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Good Eats on the Go

May 23, 2012

Willie Nelson's song "On the Road Again," could double as the theme for summer vacationers taking to the road for some R&R. Whether that road trip is a quick daycation or the beginning of a lengthier break from work, an on-the-go meal becomes part of the "getting there" experience.

  • A Hot Rod Life

    May 16, 2012

    More than 60 years in the automotive service industry makes Don Gallant a walking history of the street rod scene on the Berlin Turnpike.

  • Confused About Going Green? You're Not Alone

    May 10, 2012

    With gasoline prices poised to reach record highs, many car shoppers are setting their sights on models that use electricity - either in part or as the sole means of propulsion - to help reduce their fuel costs.

  • It's Cruisin' Season

    May 3, 2012

    While early patches of warm weather have made it feel at times like summer is here, we've still got more than a month until the seasons change.

  • Insurance Rundown

    April 26, 2012

    While auto insurance rates are largely based on personal factor, including a person's age, gender, driving record and address, the particular make and model of vehicle a person drives likewise affects their premium costs.

  • What's Your New Ride Worth to You?

    April 19, 2012

    As new cars continue to sell at a record pace, many browsers are turning into shoppers and shoppers into buyers. But experts caution that astute consumers need to look at more than a car or truck's transaction price to ensure they're getting the best deal.

  • Tesla X Targets Women

    April 11, 2012

    Tesla Motors says its all-electric Model X, scheduled to hit the highways in 2014, combines "the functionality of a minivan with a design as cool as an SUV."

  • Spotlight on Safety

    April 5, 2012

    According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2010. Although that is the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1949, a vehicle-related fatality occurs an average of once every 16 minutes.

  • Trade to Upgrade

    March 29, 2012

    A severely depleted inventory of used vehicles is boosting the values of late-model cars to record highs these days.

  • The pros and cons of owning a hybrid vehicle

    March 21, 2012

    You've heard the hype about hybrids. But what are the real benefits and disadvantages to owning one?

  • About Specs

    March 14, 2012

    Most new-car brochures and web pages feature a list of various numbers and measurements, usually called "specifications," which can be cryptic at best for all but the most knowledgeable auto enthusiasts.

  • Buy Now, Save Now

    March 7, 2012

    New-vehicle sales could rise by as much as six to seven percent during 2012 according to Automotive News, due largely to the effects of a stabilizing economy and pent-up consumer demand. Here's a breakdown of why the upcoming months could be the best time in years to buy a new car or truck.

  • 'No call, no text, no update is worth a human life'

    February 29, 2012

    In a ruling that could alter the lifestyles of millions of Americans, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states completely ban the use of all mobile phones and other portable electronic devices while driving, except in emergency situations.

  • Safest Small Cars

    February 22, 2012

    Choosing the safest auto available is especially important when shopping for a small car, where every advantage is essential.

  • Modifications in maintenance practices helping drivers get more from their vehicle

    February 15, 2012

    We're only one full decade into the 21st century but there have already been plenty of changes in the way we treat our vehicles.

  • Rest Insured

    February 8, 2012

    Insurance can be a car owner's largest and most complex long-term ownership cost. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, so we contacted industry experts for answers to some of the most common-and most misunderstood - car insurance questions.

  • Eccentric SUVs

    February 1, 2012

    With a lineage dating back to the original rough-and-tumble World War II military Jeep, the sport-utility vehicle market shows no signs of retreating, even if most models have gone soft in the guise of car-based crossover models.

  • Why We Love Leases

    January 25, 2012

    A perfect alignment of market forces in recent months has made leasing a car more financially advantageous and appealing to a wider range of consumers.

  • Hot Wheels: Don't let yours be a target

    January 18, 2012

    While motorcycle thefts are on the decline - they're down 24 percent since their highest level in 2007- 49,791 were reported stolen during 2010 in the U.S. according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Des Plaines, Ill. That amounts to one theft about every 9.4 minutes.

  • What's New?

    January 12, 2012

    With New Year's in the rearview mirror, here's a look at what to expect among the 2012 models.

  • Best Cars for New Parents

    January 4, 2012

    As anyone who's gone through the process can attest, becoming a first-time parent is truly a life-changing experience, and that extends beyond changing diapers and awakening for middle-of-the-night feedings.

  • 'On The Road' from the rearview mirror

    December 28, 2011

    With the 2011 calendar year drawing to a close, let's take a look back at some highlights of On The Road. There certainly were plenty of noteworthy stories this year. And to think, we're not even a full year old yet.

  • Tires: Your first line of defense

    December 21, 2011

    For most people, their car is their lifeblood. It might be tempting to neglect regular maintenance tasks in the name of saving money, but that could cost you even more in the long run. And with winter starting today, keeping your car in good shape is even more important.

  • Gifts for car lovers (and their pets)

    December 14, 2011

    Driving lessons Auto racing is a popular sport, and many of us would love get behind the wheel of a race car.

  • 'Tis the Season to Travel

    December 7, 2011

    As the song says, ¿Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother¿s house we go.¿ Holiday road trips are an annual ritual for many families, but experts caution motorists to make sure their cars are ready for the elements so this year¿s visit doesn¿t become memorable for the wrong reasons.

  • Trading Up

    November 30, 2011

    Americans love technology. The quest for the newest gadgets that keep us connected anytime, anywhere, fuels our society.

