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How to Make Your Pop Culture Blog Successful

Pop culture involves a range of topics, such as celebrity updates, the latest TV shows, and movies. As long as it involves popular, new information, it falls into that niche. If you are passionate about the topic, you might consider starting a pop culture blog to share your knowledge with the rest of gossip-driven interesting reads.

Growing Your Traffic

Your readers will make your break the blog. That means you’ll want to use every tactic you can to bring in traffic and retain it. That way, the site will run well. Some tactics might work better than others, but a combination of methods is often the best. Search engine optimization involves making your site easier to find online. You might optimize the site or use specific keywords so people can find your pages. If you want to grow your revenue, it is essential to use intent SEO to outrank the competition. Since you might not be familiar with the tactics used, you can review guides to great SEO writing in a few easy steps, plus tools & pro tips.

You’ll also need to create an environment that promotes growth so your readers can engage with you. That way, they will continue to comment on meaningful posts. You need to respond to their comments and engage with them, so your audience feels it is worthwhile to come back. Consider it building a community instead of merely allowing them to read passively. Social media is an excellent channel for helping you engage with the readers. That way, they can choose the platform they are most comfortable with. If the topic allows, you might have them choose what you cover now and then.

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That means you’ll need to pick a focus for the blog. There are many options, so ensure you choose something that fits your passions. Choose something that you can make your own to give your blog more influence. You don’t have to choose the focus right away. You might decide to add more focus at a later time once you have gotten more into your topic. For instance, you might enjoy current fashions, so you might begin with hair and then move on to clothing, makeup, and other style topics. 

No matter the niche, create relevant, engaging content to help your blog stand out. Make sure that your readers can get something out of their visit to your site. It might include a unique perspective that stands out from typical blogs in your niche. Give them a reason for coming back. That is often hard since there are already many pop culture blogs out there. Do your research on how you can build your audience to bring those readers to you. Give them something they want to come back to over and over again. The more your readers want to go back, the better your readership. Let them have a say in what you post to encourage engagement. Create polls or ask them to respond in the comments section.

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Going the Distance: Tips for Handling Car Troubles on Road Trips

Road trips are a rite of passage, whether you’re loading up with your whole family or you’re traveling cross country with friends. But your scenic road trip will come to a screeching halt if car troubles pop up.

You can’t avoid every car problem, but you can take steps to prep your car before you leave to minimize the risk of problems. Knowing how to handle common car problems during your trip can help you get back on the road faster.

Check out these road trip driving tips to help you avoid car problems.

Get a Tune Up

Never leave for a road trip without getting a tune up. If you skip this important step, you’ll quickly find out what happens when you don’t take care of your car.

When you skip tune ups, your vehicle is more likely to have common car problems, such as engine stalling, loss of power, and rough idling. It can also decrease your fuel efficiency, which increases the cost of your road trip. 

During a tune up, your mechanic checks over the engine to clean it and repair any issues. Many items, such as spark plugs, filters, and hoses, might need to be replaced during the tune up to prevent more serious problems and to keep your car running smoothly. The mechanic also checks and tops off the necessary fluids.

Mention any issues you’ve noticed when you get your tune up, such as the car having trouble starting or any noises or odors you’ve noticed. Your mechanic can investigate those issues and fix them before they become major expenses.

Check the Basics

If you’ve had a recent tune up, it’s a good idea to do a little checking up yourself before hitting the road. Check the headlights, brake lights, and turning signals to ensure all of the bulbs are working. Replace any burnt out light bulbs before your trip to keep you and your passengers safe.

Schedule an oil change if you’re due for one. Consider how many miles you’ll drive on your trip if you’re close to needing an oil change, and schedule it early before the trip if you’ll come close to the recommended mileage before you get home. Use the dipstick to ensure your car has plenty of oil and to make sure it’s not black or gritty, which indicates the need for a change.

Check the coolant level and top it off if it’s low. When the coolant is low, your vehicle is more likely to overheat.

It’s also a good idea to top off your windshield fluid to ensure you can clean the windows if they get dirty. Inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if they look worn.

