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Top 5 Rock Songs To Jam In Your Ride
If you love rock music then have we got a list for you. Go ahead crack these tunes in your car and see if you can stop yourself from singing along, we dare you.

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin: This classic is the ultimate jam from quite possibly the greatest rock and rock band in history. Stairway is an epic that builds momentum all the way through. The lyrics are mystical and it's fun to sing along with Robert Plant. By the time the song picks up to full speed Jimmy Page is ripping a monstrous solo that he managed in one take while John Paul Jones and John Bonham are making thunder together in the rhythm section. This song has it all and that is why it has stood the test of time.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen For obvious reasons this song had to make the list. If stair way was epic then what's the next level after that...Ultra-epic? We're talking layer upon layer of Freddie Mercury vocals and guitars from Brian May like he's conducting an orchestra. Put this one on and re-enact the scene from Wayne's World with your buddies. By the end everyone is rocking out and screaming at the top of their lungs. Truly, a good time...if you got the right friends!

Dream On - Aerosmith Before Steven Tyler was hosting television shows in his spare time, the guy was a rock god. This tune particularly features the incredible vocal range he possessed in his early years. The song builds into a great crescendo by the end as well. If you like guitar playing this song has excellent riffs in the beginning that all players should know. Or just pluck them on air guitar, from the passenger seat mind you.

Enter Sandman - Metallica When Metallica released the Black album it instantly became a hit. This tune might be played out for some but this songs riff and rock rating always deliver. The twin guitar assault of Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield is unstoppable. Mix in the Lars Ulrich's tom work during the intro and you have got the ingredients that lead up to the cathartic slam when the main riff takes over.

Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers The last song is ballad, in a sense. This song introduced many listeners to the Chilis and the incredible guitar playing of John Frusciante. The song is a little somber and moodier but it totally rocks. Tell me you don't sing along with the chorus at the end? Yeah right... You might not have selected the same songs we have. So what tunes would you put on your list? Did any of ours make your cut?

- Editorial Staff
The Smart Car Buyer
What to Bring With You When Car Shopping
If you are getting ready to buy your first car or to replace your current car, you have a lot of things to consider, including the make, model and color, and how much money you are willing to part with. Before you head on over the dealership, there are some items that you should bring with you to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly.

It almost goes without saying, but you need to remember to bring your valid driver’s license. This is something people forget sometimes, especially if they have been relying on other people to take them places. If you don’t have your license, you won’t be able to take any cars for a test drive or drive your new car home. You should also bring proof of insurance.

DO YOUR RESEARCH Unless you are fabulously wealthy and don’t care about losing money, you will need to do some research before going out car shopping. Looking up information online about the types of cars you are interested in will help you narrow your focus when you are out looking at available vehicles.

If you have a particular car in mind, research and print out the dealer’s invoice price and take it with you. This is invaluable information to have when you are negotiating with the salesperson. Put your printouts in a folder, along with the details of any incentives or rebates that you have discovered.

REVIEW THE REVIEWS Another useful thing to bring is a printout of trustworthy reviews of the cars you are most interested in. You can consult these pages while looking at particular cars, to refresh your memory about why you were interested in buying them.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to properly evaluate a car, you should consider bringing a friend or family member who knows something about cars. If the dealer senses that you have no idea what you are looking at, there is a temptation to take advantage of you.

It’s also a good idea to bring the phone number of a trusted mechanic, in case you want to make an appointment to get a used car checked out. Your mechanic may even be willing to meet you at the location to do an inspection. This is particularly useful when you are considering buying a used car from a dealership you’ve never been to before or when you are evaluating a car being sold by a private party.

- Editorial Staff
Driving in Richmond, VA 101!
Richmond is one of America's historic cities, nestled along the James River in Virginia and easy to drive to. It is very car friendly to navigate with a number of major roadways and plentiful roadside parking places (but watch for signs). The many diverse neighborhoods are fascinating to drive through and the grid street system is easy to figure out. The older parts of Richmond do have the narrow streets and one-way restrictions common in towns of this age.

Interstate 95 goes north-south right through it, and Interstate 64 runs east-west through the city. When you look at a map, you see that there are several highways and parkways looping around the area and it really makes driving easy. That's good, because there are a lot of places you'll want to drive!

Outside the city, the suburbs are rural and rolling. There's a lot of green space and many campgrounds even though it isn't a wilderness area. It's pretty, with the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east: easy day trips and lots to explore.

There's a lot to explore within Richmond, too. The James River Park System is a string of parks along the river (check their website about parking spaces) and you can see whitewater rafters quite often. The city was the capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War and suffered a lot of damage but came back from the ashes with vigor. Drive through the Richmond National Battlefield Park and visit the Museum of the Confederacy. Visit Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate that is still the way it was planned to be.

