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March 26, 2008

8 Signs Your Car Has Pothole Damage

Fix_pothole_damage While the winter show and ice melt away, potholes and serious damage to your car linger into spring and can become your car’s worst enemy. If you car exhibits any of these 8 Signs of Pothole Damage you need to take action.

  • The vehicle rolls or sways on turns
  • The vehicle’s front-end dives when braking
  • The vehicle’s rear end squats when accelerating
  • The vehicle bounces or slides on a winding, rough road
  • The vehicle “bottoms out” or thumps on bumps
  • The vehicle sits lower in the front or rear
  • The vehicle looses directional control during sudden stops
  • The vehicle is leaking or has physical damage, such as rusting or dents

Read more here to find out how to fix these problems.

March 25, 2008

Is Your iPod Dangerous?

Driving_with_ipod_2 Your iPod or MP3 player might put you in danger if you're using it while you are driving. iPods are one of my many gadgets that can distract drivers and cause accidents. More automakers are including iPod compatibility in their vehicles making it easier for drivers to bring their tunes on the road.

A 2007 study conducted by Drexel University Professor, Dario Salvucci, showed that iPod use caused drivers to veer from side to side and decrease their following speed. Drivers spent time scrolling through their iPods to find desired media instead of paying attentio n to the road.

So how can you safely use your iPod on the road?

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March 19, 2008

Road Trip with the Rugrats!

Courtney_caldwell_and_grandsonsWhen I was young I frequently played gin rummy and Scrabble with my grandmother, who was parked on our living room couch almost every day during her sunset years. There was little conversation between us other than the occasional question about school. We'd pull up a card table where I would sit opposite of her and we'd play for hours. That was the way it was back then sans the occasional gathering of relatives who descended upon us on the lake every weekend.

There, my grandmother would sit in the midst of her 10 adult children while they all scurried around interchanging jobs as lifeguard, BBQ master and EMT for the dozens of offspring produced by the clan. Life was pretty simple back then. Women paid their dues by bearing unreasonable numbers of progeny and then raising them to semi-dysfunctional adulthood. This success earned grandmothers the right to be waited upon, gain excessive amounts of weight, and reap the spoiling of attentive grandchildren.

How things have changed! Read about Road Trip with the Rugrats.

March 08, 2008

Wecome to the Road & Travel Magazine Blog

Ccheadshot_forprint_4 If you're new to Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) here's the skinny on what we're all about. RTM is an online magazine that focuses on all things travel and all things automotive but the twist is that we focus on women. Pioneering women's automotive media in 1989 seemed like a practical thing to do at the time. After all, we all buy cars, schlep our kids around in cars, drive cars to work and for errands, for just about everything, and hell knows we sure do make those pesky little car payments every month. But what about all the concerns and issues we had that NOBODY was addressing? Remember the days when you couldn't get into a truck or SUV with a skirt on? I, for one, at 5'1" tall, had to use a step ladder or sometimes just dove in then rolled over. A pretty sight indeed.

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