Stubbins, Watson, Bryan & Witucky - December 2020

StubbinsWatson Bryan &Witucky Co., L.P.A.

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59 N. 4th St. Zanesville, Ohio 43701

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE From the Desk of Mike PAGE 1 What Makes a Christmas Movie a Christmas Movie ? PAGE 1 Tactics for Making the Best Business Choices PAGE 2 3 New Board Games to Try This Winter PAGE 3 Take A Break PAGE 3 Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake PAGE 3 Winter Road Trip Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed PAGE 4

A DRIVER’S GUIDE TO SAFE HOLIDAY TRAVELS Winter Road Trip Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

On Sept. 24, 2019, more than 2.5 million people passed through TSA checkpoints at airports across America. On the same date this year, those terminals saw just 826,316 travelers — a nearly 70% drop. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Americans have been thinking twice about air travel, and this holiday, millions of would-be flyers will set out on road trips instead. Road tripping is a great way to avoid contact with a lot of people, but it can also be dangerous, especially in winter weather. Fortunately, you can take several steps to keep your family safe. Getting your car checked before you go, for example, can save you a lot of hassle on the road, as can investing in a set of snow tires. It’s also smart to take precautions such as letting a friend or family member know your route, predicted arrival time, and where you plan to stop for gas along the way.

Apart from that, one of the best things you can do is pack an emergency kit. AAA sells premade kits through outlets like Amazon, and you can find a basic kit with things like jumper cables, ponchos, rope, batteries, pliers, zip ties, and a first-aid kit at pretty much any Walmart or sporting goods store. You could even save a life by adding a few more essentials to your kit, like a blanket, snacks, and an extra cellphone charger.

driving, there are three more little-known items you should stash in your trunk: a shovel, a bag of sand or cat litter, and an extra bottle of windshield wiper fluid. If you get stuck in a snowbank, the shovel will help you dig your way out without risking frostbitten fingers. The sand or cat litter will boost your traction if you sprinkle it around your wheels in an icy spot, and the extra wiper fluid will make all the difference if you run out during a snowstorm.

At this point, you’re almost a safety black belt. But to take your kit to the next level for winter

Once you’re prepared, crank up the Christmas carols and get driving!

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