Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents during the holiday season, as we’ve mentioned before. But it is also a driving hazard 365 days a year.

While we can’t control other people’s driving habits, we can certainly take care of our own. And one of the easiest ways to lessen the number of distracted drivers on the road is by refusing to be one of them.

Here are six easy ways to avoid driving distractions and be a better, safer driver.

1. Put your phone away.

Yes, we hear this one all the time: texting and driving is bad. But you don’t have to be texting while driving to be a distracted driver.

Just hearing the ding of messages or...

With 2015 coming quickly to a close, Metropia's staff couldn't see the year end without thanking the many people who make our startup possible. That's why we're throwing a Gratitude Party this week.

We've invited our awesome neighbors, our loyal users, our dear partners, and our beloved community members to join us for some Pinup Pastries' cupcakes and other delicious refreshments. The festivities will take place this Friday, December 11, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the Metropia office, 1790 E. River Road #140, Tucson, AZ, 86718.

Gratitude is a concept that gets thrown around a lot in our culture. The idea of being thankful for what we have and of giving thanks is one that many people seek to cultivate in a society that has long been seen as greedy and consumptive.

As a startup that seeks to...

We can talk about driving safety in different elements and in different kinds of seasonal weather . But what about different seasons in their less physical sense? After all, the “holiday season” bridges fall and winter weather, as well as those seasons’ calendar dates.

The holidays are a time of celebration for many people from diverse backgrounds, whether they celebrate religious holidays or federal holidays, or both. Sometimes those celebrations can involve behaviors that endanger others in one way or another.

From braving mall traffic to late-night streets, here’s how to get around safely during the holidays.

Know the hazards.

One of the biggest challenges for drivers during the holiday season is other drivers....

Tucson, Arizona, is one of the sunniest towns in the US. It’s also the place where you can find Metropia’s headquarters.

It’s no New York City, but the urban sprawl of a 500,000-population college town in the middle of the desert creates a certain kind of traffic that is unique to the west. There are brutally hot spring, summer, and fall months that drive residents to take the shortest path from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned car, and early town planners didn’t consider urban sprawl when they set out to fill up all of that beautiful, open space.

So how does one get around in the Old Pueblo, you might wonder?

 

By Car

As you might have guessed, Tucson residents overwhelmingly commute by car. The necessity for air conditioning in the hot months makes this an easy choice, but it...

Metropia and Meals on Wheels Partnership Donation in Austin

Tis the season for giving, and Central Texans are starting to look for ways to give back to their communities. At Metropia, alleviating traffic congestion is a way for us to give back to the city we love year round, but this year we wanted to do something extra special to mark our first official holiday season in Austin. And we found the perfect way to do so.

 We’re excited to announce our first Austin-based nonprofit partnership with Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM). Since 1972, this nonprofit has been hard at work delivering hot and nutritious meals to homebound older adults 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.

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Autumn and spring can be the two most pleasant times of the year to consider bicycling for your daily commute. Even if you just hop on your bike for an evening or early morning ride, the less extreme weather seems to be the best for taking to two wheels.

In many parts of the country, autumn can bring rain, drifts of fallen leaves, and increased mud--all of which can negatively affect bicyclists as they ride. In other parts of the country, such as much of the Southwest, the leaves wait to fall until winter but temperatures drop near or below freezing overnight.

No matter where you live, autumn's hazards require a certain amount of care from bikers. Here are a few habits to form that will get you through to the next batch of extreme weather conditions.

 

Keep your balance.

Whether you're...

It may be an unseasonably warm autumn across much of the country, but it is still fall. Changing seasons mean new risks on the road, no matter where you live.

Here are four seasonally specific driving hazards to watch out for this October and November.

Tire Pressure

Daytime temperatures might still be leaving you in short sleeves, but fall nights bring ever cooler temperatures. The fluctuation between day- and nighttime temperatures can affect the air pressure levels in your vehicle’s tires.

The temperature-induced expanding and contracting happening to the air inside your tires can lead to lesser tire pressure. This puts you at a higher risk of getting a flat tire—or of accidentally popping one with a curb check too hard.

Keep a vigilant eye on your tires and make sure they stay aired up all season long.

Wind Gusts...

Although we know that alternative modes of transportation are easier on the environment and cut down on traffic congestion, sometimes you just need to drive to work. On those days, you might get caught in an unexpected gridlock despite the best of planning.

For those days and every day, here are some measures to take that will help you get the best gas mileage possible surrounding your workday, whether it be a 9-to-5, a 10-to-7, a graveyard, an early morning shift, or something in between.

  • Let your engine warm up.

Old cars aren’t the only ones that need to warm up before you start driving. Although you can certainly get into a newer car and go without letting the engine heat up, your car will run more efficiently if you give it some time to get properly pumping.

  • Don’t drive too fast....

The US doesn’t get a lot of good recognition around the world—or even at home—for being a great place to be a commuter. In the absence of country-wide high-speed trains or even well-maintained highways, we don’t seem to have much room to brag.

But there are indeed some shining gems throughout the country that prove the United States can innovate and succeed in matters of transit. In fact, one of the best public transportation systems in the world is located in the United States.

Its subways may get a bad rap, and its car traffic may be legendary, but this place may just be the best place in the country to commute to work. Here are 10 things to know about commuting in New York City.

  1. The subway system has the most stations out of any system in...

Let’s pretend for a moment that New York City and Chicago don’t have two of the best public transit systems in the world. Despite the connectivity offered by those and other regional transit hubs, most US cities struggle to support their bus and highway systems, not to mention subway, train, and tram lines, where they exist.

The best transit systems in the world by far exist in Europe and in Asia. Not only do they offer travelers an easier time of getting around while on vacation or business trips, but they can also provide lessons that American cities can learn from as they build future infrastructure.

Here five of the places in the world that are easiest to get around in, thanks to their excellent transportation systems.

1. London, England The most famous fixture in London’s transportation web is the Tube, the city’s subway system. One of the...

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