As the weather begins to cool down across much of the US and fall approaches, many people will consider biking to work until it gets too cold to do so. This is a great alternative to driving, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and is good for your health.

While there are many risks to driving or riding as a passenger in a car, there are heightened risks to being a bicyclist. This shouldn’t deter you from taking a ride on your daily commute.

As long as you follow bicycle safety on your route and practice awareness, you shouldn’t run into any problems.

  • Use designated spaces.

Bicycles are supposed to follow the same traffic rules as car drivers. That said, it can be very intimidating as a bicyclist to enter into the same traffic as other vehicles.

Whenever possible, turn to bicycle boulevards and bicycle paths to...

To help you get a jump on your back to school checklists and add some much-deserved cushion to the old checking account, Metropia is hooking you up with a whole month of free giveaways!

We’re making the start of the semester a little bit easier with tons of gift cards from Amazon.com, Starbucks, Fed by Threads, RBar...

Every now and then, hypermiling will pop up in a news article somewhere. This usually happens whenever gas prices spike, because hypermiling is meant to be a way for your car to achieve maximum efficiency—especially at the gas pump.

But what is hypermiling, exactly? And is it something you should try?

What it is

Hypermiling is a set of tactics drivers can use to get the most mileage out of each ounce of gas they put into the car. Some people claim you can improve your car’s fuel economy by as much as 37 percent if you use some of the techniques.

Yet many police officers and driving experts would point out that some hypermiling methods are illegal or dangerous—which may be one reason why hypermiling hasn’t surged in popularity so much that everybody does it. Another reason why hypermiling only pops up every now and then is that people are...

Commuters who drive their own cars every day know just how important their cars are: without them they’d be late to work, or possibly have a much longer commute. Yet the daily drive is tough on cars and ages them faster than any other kind of driving. 

That’s why it is so important to take care of your car and make sure it stays healthy. The best way to do that is through routine maintenance, which many people forget about or let go by the wayside as other things come up. 
Over time, the lack of timely maintenance adds up. Here are the most important ways you should be maintaining your car to keep it on the road and running right. 

•    Oil
In general, you should have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you can go closer to 5,000 miles...

In an ideal world, there would be no traffic congestion and we’d all get to work on time without any problems. Maybe we’d even teleport. But in our world, there are many factors that affect commuters’ punctuality. 

Some cities are friendlier to commuters than others, which comes down in large part to good city planning and plenty of resources for infrastructure and transit projects. Here are 10 of the things that make the difference between a good commute and a bad commute. 

1. Multiple routes
There are few things worse than having only one or two ways of getting from one place to another—and there being terrible traffic on the way. People who live in places that are connected by bridges understand this perhaps better than anyone else. 
Not being able to make a right or turn around...

Bicycling to work is the ultimate way to simultaneously avoid traffic congestion, reduce your impact on the environment, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But during the summertime—and in some parts of the country just about year-round—biking to work seems like a recipe for a smelly day.

Rather than avoiding bicycle commute altogether, check out these tips on how to arrive at work without looking like you just completed the Tour de France in record time.

  • Plan your route.

Planning out your bike ride ahead of time is an excellent way to eliminate hassle. To prepare, spend some time on a day off mapping out the best and fastest way to get to work. Bonus points if your route involves a dedicated bike path or bicycle boulevard.

Other things to consider include traffic crossings, road quality, and hills. Potholes or train tracks...

You leave the office, get to the freeway, and suddenly chaos strikes with citywide traffic delays. Remember the Highway 99 salmon truck crash in Seattle, Washington, that shut down nearly the entire city for a whopping nine hours this May? You can never be sure what sort of long wait you’ll be in for.

Although chances are good no salmon trucks will overturn on the highway in other parts of the country, the notion of nightmare traffic gridlock can be daunting. But being caught unaware by such a scenario doesn’t have to be every bit as miserable as it sounds.

If you climb into your car every day prepared for the worst, your commute will always be that much better. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable and nonplussed when other forces take traffic out of control.

1. Keep an emergency kit on hand.

Traffic or not, it’s always a good...

Looking for an amazing place for a road trip this summer? Come to Arizona!

WalletHub has ranked Arizona as one of the top states of 2015 for summer road trips. Arizona came in 11th place overall, after states like Oregon, North Carolina, and Wyoming. While it did not rank in the the top ten overall, Arizona’s impressive, economical lodging and driving costs earned it the number 2 spot in this category. It also received a ranking of 13 in the category of “Fun and Scenic Attractions”. It is not hard to figure out the reasoning behind these rankings when you consider the variety of experiences and destinations that Arizona has to offer, including large, metropolitan areas like Phoenix, and the natural beauty of cities like Sedona, Tucson, and Williams.

Sedona has received special...

Monsoon season has officially arrived in the Sonoran Desert! While the monsoons bring much appreciated rain and cooler temperatures, they also produce potentially dangerous driving conditions. To combat these dangers, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to educate desert drivers with their “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign. This will be its fourth year in action. While this campaign focuses primarily on safety tips for driving during dust storms, all of these tips are applicable during the sporadic thunderstorms and flooding of monsoons.

Safety Tips

1. Don’t drive into the storm!

While it may be tempting to reenact that awesome scene from your favorite action movie, do NOT drive into an approaching wall of dust! Dust storms do come and go rather quickly, but being in the...

For many students and families, June marks the beginning of road trip season! But with so many drivers on the road, safety is always a main concern. Summer is, after all, according to many safety experts, one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Another concern is more economical and environmental in nature: how to keep it green on the road. As gas prices tend to increase during the Summer months, it is important to consider your options when it comes to making the most of your gas mileage.

Before you set out on your next Summer road trip, consider the following tips and tricks to keep it safe and green along the way.

1. Get a Trip Check or a Tune-Up
You should always pay a visit to your dealership or local mechanic to ensure your vehicle is in good, working order for a road trip. During a check or tune-up, a mechanic will make sure that...

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