Car Culture

Fuel Conservation Tips!

July 9, 2017
Saving money is a goal everyone has, especially when it comes to saving on their car. Whether you drive a gas guzzler or an innovative hybrid, everyone loves to save a little money when it comes to fueling their vehicle. Aside from finding the best deals on gasoline in your city, there are some simple things  you can do to make your dollar go farther at the gas station! Read on to see how you can start saving some Benjamins by conserving your fuel. Your driving habits have a direct impact on your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Thus, unsafe driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s expensive. Do you always have to be the first one out of the gate at stoplights? Maybe you like to test your car’s 0-60 time every now and then. If this is you, you’re not only endangering those around you, but you’re wasting hard earned money. When you accelerate too quickly you are making your vehicle work harder than it needs to, causing your car to use more fuel. It is fine if you like to live life in the fast lane, just take your time getting there. Smoothly accelerate while following the present speed limit. Simply lightening up on the pedal will improve your gas mileage. Another common gas guzzling cause is idling. This means that your car’s engine is on but you are parked and not moving. Whether you’re warming up your car in the winter, waiting in the school pickup line, or waiting in the car while your loved one is shopping, idling is almost inevitable for most. Idling your vehicle is wasting gas. So, if you find yourself stuck in your car and not moving, put your vehicle into neutral or turn it off. This simple action will help save gas and the environment! Make your car as aerodynamic as it can be. Your car is designed to be aerodynamic, but maximizing this quality will help you conserve fuel. Try to keep your windows rolled up and refrain from blasting the air conditioning and you’ll begin to see an improvement in your gas mileage! Other car accessories such as bike racks or luggage rails can add unnecessary weight and put a drag on your vehicle. Only use accessories when necessary, and remove any extra weight from your vehicle to help your fuel go farther! Another simple step you can take to conserve fuel is to check your tire pressure regularly. The lower the tire pressure, the more gas your car needs to move it. So, staying on top of your car’s maintenance will not only prolong the life of your vehicle, but conserve fuel and make your dollar go farther! Are you guilty of any of these gas guzzling causes? If so, start becoming aware of these habits and remember the steps you can take to improve them. Do you have any gas saving tips you’ve found to be beneficial? Share them with me in the comments below!
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Eating Clean in Kansas City!

July 5, 2017
If you’re like me, you love some good ol’ Kansas City barbecue. However, with all of the delicious restaurants that make up our city, it’s easy to forget about those food goals we all make for ourselves. But I have good news! You don’t have to sacrifice eating out just to try and stay healthy. Here are some of my favorite healthier restaurants I’ve found around our city that really hit the spot! Unforked. This restaurant prides itself on providing honest, local, fresh ingredients in all of their dishes. Their love for natural ingredients sets the pace for their clean menu! Their goal is to to help you feel better so you can live healthier–how can you not love that?! From gazpacho to burgers, the natural take on their menu is truly tasty. You have to try it! Cafe Gratitude. The name itself is inviting. They support local farmers, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally friendly products. Between their sustainability efforts, cleanse programs, and plant-based menu, you’ve hit the clean jackpot here! When you walk into the restaurant, you immediately just feel the love put into this place. The menu is intriguing, delicious, and 100% organic. Next time you go, I suggest you try the spaghetti squash alfredo! From their bowls to their pasta, there is something for every tastebud to enjoy! Protein House. This restaurant was created with the fitness and health conscious community in mind. Morning, noon, or night, the doors are open for you to rejuvenate and relax with a clean meal. This is truly a unique place that adjusts to everyone’s specific needs. Their friendly staff will greet you and you’ll receive your order soon after that. From their signature pancakes to their delicious wraps, there’s something for you to enjoy every hour of the day! When you eat good, you feel good. So start working these healthier restaurants into your nights out and you won’t feel guilty about your meal! Do you have a favorite healthier restaurant in KC? Tell me about it so I can try it out!   
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July Fourth in Kansas City!

