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May 27 2015

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Staying Awake at the Wheel: 3 Steps – The Garage Plan Shop

Asleep at the WheelWith the start of summer come plans for family road trips and vacations. If you’ll be taking a road trip or driving for an extended period of time for some other reason, it is necessary that you know how to identify drowsy driving and what to do about it so you don’t endanger yourself, your passengers or other motorists while you’re on the road. Below are three steps to staying awake at the wheel as identified in a study about drowsy driving for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

 

STEP 1 – Pay attention for signs of drowsy driving. Yawning frequently, drifting from your lane, hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road, blinking rapidly, not remembering the last few miles and missing your exit are all signs of drowsy driving.

 

STEP 2 – If you notice that you’re doing any of the behaviors mentioned above, it is time to pull over. Rolling the window down or cranking up the music seem like they ought to keep you alert, but the truth is, they do not. Instead of trying to power thru your trip, get off the road and take a break.

 

STEP 3 – Recharge. Park your car in a safe place, lock your doors and set the alarm on your cell phone. Take a nap and get some rest. When the alarm goes off, take a quick walk around the parking lot or through the nearest store. Then buy a cup of coffee or a snack. This will reenergize you for the next leg of your driving marathon.

 

For more safety tips like these, check out our Driving Safety blogs.

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May 14 2015

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RV Garage Plans for Various Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

007G-0008 RV Garage PlanIf you’re looking for an RV garage to protect your home away from home when you’re not on the road, there are a variety of designs to choose from. There are RV garage plans that offer just the basics while others offer a multitude of “extras.” Below is a sampling of garage designs that may accommodate your needs.

 

007G-0008 – This basic RV garage provides just enough room for your RV, motor home or boat. It offers the basic features such as an extra deep bay, tall ceiling oversized garage door. If you just need to protect your RV, consider a practical solution such as this simple design. It is both cost and space efficient.

 

012B-0005 – Maybe you need to store more than just an RV. Designs like this outbuilding can provide protection from the elements for your motor home or camper as well as other large motorized vehicles such as an oversized pick-up truck, a tractor or other machinery. This garage floor plan offers an RV bay with a tall ceiling and oversized door, as well as, plenty of other parking or storage space.

 

028G-0052 RV Garage Plan028G-0052 – Need a place to park the family cars and your RV or boat? This RV garage plan offers a double garage bay for everyday automobiles, and it includes a drive-thru feature for the RV bay. This special feature eliminates the hassle of backing your RV in or out of the garage by allowing you to just pull straight through the RV bay. Additionally, it incorporates a storage loft, which provides plenty of room for seasonal items and holiday decorations. Or, it could be finished as an office, hobby room, or whatever you desire.

 

035G-0006 – Here’s an RV garage plan that has much to offer. In addition to the RV bay, it features a smaller bay that is designed as workshop space. An overhead door makes it easy to move tools in and out of the garage. Pay attention to the office and conference room. This thoughtful floor plan makes it easy for a work-at-home-professional to conduct business from a private space outside the home without leaving the driveway. Additionally, the full bath and kitchenette make it easy to convert the space to a guest suite when overnight guests arrive.

 

010G-0017 Rv Garage Plan010G-0017 – For those who need a home base when they aren’t traveling in their RV, this carriage house plan is the solution. It offers an RV bay for your motor home, a three-car garage for everyday vehicles, and a workshop on the main level. But upstairs, you’ll find all the essentials in the garage apartment. The floor plan includes a full bath and bedroom, kitchen, office nook and gathering space.

 

Whether you just need the basics or all of the extras, there is an RV garage plan that is sure to satisfy your needs.

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