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Arizona 2020 Road Trips | Where To Travel Phoenix AZ

It’s officially fall in Arizona. For those seeking to make the most of autumn, Arizona offers a number of scenic hikes, drives and sites for taking in the beautiful colors of fall foliage.

Enjoy the best of what Arizona has to offer during the fall season by taking a trip to one of these uniquely Arizona locations:


Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Located in the Tonto National Forest near the rustic town of Superior, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. During the fall season, enjoy live music and cider at the park while admiring the changing colors of its pistachio, hackberry, black walnut and sycamore trees. (INFO)

Cave Creek Canyon
Found on the eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains, Cave Creek Canyon has earned the nickname, “Yosemite of Arizona.” To catch the canyon’s multitude of maple, sycamore and oak trees in peak fall colors, hike along the easygoing South Fork Trail from late October to early November. (INFO)

Lockett Meadow
Lockett Meadow offers remarkable views of the Inner Basin and the San Francisco Peaks, especially when its aspen trees turn a golden hue. If visiting Lockett Meadow, take the Inner Basin Trail to view an ancient volcanic caldera and be sure to plan a trip before the campground closes in mid-October. (INFO)

Low Demand Continues to Pull National Average Lower

The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures demand at 8.48 million b/d, which is a slight uptick from the previous week’s 8.39 million b/d. However, the small increase — likely due to holiday road trips — is still 461,000 b/d lower than last year at this time. Low demand, even as total domestic stocks of gasoline declined to 231.5 million bbl, has helped keep pump prices low.

Today’s national gas price average is $2.18, which is one cent less than last week, the same price as a month ago, but 48 cents cheaper than mid-September last year. On the week, all states saw gas prices decrease or remain stable at the pump. The majority of state averages have pushed cheaper by a penny or two since last Monday. With the nation entering the fall driving season, which typically sees fewer road trips, a continued drop in demand will likely lead to pump prices continuing to decrease.

Additionally, the National Hurricane Center is currently tracking Tropical Storm Beta, which is expected to produce severe flooding and heavy rain in coastal Texas and Louisiana later today. The expected damage to infrastructure will likely hinder ongoing recovery efforts in the region due to other recent storms and hurricanes, which have shuttered total U.S. crude refining capacity by 8.7%. The amount of shuttered oil production in the Gulf of Mexico now stands at 179,237 b/d (just under 10% of total offshore output), according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Is Synthetic Oil Better Than Conventional Oil? | Good Work Auto Repair

Getting an oil change used to be a simple car maintenance task. People didn’t have to decide which type of oil to put into their vehicle. Nowadays, however, you can choose between synthetic oil or conventional oil. But, what is the difference between the two and which is better for your vehicle and wallet?

If you are confused about which type to go with, it’s important to educate yourself on the ingredients and the benefits of each. It’s not always an easy decision to make but keep reading to be able to make an informed choice!

What Is Conventional Oil?
This is the oil that people have used in their cars for a long time. Conventional oil is distilled and then refined directly from crude oil. Since it’s a little easier on the wallet, this is the type that most people choose during an oil change.

What Is Synthetic Oil?
Many people don’t know this, but synthetic oil has been around since 1929. Today, it’s used in jets and high-performance vehicles in addition to passenger cars. Synthetic oil is not found in nature like its counterpart, conventional oil. It is artificially made by combining some of conventional oil’s best properties and results in a more refined oil with fewer impurities. It also tends to perform better in cold weather or weather extremes and contains additives that can actually clean your vehicle’s engine.

Benefits of Synthetic Oil
Visually, there is no difference between synthetic and conventional oil. However, how they are made is a clear distinction. Also, they function in your vehicle much differently. Synthetic oil is far better for performance and it protects the engine due to lower levels of friction. Additives help clean the engine of deposits and fewer impurities means it burns cleaner, thickens much more slowly, and has fewer deposits to start. Here are a few more reasons why you might choose synthetic over conventional:

How to Choose the Best Auto Body Shop In Tempe AZ | Campus Body Salon

Never ever is a collision fun to get into. And never has it been any less stressful to find out where to take the damaged vehicle then. It is essential to get the vehicle repaired from a reputable auto body shop that knows exactly what to do with it.

Arizona gets to see accidents on a regular basis, which often result in major vehicle damage. For these to function properly again, you must land the right auto body repair shop.

Selecting the right auto body repair shop

In such a scenario, insurance companies might suggest you some auto body shops Tempe AZ. Nevertheless, selecting the best shop for repairing your vehicle is always up to you. Insurance companies usually recommend the shops they are associated with. The discount offers by these shops might lure you, but what you get is either used or generic parts, or after-market parts that cost you less.

On the contrary, reputable collision repair shops like Campus Body Salon use original manufacturer equipment (OME) parts that fit and function well. OME parts are relatively safe too.

Things to look for in a good repair shop

Here are the four major things that will help you identify the right auto body repair Tempe AZ shop for your vehicle’s repair:

Everything You Need To Know About Holiday Travel in 2020

SEATTLE, Sept. 8, 2020 - Each year, millions of Americans take to the roads and skies during November and December, whether they're visiting friends and family, or in search of sand and sun. In a typical year, the time to start solidifying those holiday plans would be nearly upon us. However, 2020 is not a typical year. Between changing travel restrictions, health and safety considerations and shifting priorities, potential travelers have a lot to navigate this holiday season.

