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March 28, 2012

I’ve been doing this Toyota Womens Influencer Network thing for three months now and I just got good news – I and my fellow TWINsters are going to be doing it for another three. I thought I’d share some posts by a few fellow TWIN members from the past months. They’re a good group of people, like most bloggers I’ve met – smart, funny and committed to learning about cars.

Terra Beara talks about learning to drive at 19

From the very day I got my license,  I’d set off, with no particular destination in mind. I’d turn left off some vague county road and just drive. Sometimes the roads were paved, sometimes not. I’d drive until I found myself back home again, coming to intersections and picking a direction based on the direction of the wind, or on which side of the road had more trees on it. It was a special sort of solitude, a time when I was making a lot of great big decisions about the direction I wanted to point my life in and that time alone – windows down, music on – was a perfect time for me to work on figuring out the direction I wanted to go in.

Parenting By Dummies dreams of a new Land Cruiser

I only see two main drawbacks:

  1. It’s too pretty for my children.  They ruin things.  With their dried fruit snacks and juice boxes.  And, no way could I let them do to my Sequoia what they have done to my Pilot.  It looks like I slaughtered a deer inside of it.  And, for the record, I would never.

Mommy Blog Expert gets down to brass tacks, reviewing the new Prius V

Typically I look forward to driving my own car again after using a loaner or rental. However this experience was a whole different story. After testing and driving the Prius v over 900 miles toLas Vegas to cover CES the International Consumer Electronics Show and back home to Los Angeles I discovered that — ironically — there are many more things that I liked about this Toyota hybrid than the non-Toyota SUV that I currently own and drive.

All Things Fadra visits the North Carolina Auto Show and brings back lots of photos of her cute kid and cars

The “expo” is a car show that’s held at the fairgrounds. We walk and look at cars in buildings that often hold cows for the agricultural fair. The most “international” aspect is perhaps a few Volvos on the floor and maybe a Ferrari or two. And the venue is so small, many major car manufacturers don’t even show.

Leticia of Tech Savvy Mama talks about being a woman and buying cars

As a woman, I was constantly overlooked in favor of conversations with my husband or viewed as the one to make the kids stop stress testing the buttons inside the vehicle.  No one ever looked me in the eye and talk to me about the options that were part of the tech package or safety features. Instead they pointed me in the direction of the paint finishes and fabric samples.

Jess of I Rock So What tells her multiple-Corolla story:

I’ve told my husband many that I will always buy Toyotas, because they are safe, reliable, and a great investment.  We aren’t wealthy by any stretch and aren’t interested in buying new cars every 5 years, so we need a car that will last as long as possible.  I hope that one day our children–who aren’t born yet–will ride in that Corolla and maybe even drive it themselves.

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

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  1. Fadra permalink
    April 10, 2012 11:11

    Aww, you so sweet! Thanks for including me, friend!

    • April 11, 2012 21:02

      I AM so sweet LOL. No, really, I enjoyed the hell out of meeting you.

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