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If it’s always been a dream of yours to see the USA in your Chevrolet — or Toyota or Nissan or Ford — having a family that lives far away might give you the opportunity to do just that. But unlike a day running errands or even an overnight vacation in a nearby town, planning a cross-country road trip to see your grandbabies involves some serious pre-planning. If your loved ones live in Portland and you’re bound and determined to drive to see them from Phoenix, Dallas or Baton Rouge, the following tips will get you and your car ready to go: Step 1: Plan Your Route Invest in a detailed U.S. road atlas and look at all possible routes between your home and your family’s place. While certain routes will be more direct — for example, traveling up I-5 into Oregon — there are other, possibly more scenic routes that you can take instead, such as cutting across Nevada rather than simply motoring up California. Once you have your route planned, you can use Google Maps to help you determine the driving distance and timing. AAA also has a trip planning feature called TripTik that may helpful. Step 2: Make Reservations Once you make your itinerary and have a good idea of where you’ll be stopping each night, make reservations at hotels or motels. While it can be fun to play it by ear and decide along the way, it can also be stressful to be really tired and unable to find a place with vacancies. If you belong to an auto club you can get trip booklets with recommendations about nice lodging options, […]
The old Bobby Darin hit “Splish, Splash” made a bathroom sound fun. There was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’ Reelin’ with the feelin’ Movin’ and a-groovin’ Rockin’ and a-rollin’, yeah, yeah For many of us, the “movin’-and-a-groovin’” is a little more dangerous the older we get and we hope “a splishin’ and a-splashin’” isn’t from a fall in the tub, because if it is we really will be “reelin’ with the feelin’”. The scary facts are; more than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25 percent chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip. Knowing how to get in and out of tubs and showers properly and equipping homes with necessary safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep you out of the emergency room and possibly extend your life. Here are some tips to keeping you safe in the bathroom: Make sure you have good lighting, including making sure you have a good nightlight installed. Remove floor rugs that tend to move around. If you want to have rugs or mats, make sure that they don’t move around and the edges lay flat. Also make sure that they are not unnecessarily “fluffy”. Make sure the hot and cold knobs are clearly marked and consider having an […]