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Top 5 Horror Movie Cars

What would you do if your car came to life? Check out five vintage horror movie cars that will make you want to hit the gas pedal as fast as you can this Halloween.
 

  1. Maximum Overdrive (1986) The Green Goblin
    What’s scarier than a possessed semi? A possessed semi brought to life by a rogue comet. With a goblin face, glowing yellow eyes and hidden Jack-in-the-box toys, it doesn’t get much creepier than the Green Goblin Truck.
  2. Christine (1983) – Christine
    Adapted from Steven King’s book of the same name, Christine is a jealous, possessive car with an evil streak. Known for committing murders around town, she is not the car you want behind you during rush hour.
  3. Duel (1971) – Tanker Truck
    Steven Spielberg’s first full-length directional debut is the ultimate road rage movie, featuring a truck driver stalking a terrified motorist through remote winding roads in a Peterbilt 281.
  4. Jeepers Creepers (2001) – Creeper’s Truck
    The Creeper uses this boobytrapped 1941 Chevrolet to transport bodies to his very own “House of Pain” in Jeepers Creepers I and III. The license plate “BEATNGU” (“Be Eating You”) only adds to the spook-factor. 
  5. Blood Car (2007) The Blood Car
    When gas prices hit more than $30/gallon, a kindergarten teacher accidentally invents a car engine that runs on a new, less expensive fuel: blood. This one will stick with you next time you fill up your tank.

 

The only thing scarier than a killer car? Toll fines and late fees. Whether you’re trying to outrun a horde of zombies or Creeper’s truck, with Peasy you can stick to the fast lane with or without a transponder. Set up your account today at drivepeasy.com. 

Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Road Trips

Last year, more than 102 million people like you hit the road for year-end travel. Learn how you can make fall break and holiday travel easier, and safer, with Peasy.  

Gift Your Car a Check-up
There’s no reason to be anxious about driving over the river and through the woods when you’re already worried about Grandma’s famous fruitcake. Take a few minutes to run through this quick checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready to go. Before any road trip, it’s always a good idea to: 

  • Test your car battery 
  • Make sure your spare tire and jack are in good condition 
  • Top-off windshield wiper fluid and replace wiper blades as needed 
  • Have roadside assistance phone numbers on hand 

Keep an Eye on the Weather
Winter weather can change in a flash and you never want to be caught by surprise. Checking your go-to app or website when you stop will help you stay ahead of storms and give you time to prepare. If your route will bring you through colder climates, it’s a good idea to keep a set of tire chains and a few warm blankets in the trunk–just in case. 

Always Stay Alert
It’s important to be ready for whatever the road might have in store. While energy drinks or fancy coffees might seem like a great choice, a stash of healthy snacks and drinks will give you sustained energy without the crash or jitters. Set-up a buddy system to ensure the driver isn’t the only awake person in the car, and always feel free to stop for a quick nap as needed. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Scenic Route!
Point A to Point B might get you where you need to go, but it doesn’t leave much time for fun. Schedule breaks along the way to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and see the sights. Picnic at a scenic overlook or take a half-day to explore a national park. Enjoy the journey and feel free to take time to explore along the way.

Holiday travel is taxing enough without the added stress of toll expenses and bills. This year, free up time to focus on what’s important with Peasy, the tolling solution you set and forget. Subscribe today at drivepeasy.com. 

3 Best Road Trips to Watch the Leaves Change

There’s no better way to catch the leaves changing this Fall than with a good ol’ fashioned road trip. Discover a few highways and byways you need to see to believe this season:  

State Route 260 Arizona
Located on the Arizona-New Mexico border, the White Mountains come alive in Autumn thanks to an elevation of more than 11,000 ft. and a colorful mix of pine, spruce, and aspen. Travel along the scenic State Route 260 starting in Pinetop-Lakeside for some of the best Fall color in the Southwest. If you have the time, take a detour on FR 117 towards the fire lookout on Greens Peak to get a bird’s eye view. 

