The Five Best Sleeper Cars Out There

It doesn’t look fast, it doesn’t look bad, that’s what makes sleeper cars so much fun. A sleeper car is a car that has all the power of a sports car in a completely non-sports car package.  

The Ford Focus RS

A Ford Focus is known more as a car for your pizza delivery boy, not as a car that will throw you into the backseat when you step on the gas. The Ford Focus RS is much more than your average pizza delivery vehicle, though. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, this little hatchback is going to get you your pizza in way less than 30 minutes. (more…)

Get Rid of Ants in Your Car

You’ve just discovered your car has an ant infestation. Moreover, you have a crazy ant infestation.  Crazy ants started invading the Dallas metropolitan area which includes Denton, Texas. Even though these ants do not have painful bite, they are painful to your wallet — they love your air conditioner and your wires. These ants make you miss fire ants — at least those respected your territory as long as you stayed off their mounds.

Congratulations, You Have Ants — A Bunch of Them

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Ants have been on Earth for a long time — the dinosaurs are gone but the ants are still here. They are highly organized, they’re strong, and they leave no job unfinished. (more…)

Can You Tune an Electric Car?

The answer is yes, you can. Here’s another question: Did you know that most hybrids and electric cars are detuned while at the factory? This is done to reel in the instant power that electricity puts out. It stops cars from having way too much speed or to control the delivery of the power, making the car easier to handle. An electric car with an explosion of power may not be for everyone, like the average driver. Some may ask, “Why would you want to tune your electric car?” That question and how it can be done are best answered by taking a look at motor sports. Read on to learn more about it.

Proven Performance Boost

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Car races like Formula 1, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Pikes (more…)

You’ll Love Fall in Lewisville

Autumn days are here again, and there is a cornucopia full of fun things to do in Lewisville, Texas. This fall, make a harvest of memories with family fun and friendly events. Whether you’re turning over a new leaf, or you just want to take in the cool, crisp days of fall, here are four happenings in Lewisville this coming autumn.

Rocktober: Halloween Night

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Frolic in the fall leaves and get your spook on at the free outdoor Rocktober concert on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Performing is an eight-piece band of 5,000-year-old mummies. (more…)

Ford + Tucker = An Impressive Failure

When Henry Ford teamed up with Preston Tucker and Henry Miller to build a winning racecar, the Indy 500 should have been in the bag. The result, however, certainly wasn’t the financial win they hoped for.

A Grand Idea

The story of Preston Tucker and Henry Ford starts (and ends) in 1935 with the Indy 500. Preston Tucker was a former Ford assembly line worker who developed an interest in the Indy 500 after he left the Ford company. He teamed up with Henry Miller, an Indy racing engine maker and a talented engineer, to form a company that would build racecars. This company, Miller and Tucker, Inc., then teamed up with Henry Ford in what would turn out to be a big, embarrassing mistake.

A Business Deal to Race 10 Cars at Indy

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Some stories say that Tucker approached Ford, and others speculate that it could have been the other way around. Regardless of who initiated contact, in January of 1935 these three men arranged a business deal. Miller and Tucker would build racecars, with Ford (more…)

Best Ways to Prep for a Long Drive

Tires don’t pop nearly as often as they used to. Back during the golden age of whitewalls, you couldn’t have a road trip without fixing at least one flat, but these days tires can go years between replacements, especially if you take good care of them. But flats still happen, and they can be a real pain if they happen on a long road trip (which describes just about every road trip in Texas). So, while chances are your tires will do fine, it pays to know what to do if one goes flat.

Know Your Equipment

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By law, car companies have to sell vehicles with a spare tire or at least a way to repair a flat. That second option is becoming more common thanks to emission standards and weight reduction, but either way, there should be a solution under the floor of your trunk or cargo area. If it’s a spare tire, you should also find a car jack and a lug wrench to (more…)

