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Four Travel Essentials for Holiday Road Trips

October 29, 2014 1:03 am

According to a recent RadioShack survey, 78 percent of Americans who plan to take a holiday trip will road trip to their destination. Almost three in five (58 percent) holiday travelers believe it's important to gear up with technology before their next holiday trip.

The great American road trip has been immortalized in pop culture through iconic scenes from movies like National Lampoon's Vacation, Little Miss Sunshine, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. While those movies are great for laughs, you might not want to live through some of the stressful moments during your real life road trip.

Before hitting the road, stock up on these travel essentials.

1. Emergency accessories.
The average distance for travelers from home to the destination of their next holiday trip is 760 miles. Traffic and winter weather will likely play a role in planning your journey, so outfit your vehicle with an emergency kit, tools for jumpstarting a dead car, and a portable crank radio.

2. Navigation tools. A third of holiday road travelers cite traffic as the most stressful aspect when thinking about their next trip. Invest in a GPS unit or extra data on your smartphone to arrive at your destination in a timely manner.

3. Entertainment. Three in 10 holiday road trips will include children under the age of 18, so expect fights over backseat boundaries if they get bored. Keep tablets and phones powered up with portable charging accessories and headphones.

4. Home security.
While traveling, feel confident that your home is secure and energy-efficient with home automation technology, like smartphone software and cameras.

Source: RadioShack

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10 Tips for Parents on Halloween Night

October 29, 2014 1:03 am

Halloween is a night filled with candy, costumes, a bit of fear and a lot of fun, but it can also be a dangerous night if you don't take the proper safety precautions. With ghosts, goblins, vampires and zombies roaming the streets, it's important that parents and children review safety protocols before trick-or-treating.

"Halloween is a magical evening where kids get to transform into anything they want to be," said Allstate's Executive Vice President of Product Operations Steve Sorenson. "But it's most important for them to be safe. By following a few basic safety tips, everyone can do their part to make the holiday a memorable occasion for all the right reasons."

Parents should take the following steps to ensure safety.
1. Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with children.
2. Make sure costumes, wigs and accessories are fire-resistant.
3. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure they are visible if children are out after dusk.
4. Make certain that masks have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Parents should encourage children to remove their masks before crossing the street.
5. Provide well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.
6. Make certain that swords and other accessories are made from cardboard or flexible materials. Children should not carry sharp objects.
7. Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
8. Carry flashlights with fresh batteries to help children and motorists see more clearly.
9. Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
10. Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
Source: The Allstate Corporation

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