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Road Trip Games for the Kids: Just in time for Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people are preparing to make a road trip to spend the holiday with family or friends. Even if that trip means several hours in close quarters or a spacious Town and Country, traveling to see family during the holidays can be a fun adventure — if you are prepared. Depending on the length of the trip and the ages of the passengers, kids may begin to get bored and become fidgety.

Unfortunately books and coloring may cause kids to get sick, but car games are a great solution to keep your kids and yourself from concentrating on the time spent in the car.  Read below for a couple excellent car games that are easy and fun to play for everyone.

Road Bingo

Road Bingo is a great game for the car. Not only does it  keep kids entertained for long periods of time, they also pay attention to their new surroundings. Road Bingo can be revamped for each road trip depending on the destination or time of year you are traveling. For instance when traveling for  Thanksgiving a couple related things you might see are a pumpkin, or a sign that says “turkey” or “Happy Thanksgiving.”

This game does require a little preparation before the trip. Instead of numbers and letters, you can create custom bingo cards with pictures or words that kids are likely to see on the way. Things to include are barns, animals, churches, police cars, etc.

There are several websites that allow you to customize and print bingo boards that will automatically generate different square combinations. **Don’t forget to bring enough markers for each player so they can mark the square once the object is seen.

How to Play: Once a player crosses off five squares in a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical line they win. Make multiple copies so this game can be played repeatedly or so the kids can play with multiple boards at once.

The Name Game

This game is a good game for road trips where there may not be much to look at outside. Like Road Bingo this game can be changed up to make it apply to different activities such as camping, picnics, the beach, to Grandma’s house, etc.

How to Play: “I’m going to LOCATION and I’m going to bring…” Start with the first letter of the alphabet, and name an object that corresponds with that letter — such as Apples. The next person after must state all of the things previously listed and then announce a new item for the next letter in the alphabet. You can either require items that are typical of the location or allow for some creativity and let them name anything under the sun.

Example: First turn: “I’m going to Grandma’s house  and I’m going to bring an apple.”

Turn 2: “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m going to bring an apple and a baseball.”

Turn 3”: “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m going to bring an apple, baseball and a cat.”

Twenty Questions

This is another popular game that can be played while on long stretches of the road where there isn’tmuch around.

How to Play: One player thinks of an item or an object. The other passengers in the car take turns asking “yes” or “no” questions in an attempt to guess the object. Each player can guess the object during his or her turn. If the guess is correct, they then choose the next item or object, but if they guess wrong, they are out and others continue playing until the item is guessed.

Playing games during road trips helps to pass the time and provides mental stimulation for the driver and passengers. Games also encourage positive interaction between family members and can help kids learn.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Holiday Travel

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Be prepared

Whether you are going down the street or heading out of town, we suggest taking a few minutes to prepare before leaving your home. No matter the distance you are traveling; don’t hit the roads this Thanksgiving without a full tank of gas. Fuel prices can rise during peak travel seasons, so make sure you check local gas prices for the cheapest in your area. While at the gas station take the time to check your fluids too.

In addition, make sure before setting out that you have the directions. A map is handy, but a GPS system can also help identify gas stations and restaurants on your trip. Most systems can assist in identifying alternative routes if you happen to run into traffic congestion. Finally, before hitting the roads, double check the weather; knowing the weather forecast could affect your travel plans. You never know what may happen, so it is better to take a moment and make sure you are prepared.

Pack smart

We all want to avoid the “are we there yet?” game at all costs, right? If you are traveling with children, pack plenty of snacks, water, games, and DVDs to help keep them entertained. The same is true if you are traveling with pets. Unfortunately, our pets cannot articulate when they are getting a bit stir crazy. To prevent your pet from stressing, bring water, food, toys, and their leash which will allow you to run out a bit of their energy during your stops along the way. Our pets are an important part of the family. This is why it is important to keep them safe while traveling by securing them with either a harness or within a crate. In addition, this will prevent them from becoming a dangerous distraction while you are driving.

Stay calm

During peak travel times we expect traffic. With a large number of drivers on the roads anything can happen. However, if you stay calm you will be able to handle any situation. Remember keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, this will allow you more time to react should something happen. If you are leaving early or driving late to avoid traffic, remember it is just as important to take your time. Make sure you have plenty of rest, and if you feel sleepy, pull over and switch drivers if possible. Finally, buckle up. Always buckle your seat belt as well as your children’s seat belts.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

A&J Collision Repair Booklet

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Do you know what to do before an accident happens?  Jody has written a booklet to help with just that, most people don’t know what to do before, during and after an accident.  That is where we are here to help!