July 1, 2017
Independence Day in Kansas City is jam-packed with exciting events sure to make your holiday sparkle! From spectacular firework shows to exciting concerts, there is a way everyone can celebrate their American spirit! I’ve put together a few of my favorite ways to let freedom ring this year: KC Riverfest: This is the premiere Independence Day celebration in our city. From KC’s tastiest food trucks to multiple music stages, this is a party you don’t want to miss. Entertainment will start around 4:00 p.m., so be sure to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to settle down with! Located along the beautiful Missouri Riverfront, this event exceeds my expectations every year. Close out this fun-filled day with the largest fireworks show in the Midwest! Your night is sure to end with a bang! Fireworks & Salute To The Union: For my friends that live more on the Kansas side, the Salute at the Union is the event for you! Live entertainment starts at 4:00 p.m. and the fun just continues from there. Located by Merritt Lake, this free event is fun for the whole family! Fireworks will go off at dusk, giving you the perfect ending to a patriotic day. Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza: Start your patriotic party a day early in Lee’s Summit! On July 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m.. Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will fill Legacy Park! This is the perfect family-friendly event to celebrate the holiday. Bring blankets to cozy up under the stars and enjoy the firework display choreographed to music! Star Spangled Spectacular: Thousands of spectators flock to this event in Overland Park each year. Held at the Corporate Woods, this event is packed with live music, food, and fireworks! Proceeds from sales on-site go to benefit local charities while saluting our nation’s veterans. Summer Fireworks at Kauffman Stadium: While our boys in blue are away on July Fourth, Kauffman Stadium will be gearing up for their next spectacular Summer Fireworks show on Friday, July 14th! Maybe you’ll be out of town or preoccupied on the actual holiday, so celebrating July Fourth on the 14th is the perfect way to continue celebrating the land of the free! And as if this night couldn’t get better, it’s also Buck Night during the game! $1 hot dogs and peanuts paired with a night of fireworks… sounds like the perfect night to me! How are you planning on celebrating the Fourth of July in KC? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Car Reviews

Featured Favorite: Chevrolet Malibu

June 29, 2017
Did you know that the Chevy Malibu is manufactured locally, right here in Kansas City? That’s just one of the many reasons why I love this vehicle! If you’re looking for a stylish, affordable, midsize sedan, then the Chevy Malibu is for you! Read on to hear my musings on why I think this car is one of the best sedans on the market! The numerous awards the Malibu has won builds an impressive resume for this sedan. It is the 2017 winner of the best midsize car for families and is ranked as #1 in midsized cars by Car and Driver, awarded best buy for a midsized car by Consumer Guide Automotive, and more! Let’s unpack the details of this award-winning vehicle, though. (As if this wasn’t already enough to woo you.) To put it simply, the Malibu is safe and reliable. It gets a whopping five-star overall NHTSA safety rating along with a five-star rating in frontal and side crash tests! Its safety features that help contribute to these astounding ratings include forward collision alert, rearview camera, front and rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, front automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and more! If you have a teen driver in the family, you can also take advantage of Chevy’s available Teen Driver system that lets you set speed limits and radio volume in the vehicle. When it comes to reliability, the Malibu also earned high reliability ratings among midsize cars from J.D. Power: 4.5 out of five stars–which is way more than what the Malibu’s rivals can speak for! The 2017 Chevy Malibu is offered in four trim options: L, LS, LT, and Premier. Overall, this vehicle boasts a quiet, comfortable ride in whatever trim you choose. You’ll experience a smooth drive, even when you hit some occasional rough patches. The Malibu simply holds its composure well through different terrains. One of my favorite things about the Malibu is that you can customize it to your liking. If you go just one trim level up from the base model, there are many available packages and a la carte items for you to choose from, so your vehicle can be equipped just to your liking! If you are currently shopping for a sedan, the Chevrolet Malibu should be on your consideration list. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Go out and give the Malibu a test drive and I guarantee you’ll want to drive away in it!
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Featured Favorite: Nissan Rogue

