Four Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip

The cold weather is set to turn and spring is almost upon us. What better way to celebrate than a road trip? Well, don’t let a low balance in your bank account stop you from heading out on the open road. Here are some ways to save money on a road trip.

Before you even hit the road, plan your budget. Try your best to know your expenses beforehand. Figure out how much gas is going to be, how much you plan to spend on food and activities or attractions. And remember, a budget is useless unless you stick to it!

Nothing can blow your budget like breaking down a long way from home. Before you leave town, get a tune up! Consult your owner’s manual and determine if any routine maintenance tasks need to be completed.

Granted, eating out can be really fun but it’s also hugely expensive. Bringing your own food can really help you keep costs down. Pack a cooler and you can take along more substantive food like lunchmeat for sandwiches.

You can also save money by avoiding expensive attractions like amusement parks. Instead, find odd roadside attractions or try camping! After all, most road trips are about the scenery and company. Not blowing your savings account.

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Three Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Sometimes, a car just can’t get the job done. If that’s the case, then you should consider getting a pickup truck. Here are a few reasons to buy a pickup truck.

The obvious reason to buy a truck is that it has towing capability. What some people don’t understand is that that not only means it has the accelerative powers to tow a large object, like a boat or another vehicle, but that it has the stopping power. Stopping power is just as, and perhaps even more, important.

Trucks are also comfortable. In fact, they are just as comfortable and tech-savvy inside as cars. So the idea that you’ll be traveling in an uncomfortable box sitting on a seat as comfortable as a church pew without a radio is just not accurate at all.

Trucks can also be as fuel-efficient as a car. Just look at the Ford F-150! Not only is this truck powerful and comfortable but it’s capable of getting up to 26 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Named Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year

Every year, Four Wheeler magazine has decided the best pickup truck of all trucks debuted that year. Their credibility is unquestionable. They’ve been judging these contests for a long time, 28 years in fact, and of the off-road enthusiast publications, Four Wheeler is the definitely the most reputable.

This year, the coveted Four Wheeler magazine Pickup Truck of the Year went to the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel. With its rugged and capable design, there’s no question as why this particular truck took home the title.

The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel features standard air suspension and a factory lift. The off-road-worthy truck also has skid plates, Bilstein shocks and tow hooks. Buyers get a choice of engines, from the powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel.

For Four Wheeler, it was all about “balance.” According to editor Christian Hazel, “No matter what we threw at the Ram 1500 Rebel, it just flat-out worked with no drama, no excuses and no compromises.”

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Ford Gives Real-World Truck Customers Glimpse of Super Duty Power

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At the end of the day, a lot of automakers make a lot of promises. This is no truer than in the truck market, where promises that this truck or that truck is the toughest abound.

But when it comes down to it, the real question is: Are Ford trucks really tough? Well, Ford has decided to give real-world truck customers a glimpse at the power of the Ford Super Duty power. They allowed these truck customers to witness the torture testing of all-new F-Series Super Duty before anyone else gets to see it—because only real tough workers use this awesome truck.

According to a recent press release from Ford, the following types of workers drive this particular truck: 58 percent of electric, gas and sanitation workers; 50 percent of forestry workers; 50 percent of oil and gas extraction; 48 percent of heavy construction workers; and 42 percent of manufacturing workers. With this variety of customers, it’s important to have a truck that gets the work done—and the Ford Super Duty does just that.

So, what’s so special about the latest Ford Super Duty? First of all, it’s got an all-new, high-strength steel frame. There are also the strong axles, springs and suspension. The Ford Super Duty is in fact so tough that you can hang nine trucks on its frame. Watch it here!

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Winter in Northern Michigan

In Northern Michigan, winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year. This means it is a great time to head outdoors and experience winter in Northern Michigan. Here are some great activities to fill your days with winter adventures:

  • Whether you consider yourself an expert, or are just starting out, there are three ski areas in the Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, and Nub’s Nob.
  • Cross country skiing. If you prefer a flatter skiing terrain, there is no shortage of cross country ski trails in our area.
  • For some high-speed winter fun, there is nothing better than snowmobiling. There are more than 140 miles of forested pathways in northern Michigan to take in some breathtaking scenery.
  • Ice fishing. Spend a fun and relaxing winter day out on the ice of the Great Lakes catching some fish. Book a trip with Sport Fish Michigan and it includes all the necessary gear.
  • Ice skating. Choose from a wide range of both indoor and outdoor skating rinks across the area.

What is your favorite way to spend the winter in northern Michigan?

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FCA Releases Arsenal of Democracy Documentary

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released a documentary honoring the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Arsenal of Democracy speech, which was broadcast on December 29, 1940. Roosevelt’s speech referred to the American arsenal of weapons for World War II as the arsenal of democracy and promised to help arm the UK against Nazi German.

