If you think Santa’s list is long, you should check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) What Can I Bring list. It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for airport security – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here’s a seasonal selection of what’s ho-ho-ho and what’s no-no-no. Naughty Replica weapons: This shouldn’t be too surprising, but if you’re helping … [Read more...] about CATSA’s naughty-or-nice list for airport security
I still remember the day I took my first driving test. I say “first” because I didn’t pass. I started learning to drive in the summer months and by early November I was ready to take my test. Well, I thought I was ready but I had never driven in the snow before. My driver’s test happened to land on the first snowfall of the year… and it was a big storm. I was the second of our group to head out on the road and I was nervous. I was doing okay until we were heading back to the office on a … [Read more...] about Prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter roads
For years, families have been loading up the trunks and strapping on the seat belts for the summer road trip. Hours of planning goes into these annual adventures, starting with choosing the destination and the stops along the way. Sometimes families are towing the family trailer. The world's biggest crater may just be the most memorable part of the vacation so you don't want to skip it, even if it requires a detour down a dirt road. Going through the mountains provides spectacular views, and … [Read more...] about The Summer Road Trip Starts with Tires
Toyota has been a leader in the automotive industry for a long time. When I bought my first car over twenty years ago, I researched consumer reviews only to find Toyota in the top five of most lists. From safety to longevity, Toyota was the right choice. That is why my first car was a 1988 Toyota Tercel. I wasn't a good car owner. I was young and didn't put a lot of thought into regular oil changes or routine maintenance. Still, I drove that car until it was twelve years old and had nearly … [Read more...] about Take the Toyota Venza for a spin
Many years ago, when my oldest son was just a baby (and before cell phones were routinely used…I know, I’m ancient), I realized the importance of having roadside assistance available to you. I was driving home from visiting my parents, which meant an hour long drive on the highway. It was just my infant son and I in the car and it was late at night, but it was something I did regularly so I wasn’t fazed by it at all. That is, until everything in my car started to die. The lights dimmed. The … [Read more...] about CAA provides peace of mind #CAASCO
For someone like me, who has no sense of direction, a GPS is vital for me to get where I need to go. I recently went on a trip to California with my 9 year old son. I knew that I would need to do some driving around Los Angeles and San Diego, and without my husband to do the navigating, I was a little nervous. Okay, I was a lot nervous. I knew I could rent a GPS from the car rental, but I had just received the TomTom VIA 1605 to review, and I already knew that I like and trust TomTom, so I … [Read more...] about TomTom kept me sane in California!