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Stories by Brendan

5 Sunken Ships to Seek Out in the Gulf of Mexico

Sep 15, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico may be known for its white sandy beaches and family vacation spots. But below the water’s surface lies a world of history with sunken ships scattered throughout the area. Click through this slideshow to learn about some of the Gulf of Mexico’s notable sunken ships — and how they met their watery fates.

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5 Ways Drivers Can Safely Share the Road With Bikes

Aug 30, 2017

A growing number of Americans are strapping on their helmets and hopping on their bicycles to get exercise or commute to work. In larger U.S. cities, the share of bike commuters nearly doubled between 2006 and 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For drivers, this influx may have an impact on their daily driving habits. […]

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5 Tips for Camping in the Fall and Winter

Aug 28, 2017

Camping doesn’t have to be reserved for warmer months. There may even be an upside to taking a trip when the temperature dips, says Jason Stevenson, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.” “Camping in cooler weather lets you experience the outdoors in a whole new way,” he says. “There are far fewer […]

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Great Lakes Boating Hot Spots

Aug 22, 2017

With boating season in full swing, it’s time to get out on the water, and a great place to do that is on the Great Lakes, says Konnie LeMay, editor of Lake Superior Magazine. “Each Great Lake has its own attractions,” LeMay notes. “The locks and canals along the way present intriguing stops, and for boaters, the […]

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8 Tips for Flying With Your Dog or Cat

Aug 21, 2017

For many animal lovers, it’s hard to imagine a family vacation without your four-legged friend. Preparation is extremely important — and is usually overlooked, says Jaclyn Rosenberg, marketing communications coordinator for the companion animals department at The Humane Society of the United States.  To help avoid this mistake, consider these eight tips to help ensure your air travel goes smoothly for […]

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7 Tips for Buying a Used ATV

Aug 14, 2017

If you’re an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiast on a budget, buying a used ATV may be your best option. But you should do your due diligence before you make a purchase. Here are seven tips to consider as you begin your search for a used ATV: 1. Know What You Want to Buy “Do a lot of […]

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Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What Are the Differences?

Aug 1, 2017

A sunroof is generally any kind of panel on the roof of a car that permits light, air or both to come into a vehicle, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). A moonroof is considered a type of sunroof, but the main difference is a moonroof usually has a tinted glass panel, much like an extra window on top […]

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Before You Drive Off: Consult This Rental Car Checklist

Jul 31, 2017

When you rent a car, you should become familiar with all aspects of the vehicle before you leave the lot. Here are 10 things to check before you drive off: Start the Car Turn on the Air Conditioning or Heat Look in the Glove Compartment Check the Gas Gauge Familiarize Yourself with Safety Features Inspect […]

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What to Do If Your Brakes Go Out

Jul 26, 2017

Noticing your brakes have failed while driving can be a shocking experience. While you hope it never happens to you, prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible. Don’t Panic A clear head can be your ally behind the wheel, especially when things […]

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New Outdoor Gear for Campers

Jul 17, 2017

If you’re a roadtripper who likes to camp along the way, you probably know what a difference good camping gear can make. Whether you’re on the hunt for some cool new gear or just like to keep up with the latest trends, here’s what two experienced campers (David Brown of the America Outdoors Association and Joe […]

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