How to Safely Drive a Truck in the Rain

Driving a truck safely in the rain is a little bit different than driving a car safely in the rain. The overall weight of a truck and the way the weight is distributed is much different than a car. The lightest part of a truck is the bed, and right under the bed is the drive wheels. This can make driving a truck in the rain a little bit trickier than you would think.

Be Rain Ready

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Why the Avalanche Is the Best Truck for Iowa Families

If you’re looking for a great family vehicle, maybe it’s time to trade in that large SUV for a more versatile vehicle, like the Chevrolet Avalanche. You’ll get more flexibility and power than other vehicles. Here are some other reasons why the Chevy Avalanche is the best truck for families in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cargo Space in the Bed

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Why Families Need a Truck and Not a Van

Pickup trucks are very useful as family vehicles and notably fun to drive. There are many advantages that a truck has in comparison to vans. Pickup trucks can help make your job easier in that you can conveniently move just about anything. The larger the truck’s bed, the more load you can transport. Apart from that, a truck offers additional power, safety, and durability making the purchase of one well worth your money.

Having a truck makes it easy to pack and carry camping gear for a family trip. It will easier to load your children’s bikes as well as your own for an outing in the local park. Still not convinced? Let’s take a closer look at some other benefits of choosing a truck over a van.

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5 Trucks For Your Outdoor Adventures in Des Moines

The best outdoor adventure starts with the right truck. All trucks have a bed to pack up for your big adventure, so it’s really what’s under the hood and the body that makes the most significant difference. These five trucks should optimize any outdoor adventure in Des Moines.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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The Colorado ZR2 will tackle any terrain you can find. This truck was made for going off the beaten path with a wider wheel base, an upgraded suspension system offering a smoother ride, and driver controlled traction control. What drivers find most impressive, however, is the spool-valve design that allows the Colorado ZR2 to respond differently to a variety of impacts at different speeds. If you like the Raptor or the Tacoma, then you should definitely check out this truck to take on your Des Moines’ adventures. 

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3 Cars That Are Perfect For Your Des Moines Commute

Compared to other major cities in the United States, Des Moines has one of the least stressful and shortest commutes in country, totaling just 40.94 minutes round-trip. However, that doesn’t factor in disabled vehicles, construction, or accidents you might face on I-80, I-35, or I-235 on your way to work. Even if you don’t have any unforeseen delays, it’s still nice to enjoy your commute instead of stressing about the rest of your day, and your vehicle makes all the difference. Looking to improve your commute? Check out these awesome commuter cars.

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3 Unreliable Yet Lovable Cars

Like a forbidden love or a burger with “heart attack” in the title, you can’t always make the right decision. For some reason, you keep coming back to the same place, even if it’s not where you should be. The same goes for cars. You love the look of a car, or maybe it conjures up some distant memory — so when it breaks down on the side of the highway at 1 a.m., you can’t help but feel sorry for it. Whether this unconditional love is founded is up for debate, but there’s something about these cars that people can’t get enough of.

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How Automakers Decide Which Cars to Kill

The Chrysler 200, Dodge Viper, Jeep Patriot, and Nissan Quest were just four of the 15 models that won’t find their way back in American showrooms in 2018. So, what makes manufacturers take a car that once sounded like a great idea and eliminate it altogether? A number of factors go into the decision to ax a model, but whether it’s for better or worse, it’s the normal lifecycle of many vehicles. Here’s a look at how companies choose to keep or remove a model and whether you should consider one for your next vehicle.

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Can You Return a New Car to a Dealer?

If your car is coming to the end of its useful life or you’re simply ready for an upgrade; it may be time to start shopping for a new vehicle. The decision to buy a new car in Des Moines shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only is it a major financial consideration, but you’ll also want to settle on a vehicle that’s just right for your Iowa lifestyle.

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The 5 Best Race Tracks in the U.S.

This country grew from coast to coast with the power of engines and wheels. Motorsport is the highest expression of automotive design. What better reason for a road trip than to tour the finest racetracks in the nation? No grand tour would be complete without visiting these shrines to car racing:

Daytona International Speedway

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Daytona features something for everyone. The course includes various configurations including a 2.5 mile oval, a 2.95 mile super-bike course, a 3.56-mile road course, and a quarter mile flat track. The 180 acre infield holds Lake Lloyd, which hosts powerboat racing events. It has even hosted high school and college football games, along with the Daytona 500 of course. If that’s not enough entertainment, don’t forget the Florida beaches and one of the country’s wildest Spring Breaks. (more…)

Parallel Park the Right Way Every Time

Parallel parking is the hardest part of most driving tests, especially when a single fallen cone is all it takes to fail the whole thing. Even most adult drivers avoid parallel parking when they can, or at least avoid parking between two cars when they could just drive forward into a spot instead. But even though parallel parking is hard and involves judging distances when you’re on the wrong side of the car, there are some tricks and tips people use to get in a spot without bumping the curb or the other cars. So, if you’re still practicing or if you find yourself needing a refresher course, remember these straightforward instructions that can put you next to the curb without putting a wheel up on it.

1. Find a Good Spot

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