April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Based on reports by the NHTSA, over 3,100 people were killed and more than 420,000 were injured in distracted driving related crashes in 2013. We all know that number just keeps getting higher as more and more distractions are available to drivers.
Keep in mind that distracted driving is not limited to talking and texting on cell phones, though that is the largest culprit. Anything that distracts a driver from the road – eating, grooming, talking to passengers, navigation systems, changing the radio station – can be considered dangerous and distracting. Driving is a skill; it takes a person’s visual, manual and cognitive attention. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, hands or mind away from the task of driving can slow reaction time, cause drivers to fail to identify hazards in the roadway or cause a driver to miss a stop sign or signal. The most disturbing thing is that largest group of people texting while driving are young, inexperienced drivers.
We all agree that distracted driving is dangerous, it is a no brainer. However, there is a very real disconnect between this knowledge and driver’s actual behavior. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index found more than a 25% of drivers admitted to typing or sending a text or email, even though almost 80% agreed that doing so is a very serious threat to safety, and 84% affirmed it is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.
Some tips to break this hazardous habit and potentially save lives:
- Use an app that let’s people know you are behind the wheel – AT&T, Verizon & Sprint all have versions
- Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting the car
- Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver starts to text – offer to make the call or send a text for them
- Pull off the road and park the car if you MUST make a call or text
- Talk to your kids about distracted driving, show them video and create consequences if they text and drive
Be safe out there!
What are you going to do to change the planet?
April 22nd is Earth Day 2015 and more than one billion people worldwide will take some action to protect this planet and the environment. The act can be as simple as planting a single tree or picking up one piece of litter. Each act and each person, young or old, can make a difference. That is what this grassroots environmental movement is all about. Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin, in 1970, to increase awareness of environmental problems. From its humble beginnings and simple concept, Earth Day is credited with the creation of the EPA and The Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts. Over the past 45 years, Earth Day has grown to the largest annual environmental event worldwide. Here are some simple ways to celebrate Earth Day:
- Walk or bike the kids to or home from school
- Plant something, preferable something edible
- Begin a recycling at home or at work
- Turn off the lights
- Donate, reuse, up-cycle items that you are not using
- Feed the birds
- Visit Earth Day Network for more ideas www.earthday.org
Or better yet, contact Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org for a special Earth Day discount today!
The need for a clean environment continues and we hope you will be a part of it, we certainly will continue to clean the highways and recycle wherever we can!
At Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, we wish you the happiest or Easter! Enjoy your treats, our Peeps!
In 1953, it took 27 hours to make a single Peep Marshmallow. Today, at the Peeps factory in Bethlehem, PA, it takes just 6 minutes per Peep. In fact, more than 5.5 million chicks are hatched per day. Yellow chicks are the ORIGINAL. Yellow Peeps (chicks and bunnies) are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, then white.
For the past 20 years, no other non-chocolate Easter candy has been able to compete with Peeps. During Easter, Peeps even outsell jelly beans.
Americans will eat more than 600 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this Easter. Some popular ways to eat Peeps: stale, microwaved, frozen, roasted, in s’mores or served as toppings on pizza.
Enjoy your Peeps any way you like this Easter – April 5th.
We welcome Spring with open arms!
Spring brings relief from the winter weather, but also brings potholes, puddles, slippery roads. As the seasons change, so do road conditions. Stay safe on the road this spring with the following driving tips:
- Spring showers bring blooming flowers and wet roads.Slow down and increase your following distance when it rains. Keep in mind that even mist or light rain can mix with oil on the roads to create slick challenging road conditions.
- Check your windshield wipers, both front and back. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
- Puddles can impair brakes, obscure vision, or cause you to hydroplane. If you find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off the accelerator-do not brake.
- Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians outside. Pedestrians may be texting, talking on phones, and listening to music, they can be as distracted as drivers. Be cautious at all times.
- If possible, go around potholes.Potholes-an effect of winter weather-can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you cannot avoid a pothole, slow down, as the damage can be costly.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
- Spring weather can be temperamental, so be prepared for changes.
Now, go and ENJOY the great outdoors!
Spring is just around the corner, but while the thaw is welcome after this long, cold winter, it is also the start of POTHOLE season.
Potholes develop when water seeps below the road surface, freezes and expands. This pushes the pavement upward while the traffic above further stresses the roadway. When the pavement thaws, it gradually falls into the hole and eventually traffic chips away and expands the pothole.
Potholes can grow to several feet in width, though they usually only develop to depths of a few inches. If they become large enough, damage to tires, wheels, and vehicle suspensions is liable to occur.
Most state DOTs have a pothole hotline or reporting system. Check the state DOT website to see how to report potholes.
When you see pothole repair crews, slow down and be extremely cautious near mobile work zones for your own safety and that of these very important road crews.
Starting with 2016 models, all cars will be required to come equipped with rear-view or back-up cameras. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries occur every year due to back-over crashes. The new regulation follows an outcry from consumer groups and families impacted by tragic back-over accidents, especially those involving children. A back-up camera shows about 20 feet into the rear blind zone and has proven to increase safety. The NHTSA estimates that 58 to 69 lives will be saved annually, numerous injuries and many “fender-benders” will be avoided once all vehicles have rear-view systems. In fact, safety has improved greatly as many automakers, responding to consumer demand, have starting offering standard or optional cameras on new models as they are redesigned.
We spend our whole adult lives trying to keep our children safe and sound. Then one day they turn 16 and we are faced with the biggest safety challenge of all – handing over the keys to the car! It is a daunting task to teach them to drive, but it is even harder to let them go on that first solo trip. To be sure your teen (and you) are ready, here are some good rules to live by:
- Always Buckle Up – driver and all passengers should be buckled up before the key is in the ignition. It is simple, seatbelts save lives!
- No Cell Phones while driving – NO exceptions! Texting is a no-no – it requires a driver to take eyes off the road and at least one hand off the wheel. Almost half (43%) of teens admit to texting and driving. While states are cracking down with new laws, it is imperative that parents and kids know the danger of texting and driving.
- No extra passengers – teens are easily distracted by others and prone to take greater risks due to peer pressure or perceived peer pressure. Eliminate this tendency by limiting the number of passengers a teen can drive (some states do this for you) in the 1st year of driving.
- No alcohol – the risk of getting in an accident while driving and drinking are well known and documented. Another thing to point out to your teens is the consequences of breaking the law, even if no one gets hurt in an accident. They can include jail time, loss of driving privileges, attorney’s fees, court costs, fines and insurance fees. It is also possible that a teen could lose academic eligibility, college acceptance and scholarship awards.
- Slow Down – Not just “don’t speed”, this also means do not rush between things or to get home for curfew. When we hurry, we make mistakes and any misstep while driving can be deadly.
Most of all show your kids safe driving behavior – we are their role models, and actions always speak louder than words.
ROUGE FINE CATERING, one of the premier caterers in Maryland, has been a Sponsor for over 2 years and has 20+ signs. Offering quality food and excellent service, Rouge is proud to not 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 AAHLRSA!
Now, THIS is smart advertising! The Rouge Fine catering name is seen by hundreds of thousands of cars per 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