  • Thanksgiving Travels

    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving has a special meaning in our family. Forget "Over the river and through the woods..." My wife was born on Thanksgiving Day, which means the holiday takes on added significance for us

  • The Heat is On!

    November 16, 2011

    Auto manufacturers are working on ways to give a whole new meaning to the term "hot car." In the winter months, that means taking the chill off, both inside and out.

  • The Connecticut International Auto Show: 150,000 Square Feet of Cars, Exhibits & Fun!

    November 9, 2011

    The Connecticut International Auto Show is gearing up for another great event Nov. 11-13 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The newest 2012 models will be on display, including the latest fuel- efficient vehicles and cars and trucks with the latest technologies.

  • Heart-Healthy Rides

    November 2, 2011

    Just as a prudent owner cares for their car via regular maintenance, tomorrow¿s vehicles will be able to care for their drivers by helping them keep track of their medical conditions.

  • Debunking Myths About Cars

    October 26, 2011

    Certain myths about automobiles have been around as long as there have been cars on the road. Many drivers adhere to driving and repair theories out of sheer force of habit, without ever knowing if these strategies are legitimate. Here are some common myths revealed and debunked.

  • Local Auto Dealership Information

    October 20, 2011

    Local Connecticut Dealership information. The who's who.

  • We are what we Drive

    October 12, 2011

    Walk through a dealership lot and what do you see reflected in the maze of gleaming paint, chrome and glass? A new identity? A change in lifestyle?

  • You're Such A Bad Driver

    October 5, 2011

    Most adult drivers are happy to view their test-taking days in the rearview mirror ¿ and it shows. One in five U.S. drivers couldn¿t pass a written driving test if they took it today.

  • Electrifying and Safe

    September 28, 2011

    The 2011 Nissan Leaf has gotten a lot of press for its all-electric engine and 100 miles per charge. But it¿s also winning praise for something else: its safety system.

  • Double or nothing!

    September 21, 2011

    Automakers will have to double their fleet-wide average fuel economy by 2025 if proposed federal rules take effect. Here¿s how they¿ll do it.

  • Meet the owner: Middletown Nissan's Dave Calabrese

    September 14, 2011

    Dave Calabrese launched his automotive career as a technician for Goodyear in 1977, but he began buying and selling cars before he was old enough to drive.

  • Name that gadget

    September 7, 2011

    Automakers not only strive to develop new gizmos and gadgets to capture the hearts and minds of new-car buyers, they love to create intriguing names for what are otherwise relatively mundane components.

  • Get a Grip!

    August 31, 2011

    By Deb Acord

  • My Ride, My Color My Way

    August 25, 2011

    Drivers around the world who like to fit in with the masses choose silver cars. But those who like to be different might check out something in Majestic, a black-purple shade that looks like black metallic in the dark and purple pearlescent in sunlight.

  • Best Cars for College Kids

    August 17, 2011

    We've solved the car equation for students on the go: lowest price + highest quality + most fuel-efficient + best resale value

  • Buying Used: Hot to choose a preowned vehicle that will provide years of loyal service.

    August 12, 2011

    Prices on used vehicles have climbed due to reduced new vehicle sales the past several years, a drop in leasing and fewer trade-ins...

  • Accidently on Purpose

    August 3, 2011

    Economic woes and double-digit unemployment are being blamed for a rash of staged auto accidents by criminals against unsuspecting motorists to line their pockets through fraudulent insurance claims.

  • Restoration Porsche: Part 7

    July 27, 2011

    Work on the Porsche continues. I received my late brother¿s 1967 Porsche 912 as a gift from his wife. This was not my brother Alan¿s collector car. This was the car he drove daily for 31 years, right up to his sudden death in December 2008.

  • A Smart Garage Conversion

    July 27, 2011

    I'm a master at maximizing space potential. Whether it be a closet, family room or garage I'll come up with resourceful ways to make the space functional and beautiful.

  • Summer Road Trip Checklist

    July 20, 2011

    Most of us spent at least one summer vacation crowded into a station wagon, minivan or SUV, passing the time playing car-spotting games. Even with gas prices at dizzying levels, driving is more affordable ¿ and in many ways more agreeable ¿ than flying to all but the most distant destinations.

  • Look who's 70!

    July 13, 2011

    The first Jeep, made in 1941 by the Willys-Overland Company in response to the U.S. military's call for a new light reconnaissance vehicle, was a quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive machine. It was practical, plain and had a gearshift on the steering column and low body cutouts.

  • Tips for keeping your car like new

    July 6, 2011

    We've all been there - that messy, dusty, grimy car that sits in our driveway screaming for a wash. Oh what to do?

  • Classic Car Show

    June 29, 2011

    There are a number of cruise nights and car shows throughout Connecticut this summer. Here’s one of them.

  • Top 10 Most Annoying Driving Habits

    June 23, 2011

    Last week, we took a look at tips for a more civilized commute. Here are ten annoying habits of other drivers.

  • How to Be a Road Angel

    June 15, 2011

    To all the drivers who think they own the road, etiquette pro Elena Neitlich has three words of advice: Mind your manners.

  • Cruisin' with the Top Down?

    June 7, 2011

    There are few experiences as pleasant as driving a convertible with the top down on a warm day with the sun shining, the wind blowing, and the open road beckoning. Good thing automakers are introducing new convertibles just in time for summer fun.



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