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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....

Listen up Austin Community College faculty, staff, and students, this one’s for you. We’ve had such a blast kicking off the 2016-2017 school year with you so far and want to keep the fun going.

When you use the Metropia app, you'll get to plan ahead, save time, and earn rewards—while helping reduce traffic congestion in Austin.  It doesn’t matter where you’re headed around town—friend’s place, ACC campus, work, or store, Metropia helps you get to your destination on time and you earn rewards while doing it. Pretty cool, right?

And it gets even better. As part of the ACC community, when you...

  1. Enter promo code: ACC
  2. Take 10 trips with Metropia each month
  3. You’ll be entered into drawings to WIN ACC Bookstore Gift Cards, Metropia Rewards, and more throughout the school year!

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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 Inc. has partnered with another outstanding local merchant partner, Xoom Juice--voted “Best Smoothie” stop by the Tucson Weekly--to deliver healthy, delicious smoothies to the Tucson community.

Xoom Juice, a locally owned and operated business, has been providing Tucson with the very best in nutritious and flavorful smoothies for more than twenty years. Beginning in 2001, the Xoom Juice family has been working to bring fresh juices and coffees to the community, and now they are helping reward Metropians too.

When you use the Metropia app to get where you are going, you are not only helping to create cleaner, greener, less congested cities, but you are also earning rewards which are redeemable at local merchants.

Redeeming your reward points at a local merchant like Xoom Juice will not only get you some tasty...

Metropia Inc.’s CEO Presenting at Tennessee Department of Energy’s SMART Mobility Workshop

Tucson, AZ – Metropia Inc.’s Founder and CEO Yi-Chang Chiu will lead a workshop on SMART mobility technologies sponsored by the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Department of Energy (DOE).

The Oak Ridge SMART Mobility Workshop is a 2-day intensive forum, gathering together experts on the subject from government, academia, and transportation industries to explore mobility issues involving automated, connected, and shared smart technologies and their impact on transportation frameworks and travel demand. Conversations will include advancements in mobility to create energy-efficient transportation methods, adaptability and efficiency of smart technologies, as well as a reduction of harmful emissions.

Metropia Inc. has been creating smart and...

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...

Metropia and PAG at Technology and Transportation Summit

Metropia is a proud sponsor and participant of the inaugural Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) Technology and Transportation Summit this October 13, 2016

Metropia’s Dr. Yi-Chang Chiu will be participating in the Technology and Transportation Summit in Tucson, Arizona, presenting on transportation and mobility alternatives through app-based platforms and GPS data collection to enhance and optimize operations of transportation systems.

Dr. Chiu will first be speaking and leading a panel of industry and academic experts about Shared Mobility. The discussion will center on the role of technology in increasing mobility options and optimizing municipal resources. 

In addition, a panel on Active Traffic and Multimodal Demand Management, lead by Metropia’s founder will focus on advanced...

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