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  • Kumho AT52 Road Venture Review: A Safe Ride Starts With Good Tires

    When you think of road safety we think of brakes and steering more than we do tires but to be fair - none of that matters if you don't have good traction or something hits the sidewall and causes a sudden loss of pressure. Trucks are interesting vehicles because they inherently have a lot of different considerations that passenger vehicles like my Kia Soul don't. For instance, with the 2004 Dodge Ram that I'm currently bringing back to life, it will be our vehicle to drive in snow, it might even pull a boat one day, and it's possible I might even get the chance to take it off roading at some point... or at least on dirt paths that the Soul wouldn't dare to tackle. This means that I need something beefier than merely a road tire. Luckily the folks at Kumho sent me a set of their Road Venture A/T 52 tires to check out and share my thoughts.

  • Protecting Your Truck from Salt Damage: How to Prevent Costly Repairs and Maintain Performance

    It might be warm right now, but winter is around the corner. After living in southern California for the past decade, I'd sorta forgotten about the beating that cars up north take due to salt and other chemicals used to keep the roads safe to drive on during winter storms. As good as these are to get rid of ice... they are equally good at damaging trucks, SUVs, and cars. That means that you need to do something to shield your truck from the damaging effects of road salt corrosion. Sure, I'd already planned to wash my undercarriage regularly and I'd thought about applying protective coatings last winter but it seemed like overkill. Last week, though, I was talking with a friend who's lived in Ohio all his life, and he shared some efficient and effective ways that he uses to keep his truck going strong. Here's what he shared about maintaining a vehicle's body condition throughout the colder months and some mistakes he made that we can avoid!

  • Great Lakes Road Tripping With The 2024 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

    As a fan of the Toyota brand, I've grown to trust and appreciate the conservative look and feel that the brand has always represented to me. As they continue to make generational leaps in technology, power, and comfort it can sometimes be a little bitter sweet. That's how I felt driving the new 2024 Toyota Sequoia Platinum on a road trip between Toledo, OH on the shores to Lake Erie to St, Joseph, MI on the shores of Lake Michigan... with a stop in one of my favorite cities for a guys trip - Fort Wayne, Indiana. Don't worry though, if you think maybe I didn't like it... you'd be wrong. Toyota did a great job with this vehicle. While I have the fond memories of road tripping in Florida, Texas, and California in the previous generation... I can't wait to do more with this new one!

  • Tips For Summer Road Trips In An Electric Vehicle

    Chosing an electric vehicle for your summer road trip may not be the most obvious choice but I truly enjoy the sense of freedom from loud noises and vibration that an EV allows when cruising through national parks and other areas where I want to enjoy what's around me as much as I do what I'm inside of. Despite this, I'm not oblivious to the challenges that EV road trips present. While there have been massive improvements in battery technology in recent years, an EV is still best suited for short to medium trips under 200 miles at at time. Luckily, there are plenty of great summer excursions that are perfect for this. Let's take a look at how you can maximize your experience exploring America in an EV this summer.

  • Genesis GV80 Is The Luxury SUV That Every Guy Deserves To Have In His Garage

    Genesis has been on a rocketship ride to the moon in the past few years... starting as a sports car sub brand of Hyundai and then proving what they could do with the Equus, Genesis is now solidly my favorite affordable luxury brand. If you are looking for an absolutely fantastic luxury SUV that looks, feels, handles, and quite frankly has better quality than almost anything else it competes with, look no further than the 2024 Genesis GV80. 

  • Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid 2024

    Simply put, the Grand Highlander takes everything we love about family haulers from Toyota and makes it .. well .. grand. More space, more power, more luxury, this is the vehicle that any Toyota family needs to consider upgrading to if they want something "more" but aren't quite ready to move into a fully luxury-focused vehicle.

  • Road Trip Safety Guide: Ensuring a Safe Journey

    For most adventurers, there’s nothing more exciting than driving to a new destination and taking in nature and culture along the way. Whether it’s with family, friends, or by yourself, a trouble-free road trip can help create some awesome memories.

    However, there’s only so much we can control while sitting behind the wheel. Your journey could involve undesirable weather, reckless drivers, risky terrain, and more. That’s why it’s essential that you do what you can to ensure a safe road trip. This road safety guide is here to help you mitigate travel risks.

  • Lexus TX 500h F-Sport: For Dads Who Refuse To Get A Family Car (but still need one)

    At a certain point in any man's life you are faced with the challenge of needing something practical - a three-row SUV for hauling kids around and bringing supplies back from the big box stores, or getting something truly fun and exciting to drive that will make all the other guys envious. No matter what you get it will be a compromise and that's why I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to test drive both the 2024 Lexus TX 500h F-Sport and the Grand Highlander Platinum back to back this month. These two vehicles are essentially fraternal twins with nearly identical DNA but each of them has manifested their own unique personality. In this review we're going to take a look at the Lexus TX and explore the things we liked and didn't like, followed by the Grand Highlander coming up next.

  • Chasing The Eclipse In The Mazda CX-90

    We tried the Mazda CX-90 PHEV last fall while moving in San Diego and fell in love with the vehicle. It was the first time that I began to consider the possibility of selecting a luxury 3-row crossover instead of a truck. However, to be completely honest... that rapid two-week whirlwind of packing and moving also wiped our mind clear of some of the specific details so when we got the opportunity to try it out again we jumped at the opportunity. Doubly so since we were going to be doing a bit of a road trip to Port Clinton, OH to watch the eclipse from near the center of the path of totality.

