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Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

 Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

Spring is approaching which means it’s time to pack up your bags, start your car and go adventure! While we’ve had a pretty nice winter, record-breaking temperatures in other states are probably calling your name. There’s nothing quite like a long, rewarding road trip in the sunshine.   So, you’ve chosen a route, you’re excited about the sun and can’t wait to set off. But, what about that long middle part of the road trip, when time seems to stretch forever? Audiobooks are the best solution to those long, dull periods. And to get you started, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from romance and mystery, to adventure!   Carsick by John Waters   While this may not seem like the most appropriate road trip book, it’s a gripping read where John Waters explains his journey hitchhiking across the U.S. From America to Baltimore, t ... read more

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Prepare Your Car for Spring

Prepare Your Car for Spring

While it may not get as cold here in the winter as it does in other parts of the country, we still look forward to spring. It’s a time for renewal and a great time to clean out the cobwebs. It’s also a great time to clean your car and give it a good once over. Start with a full car wash, inside and out. You can do it yourself or take it to a car wash. Full detailing is always nice and it can not only put some fresh life into your car, but it can also help extend the life of your paint job. Rotate tires and have them checked out for wear and tear. Check pressure as it tends to change with the changing weather. When they are operating at optimal functioning, you get the best gas mileage too. Even a little off and it can lower your MPG. A good time to change out your windshield wipers. Even though we don’t get a lot of rain, during rain showers isn’t the best time to find out yours are only sloshing things around on your windshield. Have your battery checked ... read more

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Best Valentine's Day Events Near Tempe

Best Valentine's Day Events Near Tempe

  While it may not be snowing in Tempe, it sure is in many other parts of the country. February in Tempe is sure a nice place to be! It’s hard to beat the 70-degree daytime temps and the nights that hover around 40. That’s why so many snowbirds alight on our fair city every year knowing that they can escape the cold and the dreary. So if you are here, whether full-time or part, you might need a suggestion or two on what to do for Valentine’s Day. Gold Bar Espresso is a nice way to start or end your Valentine’s Day. Located on South McClintock Drive, it’s a family owned business that serves up pastries, coffee drinks, live music, and game nights. It’s a cozy, friendly environment that you’ll want to return to even when it’s not a holiday. And go ahead and snuggle up a bit. They won’t mind!If you or your sweetheart has a hankering for a live production piece, head on over to ... read more

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Do You Have What It Takes to be an Auto Mechanic?

For a lot of people, they are under the assumption that auto mechanics are “grease monkeys” who like to get dirty, eagerly lie underneath cars, and turn wrenches all day. But in today’s modern world with sophisticated automotive technology, the old stereotype of an auto mechanic is far from the truth. Today’s mechanic is a highly-skilled, and thoroughly-trained problem-solver who is savvy with computers uses various state-of-the-art tools and equipment and can make a six-figure income without going into significant college debt. It’s a career that is becoming popular again. As of this writing, there is a shortage of young auto mechanics and technicians. Because the lure of high-tech careers in engineering, computer science, and tech development has been so strong for a full generation, many young people want to work for Apple, Google, Facebook, Space X, and the like. These large corporations are recruiting the best of the best, and that’s a great th ... read more

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Holiday Light Displays near Tempe

 Holiday Light Displays near Tempe

Even though the Tempe area isn't known for white Christmases, there are certainly other ways to get into the spirit with many light displays in the area. Grab your loved ones and see the millions of lights keeping this special piece of the world glowing brightly. Every holiday season, Downtown Glendale lights up with 1.5 million lights. This is the biggest free light show in the entire state of Arizona. Also be certain to check out downtown’s sweet vibe of mom-and-pop restaurants and very unique shops. Every weekend, expect a visit from Santa, enjoy the food trucks, and check out the critters at the petting zoo. Historic Downtown Glendale, 5835 W. Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, glendaleaz.com/glitters, 6 to 10 p.m. November 24 to January 6, free. Come see the glimmer of The Phoenix Zoo glimmers when millions of lights are turned on. While the "real live" animals are resting, their lit up counterparts come to life next to camel rides and a carousel. Be sure to get a ph ... read more

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Tire Rotation and Why it’s Important

