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#PTOTY20 – Day 3 Recap: Fuel Economy and Seaside Photos

Life is a Highway

Chad Kirchner
Oct 18, 2019
Fuel economy runs aren't fun. Climbing into a truck first thing in the morning, hitting standstill traffic on the 405 and driving for a few hours isn't a vacation. However, it is necessary for proper vehicle testing, and at the end of the day we could hang out at the beach. So maybe it's not that bad?
After returning our trailers last night we regrouped in the morning and headed north out of Los Angeles towards the Pismo Beach area. Pismo Beach is the one beach in all of California where anyone can actually drive on the beach. Tourists can also rent beach rides and even ride horses if they show choose. We were scheduled to meet up with some lifeguards and get some epic beach shots for the magazine.
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But first, the 405. If you've never been to LA before, you don't know what traffic on this expressway is like. That is especially true around the area of LAX. What else is near LAX? The Truck Trend offices.
A few accidents kept our average pace below 5 miles per hour. You can learn a lot about a truck in this situation. How easy is it to lane change? How smooth is the transmission in notoriously difficult stop-and-go cruising? Is there adaptive cruise control to help ease the annoyance of traffic?
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Perhaps most importantly, does the radio suck? When you're not moving you have a lot of time to mess with the audio settings and find the right tune for the journey. Nearly all of the trucks here are using a branded stereo, such as B&O or Alpine.
Eventually after clearing the mayhem of Los Angeles traffic cleared up and we charged up the Pacific coast towards our date with destiny. Driving 11 of the newest pickup trucks on sale onto a beach definitely draws attention. Seagulls are also omnipresent, waiting to dive bomb you with some fresh excrement.
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We even met some friendly local constabulary who helped us out with some photos and really made beachgoers curious.
Tomorrow involves more driving and a bit of light off-roading. How will the trucks do when the pavement is non-existent? Wait and find out.