You have a 1 in 7 chance of being in an accident!  We want to ensure everything goes smoothly for you and your vehicle before and after an accident.

This booklet is 24 pages long, but it has A LOT of valuable information inside of it.

Choosing the right policy for you, being prepared for the accident, at the scene of an accident, after an accident, rental coverage, starting the process, getting your vehicle repaired.  If any of these are something that you would like to know more about then give us a call at (501)327-1882, and get more information on how you can get a booklet.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

CAR THEFT PREVENTION TIPS

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According to Geico, there are many theft prevention devices on the market: a mechanism that locks onto the steering wheel, ignition cut-off systems that prevent a car from starting, and passive alarms that activate automatically when the key is removed from the ignition.

However, you don’t necessarily have to spend money to keep your car safe. Here are a few tips to help ward off thieves:

Hide your valuables. You take good care of your car, so what thief could resist it? Don’t make your car look any more desirable by leaving your Coach purse, Nike shoes, iPod, phone, or wallet within plain sight of people walking by. Always take your valuables inside with you. If you can’t, put them in the trunk or hide them underneath your seats.

Put your car in the garage. Parking your vehicle inside protects it from thieves as well as from thunderstorms, hail, and wind. Even if you park in your garage, It is recommended that you lock your car doors. By locking both the garage and vehicle doors, you have doubled your chances of deterring a thief.

Lock your doors. This seems like a pretty obvious tip, but often, people don’t lock their doors. They figure they are only going inside for a few minutes. They also assume that their car is safe when it is parked in their driveway. The thief might not have enough time to take your car, but he will have enough time to steal your purse, iPod, or phone from the passenger’s seat. As a rule, you should always have your car doors locked, even when you are driving. That way, no one can get in if you don’t want them to.

Don’t leave your keys in the ignition. This goes hand-in-hand with the last tip. Again, this may seem obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people leave the car running with the keys in the ignition while they run inside on a quick errand. Even if you are in the safest, best neighborhood of your city, it’s never a good idea to leave your car keys in the ignition. It only takes one wrong person to see it and make off with your car.

Park in a safe spot. Thieves like to work in the dark where they are less likely to be seen. Whenever possible, make sure you park in a well-lit spot in a safe neighborhood. If you have to park in a parking lot, try to park near the periphery—you want a lot of pedestrians or traffic going by.

The sad truth is that every forty-five seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. If it happens to you, immediately contact the police and file a stolen vehicle report. Next, contact your insurance company to submit a theft claim. If you locate your vehicle before the authorities do, notify the police and your insurance company as soon as possible.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Car Rental

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Renting a car during your vacation or vehicle repair? Safety and Health Magazine, recommends you take a moment to understand the electronic features of the car before you drive off.

– Don’t assume the features work and don’t assume the features work as you expect.

– If you rent a newer car, it could have features that you are not familiar with, including automatic emergency braking or blind spot warnings.  These useful features should make for a safer driving experience but be sure to understand how they work.

 

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

The Many Benefits of Body Shop Plastic Repairs

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Your car features a lot of plastic parts- many of which you may be unaware of.  In fact, durable plastic polymers are now used for bumpers, body and door panels, trim, light covers, windows, equipment housings and more.  Introduced on cars in the late 1960s, plastic parts reduce a vehicle’s weight while improving its fuel efficiency.  In addition, plastics minimize corrosion, allow for more design creativity and are easier to recycle than metals.  When your car is involved in a collision, naturally some of its plastic parts can get damaged and require repairs.  Newer plastic repair innovations now allow body shops to oftentimes fix and reuse the original part rather than replacing it.  Here’s how those plastic repair benefits play out for you.

You the Driver

When your car’s in the shop after an accident, it’s a hassle to be without it.  For example, let’s say that your plastic bumper was cracked in a minor fender bender and needs to be repaired.  In the past, a replacement bumper would have been ordered, a large batch of paint mixed and applied, and the new part installed.  With the high-tech plastic repairs used today, body shop technicians can oftentimes patch the existing bumper and spot blend a little paint; which means faster turnaround times and lower bills.  That’s important when you are paying out-of-pocket for repairs, and/or have to come up with the cash yourself for a rental car.  The many benefits of plastic repairs for you as a driver include:

Faster turnaround time

Less stress

Increased resale value when original equipment stays on the vehicle

Overall higher satisfaction with the repair job

If you would like to learn more about plastic repairs or if we can help you in some way don’t hesitate to give us a call at (501)327-1882.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Road Trip! Check off these important points before setting out

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If vacation-time means a road trip, a few simple preparations can keep you safe and out of trouble.

