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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Upcoming Events in Austin: August

Anyone who lives in or has visited Austin, Texas knows that it is a city that does not let a day go by without an event. With the summer winding down and autumn just around the corner, the cooler weather is bringing in a whole list of amazing events that warrant your time and attention.

Everyone flocks to Austin every March when the infamous South By Southwest Festival takes over the city, but there are plenty of other events worthy of a good old fashioned road trip to Austin.

August and September are chock-full of things to do in Austin, and we have gathered a list of just a few of the upcoming events that you need to check out...

For those of you on the lookout for a way to change up your daily car ride and ditch the radio and playlists, we have twelve killer podcast suggestions for you to try.

Following the previous suggestions for history, serial stories, and true crime, we give you six more podcasts that will make you look forward to your daily commute.

Comedy
Judge John Hodgman

Television personality John Hodgman (The Daily Show) brings audience members the final judgements they have long been looking for. When a situation is emailed to Mr. Hodgman, he and only he is fit to decide, with his years of comic training, who will win the judgement after an extensive Q & A session with the defendants.
Rulings on such things like Game of Thrones, pizza toppings, and whether or not a person is obliged to answer phone calls and texts while watching...

Your daily car ride to work can be your daily time to catch up with the world around you, and there are likely few opportunities during the day when you and you alone are in control of what you can listen to.

Rather than turning on the radio and listening to the same three songs on repeat, many daily commuters have turned their drive time into opportunities to explore new hobbies, revisit old interests, or just become more informed and in touch with the world around them.

Podcasts are quickly replacing drive time deejays and moldy playlists, and 2016 has been a banner year for podcasts of all kinds.

There are thousands upon thousands of podcasts out there, and it can be really hard to sort through them all and figure out which ones are right for you. We are happy to narrow down that search a bit, though, and point you in the direction of 12 fantastic podcasts...

happy woman driving

It’s 5 o’clock and you are stuck in traffic. Again. And the worst part is that you get to do it twice a day, five days a week.

Many people consider traffic jams and clogged roads to be the worst part of their day, and it is easy to let yourself get wrapped up in the frustration of it all. But what if you could transform the most frustrating part of your day into a mindful, relaxing commute that leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the day and night ahead?

Commuters have all sorts of ways to distract themselves from the aggravation of driving to and from work, like listening to music and audiobooks. Unfortunately, too many people turn to texting, and that means that not only are you distracted from the stress, but you’re also distracted from the road.

Instead of committing to being anxious and angry twice a day, commit to using your commute to become a more...

For years, El Pasoans could jump in the car and get anywhere in town in 20 minutes. But those days are long gone.

Recent growth coupled with high-impact construction projects including Border West Expressway and Go10 mean we all have to make changes in our daily routines. After all, we're not stuck in traffic. We are traffic.

As the Pioneer Program testing phase continues, Metropia can be an important tool to help us easily make small changes that can make a big difference.  For example, leaving 15 minutes later, could be the difference in being stuck in traffic or enjoying smooth sailing.

By now, you’ve probably used Metropia to plan a trip. But don’t forget one of Metropia’s most powerful tools — the ability to predict travel times and reserve your trip at the optimal time on the optimal route.

By comparing travel times now and into the future,...

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette

Picture it: Your pooch’s head hangs out of the open windows as you coast down a scenic highway. The wind whips through his coat, and his tongue flaps happily in the breeze as you both take in the sights, sounds, and smells of your journey.

If this sounds like heaven to you, then you need to read these pet road trip safety tips so that you too can have the very best time out in the world with your furry friends.

Far from being a burden on a road trip, your pet can actually be a great travel companion. Dogs and cats alike generally enjoy spending time with their favorite human in the car, provided that their human has thought about their travel needs.

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you both have successful and stress-free road trip together.

One: Plan...

The heartbeat of any community is its ability to support itself economically. When we shop from local, terrestrial business owners with rent to pay and families to support, we take an active part in seeing to it that our community thrives. The satisfaction derived from patronizing a business owner who understands the community’s needs and is an integral part of the local economy is immeasurable.

It has been proven time and time again that towns with strong local economies also harbor tighter communities, which operate on the platform of helping our neighbors and ensuring one another’s safety. Fellowship is best achieved when we know the faces in our community over secluding our interests strictly to our own household.

You can save fuel resources and CO2 emissions when you shop local, too! Products made right up the street cut the need for long distance shipping, which...

Just as states have symbols and emblems, and can be branded with associations such as Texas being famous for chili and New York for taxi cabs, some states also have specially designed traffic patterns attached to their name, the Michigan left being the most familiar. In Texas, the infamous indirect left is referred to as a “Loop Around” or “Texas U-Turn”, and Utah calls them, “ThrU Turns”.

Confusing and hated, variations on “customary” patterns perplex most drivers. The last thing city governments want to create is more road rage and accidents, and alternative traffic patterns such as Michigan lefts and roundabouts have proven to relieve traffic congestion, reduce accidents in left turn auto and pedestrian situations and, effectively, road rage over a number of years. They are a creative and more cost-conservative solution over buying properties and widening roads or other...

With the kick off of the monsoons come mixed feelings of relief and dread for Tucsonans. The desert city has special challenges that come with the expected, yet still unpredictable torrential rains which wash the landscape every year.

We welcome the monsoons to revitalize the parched areas of vegetation, returning them to the soothing, luscious green that we prize. The moisture wakes up the smells from native creosote bushes and generates a clean, earthy smell that is characteristic of the region. Desert dwellers also get to witness some of the most spectacular lightening shows in the world.

The special anatomy of the monsoons, which are actually a large storm system rather than a single storm, is the cause of the abrupt rainfall we experience in the Southwest every summer. The moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California plus a shift in wind direction...

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