Summer is off to a HOT start. The body sweats to cool itself down. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough and temperatures can rise quickly to dangerous levels. Our Adopt-A-Highway workers spend many hours in the sun picking up litter and making sure the highways are clean. So we thought we would share some of our Beat the Heat tips:
- Drink plenty of water, before and after you are in the sun
- Drink water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty
- Stay away from alcohol, caffeinated and sugary drinks which contribute to dehydration
- Wear loose fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing
- Wear a hat
- Apply sunscreen
- Rest frequently in the shade to cool down
- Know the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke (see graphic)
If you suspect somebody is suffering from heat-related illness, get them into a cool spot and contact medical personnel.
As the weather heats up and the traditional school year ends, it is time to get out there and HIT THE ROAD! AAA reports that 66% of Americans will take a summer trip in 2016. In fact, the majority of those planning to travel this summer will take 3.5 trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Road trips, national parks and theme parks are the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel this summer.
That’s right Americans are taking road trips! Nearly 56% of travelers are planning a driving vacation this summer, according to AAA. According to Enterprise Rent-A-Car (one of our valued sponsors) more than half of Americans are willing to drive up to 300 miles for a weekend road trip.
Gas prices are expected to remain low, which is contributing to the boost in driving trips. Travelers also say they prefer to drive because of the flexibility it provides once at their destination.
Summer is the time to HIT THE ROAD! We mean that literally – it is the BEST time to add Adopt-A-Highway to your marketing plan. More travelers and families exploring this great nation, means more great exposure for your business.
So summer is finally here and if you are like most of us, you will be spending some time in your car with kids this summer. Here are some tips from real MOMs on what to have handy in your car to make the adventure more enjoyable.
- Doggy bags: “Yes, doggy bags. Throw a roll of these bags into your beach bag for wet bathing suits, dirty diapers, sunblock explosions, taking home seashells, and every other mess or blowout you can and can’t plan for. The bags are small but super handy.”
- Pre-packaged snacks: It’s summer, so while we are always proponents of healthy eating, a bag of goldfish every now and then won’t hurt them. Particularly in summer when kids are getting a healthy dose of exercise.
- Blankets/Towels/Pillows: Some comfort from home can make a long ride or long day so much better.
- Trash bag/container: Keeping a trash bag or container in the car cuts down on cleaning after a trip and helps reduce LITTER everywhere!
- Mesh laundry bag: Great for carrying items such as sand toys to and from the beach, and you won’t take half the sand home with you because it is mesh.
Count the Adopt-A-Highway signs along the road. Remember to support those that are supporting clean and safe roads along your way! Go and enjoy the adventure!
Wherever you decide for your adventure, did you know that gas prices will be the lowest gas prices for this time of year since 2005. Still, it might be a good idea to use some technology to keep your trip on a budget. AAA Fuel Cost Calculator allows you to budget your gas, it factors in your car make, model, year and type of road you are using to get from A to B. Fuelcaster.com predicts gas prices 24 hours in advance, so you can plan your fill up – today or tomorrow? It is always a good idea to tune into The Weather Channel to avoid bad weather and road conditions whenever possible. At the very least, be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you by packing an umbrella, waterproof blanket and emergency kit.
To make the road trip more fun for your kiddos, try some of the following:
- Classic car games such as I Spy, I am Going on a Picnic and The Name Game.
- Give your kids a paper map (Rand McNally, AAA) and let them keep track of exits, scenic spots, towns, etc.
- Listen to your kids, if they want to stop at a location DO IT – research and learn about the location. If they get a say, they will be more engaged.
- Pack snacks and drinks to avoid the fast-food frenzy. Don’t forget wet wipes for clean-up of any spills or sticky fingers.
- Stop at rest stops along the way, not just for the restroom but to burn off a little energy. Pack a jump rope, baseball gear or a Frisbee. Spend 15 minutes or so getting the wiggles out.
- Teach your kids NOT to be litterbugs. Take a look at the roadways – are they clean or dirty? Talk to your kids about litter and its impact on our environment.
In our experience, some of the most memorable family vacations happen on the open road. So enjoy and get out there this summer! Oh, and by the way, support those Adopt-A-Highway sponsors you see along the way!
Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. The THIRD week in May is specifically “BIKE TO WORK WEEK” and the 3rd Friday (May 20th) is “BIKE TO WORK DAY.”
It is National Bike to Work Week 2016.
- It’s Fun
- It’s a Workout
- It’s Cost-effective
- It’s Green
More than half of the U.S. population lives within 5 miles of their workplace, making biking to work a feasible commuting option. Studies show that once somebody participates in a BIKE TO WORK event, they are more likely to become a regular bike commuter. Since 2000, bike commuting has grown by 62%.
Let’s get those tires pumped up and get riding!
If you are not riding, be extra cautious on the roadways and as always be SAFE!
Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. is proud to partner with Skilled Wound Care, a caring sponsor that is willing to explore new options to offer the best care possible.
We decided to Adopt A Highway because our group spends significant hours on our beautiful freeways, and we find it is our duty to keep these beautiful roads clean, free and safe of debris for all!” Dr. Bardia Anvar, Founder, CEO
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile national physicians group that consults long-term care facilities on the treatment of wounds. Skilled Wound Care’s mission is to transform the chronic wound care model in the nursing facility, to better patient’s lives, empower nurses, and raise public awareness. Chronic wounds, which result from pressure, diabetes, or vascular disease have become an epidemic in the United States. One of SWC’s primary goals is to give long-term care nurses the right education and support to stay up to date on the latest wound treatments. Dr. Bardia Anvar, a board-certified general surgeon, founded SWC in 2007. He saw an opportunity to build a practice around visiting facilities and teaching physicians, physician extenders and nurses specifically about wound care. Today, Skilled Wound Care has 40 physicians and physician’s assistants in California, Texas and Louisiana. Skilled Wound Care physicians partner with long-term facilities and work with the medical staff on what dressings to use, how to monitor the sores and other practices. SWC’s nurses and nursing home partners are positively transforming traditional nursing home wound care.
We are so pleased to call Skilled Wound Care an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor!
At Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal LITTER is a dirty word!
Littering has economic, legal and environmental impacts in the form of spending millions of dollars in cleaning up litter, huge fines if caught littering from a vehicle and damage to our surroundings that can effect plants and animals and can cause loss to local tourism industry. Why we at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal thinks LITTER is a Dirty word:
Litter can cause severe car accidents. All that it takes is for some trash in the road and it’s a car accident waiting to happen. You can indirectly cause a car accident by littering on the road.
It’s illegal. Though the fines vary by state, city and county, you will be charged if you are caught littering.
Lowers home values. Places with high littering also have lower home and property values and are more likely to be the site of fires.
It’s expensive…very expensive. Ever year millions upon millions of taxpayers’ dollars are spent cleaning up litter.
Environmental problems. Litter on the ground degrades natural areas, kills plants and animals. Cigarette butts, which make up half of all littered objects, take ten years to decompose because of cellulose acetate.
Litter can spoil water quality. The hazardous waste seeps into soil and can cause ground water pollution.
We can’t stop everybody from littering (although it is worth a try), we will commit to keeping the roads clean with your sponsorship! Contact us today for a quote.