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Down With Belgian Waffles-At Least for Tonight



With the US celebration on Independence fast approaching, and the US' victory over Belgium in the FIFA also upcoming (tonight to be exact), it is time that we make a stand.  We should fight for our country and ward off the evil Belgian Waffle. 

Waffle House is declaring its support of the US team by declaring a war against the food.

Waffle…
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High volume traffic expected for Hampton Roads this weekend



Watch out, Checkered Flag fans.  The roads are about to get crazy.  4th of July travel madness is on the way.

AAA predicts record travel in Va. for holiday
The Associated Press

AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a record number of Virginians will travel this Fourth of July weekend, despite higher gas prices.

The auto club estimates 1.16 million Virginians will travel between Wednesday and Sunday, July 6. That would be a 1.9 percent increase over last Fourth of July weekend and the first increase since 2011.

More than 1 million of those travelers are expected to drive, even…
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3-D Projection Mapping of BMW X5



Thanks to Checkered Flag BMW fan, K. Warner, for sending us a link to this super cool BMW video. 

BMW is known for their over-the-top launch events for good reason.  This particular video features the 2013 BMW X5.  The 3D projection mapping presentation technique has become a favorite of BMW in the last few years.  

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Stunning Jaguar XJ 3-D projection mapping



While sifting through videos this morning, I came across this oldie-but-goodie from Jaguar.  The technique featured is called 3-D projection mapping.  This particular video features a transparent model of a 2013 Jaguar XJ that has been fitted with a LED engine.  The presentation is stunning, certainly worth the watch.

For more in Jaguar events, stay tuned to the home of your Virginia Beach Jaguar specialists, Checkered Flag Jaguar.

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Teaching your teen to drive this summer?



Checkered Flag Toyota presents: Toyota Teen Drivers

Parenting vs. Coaching

Are you ready to be a coach? You don't need special training to teach your teen to drive, and while you may not feel prepared to take on the role of Driver's Ed instructor, this responsibility falls on parents most of the time.

You play a vital role when your teen is learning how to drive. You may be a good driver, but you likely don't know how to teach someone else to…
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New Virginia legislation for drivers starts July 1st




As of July 1st, many newly-passed laws are going into effect in Virginia.  This year, much of the legislation has will affect drivers.  Here are a few that Checkered Flag drivers should review.

From The Virginian-Pilot:

Hybrid tax

Owners of hybrid gasoline/electric cars screamed bloody murder after the 2013 Assembly levied a $64 annual tax on those vehicles as part of a larger transportation funding package. The tax unfairly penalized them for doing the right thing by helping reduce carbon emissions, hybrid owners complained.

Lawmakers heard the outcry and repealed the tax. Drivers who already have paid it for…
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VDOT suspending all temporary lane closures for 4th weekend



Great news, Checkered Flag fans!  We?ve got an important traffic update from our friends at The Virginian-Pilot that could affect your 4th of July weekend plans.

Virginia State-wide:
The Associated Press  June 27, 2014   

Temporary highway lane closures will be suspended across Virginia to help Independence Day travelers reach their holiday destinations.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says lane closures in temporary…
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Safety Series: How to escape from a submerged vehicle




It's summer once again.  And, you Checkered Flag fans know what that means.  Another season of Checkered Flag's Summer Safety Series!  Yay! 

This year, we're kicking off the season with a very important lesson for all Hampton Roads drivers.  The following is an instructional video on what to do if your vehicle is submerged.  The video will cover a…
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Heavy traffic and detours along I-664 and I-64 tonight



Heads up, Checkered Flag fans!  If you are planning to travel I-64 or I-664 this evening, you may end up sitting in traffic for a while with possible re-direction.

Lane, ramp closures tonight on I-64 at I-664
The Virginian-Pilot   

Drivers should be alert tonight to lane and ramp closures on Interstate 64 at I-664.

Crews will be installing and removing overhead signs and…
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