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Can You Save Money Driving an Electric Vehicle?

(StatePoint) While many motorists are aware of the environmental benefits of going electric, they may not know just how much they stand to save by making the switch.

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Thursday 04/23/2020
Companies and Community Seek to Help Furloughed Workers
Updated: May 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The coronavirus has spread throughout the United States like wildfire. Workers are being furloughed, resulting in almost 17 million unemployment claims between March 15th and April 4th.

Wednesday 03/18/2020
How to Extend the Life of Your Used Car
Posted: March 18, 2020

(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of all car sales are used vehicles, thanks to the rising costs of new cars and the increasing quality of their used counterparts. While buying a previously owned vehicle makes the best financial sense in a lot of cases, experts say there are some things to keep in mind.  

Thursday 03/05/2020
New Survey Reveals What Americans Rely on Most
Updated: April 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - You may be surprised to learn that, when asked to consider the items they can't live without, Americans rank toothpaste and their toothbrush almost as important as the internet and cell phones, according to a recent study.

Tuesday 02/04/2020
Protecting Your Ability To Drive Safely For As Long As Possible
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Driving a car means maintaining independence for many older adults. Driving allows you to shop, see friends and family, keep up with medical appointments, and avoid social isolation. But sometimes staying safe behind the wheel as you age can be a challenge.


Age-related physical and mental changes can affect your ability to drive safely. If you’re alert to these changes and manage them carefully, you may be able to continue driving safely for some time.


To keep your skills as sharp as possible, consider following these suggestions from experts at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people:


Check your eyesight to keep it as sharp as possible by getting a complete annual eye exam once you turn 60. Test yourself to monitor your vision:


•    Do you have problems reading street signs?
•    Are you having difficulty seeing road or pavement markings, curbs, or other vehicles or pedestrians, especially at dawn, dusk, and nighttime?
•    Is glare from oncoming headlights making it hard to see when driving at night?
Assess your physical fitness to drive by asking yourself:
•    Can I comfortably turn my neck to see over my shoulder when I change lanes?
•    Can I easily move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake? Can I easily turn the steering wheel?
•    During the past year, have I fallen one or more times?
•    Do I regularly walk more than a block a day?
•    Can I raise my arms above my shoulders?


Perform a reality check on your attention span and reaction time:


•    Are you overwhelmed by signs, traffic signals, and car and pedestrian traffic, especially at busy intersections?
•    Does it seem harder to merge into traffic on the highway?
•    Do you take any medications that make you sleepy, dizzy, or confused?
•    Do you feel less confident about driving at highway speeds?
•    Do you react slowly to cars entering your roadway, or to cars that have slowed or stopped in front of you?


Pay attention to changes and warnings:


•    Have friends or family members expressed worries about your driving?
•    Have you ever gotten lost on familiar routes or forgotten how to get to familiar destinations?
•    Has a police officer pulled you over to warn you about your driving?
•    Have you been ticketed for your driving, had a near miss, or a crash in the last three years?
•    Has your healthcare provider warned you to restrict or stop driving?


Consider Getting a Professional Driving Assessment

If you’ve experienced driving problems like these or are worried about your ability to be a safe driver, consider getting a professional assessment of your skills.


Occupational therapists trained as driving rehabilitation specialists can evaluate your driving skills and strengths, as well as any physical, visual, and cognitive challenges you may face. They can also evaluate your ability to operate a vehicle safely and, if needed, recommend ways to reduce your risks.


Driving rehabilitation specialists are trained to evaluate older drivers for:


•    Muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion
•    Coordination and reaction time
•    Judgment and decision-making skills
•    Ability to drive with special devices that adapt your vehicle to your needs


The specialist may recommend ways for you to drive more safely after the evaluation. Suggestions may include getting special equipment for your car or helping you sharpen your skills.


Not sure how to find a driving rehabilitation specialist? Talk to your healthcare provider or contact the American Occupational Therapy Association for a directory. You can also visit the AGS’s public education website, https://www.healthinaging.org/driving-safety, for more safe driving resources for older adults and caregivers.

