5 Awesome Reasons Why St. Louis Should Be on Your Bucket List

From the outset, we want to let you know that you need to add St. Louis, Missouri to your bucket list. Why should you listen to us? Well, I suppose we could tell you it’s because we’re some kind of savants when it comes to destinations in the USA, but that would be wildly inaccurate. The truth is simply that my wife and I travel full time around the United States in an RV, and we take the time to write about what we personally experience. You won’t get any fluff with us. We’ve always promised to be transparent in our writing and we hope you’ll appreciate that.
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Bikers: Reduce Your Risk of Being Hit by a Car

Motorcyclists understand something that those riding in vehicles (“cagers”) cannot: there is something supremely liberating about taking to the open road with nothing separating you from the environment but your good fortune and a bit of leather. When on a bike, you are not only more aware of your surroundings; you are more one with the road. As with all things, however, this feeling of exhilaration comes with a price. As a motorcyclist, you are far more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than those who are protected by their steel cages. By nature, most cagers expect to see only other cars on the road. Bikers (and bicyclists, and even pedestrians) must be aware of this fact.
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Rental Car Insurance: Is It Worth It?

If you’ve ever rented a car, you know that you must make the decision about whether or not to purchase the insurance offered by the rental car company before you can get your keys and drive off. Many people wonder if this extra insurance is necessary or even a good idea. The answer to this question is not as cut-and-dry as you might think. Rental car companies will offer you three different types of coverage. Whether or not you should purchase any or all of them depends both on what your current auto insurance policy covers and how much you can afford to lose in the event of an accident. In this article, I will explain each type of coverage so that you can best choose whether any are right for you.
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The Best Things to Do and Places to Eat in Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country is an area unlike any other. Imagine endless two lane highways that roll across magnificent vistas, cross pristine rivers surrounded by mature trees and lead you to old, tiny towns with unique character and culture. Then throw in a few cowboys, random animals, a limitless array of things to do and places to eat and you’re just starting to scratch the surface of what you’ll find in this delightful area of the country. Needless to say, there are many reasons 5 million people visit this area every year!
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Tire Basics for the Off-Road Enthusiast

Purchasing tires for the off-road enthusiast can be quite tricky. The choice is dependent on what type of driving the vehicle is going to be used for. Both tire and thread construction should be considered in making a decision as to the tire that would be suit the needs of the owner. Tire Construction The first thing we will look at is tire construction. Tires are constructed in one of three ways. Radial Ply This type of casing is the best for highway use. The casing is generally made of polyester and gives a smooth ride. The tire is steel-belted, which helps hold the thread flat. The disadvantage with this type of casing is that the sidewalls are fairly weak and don’t resist impact very well. Another disadvantage is that the steel belts are fairly stiff and give a bad ride on road imperfections such as corrugations.
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Off-Road Tire Sizes for Beginners

I got into my first four-wheel drive truck in the nineties after my father died. He owned a 1987 Nissan Patrol pickup and I had always wanted to own a four-wheel drive vehicle. Actually owning one was a huge learning experience for me. I had been a huge collector of off-road magazines over the years, but actually owning a four-wheel drive truck was still a learning experience for me.
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10 Things Worth Having in Your RV

The more storage you have, the more you accumulate. I think this is a law somewhere. Space is always a factor when you are RVing. It doesn’t matter if you have a tiny little RV or a monstrous behemoth, the question all RVers struggle with is what to take and what to leave behind. We’ve just completed our first year full time RVing, and it is astonishing to realize the amount of stuff we’re carrying that we haven’t used once in the past year! Would you believe we’re carrying around a 12-man tent and a turkey fryer?
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Crash Test Doggies: Prevent Your Pet from Becoming a Projectile

Do you regularly put your dog in danger? If your pet travels unrestrained in any vehicle then the answer is "Yes". The idea of keeping a pet safe in transit is not a new one. Indeed the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) has undertaken crash tests to rate the effectiveness of canine travel restraints.
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The Best-Kept Secret in Savannah for RVers