Prepare for a Flat Tire

Flat tires are common, but you can reduce your risks of having one and plan ahead in case you have a flat. Ensure you have a spare tire in your vehicle as well as a jack and a lug wrench to change a flat if needed. If you’ve never changed a flat tire, look up videos and check out the equipment in your vehicle to prepare yourself.

Before your trip, inspect your tires to ensure they’re in good condition as worn tires can result in a flat or blowout. Rotating tires every 5,000 miles helps them last longer and wear more evenly. If you haven’t rotated your tires recently, consider having it done before your trip.

Check the tire pressure in your tires to ensure they’re at the proper inflation according to your owner’s manual or the sticker on the door jamb. Not only is a properly inflated tire safer for long distance driving, it also improves your gas mileage. When your tires are inflated correctly, your gas mileage gets an average boost of 0.6% and as much as 3%.

Plan for Gas Stops

While not a mechanical failure, running out of gas is another common car problem that can happen on a road trip. If you run out of gas, you could be stranded on the side of the road for quite some time waiting for help. 

When planning your route, look for good places to stop for gas, especially if you’re traveling in a remote area with long distances between towns. If you don’t plan accordingly, you might find yourself on empty with no gas station for miles. 

Avoid letting your tank get too low before refilling, even in more populated areas. You never know when you’ll get stuck in rush hour traffic, construction, or other delays that keep you on the road longer than expected. 

Research the Terrain

If you’re heading out into the wilderness, pay attention to the terrain in which you’ll be driving. Rough roads can increase the chances of tire damage. They can also affect the alignment of your car and put extra strain on your vehicle’s struts.

If you’re not used to driving on rough terrain, slow down significantly to ensure you can keep the vehicle under control. Slower driving can also reduce the risk of damage to the vehicle. If the road is in a remote area, it could be difficult to call for help if your vehicle gets damaged or you go off of the road.

Pack Emergency Supplies

You can’t do much if your car troubles involve major mechanical failures, but you can be prepared for minor issues with a few tools and supplies. Keep jumper cables in your car in case your battery dies while you’re traveling. Keep car chargers for your phone to keep it charged in case you need to call for help.

Pack a fire extinguisher in case a small fire breaks out in your vehicle. Reflective triangles and a reflective vest help make you and your vehicle more visible at night if you’re stuck on the side of the road.

For a winter road trip, pack blankets and warm items in case you have car troubles that keep you stranded. Cat litter can work for giving you traction if you get stuck.

Avoid Road Trip Car Troubles

With the proper prep and supplies, you can avoid major road trip car troubles to keep things running smoothly. Embark with your car in tiptop condition and keep an eye on things during long distance driving to spot problems early.

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Dennis Quaid × UTA

Leading global talent and entertainment company UTA has signed multi-hyphenate superstar Dennis Quaid for worldwide representation in all areas. UTA will support Quaid as he expands his newly launched podcast business while furthering his thriving career in film, television, music, touring and more. 

Most recently, Quaid co-founded Audio Up, a podcast content studio, network, and production company, and launched his own podcast, The Dennissance, on the platform. He will run Audio Up alongside CEO Jared Gutstadt. In addition to The Dennissance, Quaid is involved in several other Audio Up podcasts. He co-hosts The Pet Show with Jimmy Jellinek, which premiered on July 14; Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered Podcast alongside Gary Busey, which will debut in October with Warner Records set to release the soundtrack; and Make It Up As We Go, which he is executive producing and is due to release this fall.

Quaid is an acclaimed actor known for his roles in hit films The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, Traffic, Vantage Point, Frequency, The Parent Trap, Soul Surfer, The Right Stuff, and Breaking Away. More recently, his latest big-screen credits include starring roles in Sony’s thriller The Intruder, Universal’s A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Purpose, and Roadside Attractions’ I Can Only Imagine, among others. For his role in Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven, he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for “Best Supporting Actor,” the Chicago Film Critics’ Association Award for “Best Supporting Actor,” the Online Film Critics Society Award for “Best Supporting Actor,” and the Film Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Male.”