Thursday 01/30/2020
No Need To ‘Warm Up’ Modern Vehicles In Cold Weather
Posted: January 30, 2020

(NAPSI)—When the weather is cold, many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
FREEFORM™ Seat Technology: A Car Owner’s Dream
Posted: January 08, 2020

(NAPSI)—Automotive seat design has become a crucial consideration for automakers as consumers spend more time in their vehicles, and as interior comfort becomes a major competitive battleground. Every automaker is striving to put a special “signature” on seats, one that conveys their distinct brand values.

Friday 12/20/2019
Floors Fit For Your Vehicle
Posted: December 20, 2019

(NAPSI)—Good news for caring car, truck and SUV owners: When you’re looking to keep the high-traffic floor areas in your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or Fiat vehicle as neat and clean as possible, Mopar—the service, parts, accessories and customer-care brand for all FCA vehicles—can have it covered.

Friday 12/13/2019
Seis consejos rápidos para conducir en el invierno
Posted: December 13, 2019

(NAPSM)—Cuando se trata del cuidado del carro en el inviernomuchos conductores creen que se trata solo del anticongelante y bateríaspero los vehículos necesitan atención adicional en el inviernoespecialmente cuando las temperaturas bajan.

Friday 12/06/2019
What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car
Posted: December 06, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to their next set of wheels, the majority of Americans would consider buying used despite harboring concerns about reliability and necessary repairs, suggests a new survey.

Tuesday 12/03/2019
Six Quick Tips For Winter Driving
Posted: December 03, 2019

(NAPSI)—When it comes to winter car care, many motorists tend to think of antifreeze and batteries—but vehicles need extra attention in winter, especially when the temperatures drop.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
New Technologies Boost Winter Road Safety While Reducing Salt Use
Posted: November 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Last year's long and brutal winter depleted road salt supplies throughout much of the U.S.  As a result, a number of cities have experienced significant price spikes when placing their salt orders this year. At a time when experts are highlighting the environmental and infrastructural damage caused by excessive salt use on roads, new technologies are helping American communities reduce their growing dependence on salt, while still keeping roads safe.

Friday 11/22/2019
5 Ways to Stay Safe During the Dangerous Holiday Driving Season
Posted: November 22, 2019

(StatePoint) The holidays can be the happiest time of the year, but unfortunately, they can also be the most dangerous, with more fatal car crashes occurring due to increased travel time, more alcohol use and excessive speed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Wednesday 11/06/2019
Try This Treat
Posted: November 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—Here’s an exotic twist that transforms everyday cheesecake into something sophisticated, elegant and worthy of your holiday table. Pureed sweetpotatoes, five spice powder and candied ginger star in a dessert that’s easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round. The sweetpotatoes not only provide luscious texture and flavor, they prevent the cake from cracking—so it’s deliciously decadent and practically foolproof. Give it a try.

Monday 11/04/2019
Is Your Perception of Used Cars Out-of-Date?
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Even as more Americans turn to the used car market for affordable vehicle options, a recent survey suggests that outdated notions about used cars persist.

Thursday 09/12/2019
How to Navigate Expensive Car Repair Bills
Posted: September 12, 2019

(StatePoint) If you’re like many Americans, your car is your lifeline. When it’s in need of repair, being able to cough up the cash to keep it running is critical.

Monday 09/09/2019
Tips for Seniors to Ensure a Healthy Road Trip
Posted: September 09, 2019

(StatePoint) When thinking about road trips, you might envision college kids heading on adventures, but older adults take road trips, too, according to a recent survey by Cigna.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
Ignore These Vehicle Repairs And You May Get Pulled Over
Posted: August 28, 2019

(NAPSI)—Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware: Ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed.

Thursday 08/15/2019
Hints To Help You Be Engine Smart, Earth Kind
Posted: August 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—Knowing where to look can help you save money at the fuel pump.

Monday 07/08/2019
5 Basic Things Everyone Should Know About Their Car
Posted: July 08, 2019

(StatePoint) Driving can be expensive if you lack basic car-care knowledge or proper insurance. Regular maintenance can prevent costly breakdowns and extend your car’s life, and the right coverage can protect your wallet in the event of an accident.

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