June 26, 2017
The Nissan Rogue pulls you in with its enticing price tag, but the perks of this striking SUV continue to surpass expectations! When I hear “SUV”, the Rogue is one of the first vehicles I picture. It is simply just a good, sturdy, dependable car. Read more about why this Nissan is my current featured favorite: The Rogue gets an impressive EPA estimated 29 combined mpg in city/highway. It is as efficient as it is stylish. It is the only true 3-row compact SUV topping the charts with its fuel efficiency. So, if the fuel economy of a vehicle is your #1 priority, then you should be sold by now! Amazingly the benefits of this vehicle don’t stop there. There are many notable additions to the new 2017 Rogue that raise the bar from this vehicle in its previous years. It boasts an updated refreshing, sleek interior and exterior, new adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and an optional emergency braking system. The most talked about commodity of the Rogue, however, is its ample cargo space. When seeing the Rogue for the first time, folks tend to be surprised by the amount of space available inside the vehicle. Its large cargo capacity features an innovative storage system, along with the option of having a third row, which is a definite plus. When it comes to space, the Rogue has plenty to offer. Overall, this Nissan offers a comfortable ride. The Rogue offers three main trim levels: S, SV, and SL. Even in their most basic trim, this vehicle packs in a remarkable amount of features, including a rearview camera, 5-inch display screen, bluetooth phone and streaming audio system, four-speaker CD player with USB input, and satellite radio. There are also plenty of add-on options for you to customize your vehicle to your liking. From lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation to a panoramic sunroof, the available features for the Rogue contribute to make this a top SUV contender. If you’re looking for a reliable, comfortable ride with an expansive interior, you’ve met your match! Go out and test drive a Nissan Rogue, and it will soon become your favorite too!
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Featured Favorite: Hyundai Elantra

June 22, 2017
Recently the Hyundai Elantra was fully redesigned, so it has a fresh new look for 2017! The new Elantra boasts a classy, sleek look alongside impressive tech features, making it one of my favorite cars this year! It is more refined than ever before. Take a look at why it’s gaining so much popularity: This four-door, compact sedan packs a lot into a smaller package! The 2017 model offers three new engines and four trim options: SE, Eco, Limited, and Sport. Regardless of what trim you choose, the Elantra is equipped with stable, dependable road handling and an impressive suspension, contributing to the car’s comfortable ride. The interior is accommodating, comfortable, and spacious–which is more than many of its competitors can say! I definitely think the Elantra’s interior is one of its biggest selling points. The overall fit and finish is of high quality, and the window designs offer maximum visibility. The Elantra isn’t loved just for its looks, though. This sedan also prides itself on its safety features! It received an excellent Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Between its abounding airbags, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitor, rollover protection system, and more, the Elantra has got you covered. If you’re still not sold on this favorite of mine, there’s more! This Hyundai packs in a surprising amount of advanced tech features, setting itself apart from other sedans on the market. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard capabilities on all trims except the base model. You’ll also find a seven inch touch screen, eight-speaker Infinity audio system, HID headlights, heated seats, and more inside the Elantra! I could go on and on about why I love this sedan so much, but I want you to see it for yourself! Test drive one today from McCarthy Auto Group. You might just drive away in a new car!
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Featured Favorite: Chevrolet Equinox

June 20, 2017
If you’re looking for a decent sized SUV with plenty of cargo space, then the Chevrolet Equinox is for you! This Chevy is one of my favorite crossovers and overall vehicles for many reasons, and here’s why: Day or night, the Equinox is just right! It rides and drives with confidence thanks to its stable handling and impressive fuel economy. The Equinox gets an EPA estimated 21mpg/31mpg in city/highway–creating stiff competition for its rivals. You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Chevy Equinox. Its base models are very reasonably priced–I love how affordable a great car like this can be! Its special edition models and different trim levels provide an exciting way for you to customize this car. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can upgrade to the powerful V6 engine, which is a feature not many other vehicles in this class can offer! That’s an aspect that definitely sets the Equinox apart from the others. Safety shouldn’t have to cost you. That’s another reason I love this SUV! Even the standard Equinox models boast impressive safety features like anti-lock disc brakes, impressive traction and stability control, a rearview camera, GM’s OnStar emergency communications system, and more! The Equinox also earned the highest possible rating in multiple categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety–now that’s something to brag about! To learn more about this vehicle’s safety ratings, click here. While automotive fads come and go, the Chevrolet Equinox is simply a durable car that will last you through the years. From its seven inch touchscreen interface to its spacious back seats, it’s no wonder the Equinox is one of the most popular SUVs on the market! Its sleek and stylish design will woo you at first, but just wait until you get behind the wheel. Test drive one from McCarthy Auto Group and you’ll fall in love!
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Featured Favorite: Toyota RAV4

