Get Out Of My Dreams And Into My Car: 8 Gadgets That Will Make Driving A Breeze

Nothing is better than something that makes your life easier in a place that we spend an obscene amount of time. So let’s check out some other ingenuitive gadgets for our home away from home.

  1. A Good Air Freshener

    Ok, so this one isn’t that ingenuitive, but it is the difference between life and death and a hot, smelly car.

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    So, I know what you are thinking. “Come on, these aren’t new or exciting!” But honestly, you will be thanking me when you are stranded with a flat tire and a dead phone.

  1. A New Stereo

    Nothing is better than listening to exactly what you want to listen to, when you want to listen to it.

  1. A Car Vacuum

    This sounds a little ridiculous to have this gadget until you need it, but when you need it, you REALLY need it.

  1. A Phone Mount4923751082_d67e62b5c9_b gadgets

    If you use your phone as a GPS or to play music (on that new stereo) than one of these is a necessity to keep you safe and hands-free.

  1. An Emergency Road Kit

    A kit that packs jumper cables, and anything else that you might need in a dire situation.

  1. A Glove Box Organizer

    Yes this exists. And it’s a wonderful gadget. It keeps everything in one place and right where you can find it.

  1. A Rapid Car ChargerCar_12V_DC_plug gadgets

    Nothing drains your battery faster than using GPS and music. But with this  charger, you will be able to keep you phone with the battery you need to get through the day.

These gadgets will only make your driving experience better if you have the proper car to drive. So apply for an auto loan today and get out of your dreams and into your car.

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Why Your Ideal Road Trip Is In Michigan

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Pack the car, roll down the windows and free your inner explorer as you set out on a Michigan road trip. Whether it’s discovering new urban adventures, the state’s rich heritage, new food and drink, or just celebrating breathtaking natural beauty, a Michigan road trip will fill your adventurous tank.

  1. Small Town Gems

    There is no shortage of amazing little nooks in the great state of Michigan. Whether it’s finding the best stack of pancakes that you have ever dreamed of or the strangest statue of a dinosaur that you can take a picture with, you will always find yourself joyfully surprised by the small towns the mitten.

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    After you take a road trip in Michigan during the autumn months, you will never think of the season the same. Driving through winding country roads lined with the most beautiful colored trees, will make you truly never want to road trip anywhere else.

  1. It’s Not Just The Back Roads That Make It The Best

    No a good road trip is never complete without discovering the hidden treasures within a new city. Big cities with rich history can change your outlook on what it means to adventure. Cities like Detroit or Grand Rapids are the perfect places to make your next road trip perfect.

images (2) michiganBut honestly, we all know that some cars just won’t make it to see such an amazing road trip. Do you really want to take the chance of losing the opportunity to see all of the amazing wonders that Michigan has to offer? Applying for an auto loan today can make it happen with no sweat. And the only thing left to plan is what snacks to bring.

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Swim With Cars: Amphicar’s Brief But Awesome Heyday

A car that can drive on land and swim in water is such an amazing idea for many people that dare to dream. And for a short period that dream was a reality.

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Amphicar was the brainchild of Hans Trippel, a German auto designer who is better known for the gullwing doors of Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Trippel experimented with amphibious cars in the 1930s and later built several hundred heavy duty military ones during World War II. A competing military design from Volkswagen called the Schwimmwagen was a little more successful than his.

After the war, Mr. Trippel returned to his dream of building a commercially viable amphibious car. But after designing a prototype of the Amphicar, he had no more involvement with its Berlin manufacturer.

It was all for the best. After making a splash (pun intended) at the 1961 New York Auto Show, the company thought it could sell tens of thousands a year to Americans. Those estimates turned out to be way too optimistic. Between 1962 and 1967 fewer than 3,800 were sold in North America plus only a few hundred more in Europe. Many were simply given away to employees.

A publicity stunt that involved a successful crossing of the English Channel got headlines. Another in the Strait of Gibraltar was less successful, since it involved the first-ever collision of a ship and an automobile. More strict U.S. safety requirements in 1968 finally sank (again, pun intended) Amphicar Corp. itself.

There have been other attempts at passenger cars that float, fly or even can submerge, but none approaching Amphicar’s brief heyday.

While people tend to be terribly fascinated with them, they tend not to buy them.

aquaplaning-83008_960_720 amphicarWhile you certainly don’t need to have a car/ boat combo, you do need a regular car. Don’t drown in responsibilities, apply for an auto loan today to get the perfect (non floating) car for you!

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The “Great” American Road Trip

Let’s set the stage for quite an adventure:

Pierce_Stocking_Scenic_Drive_Woods roadSitting in middle of the back seat, uncomfortably wedged between two much older (and much sweatier brothers). Sweat making the hair stick to my forehead because the tiny car from the mid 1980’s had no air conditioning. This car has been selflessly serving our family through many different road trips to football games and drives to Grandma’s house, but this drive from Michigan to South Dakota was no small task for such a worn down car.

