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Tips for Traveling with Pets in Cars

dogTraveling with pets definitely has its pros and cons, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. Follow these tips and tricks, and your vacation with your furry friend will be a breeze.

The best thing you can do to keep your pet in a good mood on the drive (and keep him from bugging you the whole time) is to get them used to taking trips in the car before you go, taking longer and longer drives each time you go out.

Don’t just let your dog or cat roam around in the backseat or sit in the passenger seat next to you. Your pet will feel more secure in a crate or carrier; and if you get in an accident, they’re less likely to be injured.

Pack up your pet’s favorite toys, a bowl, their medicine, plastic bags for picking up waste, and lots of water to give them on the go. Keeping pets well-fed and hydrated is the most important thing you can do, especially on extended road trips.

Don’t leave your pet in the car alone! Even with the windows down, they can develop heatstroke if it’s too hot.




Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips from the CDC

Trick-or-TreatWith Autumn comes so many wonderful things: drinking apple cider until your belly hurts, pumpkin carving, road trips to admire the foliage, “sweater weather,” and of course trick-or-treating.

The latter often sees kids at their most excited. They get to dress up and be a character, hang out with friends, and, best of all, collect massive amounts of candy. Everyone loves trick-or-treating but it’s important to maintain safety.

Our friends at the CDC took some time to put together some helpful Trick-or-Treat safety tips:

  • Remember that you and your children are sharing the road with cars at night. Make sure they know to walk and never run. Consider giving them a flashlight and placing reflective tape on their shoes or bag.
  • Make sure their costumes are safe. That means ensuring that they can still see through their masks and that they can walk unimpeded.
  • Unless you know the person, it is ill-advised to eat homemade treats. Stick to factory-wrapped candy.
  • Try to limit your child’s candy consumption. Make it into a lesson in self-restraint and the dangers of addiction.

Like anything else, staying safe is important but so is having fun. Don’t forget to encourage your kids to have the maximum fun possible!




Technology Can Help You Stop Texting and Driving

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Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Nine Americans die daily due to distracted driving!

The first step to handling a problem is admitting that you have a problem. Ask yourself… Do you find it impossible to stop texting and driving? You probably already know how dangerous it is but you just can’t stand to be out of the loop. You text and drive despite that fact that nine Americans die every day from distracted driving, according to the CDC.

Although it’s technology that got you into this problem in the first place, technology can help you get out. First of all, your smartphone could have a feature that returns a custom-made message that you can personalize to anyone who texts you while you are driving, explaining that you are driving and can’t properly answer.

There are also a lot of great apps to help you avoid texting and driving. Apps like DriveOff for Android and DriveMode from AT&T can automatically detect when your vehicle is in motion and answers incoming texts with a custom message of your making.

Finally, you may just need to eliminate the temptation altogether. Do recovering alcoholics hang out at bars? Of course not! It may be time to put that phone in the trunk while you are in transit.