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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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9/11

A National Day of Service and Remembrance.

We at Adopt-A-Highway pray for the families and remember the victims of 9/11.

 Let us all Never Forget!911-national-day-of-service-and-remembrance

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Sponsor Spotlight: EarthCam

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service would like to THANK EarthCam for it’s unique views of the world and for helping keep that world clean!

EarthCam helping keep the our roads clean and safe!

EarthCam helping keep the our roads clean and safe!

EarthCam, Inc., launched EarthCam.com in 1996 with a mission to build a network of webcams offering views of unique and popular destinations worldwide. The site quickly became a place “Where the World Watches the World”, offering viewers internationally access to thousands of webcams.

EarthCam has built a reputation for creating opportunities for viewers to experience events without leaving their homes. Whether it’s a webcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Mardi Gras from New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street or visiting the pandas’ den at Zoo Atlanta. EarthCam brings viewers to each location through their live webcams.

By visiting EarthCam.com you can see historical places and landmarks around the world. EarthCam cameras are located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, Seattle’s Space Needle, Wall Street’s notable Charging Bull, in the  torch of the Statue of Liberty and more, all of which deliver unique views, both live and archived.

As the company has grown, EarthCam expanded beyond building its network of tourism cameras and extended its reach into other industries by developing and delivering technology for many applications in verticals including construction, transportation, and surveillance. With that concept came the creation of EarthCam.net, a site for businesses and organizations to purchase webcams and EarthCam’s proprietary software to manage their camera networks.

With EarthCam, you can literally see the whole world! It is no wonder EarthCam is a Sponsor-A-Highway sponsor – they are committed to keeping the world a clean place for millions of people to view!

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What is Labor Day?

 

Keep American and the highways clean this Labor Day!

Keep American and the highways clean this Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. But, really, what is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a holiday in the United States that is dedicated to workers across the country. The intention of the holiday is to recognize the contributions that laborers make to the United States as a whole. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September – this year it is Monday, September 7th. Interestingly, one of key reasons for choosing to celebrate on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

The first Labor Day was actually held in 1882 and it became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally envisioned that the day would be filled with street parades to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. A festival was often held to amuse local workers and their families. These traditions have changed over the years. Now Labor Day is viewed as the last big hurrah of summer and a busy travel weekend. In fact, according to AAA, 35.5 million Americans, will travel over this coming holiday weekend. An estimated 87% of travelers will get where they’re going by car (lots of eyes to see those Sponsor-A-Highway signs); 7% will fly and 5% by other modes of transportation, including bus and rail.

So there you have it – Labor Day in a nutshell. Just another Fun Fact from Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Lion’s Choice

Sponsor Spotlight: Lion's Choice

Support Sponsor-A-Highway, try a Lion’s Choice Roast Beef Sandwich today!

Lion’s Choice is a quick-service chain famous for serving lean, thinly shaved roast beef sandwiches in the Saint Louis area for nearly 50 years. Lion’s Choice first opened its doors in Ballwin, MO in 1967 and has grown to 24 locations throughout the Saint Louis area.

Lion’s Choice’s built its reputation by serving customers top-round roast beef, slow-roasted daily on-site, shaved thin to order and served with a dash of secret seasoning on a steamed bun. Its long-standing devotion to quality, taste, and nutrition, combined with its exceptional customer service has earned Lion’s Choice a loyal customer base and a reputation as a Saint Louis institution. In fact, many transplanted Saint Louisans make Lion’s Choice their first stop when they come back home to visit. Its dedication to delivering quality food with great service has earned Lion’s Choice recognition as the Best Fast Food Restaurant in the area multiple times.

Lion’s Choice has a long history of supporting its community through participation in charitable organizations and by sponsoring schools and youth activities.

For nearly 50 years, Lion’s Choice has been committed to supporting our community and doing our part to make our community a better place. The Adopt-A-Highway program offers us the opportunity to keep our community and our highways clean,” says Mark Disper, President and CEO of Lion’s Choice.

Given its long-standing commitment to the community, it is no surprise that Lion’s Choice has partnered with Adopt-A-Highway to keep Saint Louis clean.

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Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety tips from Adopt A Highway

Every child deserves a safe route to school – Back to School Safety

As summer draws to an end and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 55 million children across the United States will be heading back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school. Always in late August/September, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making this a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians.  Here are some safety tips that parents can use to help get your kids safely to and from school:

  • Practice the route with your children
  • Teach them to always use the same route, no shortcuts
  • Cross streets only at crosswalks, preferably with crossing guards
  • Always use left-right-left rule when crossing the street
  • Put away the cell phone – distracted walking/biking can be as dangerous as distracted driving
  • Walk in a group
  • Don’t wear headphones
  • Bikers should obey traffic laws just like vehicles
  • If riding a bike or scooter, always wear a helmet
  • Younger children should be taught to walk bikes across the street
  • And, always Adopt-A-Highway’s favorite tip – Don’t Litter

Every child deserves a safe route to school – we can all help by taking a little extra care and paying closer attention this time of year.

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Sponsor A Highway Spotlight: The Crab Cooker

The Crab Cookers helps keep the 55 Freeway litter free!

The Crab Cookers helps keep the 55 Freeway litter free!

With locations in both Newport Beach (since 1951) and Tustin, The Crab Cooker is an institution in Southern California. Eating at The Crab Cooker is like going back in time to the days when every beach town had a place where all the locals and tourists could get great food at a moderate price. The outside of the restaurant is painted in bright red. Inside the restaurant, the decoration is a collection of unique items ranging from paintings by famous artists, theater chandeliers, pots and pans, a wrought-iron gate, nautical equipment – and a giant shark. The restaurant is known for its friendly service and casual atmosphere – you eat off of paper plates.

The Crab Cooker’s “World’s Best” Manhattan-style clam chowder is fittingly named, and when combined with a loaf of fisherman’s bread just simply cannot be beat. Other specialties include skewers of scallops, crab and lobster, oysters, crab or shrimp cocktail, salmon fillet and other fresh fish.

The company slogan – “Eat Lots A Fish!” – says it all. We at Adopt-A-Highway may be a little biased, but we suggest if you are anywhere in SoCal, a stop at The Crab Cooker is well worth it!

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