Under the hood:

Check all fluids, including oil, coolant, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. Check the air filter. Check the battery.

The tires and the spare:

The owner’s manual, or your online car health guide, will tell you what the tire pressure should be. Make sure tires are properly inflated. That goes for the spare, too. Imagine the trouble this could save.

Inspect the tires to make sure there is enough tread. The old penny in the tread trick should work: Hold the penny so that Lincoln’s head is upside down and facing you. If you can see his whole head, it’s time to replace the tire.

Lights and signals:

Besides the obvious safety issues, proper lights and signals are just one more reason why you won’t get a ticket — or a nasty look from other drivers.

Safety gear:

At an absolute minimum, make sure you have the tools to change a tire.

But also consider carrying a spare, fully charged cell phone and battery-powered phone charger, drinking water, a gas can, and a flashlight. It is not a bad idea to carry an emergency reflective triangle and a flare; especially useful if you will be going into back country.

Just in case:

Do you have a spare key accessible from outside the car? What about jumper cables? A bowl so that Fido can have a drink?  How about a rain poncho?

Basics:

Take your license, proof of insurance and registration.

 

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

They save lives, but . . .Know what happens when an airbag deploys!

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In 1969, the new trend in driving safety was air pillows. Those pillows stayed around but their name changed, and no wonder.

An airbag is no pillow, but while a deployed airbag is not a comfy experience, it remains a landmark of safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that airbags have saved 44,869 lives from 1987 to 2015.

According to Popular Science, in a head-on collision, a car stops fast, but the bodies inside the car don’t.  The momentum of the bodies inside continues until the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel brings them to a stop — usually with dire consequences.

The idea of an airbag is not just to pillow the blow, but to lower the impact by spreading it over a larger area of the body.  No single area of the body bears the brunt of deceleration, according to Popular Science.

To accomplish this, airbags deploy within 1/25th of a second of impact, filling the nylon airbag with nitrogen and instantly deflating. Tiny holes in the bag begin releasing gas the moment a driver’s head hits the bag, absorbing the impact. This is why the driver’s head doesn’t hit the bag and then whip backward.

A white puff of cornstarch might also come out of the bag. The cornstarch keeps the bag supple while it is in storage. Newer cars have airbags with silicone coatings that make the cornstarch unnecessary.

Because airbags stop the body, they prevent deadly head injuries and whiplash.  But they do sometimes cause red impact burns on the body and break eyeglasses.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

How to drive in hail

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Hail storms are extremely dangerous to drive in. Not only can they cause extensive damage to your car but can also be harmful to anyone who decides to venture out of their vehicle.

Hail can also impair visibility and even break your car’s windows in extreme conditions. If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe – preferably sheltered – place.

If you have to travel, plan your route to avoid known affected areas.

We also recommend informing relatives and friends of your intended route in case of an emergency.

The following tips should always be followed when driving in hail storms:

  • Stay inside the vehicle. Hail falls at fast speeds, and can cause injury
  • If hail is severe, stop driving and pull over to a safe place so the hail doesn’t break the windshield or any windows. Stop under an overpass if you can, or pull out of traffic lanes and on to a hardshoulder
  • Keep your car angled so that the hail is hitting the front of your car. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and backglass are not and are much more susceptible to breakage
  • Avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

Many dangers of a highway work zone

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Highway work zones are annoying, but motorists should never leave the traffic lane to avoid delays.

Even if the way appears clear, driving into a work zone is incredibly dangerous for workers.

A highway work zone or any work zone in a public area has a number of associated risks, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Injuries and fatalities result from three causes:

1 Passing traffic.

2 Construction vehicles working inside the work zone.

3 Construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone.

Construction laborers on foot are most at risk from all three causes.

In the period between 1992 and 1998, construction laborers represented the highest percentage of fatalities at 42 percent. They were equally as likely to be struck by a passing car as they were to be struck by a construction vehicle, according to NIOSH.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

(501)327-1882

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