July 31, 2009
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BWC Member Specials

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AAA Watch

TravelCool! Website of the Month
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BWC Member Specials
- Most Recent 'Kicking Asphalt: Member Payola Edition'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts

Save Up To 13% on Auto Insurance!

Save up to 13% on Your Insurance Premium. Click here to get a quote.

Offset Your Carbon Emissions!
1.) Precisely determine the carbon footprint of your air travel.
2.) Easily and precisely offset the greenhouse gas emissions of your automobile (or offset the emissions beyond the first 2,000 miles of driving if you are a Better World Club insurance client).

Gas-Saving Tips
Cruise Control

Using your car's cruise control on the highway helps maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, decreases your fuel consumption.

Watching "Speed II: Cruise Control," however, will dramatically increase your alcohol consumption, as you will feel compelled to drink heavily in order to forget that terrible movie.


Please Validate Us!

Not that we're needy or anything, but we would love it if our intelligent and good-looking members could rate us on sustainlane.com, a community-powered directory of green products and businesses.
Top Story
Let's Be Codependent: We'll Be Your Friend If You'll Be Our Fan

Better World Club Is Accepting Fans on Facebook, Friends on MySpace, and Followers on Twitter

Let Your Friends Know About BWC Without Going to the Trouble of Speaking with Them


Better World Club is working away on BWC 2.0, which will recognize the Club as the community we are: you'll be able to get information from other members (What's the greenest hotel in Rome? Does the new Prius meet your expectations?), share your itineraries, post travel videos, and more.

But here's the first step in building a community and it's available to us now: join us on Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace.

You enjoy Kicking Asphalt and/or other BWC services. Through social networking, we can engage each other even more effectively.

You can also let your friends know great Better World Club is without going to the trouble of actually speaking with them*. Become a Friend/Fan/Follower via social networking, and that way, each time your friends visit your profile they'll see our adorable logo and want to learn more. It will also make sharing your positive experiences with BWC that much easier. Or since you'll be able to re-tweet our tweets, perhaps they will become followers as well.

It's also a way to get more policy information in real time. We're just gearing up to get you this information, but you can help us out. The more fans, the more influence we all can have.

Plus, if your friend ends up joining, you can receive credit on your next renewal for having referred them.

Join our cult of personality on Facebook, MySpace, and/or Twitter.



[*In addition to glowing compliments, BWC members (very) occasionally have complaints. If you do have a complaint about BWC, we ask that you contact us to give us a chance to address your concerns before you post them online.]


Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- BWC: The Auto Club that Doesn't Want You to Drive
Partners

Georgia On Our Mind - And In Our Fleet Program

BWC Partners With The Nature Conservancy In Georgia


BWC is proud to provide roadside assistance coverage to The Nature Conservancy's fleet in Georgia. The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Check out The Nature Conservancy's website to learn more: www.nature.org.

Do you need fleet roadside assistance coverage? Learn more about our fleet program at our fleet roadside assistance page.
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AAA Watch
BWC Congratulates Oregon/Idaho AAA For Offering Bicycle Assistance!

Gee...They Didn't Congratulate Us When We Introduced Bike Assistance...Six Years Ago

Or When We Introduced A Discount on Membership Fees for Mass Transit Users

We'll Congratulate AAA Again When Its Bicycle Program Covers More Than Two States...It's The Kind of People We Are


After pushing an exclusively pro-car agenda for over 100 years, AAA has finally managed to roll out a bicycle roadside assistance program -- in Oregon and Southern Idaho. And they're doing so in a way that implies that they just invented it.

Of course, Better World Club's bike program has been operating in all 50 states and Canada since 2003, but why split hairs? We're just happy that AAA is actually acknowledging that bicycles can be used as an alternative to automobiles (in Oregon and Southern Idaho, at least).

Click here to learn more about AAA's watered-down copy of our first-in-the-nation bicycle roadside assistance program.
TravelCool! Website of the Month

EVtransPortal.org researches recent developments in electric vehicle technology and provides a portal through which to share EV information available to all; assisting individuals, groups, companies, and government agencies in finding alternative solutions to transportation needs.

Find out more at www.EVtransPortal.org.

If You Liked That Site...

Be sure to take a peek at our 'Bodacious Page of Travel Links and Resources.' Our travel links page sports a crazy HUGE number of links, so if you're planning some travel this is a great resource.

BWC Alternative Fuel Report
Rapture! July is "International Blondie and Deborah Harry" Month!

(Oh, Yeah. We Almost Forgot: Fuel Prices are Generally Up)


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

2.77

2.50

2.46

2.37

2.53

2.52

2.42

2.51

Diesel

2.62

2.54

2.50

2.49

2.61

2.64

2.51

2.56


The tide is high, and so are national fuel prices when compared to our last report.

But, don't call me with your complaints just yet. Picture this: On a regional level, B20 and B99 prices dropped in the West Coast and South regions, respectively.





Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

2.75

2.66

2.56

2.67

2.36

2.60

BioDiesel
B99

3.10

3.19

2.75

2.55

2.74

2.87

Ethanol
E85

2.44

2.16

1.97

2.39

2.26

2.24

CNG

2.20

1.80

N/A

2.19

1.97

2.04




Do you have an unnatural interest in fuel prices? Are you a fan of tables filled with important-looking numbers? If so, we recommend finding a healthier hobby (like celebrating "International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month" with your loved ones). Or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report, "Fuel Prices Creep Up Slowly, Like Boxer Shorts on a Hot Day," published in the June 8th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt.'

BWC High-Mileage Review
The Only Thing Germans Love More than David Hasselhoff are Fuel-Efficient Diesels

Well, We Get the Diesel Thing -- Especially When it Relates to the 2009 Jetta SportWagen

Back in August of 2008 we reviewed the Volkswagen Passat Wagon, prompting several of our members to comment that the VW Jetta SportWagen was actually much more fuel efficient. As usual, our members were correct, and to prove that we do (occasionally) listen, we've decided to review the Jetta version of the VW station wagon.

One of the exciting things about the Jetta SportWagen TDI is that it runs on diesel, which means you can also run it on biodiesel. Biodiesel is exciting because it offers improved mileage over gasoline, lessens our dependence on foreign oil, and burns cleaner than petroleum diesel. Complete Story | Comment

Recall Information
June 2009 Recalls

You can check out the complete List of June Recalls, or go directly to a particular manufacturer:

Airstream / BMW / Classic Motorworks / Damon / Ducati / Fleetwood / Ford / Four Winds / GM / Harley Davidson / Newmar / Piaggio / Toyota / Volvo

Lemon Information
The 2009 Chrysler Sebring

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints against a different car model each month. We are not editorializing or claiming that these cars are necessarily lemons. Instead, we are merely providing information and ask readers to form their own opinions.

Component: Child Seat Compatibility
Consequence: The placement of the lower latch-anchors make installing a child seat extremely difficult. In addition, the seat does not provide adequate clearance or accessibility.

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