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New tools used to keep pets out of hot cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Good Samaritans, temperature guns and tougher laws are the newest tools in the campaign to keep animals out of hot cars, where just minutes can mean death.

July 11, 2012 | | On The Road

Angel Island: State park in northern San Fran Bay

Many California residents may not be aware how close they came to losing an important part of this state's history in early October 2008. A wildfire blackened nearly half of Angel Island, but quick action by firefighters saved the island's many historical buildings and left many of the roads and trails on the popular San Francisco island intact.

July 11, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Hot wheels vs. smart wheels: Safe teen cars

When the time comes to purchase a car, your teenagers might be dreaming of hot wheels. They may be thinking sporty, while you're looking for reliability and affordability.

June 27, 2012 | | On The Road

2013 Malibu lives up to its promise

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned. The mild-hybrid Eco model debuts first, while the regular lineup of trims and their standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder arrive in the summer of 2012. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder upgrade engine should arrive some time later in the year.

June 27, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAEFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Mother Nature awaits just north of San Francisco

As if the sights and sounds of San Francisco weren't enough to keep visitors completely enthralled, Mother Nature invites you to drive just a few minutes north of the city, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into a suburban area that seems like the other side of the planet from downtown.

June 27, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Sportage: Affordable SUV with style

There's plenty to like about the Sportage now featured at Kia Country of Manteca.

June 27, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Gettysburg on horseback tour taking riders back in time

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A twig snaps and brush rustles in woods on the Gettysburg battlefield. My horse does not flinch. It's nothing more than a small animal scurrying away. But on a hot summer day nearly 150 years earlier, it could have been the enemy.

June 20, 2012 | | On The Road

XKR-S: 550-horsepower Jaguar a defining statement

I thought my eyeglasses were going to blow off at 160 mph, but I kept my foot to the floor and headed toward 170 mph before I had to lift and begin braking.

June 20, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road

Camaro ZL1 personifies power

Chevrolet's most-powerful convertible ever – the 2013 Camaro ZL1 – delivers more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles.

June 20, 2012 | | On The Road

Kenny Chesney mixes it up in '...Fishbowl'

He's a four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year with more than 30 No. 1 country hits and a perennially popular road show, but don't try to pigeon-hole Kenny Chesney.

June 20, 2012 | | On The Road

Lil Wayne focuses on fashion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a clothing line and a powerhouse group of artists under his umbrella, Lil Wayne claims he's trying to stay above the fray.

June 20, 2012 | | On The Road

California’s top ghost town stops in Bodie, Calico

The Wild West and the mining of the late 1800's are a rich part of California's heritage, and what better way to experience the past than to visit California's ghost towns? The Golden State's ghost towns are more about history than spooks, and you'll spend hours exploring every nook and cranny of sometimes dusty old buildings in various states of disrepair or restoration. Here are two distinct examples to get you started.

June 20, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Sentra sets small car standard

TRACY – The Nissan Sentra has what many consumers want in a small car.

June 14, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

For memorable stays: California historical lodgings

Anyone who plunks down good money for a California getaway wants to be sure the experience will be extra-special. With today's lodging prices, it's only natural that visitors expect something memorable and out of the ordinary.

June 14, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY of | On The Road

Ford’s small SUV has big shoes to fill

DETROIT (AP) - The redesigned Ford Escape is a small SUV with big shoes to fill.

June 14, 2012 | | On The Road

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