Road Trip Tips: The Playlist

When it comes to summer, there are a few things that come to mind: days at the beach, barbeques in the backyard, and fireworks on the Fourth or July. Another summer standard is the road trip, and in all these things including a journey on the highways and byways there’s one consistent ingredient: music. Although we obviously listen to music all year long, in the summer the car widows go down and the volume goes up. Even if you don’t know much about music, there hardly seems to be a person out there that doesn’t like some kind or another.

So herein lies the challenge with creating the summer road trip playlist: everyone likes some kind of music, but most people don’t like every kind of music. How do you work around this fact? Lots of planning, that’s how. There’s no reason to get into fights over the radio dial when with a little bit of thought you can create a playlist, or playlists that fit the bill for everyone. The goal is to play music that will enhance everyone’s trip, not ruin it.

If you’re really lucky, you and your traveling companions all agree on the same types or genres of music. If you’re even luckier, you’ll automatically know every song that your friends and family members can’t stand. However, if you’re unsure on either point, it’s a good idea to start out your trip by taking requests. If it’s your iPod (or CD player, or mixtape), begin by asking what songs on your device your friends love, and which ones they hate. Then avoid the songs that someone can’t stand.

If you’re not quite so lucky, your traveling companions will be split down the middle. Fortunately, there is a solution: throwback songs. If possible, pick out five or ten songs that first got popular several years ago, like the hits that still get played at every wedding and whose words are still so well-known that you and your friends could sing them with no prompting. Then, once you’ve satisfied everyone with nostalgia hits, pick out an equal amount of songs that are currently popular.

Most importantly, make sure everyone is represented equally, and don’t use shuffle because the six songs in your playlist that someone likes the least are going to play back to back to back, guaranteed.

Still unsure? Here’s a great example of a playlist to get you started.

1. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows

2. Ain’t No Mountain High – Marvin Gaye

3. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

4. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

5. Back in Black – ACDC

6. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

7. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

8. Blank Space – Taylor Swift

9. Brighter Than the Sun – Colbie Callait

10. California Girls – The Beach Boys

11. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line

12. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

13. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

14. Counting Stars – OneRepublic

15. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

16. Fight Song – Rachel Platten

17. Want to Want You – Jason DeRulo

18. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

Enjoy Some Great Events in West Palm Beach

Whether you are visiting West Palm Beach for a day, a week or a month, you will find lots of great things to see and do. Here is a look at some of the many wonderful activities you can enjoy in the West Palm Beach area this August.

Safari Night at the Palm Beach Zoo
If you are looking for something the whole family can do together, just check out Safari Night at the Palm Beach Zoo. This exciting event is fun for the kids, but it is also great for the adults in the family.

Starting at 4:15 p.m. and running through 9 p.m., Safari Night happens every Friday through the month of August. Kids can enjoy a different theme for each Safari Night, including fun activities like face painting, air brush tattoos and even costume contests. If the kids love animals and adventure, Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo is the place to be.

Summer in Paradise
The summer in paradise celebration is certainly well named. West Palm Beach is paradise for both local residents and visitors from colder climates. If you find yourself in town this August, be sure to drop by the beautiful beaches for fun events, family-friendly activities and as much fun and sun as you care to enjoy.

The Summer in Paradise celebration includes a wide variety of waterfront activities, including games, live music, fresh seafood and much more. You will find these activities throughout the many beaches in the West Palm Beach area, so feel free to stop by and enjoy.

The Craft Beer Bash
Fresh-brewed beer is all the rage these days, and the residents of West Palm Beach are ready to celebrate. This year the Craft Beer Bash takes place on August 8, and beer lovers from throughout the region are already celebrating.

When you visit the Craft Beer Bash, you can taste as many as 120 craft beers. Bring your taste buds, sample the local fare and take home your favorites.

Monster Jam
If the kids love monster trucks and you love excitement, the Monster Jam is the place to be. Taking place August 8 at the BB&T Center in West Palm Beach, this great event is fun for the entire family.

You do not have to be a monster truck enthusiast to have fun at the Monster Jam. There is plenty of fun for every member of the family, so just stop by and enjoy a night out with the family.

The West Palm Beach area is home to some of the best events in the country. If you find yourself in town during August, be sure to check out these events and have fun with the family.

Toyota Teams Up with BMW in Creation of New FT-1 Concept

American drivers are most familiar with Toyota sedans and minivans as reliable vehicles that get families to and from soccer practice, and remain on the road for a lifetime. Toyota superfans are more familiar with its roots in auto racing, and that heritage is on display in the latest Toyota FT-1 Supra concept car. Fans of the Supra models have been itching for a new, updated vehicle, and Toyota has delivered.

Toyota showed off its latest concept for the FT-1 Supra at recent auto shows in Detroit and New York, but the biggest surprise was its partner in designing a production model of the FT-1.

Two Versions Unveiled
The FT-1 sports-car concept was first unveiled to fans as a virtual version known as the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo, and was associated with the 15th anniversary of the popular racing video game franchise Gran Turismo. The other version was a real-life concept referred to as the FT-1 Supra.

The second vehicle boasts a graphite exterior hue, and is labeled by the manufacturer as an “upscale interpretation” of the FT-1. Fans of the Supra series saw the shape and style of the concept as a hint that it could be the successor to the popular Supra. The new concept vehicle does depart from the standard set by the Supra in terms of interior appearance. While the original Supra featured black trim with red, painted edges and raw metals as accents on the interior, the FT-1 concept features natural leather seats and an all-natural grain that is reminiscent of the inviting interior of a sedan.

