Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving History: Meal-Time Taditions

While Thanksgiving may have started out as a religious celebration, over the years it has lost most of its religious significance in American households. Instead of being a day devoted to religious warship it has become a day centered around family, friends, cooking and celebration. While the holiday has evolved over the years, the one tradition that remains the same is eating a bountiful meal and one food staple that has become synonymous with the holiday is Turkey. With over 91% of Americans consuming this flightless bird, it has become the one Thanksgiving tradition almost all Americans share. While other traditional foods, like cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are common in many households, non are consumed as much as Turkey.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

World's Most Dangerou's Roads: Trollstigen Road in Norway

In Norway there is a road alongside a 1050-foot Stigfossen waterfall that contains 11 hairpin turns at grades of up to 9 percent. If this wasn't enough to deter the lucid driver, each turn takes you higher and high up the mountain pass until you reach 2,790-feet. Also known as the "Troll's Way" by locals, this dangerous stretch of serpentine road is not one I suggest trying with.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Three Fall Car Care Tips

Don't let your vehicle be ill prepared for the fall and winter weather. Check out the tips below to make sure your vehicle stays in proper working order until spring.

1. While it is rare that your vehicles cabin will fill with deadly exhaust fumes, it is also good to have your vehicles exhaust system checked for any problems or leaks. Also, be sure a mechanic checks the vehicles floor boards and trunk for any small holes that could fuel the fumes. 

2.  A major item that can be left unchecked until disaster strikes is your vehicles transmission. Before going off on a long winter road trip, be sure your vehicle has had routine checks and fluid changes at the correct times to prevent any costly damage.  

3. During the fall and winter months, driving along icy roads and in snow can get extremely dangerous. In order to prevent yourself from getting stuck in a tough spot be sure your vehicle is always equipped with an emergency kit which includes: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, extra batteries, a cell phone, and an extra car charger. Also it's a good idea to keep a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.