Savannah, Georgia is arguably at the top of our list of places we’d recommend as full-time RVers, having traveled all over the southeastern section of our country. The historic district of Savannah is home to cobblestoned streets and Spanish moss that hangs from majestic trees that provide veils of beauty everywhere you turn. Plazas and fountains, festivals and music, food and architecture, rich with history and infused with innovation, the city is captivating. If you are in this part of the country, Savannah is a must-see city. But finding an affordable RV spot is never the easiest in places that are as majestic as Savannah.
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The Best Truck That Was Never Sold in the US

know it's a matter of opinion, but many four-wheelers across the rest of the world would agree with me. The Nissan Patrol is the best truck that they didn't get in the U.S. There was an earlier version during the sixties and a later version known under the name the QX56. However the best models of this legendary vehicle are the years that didn't make it to the United States.
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Winter Is Coming: A Parent's Guide to Winterizing the Car

For most of us - except for you lucky folks in the deep south, the desert southwest, parts of Southern California, and Hawaii - the cold weather is starting to settle in. The house thermostat has been changed from “cool” to “heat” and all of our summer clothes have been moved out of our normal closets and into spare (we all have one right?) closets. Swimsuits are traded in for gloves and boots replace flip flops.
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2 Simple Steps to Finding Your Perfect RV Site Every Time

When we started our full-time RV journey having never RVd before, we didn’t have a clue how to go about finding an RV site that was right for us. Like everyone else, we were overwhelmed by suggestions from friends, ads from websites, forums, apps and every other imaginable source under the sun. Some of these suggestions were better than others, and some were downright awful! Through trial and error, we’ve narrowed down the process of finding a perfect RV site every time.
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Motorcycle Gear: Protect Yourself from Head to Toe

There is little that can match the joy of taking to the open road on a motorcycle. Whether you are a long-distance rider or just use your bike for weekend fun, one of the most important things you can do is dress for safety. Basic riding gear consists of a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. Hardcore, serious bikers may want to suit up in leather riding suits. Protecting your body with the right gear can ensure that your next set of wheels isn’t an ambulance gurney.
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Is Your Teen Breaking the Law? What You Need to Know About School Permits

Did you know your teen may have broken a law simply by driving home from school last night? If your teen is using a school permit to go to and from classes, listen up. Each state has very specific guidelines and rules for using a school permit, which is generally issued after your teen has earned a learner's permit.
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10 Reasons You Need a Minivan

Gone are the days of boxy, embarrassing and ugly minivans. Back in the day minivans had doors so heavy it took two hands to open them. Remember how angry your mom would get when she had to set down her purse, bag of groceries and the baby so she could open the van door? Remember how poor the visibility was? More than a few bikes parked in the driveway were crushed under these monstrous vehicles. Things have changed. The new sleek, power everything minivan is more like a tiny luxury bus, and you need this kind of luxury in your life.
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Surprising New Study About Teens and Texting

The good news for parents of teens today is that modern adolescents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking and fighting. The bad news, however, is that seemingly-benign behaviors such as media usage and texting are on the rise and are, at times, proving deadly. These were the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the results of which were published this summer.
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New Smartphone Apps to Protect Your Teen Driver

Technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most teens now carry cell phones, and while phones can pose dangers while driving, they can also be used to protect your child. Many parents may not be aware of the many applications and other technological advancements that are currently available to them that can be used to monitor their teen drivers.
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Think You Can’t Use a Motorcycle Safety Course? Think Again.

In addition to providing a cost-effective means of transportation, hitting the streets on a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating; however, it can also be quite dangerous. In the United States in 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed and approximately 103,000 were injured in accidents.
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2014 Safest Cars for Teens

As the parent of a teen driver, you may prefer that your child drive a new, as opposed to used, car. New cars typically include more improved safety features and your child is less likely to get stuck on the road due to a mechanical malfunction. Unfortunately, with the higher price tag that goes along with a new car, higher insurance rates are also part of the equation.
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Driver's Ed: Worth It or a Waste?

