Your plans are in place. You’re all packed and ready to go. Vacation or some other fun destination is almost here – you just have to get there. Everybody’s anxious to leave. You’re ready. Everyone else is ready. But is your car ready?
Everybody is familiar with Ferrari. You know all about Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz is one of the best-known car brands in the world. Many international car brands are just as popular as many domestic U.S. brands, if not more. Overseas car manufacturers enjoy unwavering loyalty with American consumers for a variety of reasons: real and imagined superior quality, a general overall “trust factor” when it comes to reliability and, strange as it may seem, they’re more expensive. Big-ticket purchases like cars and houses are given extra value from the buyer when the price tag is a little higher.
The vacation season will soon be upon us, and that means hitting the highway – extended roadtrips, long drives and faraway destinations. Fortunately in America, the roads are pretty safe. Even Coastal Highway 1, the west coast route perched above the Pacific Ocean, has plentiful guardrails, reasonable speed limits and clearly-marked road hazards. Some Americans may think Highway 1 is scary, but it is mere child’s play compared to some other roads scattered across the globe.
Of course you push the limits and write a blog! I was recently on a business trip in Orlando, Florida and the rental car lady politely said – ‘Sir we only have a BMW left, will that be okay?’. The line of families waiting for a car to head to Disneyland, lead me to believe that no one else was going to want it. While it wasn’t the economy class I ordered, it would have to do. A silver 2014 BMW 528i, with the steptronic transmission. It’s a fun addition to any trip.
There is no day more American than The 4th of July. Likewise, there is no product more American than the automobile. We invented the car, we perfected the car, and we introduced the rest of the world to cars. So, it is only natural that cars play such a big role in the celebration of The 4th of July.
Whether you live in a city of millions or a town of a few hundreds, odds are you are not far from a local 4th of July Parade. Parades are full of marching bands, balloons, and all that other stuff nobody really pays attention to. The highlight of parades is always the floats. And, guess what powers those showstoppers? Cars! I bet you knew that though. You seem like a smart person.
Guess what also transports the grand marshal of the parade, or the local beauty pageant winner? Yup, still a car. Sensing a theme here?
If you’re planning on taking a road trip in the near future or even a short drive with your ole’ pal Max, here are some tips for driving with a dog in your car.
Don’t Feed Your Dog Immediately Prior To the Drive
Dogs are not immune to motion sickness, just as we all aren't. Don’t overfeed to give your dog too much water prior to a drive, long or short. Reserve your dog’s meal for the end of the day, when all the driving is done with....
The opportunity to drive on the world’s most scenic roads is on every car enthusiast’s bucket list. The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia is a 151 mile stretch everyone needs to add to that bucket list. For one, the road is a national monument built to honor the veterans of World War I. The road was actually built by returned soldiers of World War I from 1919-1932. It is the world’s largest war memorial and an absolute must see if you are traveling to the giant continent country Australia. In addition, Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia whose capital city is the internationally known metropolis Melbourne. Therefore, you know you will be close to a lively city when you fly in for the awesome drive.