Every neighborhood in Richmond has a distinct identity and you might feel like they are separate towns. Driving through the streets, you will see a lot of forged ironwork and unique homes. Be sure to visit Hollywood Cemetery, where over 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried. There's a Civil War prison site on Belle Isle, the original Confederate White House, and St. John's Church, built in 1739 and the site of the Second Constitutional Convention in 1775. If it is summer, you can hear a re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech.

The variety of offerings in Richmond mean you can find what you are looking for, and the logical road system means it is going to be a good experience driving there. This is a good destination for a road trip!

- Editorial Staff
Avoiding Road Rage
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage is officially defined as a "criminal act of violence" committed in relation to driving. While most drivers will never become outright violent, it is common for people to drive aggressively because of anger, frustration, and yes – outright rage.

This behavior can lead to accidents which can wreck cars, result in fines or even end with serious injury or death. Here are a few tips for keeping your cool even when surrounded by people who don't seem to know how to drive.

GET YOUR ZZZZZ'S Make sure to get enough sleep. A lack of rest makes tempers short and behaviors rash. Leave enough time to reach your destination. It can be tempting to dawdle at home with the intention of making up lost time once on the road. Unfortunately, other drivers aren't going to speed up for you. This causes frustration, which turns into aggressive driving and road rage. More importantly, the laws of physics don't care about your hurry. You can end up with a totaled car if you think you can just zoom out into an intersection because you happen to be rushed.

TAKE A BREATH Loosen up. Don't grab the wheel as though you're clutching a lifeline. When your body is tense, your brain assumes that you are in a hostile situation and your mood changes accordingly. By loosening up, you allow yourself to drop out of war mode.

Reduce stress by playing calming music, a comedic radio show or a similar form of entertainment. Avoid strong bass lines and highly emotional talk shows.

PERSPECTIVE Don't take others' bad driving personally. If someone cuts you off, he is inconsiderate – but he isn't doing it as a personal insult. He doesn't even know you. For a quick way to calm down, imagine that he's going to get a ticket a few miles down the road.

These are just a few of the ways you can help keep your cool while driving. If you find yourself getting angry, take some deep breaths and remember that the most important thing about driving a car is safely reaching your destination.

- Editorial Staff
Changing Your Air Filter
Something as simple as changing your car’s air filter can make a big difference in the performance of your vehicle. As your car’s filter takes in air from the environment it can be become dirty and clogged. This can cause your car to have a less than desirable performance. It can also shorten the length of your vehicle’s life and give you decreased gas mileage, which costs you more money.

Most car manufacturers recommend an air filter change every year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Check with your car manufacturer for your specific vehicles recommendations.

Change your air filter by following these simple steps: • Go to an auto parts store and purchase the correct air filter. If you are unsure of what to get, ask for help. Park your car in the garage or in the shade before working on it. The car must be cool when changing the air filter. If you have been driving it, you will need to let it cool down.

• Gather the tools that you will need to do the job. This will include a standard screw driver, and a Phillips screwdriver.

• Most air filters are located in the middle of the car’s engine, but may also be off to the side of the engine. You won’t be able to miss it, as it is in a black compartment that is relatively large. When you have located it you can open it up.

• There are clips that hold the air filter together that will need to be removed. This can by accomplished by sliding the regular end of the screwdriver between the clip and the casing of the air filter. Do this with each clip and then remove it to gain access to the old air filter.

• Once it is open, remove the old air filter. It is made out of paper with rubber around the edges. It can come in a few different colors, such as white, yellow, orange, or red. Once it is out you will see how much dirt has collected.

• Throw the old air filter away and insert the new one. Replace the clips around the air filter and you’re done. Your car will run more smoothly and save you money.

- Editorial Staff
Solid Car Service Center Options in Richmond, VA
Richmond, Virginia is a large metropolitan complex of cities and towns surrounding the city of Richmond itself. Like everywhere else, residents of the Richmond area want to keep their cars running a little longer, but they don't want to break the bank doing so. If you live in or near Richmond, you can take your car to a dealership and will normally have excellent repair work done, but you'll pay a premium for that "factory service" you'll receive. You can also obtain the same level of excellent auto care by taking your car to an independent neighborhood auto car center.

Axselle Auto Service is one of those independent shops that will give you fair prices and couple it with helpful and friendly service. They are a full-service auto repair facility that services most makes and models. They provide most auto repair and maintenance services such as brakes, suspension repairs and alignments, and tire sales, service, and repair, including tire inflation using nitrogen where called for by the manufacturer. Axselle Auto service has been in business since 1951, so you know they treat their customers well and give great prices.

Halls Tire & Auto Service is another local independent auto repair shop that has generated a great deal of customer loyalty over the years. Located at 2111 Dickens Road, they're pretty easy to find and you'll be glad you took the time. Customer reviews found on the Internet range from the simple "These guys are great!" to "These guys treated me like mine was the only car there."