Illinois River RoadIllinois
One of the Midwest’s most scenic road trips starts within easy driving distance of Chicago. Starved Rock State Park is just the beginning; follow along the Illinois River to Havana before looping back and passing through Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area. With black and white oak trees, red cedar, and waterfalls galore, Matthiessen State Park is the perfect final stop. Your stomach will thank you for building time into your schedule to stop at the farm stands, craft markets, and orchards along the route 

Old King’s Highway Massachusetts
Stretching from Chatham to Provincetown, the Cape Cod National Seashore boasts some of the best leafpeeping in Massachusetts. Follow Route 6A, known as Old King’s Highway, along the coast for an introduction to everything New England has to offer in the Fall, including colorful maple and aspen trees, cranberry bogs, and some of the most picturesque villages in the country. 

As you are going to and from (and even along) these routes, you will run likely into more than a few tolls. Focus on the fun with a tolling solution that you can set and forget. With Peasy, you don’t even need a transponder. Set up your account today at drivepeasy.com. 

Learn How to Beat Back to School Traffic

If you’ve ever had to drop a kiddo off at school, you know the challenges back to school traffic brings. Discover how you can make your morning and afternoon commute to and from school easier.

Share the Road
Whether you’re headed to preschool, an elementary school, middle or high school, you are more than likely sharing the road with bikers, pedestrians, other parents, school buses and maybe even student drivers. Before you start your car, be sure to eliminate any distractions – and yes, that includes turning your beloved cell phone to silent. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when driving, especially when you’re sharing the road in a school zone.

Understand Drop-Off Procedures
Most schools have specific drop-off procedures for parents, guardians and drivers to abide by during the school year. These are generally set in place for the safety of the students. For any school zone, you should always: 1. avoid unloading or loading children into your vehicle across the street from the school and 2. avoid double parking, as it blocks visibility for other children and nearby vehicles. Carpooling is a great way to limit the number of vehicles in the drop-off zone as well! Speak to the parents of your children’s friends to see if they would be interested in joining a carpool.

Get There Faster
With Peasy Tolling, you can stay alert as you drive while getting there faster. How? Peasy lets you drive in the fast lane, every time, eliminating the need for you to stop, collect change or find your card and pay at the tolls. Reduce your worries and focus on the road ahead when you download Peasy for free!

Learn the Roads in Your New Town

Moving to a new city is an exciting time in your life. From exploring new environments to meeting new friends, there are countless reasons to discover your new city by car. Use these tips to prepare for driving in an unfamiliar city.

Embrace Getting Lost

Driving in any city presents an interesting set of challenges, including maneuvering bumper-to-bumper traffic, figuring out where the nearest gas station is and understanding how cautious (or lack there-of) pedestrians and other drivers are of your vehicle. When you get to your new city, take a day or two to embrace the wrong turns and detours. Drive around just for the fun of it, learn your neighborhood and discover local landmarks, like bridges and buildings, that will help you better understand your new environment.

Be Aware of Unfamiliar Road Signs

While you’re discovering your new city, you may come across unusual driving activity or maybe even a road sign you only saw on your driving test way-back-when. These could be fog, black ice or flood zone warnings. Take note of the signs in your neighborhood and learn what it means for you as a driver.

Eliminate Distractions

It’s important to be as alert as possible when driving on unfamiliar roads or highways, even if you aren’t planning on staying long. Peasy makes every drive easier with our worry-free, multi-state tolling solution. All you’ll need to do is snap a photo of your license plate, add your credit card and you’re good to go. Focus on the road in front of you when you download Peasy for free.

Five Tools Every Road Warrior Needs

Business travelers know the importance of being prepared whenever the next meeting calls. Discover five tools every road warrior needs to have in their car.

1. Keep Your Cords from Tangling

Staying organized on long road trips not only helps your peace of mind but controls the chaos and after-trip clean up. Avoid scrambling through your bag during red lights and stop signs by organizing your tech with a few binder clips and any bag you have handy. All you’ll need to do is separate all of your cords, making sure you are only bringing the cords you need to charge your current devices. Then, wrap your cords up, one by one, in a figure eight motion and secure with a binder clip. To save time and keep from forgetting which chargers go to which devices, use nail polish to make a small, colorful dot on the corresponding cords and devices.

