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Buying The Safest Safety Car Seat for Your Child

Posted on 13 November 2019 by Monica Zech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has great information on buying the safest safety car seat for your child.  The following link with take you to their information.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#find-compare-seats

 

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Safe Travel Tips!

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Monica Zech

 

 

Safe Driving – Not just for the Holidays
By Monica Zech

Safety never takes a holiday!  Careful planning can help in making our roadways safer.  Unfortunately, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is deemed the most dangerous time on our roadways – but we have the power to change that!  The following tips can help.

Is Your Vehicle Safe? Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Have your vehicle serviced, oil change, etc.  Make sure your tires are in good shape.

Roadside Assistance Have your roadside assistance information on hand, in case need. Many insurance companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.

Know Your Route – Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. When possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic. Try Google map or similar mapping apps.

Buckle-Up! – Make sure you and your passengers are correctly buckled-up at all times!  Seat belts & safety car seats save lives!

Drivers – Stay Alert – Do Not Drive Drowsy – Make sure you are well-rested before a long drive. Plan REST Stops. If you find yourself starting to nod off, get to a safe place and take a 10 minute or longer nap.

Drive Defensively – follow laws made for our safety! Don’t take your safety for granted.

Avoid Distractions – Distracted Driving is our #1 problem – avoid cell phone use, such as texting, etc. Only use your cellphone for EMERGENCY purposes. Have a charger.

Don’t Drive Impaired – Don’t consume or use any drugs prior to driving – (no alcohol, marijuana, or any medications that cause drowsiness) Arrange for a SOBER designated driver.

Avoid Road Rage – Ignore bad drivers – don’t retaliate! Keep yourself and passengers safe! Refrain from flashing your headlights or honking.

Watch Your Speed – Slow Down – Stay close to posted speed limits. Higher speeds increase your chance of collisions – death & injury. Our vehicles are not made for crashing,

Watch Out for RED Light Runners – Use Caution at Lighted Intersections, when you get a green light – wait and look in all directions several times before entering the intersection.

Watch Out for STOP Sign Runners – come to a complete stop, this is the easiest ticket given and the easiest to avoid by stopping. Don’t assume others will stop.

Be a good safety role model – Remember your children will drive like you1
Gift Buying – If you purchase a bike, scooter, skates, etc. as a gift – purchase a “helmet” as well!

*Check the insurance tip on this website.

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!

 

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Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Coming Up!

I’m happy to say that serving non-alcoholic drinks is becoming more and more popular!  Not only at home parties but alcohol-free bars are apparently popping up all over the country, the “sober curious” hashtag is sweeping social media, and according to Pinterest, searches for the term “refreshing summer drinks nonalcoholic” were up 118% last month…that’s encouraging news for the safety of our roadways!

Why not start a new trend to show your guests they can have a delicious time without the alcohol!  It’s a good feeling you’ve taken steps to increase the chances of your guests getting home safely.  See party host tips at the bottom.

There are drinks that taste like drinks with alcohol, these are called “mocktails”  and you can also serve some very tasty punches that your guests will enjoy.

The following pages and links will take you to non-alcoholic drink recipes:

From the Taste of Home:

30 Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

From bon appetit:

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/homemade-nonalcoholic-cocktails

 

From my recipes:

https://www.myrecipes.com/t/drinks/non-alcoholic

From Welch’s:

http://www.welchs.com/recipes/sparkling-holiday-punch?utm_Medium=google&utm_source=cpc&utm_campaign=Sparkling-FY18&utm_term=easy%20punch%20recipes&utm_content=Sparkling%20-%20Sparkling%20Punch%20Recipe&gclid=CjwKCAiAh5_uBRA5EiwASW3IaolJ3QUnPOcPdhHMYhgsS5qyyhVVMgk-FLO8APNktghAe24GDXa3wBoCfa8QAvD_BwE

 

Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog:

Old Fashioned Non Alcoholic Eggnog

From the Auto Club:

http://www.aaa.com/aaa/049/publicaffairs/aaa_party_ebook.pdf

 

If you love pineapple:

https://www.yummly.com/recipes/pineapple-punch-non-alcoholic

Hosting A Party
Being a good party host also requires careful planning!

Have invitations asking quests:
• To have a sober designated driver to get them home
• Have a shuttle prepared to give rides home
• Have a place for guests to stay the night.
• Advise car keys will be surrendered at the door if alcohol has been consumed.

