The Best Defensive Driving Tips

Speeding and offensive driving are the major culprits of car accidents and fatalities per the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Here are a few defensive driving tips to make sure that you and your loved ones get home safely.

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  • If at all possible, avoid driving during periods of high traffic – such as early morning, lunch time and evening commute times
  • Make sure to always keep your windshield, mirrors and headlights clean
  • Make sure your seat is set up high enough to have a clear view of the road – if you are short, sit on a small pillow if you have to
  • Stay alert – watch and listen for emergency vehicles
  • At night be extra cautious, and keep at the speed limit. Two-thirds of accidents occur at night and speed is normally to blame
  • Limit your distractions – be mindful of being distracted by the radio, or conversations with others in the car, and even cell phones!
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in proper working order and replace them when needed
  • Keep safe driving distances between you and the car in front of you – that way you have plenty of time to brake if you need to.
  • Be sure to not drive impaired; this includes medicines that you may take for something as simple as a cold, or allergies.
  • Don’t drive if you are feeling lightheaded, sick or stressed out.
  • Always wear your seat belt, and make sure your passengers do as well.
  • If you feel bad, are dizzy, or under the influence call an Uber or Lyft!
  • Be aware of bikes – bicycles and motorcycles! As a rider, I can tell you soo many people don’t pay attention
  • Be sure to set rear view and side mirrors to help eliminate blind spots
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Driving Safety Tips with Pets

Is your pet running crazy in the car? Not only could it be dangerous, but it could be against the law.

If you are like me, you take your dog almost everywhere, especially when its nice out. There’s dog parks, or even vacation and pets are part of the family and are welcome to  come along – but you need to make sure that you are being especially careful and you know the laws to protect you and yours and others on the road.

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Some states require that your furry friends be restrained. Ohio for example, requires that they be tethered or in a carrier when riding in the car. The fine for violating these laws could be anywhere from $250 – $1000! Make sure to check with your department of motor vehicles or your local vets office to find out the details and laws for your state.

As much as I love my little pup cuddling up to me and letting the wind hit her face while sticking it out the window, it can cause potential risks, like distracted driving not only to you, but others on the road. Not only that, your unrestrained pet can be easily injured or killed from a car accident.

When traveling with your pet you want to make sure you have the following:

A blanket or towel for her to sleep on, or something she loves to lay on like a pillow or such – it’s their ‘security blanket’ and can keep them at ease while traveling.

A collapsible water bowl is a must – they are super convenient and can be folded up to carry in your pocket, backpack or purse for easy carrying

Food – even if it’s only a trip to the dog park, bring a snack or their food just in case.

Any medicines they require should be brought along as well – my pup has allergies so I have an eye cream and benadryl for when her allergies act up.

Accessories such as sweaters, boots, life jackets, toys, a leash, and other things you might need to guarantee their safety and comfort.

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Safe Driving Tips for Fall Weather

If you are like me, fall is one of your favorite times of year. Beautiful leaves changing color, pumpkin carvings, sweater and hoodie weather – Halloween and Thanksgiving. But when it comes to driving the change from summer to fall can be a bit challenging. It’s wetter – colder – leaves are everywhere – and it gets darker sooner (not to mention the sun going down just as rush hour hits!) So it’s a good idea to be prepared for the roads – so here’s a list of safe driving tips for fall weather.

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Wet and Slippery Roads

It usually rains a lot in the fall which can make it hard to see, and can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Then of course if it gets cold, the ran can turn to frost which is a whole other ballgame. Make sure to be alert and give yourself enough space and time to stop and avoid breaking suddenly when possible. If its foggy, use low beams and maintain the proper distance between other vehicles.

Watch for Kids

School being back in session means more people out and about -traffic, school bus stops, people crossing the street, etc. Make sure you are following the proper speed lmits, and be aware of walkers at all times – and of course don’t forget Halloween walkers! 

Tire Issues – Loss of Pressure

The love/hate relationship with fall – the temp changes. One minute it’s cool, the next it’s hot. These changes can cause car tires to expand and contract – which will usually result in the loss of air pressure.Be sure to check your tires regularly to make sure that they are always properly inflated. You can usually find the proper air tire pressure for your tires in the owner’s manual.