Currently, Quaid is developing The Charley Pride Story, which he will produce along with Ben Howard’s production company, Third Coast Content. Quaid is also set to star in the Ronald Reagan biopic, Reagan, produced by Mark Joseph, with production beginning in the near future.

On the television side, Quaid recently starred in and executive produced Netflix’s holiday-themed multi-camera comedy series Merry Happy Whatever. He also starred in the third season of Amazon’s Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, which premiered in 2019. Previously, he was nominated for numerous awards including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal of Bill Clinton in the HBO movie, The Special Relationship. Additional TV highlights include starring in and executive producing Crackle’s auctioneering drama The Art of More and starring in the BAFTA-nominated Amazon series Fortitude.

Along with his acting accomplishments, Quaid is a singer-songwriter and touring musician who performs both original songs and country standards.  After years of playing clubs with his band, Quaid released his debut album, Out of the Box, in November 2018.

He continues to be managed by George Freeman and represented by attorney Stewart Brookman at Hansen Jacobsen and Scott Adkins of Adkins Publicity for PR/Publicity representation.

 Leading global talent and entertainment company UTA represents many of the most acclaimed figures across film, television, news, music, sports, speakers, theater, fine art, literature, video games, podcasts and other social and digital content. A passionate advocate for artists, creators and innovators, the company also is recognized in the areas of film finance and packaging, branding, licensing and endorsements. UTA is known for its dedicated digital media group helping clients—from A-list talent to Fortune 500 companies—capitalize on a rapidly changing entertainment, media and business landscape. The agency’s worldwide presence includes its Los Angeles headquarters and offices in New York, London, Nashville, Miami and Malmö, Sweden.

Dennis Quaid is a renaissance man, one of the busiest people in show business. Besides being an actor, musician, songwriter, writer and podcast pioneer; he is also a jet pilot, amateur astronomer, fly-fisherman, philosopher, low handicap golfer, medical safety advocate and armchair historian. He has powered a NASCAR around an oval track, given speeches and appeared before congress on patient safety, played golf with 2 presidents, piloted a dogsled in the arctic, meditated on the shore of the Ganges River in India, has run and cycled marathons, team-roped on a quarter horse, trained dogs and people, pitched on the mound in Texas stadium, been a middle-weight boxer, and can change a diaper in 20 seconds.

From the biggest, blockbuster movies, to being a hilarious and insightful talk-show guest and host, Dennis does it all. All of Dennis’s famous friends have interests outside of the thing they’re known for. In each episode of The Dennissance, Dennis talks to his guests about those things and what makes them unique in the world. This ongoing series features compelling and shareable content that focuses on honest conversations. The Dennissance combines all of Dennis Quaid’s famous friends and Denizens into a weekly podcast full of can’t miss content. The Dennissance is executive produced by veteran network TV executive David Hurwitz. Season one is out now, and season two has just started!

Audio Up is a podcast content production studio, housing a world of infinite, audio based properties. Lead by founder and CEO Jared Gutstadt (formerly of the Jingle Punks), Audio Up is building an ecosystem of premium entertainment content within the music and audio space. From fictional scripted podcasts, which include a Marvel-like universe of musicals, where the records themselves become the story foundation, to Dennis Quaid’s unfiltered interview series, The Dennissance, Audio Up’s goal is to create a new and innovative form of IP. They are bringing audio blockbusters to life and taking this media from black and white, into technicolor. Their upcoming slate of projects include Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered Podcast, Make It Up As We Go with Scarlett Burke and other huge country entertainment names, Halloween In Hell, Finding Pierre, Ego System, S’ad Land and Hero The Band.

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U.S. Cities x Speeding Problems

U.S. Cities with the Worst Speeding Problem + Fatality Rates

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that despite the risks, approximately 70 percent of American drivers report speeding at least some of the time. Each year, speeding kills about 10,000 people and is responsible for nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the U.S.

Fortunately, since 2005, the speeding-related fatal accident rate has decreased nationwide by about 34 percent, from 4.2 to 2.7 per 100,000 people in 2017. While speeding-related deaths among adult drivers declined slightly during that time, those among teenagers fell dramatically.

