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The Best Ted Talks About Cars!

February 5, 2017
TED Talks are both inspirational and entertaining. Whether you are at work, have some free time on a weekend, or are taking a long drive, you can always find a good TED Talk to listen to. TED Talks come in a variety of topics taught by a variety of different speakers. The best part about TED Talks are that they are usually educational — on top of the fact that they are fun to watch. One of my favorite TED Talk topics to watch in my spare time are the car related talks. I always learn so much about what is going on in the automotive industry, and the ideas of what it might look like in the near future. Best of all, I always take some sort of inspiration with me from watching these videos. Here are the best TED Talks about cars:                                             Do you have a favorite car related TED Talk? Share what it is and what you love about it in the comments section below! For more car related TED Talks, click here.
Car Culture

Top 16 Cars of 2016!

December 8, 2016
As yet another year is coming to an end, let’s take a look back on the year in the automotive world! 2016 was filled with so many highs and lows, some great trends and some not as great trends. But when it comes to cars, there were some that clearly outranked others in popularity. According to this article from Edmunds, here are the most popular cars in the United States in 2016!
  • Honda Civic
    • With an impressive fuel economy, the honda civic is consistently one of the most popular cars because of its reputable reliability and low running costs. However, competition has largely caught up with Honda with many more small cars catching American’s attention.   
  • Honda CR-V
    • Keeping practicality at the core of its mission, this compact crossover SUV remains popular. It’s family friendly and easy to drive, so no wonder it is consistently a top pick.  
  • Toyota Tacoma
    • With a variety of body styles, consistent reliability, and strong resale value; there are plenty of reasons why the Tacoma is popular among truck buyers. Since it’s release in 1995, it has remained a mainstay of the midsize and compact pickup segments.
  • BMW 3 Series
    • As a well rounded vehicle, drivers are turning to the 3 Series for entering into the luxury world accompanied with comfort and versatility.
  • Lexus RX 350
    • This midsize luxury crossover SUV has consistently remained a favorite among consumers, with its appealing features and reliable record. The only downfall would be not needing all of the space it offers with a third row.
  • Ford Mustang
    • Car enthusiasts tend to always love this classic. The Mustang is one of the longest surviving American muscle cars. Offering great performance, fuel economy and style, it’s obvious why the Mustang has remained a favorite year after year.
  • Chevrolet Impala
    • Since its introduction in 1958, the Impala is still an American favorite. Spacious interior comfort and the latest technology are just a few reasons why you hear so much of the Impala. Offering increasingly fuel-efficient engines and abounding safety features, it’s a no brainer why this vehicle is still popular.   
  • Chevrolet Traverse
    • This full size crossover appeals to a large audience for its cargo capacity, eight-passenger seating and overall ride quality. With plenty of customizable options and amenities, the Traverse is the ideal companion for many.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
    • As one of the most popular full-size SUVs, it’s obvious why. Whether hauling around your large family, boat, or off-roading, the Tahoe seems to do it all. Equipped with the latest safety features and technology, the Tahoe consistently remains a consumer favorite.
  • Ford F-150
    • This full-size pickup segment is a consistent favorite among truck buyers because of its roomy interior and turbocharged engines. It has many configurations and trims making it versatile and appealing to a wide range of shoppers.
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    • Providing a balance of performance, comfort and safety along with the trademark Mercedes qualities, you can easily see why the E-Class is a favorite among consumers.
  • Acura MDX
    • With seven-passenger seating, various styles, and performance enhancements the Acura MDX stands out among other crossovers. Offering a strong resale value you can see why it is popular.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    • Commonly called “America’s only true sports car,” you can see why. With its striking style and performance, a “Vette” is simply a “Vette” with little competition and obvious reasons why it’s still a favorite generation after generation.  
  • Honda Accord
    • Backed by strong resale value and reliability, the Accord appeals to many Americans. Simply, it’s just an easy drive accompanied with comfort and space.
  • Honda Pilot
    • Offering V6 power, 3 rows of seats and respectable fuel economy, you can see why it made the top list. The Pilot appeals to the practical side of most packing in a ton of functionality.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
    • With tons of versatility, advanced 4WD abilities and sleek style, it stands apart from other traditional SUVs. Since its popularity in the 90’s, it continually gains respect and reputability.
Behind the Wheel

November is for traveling, so be prepared!

November 1, 2013
If I were a certified fortune teller, I’d tell all of you that November is going to be the BEST month EVER! October is great, and I had a blast on Halloween, but November is the month of family, food and unnecessary Christmas music! So let’s get it going! To start off the month, I’m suggesting a few tips for car care before you start traveling around and head home for Thanksgiving! 1. Check your tires! There’s a couple things to do:
  • It’s as easy as pie: take the penny test (see picture below) to make sure your wheels are in prime condition. Simply placing a penny upside-down in one of the crevices of your wheel will tell you what you need to know: If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered, you’re fine; but if you can see his entire head, it’s time to renew your tires!penny
  • Having your tires rotated will extend their life as much as possible. Take care of it now at the beginning of the month before it’s too late and you’re supposed to start road tripping tomorrow.
  • Invest in a tire air pressure gauge and before every trip, make sure your tires are inflated to the proper amount. Good news is, air for your tires is free and can be found at most gas stations! (I’m heading on a little trip tomorrow, so I’ll be checking my pressure tonight!)
2. Replace any burned out bulbs. I know we’ve all been procrastinating this forever, but today is the day! Either have an auto mechanic do it, or head to an automotive store to buy your own bulbs. Regardless of how it gets done, it needs to. It is 100% necessary to have fully-functional headlights and blinkers. 3. Oil change, duh! I know a lot of you folks are avid do-it-yourself-ers, and this project won’t tear you away from your ways! It doesn’t take long, so spend some solid time in your garage and ready your oil so everything is in pristine condition! Those be but a few tips for car care, but they’re important! Make sure you cross these doings off your checklist earlier than later, so you don’t end up on the side of the road with a broken car and mashed potatoes getting cold in the back seat.