  • Rev Up Your Ride: Can You Keep Your Performance Car in Peak Condition?

    When it comes to owning a performance car, the thrill is not just in the drive but also in the pride of maintaining its peak condition. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer to owning a high-performance vehicle, understanding how to care for your prized possession is essential. This article aims to provide you with top tips not only to maintain but potentially enhance your performance car's prowess, ensuring that every drive is as exhilarating as the first.

  • Things You Don't Think About When It Comes To Owning A Diesel Truck

    On the surface, manufacturers like to present diesel engines as just another alternative to petroleum gas-powered internal combustion engines. Sure, they typically have more torque and other differences but when it comes to owning one, there are a surprising number of new parts and processes that you'll need to learn to keep it running efficiently. This shouldn't dissuade you from buying a diesel if that, in fact, is the best choice for what you need .. but don't do it blindly!

  • Some of the Most Classic Motorcycles Still Being Manufactured in 2024

    Riding the open road on the back of a motorcycle represents one thing above all others: freedom. That makes it the quintessential American ride, not to mention the most free-spirited way of life a man can achieve. In an era when your freedoms are being eroded in Washington, DC, bit by bit by bit, you can count on the motorcycle to take you away from the bonds that hold you down.

  • Exploring Austria's Stunning Landscapes on a Lads Holiday Road Trip

    Austria, nestled in the heart of Europe, is a land of stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. What better way to experience its beauty than by embarking on a road trip? From the majestic Alps to charming villages and historic cities, Austria offers a diverse range of experiences for road trippers. In this article, we'll take you on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Austria on a road trip of a lifetime.

  • Should You Buy Or Rent Your Next Work Truck?

    It doesn’t matter if you need a new truck because you are expanding your business or just need something a little bigger for home projects and the occasional commission. If you’re looking for a new truck and thinking about what really makes sense to you, here are some tips on choosing your next truck. 

  • There's More Than Just Fresh Made Fudge To Explore While Visiting Uranus On A Guys Trip

    It was a hot and humid day while driving back to Michigan from San Diego this past summer and I'd passed mile after mile of Route 66 attractions without taking a moment to stop for a break. I was on a mission to deliver a car-load of booze across country and keep it as temperature controlled as I could. In a way I felt a bit like a smuggler in one of those space games I used to play... Then I discovered that I was going to be driving right by the world famous Uranus Fudge Factory... I knew I had to stop. If for nothing else, I figured it was worth a laugh to tell Heather and Jim that I stopped to get some fresh fudge from Uranus. What I didn't expect to find was that this a surprisingly comprehensive destination filled with all sorts of double entendre, dirty jokes, and "family" fun.

  • 2024 Toyota Highlander Review - Moving And Hauling

    For years I've looked at the opportunity to get a truck to take care of those periodic needs that I have where I need to haul a lot of "stuff". I don't have kids and so a three-row SUV had been something I never really paid attention to or had a desire to actually own. During our recent move from San Diego though I had the opportunity to test two very similar - but also very different - three row SUVs back to back. The first is the 2024 Toyota Highlander Limited and it was impressive if for no other reason that it showed just how far Toyota has come in terms of refinement. We already know that Toyota excells in terms of practicality and dependability but I was truly impressed by how well it handled and how easy it was to load during those dozens of trips between our loft and various places around town.

  • College Student Tips for a Long Road Trip

    While college might be the time for academic pursuit, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to explore, learn more about yourself, and create lasting memories. Thus, taking a trip can be one of the most memorable experiences of your college life. Whether it’s a road trip with friends, a study program abroad, or a solo adventure, college provides a unique window of opportunity to travel while you’re still unencumbered by life’s responsibilities. A road trip will help you learn about different places and people and have fun. Are you wondering how to make the most of your college trip? We have some amazing tips for your trip to ensure you have a fun and safe adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

  • Convertible Sports Car Or Luxury SUV, Factors To Consider When Renting A Car For A Guys Getaway Road Trip

    As a travel advisor who has helped tons of men plan ultimate guys trips over the past decade, I've had many clients inquire about the best type of rental car for their getaway. For some the car is just a mode of transportation and so booking sometime basic from Hertz or Budget is sufficient. However, for others, the debate often revolves around choosing a convertible sports car or a luxury SUV from a more specialized rental company. When I first began to get these requests for advice I thought the concept was silly and folks just wanted to show off to high-school friends at reunions and look fancy for the weekend. However, the reality is that the right set of wheels can set the tone for your entire trip and so this is not a trivial topic to discuss!

  • Mazda's 2024 CX-90 Plugin Hybrid Is My Favorite Three-Row Family Hauler

    In the world of three-row family haulers there's an almost infinite number of options. It's a category that tends to lean towards practicality over fun and performance but leave it to Mazda to turn that on it's head with a vehicle that was as fun to drive as it was practical for loading donations and supplies during our move from San Diego a few weeks ago. During this gauntlet we quite literally took multiple trips each day where it was loaded to the gills but then needed to take breaks before doing it over again. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 Plugin Hybrid filled the bill so well that Heather and I immediately added it to our short list of vehicles to consider buying.

  • Upgrades and Optimizations To Make Your Car More Environmentally Friendly

    When it comes to adding mods to your car, the conversation is usually centered around adding power, adding lift so you can overcome obstacles, or adding something like a roof-rack so you can haul more stuff. However, right now I'm facing a challenge - I want to buy a new car so that I can make my vehicle more environmentally friendly but quite frankly - with high interest rates and high sticker prices, it's easier to look at ways to make my existing vehicle better for the environment than doing a full upgrade.