… Read More

My first car: The reality of a college student
  As I looked forward to attending college in Texas, I knew as a freshman we were not allowed to have vehicles on campus. I saw no problem with this seeing that the town my university was located in could be missed with just a blink of an eye. The need for a car was obsolete. Until I needed to go to the city, grocery, or mall. Only one individual in my group of friends brought a vehicle to campus despite the rules. Having to rely on her and upper classmen became a drag and led to me begging for… Read More

National park road trips
  There are 58 national parks in the United States. How many have you been to? America houses some of the most beautiful parks and monuments in the world, and they are right here at our fingertips. This summer, if you’re looking for some adventure, try out these national park road trip ideas! They include the national parks of the West and East Coasts – and everything in between. Start planning your national parks road trip itinerary today!   Acadia National Park – Maine Take a trip to the highest point on the United States East Coast and see the… Read More

Road trip planner
  20 First-hand road tripping experiences Recommended routes by theme How to get the most out of your trip   There’s nothing quite like the freedom, independence and sense of discovery you get on a road trip, and there are few better places to load up and hit the highway than America. Whether you’re looking to get away in summer or at other times of year, here’s a collection of ideas based on the experiences of staff at RoadLoans and Santander Consumer USA, as well as trips researched by theme. For smooth travels there are also tips for what to… Read More

5 Road trips for Memorial Day weekend
Scenic park getaways to unplug and unwind From hiking trails through thick forest to stargazing in the desert, these breaks to some of America’s finest parks and protected areas will feel a world away from home, yet are surprisingly accessible from a handful of major cities.     Adirondack Park, NY At more than six million acres in size and with 2,000 miles of hiking trails, this place is plenty big enough to get lost in nature. With mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys there are opportunities galore for trekking, bike riding, white-water rafting and kayaking. To top it off is… Read More

Places missed on the ‘perfect’ Northeast road trip
  If you could take a road trip through any area of the U.S., where would you go? Recently, Chevrolet teamed with data scientist Randy Olsen to create the “perfect” road trip through various regions in the country. Certain regions include the Midwest, Northeast, West Coast, Texas, and Florida. While their maps certainly are efficient and have a fair share of entertaining landmarks, there simply isn’t enough mileage to cover everything. Previously, we covered notable places missed on the Lone Star State map. Today, we’ll venture into the Northeast U.S. region and check out which spots are worth the detour.… Read More