FCA’s documentary, called Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy, is a short film describing Chrysler’s involvement in World War II. The Chrysler Corporation was one of the biggest automakers involved in the war effort, and the six-minute film narrated by Brandt Rosenbusch takes a deeper look than ever before at Chrysler’s production of tanks, aircraft parts, guns, bombs, and more.

This look at Chrysler’s history is just one example of FCA’s dedication to helping the US military and supporting veterans. FCA US has also set up an annual donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, given support to the USO, donated Jeep vehicles to the service, and given money to help with the construction of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Tips for Off-Roading in Snow

Off-roading in snow isn’t for the uninitiated, but for experienced off-roaders, this can be a fun, challenging experience. Snow makes trails totally different, making some trails easier and some harder, so it’s a great way to experience your local trails in a whole new way.

The number one thing to remember with wintertime off-roading is to be prepared. This is not the time to be caught without your cell phone or recovery gear to help get you out of a rut. Severe cold makes it much more dangerous to wait around in the snow for a tow!

Learn the different kinds of snow before you start driving on them. Heavy snow is easy to drive on; light, fluffy snow can cause you to sink. And just like with driving on roads, if you get stuck in snow, don’t spin your tires. It just buries you further. Try to back up before you go forward again and pulling forward in different directions.

Make sure you have the right kind of tires—wide ones that get good traction and are made of flexible rubber. And dress right! Wear clothes that are warm and give you lots of coverage from the wind.

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Ram Truck Brand Towing Best for Any Job

Ram trucks recently towed the parade floats at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There’s no question as to why Ram trucks, of all trucks, would be entrusted with such an important job. They are some of the strongest and most capable trucks on the market, and Ram Truck brand towing is the best in the business.

Whether you have a parade float to haul or a fishing boat, it helps to know which Ram truck is right for you!

Light Duty or Heavy Duty?

The Ram 1500 is capable of 1,900 pounds max payload so its just right for ATVs, boats and trailers.

If you might need to haul a horse trailer or an RV, the Ram 2500 or Ram 3500 might be better suited for your needs. Ram Heavy Duty tracks offer the best-in-class towing with max payload of 7,390 lbs and 31,210 lbs. max towing.

Other factors to consider are axle ratio. If you are concerned about efficiency, you want a low ratio. A higher ratio will offer better towing power. Cab size will also affect towing power.

This towing guide from Ram Trucks can help you decide. The good news is that whatever your needs, there is always a Ram truck capable of meeting them!

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Stay Safe: Tips For Holiday Travel

Holiday-TravelTraveling for the holidays? You are not the only one. And that means a lot of traffic and potential for everything from delays to a greater likelihood of an accident. We’ve thrown together some tips for holiday travel to help you and yours get to your destination safe and sound.

 

Complete some maintenance. Doing a little maintenance before you takeoff can go a long way to prevent catastrophe. Top off fluids (including wiper fluid), replace wipers if need be, make sure tires are healthy and properly inflated.

Plan ahead. The holidays can produce traffic volume that far exceeds the capacity of certain interstate and exchanges. Add construction and bad weather on top of that and you could see terrible traffic jams. Always consider alternate routes that circumvent the interstates around big cities. Use Waze to help you look ahead and potentially find alternate routes. Use weather apps to help you plan your travel.

Stay entertained. This is especially true for those traveling a long way. Dull and boring moments in the car can sometimes add to the stress. Make sure you’ve plenty of music, podcasts and audiobooks to pass the time.

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Top Five Most Scenic Routes in America

Ever wondered what the most scenic routes in America are? With its enormous size and extremely diverse landscape, it’s hard to pick the best. But we’ve got some real contenders for you. Here are some of the most scenic routes in America:

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway

This route runs between two gorgeous parks: Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina. It’s 469 miles of beautiful Appalachian scenery.

  1. Overseas Highway

Overseas bridges compose a significant portion of this highway that goes from the Florida mainland all the way down to Key West. If you enjoy seeing the ocean stretch to the horizon both east and west, you simply must drive the Overseas Highway!

  1. Highway 12

A lot of people feel like they are on a different planet when they drive Highway 12, the route that runs through Southern Utah from Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. The colors on the canyons along the route are truly out of this world.

  1. Route 66

As Lonely Planet sadly informs us, the original route only exists in “scattered sections paralleling the interstate.” Yet the stretch from Chicago to St. Louis still features a lot of oddball attractions and traditional roadside diners.

  1. Pacific Coast Highway

From San Francisco to Santa Barbara, this iconic highway winds its way along the coast, offering mind-blowing views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and often just as breathtaking views of California Redwoods on the other side.

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