Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

10 Tax Deductible Small Business Expenses

Sep 18, 2017

Small business owners can generally deduct certain expenses on their taxes. But which ones? Here’s a quick look at what’s deductible and what isn’t, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These Items Are Typically Tax Deductible: Employees’ pay Retirement plans Business rent Interest Taxes Insurance Business meals Business travel Business use of your car Business use […]

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Tire Wear Patterns: What Can Cause Uneven Tire Wear?

Jun 13, 2017

Uneven tire wear is usually caused by improper alignment, overinflation, underinflation or a worn out suspension. It can be helpful to know the different uneven tire wear patterns below and what they may suggest about your car. Tires are an extremely important component of your car, and it’s a good idea to check them periodically […]

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Take These Simple Steps to Protect Your Car in a Hurricane

May 8, 2017

If you’re a resident in a hurricane-prone area, you may know how to prepare your home ahead of a storm. But do you know that disaster preparedness should also extend to protecting your vehicles? Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross unanimously agree that having a comprehensive storm safety […]

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Building Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

Feb 12, 2017

Challenging winter weather is a fact of life for much of the country. Frigid temperatures, freezing rain, snow drifts and icy roads may all be part of your winter driving season. Imagine that you’re driving late at night, and there’s a major snowstorm. Or, maybe you have car trouble. Perhaps you slide off the road […]

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Driving Safety Tips for Handling Potholes

Feb 4, 2017

During my commute to work, I inevitably drive over more than 10 potholes each way. While a few of them are small, most of them are quite large and create for a very bumpy and uncomfortable ride to work. Many potholes are caused when relentless freezing and thawing of water under the pavement weakens the […]

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Business Owners: Should You Allow Pets at Work?

Nov 10, 2016

Offering a “bring your pet to work” policy might be more than just a nice-sounding benefit: It could actually lower your employees’ stress and make other workers feel more satisfied with their jobs, according to a study by Virginia Commonwealth University. “Allowing workers to bring their pets to work is a very simple way to […]

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Distracted Driving Remains a Focus for Driver Safety Programs

Dec 31, 2015

Distracted driving, defined by Distraction.gov as “Any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” continues to be an area of focus for the U. S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2014, 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted […]

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History of the Car Horn

Jan 28, 2015

It’s a distinctive sound that provides a constant backdrop to cities around the world: the car horn. Ever wonder where this quintessential caution device come from? Or how have car horns changed through the years? The Pedestrian-Operated Horn Can you imagine having a man walk in front of your car who blows a horn and […]

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Tips for Home Window Safety

Oct 10, 2014

As summer transitions into fall, many of us take advantage of the pleasant weather by opening windows and letting in the cool breeze. And while windows allow us to enjoy the season’s lovely sunshine and temperatures, they’re also an essential component of our homes’ safety. Learn how to let the right things in — and keep […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: Maximize Your Bathroom Remodel Investment

Oct 2, 2014

Renovating your bathroom can be its own reward, leaving you with a more pleasant, functional space. If you’re investing your hard-earned money in fixing up your bathroom, you’ll also likely want to know what the return on investment might be — and how to maximize it. The below infographic, created by The Allstate Blog and HomeAdvisor, […]

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