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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...

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 app for traffic

It’s in every phone and every new car, and without it, most of us in the United States would very literally be lost without it. Global Positioning System, or GPS navigation, is of vital import to our everyday lives now; but do know how GPS navigation came to be the standard and most commonly used form of navigation in the Western world?

History of GPS

The history of GPS navigation may seem relatively new, but the technology that was used to create the GPS systems of today were developed decades ago. Since the technology boom beginning in the 1990s, the capacity and usefulness of GPS navigation has skyrocketed, and today we all benefit from this transformative and rapidly-evolving technology.

Compasses

Before GPS navigation took hold on a global scale, we all relied on some pretty inaccurate and non-specific means of...

Austin City Skyline

September weather is absolutely perfect for a road trip, and there is no road trip destination that beat Austin this September. September events abound in Austin, and if you are looking for a good reason to head on down to the Capitol City when South By Southwest is not in town, then we have the perfect list of upcoming events that will make jumping in the car worthwhile.

Austin Music Video Festival

Austin is heralded as the music capital of the world, and Austin does not take the moniker lightly. The Austin Music Video Festival (AMVFEST) is just another way that Austin celebrates its passion and dedication to the music scene.

The AMVFEST draws in crowds from all around the world who want to celebrate the music, craftsmanship, and creativity that goes into creating music videos. Directors and bands submit their cutting-edge work each and every...

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....

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