Menu – have more food than booze! Highlight entrees and desserts!

Beverages – Have fun tasty non-alcoholic drinks on hand, a tasty punch, a variety of soda pop and of course water! Coffee – but coffee will not sober up someone who’s been drinking, only time will do that.

Thank you,

Monica Zech

Stay Alert- Stay Alive!

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Vaping and E-Cigs are not Safer than Cigarettes – Latest Report

Posted on 01 September 2019 by Monica Zech

I’m not surprised – I saw the research years ago and knew this was coming.   Vaping and e-cigarettes are not safer than cigarettes!  Sadly, as people ignore the information, expect the death toll to climb…

Click on the following link for a very important story to share with family and friends.   As you read this story you’ll see there are over 400 cases being investigated of people with serious lung issues that may be linked to vaping.

https://people.com/health/17-year-old-boys-lungs-completely-blocked-from-vaping-doctors-say/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20190828&utm_term=7236535&fbclid=IwAR3sP79WGvPQsHWcuBTCp0q7F65knRAIJZo54iok2c8etdmHCJjrzK2rop4

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Hot Weather Advisory – Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles

Posted on 05 August 2019 by Monica Zech

Heat Advisory: Please, never leave babies/children/elderly and pets alone in hot vehicles – it can quickly become a death trap. I’ve seen two pets left in vehicles this past week and was about to call 9-1-1 when the owners returned.

If you love them – don’t leave them!

http://news.aaa-calif.com/news/auto-club-warns-hot-cars-can-be-death-traps-for-kids-and-pets?fbclid=IwAR08D_ScSOFmLUH0nvZ54X6CPDhOIZJ6RDe_OyTJvKy9MpqaWvfA1C2-woI#.XUfqkeM5Mpo.facebook

 

 

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Road Rage – Curbing the Rage

Posted on 05 August 2019 by Monica Zech

I’m sure you’ve experienced or have seen angry drivers on our roadways.  The Automobile Club of Southern California offers some valuable advice on curbing the rage.

http://news.aaa-calif.com/news/survey-shows-nearly-80-of-drivers-express-significant-anger

Some tips I offer in dealing with road rage:

  • When someone cuts you off – let it go, don’t take it personally.
  • You cannot educate other on how to drive…it’s not worth the possible dangers if you get angry and honk, yell curse words, or use a variety of obscene hand gestures.
  • Remember – you endanger yourself and your passengers when you try to get even with other drivers.
  • Also, do not drive angry or in a bad mood.  Cool down, play some uplifting music, or have a picture of someone or something you love near the dashboard – and remember that person, your family, your favorite sport or vacation spot is MORE IMPORTANT than playing the road rage game.
  • Let karma get even for you – I see this all the time, someone cuts me off and then that bad driver is often cut-off by other drivers.

Sometimes I imagine that person driving badly or rudely is:

  • Running late for work and may be fired.
  • Responding to a family emergency.
  • Has a stomachache and needs to find a bathroom fast!
  • Maybe they were just served with divorce papers or given devastating news.
  • They’re just in a bad mood and mentally I wish them well.

Best – Be a courteous driver:

  • Control your anger.
  • Don’t take traffic problems personally – Let it go.
  • Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Don’t make obscene gestures.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Use your horn sparingly — even a polite honk can be misinterpreted.
  • Don’t block the passing lane.
  • Don’t block the right turn lane.

Another incentive – the Road Rage Law – you could be arrested if you’re trying to get even with someone, running them off the roadway or deliberately hitting their vehicle with your vehicle.  Jail time and fines may be issued.

Stay Alert-Stay Alive!

Monica Zech

 

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April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”- But It’s a Year-Round Issue!

Posted on 13 April 2018 by Monica Zech

What Is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

Consequences – Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone.  391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Click on the link below to learn more.  https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

*Note: “I’ve been impacted three times drivers on their cell phones – so I personally know the dangers!”

Monica Zech

Safe Driving Speaker

 

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TRAFFIC Information

Posted on 12 April 2018 by Monica Zech

 Getting around as safely as possible – the following links can help!

TRAFFIC Information & more:

 

Freeway Project Information:  Click here – https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-11

 

Disaster Preparedness and additional resources…

Stay safe!

 

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