A Green 2017

Every new year brings with it new possibilities, and of course, lots of new promises to be a better version of yourself than you were the year before. Many people will resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, spend less, spend more time with their loved ones, and make the important changes in their lives, and the hope is that we can form new habits that will stick with us for years to come.

One of more increasingly common resolutions that have become popular lately is the resolution to change wasteful habits and become greener in our everyday living. Though there are a whole lot of ways to be greener, there is one area of your life which, with a little tweaking, can make you a much greener, more eco-friendly citizen of your community.
Your daily car commute to work is not only wreaking havoc on your mental and physical health, but it is also seriously damaging the...

holiday car loaded with gifts

Over the river and through the woods we go, year after year, to visit family and friends over the holiday season. Traveling for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but it is also a time of high stress, cold weather, and of course, traffic conditions that can make you want to pull your hair out.
If you are gearing up to hit the road to visit your nearest and dearest, preparing for your travel in advance is key to avoiding the biggest holiday driving stressors and blunders that occur when the roads are packed with fellow holiday travelers.
Follow these tips to get where you’re going safely and have a wonderful holiday that is just a bit less stressful.
Ready Your Vehicle for Winter

Whether you live in New York where you are likely to see rain and snow over the holidays, or in Tucson where you will likely see more tumbleweeds than snowmen on the...

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Every year, thousands of teen drivers study up, practice their parallel parking skills, and pass their driving test with flying colors. There’s a lot about driving that you cannot learn in a book, though. Just like you will develop muscle memory as you become a more experienced driver, you will also have to learn how to become a safe driver too.

The longer you are behind the wheel, the more these safe driving techniques will become second nature. Until that time comes, however, there are some driving tips that will make all the difference on the road, and help you to develop into a confident, safe, and smart driver.

Master Defensive Driving

Inexperienced drivers have a lot on their plates. Most feel the need to concentrate on their own driving skills and ensure that they’re doing everything in their power to practice safe driving on their end....

 Transportation tech company Metropia joins El Paso’s innovation economy, formally launching El Paso Ecosystem with mobile platform, mobility symposium

EL PASO, Texas — We can solve El Paso’s growing traffic troubles, but only if we all work together.

That’s the simple idea behind Metropia, a transportation technology company which is launching its full platform of tools today in the Paso del Norte Region. Among those tools is the consumer-facing Metropia mobile app, which can be downloaded for free by smartphone users.

Metropia collaborates with area transportation experts, regional planning agencies and community stakeholders to create meaningful change by serving as the only single-source platform to share data with our entire community. Metropia’s team of traffic engineers and regional experts monitor the latest traffic conditions and construction closures from their new real-time traffic management center at the Hub of Human Innovation in Downtown El Paso.  

After months of testing, Metropia’s...

People today like to boast and brag that they can multitask and not miss a beat. Unfortunately, the truth is that study after study proves that multitasking means dividing your concentration, and that always leads to both tasks being done poorly.

Driving is a major responsibility, and it requires all of your focused attention to ensure that you are driving safely and effectively. Many find a myriad of other things to do when they should be keeping an eye on the road, like texting and responding to messages on their phones, adjust the radio station or volume, and even eat complete meals behind the wheel.

If you are a distracted driver, it’s time to put down the distractions and follow these tips to keep yourself attentive to the road.

Put the Phone Down

Driving and texting/emailing/PMing/Tweeting/Snapchatting do not mix. If your eyes aren’t...

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The effects of traffic jams, long-term driving, and a commuter stress have long been documented in our society, yet still, most of us depend on our cars to get us to and from work every day. Sitting in traffic has been shown to cause an increase in blood pressure, rising cholesterol levels, increased fatigue, and raises your risk of anxiety, but there are solutions out there that can help you alleviate these stressors, at least intermittently this autumn.

As the temperatures cool and alternate methods of commuting become more available, many people take advantage of the mild weather to change up their commute and get some extra exercise. Others are looking for ways to not only get out of their cars, but also to reduce their pollution emissions and help to create a greener city.

Depending on where you live, your options for alternate modes of transportation will vary...

Winter is coming… Okay, now that we got that very necessary Game of Thrones reference out of the way, seriously—winter is coming!

There are a lot of ways that you will need to tackle the annual onslaught of cold air and snow, like taking winter clothes out of storage and winterizing your house, but one critical part of our daily lives that often gets left untreated when the winter air hits is our cars.
Winterizing your car is an important part of basic car maintenance, and skipping the annual routine of ensuring that your car is ready to handle the cold months ahead may cost you big down the line. Preparing your car to tackle the cold is easy, and only a few items will need to be checked by a professional mechanic during a regular maintenance appointment.

Tip 1: Check Your Tire Pressure

Just as the summer heat can affect your tire pressure...

Metropia Helping Feed Central Texans

The holidays are officially here and we’ve made it easy for our Metropians to give back this holiday season. With every trip you take using the Metropia app around town, to school, work, the store (you get the gist), you are not only helping reduce traffic congestion, but also earning points you can then use to donate to the local nonprofit Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 1972, Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCT) has been hard at work delivering hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Today, the organization is one of the largest meal-delivery organizations in Texas, distributing more than 3,000 meals each and every business day.

How can I participate, you ask? It’s really simple...

4 ways to keep your kids entertained while driving-- two children horsing around in back seat

There’s nothing like jumping in the car and taking a much-needed family trip, but it also isn’t long before children lose interest in staring out the window and look for something more engaging to do. As children are natural explorers and creative geniuses, it should be no surprise that they will seek out fun just about anywhere, even in a car.

If you’ve ever traveled with a child, let alone a car full of them, you know how difficult it is to keep your eyes on the road while a child is demanding your attention. Many parents have taken advantage of electronic entertainment in the car, offering kids everything from DVD movies to tablets and phones for game play, but not every parent wants their child’s face buried in an app for hours on end.

Thankfully, there are a lot of great ways to entertain children on road trips that do not involve more video games, and these...

Car maintenance: checking oil

 

If you own a car and take it out on the road for a drive, you are responsible for the everything that you do behind the wheel. When it comes to your car’s health, however, most of us rely on professional mechanics, brake centers, tire centers, and quick change oil service centers to keep our cars operating in the best shape possible.

Car maintenance courses are available when you’re in high school, can be learned from friends or family members who are mechanically-inclined, and there are even a few adult classes on the market to take, but most of us depend on the skills of others to get us through our annual car maintenance.

Getting to know your car’s parts, at least the ones that you may need to identify and interact with should an emergency occur out on the road, is a critical part of what it means to be a safe driver. It is so important, in fact, that...

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