Between 2005 and 2017, the number of speeding-related fatalities per 100,000 teenagers dropped from 13.2 to 5.8—results that experts partially attribute to increased seatbelt use and decreased drinking and driving.

The CDC Reports that since 2005, the proportion of teens who reported not wearing a seatbelt was cut in half. Similarly, the share of teens who reported riding with a drunk driver fell by 42 percent.

Despite improvements to the speeding fatality rate at the national level, there is significant regional variation. To determine which cities suffer the most from speeding-related fatalities, our researchers at Compare Auto Insurance analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System for the period 2013-2017.

They found that speeding tends to account for a higher percentage of traffic fatalities in the Southeast and Midwest. Additionally, four of the worst 15 cities for speeding are located in California. These are the cities where speeding problems are the worst.

#15 – Charlotte, North Carolina
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 40.6%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 3.8 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 159
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 392

#14 – Stockton, California
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 40.7%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 3.6 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 55
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 135

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#13 – Chula Vista, California
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 41.7%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 1.9 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 25
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 60

#12 – Yonkers, New York
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 42.1%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 1.6 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 16
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 38

#11 – Fresno, California
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 42.6%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 2.8 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 72
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 169

#10 – Aurora, Colorado
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 42.9%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 2.9 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 51
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 119

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#9 – Chicago, Illinois
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 43.4%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 2.0 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 278
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 640

#8 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 47.3%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 4.4 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 131
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 277

#7 – Saint Louis, Missouri
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 48.6%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 7.7 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 121
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 249

#6 – Washington, District Of Columbia
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 49.2%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 1.8 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 61
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 124

#5 – Plano, Texas
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 49.2%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 2.2 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 31
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 63

#4 – Fontana, California
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 50.7%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 3.5 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 36
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 71

#3 – Cleveland, Ohio
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 51.9%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 4.8 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 94
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 181

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#2 – Irving, Texas
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 52.2%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 4.1 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 48
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 92

#1 – North Las Vegas, Nevada
Share of all traffic fatalities involving speeding (2013-2017): 53.9%
Annual speeding-related fatality rate (2013-2017): 3.5 per 100k
Total speeding-related fatalities (2013-2017): 41
Total traffic fatalities (2013-2017): 76

Methodology & Detailed Findings
Fatality statistics were obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System for the period 2013-2017. City and state population statistics were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The following definitions were used in categorizing accidents by location in order to simplify interpretations:

-Freeway = Interstate + Non-Interstate Freeway + Expressway
-Major highway = Non-Interstate Other Principal Arterial
-Minor highway = Non-Interstate Minor Arterial
-Primary street = Collector + Local

Fatalities per 100k residents were calculated as the sum of fatalities for 2013-2017 divided by the sum of the populations for the same years, multiplied by 100,000. Only cities with at least 200,000 residents and more than one speeding-related fatality were included in the analysis.

Cities were ranked according to the percentage of all motor vehicle fatalities that had at least one vehicle speeding prior to the accident. In the event of a tie, cities with higher speeding-related fatality rates were ranked higher.

Location is not the only factor that influences the likelihood of fatal crashes due to speeding.

The rate of speeding-related fatalities also differs by demographics. About 75 percent of drivers involved in speeding-related fatal accidents are male, regardless of age. According to the IIHS, men usually drive more miles than women and are also more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors such as not using seatbelts and driving under the influence of alcohol, which all contribute to higher fatality rates.

While speeding-related fatality rates vary across cities, rural roads, in general, have significantly higher rates of fatalities caused by speeding when compared to urban roads. Even though rural roads only account for about 30 percent of miles traveled in the U.S., they represent about 50 percent of speeding-related fatalities.

Historically, rural roads have had higher posted speed limits, which correlate to higher rates of speeding and higher fatality rates. Compared to urban roads, rural roads also have a higher incidence of rollover crashes, which can be caused by speeding. Furthermore, rural drivers might have less access to prompt medical attention after an accident, which increases the likelihood of death after injury.

