The Great American Road Trip. It's a time-honored tradition to load up the family and hit the highways in search of fun and adventure. We've done a few of them in recent years, highlighting them right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. In 2014 we hit the road and headed east toward Philadelphia, visiting the birthplace of America before hitting some other locales. In 2015 we headed northwest toward Minneapolis, visiting the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe, making some fun stops along the way as we chronicled the whole thing across my social networks. For 2016, I'm not entirely sure where the road will take us, but a few different smaller runs look likely, with Wisconsin Dells in the mix, and perhaps a jaunt across Florida. No matter where you happen to go, it's always best to be prepared, and that's why I'm serving up Five Essentials to Rock the Road!
There's certain things you occasionally come across that are just worth sharing (regardless of whether you're getting paid for it, #RockFatherStyle). Fuel Rewards is one such thing, and when I first shared some information on it, I focused on how easy it is to sign-up (for free!), and to start earning rewards that convert into legit savings at the pump. Easy steps like linking a credit card to your account (MasterCard preferred) earn bonuses, and new members get a 25¢ per gallon bonus on their 2nd fill-up. You use that same card for daily purchases and dining, and the points add up. Prime example - I took the Equniox to Shell the other night for a fill-up, and saved 30¢ per gallon. Check out the picture below... if you can see it, the pump says $1.39, while the sign at the road says $1.69. Fuel Rewards turned into real savings. But what do you do with the money that you save?
We drive a lot. And when I say "a lot," I mean it. Our cars log some serious miles each year, with my wife putting at least 80 miles a day on her Chevy, five days-a-week. My adventures are a lot more unexpected and open-ended, but even my daily driver (my little Scion workhorse) has nearly 200,000 miles on it, and even though much of what I do these days involves cruising around town with The Rock Daughters™, we go through a lot of fuel. That's where Shell's Fuel Rewards program comes in - it's a real rewards program that provides real savings on something you actually use... fuel! And you can earn those rewards just by living your life, and doing the things that you're already doing. It's very simple.
When it comes to keeping your vehicle looking great, one needs look no further than Meguiar's. I've been using Meguiar's products since the mid-1990s, and with something for every level of automotive enthusiast from first-time car owners, to those with prized showroom-worthy collectible rides, there's something that's just right for any application. Featured in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide are three Meguiar's kits that make great gifts for any car lover on your Holiday list.
The love of cars runs deep here at Rock Father HQ, and the summer months bring with them a lot of opportunities to enjoy some automotive fun as a family. One of the regular activities that the girls and I often enjoy is the simple act of getting our rides cleaned-up, shined-up, and ready to rock the road some more. The great feeling of a clean vehicle is something that never gets old - and the impact of a "before-and-after" is something that's always very pronounced when it comes to the oldest vehicle in our fleet, my little workhorse: the 2005 Scion xB that I ordered new back in 2004. With over 160,000 miles on it, this little car tends to be my daily driver with the girls for scooting around town, and while it's dinged, scratched and has a few rust spots, it's truly incredible how good it can look with just a little bit of TLC. For our first solid cleaning of the summer, the girls and I had some Meguiar's products in the mix, and we're going to give all of you a chance to bring home a Meguiar's Prize Pack to help get your ride looking great!
If you've got Spring Fever and are ready to start showing a little bit of love to your ride, the folks at Turtle Wax have served-up a little bit of a challenge - to #FreeTheSoul of your ride... particularly those special ones that have been sitting in the garage collecting dust all winter. This is your chance to win a personalized summer adventure* from Turtle Wax, and you have until June 30th to make it happen.