US Road Trips for Classic Cars

Road trips for classic cars

Most of us lack the time, money, or resolve to weather a US road trip, but it doesn’t stop people from romanticizing the notion anyway. If you’re up to the task, you might consider taking your classic car on any one of these epic road trips across the United States. Are you brave enough to set out on the open road with nothing but you and your set of wheels?

St. Augustine, Florida: Looking for a laid-back, artsy beach vibe? Head for this cool, historic town near Jacksonville’s beaches.

Palmetto Springs, Georgia: Spend your vacation inside at Serenbe, a self-sustaining farm and inn with onsite restaurants.

The Appalachian Forests in NC: The nearby area around Asheville is known for its craft beer, but the main draw is the stunning, scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee: Between an antique fall, a farm store, and funky live music, this little country town just south of Nashville offers a charming atmosphere and culture.

Middleburg, Virginia: Get a taste of New England-esque romance with rolling green pastures, grazing horses, and historical architecture.

Tell us how your US road trip goes. With this many road trips for classic cars to enjoy, you’re sure to have a great time on the open road.

Brian Kent Goes on Countrywide Road Trip with his Nissan LEAF

countrywide road trip

Brian Kent, a Nissan LEAF owner determined to bring to light the use of carbon in the U.S., is celebrating National Drive Electric Week early by going on a countrywide road trip with his Nissan LEAF. Beginning August 24th, he set off behind the wheel of his EV from Albion, NY, on a journey that will take him across all 48 contiguous US. states—we wonder how close he’ll get to Mama’s Used Cars!

Kent will plant a tree in each state, which is why he’s calling his adventure the Negative Carbon US Road Trip: in 40 years, the 48 trees he plants should absorb about 10 times more CO2 than his LEAF will produce on the 26,000-mile journey. The trees will be planted at some of the 485 sites owned by Kampgrounds of America, which is sponsoring the adventure.

“Not everyone can or needs to drive across the country,” said Kent, “but most Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, and an EV costs the equivalent of less than a dollar-per-gallon of gasoline to drive, so these cars are ideal for most Americans and we need them for our environment and our children’s future.”

You can get your own Eco-Friendly vehicle at Mama’s Used Cars. Drop by today at 1627 Savannah Highway in Charleston, SC!

Summer Travel: Getting the Best Gas Mileage

 

Best gas mileage

Have you noticed that your mileage is quickly getting worse? Better read our tips on how to fix it!

There are other ways to save money on a road trip aside from shortening your trip and heading home early. You can modify the way you drive to get more bang for your buck. We at Mama’s Used Cars thought that we would share some of our tips for getting the best gas mileage as you plan to hit the road this summer.

Before You Go

  • Before you head out on your next adventure, it is important to make sure your vehicle is prepared. Keeping up with routine maintenance such as oil changes, replacing the air filter, checking tire pressure, etc. are important in getting the most efficiency out of your vehicle, no matter what model year it is.
  • Also, when you fill up your tank before setting out on your trip, choose the coolest time of day. Gas is most dense when it is cooler, so your savings can be immediate.

During Your Trip

  • When driving, it is important to stick to the speed limit. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of interrupting your trip with a speeding ticket, but it will also reduce the amount of time you spend starting and stopping. According to the experts at com, the closer to the set speed limit you travel, the more likely you are to sail through green lights rather than constantly stop at red lights.
  • Speaking of starting and stopping, using cruise control on the highway takes away the need to continually press on the gas pedal and helps to improve efficiency.
  • Though we all like the feel of the wind in our hair, rolling up your windows will reduce added resistance to your vehicle and increase your gas mileage by up to 10%.

We hope you find these tips helpful in increasing your vehicle’s efficiency during your summer traveling. Do you have any other tips to add? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

Fall Road Trip Destinations

Fall Road Trips

October is one of our favorite months at Mama’s Used Cars, and for a very good reason. October means fall, and fall means wind blowing through colorful leaves, cool temperatures, pumpkin-flavored drinks, and maybe even a road trip to some of the most beautiful places the country has to offer.

But where to go on a fall road trip when you’re from South Carolina? Most people don’t equate the mid-Atlantic region with premium foliage viewing, but most people would be wrong. At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest mountain in the eastern USA, and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest makes for excellent viewing.

Another great opportunity for a leafy road trip is a drive through waterfall country on US Route 276, or anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway that stretches from Virginia to North Carolina.

Finally, there’s Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Gambrill and Cunningham Falls state parks in Maryland, and Sideling Hill on Interstate 68. Though if you’re willing to drive much further, the whole country has many more sights to offer!

Surviving that summer family road trip

Road Trip Kids

According to a recent poll by USA Today and Gallup, 94 percent of people plan on taking a vacation within the United States this summer. Many of those people will be driving to their destinations, meaning there are plenty of you out there who need advice on surviving those long road trips.

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Road Trip Games for Children

Road Trip Games

If only family road trips were always this peaceful… (Photo courtesy emrank via Flickr)

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, it is time for parents to plan ways to keep their kids occupied during long travel including road trip games.

When Mama was a wee one, she did not have a fancy DVD-player to watch or Nintendo DS to play, so she resorted to some of the following road trip games. They do not require the latest technology, only a little wit and a keen eye. Continue reading