2. Prepare for the Worst

Emergency car kits are a staple. Whether you’re traveling cross-country or just to the next town over, you never know when a tire will pop or A/C unit will go out. Stay safe by preparing an emergency car kit in a sturdy bin or sealed box. Collect items including flares, jumper cables, tire chains for snow, gloves, rope and a small gas can – in case you get stuck on the road and need to walk to the closest gas station. Lastly, include a gallon of water in your trunk. Should you ever catch yourself stuck in the middle of the desert or find your car overheating, you will be able to take care of yourself and your vehicle.

3. Self-Care for Your Car

Business travelers know important meetings can unexpectedly come up. Stay prepared and be ready at a moment’s notice by preparing a self-care kit to keep in your car. Similar to your emergency car kit, your self-care kit will include essentials you need in the case of an overnight trip. Every person’s kit will be different depending on their needs, but all kits should include basic essentials including a travel toothbrush, toilet paper, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and band aids.

4. Pack an Extra Outfit

There’s nothing worse than being miles away from home and spilling coffee all down your business outfit. Avoid having to walk into a meeting in gas station tank top, or worse, by keeping an extra business outfit in your trunk.

5. Keep It Easy with Peasy

Get where you’re going on the quickest route when you subscribe to Peasy, our automated tolling solution. Peasy keeps you moving through the fast lane and pays every toll on-time, letting you focus on the road ahead. Peasy provides coverage home or abroad in our multi-state network* while tracking toll expenses and bills for easy reporting. Make your business trips easy when you register for Peasy.

Managing Your Fleet is Easy with Peasy

Managing a business isn’t easy. Learn how Peasy makes it easier for small business owners to manage their fleet’s complex operations:

Manage All of Your Vehicles

You may be asking yourself “Why can’t I manage all of my toll fees in one, simple place?” A few years ago, we were asking ourselves the same question. Now, tolling is easy – thanks to Peasy. Our innovative approach to tolling puts you in the fast lane with a pay-as-you-go solution that doesn’t require new hardware. Working with or without a transponder, Peasy lets fleet owners manage multiple vehicles and add new vehicles with ease, all in one easy-to-use online portal.

One Easy Place

Your drivers want to use their time efficiently and effectively, making toll roads a great option when it comes from getting from Point A to Point B. But when a form of payment is not established in your fleet, a number of problems can arise:

  • Unpaid tolls can quickly turn into fines and/or violations.
  • A simple $3 toll left unpaid can cost $100’s.
  • When you don’t have an integrative toll tracking system, you can’t link toll transactions to your drivers.

Not only can you manage all of your vehicles in Peasy, but our integrative toll technology helps track tolling expenses and bills, eliminating fines, late penalties and having to pay by mail. Peasy also lets you accurately capture the cost of tolls in order to recoup and/or pass on charges. As more and more toll roads and lanes come into service, Peasy’s digital documentation lets you keep track of tolling receipts for each vehicle in one, easy-to-access portal.

Increase Efficiency and Safety

Your team deserves to live life in the fast lane. Save your fleet time on the road so they can spend more time with clients, all while keeping your fleet in compliance with tolls. Thanks to Peasy’s automated toll road solution, you can increase the efficiency of your fleet all while keeping your drivers safe with our hands-free tolling solution.

Get your business on the right path when you subscribe your vehicles to Peasy, the simplest way to toll.

Myths, Secrets and Hacks You Can Use to Get Gas for Cheap!

Summer travel is in full swing! Long road trips and vacations means more time spent in the car and more money spent on gas. So we wanted to find out if any of the “gas saving” myths, secrets and hacks are actually true and if any can save you some money.

Myth: Gas Is Cheaper If You Fill up in the Morning
Many drivers believe you can get more bang for your buck by fueling up in the morning because the cooler temperatures cause the gas to thicken, allowing you to get more fuel per gallon pumped. This myth has been debunked by Consumer Reports; gasoline is stored in underground tanks to ensure the temperature will barely fluctuate. So, whether you fill up in the morning or at night, the gas pumped will almost always be the same density.

