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LAX Makeover: Expect Delays


Getting in and around LA’s busiest airport over the next several months just got a lot tougher.  The Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is getting a face lift.  During construction, lanes around the horseshoe arrival/departure loop at LAX will be blocked.

If you’re heading to LAX you’ll want to give yourself plenty of extra time.  Even if you aren’t catching an international flight, the terminal under construction is located in the middle of the traffic loop, so it’s expected to cause cars to back up.

A separate construction project is tying up traffic lanes between Terminal 3 and the International terminal on both the arrival and departure levels.  Work is expected to be finished in the Spring of 2013.

For real time traffic and construction updates at LAX, click this link:

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Balboa Island, CA USA

Balboa Island offers a small town vibe amid sprawling Newport Beach and Orange County.  Driving over the bridge from Newport Beach onto the Island, you’ll be on Marine Avenue, Balboa Island’s main street, lined with shops with colorful flags and awnings, and a lot of red, white and blue.

Balboa Island is a comfortable place for a summer stroll.

This small piece of paradise is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing walk, once you find a parking spot.  The residential streets are narrow and, since the entire perimeter of the island is less than a two mile walk, you can park anywhere, walk around the island, and be back at your car in about an hour (just remember the name of the street where you parked!).

Walking around Balboa Island is a comfortable experience. The boardwalk is smooth and flat, lined with beautiful bay front homes, private docks, and a front-row view of the array of boats cruising Newport Harbor.

Related: Check Real Time Traffic Conditions to Balboa Island & across California
Marine Avenue features an array of unique boutiques, restaurants and ice cream shops featuring chocolate dipped frozen bananas and ‘Balboa Bars,’ vanilla ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate and colorful sprinkles.

Balboa Island is the place to enjoy a frozen banana or ice cream bar while shopping.

You can hop on the ferry (in your car or on foot) for a five minute ride across the bay to the Balboa Peninsula, where the Balboa Fun Zonefeatures a bayside Ferris wheel, arcade games, along with boat rentals and tours.

Balboa Island will be decked out in red, white and blue for Fourth of July week and other summer holidays.  It’s also a good place to catch the Old Glory Boat Parade on July 4th,  sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club.

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Balboa Island, CA USA

Balboa Island, CA is a seaside getaway in Orange County. It offers a small town feel on the edge of sprawling Newport Beach.

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Nearby attractions:  Newport Beach Fashion Island, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach.





Save on Gas this Summer

Gas prices are near record highs as the 2012 summer travel season begins.

Gas prices are flirting with record high prices as the 2012 summer travel season officially gets underway.  A listener to my network radio show recently called to comment on a gas saving tip I shared from Redbook, which reported the average driver wastes $700 in gas a year idling their vehicle.

My listener, a former mechanic, challenged this statement saying, while idling DOES waste fuel, turning the ignition on and off puts more wear and tear on your vehicle’s battery and starter.  He also offered these gas saving tips, which can save you money as you hit the road this summer:

  • Fill your tank in the morning, when it’s cool: Gasoline is sold in volume, so in cooler weather the gas is more compressed.  When it’s hot outside, gas expands, and the pump thinks more fuel is going into your tank.
  • Avoid filling up when a tanker truck is delivering fuel to the gas station:  When fuel is being pumped in the ground, it can stir up the fuel and cause it to expand (remember, gas is sold in volume).
  • Don’t fill ‘er up too fast:  Use the slow or medium setting on the pump nozzle.  When gas lands in your tank too quickly, it stirs up vapors, giving you less gas for your money.

Here are some other easy gas-saving tips I’ve learned over years of driving well over a million miles of Southern California freeways:

  • Fill your tank while it’s still half full: Less gas will evaporate when there’s less air in your tank, saving you money.
  • Get the junk out of the trunk (this is the hardest thing for me to do :-): Lightening the load inside your vehicle can get you further with every fill up.
  • Avoid gunning it:  Driving at a steady pace rather than switching between the gas pedal and the brake.

Running the air conditioning doesn’t save much fuel, and could give you better mileage than you’ll get by driving with the windows down and the A/C turned off.

To find the lowest gas prices in your area, visit Gas Price Watch.

Be safe on the road!  Do you have gas saving tips? Share them with me.