Adam’s Auto Advice Turns 2 Years-Old Today Along With This 200th Post!

Me and My Dog Cody!

I thought I would share an important milestone with all the fans and readers of my humble blog, Adam’s Auto Advice. This blog is now 2 years-old as of today.  Happy Birthday… to myself I guess! 🙂

It’s amazing to think that my blog is 2 years old! Honestly it feels like I have been blogging and writing about cars forever, but it really has not been that long.

I look back at all the amazing posts and articles I have written. The articles and posts range from the fun and whacky Charm City Pedal Mill, the interesting Baltimore start-up ParkingPanda, attending the Baltimore Grand Prix, and breaking news about RelayRides. I have even tested automotive products and gone to a few car and auto shows.

Probably the best thing I have written about on this blog was my road trip from Irvine, CA to back to Baltimore.  It was an amazing trip and I hope to do many more road trips and a cross-country road trip again soon.

You know, I started this blog and didn’t have set high hopes for my writing but look at me now! I am a full time auto journalist and blogger. I was able to go from writing as a hobby to writing about cars professionally.

Looking back at my first post, and some of my early writing such as this Top Gear editorial my writing has come a long way and fast. I am fortunate to be able to be doing something creative and love what I am doing.

I feel proud of everything I have been accomplished with this blog and other writing I have done.

As well sharing my experience when I appeared on Anderson with Anderson Cooper for the TV show’s New Year’s Special. I performed “Auld Lange Syne” with my singing dogs, Cody and Sierra, which was an amazing experience which I shared on this blog. (Of course it had nothing to do with cars, but I did drive up to New York-City with my dogs.)

I am glad to have had all these interesting and varied experiences. I hope to share more auto news, advice, tips & tricks, product reviews, with everyone via Adam’s Auto Advice. I know I will continue to grow and experience more amazing automotive experiences in the future.

I also appreciate all the people with a shared passion for cars I have meet along my journey. We have exchanged web advice, writing tips, and personal stories of “Auto Awesomeness!”

Someone who deserves credit for my blog is my brother Jason. He helped me get this blog up and running and switch from Blogger to WordPress. He’s also helped keep this blog going and updated. Thanks Jason!

I certainly have not crossed everything off on my automotive bucket list. I know I have a lot more great experiences ahead of me.

This is actually my 200th post! I didn’t plan that, but it is a happy coincidence.  There will be hundreds of more great articles and posts along the way. I am going to make an effort to post more and most likely shorter articles in the future.

I hope all of you continue to follow my writing and work. Please Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest to keep updated.

I look forwarding to writing about cars and on this blog for many more years.

Win One of Eleven Free 1-Year Subscriptions to Motor Trend from Adam’s Auto Advice

Win a Motor Trend Subscriptions!

Following the success of my Baltimore Auto Show ticket giveaway (and the marginal success of my carseat giveaway) I have decided to do another giveaway.  What am I giving away?  A total of Eleven Free 1-Year Subscriptions to Motor Trend magazine!  That is a $50 value that you can get for free!  Sounds awesome, right?

What do you need to do to win a Free Subscription?  It is as simple as 2 mouse clicks.  A “Like” on Adam’s Auto Advice Faceboook page and a follow on my Twitter feed.  That’s less than 3 seconds of work for enjoying a whole year of Motor Trend.

Well, you also must leave a comment below to inform me you are interested in winning a free Motor Trend subscription with a valid email address.  Please include funny car stories, adages or maxims, or just a fun reason why you need or want a Motor Trend subscription.  Still that isn’t much work to enjoy a great publication all year long like Motor Trend.

For additional chances to win make sure to Share, Tweet, ReTweet, Email, etc. this Motor Trend giveaway.  If you noticed I have Shareholic installed on this website for easy sharing.  If you want to be even more ambitious you can become a Facebook Friend, add me to your Google+ Circle, and also include Adam’s Auto Advice Google+ Page.

I think you get the idea and this is similar to my ticket giveaway to the Baltimore Auto Show.  Follow me on social media to get a chance to win, but your chances increase the more social media platforms you follow and share me on.   Good luck and I hope there will be a lot of happy people getting these Motor Trend subscriptions!