The Best Apps to Stop Distracted Driving

“Distracted driving” is any moment when a driver’s attention is on anything aside from the road. The list of possible distractions is long, but it includes:
  • Eating and drinking
  • Shaving and applying makeup
  • Listening to a loud radio
  • Talking with someone in the next seat
  • Rowdy kids
  • Using a cell phone for calls, texting, etc.
That last distraction is especially dangerous, and while it’s less dangerous to use a phone hooked into a hands-free system, you’re still paying attention to something other than the road. That’s why plenty of companies out there have created apps that either let you use your phone without touching it or turn it off completely as soon as the car starts moving. If you want to stop driving distracted (or at least distracted by your smartphone), you have a few options. (more…)

How to Cope With No AC in Your Car

The saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” is surely true when it comes to the scorching heat of summer. With triple-digit temperatures in Denton, Texas, it’s hard to manage a howdy when the air conditioner in your car isn’t working. In fact, it’s downright dangerous. Surviving the summer becomes a real problem if precautions are not taken when the mercury line rises.

Stay Hydrated

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Have you ever ended an afternoon game of Frisbee at North Lakes Recreation Center with a fierce headache? If so, your body could have been suffering from dehydration. Extreme heat causes you to sweat profusely, and to stay healthy you must replenish the lost liquids with water. Sitting in rush hour traffic on Interstate 35E without relief from the hot weather could turn into a severe medical issue just as quickly as playing a sport in the heat of the day. Keeping a cooler with frozen bottles of water in your car will hydrate during your travels and lower your temperature. (more…)

Why Hazy Headlights Are a Bad Thing

There are a hundred things that can go wrong with your car, and some of them more obvious than others. A common but often ignored problem on automobiles is the issue of hazy headlights, or the clouding that occurs in headlights as the car ages. This is more than a simple cosmetic problem. Hazy headlights create a danger to both the driver and other people on the road, and they are a concern that all drivers should look out for.

Headlights Become Hazy Over Time

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Modern car headlights are not made of glass but rather polycarbonate. As your car gets older, a number of environmental factors conspire to eat away at the clear, glass-like surface of your headlights, giving them (more…)

Find Your Summer Fun in Lewisville

Texas summers are so relaxing. The heat slows the pace of the daily shuffle, and the sunshine brightens moods. Some Texans look forward to summer all year, and then it’s over in the blink of an eye. Pack your summer with fun at these awesome Lewisville summer events. They’re all coming up quick, so grab a friend and start making plans.

Sounds of Lewisville: Every Tuesday in June and July

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The Sounds of Lewisville summer concert series is a weekly event that takes full advantage of the beautiful summer evenings. Starting at 7 p.m. and rocking for two hours, the free concert features a different band each week and is fun for all ages. You can make a full evening of it and visit one of the downtown restaurants before the show, or you can keep it casual by purchasing food or drinks from the vendors that will be servicing the event each week. There is no seating provided at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, so bring your favorite picnic blanket and get comfortable on the grass.

Friday Family Matinee: Every Friday in June and July

Take a break from the sun and visit the Lewisville Public Library. At 2 p.m. every Friday in June and July, the library will host a screening of a popular movie that everyone in the family will enjoy. Each week is a new film you won’t want to miss. The event is free of charge, and no registration is required, so gather up the whole crew for a cool afternoon in the library. On your way out, browse the shelves for a few books or sign up for some other library events to keep you busy until you come back for the next week’s matinée.

Freedom Festival 2017: July 4

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Dress in your red, white, and blues and get ready to celebrate Independence Day in Lewisville. The Village Shops and Plaza are the perfect lakeside location for the free activities like bounce houses, face-painting, balloon artists, and a giant water slide. Many local food trucks will park nearby to offer their best concessions to the festive family crowd. Find a lakeside spot to lay your blankets or chairs and get ready to cheer along with the crowd at dusk when the fireworks display lights up the Texas sky.

Lewisville High School HeyDay!: Aug. 17

Experiencing the excitement of HeyDay! will make you wish you were a high school student all over again. Teachers, students, coaches, neighbors, and future high schoolers are welcome into the school for an evening of games, food, live band music and a Lewisville High School pep rally. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m., so bring a big crew and some gently used books to donate to the collection for the #FarmersREAD Campaign. High-energy and full of spirit, HeyDay! really gets the community pumped for the start of the new school year. It’s no secret that Texas does everything big, and Lewisville clearly does summertime like a true Texas town. They’ve got music, community pride, and entertainment to keep you smiling all season.