Slick Streets

The fall view is beautiful, but piles of leaves on the road can cause issues. Soggy leaves can be slippery and can hide road hazards, like potholes and such. If you are driving where there are leaves on the road, be sure to proceed carefully.

Watch for Deer

There are a lot of safety tips for driving during deer season – be sure to pay attention since you are nearly 4x more likely to hit an animal in the fall than any other time of year. 

After a long, balmy summer, the shift to fall can feel like a nice break. Soak it up while staying alert to the driving challenges of the season.

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Safe Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road During Deer Season

Well deer season is finally upon us, and unless you are an avid deer hunter, it’s not always good news. Your chances of hitting a deer are much higher during the fall months -so here’s a few safe driving tips to keep you safe on the road during deer season.

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Be Extra Cautious During Dusk and Dawn

Deer are more active during sunrise and sunset – especially during mating season – which is usually between October and December. Make sure that all your passengers are wearing seat belts, no matter what. Keep your lights on, and keep your eye on the road.

Deer Crossing Signs are There for a Reason

Obviously you should stay alert and observe your surroundings whenever driving a vehicle, but you need to be extra wary for signs of wildlife. If you are driving down a country or back road , or even in neighborhoods where deer start to wander in search of food, it’s very important to keep an eye out. Deer Crossing Signs are there because of the high traffic area for deer, however you need to be cautious even when passing the area as nature is unpredictable.

Slow Down and Stay Alert if You Spot a Deer

Most deer travel in packs – so if you see one, there are others around. Slow down and be extra cautious. Even if you see the deer in a distance , remember the others could be closer to you or even across the street and they could dart across in front of you.

Don’t Swerve to Avoid a Deer

I know it feels like instinct to swerve, but by swerving you put yourself at risk for a worse collision like a head on with another vehicle or running off the road – try to stay in your lane and slow down as fast as possible; also? Hitting a deer is a comprehensive claim vs a collision claim with your insurance company, which for most means its a no-fault AND usually the deductibles are lower (if any deductible at all).

Speaking Of – get Comprehensive Insurance on Your Car

Comprehensive covers things other than a collision – so hitting an animal is covered under comprehensive coverage, and is surprisingly affordable to add on to about any vehicle. I recommend to all my clients that they carry comprehensive with a little or no deductible – besides covering hitting an animal, it also covers glass damage, hail damage, vandalism, theft, fire and flood.


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The Perfect Portable Meal on the Go

This is a sponsored post on behalf of FreeliFoods . Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

As you know I am always on the look out for easy meals and snacks that the kids can have ‘on the go.’  And as easy as it is to grab a quick snack from the pantry or fridge – lets face it – it’s probably not very healthy , OR very filling.  The same with school lunches – who wants to eat a bologna sandwich everyday?

But what are Moms supposed to do?

We do our best to get creative with lunches –  and we literally rush home from work to pick up kids, to rush home and change, and rush about to practices or games. It’s never ending!

Not long ago I was introduced to a revolutionary brand called Freeli Foods, that makes a wholesome, yummy and budget friendly meal-in-a-pouch.

Freeli Food products aren’t your typical ‘pouch’ food. It’s not a puree like fruit pouches, or yogurt pouches – it’s a whole wholesome meal, that can easily be eaten on the go because of the portable pouch. Just pop the pouch in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and out the door you go!

It’s a great quick and easy meal to pack for lunches as well. I usually put them in for about 60 seconds when we are packing it, put it their lunch box, and it’s still warm at lunch time!

It’s also great for just on the go – we like to hike , and of course kids like to eat! I kept these pouches warmed up in a cooler, and it was a easy filling snack for the kids to eat. (and believe it or not, they can eat one and be full until its time for dinner!)

Freeli Food pouches come in 4 great flavors, Fiesta Bowl , Pasta & Meat Sauce, Mac ‘N Cheese, and Noodles with Chicken & Veggies! Find them at your local Kroger (in the refrigerated section) and be sure to check their website for $1 OFF Coupon!


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