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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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Conway, AR 72032

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Things to think about after the accident happens….

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Accidents happen, it’s a fact. And when they do happen, it’s imperative that you have your car repaired so that it’s not a danger to you or anyone else you’re sharing the road with. But before you select a collision shop, there are some things you need to know. Here’s a closer look:

 

  1. Aside from your home, it’s likely that your vehicle is the largest purchase you’re going to make in your lifetime. It’s all the more reason to preserve this investment and have your vehicle repaired by a certified body shop.

 

  1. You never want to risk driving a vehicle that may be unsafe because of damages. It could injure you or someone else.

 

  1. Though insurance companies may recommend you have your vehicle repaired at a particular collision repair shop, you’re free to have it serviced at the service center of your choosing. It’s the law.

 

  1. Just because one shop gave you a lower estimate than another doesn’t make the low-priced shop the better option. Sometimes, low estimates don’t include all of the work that is needed or don’t use the high-quality parts needed for a sufficient fix.

 

  1. Not all collision repair shops are created equal. Look for I-CAR or ASE certification among technicians and check to see if the shop uses OEM replacement parts to separate quality shops from the questionable ones. Also, be sure to check on any warranties that are offered with repairs. Good collision repair shops usually stand behind their work.

 

  1. Good collision repair shops won’t just perform quality work at a fair price, but they’ll also help negotiate claims with your insurance company. This value-added service can go a long way toward reducing costs, streamlining repairs and minimizing inconvenience.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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Facts to teach your new teen driver

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Teen drivers are inexperienced, usually distracted, and impulsive, statistics show.

That’s every single teenager, from the A student to the wild child.

That won’t come as news to the insurance industry, which charges high rates for teen  drivers. But, teens might not know the dangers of their own inexperience. Parents who are teaching their kids to drive might point out some sad truths.

First, teens have a lot of car accidents and car accidents kill.

Of all age groups, 16-year-olds have the highest crash rates, and a full third of all deaths among 13- to 19-year-olds are likely to occur in a car crash. In fact, more than 3,000 people die in car accidents every single day.

Second, teens are unusually distracted behind the wheel.

According to dosomething.org, more than half of teen drivers admit they use a phone while driving.

More worrisome is that texting can take eyes off the road for almost five seconds — a lot of time for something to go wrong. Car and Driver Magazine did a study on this and found texting while driving had the same effect as driving drunk.

Teens must learn to leave their phones unanswered while driving. That’s a lesson adults can learn too since 27 percent of adults have read or sent a text message while driving.

Third, driving around teen friends can be deadly. Fatality rates increase with each extra passengers in the car. It’s dangerous for the driver and for the teen rider. Fewer than half of teens say they would speak up if the driver was scaring them.

Teens must also recognize that their inexperience can get them into trouble. Driving in poor conditions such as snow, fog, or rain can be dangerous and teens must give the task their complete attention.

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Conway, AR 72032

Tips for Driving in Snow

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-Clear snow and ice from windows, lights, the hood, and the roof before driving

-Leave plenty of room for stopping.

-Don’t try to out drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.

-Know the current road conditions.

-Brake early and correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.

-Be wary of bridges. They freeze first, making them more dangerous than the approach road.

-Exit ramps sometimes have less anti-icing material than the main line. Be aware of this when exiting the highway.

-Don’t use “cruise control” driving in wintry conditions. Even roads that look clear can have sudden slippery spots. Using your brake on these spots will deactivate cruise control, possibly causing you to lose control of your vehicle.

-Many 4×4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles. This means it takes longer to stop than passenger vehicles. Don’t get overconfident in your 4×4 vehicle. Be wary of your 4×4 vehicle’s traction.

-Look further ahead in traffic than normal.

-Trucks are heavier than cars, making their brake time slower. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them.

-Remember to slow down and always wear your seat belt.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

National Transferable Lifetime Warranty

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Have you ever wondered about the warranty of repairs on your vehicle?  Starting out in 2018, we are starting a new warranty program with the NTLW!  Watch this video to find out more and if you have more questions give us a call at (501)205-1218.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Tips for driving on icy roads

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-The #1 icy road driving tip: Reduce your speed.

Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. You should never be driving faster than 45mph in any vehicle when roads are icy – not even on highways! In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing – like black ice – at 10mph or less! If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions.

You don’t have the skill to drive at normal speeds on icy roads.

