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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. We wish you and yours all the BEST over this holiday season!

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Has your Vehicle been Recalled?

recallThere have been roughly 100 million vehicle recalls in the United States since the start of 2014.

And many of these affected cars have yet to be repaired. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that a quarter of recalled vehicles are never fixed. There are about 60 million recalled vehicles on the road that have not been repaired, according to CarFax. Even though the repairs are free, many vehicle owners never get their cars fixed.

Some owners may not even know that their cars have been recalled. If a car was purchased from a dealer, a recall notice is sent via mail. However, many owners are no longer at the address, have since sold the car or just don’t pay attention.

Don’t let a vehicle recall on one of your cars slip through the cracks. These are significant safety issues, which need to be addressed. It is a good idea to check recalls yourself every year. NHTSA’s website recalls.gov or safecar.gov enables you to easily do that with the following tools:

  1. Check open recalls on your vehicle using the 17-digit VIN. Your VIN can be found on the registration card and on the vehicle dash. This tool tracks recalls for the past 15 years, so is especially helpful for used car owners.
  2. Search for vehicle recalls using the make, model and year of your car.
  3. Sign up for email alerts on the latest vehicle recalls.

The NHTSA is working on other proactive tools for recalls – apps and automatic alerts in the vehicle.  Until then, and even after, put your safety in your own hands and occasionally check for recalls.

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America Recycles Day

Get into the Recycling act with Adopt-A-Highway

Get into the Recycling act with Adopt-A-Highway

November 15 is America Recycles Day!

Recycling is the easiest and most effective thing that ANYONE can do to protect our natural resources, conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. It is a great day for showing that your business cares about the environment. Get into the Recycling act:

The national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years.

The current recycling rate is 34.5%.

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. works hard to Keep America Beautiful every day! We collect and recycle litter from America’s busiest roadways, with the help of our corporate sponsors, DOT partners and you! When you Adopt-A-Highway you let your customers know that you’re taking steps to help improve the environment for everyone!

If you don’t already recycle, now is a great time to start!

For the months of November and December, we will offer a special “Recycling Day” discount to help get YOU into the act.

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Veterans Day

Next Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day.

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We salute our veterans on Veterans Day and everyday!

Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors the bravery and service of all U.S. veterans. Veteran refers to anybody who served in the U.S. military (US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.

Be the smartest one in your office with these interesting facts about Veterans Day:

  1. There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in Veterans Day. Still, some spell it Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day.
  2. The holiday began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
  3. World War I ended November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month of the year.
  4. On November 11, 1921 the first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created as a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb has the words inscribed, “Here rests in honored glory An American Soldier Known but to God.” Unknown soldiers from subsequent wars have been laid to rest at this memorial.
  5. Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day by President Eisenhower in 1954.
  6. Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was observed on the Friday closest to the 11th, making it a three day holiday for federal workers.
  7. President Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original, historically significant date of November 11, in 1978.
  8. Veterans Day, honors all veterans, living or dead, which differs from Memorial Day that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.
  9. There are 19.6 million veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics available, from a 2013 Census survey.
  10. There are 1.6 million female veterans.
  11. There are 9.3 million veterans over the age of 65.

The Adopt-A-Highway Team would like to sincerely THANK all soldiers for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We SALUTE you!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Just Wooden Fences, Inc.

We are always THANKFUL when a Sponsor gives us praise. We couldn’t help but be overjoyed when we got the following letter from Just Wooden Fences, Inc., based in Missouri. It simply states exactly what we know to be true – Adopt-A-Highway is an incredible marketing tool!

Sponsor Spotlight: Just Wooden Fences, Inc.

Sponsor Spotlight: Just Wooden Fences, Inc.

This past August, our company decided to adopt a section of Highway 44 in St. Louis for two reasons:

 

1. Help the appearance of our primary demographic area, and

 

2. Gain greater exposure for our business.

 

Although we are more than happy to contribute to the ongoing cleanup effort of our community, we are overwhelmed by the response we have already received. In three short months our company name has been on the Adopt-A-Highway sign, we have gained 17 confirmed jobs from it. Extrapolating that, we conservatively anticipate an unbelievable 1,800+% ROI! That’s more than triple our billboard and radio campaign rates!”

Walter Thorngren, PE – President/Owner

As a result of the success of their original sign, Just Wooden Fences has decided to sponsor an addition segment.  If you are looking for a new fence, Support our Sponsor and please visit Just Wooden Fences, Inc. website to get a quote. There is nothing better than a happy, growing customer!

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A Safe & Spooktacular Halloween!

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Halloween is a spooky & special time of year for our little ghosts and goblins. Laughter, trick or treating, candy and great memories are the themes of October 31st . With less than two weeks until Halloween, it is time to think about making it as safe and sane as possible because, as the saying goes “it is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt”.

Avoid the hurt by helping kids pick the right costume, keeping these safety tips in mind:

  • Avoid long costumes that your trick or treaters can trip on
  • No high heels or too-big shoes
  • Avoid black costumes, choose bright colors and enhance them use reflective strips
  • No matter the costumes, put glow stick bracelets and necklaces on your children to make them more visible
  • Avoid popular unitard costumes, as they make visibility and breathing difficult for young ghosts
  • Use makeup on faces instead of masks, so children can see more clearly
  • Make sure accessories, don’t have sharp edges

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so expect more people out and more cars on the roads. Safety experts suggest parents talk and train their kids before the night of Halloween, when let’s be honest, they are too excited to really listen. Experts suggest taking kids out in the neighborhood they will be canvassing and do a “run through” – that way, both parent and child know what to expect. In addition, share the following safety tips with your kiddos.