Looking to upgrade the quality of the beats in your ride but not looking to spend an arm and a leg? Take your car to Car Toys, at 11525 Midlothian Trunpike and you'll get the best stereo system your budget can buy, without paying for extra bells and whistles you really don't need. Car Toys also does window tinting at great prices, great service and quality and a turnaround that will amaze you.

It's a traumatic and trying experience for many when they need to have body repair or paint work done to their car. There is no need to add to that trauma by having insensitive and uncaring people work on your car. This isn't going to happen when you take your car to family-owned Connor Brothers Collision Centers, located at 1008 North Sheppard Street. You'll get fast friendly service from very knowledgeable and skilled technicians. Many customers also get a nice little thank you note in the mail a couple weeks after picking their car up.

- Editorial Staff


2014 Cadillac Escalade
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious and high class SUVs on the market. It outshines it competitors in the areas of safety, performance and class. With an MSRP of between $67,970 to $83,450, this vehicle is a steal for the quality and style that you will receive.

The 2014 Escalade comes with available side blind zone alert that alerts drivers where there is a car or structure in their blind spot. This signals danger or a potential hazard to the driver thus providing that second set of eyes. This Cadillac is also equipped with StabiliTrak with rollover mitigation, a crucial part of why you can stay in control of the vehicle even when navigating your way out of emergency maneuvers and tough driving and road conditions.

Sensors will adjust the power of the engine and the brakes to determine the best match based on the road conditions that you are driving on. Another luxury safety feature of the 2014 Cadillac Escalade is the rear vision camera and parking assistance feature. With guiding lines to track your path, you will be able to fit into any tight mall space with room to spare.

Believe it or not, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade out performs other luxury sedans in both speed and weight. With a whopping 403 horsepower 6.2L V8 engine, this SUV has the power of a serious car but the 6 speed automatic transmission and smooth rides makes it feel as if you are gliding along like you are in a sedan.

The interior of the SUV has something for everyone. Whether you can't find your way out of a paper box and you need to rely on the navigation system that comes with NavTraffic or you have a car full of kids that want to be entertained via the rear-seat entertainment system, the Escalade has got you covered.

The interior also comes with fold-and-tumble seats that allow for a maximum capacity of seating but also make transitions to the back seat easier and allow a flexible option in the cabin should you need more storage space rather than passenger seats. Not only is the interior functional, it is also classy and elegant. Leather accents and a sleek interior will keep you feeling like you are king of the road.

There are three available trims, the luxury, premium and platinum editions. All three trims average 14 city miles per gallon and 18 highway miles per gallon. Despite the mediocre gas mileage, the 2014 Cadillac Escalade will haul your entirely family and then some, and it will do it in style. The sleek elegant look of the exterior coupled with the powerful engine and fully equipped interior will not disappoint.

- Editorial Staff
2014 Audi R8
The 2014 Audi R8 comes in various styles. The MRSP starts at $114,900 and you can choose one of the half dozen R8 Coupe models or one of the four R8 Convertible models. Your chosen model will determine how many liters of fuel the engine can hold as well as transmission speed options. However, most of the features and amenities offered by this vehicle remain the same no matter which exact model you purchase.

The 2014 Audi R8 has a sleek, stylish appearance. It looks much the same as older Audi R8 models except for the fact that it has new bumpers and LED lighting.

The interior leather seats have a diamond stitch pattern. European models have sports bucket seats which are both comfortable and supportive. Unfortunately, these seats are not available in the United States; American models use larger seats, but these are comfortable and good looking nonetheless.

The V10 R8 Coupe model is the most lightweight option, as it is made using carbon fiber, aluminum wheels and suspension wishbone and carbon brakes. This model's light weight makes it particularly easy to maneuver on steep, windy mountain roads. However, those who have tested the 2014 Audi R8 note that this particular model is very easy to drive. The gear up-shifts are quick and seamless, the brakes are top quality and kick in quickly and efficiently and the steering is responsible and able to hold its own no matter where you are driving.

This car model also gets a high score for providing a comfortable ride. The suspension is not perfect but it is definitely above average. The car comes with magnetic ride control and the interior is spacious enough for the average person to sit comfortably and have plenty of leg room.

The 2014 Audi R8 does have its small flaws, such as the fact that the vehicle has limited storage space and uses a slightly outdated electrical system. However, this vehicle's good points certainly outweigh the bad. The 2014 Audi R8 offers a good looking exterior, a comfortable and stylish interior and all the features and amenities you need to enjoy your drive to the full. The engine is solid and durable, all models have a minimum of six speed transmission options and those who invest in this vehicle will find that it is well worth its high price tag.

- Editorial Staff

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