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. 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!
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 fluids
• 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 (AAA.com/mobile) just in case!
Drive safe and support those Adopt-A-Highway sponsors you see along the way!
As 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 www.childrensdentaltheatre.com for more information or to make your appointment today!
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.
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:
- A business, organization or individual pays a fee to sponsor a 1- or 2-mile segment of a highway or Interstate.
- They get a prominent sign, featuring their name and logo on that segment.
- 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 www.adoptahighway.net or your state DOT website.
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.