  1. Carry a flashlight at all times
  2. Cross at corners, using traffic signals or crosswalks
  3. Look both ways before crossing roads
  4. Do not walk and text, particularly in roadways
  5. Make eye contact with driver before crossing in front of their vehicle
  6. Walk on sidewalks or paths
  7. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  8. Do not enter street from between parked cars
  9. Stay in groups and have at least one phone that is fully charged in case of emergency

If you are driving on Halloween, be aware that prime trick or treating hours are from 5:30-9:30, slow down and be alert especially in residential neighborhoods. Taking a few precautions will hopefully keep all the scares more imaginary than real.

Oh yeah, from all of us at Adopt-A-Highway remind them to make it a LITTER-FREE Halloween! Have a spooktacular time!

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Baltimore adds Sponsor-A-Road Program

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a Sponsor-A-Road Program in the City of Baltimore.

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Miss Shirley’s Cafe is one of the inaugural sponsors of Sponsor-A-Road in Baltimore

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. has worked with Baltimore City Department of Transportation to establish this innovative, self-sustaining program. The aim of Sponsor-A-Road is to keep the streets of Baltimore litter-free and promote this community’s pride while also freeing up funds for the DOT to spend on other important safety initiatives.

Sponsor-A-Road is available on all major roadways and gateways in the City of Baltimore. All 1-mile segments will be cleaned on a monthly basis by our safety, trained crews. As of October 1, 2015 more than 60 miles had already been sponsored in the Sponsor-A-Road program. Sponsors receive recognition on their “Road” with a sign displaying their name and logo. The program is open to businesses, organizations and individuals. Join Rouge Fine Catering, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Nevins & Associates, Mom’s Organic Market, Broadmead, Inc. and Autobahn Indoor Speedway, to name a few in this joint venture to keep Baltimore roads clean and safe.

For more information about City of Baltimore Sponsor-A-Road you are invited to call 800-390-2420, email Paige Woods, Territory Manager at paige@adoptahighway.net or visit our City of Baltimore page on our website – www.adoptahighway.net

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Sponsor Spotlight: Rouge Fine Catering

Sponsor-A-Highway marketing that works!

Now, THIS is smart advertising! The Rouge Fine Catering name is seen by hundreds of thousands of cars md-rouge-fine-catering-4-eper days AND we are contributing to our community by participating to the cleaning of our local highways! Definitely a win-win situation.  Green customers think we are COOL! Additionally, having developed the familiarity of our brand with the commuter has facilitated the recognition of our name when potential customers do a web search for a caterer. The highway signs have broadened our clientele and have helped us to become one of the largest caterers in Maryland.”

– Jonathan Soudry, Chef/Owner ROUGE Fine Catering, www.rougecatering.com

 

ROUGE FINE CATERING’s commitment to Sponsor-A-Highway has been overwhelming. They joined the program over 2 years ago and currently have 50+ signs. Offering quality food and excellent service, Rouge is proud to not only Sponsor-A-Highway, but to also support local farmers and co-ops. Rouge has built a solid reputation based on its delicious food but also for its sustainability and “green” efforts. We are thankful one of those “green“ efforts is working with us!

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NC Expands Sponsor-A-Highway Program

North Carolina Sponsor-A-Highway is going Statewide!

NCDOT initially launched the Sponsor-A-Highway Program in 2011. We at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. are proud to say we have been a service provider for the program since its inception. Sponsor-A-Highway allows individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations to sponsor the litter removal of a specific 1-mile segment of NC Interstates for a reasonable fee. We do all the cleaning, sponsors get the recognition. For helping keep NC Clean, sponsors receive a full color sign displaying the company name and logo installed at the beginning of the sponsored segment.

After success in the Wake-Durham County area, NCDOT has decided to launch Sponsor-A-Highway statewide. Starting on October 1, 2015, there will be 2,400 1-mile segments. All North Carolina Interstates are available for sponsorship: I-26, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-85, I-95, I-140, I-240, I-277, I-440, I-485, I-540, I-785 and the I-795.

 

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In addition to expanding the program statewide, NCDOT has rolled out a new larger sign – six feet wide by four feet tall – for greater visibility for their sponsors.

We are expecting prime locations to go quickly, so if you are interested in a North Carolina sponsorship contact Paige@adoptahighway.net or go to our quote page to request pricing information.

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True Cost of Owning a Car

Here at Adopt-A-Highway, we like to help keep you informed about all things transportation and we think these are interesting statistics for all drivers & car buyers out there!

Cars are an important part of our lives – how we get to and from work, play and school. They are an expensive component of our annual budget – but just how much does your car actually cost you each year?

The average owner will spend $8,698 in 2015 to own and operate a sedan, down 2% from 2014, according to AAA. This includes the cost of fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration fees, taxes, depreciation and finance charges associated with driving a typical sedan 15,000 miles annually.

How much does your car really cost?

How much does your car really cost?

In the United States, a driver will to spend approximately 58 cents for each mile driven, nearly $725 per month, to cover the fixed and variable costs related to owning and operating a car. Fuel and insurance are the two largest expenses; however, depreciation makes up a big chunk of overall vehicle cost. The numbers also don’t include the cost of parking, which if you live in a city, you know they can be very expensive.

Of course, the numbers for every driver and every car will be different, but the point to note here is that the true cost to operate a vehicle is much higher than just the gas you put in it. Something to consider when you are buying a new or used car.

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