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Apr 01 2014

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Protect Pedestrians with Safe Driving - The Garage Plan Shop

Protect Pedestrians with Safe DrivingSometimes we become so preoccupied at watching out for the other driver that we forget how many pedestrians are on the road. Whether walking, running or biking, they may not be immediately visible or may accidently step or fall into the street. April 4th is National Walk to Work day. A greater number of pedestrians are expected to be using our sidewalks, crosswalks and road on this special day. Below are some reminders for drivers to help keep pedestrians safe on April 4th and every other day of the year:

1. Be especially alert when driving anywhere there are groups of people moving about like residential areas, school zones, bus stops, or near parks.

2. Avoid distractions like using cell phones or tuning the radio.

3. Give pedestrians the right-of-way. They are assuming that you see them.

4. Slow down when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. Take an extra look when pulling out of a parking space whether it is on the street on in a parking lot.

5. Be prepared to stop when entering a crosswalk area.

6. Use extra caution when visibility is limited at night or when it’s raining.

7. Don’t pass vehicles that have stopped for pedestrians.

8. When passing disabled cars on the side of the road give them some space. If you are not stopping to help, move over into the next lane.

9. At intersections, wait for pedestrians to cross. Look them in the eye so they know that you have seen them but don’t wave them to cross in front of you. Drivers coming from the opposite direction or from behind you may not stop.

10. If you see a ball or toy suddenly roll into the street, be prepared to stop. There is often a youngster close behind it.

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Jan 27 2014

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Travel Apps for Your Next Get Away - The Garage Plan Shop

Map appBefore you take your next vacation, road trip or getaway, do a little research and download a few travel apps that will help you along the way. We’ve listed some handy apps below, but there many more out there related to maps, travel time, things to do in specific cities, gas prices, places to shop and eat, flight arrival times, hotels, and countless more. Below are a few that we like to use:

AccuFuel

American Airlines

City Maps 2Go

Flight Predictor

FlightView

GasBuddy

GoogleMaps

greenMeter

Hotel Finder

iGasUp

MapQuest Gas Prices

My Max Speed

Orbitz

Southwest Airlines

Trapster

Travelocity

TripAdvisor

TripAlyzer

TripGo Real Time Trip Planner

WiFi Finder

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Nov 20 2013

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Road Trip Tips for the Upcoming Holiday Season – The Garage Plan Shop

Filed under Driving Safety, Road Trips

Road Trip TipsWhether you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving weekend or taking an extended road trip over your kids’ Christmas break our road trip and travel tips will help you get to your destination safely and easily.

 

Make sure your car is road trip ready. Before you even set out, make sure your car is ready for the trip. Have it thoroughly serviced. Get an oil change, check the breaks and fill all fluids. If you’re not sure what else to have checked or serviced, look on line for car maintenance checklists. If you don’t know how to change a flat or jumpstart your car, learn before you leave town. When you’re on the road, keep an eye on the dash. If any warning lights come on, take your care to a professional to have it checked out.

 

Download helpful apps. Before loading the car, download helpful apps that will assist you along the way. Consider Breakdown Lane which will instantly show you a map of the closest mechanics and their customer ratings no matter where you might breakdown in the country. GasBuddy is another helpful app which will help you find the cheapest gas at gas stations along your route. Also, download traffic and weather apps.

 

Bring plenty of music, but turn the radio on, too. With today’s technology, it is easy to create your own playlists of your favorite tunes. Be sure to bring plenty that you can jam too when the road ahead seems especially long and boring. Also, take time to turn on the radio. The radio will offer local news. The traffic and weather updates will be especially helpful. But the local radio stations are also a window to the world around you whether you’re passing through a small town or a big city. You might even learn a thing or two about your surroundings as you pass through.

 

Check the weather. Depending on where you are traveling, the winter weather season may be in full swing between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dangerous winter weather might influence what route you take. Check the weather forecast along your route before you hit the road, and then tune your radio to local stations for weather updates as you travel.

 

Have a driving plan. Once you’re on the road it is helpful to have a plan. Switch off with another licensed driver traveling with you so you don’t get too tired behind the wheel. Also, plan frequent stretch, snack and restroom breaks. Finally, think about your car. Don’t drive at a sustained high speed all day long. In some parts of the country the speed limit increases dramatically in the middle of nowhere. The wind resistance increases significantly with speed, so when you’re driving at a higher speed than normal it places a huge demand on your engine. Stick to 55-65 mph and you’ll prolong the life of your engine.

 

Back off the throttle in the mountains. If you’re taking a long road trip, chances are you’ll cross a mountain range somewhere along the way. Back off the throttle when you’re going up a mountain. There is no law that says you must maintain the same speed traveling through the Rockies as you did across the plains of Kansas. Your engine has to work a lot harder to get you up the mountain. Slowing down a bit will save wear and tear on your car and engine. It will reduce damage caused by overheating and improve your gas mileage. And if that isn’t a good enough reason, there are plenty of tight curves and steep hills in the mountains that do not have guard rails.

 

Don’t drink and drive. It may be the holiday season, but drinking and driving don’t mix. You’ll have plenty of time to celebrate the holidays when you arrive at your destination, so get there safely.

 

Have fun. No matter what might happen along the way, remember to relax, have fun and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

 

 

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Oct 21 2013

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Driving Tips for a Safe Halloween – The Garage Plan Shop

Safety TipsAutomobile related accidents with pedestrians increase as much as four times on Halloween most frequently occurring between 4:00 and 8:00 PM. Below are a few tips for driving safely on Halloween night:

  • Drive slowly. This is especially true in residential areas where there’s a lot of action. Keeping your speed below the limit gives you more time to stop in an emergency. Don’t pass stopped vehicles as they are most likely dropping off or picking up trick-or-treaters.
  • Stay vigilant. Keep an eye on the sidewalks and curbs where kids are walking as they can change direction and be in the street at any moment. Be cautious at intersections or even when turning into driveways.
  • Eliminate distractions. Do not use a cell phone or text while driving. Turn down the radio to help you concentrate on the road. Remember that many children are out early so stay alert on your way home from work.
  • Yield to pedestrians. Many children may not know the rules for crossing the street safely or are too distracted and excited to notice cars. They may assume that you will stop. Give them the right away.
  • Use signals. Let other drivers know your intentions by not neglecting to use turn signals when turning and stopping. Turn your lights on before dark to help pedestrians see your car. Use your hazard lights when stopping to drop off or pick up passengers.
  • Be responsible. Halloween is a holiday for adults too, with a lot of parties where drinking will occur. Two thirds of the accidents on this day are alcohol related. Plan ahead and designate a driver.

Remember to be safe on the road for you, your passengers, and all the trick-or treaters that are out this night.

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Jul 16 2013

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Debunking the Myths of Distracted Driving and Cell Phones – The Garage Plan Shop

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I recently came across an info-graphic that certainly caught my attention. It was created by the National Safety Council to debunk a few myths about safety when talking on a cell phone while driving. Many of us have the misconception that it is OK for us to talk and drive. However, the info-graphic supports the idea that talking on a cell phone while driving is considered multi-tasking, yet our brains are not capable of multi-tasking. This means the human brain cannot successfully do two “thinking tasks” at one time therefore, making it dangerous to us and others on our roadways when we choose to talk and drive whether with a handheld or a hands-free device. Review the info-graphic for yourself and consider hanging up the phone while you’re behind the wheel.

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