Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to turn your clocks BACK one hour. The time change shifts daylight back into the morning hours, but means you’ll be driving home in the dark after work on Monday. When drivers have spent the past eight months commuting in a well-lit setting, it can be hard to the change to standard time and driving in the dusk/dark. We have working crews on the roads, so we take road safety seriously at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service.
As we all fall back and adjust to the time change, here are some road safety tips:
- Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep.
- Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights, and signal lights.
- Give yourself extra time time to get where you want to go.
- Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians.
- Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react.
FALL BACK FACTS to share this weekend!
- The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time in the U.S., including time zones and daylight saving time.
- Correct name is DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) – not Savings.
- Hawaii & Arizona are the only states that do not observe it. Although some territories also abstain.
- DST lasts for 8 months out of the year, while standard time is only 4 months long.
- Daylight Saving Time returns March 10, 2019.
Litter and debris on roads cause car accidents. All that it takes is for some trash in the road and it is an accident waiting to happen. Whether it is the result of a Toyota Prius running over a piece of metal on the highway or an RV swerving to avoid trash, you can indirectly cause an accident by littering. Unsecured loads are responsible for an estimated 25,000 accidents each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 80-90 deaths per year (Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety). To make sure your vehicle is road-worthy, please review the following tips:
- Use tarps, bungee cords, netting, straps or rope
- Put lighter weight items at the bottom of the load
- Tie larger items directly to your vehicle
- Don’t overload your vehicle
Finally, and honestly the most important, is answering one simple question should indicate if your load is secure:
WOULD I FEEL SAFE IF I WERE DRIVING BEHIND MY VEHICLE?
Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety. Please get a quote to see how you can make a difference by sponsoring a highway!
Multiple Signs Boost Marketing Power
Boost marketing with multiple Sponsor-A-Highway signs!
We have many sponsors that opt to sponsor multiple segments of highways – some in a single market, some across the nation. Many sponsors have 100+ signs, while others have three signs located near their primary business. Sponsor-A-Highway signage is very cost-effective. Any business can afford to boost marketing and make the program their own. It is scale-able to your budget constraints while making a big impact on customers and the community.
We asked why companies choose Sponsor-A-Highway to boost their branding and here is what a few said:
Literally, Johnson Automotive is the largest sponsor in the United States with over 300 signs and adding more all the time. They have found that multiple signs boosts marketing power!
Weddings@Bohemia Outlook has several signs in Delaware which have clearly increased their reach and brand awareness.
There is nothing that says it better than a client’s testimonial. We are proud to have happy sponsors! To boost YOUR marketing power go to our GET A QUOTE page and ask about our multiple sign pricing!
In honor of Earth Day 2018, Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, will make a donation to Keep America Beautiful for each new sponsor. Our mutual mission is to end litter and keep our country clean.
Keep America Beautiful inspires, as well as educates people to take action each day to improve and beautify their community.
We envision a country where every community is a clean, green beautiful place to live.”
Through a variety of national programs and initiatives with our more than 600 community-based affiliates, KAB engages more than 5 million volunteers. Most importantly, their efforts and programs aim to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities.
We hope to make a large donation as part of our Earth Day promotion. Get a quote today to Keep America Beautiful.
Litter removal on our highways is expensive and never ending. Annually more than $11.5 billion is spent to keep roads clean. Each Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for their own litter removal expenses – which adds up quickly.
We get lots of questions about our program.
We understand, It is confusing. Some states call both programs Adopt-A-Highway, some specify Sponsor-A-Highway. Even our company name makes it confusing.
So, here it is Volunteer or Sponsor: What is the Difference?
Adopt-A-Highway volunteer and Sponsor-A-Highway programs are both beneficial. They reduce the overall clean-up costs to the DOTs, allowing these funds to be used on other infrastructure safety projects. Both are DOT approved and supported. Sponsorship is a partnership with a service provider such as ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY LITTER REMOVAL SERVICE OF AMERICA. Volunteer programs are run by the state and are usually coordinated at a local level.
One of the primary differences in the volunteer & sponsor programs is safety. Many heavily traveled highways just are not safe for volunteers, so they are not available to adopt. Sponsorship programs allows these highways to be cleaned. The litter removal is completed by employees that go through strict safety-training.
Keeping highways free from litter is not an easy or glamorous task,” said AAHLRSA President Alejandro Macia “But we take pride in beautifying the roads and maintaining safety for traveling motorists. We do it with our excellent field crews, who are experienced at working along busy highways.”
Other differences include the frequency and consistency. Volunteer programs typically require 2 cleanings per year. Many volunteer groups do significantly more than that, but some do the minimum requirement. With a sponsor program, DOTs set the frequency of litter removal based on traffic counts and need. Litter is removed from sponsored segments once or twice a month. This frequency means litter build up is reduced all year-round.
A final difference is the signage. Since sponsors are supporting highway litter removal through a fee, the signs in most states are larger, include color and logo. Volunteer signs include the name of the volunteer group in black, no colors and no logos.
Bottom line, we all want to help keep the highways clean & people safe!
Check out our MARKETS page and see if there is a SPONSORSHIP program available in your area. For volunteer opportunities, visit your state DOT website.
National Pet Day – Driving with Fido
Does your pet love to ride in the car?
Some safety tips for driving with your pet on National Pet Day.
It is very common to see pets as passengers. However, traveling in automobiles can be extremely dangerous for your family pet – and you. It involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few road safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and drive with Fido.
Keep pets safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure the crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
Secure your pet in the car. Just like any passenger, buckle them up.
If you decide to skip the crate, do not allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. tThe wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or litter into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects (rocks, litter, etc) as you drive down the road.
It is always recommended that the dog be in the back seat or storage area of the car, especially if the car has airbags. While airbags save lives of people, they can seriously injure pets.
Keep food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
Be sure to bring bottled water and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Drinking water from an area he is not used to could result in stomach troubles.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car heat up very quickly. Likewise, in cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold.
Last but not least, always watch the road. As cute as they are, do not let your pet distract you while you’re driving.
Employee Spotlight: Monica Seymour
All-Star Employee: Monica Seymour, National Operations Director
All-Star employee, Monica Seymour has been with Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. for over 10 years. Working out of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America’s offices in San Diego, she manages the Operations Department. Monica works very closely with all of our field crews as well as our DOT and Agency partners. Truly, the one of the BEST things about Monica is that she literally does anything and everything to get the job done right!
Recently, we received a phone call regarding a sponsored segment that needed to be cleaned ASAP. Our crews were in another area and could not get to the location immediately. So, what did Monica do? Obviously, she put on a hard hat, a safety vest, grabbed a grapple and proceeded to go clean up the 1-mile segment (check out our photo proof).
Therefore, Monica is a huge asset to Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. We could not keep the highways clean without her commitment and dedication. Thank you, Monica!