June 17, 2017
The Toyota RAV4 is topping the SUV charts! Between safety, style, and performance there are many factors weighing into its rising popularity. Here are some of the many reasons why the Toyota RAV4 is my current featured favorite: Safety. This Toyota has an impressive safety score for many reasons. Its multitude of airbags paired with its highly rated stability control are just a few factors that make this car one of the safest in its class. If that isn’t enough to convince you of this vehicle’s safety, it is an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety 2017 Top Safety Pick+! Style. While the specific specs of this car are amazing on their own, the overall style is one of my favorite aspects! The RAV4 leans toward the smaller compact SUV side, which is a benefit for many. It gives you the spacious seating and cargo capacity while keeping it easy to navigate through the city! Its newer redesign is a fresh take on the loved older model, and it sure does boast some good looks. It packs in tons of user friendly features that will make you love this vehicle even more. From its integrated navigation system to its new “birds eye camera,” there is no shortage of technology in this car! Performance. This compact SUV now sports five different trim options: LE, XLE, SE, Limited, and Platinum. All trims include a powerful 176-hp inline-4, 2.5-liter, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 delivers solid driving power alongside smooth and secure handling. Overall, it is simply a reliable, durable vehicle perfect for the family or for your next adventure! Test drive a RAV4 today at McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia! Go ahead and browse their selection, I promise you’ll fall in love!
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National Safety Month

June 15, 2017
Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1-44? June is National Safety Month. This month aims to spread awareness of these statistics and steps you can take to stay safe! Injury is such a broad noun, though. Whether injuries are caused on the road, in the workplace, or at home, you can prevent potential accidents from happening by educating yourself! 20-50 million people are injured or disabled each year due to car accidents. Help diminish this statistic by keeping your eyes on the road! Your safety in your vehicle starts with you. Imagine how much safer our roads would be if everyone had this mindset. Make sure your vehicle is up-to-date on maintenance, so you avoid any surprise mishaps while on the road. Not all injuries are due to car accidents, though. Accidents happen every day for a countless amount of reasons! Contribute to National Safety Month by brushing up on your first aid knowledge. Knowing how to react in case of an emergency is crucial, and having the knowledge and supplies to provide first aid when needed is extremely beneficial. You never know when you or someone you love will get into an accident of some kind, so make sure you’re prepared for the possibility! I always keep a small first aid kit in my car, just in case. That is one simple way you can take steps to leading a safer life! I challenge you to think of another way to stay safe this month (and every month). Let me know what safety steps you come up with in the comments below!
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Father’s Day in KC!

June 12, 2017
Restaurants around our city are rejoicing for Father’s Day weekend! The brunch options for Dad in Kansas City are endless, and there are countless weekend activities happening to celebrate the fathers in your life! Here are some of my favorite happenings: Kansas City Zoo: Celebrate your papa bear with a trip to the zoo! On June 18th, dads will receive free admission AND a complimentary hot dog. Who can pass that up? Stroll through the animal kingdom with the king of your jungle and create memories you’ll never forget! Pioneer Trails Adventures: For that history buff father of yours, explore the great outdoors in historic Independence, Missouri! On June 17th Pioneer Trails Adventures is offering half off admission for dads! From touring Civil War battle sites to the Truman’s home, this trip back in time is the perfect event to experience alongside Dad! Boulevardia Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch: Get Dad something he’ll really love this year with a ticket to the Boulevardia Festival! Go the extra mile and snag a ticket to their special Father’s Day brunch! Boulevardia is the perfect blend of beer, food, music, and fun! If I had to guess, that would definitely peak your father’s interest. This festival is SO fun, and experiencing it with your dad–even better! Father’s Day Run: Whip Dad into shape with a family friendly run on June 18th! There’s a 5K, 10K, and kid’s run, all guaranteed to make that fitness loving father of yours happy! Exercise your love for your dad while supporting a great cause–all proceeds go to benefit Village Shalom’s programs and services for their residents and families. Father’s Day Brunch: Find something that suits your dad’s taste at one of the many delicious restaurants around KC! You can’t go wrong with a good meal. Treat Dad to a brunch buffet from Nick and Jake’s mouthwatering menu! Or, drive over to Summit Grill and Bar to enjoy their Father’s Day barbeque brunch with free beer for Dad and live blues music–now that’s the perfect way to celebrate! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so you can’t go wrong with all of the delicious restaurants around Kansas City! Do you have a go-to Father’s Day tradition? How about a favorite brunch spot for Dad? Let me know in the comments below!