Melissa

Stories by Melissa

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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Tire Wear Patterns: What Do They Mean?

Feb 3, 2017

Tires are an extremely important component of your car, and it’s a good idea to check them periodically to see how they’re faring. Regardless of the season, the effects of winter may linger in your tires: Snow, salt, cold or fluctuating temperatures, and the winter potholes that often afflict roadways can all cause wear and tear. […]

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5 Tips for Managing Small-Business Expenses and Taxes

Feb 2, 2017

Many small-business owners don’t exactly look forward to the nitty-gritty of managing their business expenses. However, staying on top of your company’s accounting tasks is a great way to make sure you’re getting every possible tax benefit for your company—and to reduce your stress when tax time eventually comes around. Fortunately, it only takes a […]

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What to Do If Your Brakes Go Out

Jan 7, 2017

Noticing your brakes have failed while driving can be a shocking experience. While you hope it never happens to you, prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible. Don’t Panic A clear head can be your ally behind the wheel, especially when things […]

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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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Canning 101: Preserve the Fruits (and Veggies) of Your Garden

Sep 29, 2014

As the “going green” trend continues to gain popularity, many people are finding passion in plants. It’s not a new idea; people have long grown food in their yards, and in the 1940s, the government even encouraged them to keep “Victory Gardens” and buy local produce so that commercially grown food could go toward the troops […]

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