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My First Car: Tell Us Your Story

Posted on 02/13/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Your LifeYou don’t forget your first car. Passing your driver’s test and getting your driver’s license is one of the most important milestones in life—and in most cases, it’s the first hurdle you jump on the road to adulthood. For me, and I imagine for most people, having my driver’s license provided me with my first real taste of freedom and independence. I got my license around 1974, and my first car was a light blue Volkswagen “Squareback,” which they don’t …

Volunteers Don’t Drive #TinyCars, They Don’t Deserve a Tiny Tax Rate.

Posted on 01/30/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOur friends at VolunteerSpot have a brand new campaign everyone should hitch a ride to, #TinyCars!  Honor volunteers this tax season (and show them some love this February) by spreading the word that volunteers don’t deserve a tiny 14 cent tax rate. A little background, Congress set the current 14 cent charitable mileage rate in 1997 when gas cost just $1.30/gallon; unfortunately, it has remained the same since then, while in contrast, the 2011 business rate was set at 55.5 cents for the …

10 Tips to Drive Down the Cost of Driving

Posted on 11/21/2011 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Money & SavingsWith gas prices sitting at all-time highs for this time of year, there’s really no getting around the price of getting around. And if you’re traveling long distances for the upcoming holidays, it’s important to pick up all the tips and tricks you can to help drive down the cost of driving. Here are my top ten favorite tips to keep your car running smoothly (for less!). Use the right gas: Are you sure that you’re using the best gasoline …

The Best Cars for Caregivers

Posted on 10/3/2011 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is a guest blog post from Jamie Page Deaton, the Managing Editor of the U.S. News Best Cars rankings. Having owned everything from mid-eighties Volvo station wagons to BMWs, pickup trucks, and classic Corvettes, Jamie is passionate about the cars and technology that move us. AARP estimates that in 2007, over 34 million family caregivers provided care at any given point in time, and about 52 million provided care at some time during the year. That’s a lot of Americans in caregiving …

Martinsville: Memories, Mayhem, Marvelous!

Posted on 04/5/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAdrenaline rush: Turn 3 at Martinsville from the infield. This is a guest post from AARP’s Deb Silverberg, who was on the ground at the April 3 Sprint Cup race in Martinsville.   Memories – so many, Mayhem: it is a short track, after all. Marvelous…more on that in a minute. Before we move on to race highlights, how about the most important M-word? Meals. Not only did our No. 24 Jeff Gordon make an impressive Top 5 finish in Martinsville, …

Cash for Clunkers Kicks Off!

Posted on 07/30/2009 by |General News | Comments

Money & SavingsIt looks like the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or otherwise known as “Cash for Clunkers” has launched this week. For those who don’t know, CARS basically does this: the government buys back old cars (which get a combined average mileage of 18 miles a gallon or less) from folks to scrap, and the seller gets $4,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new fuel-efficient car. Not a bad deal to help the environment, right? Via the New York …