How to Prevent Sun Damage to Your Car in Dallas

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It’s summertime in Dallas, and you want to take your car out for a spin, despite the raging heat. You may think it’s safe to drive in the sun, but you should follow these simple rules to save your car from sun damage.

Park in the Shade

Your car probably looks really awesome with the Dallas sun glinting off of it, but that beautiful sun is dangerous and damaging to your car. The first step to preventing sun damage is removing your car from the sun as often as possible. Find a shady parking spot, park in a garage or carport, or cover your car with a car cover. This will protect it from harmful UV radiation and help prevent a build-up of heat inside. Even when (more…)

5 Common Road Surface Markings and What They Mean

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Have you ever been driving along, seen a symbol or marking on the road, and thought, “What does that mean?” Road markings are a kind of graphical language, communicating a wealth of important information designed to protect public safety. Here are some of the most common road markings and how to interpret them.

Solid/Dashed, White/Yellow Lines

These lines are so ubiquitous, you may assume you know what they mean, but they’re more nuanced than you may realize. In general, yellow lines control (more…)

5 Dallas Districts Worth Driving To

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Contemplating exploring Dallas, Texas? This thriving metropolis is the ninth most populated city in the United States, with plenty of activities for visitors and residents alike. Which areas of Dallas are worth your time when you’re in the city? Check out the following five¬†entertainment districts¬†worth driving to during your time in Dallas.

1. Arts District

When you think of Dallas, art may not enter your mind. But the city is full of creative expressions. Drive to the Arts District; its 19 blocks and 68 acres of artsy entertainment is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the United States. You can find stunning architecture, concert venues, and museums. Catch a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or (more…)

Unleaded, Diesel, and Ethanol: Which One You Should Be Using and Why

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The conscientious driver has a few fuel options from which to choose. Each has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the driver’s priorities and what type of vehicle he or she drives. Here are some facts about each type of fuel and recommendations for different drivers.

Unleaded

Unleaded gasoline, also known as gas or petrol, is the most common fuel used throughout the world. Prices for gas vary wildly depending on location and change dramatically over time based on a multitude of factors. Currently, buying gas in the U.S. will cost an average of $2.83 a gallon, but if you live in California you can expect to pay about 30 cents (more…)

Plan a Day Trip: 6 Family-Friendly Activities You Can Drive to in Dallas

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The urban and cultural mecca of Dallas is full of sights and attractions. If you’ve got a car and are traveling with family, Dallas has a number of great spots worth visiting. There’s something for everyone, whether your family is full of nature aficionados, science experts, or thrill-seekers.

Six Flags Over Texas

Located about a 15-minute drive from Dallas, Six Flags Over Texas was the original Six Flags park built in the U.S. Featuring thrill rides, shows, events, and other attractions, Six Flags provides entertainment suitable for the whole family. Teens and adults will love going on the roller coasters, while kids will love the long list of (more…)

6 Surprising Benefits of Your Car’s Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth technology has come a long way. Originally used as a way of making a smartphone hands-free, Bluetooth technology has become so popular it is included as a standard in most devices, including your car. But, if you only use Bluetooth to make talking on the phone while you drive easier and safer, you are missing out on some of the biggest benefits of having Bluetooth.

Here are six surprising benefits of Bluetooth technology in cars you may not be aware of:

Audio Streaming

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One of the best features of having Bluetooth technology in your car is the ability to stream audio. Just download your favorite songs, podcasts, and audiobooks on to your phone and hit the road. You can use Bluetooth to listen while you drive. Just imagine (more…)

There’s an App For That: The Top 5 Most Useful Car Apps Available

 

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It happens to everyone. You’re in an unfamiliar area, and your low fuel light activates. Or, you are distracted when parking in a large parking lot, and now you can’t remember where you parked your car. No worries, there’s an app for that.

Here are five of the best car apps available. Some are useful, and some are just fun.

Witness Driving

This car app can protect you and entertain you. Witness Driving is available through the App Store and Google Play for 99 cents. Using a dash mount for your phone, it works as a dash cam. Not only can it record while you drive, (more…)

Take a Drive Through One of These 5 Unique, Texas Towns

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Texas residents don’t have to leave the state to find interesting and unique vacation spots; the state is packed with often overlooked gems perfect for a weekend getaway or day of exploration. If you’re looking for a town worthy of a drive, check out these five charming Texas towns.

Canyon

This sleepy little town sits at the edge of Palo Duro Canyon. At 120 miles long, it’s second (more…)

Foreign vs. Domestic: How to Know Which Car is Right For You

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Most of us can recognize a car’s brand name as “foreign” or “domestic,” but beyond that, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two labels. Here’s some background information that can help you see whether a foreign or American brand is right for you.

Foreign Brands Are More American Than You Think

Many car models labeled “foreign” by their brand name alone are actually manufactured in America using more than 75 percent American parts, which makes them more American than most American brands. You can check which cars qualify as American-made on Cars.com’s American-Made Index. Toyota and Honda both have plenty of models on this list, (more…)

5 Upcoming Festivals in Dallas Worth the Drive

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Everything is big in Texas, and Dallas festivals are no exception. Dallas has some of the best festivals for all interests. Whether you like art, music, or big ferris wheels, take a drive to Dallas to experience some of the best festivals in the country.

Here are five Dallas festivals you won’t want to miss.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Springtime offers eight weeks of festivities in a 16th century English Village. Visitors travel from all over to experience this one-of-a-kind festival enjoyed by all ages. Expect to see guests dressed in costume along with the costumed actors. The festival has over 200 performances each day. Watch jousting and knighting ceremonies, eat a turkey leg, and enjoy artisan demos, such as glass-blowing, all on the festival grounds in Waxahachie, (more…)