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The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance

(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks making highways safe for commuters, shoppers and travelers.

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Friday 12/15/2017
Drivers' re-education on flat-tire fixing
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The hardships of navigating winter roads aren’t made any easier when facing a flat tire. In fact, for many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat tire. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually — and each driver will experience up to five flat tires in their lifetime.

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Thursday 12/14/2017
The time is right to seek new income opportunities
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Whether you plan to watch the ball drop in Times Square this New Year’s Eve or be in bed by 10 p.m., one thing is certain: a new year is coming, and with it comes a chance for change. It’s a time to reflect on what works best for you and reset your course for the coming year. Research shows that 41 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and after spending the holidays indulging in food and festivities, it’s not surprising that the most popular resolutions include weight loss, improved fitness and healthier eating.

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Tuesday 12/12/2017
Bring the family back together in the RV experience [Video]
Posted: December 12, 2017

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Friday 12/08/2017
5 strategies for protecting your valuables
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?

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Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there’s a remedy for all this gloom. Winter’s bitter cold is the perfect excuse to head south with the family for a quick vacation getaway.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
5 Ways to Ease Holiday Travel Stress With Your Phone
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Holiday travel is slated to reach post-recession highs this year, with more than 68 million Americans traveling this season. Fortunately, your most helpful tool to make winter travel less stressful is right in your pocket: your smartphone. Not only does it make planning your perfect trip easier, your phone can keep you connected and entertained when you’re away. Here are some tips to optimize your phone before you go.

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Staying safe on the road this season
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - As the seasons transition, motorists undoubtedly have many things on their minds from work to the impending holiday season. All the while, the temperature continues to cool — and one thing often left unconsidered is the impact of changing weather conditions on daily driving routines. The later into the year we get, the more visibility-reducing weather we are likely to see. Heavy rain, frost, ice and snow can all impair visibility while driving, including reducing the performance of windshield wipers.

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Monday 12/04/2017
The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insurance, burglaries involving social media have become all too common these days.

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Friday 12/01/2017
3 essential tips for traveling with a pet during the holidays
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays mean different things to different people. Every family seems to have its own set of traditions, but one thing seems to be common among Americans during this time of year, and that’s traveling.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There’s a good reason for that — there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased risk of getting into a collision, which impacts the number of auto insurance claims and, potentially, the cost of insurance premiums.

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Tuesday 11/28/2017
5 reasons to plan a snowcation this year
Posted: November 28, 2017

(BPT) - As the mercury in the thermometer drops, and people start to bundle up in scarves and warm layers, you might be ready to take a vacation. No, we’re not talking about running away to the desert or a crowded beach. There’s a better way to enjoy winter — a way that lets you really get at the heart of the season.

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Top safety tips for teen drivers
Updated: December 06, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.

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Monday 11/27/2017
Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don’t, then you are officially vacation deprived.

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5 things to know about connected cars
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you could go back in time and tell people that in the near future there would be a handheld device that would allow them to listen to virtually any song, watch virtually any movie or television show and have access to pretty much any book, they would probably think you were crazy.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Coffee tourism in El Salvador jolts interest of worldly travelers
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations like El Salvador where coffee is an important part of daily life. In fact, coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years.

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Don't let asthma ruin the holidays
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - With colder months arriving, there are a few things on everybody’s minds: festive treats, gift shopping and of course, time spent with family and friends. As many people look forward to the holiday season, asthma sufferers need to be aware and prepared for all the triggers this time of the year can bring. The change in weather, traveling or being in a relative’s home with new allergens can all trigger an asthma attack.

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Tuesday 11/14/2017
9 Reasons: Winter + Lake Placid = Perfect
Posted: November 14, 2017

(BPT) - 1. Snow globe life

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Thursday 11/09/2017
From cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are 9 reasons to visit Pittsburgh
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - See for yourself why everyone — from visitors to media — is raving about Pittsburgh. From the abundance of cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are nine reasons to visit Pittsburgh

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Winter Winners: Adirondack Playdates
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - Why do we love Lake Placid?

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
6 tips to help keep your drive distraction-free
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:33 pm

(BPT) - As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.

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Monday 10/30/2017
What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:33 pm

(BPT) - It’s no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 350 teen drivers got into collisions due to some type of distraction, according to data from 2015. Forty-one of those fatalities were because of other occupants in the vehicle.

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5 tips for planning memorable holiday travel
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:33 pm

(BPT) - The holiday season can be the perfect time to travel. With school and work days off, it's a special way to reconnect with family and friends as you get to bask in that cheerful holiday spirit.

