A media ride and drive event in Memphis in 2008 left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.
It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group.
Oil prices continue to fall and analysts say gasoline will be cheap for the rest of 2015. Low gas prices are a gift to consumers who find themselves with a little more cash to spend on items more rewarding than feeding their gas tank.
Winter is here, so it helps to know that your actual fuel economy is going to go down in cold weather conditions. There really isn't any way around this, but it helps to understand why you are getting lower gas economy mileage and what measures you can take to look after your car and its engine.
Father Time has booted out 2014 and we celebrate the arrival of Baby New Year and a brand new edition of our monthly Certified Female Friendly Blog Carnival.
Here's some examples of programs several Certified Female Friendly Dealers participated in during December. Please share your activities with us so we can promote them here in our monthly Certified Female Friendly carnival.
Women’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees
Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family.
The women will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at a.Muse Gallery in San Francisco, where attendees will be treated to a guest appearance and exhibit by Nicola Woods, master of classic automobile paintings. The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2015 NADA Convention. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI International Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.
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There's no shortage of cole winter weather in Ontario, so Active Green + Ross has teamed up with Car Care Canada to share a winter survival guide with cold-weather car-care tips, as well as tips on staying safe while driving during the winter.
We all try to be safe drivers and avoid accidents, but accidents happen. The average American will be involved in a least one car accident in their lifetime. The only way to avoid an accident with 100 percent certainty is to stay off the road, which isn’t a real option for any of us.
The surprising thing is, despite how common accidents are, few people actually know what to do when they happen. Because of this, even the smartest and most competent drivers often make serious mistakes that have legal implications or hurt their chances of being covered by insurance.
Take a few minutes to learn a few things you should always avoid after any kind of driving accident.
Winter driving is never as easy as pie (which is really only easy if you buy it from a store). If you can navigate to your destination by avoiding treacherous snow-packed highways, then that's a great start for an easier trip. But as winter takes a turn for the worse, it’s always important to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before even hitting the road. Performing simple car maintenance and check-ups are a great way to save money and time.
Keep in mind: Although doing projects yourself can be fun and save you money—always think about the term “safety first” when you’re the “driveway mechanic.” AskPatty has joined with MetLife Auto & Home® to suggest these best practices to help keep you and your family safe and your car running at its best this winter.
No, this isn’t a tip to knock snow or ice off your engine block, it’s a tip to help protect the lives of cats or other small animals that may be hiding under the hood or on top of a tire as a way to stay warm in cold weather. The noise should help startle them away from their hidey-hole before they can be killed or injured by moving parts around the engine or crushed when the tire begins to roll.
According to the ASPCA, during the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars or nestle in the wheelwell to stay warm in cold weather. To a cat living outside, or just waiting for a chance to get back in the house, there are a lot of warm nooks and crannies in a car that look very inviting.
If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Others suggest also honking the horn before driving away, just to be sure no creatures are hiding in or around the car’s chassis.
According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 1.24 million people die and 50 million are injured in car accidents on the roads of the world each year. With AAA predicting more than 88.7 million Americans hitting the highways this holiday season, it's especially important to extra diligent about traveling safely.
In light of these statistics, MetLife Auto & Home® recently launched the sixth video in its Mastering DisasterSM video series, “Road Safety,” created to help consumers prepare themselves in case of an emergency situation.
Before you hit the road, be sure you've prepared yourself, your car, and your family for the adventure ahead. And when you're on the road, make sure everybody in the car is properly restrained by their seatbelt or child safety seat!