Preparing your car for college

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Having a car at college can give a student the freedom to come and go from work or to explore surrounding areas without depending on others. But having a car can also mean greater responsibility that parents and college students should discuss before heading out.


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Safety harnesses protect more than just your pet

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Like a lot of dogs, our dog, Bowie, enjoys car rides because he knows they ultimately end up in a trip to the dog park, a visit with family and friends (where he’ll get lots of attention), or an adventure like our city’s annual Running of the Wieners race. Bowie is a mini-dachshund, but his personality is anything but miniature.


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Texting and driving a growing concern

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At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has held steady since 2010. Meanwhile, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study showed that a quarter of teens respond to text messages once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.


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Of cars, choices, consumption and crashes

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and traffic safety organizations around the country are stepping up advertising to remind citizens of the hazards of drinking and driving. In 2011, a person died every 53 minutes from a motor vehicle crash that involved an alcohol-impaired driver, totaling 9,878 deaths in the United States. These preventable accidents cost each adult in the United States approximately $500 per year for a total of $132 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.


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