Speed kills, but the recent decreases in speeding-related fatalities are promising. To equip law enforcement with the tools they need to reduce speeding on the road, the NHTSA works with local jurisdictions around the country to provide training in enforcing traffic laws.

Some of the methods that law enforcement officers use to detect speeding include radar, laser devices, VASCAR, and speed cameras.

Additionally, certain cities like Boston have experimented with lowering speed limits to reduce speed-related accidents.

Furthermore, some automakers have installed intelligent speed assistance (ISA) systems within cars to help drivers better monitor their own speed, and some auto insurance companies offer discounts for drivers who slow down. Tackling the speeding problem will require continued efforts from individuals, industry, law enforcement, and legislators.

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Uber Decreases Traffic Injuries Rate in the UK

An Important Study

University of Oxford researchers has found that ride-hailing provider,Uber, is associated with a 9% decline in serious road accident injuries in the UK. However, that relative improvement is counterbalanced by the fact that there was an increase in slight road accident injuries in London.

Since its launch in San Francisco in 2010, Uber has experienced henomenal growth, reaching six continents, more than 70 countries, and
700 cities through 2018.  Whilst it took Uber roughly six years to reach the 1 billion ride milestone (March 2016), it took just two and a half more years (September 2018) to reach 10 billion total rides.
                     
Professor David Kirk from the University of Oxford; Department of Sociology and Nuffield College said: “ Ride-hailing is a private sector intervention that may have transformative potential to change the nature of road safety worldwide, yet there has been relatively little research on the potentially beneficial and detrimental effects of ride-hailing for public safety. Our study presents the very first findings of the association between the deployment of Uber and road accident injuries in the UK, thereby adding much needed research to the public debate about the safety of ride-hailing. ”

The Relationship between Uber and Accidents Rates in Great Britain 

This study is a collaboration between researchers at Oxford, Bocconi University, and the University of California-Davis.It exploited differences in the timing of the deployment of Uber across Britain to test the association between the advent of Uber services and rate of fatal and non-fatal accidents in those areas. In Great Britain, road accident fatalities and injuries have steadily declined since the mid-1960s, due in part to efforts to improve road and vehicle safety and limit the extent of drink-driving. Yet progress on reducing road fatalities as well as serious injuries stalled in recent years and even began to reverse course, with serious injuries increasing nearly 12% from 2014 to 2018. Along with suicide and drug overdose, traffic fatalities are among the leading causes of death of 15 to 29 year olds in the UK, as well as worldwide.

Professor Kirk said: “ Expanding the availability and lowering the cost of alternate transportation options should, in theory, reduce the number of drink-driving occurrences and fatalities.Conversely,Uber may actually increase road accidents by increasing the number of vehicles and vehicle miles travelled on Great Britain roads. ”

Kirk, with colleagues Nicolo Cavalli (Bocconi) and Noli Brazil (UC-Davis), found that slight injuries (sprains and bruises) declined outside of London after the rollout of Uber, but increased within London. No statistically significant association between Uber and traffic fatalities  was observed.

The Next Step

 Professor Kirk also said: “ One interpretation for the decline in serious road injuries is that Uber may be a substitute form of transportation for risky drivers, including drink-drivers. However,ride-hailing is also a substitute for public transit, particularly buses, thereby increasing traffic congestion. Our next step is to examine the effect on road traffic accidents following the withdrawal of Uber in cities such as London,where the provider may have lost its licence to operate. We also want to examine the effects of Uber and other ride-hailing competitors in countries besides the US and UK, given that most of the ride-hailing market is in Asia.”

The paper: The Implications of Ridehailing for Risky Driving and Road Accident Injuries and Fatalities is available online at Social Science & Medicine at HERE.

About The University of Oxford

 Oxford University has been placed number 1 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the fourth year running, and at the heart of this success is our ground-breaking research and innovation.

Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

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LS Hybrid

2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

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*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

TIPS TO BECOME A BETTER DRIVER

With more than 250 million vehicles on the road in the USA alone, there is a ton of traffic. Most people will drive at least once a day. With only arbitrary lines and lights keeping us in the right lanes and letting us know where to go, it is largely up to the skills and knowledge of drivers to keep everything safe and efficient.

