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Best Vehicles for Summer Road Trips

2016 Chevrolet Impala

According to AAA, the largest motoring and travel organization in the U.S., 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year for road travel in years with over 36 million Americans projected to hit the roads this Independence Day weekend. Traditionally July 4 is also the deadliest day of the year for auto accidents, according to the IIHS. That makes it a great time to evaluate your current vehicle and look for one that is a top safety pick as well as a great overall road trip vehicle.

Here are 5 great road trip vehicles for your summer travel:

5 Tips for Better Gas Mileage This Year

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

We’ve just entered a new year and a lot of people are just getting started with their New Year’s resolutions (or they’ve already given up). If one of your resolutions is to reduce expenses and save money you might want to take a look at these 5 tips to get better gas mileage.

Change Your Route – If it’s possible you should try to avoid hills, frequent lane changes, idling, and of course traffic. Sometimes a longer route can save gas by avoiding these fuel zappers.

Check Your Tires – Improperly inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Fuel economy can be improved by up to 3.3% just by adding air.

Ten Tips for Better Fuel Efficiency

Toyota 4Runner is Great for Summer Trips

Summer is officially here. Along with warmer days summer typically sees rising gas prices and occasionally even shortages as stations convert to “summer grade” aimed at reducing emissions. This is the time of year to do what you can to get the most efficiency possible from whatever automobile you’re driving. These tips with help make every drop count.

It Can Wait...ATT, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile Team Up to Curb Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is dangerous, and illegal

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T Mobile team up to fight texting and driving with the “It Can Wait” program.  The program is intended to educate the public on the dangers of texting and driving, with videos and advertisements asking teens and adults to “take the pledge” to never text and drive.

The campaign brings together more than 200 organizations to support a multi-million dollar national ad campaign along with a nationwide texting-while-driving simulator tour, retail presence in tens of thousands of stores, and outreach to millions of consumers with a special focus throughout the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Summertime has been called the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads for teen drivers by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

10 Tips for Rainy Day Driving

Rainy day driving

Spring showers might be great for flowers but they can be a nightmare for drivers. Wet weather wreaks havok on the roads and accidents increase with the rainfall numbers. Fortunately there are several things you can do to keep from adding to the statistics.  Here are 10 tips for driving in wet weather.

Slow Down - Rainfall mixes with oil and grime on the roads making them much more slick, leading to skids. Slowing down keeps more of the car's tire treads on the road providing more traction, and less skidding. Driving too fast through a puddle can also cause hydroplaning. Most people forget this tip so it pays to be extra alert when driving in the rain.

Where Are Gas Prices Heading?

Gas Prices

When gas prices hit a national average of $3.92 a gallon in April of this year, most people expected a painful summer driving season of ever-increasing prices. Charting the prices showed nothing but a steady climb since January. And didn’t it always seem like gas prices jumped just in time for our summer road trips?

But then a funny thing happened: Over the following two months, gas prices dropped nearly as steadily as they had risen, to a national average of $3.37 a gallon. Drivers rejoiced, overall MPG of cars sold dropped, and the summer driving picture started to look quite rosy.

Cost of Car Ownership on the Rise

Car Costs

The American Automobile Association has released its annual ‘Your Driving Costs’ study. The study shows a 1.9 percent increase in the cost of owning a car. This translates to an average cost of $8,946 per car per year, which includes things like fuel, maintenance, insurance, and finance repayments.

This news is not entirely surprising, given the rise in fuel costs over the last year. Pump prices are up almost 15% since last year’s report. The cost of tires has also risen 4.2%, an increase mainly caused by a rise in the cost of raw materials.

The findings in the AAA report were based on a driving cycle of 15,000 miles a year.

Health and Wellness in your Car

Can you be healthy in your car

We all spend a lot of time in our vehicles. Driving to and from the office, dropping off and picking up the kids from school and their activities, running errands around town, traveling during vacations, and of course all the time spent stuck in traffic. This adds up to a lot of time being spent in one smallish space and translates into having less time to take care of some of the important realities of life.

Get The Best Fuel Economy Possible

We all want more from our vehicles. This includes better fuel economy, reliable acceleration and braking power, and features that keep us warm and safe. But the one thing we all really want is improved fuel economy. The further you can drive on a tank of gas really does translate into more money in your pocket and frankly more positive feelings about your vehicle.

Mom’s Taxi Is Now Dad’s SUV

The image of Mom in the minivan may be a thing of the past. In a recent survey, more than 70 percent of fathers drive their kids to and from school, preschool, and extracurricular activities. And nearly 60 percent use an SUV or CUV to get the job done.

The survey was commissioned by Chevrolet, and it found that dads rate their family vehicle a 6.4 out of 10 -- probably because they’re not driving minivans. Fewer than 25 percent of dads admitted to doing the chauffeuring in a sliding-door mom-mobile. But like moms, dads’ first concern is with safety, not looks. Design isn’t even their second concern -- that position belongs to fuel economy.

Find Cheap Gas For Your Labor Day Road Trip

It was true in 1960, when Smokey Robinson and the Miracles sang it, and it’s true today: You better shop around. Luckily, when it comes to shaving a few cents off the price of a fill-up, it’s far easier to find a good deal now than it was fifty years ago.

With the Labor Day Holiday weekend upon us, we evaluated a number of gas price websites and mobile applications, to see what solution provides the best coverage and most reliable data, and from our point of view GasBuddy.com is the best.

Chevrolet Offers Tips To Save You Up To $100 On Gas

With Memorial Day weekend the unofficial kick off to the summer travel season, our friends at Chevrolet have released a study that examined gas usage by two people driving identical cars.  The study is designed to show consumers how to raise fuel economy and create astonishing savings.