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Road Trippin’

road-trip-signSchool is getting out soon, which means summer road trip season. If you are planning a family car trip – and honestly, if you aren’t you should be – where will you go?

Wherever you decide for your adventure, did you know that gas prices will be lower this year than last summer? According to Gas Buddy, June will be slightly more expensive than July and August this year for gas. 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. 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:

  1. Classic car games such as I Spy, I am Going on a Picnic and The Name Game.
  2. Give your kids a paper map (Rand McNally, AAA) and let them keep track of exits, scenic spots, towns, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. Pack snacks and drinks to avoid the fast-food frenzy. Don’t forget wet wipes for clean-up of any spills or sticky fingers.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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Road Trip Time

Are you taking a road trip this Memorial Day weekend? Well, you are not alone! AAA reports that about 37.2 million motorists will hit the US highways on Memorial Day weekend – Thursday May 21st- Sunday May 25th. This represents almost a 5% increase over last year and the highest level of travel for the last decade. Lower gas prices and an improved economy are part of the reason. It also shows that Americans are ready to get summer started after a grueling winter in most of the nation. Auto travel is by far the most popular form of transportation on the holiday weekend. Of course, everybody loves a road trip! Make sure you plan ahead for a smoother trip and enjoyable holiday with a quick driveway car inspection. Be sure to check the following:
• Fluids – oil, brake & transmission fluidsRoad Trip
• Hoses & belts
• Tires – both pressure and tread
• Wipers & wiper fluid
• Exterior lighting – make sure all bulbs are working properly

AAA reports that the most common roadside assistance calls are for dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. A quick check can save you a lot of stress. Also, not a bad idea to download AAA ap ( just in case!

Drive safe and support those Adopt-A-Highway sponsors you see along the way!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Children’s Dental Theatre

MO-ChildrensDentalTheatre-wAs parents, most of us have experienced a child and the dentist office – not a very fun experience. Our featured sponsor has creatively changed that. Children’s Dental Theatre in St. Louis, has taken the dread out of the dentist visit for kids. Children enjoy a movie in one of two theaters, and continue the movie in the exam room!  This approach to dental care for children has won rave reviews from both parents and kids. Children’s Dental Theatre provides preventive dental care, including:

  • Cavity Prevention
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Dental Exams and X-rays
  • Dental Sealants
  • Tooth Brushing
  • As well as other services

They have put some fun into a dentist visit for kids (and parents too!) It is so very important to make kids comfortable going to the dentist to set up for a lifetime of proper oral health.

Children’s Dental Theatre’s participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program has been the most effective marketing tool, reaching new and potential patients daily.  The program has allowed us to contribute to our community in a meaningful way that resonates with our patient base.”

  Jennifer Jones, Partner Children’s Dental Theatre | St. Louis, MO

We are proud to have Children’s Dental Theatre as an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor! Look for their sign on I-70 East at the Kingshighway Blvd. exit.  and visit them at for more information or to make your appointment today!

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How do I Adopt A Highway?

Adopt-A-Highway: Volunteer & Sponsorship

The term and concept of Adopt-A-Highway is well-known throughout the United States. Lesser known, is the fact that most states offer two very different Adopt-A-highway programs.

Volunteer Adopt-A-Highway Program

The first is a Volunteer Adopt-A-Highway program, in which organizations or individuals sign up to clean a certain segment of roadway. Most often twice a year clean up is suggested for Volunteer programs. These programs have been very successful and are of great value to any community. However, there are some limitations due to traffic safety and an increased danger in the litter being thrown to side of the roads – needles, meth pots and broken bottles.

Sponsorship Adopt-A-Highway/Sponsor-A-Highwayadopt-a-highway-sign-massachusetts

On highly traveled highways, it is unsafe for volunteers to be out collecting litter. It is also extremely expensive for state DOTs to keep the highways litter-free. In comes the Sponsor-A-Highway program. It is a simple concept, with great marketing power. Here is how it works:

  1. A business, organization or individual pays a fee to sponsor a 1- or 2-mile segment of a highway or Interstate.
  2. They get a prominent sign, featuring their name and logo on that segment.
  3. Our trained crews come in a clean the sponsored location anywhere from every 2-weeks to 6 times a year, depending amount of litter, location and DOT requirements

Both Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-Highway programs improve the community in which they are based and help divert funds that would be used on litter removal to greater safety issues. We hope that everybody gets involved and contributes in one way or another. To find a program in your area: go to or your state DOT website.

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May is National Bike Month

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 15th) is “BIKE TO WORK DAY.”

National Bike to Work Week 2015 will be held on May 11-15.

Bike MonthWill you participate?

Why not:

  • 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!

To organize an event for Bike Month or find one in your area – go to it provides some great information.

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Earth Day 2015: The Canopy Project

Today is Earth Day 2015!

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 ancanopyiid can also provide food, energy and income. In addition, trees filter air and help to minimize climate change.

Over the past three years, The Canopy Project has planted over 1.5 billion trees in 18 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, 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 2015 to all! Make a difference this year!

To learn more click on these links The Canopy Project and Earth Day Network.

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Happy Easter to our Peeps (Sponsors)

peepsAt 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.

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Sponsor Spotlight – Cleveland Chiropractic College

Cleveland Chiropractic College - Kansas City is a proud Adopt-A-Highway Sponsor

Sponsor-A-Highway, making a difference on I-435!

We are pleased that Cleveland Chiropractic College – Kansas City is one of our Sponsors!

Steeped in history, yet meeting the challenges of contemporary health-care education, Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City is located on 34 acres in suburban Overland Park, Kansas. Founded in 1922 by one of the first families of chiropractic, Cleveland is the only chiropractic institution in the nation still under the leadership of a founding family member. The college awards the Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Masters in Health Promotion degrees. Cleveland’s chiropractic alumni practice in all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries.

Adopt-A-Highway has been a great way for Cleveland Chiropractic College–Kansas City to invest in our Overland Park community, achieve cleaner and safer highway green space and enjoy prominent name recognition on Interstate 435 as a proud program sponsor.” — Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, President, Cleveland Chiropractic College

To learn more about Cleveland Chiropractic College, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 467-CCKC

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Welcome Spring!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Check your windshield wipers, both front and back. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
  7. Spring weather can be temperamental, so be prepared for changes.

Now, go and ENJOY the great outdoors!

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Spring has Sprung and with it – Pothole Season


Birth of a Pothole

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.

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