Now for the nitty gritty of the contest.  Contest ends March 28th, 2012 and winners will be announced the following day via a post on Adam’s Auto Advice.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for the first issue to arrive.  This giveaway is only open to residents in the US.  Each address or household is eligible for one subscription.  Adam’s Auto Advice is not affiliated with Motor Trend or it’s subsidiaries.  This website and the owner and operators are responsible for issues not being delivered or other crazy things that could happen with a magazine subscription.

I am a New International Motor Press Association Member

Sweet! Why did they send me ones for 2011 though?

For those that follow my Facebook page you might have seen that as of last week, I am a newly minted member of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA).  What does that mean?  Essentially this means I am now considered an “Auto Journalist” by an organization which is comprised of members of the automotive media and publication relations.

To join IMPA you need to show that you have been paid for articles or work relating to cars.  I sent in my application a little over a month ago.  My application went to a review board to determine whether I am in fact an auto journalist and would be eligible for membership.  As we all know that I am, they made the correct determination.  I can now tell people, “I am a member of the International Motor Press Association.” which sounds cool!

 

Win Free Tickets to Baltimore’s 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show – February 9th-12th

Free Tickets!

The 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show will be heading into Baltimore this weekend.  I am sure there are a lot of gearheads that are excited about the Auto Show as well as eager consumers looking for a new car this year.

Like last year, Adam’s Auto Advice is giving away tickets to the auto show.  This year I am giving away 10 free tickets!  All you need to do is “Like” Adam’s Auto Advice Faceboook page and leave a comment below telling me why you deserve these free tickets.  People can include funny car stories, adages or maxims, or just a fun reason why you need a ticket.

For additional chances to win you can also follow my Twitter feed and make sure to Tweet and ReTweet this giveaway.  If you want to be even more ambitious you can become a Facebook Friend, add me to your Google+ Circle, and also include Adam’s Auto Advice Google+ Page.

I think you get the idea.  Follow me on social media to get a chance to win, but your chances increase the more social media platforms you follow me on.  You can even increase the likelihood of winning these free tickets by leaving comments on these social media platforms and getting the word out about this giveaway.

Please leave a valid email address when you leave a comment below, so I can contact you if you do win.  The contest ends Thursday February 9th at 11am.  Again, there are 10 tickets in this giveaway.  I will choose the winners based off how much they have shared my content and shown the most enthusiasm for my promoting my website.  Winners can pick-up tickets or have them mailed.  However, I am not responsible for tickets lost in the mail or tickets arriving late via the USPS.

The 2012 Motor Trend International Auto Show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from February 9th-12th (Thursday-Sunday.)  For more information please visit:  http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore/

Need a Car Seat? Follow Me On Twitter!

Do you love Twitter?  Do you need a car seat for your small child? Then you are in luck!  The first Adam’s Auto Advice Contest has officially begun.

I am looking to get over 1,000 Twitter Followers in 1 month.  If you help make that happen, then you could win a Graco Car Seat!

I won’t just take into account Twitter followers, you also need to Retweet and Mention my blog.  Increase your chances of winning with a Facebook “Like”, Google+, Google Circle Add.  Hey if you like to use Digg, Delicious, StumpleUpon, etc. share my articles on there too.  Basically whoever shares my blog posts and articles the most will win.  Currently I am at 125 followers, so better get cracking.  Good Luck!

Graco Car Seat

If you want to win the Graco Car Seat, please email me with the subject “Win Graco Car Seat.”  I will then choose a winner who has clearly shared my contest the most.  If there are a few awesome people who have shared my content and shown a commitment to promoting Adam’s Auto Advice, I will then randomly select the winner.  Car seat is rated for a small child up to 40 pounds.  Will ship to the lower 48.

 

 

Harley-Davidson Violates Your Privacy!

A few weeks ago I got a phone call at my house.  This is how the beginning of the conversation went:

Me: Hello

Rep: Oh this is Jamie, How are you today?

Me:  Ummm… Ok

Rep:  I was just calling to inquire about how your recent visit to Harley-Davidson of Baltimore with sales associate Heidi Harris was?

Me: What?

Rep:  Well you it says here you visited the dealership and spoke with Heidi Harris recently!