Inspired by Gran Turismo
Toyota admitted that production of the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo for the video game franchise gave the company a chance to test drive its concept in a virtual world before investing money in production of a real-life model. Although Toyota remains tightlipped on production of the FT-1 Supra, it did have a surprise to share.

The company is pursuing the development of a sports car platform alongside German manufacturer BMW. While Toyota would put the platform to use on the FT-1 Supra, it is believed BMW is developing a replacement for the Z4 sports car.

Details Few and Far Between
Toyota has taken the FT-1 Supra concept to a number of auto shows, and it was at the New York International Auto Show that fans saw some changes unveiled. Although the changes were minor, it is a sign that Toyota is moving closer to putting the car into production. Details are emerging about the appearance and differences in the latest FT-1, the most detailed of which is the information on the available engines. Rather than selecting a V6 or V8 for the FT-1, Toyota is reportedly going with a smaller 2.0 L inline 4 cylinder, which represents the platform’s cooperative design with BMW. As for a specific release date, Toyota won’t say any more than “late 2015.” Mark your calendars: hopefully by December, this brand-new vehicle could be yours.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Its Cutting-Edge Technology

The new 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s eighth hybrid car. Using the same essential powertrain found in the Lexus NX 300h crossover, this vehicle is targeted toward active younger couples. It features an intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and the rear wheels are powered by an independent electric motor while the front wheels are powered by both an electric motor and a four cylinder engine.

The new hybrid look features an updated rocker panel design, rear bumpers with improved tailgate, front and rear silver skid plate trim on most models, a shark fin antenna, and the option to add LED taillights. The new style of the hybrid features a lower rocker panel that extends to the rear bumper, giving it a uniquely sleek style.

Although the power and MPG numbers have not yet been released, Fay has promised that this Hybrid would lead the industry in fuel economy while delivering more power than the average hybrid. This is certainly a vehicle to keep on your radar.

In response to consumer feedback, Toyota added many useful features on the 2016 Hybrid. These include a leather steering wheel, extra USB ports, an additional 12V power outlet, new interior color choices, an available 4.2 inch TFT multi-information display in revised gauge cluster, an available seven inch display audio touch screen and much more. Still more updates to the new Hybrid include luxurious, high-quality materials in the floors, doors, dash and walls.

The new Hybrid will be offered in two premium grades: the XLE and the Limited. Both grades will feature an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i). 17-inch alloy wheels are available, along with six different exterior color choices. Front and rear parking sonar, optional Smart Key and a Homelink garage door opener are standard on the Limited grade. The SiriusXM All-Access Radio, with a complimentary three-month subscription, is included in both models.

Also featured in this Hybrid, new for Toyota, is a “Bird’s Eye View Monitor” which employs four cameras located on the front, side mirrors, and rear of the car, creating a 360-degree view. These cameras assist the driver when pulling in and out of parking spaces and when parallel parking. This system also includes an industry-first feature called Perimeter Scan, which provides a rotating 360 degree view of the area around the car.

William Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division at Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., emphasized the affordability of the Toyota Safety Sense, or TSS, that is included in all Limited grade RAV4s. The TSS includes a Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beans, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System, Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning.

Get Ready for the Toyota Annual Clearance Event

Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs are a great value at any time of year. Survey after survey has demonstrated the lasting value and the high quality of the Toyota nameplate, and that combination of quality and resale values makes these vehicles a great choice for all kinds of drivers.

While buying a Toyota is always a smart move, there are times when buying one becomes nearly irresistible. The Toyota Annual Clearance Event is one such time. If you have been thinking about adding a Toyota vehicle to your garage, now is the time to get going.

The Toyota Annual Clearance Event comes around only once a year, and the window is closing rapidly. Now is the perfect time to make your move.

The support that Toyota gives its dealers is what makes the Toyota Annual Clearance Event such an exciting opportunity for potential customers. When this annual event rolls around, dealers are able to discount their inventory to the lowest possible price. Local Toyota dealers also have more latitude to offer special incentives to buyers, These incentives could include extra rebates to first-time buyers or even extending financing deals, both resulting in money saved for the customer.

Whether you are looking for the enduring quality and high resale value of the Toyota Camry, the spectacular fuel mileage and lean carbon footprint of the Toyota Prius or the toughness of the Toyota Tundra, you will find it all at the Toyota Annual Clearance Event. This is the time of year that Toyota buyers look forward to most, and when you stop by your local dealer you will see why.

The Toyota Annual Clearance Event has become a popular time of year for both first-time Toyota buyers and experienced Toyota drivers. With local dealers pulling out all the stops, there are definitely bargains to be had. If you love the value of Toyota but do not want to break the bank, you can take advantage of 0% APR financing for a full 60 months*. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy your new car and head down the open road. You can also take advantage of specials and other incentives designed to put you behind the wheel in no time.

Even long-time Toyota owners have come to see the Toyota Annual Clearance Event as a special time of year. Toyota owners who are looking to upgrade to the newest model or add another vehicle to the family eagerly wait for the dog days of summer. They know that the hot weather means even hotter deals, and they flock to local dealers to check out the inventory on the lot.

Those experienced Toyota shoppers also know that they do not want to wait until the last minute to drive a hard bargain. The Toyota Annual Clearance Event is happening now at your local Toyota dealership.

*Excludes tax, tag, registration, title, and includes dealer fees. Monthly payments for every $1,000 financed are 0% – 60 months = $16.67. All offers are with approved credit and cannot be combined. College Grad Rebate, Military Rebate are excluded in the Manufacturer/Factory rebates. Plus all dealer installed items. Must Finance with SETF. Sale ends 9/8/2015.