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!
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.
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!
April 22nd is Earth Day 2014!
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 program 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, CALL or email Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. 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!
April is Distracted Driving Month
Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic.
A seven-year study conducted by the AAA Foundation revealed distracted driving among teens can be both dangerous and deadly. And when it comes to adults behind the wheel, accidents caused by distracted driving is a growing trend because teens aren’t the only ones to blame for using their cell phones while driving.
6 out of 10 accidents involve some kind of distraction” reports AAA Foundation.
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.
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 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
- 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
- Take NSC’s new demo Distracted Driving Online Course to learn more.
Please keep your attention on the road & help put an end to distracted driving today!
April 22nd is Earth Day 2016!
Planting trees, Protecting Life
The Canopy Project developed by Earth Day Network plants trees that assist communities in sustaining themselves and supporting local economies. Trees are critical in the community, as they reverse the impact of erosion and can also provide food, energy and income. In addition, trees filter air and help to minimize climate change.
Since launching The Canopy Project in 2011, Earth Day Network has planted over 3 million trees in 32 countries. In the United States alone, these have helped to restore urban canopies in New York, San Francisco, LA, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Flint and Chicago. These tree plantings are supported by sponsors and individual donations. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of this program. We continue to make contributions in the names of each of our new sponsors to The Canopy Project.
SO….when you sign up to Sponsor-A-Highway in April, you are helping the earth in two ways – litter removal and trees planted to sustain our planet. We call that a WIN/WIN!
Happy Earth Day 2016 to all! Make a difference this year!
Adopt-A-Highway is in the News
The following is an excerpt of an article in Priceonics written by Alex Mayyasi published March 25, 2016. An earlier version of this story was published on March 19, 2014. To read full article click here.
The Economics of “Adopting A Highway”
On stretches of most highways, you see the signs every few miles. “Adopt A Highway: Dunkin’ Donuts.” Or “Adopt A Highway: Boy Scout Troop 102.” Or even “Adopt A Highway: Sigma Nu Fraternity.” The foster parents of America’s roadways are many and varied.
The Adopt A Highway concept began with an effort in the 1980s to rally volunteers in Texas to keep highways clear of trash. It has since become a national practice, and, inevitably, a niche industry of businesses (like Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America Inc) that help corporate America to adopt highways.
These adoption agencies exist thanks to a certain compromise made by the managers of our nation’s highways: Companies would love to buy giant billboards, and states would love to have that money. But federal guidelines ban gratuitous signs alongside highways. As a result, the next best option is for companies to pay to clean up highways—and get a bit of advertising out of the “Adopt A Highway” signs that are posted in thanks.
It’s a corporate takeover of what was once a purely charitable act of volunteering. And it seems to be working pretty well…
The enduring appeal of adopting a highway, according to current CEO Melinda Centner, is that it is a relative bargain by advertising standards. Adopting (or sponsoring) a highway through AAHLRSA costs $200-$600 per month. In contrast, billboards that are visible from highways often cost $7,000-$14,000 per month. Centner and her peers describe adopting a highway as the cheapest way to get a company name in front of customers’ eyeballs…
Today all but a few states run Sponsor A Highway programs for companies to pay others to clean up roadways on their behalf. A few states like California group both volunteers and corporate sponsors under the Adopt-A-Highway name, and a state like Illinois, which doesn’t allow organizations to subcontract out the work, is part of the minority.
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