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...

Driving on highway alert

For six decades, Americans have enjoyed the benefits of our vast and elaborate highway systems. Considered President Eisenhower’s greatest presidential achievement, the Federal Highway Act of 1956 changed the way America drove, shopped, ate, and worked forever. Roadside diners, the trucking industry, and even the fresh fruit and vegetables that we take for granted will be on our grocery store shelves would not be there without the highway system.

Another direct result of the highway expansion and interstate driving, though unintentional, is highway hypnosis. You have probably heard of highway hypnosis, and perhaps even experienced it before. For those unacquainted with highway hypnosis, sometimes called white line syndrome, it is a natural occurrence that happens to motorists after driving long hours on open roads.

Noticed almost immediately after highways--many still...

Metropia Teams Up with UA Athletics and Parking & Transportation Services to Help All You Wildcat Fans to the Games Without the Hassle!

When our Wildcats play ball, we all show up to Arizona Stadium to watch them battle it out on the gridiron. What we can all do without, though, is the battle to find the right parking spot so we can get to the game on time.

Metropia was created right here in Tucson at the University of Arizona’s UofA Tech Launch, and no company is better-suited to tackle the UofA Game Day traffic than the one that has been helping cities from across the country drive better for years. The revolutionary Metropia App not only gets you where you need to go faster by helping you avoid traffic and road closures, but it also gives you perks for driving better, cleaner, and greener in your fair city.

By using the Metropia App to get to the Wildcat football games this season, you will get the inside track on...

How to Keep Your Sanity While Driving This Labor Day

There are few things in the world more stressful than traffic congestion, and Labor Day traffic congestion is just about as bad as it gets. Thoughts of Labor Day traffic are stressful enough to raise your blood pressure, but still, year after millions of motorists take to the highways and byways of the United States in an attempt to get to anywhere but here.

We completely understand the need to get out of town, especially for a three-day weekend, and the good news is that there are ways to avoid the worst of the traffic and get to your vacation destination not only sooner, but with your sanity in tow.

Leave Leaving in the Morning to the Amateurs

The old adage of hitting the road early to beat the traffic has become everyone’s go-to methodology for Labor Day travel, so, if that’s when everyone else is on the road… then avoiding the crushing...

Drive-Through Restaurants with Secret Menus

Whether we love them or just simply have to hit one up every now and again, drive-through restaurants are an integral part of the driving experience in America. For those of us drivers who like to try something new (especially while on the road experiencing new places), we have got the list of the best drive-through secret menu items to try the next time you swing through a drive-through for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just your morning coffee.

Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr., known for their big burgers, have a surprising secret menu selection. What’s the surprise? The Carl’s Jr. secret menu items are healthier options! Carl’s Jr. secret menu includes things like the Low Carb It.® option, which you can apply to any burger. When you “low carb” your burger, you swap out the carb-and-calorie-heavy bun for a lettuce wrap.

Some Carl’s Jrs....

Emergency Supplies to Keep in Your Car

There are a lot of emergency situations in this world that you can prepare yourself for. You probably have a fire escape plan map up in your office, a first aid kit in your bathroom or kitchen, and maybe you’ve taken a self-defense course to make sure that you have the tools necessary should the worst happen.

What many people underestimate is just how much time they spend in their car. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average American driver spends 3.85 hours in their car every week going to and from work. And that does not include road trips, weekend getaways, and errands run around town.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) –Metropia, the creator of a free app that alleviates traffic congestion, in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced today its plan to integrate Austin-area and regional school zone data into its routing and travel time algorithms, effective Aug. 22, through its partnership with the Austin Transportation Department (ATD).

By aggregating school zone location information into its travel time prediction algorithms, the Metropia app can now account for reduced speed limits and the many crosswalks found in school zone areas throughout the academic year. As a result, utilizing the Metropia app not only helps drivers avoid those congested areas, but can also provide a safer environment for student pedestrians by reducing traffic near schools.

“Metropia is committed to driving a safer and better city, and with the...

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