Monthly Archives: December 2008

Weekday vs. Weekend Drivers

onthebeach_padreislandThere is one thing I try to never do … drive on a holiday weekend, but Thanksgiving found my wife and I on the road to home from my sisters house. The roads were amazingly crowded and the weekend drivers were out in force. They were weaving through traffic while speeding and generally being bad drivers. Oh, they think they are good drivers, but they are mistaken.

Just like in sports, we have the professional athlete and the weekend warrior. The conditioned, trained, ripped professional and the amateur with a ripped Achilles tendon.

Driving as much as I do, I see many drivers throughout each month and I can assure you, weekday drivers are much safer. I call these, Professional Drivers. Those of us that live on the road have learned that the kind of actions mentioned above shorten lives, not trips.

I relax when I drive because I put my cruise control on the speed limit and enjoy the ride. Most other drivers are doing the same. There are very few speeders and no one weaving in and out of traffic.

Have you noticed the difference?

Life on the Road

Photo #3000! Antique Shell Gas PumpThe news stories tell us Americans are driving less and enjoying it more. However, there are those of us that live on the road as a way of life. We don’t have any choice about heading out when gas prices go up.

I drive a little over 3500 miles each month covering a territory from Amarillo to Brownsville, Texas, a distance that Google Maps says is 785 miles on the shortest route. Of course, that’s just the north and south, not the east and west dimensions. Continue reading

My 15 Cars – A History Lesson

Since getting my first car, at age fifteen, to the three sitting in the driveway today, fifteen cars have come through my life. Some were fantastic, some were the “get ya by” kind of vehicles. The audio will also point you to this new page … My Cars, where I list all the cars that have graced my garage.

All my vehicles have been useful, but some hold a special place in my heart. I will share some of the stories about these different cars and how they came into my possession in the future.

Enjoy the cast and make sure to add your 2 cents worth in the comment section.


K&N Replacement Filter for the Magnum

K & NI bought my 2007 Dodge Magnum in March of 2007 with just over 19,000 miles on it. After eight months, the mileage is now just over 48,000 miles and I’m lovin’ it.

On November 1st, I installed a K&N replacement filter, removing and throwing away the paper one. It is an easy process on the Dodge, snapping off the cover, laying the filter in, re-snapping the cover. I didn’t expect the same change as doing a full on K&N kit install, but have been pleasantly surprised.

It does seem to breathe easier, but that is subjective. I haven’t documented any gas mileage increase, but I also installed new tires at the same time. I’ll have more on the tires later.

Is changing to the million mile high-flow air filter worth the $50? Time will tell … and I’ll keep you up to date.

Photo courtesy The Master Shake Signal