Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holiday Travel With Children

If you're still planning on travel for the New Year, here are some useful tips to make it safer and more enjoyable for everyone: 

Four Tips for Holiday Travel with Children
The highways will be crowded this holiday season with drivers making their way to holiday feasts, shopping malls and family visits. If you're planning a trip with children, here are four tips to make the drive safe and enjoyable:
1.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends children sit in the back seat and be buckled-up properly.
Infants (under 20 lbs.) should ride in rear-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or below shoulder level.
Toddlers (20-40 lbs.) should ride in forward-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or above shoulders.
Young children (more than 40 lbs.) should ride in a forward-facing booster seat with the lap belt fitting across the upper thighs and shoulder belt snug across the chest.
2.One of the best ways to keep your family safe is to stay awake during your trip. The National Sleep Foundation and the AAA Foundation recommend the following:
Get a good night's sleep before your trip — 7-9 hours for adults and 8 ½-9 ½ hours for teens
Make sure a passenger is awake to talk to the driver.
Avoid medications that can impair performance.
Recognize signs of fatigue: lane drifting, hitting rumble strips, repeated yawning, tailgating, difficulty focusing.
Schedule stops every two hours or 100 miles.
3.Bring along toys, books and video games to keep the kids busy. If you're planning a long drive, be prepared for frequent bathroom and food stops.
4.If your child gets car sick, check with your doctor about possible medications to bring on the trip. To minimize the risk of carsickness, try driving at a constant speed, cracking a window, and feeding light snacks along the way to prevent the need for a heavy meal.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holiday Driving!

Jiffy Lube of Utah wants to extend warm wishes to all our clientele this holiday season.  And in the spirit of driving and the holidays, invite you to get in the car and enjoy some of Utah's most spectacular light shows, from the warmth of your own vehicle.  Follow the links for more information, and use this coupon for a Signature Service Oil Change to keep your car running smoothly and reliably throughout the season.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jiffy Lube Gift Cards: The Gift of Preventive Maintenance

Christmas is coming, and the best gift you can give your car, your self, or your loved ones, is the gift of preventive maintenance.  Jiffy Lube Specializes in helping you keep your ride alive, so you can be on the road safely and reliably for many more holiday seasons to come.  So whether you have teen drivers eager to get around in their new vehicle, spouses whose safety you care about, parents or grandparents who own vehicles, or even neighbors--a Jiffy Lube Gift Card for the holidays is always a safe bet.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pet Travel Tips

Six Tips for Traveling with Your Pets
Let's face it; you're probably going to have to do more traveling before the holidays are over. Bringing your pets along is sometimes a necessity. If you're planning a trip with Fido, here's what you can do to help make the trip safe and enjoyable.  (Note:  It is definitely NOT recommended for you to put your dog in a regular seat belt.  We just thought this was an amusing image.)  
1.Dogs and cats need to be secured properly, both for their safety and yours. The first and best option is to crate your animal for the duration of the trip. For large animals, a more feasible option is to use a special harness that attaches to your vehicle's seatbelt. Crates and harnesses are available at your local pet store.
2.The ASPCA cautions against allowing pets to ride with their heads out the window of a moving vehicle. Not only do they risk being hit with a flying object, but they are also at risk of inner ear damage and lung infections.
3.The noises and movement from car travel make many pets anxious. This anxiety can be expressed through barking, shaking, excessive drooling or even vomiting. Prepare your pets for a long trip well before you plan to leave. Start slowly by getting them used to being in the car. Once they are a little more comfortable, condition them with short trips around the block, gradually extending the duration of these trips. If your pet still suffers car anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about medications. Also consider keeping stain and odor remover in the trunk, just in case of an accident.
4.Don't feed your pet right before you plan to leave. Instead, give him or her a light meal a few hours in advance. Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
5.Just as you will on a long trip, your pet will need periodic pit stops and stretch breaks, too. Bring along a leash, water and small treats, as well as a favorite toy the pet can play with for some exercise.
6.If you're planning overnight hotel stays, be sure to check in advance whether the hotel has pet-friendly policies.