Clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you from encountering an unexpected snow assault, impairing visibility or even cracking a windshield.
Investment adviser Angela Cusmano is a road warrior who logs 25,000 miles a year to and from guiding clients through 401K allocations and other money matters. She says one of her best returns on investment is General Motors'-patented Safety Alert Seat.
“I am a very safe driver, but there are times when I’ve misjudged how quickly I’m approaching the car ahead or I’ve begun to move a bit out of my lane, and that seat gets my attention,” said Cusmano, managing partner of Dahring | Cusmano and Associates who lives in suburban Detroit. “It is more subtle, and I love it.”
Long road trips are the best part of my life. I have traveled cross-country through America many times.
As a single woman traveling alone, I've learned how to take care of myself so that the journey can be pleasant and enjoyable.
This list contains my suggestions for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys.
We all try to be safe drivers and avoid accidents, but accidents happen. The average American will be involved in a least one car accident in their lifetime. The only way to avoid an accident with 100 percent certainty is to stay off the road, which isn’t a real option for any of us.
The surprising thing is, despite how common accidents are, few people actually know what to do when they happen. Because of this, even the smartest and most competent drivers often make serious mistakes that have legal implications or hurt their chances of being covered by insurance.
Take a few minutes to learn a few things you should always avoid after any kind of driving accident.
Winter driving is never as easy as pie (which is really only easy if you buy it from a store). If you can navigate to your destination by avoiding treacherous snow-packed highways, then that's a great start for an easier trip. But as winter takes a turn for the worse, it’s always important to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before even hitting the road. Performing simple car maintenance and check-ups are a great way to save money and time.
Keep in mind: Although doing projects yourself can be fun and save you money—always think about the term “safety first” when you’re the “driveway mechanic.” AskPatty has joined with MetLife Auto & Home® to suggest these best practices to help keep you and your family safe and your car running at its best this winter.
No, this isn’t a tip to knock snow or ice off your engine block, it’s a tip to help protect the lives of cats or other small animals that may be hiding under the hood or on top of a tire as a way to stay warm in cold weather. The noise should help startle them away from their hidey-hole before they can be killed or injured by moving parts around the engine or crushed when the tire begins to roll.
According to the ASPCA, during the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars or nestle in the wheelwell to stay warm in cold weather. To a cat living outside, or just waiting for a chance to get back in the house, there are a lot of warm nooks and crannies in a car that look very inviting.
If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Others suggest also honking the horn before driving away, just to be sure no creatures are hiding in or around the car’s chassis.
According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 1.24 million people die and 50 million are injured in car accidents on the roads of the world each year. With AAA predicting more than 88.7 million Americans hitting the highways this holiday season, it's especially important to extra diligent about traveling safely.
In light of these statistics, MetLife Auto & Home® recently launched the sixth video in its Mastering DisasterSM video series, “Road Safety,” created to help consumers prepare themselves in case of an emergency situation.
Before you hit the road, be sure you've prepared yourself, your car, and your family for the adventure ahead. And when you're on the road, make sure everybody in the car is properly restrained by their seatbelt or child safety seat!
As kids across the country anxiously await Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, OnStar can keep your family aware of jolly Ol’ St. Nick’s whereabouts with a simple press of the “blue button.” If your kids are especially anxious to know what Kris Kringle is up to, OnStar Advisors can provide specific location-based updates on Santa Claus’ annual trek around the world based on data received in partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).