Me:  ….NO!

I went on to tell the operator about how I had never set foot in Harley-Davidson of Baltimore.  I actually have no idea where it is located, who she was talking about… and how annoyed and disturbed I was that she was calling me.  I said I had some dealings with another Harley-Davidson (H-D) dealership regarding my blog, but they should not have my personal info except my email.  I asked, “How did you even get my phone number?”  The operator clearly was at a bit of a loss for words, sensing my angry.  She paused then said, “Well… mmm… I really don’t know.  Did you go to any motorcycle events recently?  The answer was a a big, “NO!”  After awhile it came out that my they must have gotten my phone number from when I visited the Harley-Davidson plant in York, PA years ago.  I told the rep, “I am really annoyed I am getting this phone call.”  It turned out the rep was from an independent company and was not directly from Harley-Davidson.  Still this reflects poorly on Harley-Davidson and she claimed she was representing them.  I requested to be removed off the list and assumed that would be end of that.

Not quite!  I got an email on October 28th from Harley-Davidson of Baltimore… from Heidi Harris.  She saw I had mentioned I didn’t want additional information, but she still would be happy for me to stop by and and see what they are all about.  Since I am a licensed rider, I am entitled to demo rides on any Harley product.

I mean really?  WTF?  I don’t really want phone calls at my house about visits to dealerships that never took place.  I specifically request to be taken off the list from future contact and they send me a friggin email!  I guess motorcycle sales must be really down because of the economy.  This email was sent to my Yahoo email address that is checked infrequently since I use Gmail.  This tells you how long Harley-Davidson has been holding onto my info in desperate hopes I will go into a dealership to buy a bike.

Now I never intend to buy a Harley-Davidson!  Especially knowing how much they violate peoples privacy, including my own.  Until they have a change in privacy standards and practices, I would recommend to all my readers to not buy one either.

5 Most Dangerous Countries to Drive In

Driving can have its share of dangers, but there are certain countries where drivers have to take special care. These places have roads and other conditions that make them more of a challenge when taking to the road. If you are traveling to these countries, be sure that you are aware of traffic laws, safety precautions and prepared for any emergencies that could arise. All figures in this article are for the period from 2006-2007.

United Arab Emirates

1. United Arab Emirates
This country is in the top ranks of the most dangerous countries to drive in. It has more than a million vehicles that are registered to drive on the roads. The United Arab Emirates also has an astonishing 1,056 car-related deaths, with a rate of deaths in accidents at 37.1 per 100,000 residents in the country. This number of accidents also leads to a higher rate of filing auto insurance claims.

Gambia

2. Gambia
Gambia has a large population of over 1,000,000 people with over 14,000 vehicles that can legally be on the road. There have been at least 54 deaths in vehicle accidents, with an accident death rate of 36.6 individuals out of 100,000. This makes for a lot of traffic and busy streets while driving, so if you are visiting, watch for possible accidents on the road.

Niger

3. Niger
This is a beautiful, prospering country that boasts a population of over 14,000,000 people who drive over 76,000 vehicles on its roads. The busy traffic has led to a total of 570 deaths in car accidents, with a vehicle accident death rate of 37.7 per 100,000 people.

Iraq

4. Iraq
Iraq’s population of over 28,000,000 people has had to contend with war over the years, and have also garnered a top spot on the list for being dangerous to drive in. There are over 2,000,000 vehicles on the road daily, with a total of 1,932 deaths from accidents. Every 38.1 out of 100,000 people die in vehicle crashes.

Egypt

5. Egypt
Egypt is a country that is popular with tourists, since it has the pyramids, its history and beautiful cities to tour. It has one of the highest spots on the list of dangerous countries to drive in with a total of 15,983 deaths from automobile accidents. This is possible with over 75,000,000 people in the population and more than 4,300,000 cars on the road. There is a mortality rate of 41.6 per 100,000 people.

If you are planning to travel overseas, make sure that you are prepared for the possibility of an accident. Preparation includes knowing the traffic laws, having good car insurance and being aware of the heaviest traffic zones. This knowledge is vital to making your drive overseas smoother and safer.

Written by Christina Jones