Unfortunately, it is common for people to overestimate their driving skills. In reality, a large portion of us are pretty bad drivers. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a few different tips to become a better driver.

Scan Ahead and Be More Aware

When many people drive, they simply look at the car in front of them and drive based on what that person does. However, this means people often don’t have any idea what is taking place further down the road. Instead of starting right in front of you, you should try looking about 10-12 seconds down the road.

This will help give you more time to see and prepare for potential roadblocks or accidents. In addition to looking ahead, you need to be more situationally aware of things that are happening around you. You need to know how much space you have around your car, how other cars are behaving, and what’s taking place in your blind spots.

Brush up on Skills and Knowledge

For many of us, we haven’t really honed our driving skills since we took our introductory drivers tests when we were a teenager. This means most of us have likely forgotten important rules of the road. As a result, we should be sure to frequently brush up on our knowledge and practice important skills from time to time.

This can be done a few different ways. You could potentially take a driver training course or just use a helpful online resource to help you learn and then go driving and apply what you have learned. If you are interested in using an online resource to brush up on your skills, be sure to check out this link: The Ultimate Guide for Drivers! DMV & More | DrivingGuide.com

Keep Your Mirrors Adjusted

Your side and rear-view mirrors are the most important aspects of your vehicle in keeping you safe. While most people will position their side mirrors so they can see the edge of their car, that isn’t really necessary as your rear-view should have that covered. Instead, these side mirrors should be used to illuminate as many of your blind spots as possible.

While completely eliminating blind spots just isn’t possible, you can greatly reduce them by positioning your side and rear-view mirrors correctly. Of course, in addition to positioning them well, you should also be sure to use them and check them frequently.

Remove or Minimize Distractions

With the advancements in technology and the fact that almost everyone has a cell phone in their pocket, distracted driving is on the rise. While these technologies help us in so many ways, they are also one of the leading causes of car accidents. In fact, experts believe that cell phone usage while driving leads to over 1.5 million crashes every year.

These types of accidents are nearly 100% preventable and part of being a good driver is reducing these distractions. You should keep your phone tucked away, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Hopefully the tips included in this article can help you become a better driver and keep yourself (and the other drivers around you) safe.

Best and Worst Cities for Car Lovers to Live in America

Are you totally obsessed with cars? Do you want to live somewhere where everyone else shares your enthusiasm?

In the US, there are some great places for car lovers to live, and, there are some pretty terrible ones.

So, where should you go live if you love cars, and where should you avoid? Read on to learn about the best and worst cities for car lovers to live in America.

 

The Best

 

Let’s start with the good news first – the best cities for car lovers.

1. Colorado Springs

If you’re looking to take breathtaking road trips through mountain scenery whenever you want, then Colorado Springs is the place to go.

The snowpack melts off in the early spring, which means you get to see waterfalls running off the mountains during the summer months.

Honestly, your biggest problem here will probably be keeping your eyes off the amazing scenery and on the road.

Plus, if you own multiple cars, you’ll be right at home here. Colorado ranks second when it comes to states with the most three-vehicle garages or larger.

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

Due to its Mormon population, world-class skiing, and craft beer, Salt Lake City often slips under the radar when it comes to car culture.

However, living in Salt Lake gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best driving routes in the nation.

Once you have your car shipped here from Executive Auto Shippers, you can hit the road to explore Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and, of course, the Utah International Auto Expo.

 

3. Dayton, Ohio

Cars are in the blood of those who live in Dayton, Ohio.

In fact, the very first battery-operated car ignition was invented here a little over 100 years ago. Even the country’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton!

While it doesn’t boast the mountainous scenery that Utah and Colorado do, you will find world-class car expos here nearly every month.

 

Worst

 

Now, let’s check out the worst cities for car lovers.

 

1. New York

It probably comes as no surprise that the Big Apple is not a car-friendly city.

With 5 times as much traffic congestion as Colorado Springs, cars really just aren’t a priority here. Most people opt for Ubers, subways, or bikes.

If you’re looking to live here but feel like you can’t part with your car, get ready for some expensive parking spot fees. These normally range from 300 to $1000 per month.

