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5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

With recent headlines that include over 3,000 allegations of sexual assault by Uber drivers in 2018, many passengers are justly concerned about their safety when using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Here are five tips that will help keep passengers safe.
1.)       Compare vehicle info before entering the vehicle.  …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima is now in its fourth generation, which went on sale in late 2015. It was designed by Kia Chief of Design Peter Schreyer, who cut his teeth at Audi.  Schreyer also designed the game-changing previous generation of Optima. A facelifted design was introduced at …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower …

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

10 Tips for Your First Time Driving Abroad

One of the great pleasures of traveling abroad is driving the magnificent highways and scenic roads, be it the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, Route One in Iceland, the Stelvio Pass in Italy, the Trollstigen in Norway, or the Karakoram Highway connecting China and Pakistan. A drive is a brilliant way …

Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

Delayed Fall Foliage Season Arrives with Promise of Color

Many parts of the Northeast United States including New York and New England will experience peak foliage conditions in the coming week as the extended summer season begins to come to a close. This means it’s time for a fall foliage drive or weekend getaway to see the colors.
Trees throughout …

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

Photo Essay: The American Cars of Cuba

One of the images of Cuba ingrained in my mind is the incredible scene of classic American cars from the 1950s that continue to ply Cuban streets. Indeed, a ride in a classic American car (many serve as taxis) is a rite of passage for visitors to Havana.
It is an …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

The cold temperatures in the northeastern United States have made it clear that winter is upon us. The sun has already started to set later, another sign of the need to change tires.
While most cars in the United States today come fitted with what are referred to as “all-season tires,” …

5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

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The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.
The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.
Regardless of whether you are …

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

Growing up partially in Europe, where the majority of my time behind the wheel was on the Autobahns of Germany and Austria, I was struck by the poor lane discipline exhibited by drivers in the United States when it came to driving on the right and passing on the left.
Lane …

The Road to Philadelphia – the BMW 535d’s Final Journey and Review

The Road to Philadelphia – the BMW 535d’s Final Journey and Review

It feels like only yesterday that we took delivery of the Moonstone Metallic BMW 535d in Munich at the BMW Welt. The 5er was something we had waited for with great anticipation, after having spent over two years with BMW’s first clean diesel sedan, the 335d, which was followed by …

BMW 535d Review: The Olympic Drive to Lake Placid, N.Y.

BMW 535d Review: The Olympic Drive to Lake Placid, N.Y.

38+ MPG Fuel Economy and Superb Handling Make for a Frugal Yet Satisfying Drive
Lake Placid, New York is located in the Adirondack Mountains in northeastern New York State, and is best known as the host of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games and the site of the “Miracle …

BMW 535d Review: The Road to Bear Mountain

BMW 535d Review: The Road to Bear Mountain

Fuel Economy Figures Say Prius, Performance and Handling Say M

Bear Mountain, located in Orange County, New York on the bank of the Hudson River, is the best known of New York’s Hudson Highlands, a series of mountains flanking the Hudson River.  At the mountain’s peak, the Perkins Memorial Tower affords …