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Labor Day Family Emergency Preparedness Road Trip Tips

Family summer driving vacations are upon us, and Labor Day is fast approaching, which means millions of motorists will be hitting the road. With more and more vehicles jockeying for position on the nation’s heavily traveled highways, the need for safety must be top-of-mind. The fact is, driving smart and safe can be simple.

All it takes is a little know-how. That’s why Blain’s Farm & Fleet has compiled this list of tips designed to help drivers avoid accidents and make sure this summer’s driving trips are as safe and enjoyable as possible.

So, this summer, take a tip from your BFF, it’s the better, smarter, safer way to go – and it will keep you prepared for just about anything you might encounter down the road.

1. If your tire blows out, don’t slam on the brakes. You could lose control completely. Instead, take your foot off the gas and concentrate on staying in your lane. Slow down gradually and pull off the road to a safe location.
2. If your car starts to skid, take your foot off the gas pedal and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
3. If you’re involved in an accident, stay calm, move out of traffic and find a safe place to wait for the police and emergency crews. Sometimes the safest place to be is in your car. Warn other motorists by turning on your flashers and raising your hood or trunk, and watch for traffic, fire and wires. Also, turn off the ignition of all vehicles.
4. When transporting children, always use seatbelts. Properly used, child safety belts are life preservers.
5. The safest place in the car for children is the back seat – in the center, if you have center belts – and in an appropriate vehicle seat. The general rule is that the greater the distance from the point of impact, the greater the protection.
6. If you come upon an accident, pass well beyond the scene and out of harm’s way.
7. If emergency crews are racing to a crash ahead of you, pull over to let them safely pass. And don’t assume the first ambulance or police car you see will be the only one. Watch for other emergency vehicles following closely behind the first.
8. Prevent driver fatigue on long trips by:
• Avoiding night travel, as the glare of the lights outside and from the dashboard increases the chance of highway hypnosis
• Keeping the car temperature cool
• Snacking frequently
• Taking frequent breaks
9. To help avoid being cut off, make sure you’re not driving in another driver’s blind spot. Glance into their rearview mirror. If you can’t see their face, assume they can’t see you.
10. When following trucks, don’t tailgate. Trucks typically can’t see anything less than 30 feet behind the trailer. Stay 100 to 250 feet back or follow the four-second rule: If you pass the same fixed point as a truck before reaching the count of four, you’re following too closely. And when passing a truck, change lanes only when you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
11. Don’t let Mother Nature fog up your glass: The unique water beading technology in Rain-X Original Glass Treatment enables raindrops to fly right off the windshield as you drive
12. Change your windshield wiper blades if they are skipping, streaking, splitting or squeaking, new wiper blades are a must to keep your visibility clear during everything from light summer showers to intense microbursts.
13. Chance of rain? A high-quality glass cleaner and rain repellant will clean and waterproof your windshield causing water to bead up and roll away. They will also help keeps those pesky bugs and road spray from sticking to glass. And don’t forget the rear window, too.
14. Restore your vehicles performance and fuel economy with a fuel system cleaner that helps return throttles, intake systems and fuel injectors to their like-new condition. You’ll save gas and eliminate trouble down the road.
15. Be prepared with a fire extinguisher. It may seem dramatic to have a fire extinguisher in your car emergency kit at all times, but a car fire can start from a simple short-circuit or an oil leakage. A fire extinguisher can be used to put out a small fire, preventing more damage to your vehicle. Always use caution in a vehicular fire; get away from the fire as soon as possible before attempting to put it out with an extinguisher.

