Monthly Archives: March 2011

GPS tracking shows traffic congestion returning after recession

GPS tracking shows traffic congestion returning after recession

Want to know how the economy's doing? Look at the roads. Inrix Corp compiles data from the GPS units in people's cars they say that traffic congestion has increased 10 percent in 2010 compared with 2009. But traffic is still 27 percent off its pre-recession peak in 2007.Inrix rates congestion in what it calls the "travel time tax," a measure of how much longer it would take to travel a given route in traffic than it would when there is no congestion, such as in the middle of the night. The company found that the travel time tax amounted to more than 80 hours annually of delays in peak evening travel times for some commuters. Some commuters in the 10 worst travel corridors are on track to spend an entire month per year stuck in traffic, according to the report. Most congestion is in the evening hours on roads the Federal Highway blogdogistration dubs "Urban Interstates."The study highlights some trends ... read more

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Road Trip Activities & Travel Games for Children

Road Trip Activities & Travel Games for Children

Its that time of year we may be planning a road trip. Rather than having the kids plugged in the whole trip how about some car games. Give your kids an allowance for the day. Tell them that this money is for snacks, treats, souvenirs etc... but when it is gone, that is all there is. Help them learn to budget their money and make good choices. Let your children have a map Give your kids an opportunity to have their own copy of a map of where you are going. Show them how far you have come, how much further there is to go and let them mark it with a crayon. Every time they ask "How much further?” have them take out their map and see for themselves. You might also like to get a compass and show them how it works along with the map. Also kids who are old enough to read can help navigate with Travmatix. You can use this site ... read more

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Tips for Beach Driving

Tips for Beach Driving

When pulling onto the approach road you should decrease the air pressure in your tires to 20-25 pounds. When you lower the air pressure it gives the tire a wider, softer footprint enabling the vehicle to ride higher on top of the sand instead of digging down into it. This also helps to reduce the amount of strain on the engine since you’re rolling on top of the sand and not plowing through it. When driving through the softer sand between the approach road and the hard packed beach, do not stop. Drive at a slow, even pace. The maximum speed limit is 25 MPH. Accelerating too quickly will cause loss of traction and bury you to the axle. If this happens, it’s time to break out the jack and shovel. Try to stay in the ruts made by other vehicles unless they are so deep you bottom out. The sand in these ruts is more compacted than other sand. Stay on the hard pack. This soft sand is the Peninsula’s version of quick sand, and ... read more

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AAA Top Shop Award

AAA Top Shop Award

Out of 300 Washington AAA repair shops, Box K Auto has earned AAA‘s coveted “Top Shop” every year since 1999 – and that’s the year the award was founded. Each year, AAA Washington evaluates the quality of repair work, courtesy of employees, and the shop cleanliness of each AAA Approved Auto Repair facility in Washington and northern Idaho. Measured by customer satisfaction surveys and feedback, the “best of the best” earn a AAA Top Shop Award. The facilities that earn the honor typically have received customer satisfaction rates close to 100 percent during the past calendar year. Before being eligible for a AAA Top Shop Award, Box K Auto met the precise standards needed to be part of the AAA Approved Auto Repair network

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