Secret: Dirty Cars Drive Slower
The next time you hit the road, be sure to make a stop at the car wash. Engineer Tom Wagner Jr. and MythBusters have proven dirty cars are up to 10% less fuel efficient than their clean counterparts because of the drag created by dirt, grime and debris.

Hack: Drive With the Windows Down Instead of Blasting the A/C
A 2004 study by GM and SAE found vehicles turning on air conditioning at a medium power use more fuel than those that drove with the windows down. So, when you can, roll down the windows, enjoy the fresh breeze and save more on gas.

Secret: Off-Brand Gas Stations Is Just as Good
Every gas station has to meet the same legal standards for RVP, ethanol percentage, octane, detergent content and other components. What does this mean for you? Opting for unbranded fuel should not hurt your vehicle. In fact, more often than not unbranded fuel is supplied by major oil companies that supply name brands. The only difference is that name brand fuel has cleaning additives in your fuel.

To search on ways to save on gas visit Gasbuddy.com for access to more info by city, state and by brand. You can even used their trip calculator to plan out how much your gas bills will be during your summer trips.

Make this summer road trip season better than ever with Peasy! Our worry-free tolling system lets you skip the fines and drive in the fast lane every time. Get where you’re going faster this summer and make every ride a breeze when you download Peasy.

6 Driving Jokes Only a Dad Could Love

Road travel makes summer vacation fun, easy and affordable. All you need to do is pick up your keys and go – no destination in mind. In between landmarks and destinations, add some fun to your road trip with these hilarious travel jokes that only a dad could love.

What did E.T.’s mother say to him when he got home? “Where on Earth have you been?!”

What’s worse than raining cats and dogs? Hailing Taxi.

I WRITE ALL MY JOKES IN CAPITALS. THIS ONE WAS WRITTEN IN PARIS.

I like when flies won’t leave my car on long road trips. Have fun moving to Kansas, tiny bug.

What goes through towns, up hills, and down hills but never moves? The road!

We are all time travelers moving at the speed of exactly 60 minutes per hour.

With jokes like these, you’ll smile, laugh and roll your eyes all the way to your summer destination. Peasy is a tolling solution that gives you worry-free access to speedy toll lanes. You never have to pay with cash or deal with a late penalty again when you register one or more vehicles on your Peasy account.

The Top 3 Motorcycle Tours in the United States

There is no better view than the one you get from behind the handlebars of your motorcycle. Motorcycle touring is a growing pastime and that means that more and more popular routes are being discovered. While there are incredible tours found across the country, these are three of our favorites.

Pacific Coast Highway – Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara, California

The Bixby Creek Bridge is one of several iconic spots along this world-famous ride

It’s a classic, maybe THE classic, and that’s for a reason. The California coastline is a matchless beauty and a reliably fair-weather cruise. While the 300-mile stretch between the Bay Area and Santa Barbara get the most attention, adding a few days to the trip and traveling the entire coastal highway from the Oregon border to Mexico is a week long adventure you’ll never forget.

 

 

 

Going to the Sun Road – Glacier National Park Montana

High elevation mountain views in Montana’s premier alpine highway

The road is covered in snow most of the year. But every summer, the frozen road melts away to reveal one of the most picturesque alpine rides in the world. The 50-miles of twisting, turning, climbing and descending highway spans the park moving from east to west and reaches an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet above sea level.

 

 

 

Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia and North Carolina

Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Autumn touring doesn’t get any better than this. Rolling hills and mountains are blanketed in deciduous and evergreen trees, which ignite in golden splendor every fall season. While the Parkway runs nearly 500 mils in length but can be broken up into several days to allow time for taking in the scenery and stopping at every viewpoint.

 

 

 

As you are going to and from (and even along) these routes, you will run likely into more than a few tolls. Keep your rides worry-free by setting up your bike with a tolling solution that you can set and forget. With Peasy, you don’t even need a transponder. Set up your account today at drivepeasy.com.

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