A CAR EMERGENCY SHOPPING LIST
1. Cell phone and charger
If you’re stranded with your car in the middle of nowhere, a cell phone is going to be the number one item you need. Of course, the cell phone won’t be much help if the battery is nearly or completely dead. We suggest keeping a spare cell phone charger in your car emergency kit at all times. The best option is an emergency charger, which can be used without the power of your car.
2. A prepared emergency kit
Basic car emergency kits can be bought already put together. Many of these kits comes with a first aid kit, LED flashlight (with batteries), tire sealant, a poncho or blanket, tools such as a screwdriver or pliers, and jumper cables. They’re affordable and can be kept in a compact case for easy car storage.
3. Road triangles
When your car breaks down, the last thing you need is for oncoming traffic to not see you. Using a reflective emergency warning triangle to warn other drivers is important when you’re working on your car–or when waiting for a tow-truck. Place the warning triangle on the same side of the road, about 150 feet behind your vehicle. Make sure to put the triangle on the side of the road or shoulder, not in the way of traffic.
4. Water and non-perishable food
Car emergencies can leave you stranded for a long period of time. Having a supply of drinking water to stay hydrated is important. Granola and protein bars can provide energy if you are stuck with your car for a while. Jerky will keep for a very long time. Having an emergency food supply is especially important on longer trips where you may be stranded in desolate areas.
6. Gloves and rags
Working on your vehicle can be a dirty job, so you will definitely want rags and gloves in case of an emergency. Latex or disposable gloves are cost-effective options for a car emergency kit. Paper or cotton shop towels also come in handy.
7. Duct tape
Duct tape can be used for a variety of things, especially in a car emergency. If your first aid kit runs out of band-aids, use duct tape. Duct tape can also be used to hold together a broken head light or tail light, or a leaking hose.
8. Battery help
If your battery dies unexpectedly, your road trip will not be as joyful as you’d hoped. Be prepared with Jumper Cables and a battery jump starter. They will allow you to help yourself and others who are stranded with a dead battery.

 

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Looking for the Next Miss Green Bay Area and Outstanding Teen!

The Miss Green Bay Area Organization is looking for the next Miss Green Bay Area and
Outstanding Teen to be an ambassador for the area and represent Northeast Wisconsin
at the state competitions – the state finals for Miss America & Miss America’s
Outstanding Teen!

The Miss Green Bay Area competition is open to women ages 17 to 25, and the Teen
competition is open to women ages 13 to 17. Participants must have residency, attend
school or be employed fulltime in Brown County; or a county directly adjacent to it,
including: Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie and Shawano Counties.
No experience is necessary. The not for profit organization offers free preparation help
prior to the competition on February 1, 2020! Various scholarships and prizes will be
awarded to the candidates.

The Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Program provides opportunities for women to
make a difference in their community and promote a social impact initiative they believe
in. By preparing for the competition, participants develop professional skills, while
earnings scholarship money to further their education. The Outstanding Teen pageant
encourages positive achievement while helping to nurture and build the scholastic
achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement of
our youth.

Participation fosters skills and confidence to shine in other areas of life including job
interview and performance, leadership, and personal health.
More information and applications can be found at missgreenbayarea.com and are due
October 5, 2019.

The current Miss Green Bay Area 2019 is Kaylee Vermeern and Miss Green Bay Area’s
Outstanding Teen 2019 is Elizabeth Black. (Photos courtesy of Turba-Schroeder
Photography) Both are available for interview. Vermeern was the Non-Finalist Talent
winner at the state competition and Black the winner of the scholastic achievement
award and named Fourth Runner Up to Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen.
The Miss America Competition airs live, December 19, 2019, on NBC!

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Matt Kenseth to Be Grand Marshal for Elkhart Lake Xfinity Race

Former NASCAR Champion, Matt Kenseth, will serve as Grand Marshal of the NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180. The green flag drops on August 24th at 2 p.m., central time, and will be broadcast on NBCSN.

Kenseth, from Cambridge, Wis., a two-time Daytona 500 champion, racked up 39 victories at 19 different tracks and took the top honor in 2003 as the last Winston Cup Series Champion. Kenseth also boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2004, and qualified for the Playoffs in 13 of 14 seasons. Kenseth’s 39 Cup Series victories ranked 19th all-time entering 2018. He also recorded 20 pole positions, 181 top-five finishes and 327 top-10 finishes in 650 starts or more than 50 percent of his total Cup starts.