Tire Rotation and Why it’s Important

Rotating your car's tire regularly offers many benefits. It can assist in maintaining traction and can preserve balance and handling. When roads are slick,  this is especially crucial. Most tire manufacturers require periodic rotation in order to keep their tire warranties intact. The lifetime of tires is prolonged when drivers allow every tire in each of the automobile's 4 positions to have even wear across the tire tread pattern. How Often Should Your Tires Be Rotated? Even if tires don't show obvious signs of wear, it's suggested that they should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. It's best performed while your automobile is off the ground. For example, a prime time to have the rotation done would be doing an oil change. With your car on the lift, auto mechanics can check for damage, pressure, uneven wear, and overall tread depth. They can also take off any debris stuck between the treads. The tires on the front axle of your vehicle need to accomplish ... read more

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Best Kid-Friendly Cars

  Searching for a family friendly car is not a daunting task in 2018 as many new vehicles on the market prove to be safe, reliable and get good gas mileage. Here are three new automobiles on the market in 2018 that are kid-friendly:   2018 Chevrolet Equinox   The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox provides many advantages for families in search of a compact SUV. Equinox powered by Chevy’s 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine allows for great fuel economy. It offers three engine choices and an impressive array of features that will make adults and kids happy. The quality of the interior is spacious and gratifying in the front and the back. The cabin remains quiet due to Chevy’s noise-cancellation technology.  One of the most notable features for the new Chevy Equinox is how much standard equipment is involved. Some of these features include a keyless entry and push-button start, an electronic parking brake, automatic on/off headlights, and three 12-volt ... read more

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How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

There are some simple and cheap ideas on how to keep your car smelling delightful. Below are some suggestions that are remarkably effective and won't break your wallet. Since the average American drives approximately 14,000 miles a year, they deserve to be in a vehicle that is palatable to the nose. Check out these simple do-it-yourself ways to keep your car smelling fresh: 1. Add essential oils to a clay disc Add approximately 15 drops of your favorite essential oil to a clay disc. When the clay has absorbed the oil, you place it in the vehicle and enjoy the wonderful smell. Not only is this method easy, it lasts for quite a while. Find a special-purpose clay disc at a kitchen specialty store or craft store. You can also find a cheap terra-cotta flower pot for a few dollars at a home improvement store. 2. Dryer sheets Open a box of dryer sheets and keep it under your front seat. For best results, change the box every two to three months. You can even take some of the sheets o ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car from Overheating

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating

It’s August, and it’s HOT! We all love summer, but our cars can’t always keep up. If you’re headed out for a road trip this summer, or just trying to survive the busy commute, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the chance of your car overheating. This is a nuisance that is easily preventable with standard auto repair maintenance! Check Your Fluids: Make sure that all fluids are topped up. Do this early and often, and always before a trip longer than 2 hours. This is one easy way to head off problems before they start, and it gives you and your mechanic a good idea of what’s going on with your vehicle and how quickly it’s consuming these fluids.  Forewarned is forearmed: If you get stuck at the side of the road with a vehicle that is overheating, you’ll need to replenish water--for yourself, and for your car. Keep extra water for both purposes in the trunk. Also, keep an extra gallon of coolant in the trunk. Educate ... read more

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Strangest Cars In The World

Strangest Cars In The World

If you really want to make your mark driving on the roads, show your personality, and exhibit your creative spirit, you'll need a vehicle that is wildly unique (with a hint of crazy!) Here are four of the weirdest cars ever made:   1)World's Longest Limousine Totaling 100 feet in length, this fancy limo is truly the longest in the world. It's equipped with a heated jacuzzi, tires, beds, a helipad, and a swimming pool.   2) Evolution: Super Eco-friendly car Loremo AG, a German car corporation, is the creator of this car. This environmentally conscious vehicle reaches impressive high speeds and features a front wing door rather than having two side doors for owners to enter the automobile.   3) The Jet-Powered Flat Car At only nineteen inches, this innovative "Flatmobile" is going into the Guinness book as the flattest car in the world. The designer of this vehicle, Perry Watkin, even included a gas turbine jet engine which could be quite ... read more

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