How I Drive | Profile of Melanie Batenchuk, Be Car Chic founder & editor

This week, in our “How I Drive” series, we’re checking out the driving style of our awesome founder and editor, Melanie Batenchuk!

From working at the dealership level to serving as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) for two terms, Melanie sets the stage for women in the automotive industry. Have a question about a certain automotive trend or shopping for a new car? You can count on Melanie to apply her thorough industry knowledge to get you on your way.


How I Drive | Melanie Batenchuk

Location: Washington, D.C. (more specifically, Arlington, VA)

Daily Driver: Ambition, my 2003 Honda Accord, and whatever press car is mine for the week. Otherwise, I share a 2013 BMW X3 35i with my husband.

Time Spent Driving/day: My office is a 7-minute walk from my house, so I try to walk as much as possible. That means I leave the driving to the weekends when I can really get to know a vehicle.

Road most traveled: I-395 N into downtown D.C.

Driving Style in One Word: Determined

In-Car Must Haves: Bluetooth for distraction free driving, backup camera (never thought I’d say that), comfortable seats (including 60/40 splitting rear seats) and satellite radio.

Driving tunes: You can find me tuning between 80’s on 8, 90’s on 9 and the 2000’s on channel 10. I’m all about those nostalgic tunes (especially 90’s R&B and hip hop).

Time-saving technique: Knowing the route I’m taking before I get in and drive. If I’m using GPS, I’ll usually review the route it’s going to give me and know it in my head so I don’t have to rely 100 percent on the navigation.

Hanging from rear view: Never have hung anything from my mirror. I’m a minimalist (read OCD) inside the car.

Stay tuned for more “How I drive” profiles. Whose profile do you want to see next?

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.