A factor in many of the serious and fatal crashes is overconfidence in one’s abilities and/or equipment (traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, winter tires). Some feel that they have sufficient experience in winter driving, and can therefore continue normally (at or above the speed limit). But a fishtail on ice that occurs at highway speeds is usually unrecoverable by even the most quick-witted and experienced drivers. Practicing slow-speed slides in parking lots is useless for what happens to a vehicle at highway speed. A person who enters a high-speed slide will quickly learn that it is something they can’t handle – but all too late.

-The #2 icy road driving tip: Don’t drive on icy roads.

The best way to avoid an accident on an icy road is to simply stay off the roads until the threat passes. Nothing can inconvenience you more than a wreck or getting stuck!

-Wear your seat belt!

Even though wearing your seat belt should already be a no-brainer at all times, during the winter it’s even more critical. An alarming number of road ice fatalities occur with minor accidents where the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts.

-Pay attention to the weather.

Make the weather forecast part of your daily routine during the winter. Awareness of conditions will help you be more prepared.

-Go easy on your brakes

Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle’s direction if the wheels are sliding.

-Turn into a slide

If you’re fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won’t need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you’re caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you’ll need to turn in the opposite direction.

-Icy road accidents happen in multiples

Your own accident is sometimes not the greatest threat to you – additional out-of-control vehicles often are.

-Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway.

Being a Good Samaritan is a noble thing, but on an icy road, it can cause more problems than it solves. Parking on the side of an icy highway can cause passing drivers to brake and lose control, putting the lives of everyone involved in danger. Unless the stranded driver is in immediate danger, the best thing you can do is contact the authorities (call 911), who are equipped to safely block the road or divert traffic while a tow truck can do the job properly.

-Avoid hills or other dangerous roads during icy conditions.

The laws of physics are unforgiving! If you attempt to tackle a steep enough incline, there is nothing you can do to stop gravity from taking its toll.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Distracted Driving

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Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.

What are the types of distraction?

There are three main types of distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road;

Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and

Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

Distracted driving activities

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.

How big is the problem?

US deaths:  In 2015, 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.

US injuries: In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Texting and Driving

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Texting and driving is a terribly dangerous activity. Driving a car, especially on the highway, is the single most dangerous activity that most people do on a daily basis. When drivers take their eyes off the road to send or read a text, their eyes leave the road for a few seconds. At highway speeds of 60 miles per hour, every second you look away from the road, you travel 88 feet. Spending just four seconds reading a text means you travel approximately the length of a football field without looking at the road.

The following statistics and information may be helpful in understanding the real life risks of texting and driving.

TEXTING AND DRIVING FACTS

Throughout the United States, police and lawmakers have increased their efforts to end the dangers associated with distracted driving. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have put together some facts and statistics about texting and driving. Because of the way traffic and accident data is collected, 2015 is the year with the most recent statistics.

NATIONAL STATISTICS

In these national statistics, we see that about 2.2% of drivers used cell phones while driving, in both 2014 and 2015. Even through inclement weather, on both highways and other roads, these drivers made the dangerous decision to use their phone. From these statistics, we see that drivers in the South (which includes Arkansas) are the second-worst cell phone offenders. While less than 1.7% of drivers in the Northeast and 1.0% of drivers in the Midwest use phones on the road, 2.8% of drivers in the South and 3.1% of drivers in the West manipulate their phones while driving.

The NHTSA highlights that, in 2015, 3,477 people were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Overall, 391,000 people were injured because of these car accidents. This 3,477 deaths account for a whopping 10% of all car accident fatalities.

ARKANSAS STATISTICS

The NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) reports various driving and accident statistics based on individual accident reports. According to FARS, in 2015, Arkansas had 225 fatal accidents involving distracted driving (including looking away or being careless). Six of these fatal car crashes were caused by cell phone use. These numbers may not seem large, but with only 556 fatal accidents in the state, this is concerning. This number also does not include the non-fatal accidents or number of near misses attributed to texting behind the wheel.

ARKANSAS TEXTING AND DRIVING LAWS

One of the reasons these numbers may be low in Arkansas is because of its texting and driving laws. Since 2009, it has been illegal for anyone to text while driving. Under Arkansas Code § 27-51-1501, also called “Paul’s Law,” you can receive a $100 traffic ticket for texting and driving. This makes it illegal to use a handheld phone for any “wireless interactive communication,” texts, or messaging on other apps.

