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Spring unofficially marks the start of cleaning season as people across the country will tidy up their nests and celebrate the incoming warm weather. Though it’s late, it appears that spring has finally arrived in the Midwest, so we need to be sure that our vehicles are prepared to adjust to the changing weather and conditions.

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The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Goodyear Auto Service for this #SpringCarCare feature.

To some extent you could say it was a “mild” winter here in Northern Illinois, though a more accurate appraisal would be that it was “largely snowless.” Despite a couple big snowstorms that were followed by relatively quick melts, it was still cold, and still icy, even though people made a big deal about the lack of powder. As early warmth arrived in February, bringing with it a quick emergence of sprouts that should’ve still been hidden, Jack Frost quickly struck back, sweeping in with one final arctic blast - as if to serve as a reminder of what winter can do. One thing winter is great at is trashing your vehicle, and with April being National Car Care Month, there’s no better time than now to get ready to rock the road once more.

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When it comes to keeping your vehicle looking great, one needs look no further than Meguiar's. I've been using Meguiar's products since the mid-1990s, and with something for every level of automotive enthusiast from first-time car owners, to those with prized showroom-worthy collectible rides, there's something that's just right for any application. Featured in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide are three Meguiar's kits that make great gifts for any car lover on your Holiday list. 

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Last summer, my wife and I loaded up the car and took The Rock Daughters on a 1,900+ mile road trip - our first true family vacation. We headed east from Illinois, making our way to Philadelphia at our farthest point. Over the course of six days, we would visit Sesame Place, The Crayola Experience, Hershey's Chocolate World, The J.M. Smucker Company Store & Cafe... and about 15 different rest stops along the way. And, because we did stop in Philly, I also tossed my taste buds in the ring for a round of cheese steak sampling with Pat's and Geno's (the battle rages on!). For 2015, we're doing it again, but I'm not telling you where we're headed just yet. The journey will be shorter, but the adventures will still be big - especially for the kids. Curious where we're headed? Keep an eye on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook this week, and follow #RockFatherTour

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The Michelin ManTHE ROCK FATHER™ has partnered with Life of Dad and Michelin for the #FirstCarMoment promotion.  He has been paid for his participation, but his memories and former mullet are priceless, and solely his own.

My lifelong love of vehicles often springs up around these parts, and it's something that I've certainly been sharing with The Rock Daughters™. My little ones' interest in all-things wheeled is what really made me start writing about the subject so often - both in terms of "grownup" rides and things more their speed - like Hot Wheels. While their time for a proper set of keys is still many years down the road, my wife and I have already been thinking of that milestone - just like my friends at Michelin. As a tire manufacturer with over 125 years on the road, they feel obligated to raise awareness and help reduce the 264,000 crashes that occur annually due to tire-related issues on cars piloted by inexperienced drivers. Do you remember your first car? I certainly remember mine...

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When it comes to the Minivan category, I have always been "that" guy - the "never-gonna-drive-one" sort that doesn't even consider the category when the occasion arises to purchase a new vehicle. Nearly six years and two kids into the parenting game, and we still do not own a Minivan - and in fact, it was indeed never considered during our purchasing excursions, neither my wife nor myself ever taking a test drive... until last year. My wife still has never been at the wheel of a Minivan, but I now have - numerous times, and with numerous models - but it didn't really start until I began sharing my love of cars as a regular feature on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Thing is, my view of the "Minivan" has been drastically changed over time, previously-skewed largely by the tacky models of the 1980s (the Plymouth Voyager, the horrid-looking Pontiac Trans Sport, Chevy Astro Van, etc.), and by marketing, including some that's fairly recent. I have to admit that... I've really enjoyed some of the Minivans that I've driven over this past year, and the latest is one that had previously hit me hard on the marketing-misfire note: The Toyota Sienna, aka "The Original Swagger Wagon."

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