Kenseth has also collected 29 wins in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series with his last victory coming in the series’ at the season-finale event at Homestead in 2014. Kenseth has earned 139 top-five finishes, 202 top-ten finishes, and 17 poles in his 288 starts in the series. Kenseth is looking forward to being on hand for the all the festivities surrounding the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America.

Kenseth will sign autographs for fans at the CTECH Manufacturing Trailer near Victory Lane from 11:30 a.m. to Noon. He will then wave the green flag at 2 p.m., to start the race.

“The only bad thing about it is I have to realize I am old enough to be a Grand Marshal,” Kenseth said with a laugh. “Seriously though, it is a big honor to be the Grand Marshal of such a big race. It is also close to my home. It is very nice to be honored with this and I am glad CTECH Manufacturing selected me for this year’s event, this means a tremendous amount to me.”

Everything for the NASCAR XFINITY Series CTECH Manufacturing 180, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Menards, SCCA Pro Trans Am and F3 America’s Championship weekend begins on Thursday, August 22, with test sessions and practice sessions for Trans Am and F3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Practice for SCCA Pro Trans Am, F3 America’s Championship and practice and qualifying for SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards takes up the majority of the morning on Friday, August 23, with the Stadium SUPER Trucks running from 9:25 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

For those unaware, The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck races presented by Menards will feature four 36-inch tall aluminum ramps placed in strategic locations on the racecourse, allowing the trucks to fly 20 feet off the ground and hundreds of feet down the race course.

The first practice for the NASCAR XFINITY series is at 12:35 p.m. on Friday followed by qualifying for the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series at 1:35 p.m. The final NASCAR XFINITY practice is at 2:35 p.m. with SCCA Pro Trans Am qualifying rounding out the Friday schedule at 4:10 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, begins with SCCA Pro Trans Am driver introductions at 7:45 a.m. with the first SCCA Pro Trans Am race at 8 a.m., followed by a second SCCA Pro Trans Am race at 11:40 a.m.

A NASCAR XFINITY Series driver autograph session is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the paved area just west of Victory Lane in the Paddock.

NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180 qualifying begins at 10:40 a.m., with the first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards race at 12:50 p.m.

The green flag drops at 2 p.m., for the NASCAR XFINITY Series CTECH Manufacturing 180 race, which will also be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards second race rounds out the on track activity with the second race at 5:15 p.m.

Tickets are available and additional event details; ticket pricing and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. There will be karting all weekend at the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex, Pace Car Rides on Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Family Fun Zone in Turn 1 on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Road America’s Disc Golf Course will be open all weekend.

Anyone 16-years-old and under gets in FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte….for Your Armpits???

The opening salvo of Pumpkin Spice Latte season has been fired — and it’s aimed straight at your underarms.

Yes, we know it’s only August, but that flavor that can be found everywhere in the fall can soon be yours — in deodorant form.

Native, the non-toxic and natural deodorant company, reports that “by popular demand,” it’s bringing back its Pumpkin Spice Latte deodorant before the leaves even start falling: Monday, September 9th.

According to the company, it sells 500 units a day of the stuff, which Native promises will “give you all the fall feels with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.”

The deodorant goes for $12, but the company also offers PSL body wash for $8, and a bar of scented soap goes for $10. All are available at http://www.nativecos.com.

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Tips to Avoid the “Sunday Scaries”

You’re no doubt counting down ’til quitting time today, but by Sunday, a familiar feeling of dread could start slipping in.

Sunday scaries, Sunday night blues, and Sunday depression are all terms used to describe the anticipatory anxiety for the week ahead.

It’s a phenomenon that has become that has become commonplace, experienced by 81% of Americans, according to a survey by The Sleep Judge, a mattress review website.

It’s also become an extremely popular hashtag, with more than 160,000 #sundayscaries posts on Instagram.

The good news for those suffering from Sunday night anxiety is that there are ways to ease the dread in order to both enjoy Sunday and start the week off well.