Nisreene Atassi, Sr. Director at Expedia: "So many people rely on travel during the holidays and winter months – for relaxation, recreation, or as a time to reconnect with loved ones. Like so many other things this year, the holidays may not look the same. But for those who want or need to get away, we don't want the uncertainty and planning process to be a source of stress. We've made several key updates to our site to ensure we are delivering flexible travel solutions and highlighting health and safety information. We want to give travelers the tools they need to be able to make plans they feel confident and excited about this holiday season."

When to book flights and accommodations

Air travel: Early bird catches the fare

In past years, it wasn't unusual for those who booked holiday airfare more than 90 days out to pay more, not less than average. However, average ticket price trends this year indicate that getting an earlier start could potentially pay off.

Looking at average ticket prices for the fall and holiday timeframe, airfare prices dip down in September before beginning to climb in early October through the end of the year. However, average ticket prices overall are still lower than last year, particularly over Thanksgiving. That means early birds will likely see some really great fares compared to last year.

How Long Can You Safely Drive on a Spare Tire? | Good Work Auto Repair

Realizing you have a flat tire is always extremely frustrating. You have to get out of your car, change the flat, and figure out where to go from there. Getting your car to a repair shop as safely and quickly as possible is the best option.

If you’re lucky that day, the mechanic might be able to simply patch the flat tire and send you on your merry way. However, if your tire is damaged beyond repair, you’ll need to buy a new one. This can be costly, and many people wonder, “How long can I safely drive on my spare tire?” Well, the best answer to that question is, “It depends.”

The type of spare tire you have makes a difference. The distance you can safely drive after a flat tire depends on the type of spare your vehicle comes equipped with:

Safe-Saver/Donut Spare
These types of tires were created to save space and weight in your vehicle, not built to last. Check your owner’s manual to find out what the recommended time and speed is for driving on a spare tire. A good rule to follow is to drive no more than 70 miles and no faster than 50 mph before you replace your donut with a new tire. With little to no tread, your spare tire is vulnerable to road hazards and you’ll want it replaced as soon as possible.

Gas Pump Prices Pushing Cheaper, Again

On the week, the majority of states saw gas prices decrease minimally – by one to two cents or saw no change at the pump. Though low, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny from last Monday to $2.17. Today’s average is two cents less than last month and 49 cents cheaper than a year ago.

“As we move into the second week of the August, it is pricing out to be the second cheapest start to the month in more than a decade,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Gas prices have high potential to push cheaper, especially with many school districts planning for virtual learning. This could drive demand down in the weeks ahead as school starts at-home.”

In the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly report, gas demand fell from 8.8 million b/d to 8.6 million b/d while stocks held steady at 247 million bbl.

AAA Forecasts Americans will take 700 Million Trips this Summer

Trends show travelers are eager, but anxious to explore, booking last-minute trips; INRIX provides travelers with insight on summer traffic

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 25, 2020) – This summer, AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips based on economic indicators and state re-openings. That number is down nearly 15% compared to last July through September and is the first decline in summer travel since 2009. AAA booking trends show Americans are making travel plans, though cautiously and more spur of the moment.

“Americans will get out and explore this summer though they’re taking a ‘wait and see approach’ when it comes to booking and are likely to book more long weekend getaways than extended vacations,” said Paula Twidale, AAA’s senior vice president of Travel. “When they do venture out, travelers will take to the road with 683 million car trips to satisfy their wanderlust.”

Car trips reign supreme accounting for 97% of the favored mode of transportation. Car trips will also see the smallest decrease in travel volume of just 3% year-over-year. Air travel will be off by about 74%, while rail, cruise ship and bus travel will slide by 86%. Were it not for the pandemic, AAA would be projecting 857 million trips during the third quarter, a 3.6% increase over last year. By this analysis, the pandemic wiped out nearly 150 million person-trips this summer.

AAA travel experts have begun to see positive trends in travel, noting that hotel and rental car bookings have been gradually increasing since April. Air travel has been slower to rebound. The share of travelers making plans 48 hours to 7 days before departure – a sign that people are arranging last-minute trips – is significantly higher than normal.

Why Is My Car Overheating & How Do I Fix It? | Good Works Auto Repair

Worrying about how to beat the heat in sunny Arizona should be your only concern this summer, not if your engine will overheat as well! When something goes wrong in your vehicle’s cooling system, all components of the engine are running at too high of a temperature. If this happens, parts of the engine can warp or melt, which could potentially result in costly repairs or a new engine all together.

Here is what is happening in your engine’s cooling system: the heat from your engine is absorbed by coolant, which the engine’s water pump pushes to the radiator. Here it is cooled and recirculated back into your vehicle’s engine. A little preventative maintenance can help ensure that the cooling system is working properly.

What to do if your car overheats

Self-Driving Cars that Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

It's important that self-driving cars quickly detect other cars or pedestrians sharing the road. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown that they can significantly improve detection accuracy by helping the vehicle also recognize what it doesn't see.

Empty space, that is.

The very fact that objects in your sight may obscure your view of things that lie further ahead is blindingly obvious to people. But Peiyun Hu, a Ph.D. student in CMU's Robotics Institute, said that's not how self-driving cars typically reason about objects around them.

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