I remember it like it was yesterday. The sweat of my brothers still making me incredibly grossed out the only thing to break the silence of our broken am radio was the occasional yell from one of my brothers, “Slug bug!” And they would proceed to shove me either direction trying to get a good punch into the other’s shoulder.

Now, this story may sound like a wholesome tale of the average American road trip. No. This is a cautionary tale to every parent to never make your child go through that mess of a road trip in a car that should have never left the county.

Words Of Wisdom

130912241_0718976864_b roadWhen a road trip is in the works, the only way to truly make it a “great” American road trip is to have the proper vehicle to do it! One that you can rely on to not break down in the middle of nowhere, when you have no service and the nearest exit is 30 miles south. Have a vehicle that you can count on to be the perfect place for laughs, inside jokes, loud singing, and plenty of driving games.

Don’t make the mistake that my parents made, sign up today to get the right auto loan for you so you can redefine the Great American Road Trip!

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Why A Dog Is The Perfect Driving Buddy

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Dogs are known as man’s best friend for a reason. Not only are the loyal to no end, but they are the willing to go with us anywhere. And they do! Nothing makes a road trip better than knowing that you best friend has his head hanging out the window and tongue blowing the breeze.

 

Reasons Dogs Are Perfect Driving Buddies

  1. Dogs will listen to your car horrible singing

    They know how bad you are. And they don’t care at all that you have been singing the wrong lyrics to that song that you won’t take off repeat. All they know is that you are happy and so are they.

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    If you have ever said the word drive anywhere near a dog, you will understand just how much they adore a good drive. Especially with their best friend (aka: you!).

  1. They will help you get out of your shell

    Dogs have no filter. They want nothing but to love and adventure. So as their best friend, you much adventure with them to new and exciting places.

  1. Dogs will never judge your driving

    You could have the worst driving in the state and your wonderful fluffy best friend will only love you for taking him with you.

cute-dog-in-car-725x544 dogBut no road trip or even a short drive will be right for you and you furry friend if you don’t have the right car. You need a car that will keep your joyful driving buddy safe and comfortable for many adventures to come. Getting that perfect car is much easier than you think! Sign up today to find out more about getting the right auto loan and start your adventure!

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Smart Driving: Knowing Your Needs

A smart driver is something that everyone thinks that they are. How many times has a friend of yours hopped into the driver’s seat and said, “Don’t worry, I’m a great driver!” Then they proceed to endanger your life for a horrifying twenty minute car ride, and the ride’s tension leaves you with nothing but aching muscles the next day. That statement, to this day, is one of the most unsettling things that you could possibly say upon entry of a vehicle.

driving-691751_960_720 smartBut being a smart driver isn’t just about getting from point A to point B without causing your passenger’s lives to flash before their eyes. Knowing exactly what you need in a vehicle is just as important.

 

 

Here are some things to consider as you make you smart driving decisions:

  • How many passengers are you carrying?
  • Will you be going off-road or just on highway or surface streets?
  • Will you be driving in ice or snow?
  • Do you have to commute and therefore is gas mileage important to you?
  • Do you have garage or driveway space?
  • What safety features are important to you?
  • Do you need towing features?
  • Will you want all wheel drive?
  • Do you want cargo space?
  • Will you be hauling things like kayaks or canoes?

And these are just a few of the many things that a smart driver things about when choosing the right car.download (1) smart

But one thing that you don’t need to worry about is being approved for the proper auto loan. Make the smart driver choice and sign up for the
perfect auto loan today! Take all of the stress out of being a smart driver, and only leave the satisfaction of finding and driving away in the perfect car for you.

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Safest Driving Cities And Why It’s Important For You

Unless you have access to public transportation or live within walking distance to all the places you need to go, commuting by car is both necessary and expensive. Each year, those who drive spend an average of about 200 hours on the road. Plus another 41 hours in gridlock. For a full-time worker, 241 hours is the equivalent of a six-week vacation. This is all especially truthful if you live in a busy city that you often blame for you lateness and general road rage.

Every year the ranking of the cities with the best drivers comes out and you are left wondering why you should even care. But I am here to tell you why you should care and how it affects your life and certainly the life you your car.

mobile-logo“The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities and the surrounding suburban metropolitan areas have the safest drivers.”

This data isn’t just something that gives cities bragging rights. It is something that can really matter to you personally. The hazards of driving in a larger city can be anything from mindless people crossing the street to someone not paying attention at a four way stop. Knowing what kind of safety that your city has to offer you (or not offer you) can change the way that you drive and the way that you protect yourself.

What Does This Have To Do With Me?

driver-shutterstock223583776-crop-600x338Driving a car that is safe is a large part of that protection. If you are like me, you spent far too many years driving a car that is either as old as or older than you. And has a very loose translation of safety precautions.

So don’t run that risk any longer. There are options for you to get into the right car for you to feel and be safe in; regardless of the city.

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