Michelle Bombacie, L.Ac., a coordinator for the Integrative Therapies Program/Center for Comprehensive Wellness at Columbia University Medical Center, gave Good Morning America three tips:

1. Get off your technology

Unplugging — or at least powering down by 5 p.m. can help you take back your Sunday.

2. Practice a deep-breathing exercise

A simple breathing exercise recommended by Bombacie starts with placing one hand over your chest and the other over your lower belly. Then, breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Focus on your breath while breathing in for four counts and exhaling for four counts. Try this before bed, and after you wake on Monday — before reaching for that cellphone again.

3. Get a new perspective

Bombacie recommends thinking of every Monday as a chance to start over, as if you have “52 mini-resolutions,” a new chance each week of the year. “We have to change our perspective on Monday,” she said. “Instead of looking at it as a day to dread, we look at it as an opportunity to restart and refresh.”

 

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Stealing Brisket & Assaulting Police

A Nashville man attempted to take “low and slow” to an illegal level when he was caught stuffing brisket and propane bottles into his pants at a local Walmart.

Now he’s dealing with a different kind of heat after he allegedly tried to assault an officer.

Nashville Police happened to be at the Walmart, just north of the city, on a different call. While in the loss prevention office, they saw John Allen Honaker place beef brisket and two bottles of propane in his pants. The total value of the items was $35.

Walmart asked law enforcement to prosecute Honaker, so they arrested him and hauled him off to central booking. On the way the alleged shoplifter began spitting and slamming his head on the partition inside the vehicle. He also tried to kick out the windows of the squad car.

Police called for backup and wanted to place Honaker in a hobble restraint. Honaker, who cops say smelled of alcohol, responded by attempting to kick an officer in the head.

WSMV-TV in Nashville reports that Honaker admitted to police that he was drinking and asked them to “leave his drunk [EXPLETIVE] {EXPLETIVE] alone.”

They didn’t. He was charged with a class B misdemeanor charge of assault on an officer.

 

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6 Scams for College Students to Avoid

With tuition payments, financial aid applications and school supplies, August marks the month for students looking to spend their money on going back to colleges or universities. However, scammers take on this opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money. Whether you’re starting school yourself or have kids who are vulnerable to such scams, BBB suggests students watch out for these financial scams before heading into the new semester.

  • Fake Credit Cards – It’s not a secret that deals which appear to be a quick and easy way to spend money are offered to college students to get them to apply for their first credit card. On top of the fact that this could potentially  stir up a credit problem, some of the deals could be a fake gimmick to get access to student’s personal information. Do your research on those credit card flyers, emails, promotions and mailers before applying.
  • Too Good to be True Apartments – It’s hard to not jump on a convenient apartment so close to campus, especially if it advertises affordable rent. It’s tempting to hand over credit card information online to lock in a great spot, but it’s always worth seeing the apartment in person prior to a money transfer. This also applies to Craigslist listings of other students looking for roommates.
  • Safe Credit Reports – After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your social security number with a fake credit score scam, safely check your credit score at annualcreditreport.com.
  • Scholarship and Grant Scams – Phone calls from companies guaranteeing they can help reduce loan payments or set you up with a hefty grant are worth researching. Even searching the company online could bring up scam alerts from other victims. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on the company’s legitimacy or how they can help otherwise. Scholarship scams can affect college students even after graduation.
  • Employment Scams – In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year olds. Job offerings can be sent directly to school emails, promising flexible hours and a beyond expected pay. There would be no need to send a social security number electronically without knowing exactly who you are sending it to.
  • Awareness of Current Scams – As tech savvy as current college students can be, a surprising number of scams reported to BBB’s ScamTracker are from students who learned their lesson too late. Use BBB’s ScamTracker to learn of the latest scam trends and read local reports of specific incidents.

According to 2018’s BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. Students, who are freshly exposed to managing their own finances, are online looking for ways to save. It is important to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of others. Contact your local BBB if you are unsure of something that could possibly be a scam.