It is also illegal for specific groups to use their phones while driving. While no one can text, drivers aged 18-20 cannot use their phone, in their hand, for calls. They must instead use a hands-free device to make calls. Drivers under 18 are completely banned from any cell phone use while driving, even with a hands-free device.

On March 29, 2017, Arkansas SB 374 of 2017 was signed into law to make stricter penalties for texting and driving. When this law goes into effect, it will increase the penalties, and add penalties for repeat offenses. This bill will increase the fine for a first offense to $250. Further, any subsequent violation will increase the penalty to up to $500 for each offense. If the texting leads to an accident, the driver will be made to pay double the typical fine.

This law also helps injured drivers recover for their injuries. When proving a personal injury case, you must show that the other driver failed to use the proper care, which lead to your injuries. Since it is illegal to text and drive, this is automatically an instance of failing to use the proper care. This can help you recover compensation for your car accident injuries.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Christmas Lights Around Arkansas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Central Arkansas is ablaze with holiday light displays. Clear, multi-colored, twinkling, single strands or huge displays—we love them all! Visit these festivals and exhibits for a brighter holiday season, from the Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens to the Arkansas State Capitol’s display in downtown Little Rock.

 

  1. Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs
    See more than 4.5 million bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display. As you amble through through the winter wonderland, your family can sip complimentary hot cocoa. On special Santa nights (6-8 p.m. Dec. 4-7, 11-14), families can have their photos taken with the big guy. Professional photographer Rebecca Peterman will be on hand to snap pictures, which will be available for purchase. Plus, check the schedule for free holiday concerts held in the Anthony Chapel throughout the season. Leave your pooches at home, except during the special Jingle Dogs Pup Parade on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Holiday lights are on display 5-9 p.m. nightly Nov. 18-Dec. 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Admission to Gardens is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and ages 6 & under get in free. For more info, call (501) 262-9300 or visit GarvanGardens.org.

 

  1. Arkansas State Capitol in Downtown Little Rock
    Following the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade (Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.) in downtown Little Rock, the State Capitol will be illuminated in its annual holiday display at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will help lead the festivities, which include fireworks, music and children’s activities. And don’t forget to take in the magnificent Rockefeller pine tree and elegant decorations in the Capitol building’s rotunda.

Holiday lights will shine each night Dec. 2-Jan. 1. For details, call (501) 682-1010 or visit SOS.Arkansas.govFREE!

  1. A Trail of Holiday Lights at Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest
    Drive through this mile-long trail of lights in Sherwood Forest to spot over 90 brightly-lit displays. Don’t forget to pick up a complimentary candy cane at the end of the trail. Admission is free but nonperishable items, donated to local food pantries, are welcome.

Open from 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 30. For info call (501) 833-3790 or visit CityofSherwood.netFREE!

  1. Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration at The Promenade at Chenal
    The shopping center’s holdiay celebration includes free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and more!
  • Free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 18 & 25 and Dec. 2, 9 & 16.
  • Free photos with Queen Elsa, Kristoff & Olaf the Snowman from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16
  • Free face painting in the courtyard from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16
  • Arkansas Circus Arts will be live with performances by hula hoopers, stilt walkers and more at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Dec. 9.

Holiday lights shine and the animated tree show begins Nov. 22 and continues throughout the holiday season. With questions, call (501) 821-5552 or head to ChenalShopping.comFREE!

  1. Jacksonville Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest
    Jacksonville residents will channel their inner Clark Griswold to compete in the city-wide contest! Homes, churches and businesses in the Jacksonville city limits are eligible to compete. If you’re driving through town to ogle the displays, be sure to call and nominate your favorite for a prize! Judging takes place after 6 p.m. on Dec. 19.

For info call (501) 982-4171 or visit CityofJacksonville.netFREE!

  1. Hot Springs Holiday Lights on Bathhouse Row
    Swing through downtown Hot Springs to see its annual light display along Bathhouse Row starting on Nov. 20. While you’re there, stop by the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa’s lobby to see the giant gingerbread house and Christmas tree.

The hotel is located at 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs National Park. For info: (501) 321-2277. FREE!

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Top 4 Driving Safety Tips

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  1. Focus on driving
  • Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  • Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
  1. Drive “defensively”
  • Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
  • Assume other motorists will do something crazy, and always be prepared to avoid it.
  • Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you.
  • Make that 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
  1. Plan ahead
  • Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business.
  • Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
  • Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
  1. Practice safety
  • Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
  • Have items needed within easy reach – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
  • Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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