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    We have another frightening recall to report. This time, it's a popular automobile that is posing a serious danger to many unsuspecting drivers. Toyota has decided to recall 1.9 million Prius cars after finding out about a software glitch. The problem may sound innocuous, but it can lead to a very serious issue for people on the road. This glitch could cause the vehicles to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. Keep reading to learn what the company is doing to fix the situation for millions of customers.

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    One of the most common things you start to hear after you become a mom to more than one is "when are you going to buy a minivan?" For some, this might be the epitome of uncool, a nightmare of gargantuan proportion, second only to the pain of having to leave your beloved city to buy a house in the burbs. It is, in a word, "momification." Your whole life becomes momified.

    To that, I say: bring it.

    Honestly, I get so tired of the essays from women like Salon writer Amy Pennza who had promised herself she'd never get a minivan and then got one anyway. What's the big deal? OK, OK, so I get that the minivan and the suburbs represent a moving along in life. It's a letting go of the old and ushering in the new. It's a goodbye to drinks with friends at 2 a.m. and sports cars that only seat two. Maybe it's because I was never really into either of those things anyway, but I say big whoop.

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    The following is from our sponsor, Honda.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but stuffing the whole family in one cramped car can feel anything but festive. Thankfully, the Honda Odyssey -- with its flexible seating for up eight passengers and tons of convenient features for everyone -- can help keep the spirit of the season alive no matter where your travels take you! Whether you’re heading to grandma’s house or taking a scenic drive to check out some amazing Christmas light displays, getting there is half the fun when you’re riding in a Honda Odyssey.

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    The following is from our sponsor, Honda.

    It’s that time of year: We’re all thinking about resolutions and ways we want to make our lives better in 2014. You might not think the car you drive could help you reach those goals, but thanks to some ingenious new features, the Honda Odyssey will keep you on the right path to a more organized, less stressful, and even a more budget-friendly year ahead.

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    The story of the bikers chasing down an SUV after the driver ran over motorcyclists is horrifying. It's making people fear bikers and think they are out to hurt or intimidate others on the road. This is not true. I know this firsthand.

    Meet my father, Ken Zipp, on the left on the Harley giving a handshake to a disabled veteran on Memorial Day in Washington. He is a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He belongs to Rolling Thunder, an organization that helps veterans. My dad has willingly given countless hours of his time to this cause. The name Rolling Thunder came about because that's what it sounds like when all the bikers ride together. He rides in a pack. Sometimes all within the Rolling Thunder organization, sometimes with friends outside the group -- sports bikes, Harleys, custom-made, all are welcome. We cannot discriminate against bikers because of this incident. Just like we cannot discriminate against SUVs. To help you, I should tell you more about my dad, a biker.

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    Planning your end-of-summer getaway? A road trip is likely in order.

    In fact, AAA reports 34.1 million Americans are expected to take Labor Day trips at least 50 miles away from home during the upcoming holiday. That’s up 4.2 percent over last year.

    But before you gas up, you should know that not all fueling stations are created equal -- especially when it comes to pricing. Find out who has the cheapest gas by plugging in your zip code at And, as you make your itineraries, be sure to check out AAA’s handy Fuel Cost Calculator to estimate how much you’ll need to budget for gas.

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    Everybody thinks they are a much better driver than everybody else on the road ... but most of us make our share of mistakes, from glancing at texts to changing lanes without signaling. But, as summer travel season kicks into gear, it's all the more important to be the best driver you can be to keep you, your kids, and everybody else's kids safe on the road.

    1) Don't drive distracted. You'd never dream of driving drunk or high, putting your kids in the car without a safe car seat, or even speeding. But most of us make the ultimate dangerous mistake: letting our attention wander from the task of piloting two tons of glass and steel carrying our most precious loved ones.

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  • Most Embarrassing Mom Moment

    posted by Kate Gosselin June 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM in Big Kid
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    I chalked one up for my mom memory books the other day. But it's one I kinda wish I didn't have to record. Since “all's well that ends well,” as the adage goes, I am sure I will go on unscarred, because it did end well. Still, I'm sure I'll be the laughing stock of my girls and their friends for the immediate future, at the very least.

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    Even though there are plenty of hazards every time we get behind the wheel, did you know that having kids in the car is 12 times more distracting than talking on your cellphone while driving?

    Sure, things like daydreaming, incoming text messages, and loud music all play a part in making us less focused too -- but little ones who are crying, screaming, or making incessant demands and requests from the backseat are far more effective at making moms take their eyes off the road.

    But if you're like every other busy mom on the planet, you probably assume you multitask just fine in the car and that your driving isn't any less safe even when tending to your children.

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    As a mom (and a human being in general), it's so important to take every necessary precaution to make sure we're staying safe on the road while driving our kids to and from a gazillion different activities on any given day of the week. But like most of us, I'm sure when you think of "car safety," things like following the speed limit, paying attention to the road, and being aware of your surroundings are what immediately comes to mind.

    But believe it or not, all of those things are much less effective if you don't take care of one key area of your vehicle -- your tires.

    And yes, I know what you're thinking, "Tires? What the hell do the tires on my car matter? As long as they get me from point A to point B, they're fine."

    WRONG. (So wrong.)

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