Emery Law Office May 2018

ROAD TRIPS DON’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

TRY GAMES, AUDIOBOOKS, AND PODCASTS TO PASS THE TIME

person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. Play an Audiobook or Podcast We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe. When you’re stuck in traffic, it’s easy to get distracted. Resist the urge to take out your phone and check your text messages. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, even when traffic is stopped dead. If possible, it’s also a good idea to alter your daily route to avoid Derby traffic altogether. You should never assume that you know what another driver is going to do, but that’s especially true when a huge number of drivers are unfamiliar with the route and roads. Maintain a reasonable distance, affording you time to react to last-second stops and turns. Don’t put yourself in a situation where your safety is at the mercy of another vehicle. Finally — and I can’t stress this enough — don’t get behind the wheel if you had anything to drink. Ride services like Uber and Lyft are great options for those who want to enjoy a few mint juleps before heading home. You could also opt to have a good old-fashioned designated driver. Regardless of the method you prefer, remember that alcohol and driving should never mix. Unfortunately, not all accidents are avoidable. If you are in an accident, get a police report immediately. Then give Emery Law Office a call and ask how we can help you. You can also stop by our office for an insurance document holder that features tips on what to do in the event of an accident. Tips for Navigating High-Traffic Roads

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event. Pack a Travel Game When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. Include the Whole Family Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first

DRIVE SAFE DURING DERBY SEASON

The Kentucky Derby draws visitors from all over the world to the Louisville area. The weeks leading up to the big race contain a lot of excitement, but they also create a lot of traffic. With out-of-town drivers all over the roads, it’s very important to practice defensive driving tactics if you want to stay safe during the entire two-week festival. Before you hit the road, you should give yourself some extra time to account for increased traffic. Factoring in this added travel time will keep you from having to hurry to your destination. Attempting to rush through a sea of vehicles is extremely dangerous. Leave the speeding to the horses. The road, after all, is not a racetrack.

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