Articles in Behind the Wheel

2015 BMW 228i Convertible – Review and Road Test

June means one thing in my book: droptop season. No sooner had the calendar turned and Memorial Day passed than convertibles and roadsters began their pilgrimage to the Frequent Business Traveler garage. One of the first in line was a Glacier Silver Metallic BMW 228i Convertible (Cabrio in its home market), the ragtop version of the new two-door 2 Series that replaced the two-door 1 Series (BMW now reserves even …

2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible – Review and Road Test

At Frequent Business Traveler, we know summer is here when we start seeing an invasion of convertibles in the driveway. The first to arrive was the 2015 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible. There it stood, a Z51 in Blade Silver Metallic with an aptly-named Adrenaline Red interior. It was… curvaceous – and hot, the latter both in a figurative and literal sense. So hot it needed to be cooled down, regularly.
Last year, …

6 Tips for Summer Driving

It’s that time of year again, when the sun shines bright and people across the country embark on vacations with their friends, families, and loved ones. While there may not be any snow to deal with on the road, there are still numerous factors that can make summer driving a challenge. Indeed, U.S. Department of Transportation data shows that summer is the most dangerous driving season, with an average of …

2015 Honda CR-V Touring – First Drive and Review

When the SUV first arrived in my driveway, I looked at it thinking, “this is a Honda CR-V?” A recent refresh of the vehicle’s exterior gave it a less utilitarian, more modern look and I was soon to find out that the changes weren’t skin deep. It’s still somewhat of an enigma – the front more resembles a wagon while the back screams SUV – but it’s all designed with …

2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door – Review and Road Test

Minis are cute, and they are also much fun to drive. The small car, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, first reached the motoring public in 1959 and immediately was considered an icon of automotive design. With BMW’s 1994 takeover of Rover, it acquired the Mini brand and BMW completely redesigned and enlarged the car to provide typical BMW handling characteristics accompanied by a sufficient dose of Freude am Fahren, the …

2015 Buick Regal GS – Review and Test Drive

My parents often spoke wistfully of an Opel they had owned when I was a child. It was an Opel Commodore sedan, a larger and more luxurious version of the Rekord. It had gotten them out of trouble more than once (apparently my father made a wrong turn and drove up a goat path once) and achieved a kind of mythic status in their eyes.
Why didn’t we have Opels available …

Dear Reader: Please Wear a Seatbelt in the Back of a Taxi

The crash that killed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, highlighted a largely overlooked safety issue in travel: many people do not wear a seatbelt when in the back seat of a car.  The Nashes, who were ejected from the back seat of their taxi while returning from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to their home, were not wearing seatbelts.
While almost all states in the …