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Friday 10/27/2017
6 ways to save on your next cruise vacation
Posted: October 27, 2017

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
The Caribbean is open for cruise vacations
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Contrary to what some may think, the hurricanes in September had little to no impact on the vast majority of the Caribbean — a far-reaching region covering more than 1 million square miles.

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Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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Tuesday 10/24/2017
5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.

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Monday 10/23/2017
Holiday havoc? Consider it handled
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is full of magic and wonder — until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Do vacations cause you stress? Try these tips
Updated: October 24, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from crowded airports, making transportation arrangements, booking lodging and more.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
5 ways your hotel can help you live a healthy lifestyle while traveling
Posted: October 10, 2017

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Friday 10/06/2017
5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your dream vacation is already in the works and you’re eagerly counting down the days until it’s time to board. And if you’re still in the dreaming phases of your perfect cruise, you realize that dreaming of your vacation is almost as much fun as living it… almost.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
5 smart solutions when flying gets frustrating
Updated: October 09, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Decades ago, taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Must-see Pittsburgh: In city experiencing change, visual arts remain vibrant
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - As more Americans choose to invest in experiences, fall and winter getaways take priority spots on desk planners. Many will visit Pittsburgh, to explore its evolution as a rust belt city that has polished its grit.

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First Artifacts in Place at National Army Museum
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—The National Museum of the United States Army is under construction, and four artifacts are already in place. These unique pieces of Army history are so large that crews pre-positioned them early in the construction process so the Museum's walls could be built around them.

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Tuesday 10/03/2017
Find inspiration along El Salvador's artisan trail
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - While many would welcome an escape to paradise to delay the onset of winter, there are those of us who crave a getaway that takes things a step beyond the usual basking, rest and relaxation.

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Book Your Ski Trip Rental Now
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—"S'now foolin'": Winter is coming. That means now's a good time to book your ski vacation.

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Monday 10/02/2017
Road salt means safe roads
Updated: October 10, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it in strategically placed barns.

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Tuesday 09/26/2017
How to Prepare for Your Next Adventure or Stay-cation
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you seek adventure from the comfort of an armchair or the top of a mountain, great books can either help you get your travel fix or prepare you for that next big trip.

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Monday 09/18/2017
Vacation Planning Simplified: Making Your Dollar Go Farther
Updated: September 19, 2017 - 3:45 am

(NAPSI)—Beach or mountains? Domestic or international? Deciding where to take a vacation can seem a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to be. Although the explosion of online options vying for travelers’ dollars makes choosing where to book your vacation challenging, the best option for many travelers is a full-service online travel agency.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Riding is the new driving: How to make the most of your ride
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - New to ridesharing? So are most people, both drivers and passengers alike. Ridesharing matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up and take you where you need to go. Calling a ride is as easy as opening up a ridesharing app and tapping a button; a driver will then arrive within minutes. By using a ridesharing service, you can help your community by reducing traffic, connecting with your neighbors, and keeping your local economy strong.

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Thursday 08/31/2017
6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.

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Tuesday 08/29/2017
Back-to-school lessons for drivers
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - With Americans around the country adjusting their daily commutes and driving habits to accommodate back-to-school schedules, it is a great time to brush up on Driving 101. Take the stress out of back-to-school travel by practicing these safe driving tips.

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Monday 08/28/2017
How Americans use public transportation in their everyday lives [Infographic]
Posted: August 28, 2017

(BPT) - Public transit is the backbone of a multimodal lifestyle. People use it to go to and from work, and a growing number are taking it to go shopping and for leisure activities. Here is a look at how public transportation is “Keeping America On Track."

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Friday 08/25/2017
Traveling soon? Tips to stay sharp and avoid fraud
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 7:43 am

(BPT) - If your suitcase is full, don’t worry — protecting yourself from fraud doesn’t mean more packing.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
Suite rescue: 6 kid-friendly craft ideas to fill rainy vacation days
Updated: August 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/21/2017
5 ways to explore the 'final frontier' on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder over and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for experiencing that sense of cosmic adventure, and letting your imagination run wild. Just zoom in on a certain strip of Atlantic seaboard known as the Space Coast — your portal to “the final frontier.”

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Saturday 08/12/2017
It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
Updated: August 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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Monday 08/07/2017
Dos And Don'ts To Help You Keep On Truckin'
Updated: August 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Picture this: You’re at the wheel of a real truck, driving down the highway, with everything you own in the back.

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Friday 08/04/2017
Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packing list of what to take along.

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