 

2. Miami, FL

Drivers in Miami get a bad rap – and probably for a good reason. Miami consistently ranks at the top for cities with the worst and rudest drivers.

Combine terrible drivers with high car insurance premiums, low car ownership rate, and constant congestion, and this place is pretty much a car lover’s nightmare.

However, NASCAR is big here. So if you are forced to relocate here, you could at least watch others enjoy driving their cars…

 

3. San Francisco

Don’t let the scenic road trips of San Francisco fool you – this city is also a car lover’s nightmare.

In exchange for picturesque drives, you’ll pay an extremely high price. Not only will you be paying a fortune in housing here, but you’ll also be paying a fortune at the pump. Plus, the congestion levels here rank only slightly better than those in New York and LA.

Luckily, they have a great transportation system to make up for it.

So, there you have it – the best and worst cities for car lovers. We hope this list helps you if you’re considering a move or a second home.

Fastest Commute Cities in California

The team at HomeArea.com created a graphic of the Fastest Commute Cities in California.

See the 79 places in California with the lowest average travel time to work below, and the highest average travel time to work places at the bottom of the list.

This is based on the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in California with a population of 60,000 or more.

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Less time commuting means more time for work, family, and fun.

The California average travel time to work from the latest estimates is 29.4 and has risen 1.8% from 28.9.

This year saw several big changes:

· Chico, CA ranked for the first time

· Fresno, CA fell from #1 to #2

· Santa Maria, CA ranked for the first time

· Napa, CA fell from #2 to #4

· Davis, CA ranked for the first time.

· Citrus Heights, CA saw the biggest percentage increase in average travel time to work at 12.4%,

· Pasadena, CA saw the largest percentage descrease at -8.6%.

What Should I Do after I’ve Been in a Traffic Accident?

Going through a traffic accident is a traumatic experience that can leave a lasting effect on you and your car, which might need serious collision repair after the accident. If you’ve been involved in a car crash, a surge of adrenaline is the first thing you are going to feel. After the initial kick it gives, you are left in shock and slowly start putting the pieces together.

After the shock has subsided, you are left in a very unfavorable situation of clearing up the mess. But not everyone knows who to call first, what to do and when to leave the accident. If you find out that any party has sustained an injury you need to contact the emergency services immediately.

If both parties were fortunate enough to avoid any serious injuries, this article will explain the steps you need to take immediately after an accident.

Clear the Traffic and Call the Authorities

Once you’ve made sure no one got hurt in the accident, you should move the vehicles from the road to avoid disturbing the traffic if they are still drivable. Park the vehicles and turn the engines off. If you won any safety items like warning signs or cones, set a perimeter around the vehicle. Even if your injuries might not be apparent, you might have sustained an injury like a whiplash that might not manifest right away. That’s why if you feel any pain or discomfort, stop moving until the emergency arrives. Contact the police even if the damage is minor. Their report is crucial for the insurance claim.

Exchange Information with Other Participants

After the collision shock subsides, you should make sure you exchange all the information with other participants in the crash. This information includes:

●Names and contact information
●Vehicle description including model, year and color
●License plate and drivers’ license numbers
●Insurance Company information
●Accident scene address or location
●Witness’ names and contact information
●Police officers’ name and badge ID.

Try to be polite and respectful, but never admit fault until the police have finished their report. If you have a good phone camera, take pictures of the vehicles that were involved in the crash. Make sure to get good shots of the damage and the scene. Don’t sign anything unless the police or your insurance company agents ask you to.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Before departing from the scene where the accident happened, make sure to contact your insurance company representative or agent. Be as honest as possible because you risk your claim being denied if it turns out you were lying. If you can safely drive away from the accident in your car, let the insurance
company know that. If not, the company will refer you to a towing company and probably recommend a respectable collision repair service to take care of the damage to your car.

If you are found at-fault for the accident, you will have to pay the deductible stated on the insurance policy once you’ve picked your car up at the body shop. If however, you believe the other driver was at fault don’t agree to close the insurance claim but hire an experienced attorney to represent you instead.