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    Top Ways to Take a Safe Vacation

    (StatePoint) After months spent indoors at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that many people are itching to get back out there and take a vacation. This is with good reason. Staying isolated for too long can take a substantial toll on one’s mental health and well-being, according to the American Psychological Association.

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    The Return of the Great American Road Trip

    (BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach — regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any age. The pandemic has prevented many from traveling these past few months and the summer offers the opportunity to test drive socializing again with family and friends who may live far away.

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    Tips for the perfect summer camping trip

    (BPT) - Summer is officially here.

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Tuesday 06/30/2020
Get Equipped for Your Best Camping Trip Yet
Posted: June 30, 2020

(StatePoint) Camping is always a great time, but especially when you’re well-equipped. Here’s what to take along with you on your next overnight into the great outdoors:

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Monday 06/29/2020
Shifting gears: More Americans get back behind the wheel
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable, unavoidable impact on our world — from the way we conduct business, to how we shop for groceries. It has shifted our idea of what is important in life, and according to Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index, Americans say spending time with family is a top priority. In light of everything 2020 has brought so far, Americans are shifting gears with a renewed emphasis on things we may have previously taken for granted: from time spent with loved ones, to road trips to our favorite vacation destinations, and even surprisingly, our daily commute.

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Three creative road trips and the tires needed to get you there
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to hit the road?

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Friday 06/26/2020
Thinking about a road trip? How to get back behind the wheel safely
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the nation considers a safe and socially-distant return to work and travel, states are loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders. As your car may have sat relatively idle over the last few months, the following tips can help ensure your vehicle is ready when you are, while you, the driver, stay informed and safe.

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Monday 06/15/2020
The water is open: 5 tips to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Looking to get away this summer while social distancing? With annual traditions such as camps and sporting events cancelled, the best way to seek relief and recharge with your loved ones may be to “Get On Board” for a summer on the water. Recent data suggests that interest in fishing and boating has grown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent Harris poll, 1 in 5 Americans said they’re more likely to try these activities than they were prior to the pandemic. And among parents, the statistic is 1 in 4.

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Friday 06/12/2020
Indulge Your Wanderlust Now by Planning for Future Travel
Posted: June 12, 2020

(BPT) - As travel restrictions begin to slowly lift, millions of Americans are looking to travel again. Put that energy to good use by planning for your future trip.

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Monday 06/08/2020
5 reasons to accelerate your car maintenance
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Car maintenance is often a scheduled chore when you’re regularly driving. However, if you’re driving less due to the current environment, maintenance can easily become a lesser priority or even completely forgotten. Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index found that as daily driving decreased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one-third (30 percent) of Americans have done less car cleaning and maintenance too.

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5 tips: Now's a prime time for a car seat safety review
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Although many families aren’t driving as much these days, it’s always important to make sure you are keeping your kids as safe as possible in the car.

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Tuesday 05/26/2020
Moving Safely During the Coronavirus Crisis
Updated: June 04, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you and your family plan to move soon, you’ll be pleased to know that moving is considered an essential service. 

How professional movers go about that, however, varies from state to state and the manner and degree to which they’re enforcing social distancing and permitting businesses to operate if they’re considered essential.

So, if you or someone you know needs to move, the experts at the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) recommend you regularly check such resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay up-to-date on the latest news. 

Smart Moves

To keep consumers and movers healthy and safe during the pandemic, AMSA offers these 10 moving-time facts and tips:

1.For the health of your family and moving crew, always follow CDC guidelines.

2.Work directly with your movers to determine the best time and method for your move. 

3.The moving company you choose should alert you if there are any disruptions in service as a result of federal or state action.

4.Help your movers serve you in the safest way possible. Notify them ahead of time if anyone in your household may have contracted coronavirus, or may have been exposed to someone who has. 

5.Check your professional mover’s website and feel free to ask questions on how the company is mitigating health risks. 

6.If you’ll feel more comfortable, ask if your professional mover can provide virtual estimates, rather than one based on an in-home visit. 

7.Try to provide your moving crew access to a sink, soap, and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, provide hand sanitizer or wipes.

8.If you plan to prepack any items, purchase new moving boxes and tape from your mover; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources, or from stores. 

9.Your mover may also have plastic bins available for rental. Wipe down the interior and exterior with a disinfecting wipe before packing anything in them. 

10. Consider deep cleaning your new home before unpacking to mitigate further the risk of contracting disease.

Learn More

For further information, go to www.moving.org and follow @amsapromover on social media.

 

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Friday 05/22/2020
5 simple ways to protect the ocean
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate National Oceans Month, here are five small actions people can take to make a lasting impact on a healthy ocean and make sure we can enjoy the seafood we love for for years to come:

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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