Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin MAY2018

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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.

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.

he or she get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins.

Include the Whole Family

Pack a Travel Game

Play an Audiobook or Podcast

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 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,

When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids

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.

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

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers BUT THEY ALSO BRING WRECKS

1. Delay driving. If conditions are bad, postpone the trip. The saying “it’s better to be safe than sorry” is very applicable to driving in unsafe conditions. 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction. When it starts to rain, the water mixes with dirt on the road, making it slippery and harder for your tires to do their job. You should reduce your speed at least by a third (sometimes more) when it’s wet or rainy. Additionally, check the tread on your tires. Good tire tread is vitally important when driving in the rain. 3. Use headlights. Even if you do not think you need headlights, it is important to use them when it’s raining. In fact, it is required by Indiana and Illinois traffic law. You can rest assured that having your headlights on does make it easier for other drivers to see your car. 4. No cruise control. Many of us use cruise control when we should not. Cruise control can be dangerous in wet conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on average, there are 1 million vehicular crashes each year due to wet pavement . These crashes, unfortunately, result in the death of approximately 5,000 people, and they injure another 400,000 each year. Now that I’m a grandparent with two young grandchildren, I worry about my grandchildren’s safety — particularly when they are riding in a car. You probably have the same concerns I do. Most of us have driven so many times in rainy conditions that we are surprised to find out just how many deaths and injuries are caused by rain. Rain is even more dangerous than driving in snow, sleet, or ice. Our law firm has represented hundreds of clients who have been injured as a result of careless drivers who did not take the necessary precautions to drive safely on wet roads. Hopefully these tips will help you play it safe while driving in the rain. 2 www.FleschnerLaw.com

We forget cars frequently hydroplane while on cruise control. If your vehicle hydroplanes, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that your car needs to go. Do not slam on your brakes or make sudden turns. 5. Visibility. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. If they’re leaving streaks, take a cloth and wipe them off. Personally, if I know I’m going to be driving in the rain, I spray some Rain-X on my front windshield. 6. Back off. Most drivers are taught to stay at least four or five seconds behind the vehicle in front of them in dry conditions. If it is raining, you need to increase the time and space between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

We hope the above tips help you and your loved ones stay safe.

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