In 2008, teen drivers were responsible for 6,428 fatalities on our nation’s roadways. In fact, Wayne K. Tully, Chief Executive Officer at National Driver Training, reports that the crash rate for 16-year-old drivers is nearly five times that of crashes for drivers over 25. This is a sobering statistic for the parents of any new drivers. Enrolling teens in a qualified driver's education course may help parents ensure that their children stay safe while out on the road. However, some parents question whether these courses are really worth spending the time and money. If you are among these parents, clarification about the following driver’s ed misconceptions may help you come to a conclusion.
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How to Go on a Road Trip with an Autistic Child: 5 Tips

Traveling is a luxury we should not take for granted. Sometimes, our circumstances might make it a little more difficult to freely hit the open road when there are children involved. When it comes to children with autism, it can be even harder. Each time we leave our home on a road trip with our children, we must first create a contingency plan for any unforeseen difficulties that may arise. We are not your average family.
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How to Get the Most From Your Vehicle Tax Deduction

Every April, millions of Americans file taxes on their own, and many wonder if they successfully claimed all the deductions to which they are entitled. One overlooked type of deduction is the car deduction. Business owners who use vehicles as part of their day-to-day operations know that this deduction exists, but people who use cars for personal reasons typically do not. So, what vehicle tax deductions might you be entitled to? How Do You Use Your Vehicle?
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The New Car Buying Guide

Buying a new car can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful if you do it without preparing. You want to find the perfect car at a great price and avoid regretting such an expensive purchase. Let the following steps guide you to do just that. How to Decide Which Car Is Best for You The first step in buying a car is to determine what your needs are, not your "wants"; the right car will become clear to you with a few parameters in place. Do you really need all-wheel drive? What kind of driving do you really do, freeway or city miles? Guide yourself with the following questions to find out what type of features you may want was you discover which car to buy and why:
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13 Safest Cars on the Road Today

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety helps insurance companies and consumers evaluate vehicles based on their safety features. The organization is on a mission to reduce accidents, fatalities, and injuries by rewarding auto manufacturers with high marks for outstanding innovations in driver and passenger safety. Unlike the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the IIHS tests for offset crashes, rather than broad frontal crashes. This better displays the weaknesses in a car's impact capabilities. The five types of crashes tested by the IIHS include:
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America's 10 Most Stolen Cars

By the time you read this article, 5 cars will have been stolen. Auto theft is one of the most common crimes, taking place every 24.6 seconds. The list below details the 10 most stolen cars, the reasons why they are stolen, and what you can do to protect yourself. 10. Nissan Maxima – 6,947 stolen in 2012. This car, even with the alarm, is a target for thieves. They are prized for their powerful engines and sleek looks. Nissan offers an immobilizing security system, which leaves the car immobile without the registered key, but that does nothing to stop thieves from loading the car onto a tow truck - or simply dragging it away - and stripping it for parts. MSN.com notes that black market has a huge demand for Maxima parts, leaving many Maxima owners in jeopardy.
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Top 20 Defensive Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

Getting behind the wheel of your car may seem like a commonplace event, but it is likely to be the most dangerous thing you will do all day long. In the U.S., car accidents are the fifth leading cause of death. Your odds may be even higher depending on where you live and what you drive. Although you can't control the actions of other motorists, you have a great deal of control over how you operate your vehicle. That means you can increase your chances for a safe trip by following a few simple precautions. Here are twenty helpful tips to keep you driving happy.
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What Do Chop Shops Do and Why?

A car seemingly vanishes, leaving the owner wondering where it may have gone and who might be driving it now. More often than not, the answer is no one. Instead, a chop shop has taken the car apart, piece by piece, and has already begun selling the parts. What Are Chop Shops? Chop shops are illegal garages that buy stolen cars, disassemble them, and sell their individual parts for profit. To avoid being caught, criminals disassemble a car within hours of stealing it. That way, the owner and the police will never be able to find it.
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