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Snowy Weather Driving – Care Tips for Your Vehicle

If your live up north or plan to travel, know that Snowy weather can effect your car especially in January and February. These two months are more important then any other months of the year for a car wash.

January and February are the snowiest months of the year and when there is more salt put down on the roads. Salt is an abrasive and when mixed with water forms rust. Rust spreads like crazy and will damage not only your paint job, but deteriorate the metal.

Simple solution is to take your vehicle to the car wash at least twice a month to avoid this and more money out of pocket then you want for repairs.

Not only does winter effect the outside of your vehicle, it can effect the motor. Keep your motor running smoothly by using Synthetic oil. It has fewer damaging contaminates then regular oil and does cost a bit more. The results are a smoother running engine from the oil that flows better and you can get up to 10,000 miles before you have to have another oil change in most vehicles. Ask your mechanic what is best for your vehicle.

 

 

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Wildlife and Driving Precautions in the Winter

A friend of mine called and asked me if I knew what a Moose Whistle was. Being a Floridian we do not have much call for this item, but I informed my friend it is not used for hunting.

In the northern regions more likely you will have a collision with wildlife and even more so it is hard to detect them while driving in blustery snow. A Moose whistle is placed on the front of a vehicle and makes a sound somewhat like a dog whistle that only the moose, deer and other wildlife animals can detect. The moose whistle is a tool to help alert the precious wildlife to stay back from your area.and your moving vehicle.

One of the most common animals to to come into a collision with a vehicle is a deer. Every year there area multitude of deers getting hit across the country and this type of collision could cost you dearly.

How can you be more careful to avoid this? Learn more about the deers habits. Deer have a natural camouflage,and detecting them while driving can be difficult if you are on an interstate and driving at high speeds. It is easier to spot them during the day, but in the early morning hours and evenings this can be a challenge.

During the fall and November it is particularly more of a danger for both a driver and a deer when they are looking for food in the winter and mostly in the mountains. Keep an eye out if you are on a road protected by deer fence and keep special attention to where the fences begin and end, as deer can cross in these area’s. Also look for signs like roadside fences are broken down and be sure to slow down in these areas.

Hitting a deer can cause severe injury to the animal and damages to your vehicle and injuries to you and your passengers as well.

The Moose are also another animal to look out for and can cause more severe injuries and damage all the way around since a moose is much bigger then a deer. The injuries that occur when colliding with a moose are head and neck injuries since the moose is much taller and bigger and the full body weight with the windshield of many vehicles is common.

Travel carefully if in the area’s of wildlife and know that the early morning hours from 4 am to 6 am and the evening hours from 6 pm to 11 pm are the most dangerous for the animals and drivers alike.

 

 

 

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Snowy Weather Pre-Maintence on Your Vehicle

Them temperatures are already starting to fall in the northern US and Canada and winter will be coming in the next couple of  months. If you are traveling over the country into colder states you will more than likely run into states that will have snow. If you have never experienced driving in snow you need to inform yourself of what you will need to do for  vehicle to stay safe and warm.

First and foremost read up and talk to other people that have experience with driving in snow, about black ice, skidding, snow banks and basically what to look out for.

Second to have a qualified mechanic look over your car for anything that may need to be replace, oil change etc.

Third are the checks you would do if you were living in a state that has snowy conditions.

Anti Freeze

This is an essential part of winter proctection for your engine. Have a mechanic check to see if your radiator needs flushing and then add a mix of 50% water and 50% antifreeze.

Snow Tires

Tires should be checked before going on any road trip. The tread, pressure etc. In states without snow the same tires are used year round, so as your heading toward the colder states these tires will not preform as well. A swap along the way for snow tires would be a good safety measure.

Windshield Wipers

Make sure your windshield wipers are in excellent condition or replace them for new ones. There will be more then just rain falling from the sky and chances are mud, muck and salt from the roads will reak havoc on your windshield. You want to be sure wipers are in top shape to handle the job so you can see through a clean windshield. Also be sure that your washer fluid is full and working correctly.

Weather Conditions

Always stay tuned to the weather and keep track of hotels along the way of your trip in case you may need to pull in early because of a snow storm.

Other Tips to Consider for Safety

To avoid ice in the fuel lines or gas tank, keep it as near to full as possible.

Give someone your itinerary for your route and how long you will be on the road.

Always carry an safety kit, extra blankets, clothes etc.

If traveling with a cell phone, you may want to check with your service for black out area’s and be sure to have a car charger for the phone that you can plug into a wall or your vehicle.

 

 

 

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Tips To Start a Food Truck Business

Just like The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, food trucks have come a long way since the days serving pizza, chicken, hot dogs and ice cream from food carts and the demand for cheaper food and on the go has risen immensely since the decline of the economy.

Today home cooks and restaurants have taken to the road and are sharing there wares from Deserts to Steak taco’s, vegetarian and vegan and  you can find homemade recipes that will want you coming back for more. Put Twitter in the mix and food trucks together and you can have followers everyday.

First Impressions

Consider your food truck your restaurant. How do you want the outside to look, what will your logo/brand be. If you have seen the Great Food Truck Race, you will see that there trucks are attention getting with just the artwork done on the truck to begin with and I am sure that did not come cheap. Shop around and get quotes. Your first impression is the truck itself pulling up to any location.

What are you serving? Are you a breakfast truck? Lunch? Desserts only? Do whatever you are good at, or the recipes from your Nana that are so wonderful you want to share them with the world. Go with what you know, what has received good reviews from others. Practice your recipes and demand family and friends be your worst critics.You do not want to hear, yes that is delicious when its not. Better to have family and friends be honest with you before you put out a recipe, then letting your customers tell you by not coming back. Also consider  your time to get the product out. A majority of customers coming to your truck want fast service, which means you need to have fresh food fast and tasty. Another thing to consider is  what you are serving your food in. You want a container that will hold the food well for your customers who may be eating and on the go.

Your time and investment matters.

Food trucks can cost as much as a small house to cheaper versions, it all depends on how much you can invest. A food cart at say $3000.00 to food truck at $50,000 is a big difference. How much do you have for start up? You will also need to calculate, prep time for recipes, shopping for food, time spent out in the field making sales and travel time to and from your destinations.

Bring in the Customers
Twitter is a food truck owners friend. Post where you are going to be and what time, specials for that day on a Twitter account you have opened just for your Food Truck business. Gather in your local people to follow you and tell their friends. Social Marketing is a must for any business and word of mouth is priceless.

You Are a Business

Yes you are a business and the health department and your local code enforcement will let you know that. You will need to have a health inspection and obtain permits to keep yourself in business. You may want to contact your local health department and ask what the health codes are to make sure your inspection is a good one every time and your local county office about what is required permits.

Must be Insured

Key word here is not only business, its Food Truck. You will be mobile and on the road, which means you will need to be insured. General Liability and Commercial Auto. Contact our office so we can help you find the best quotes and what is needed for your great food truck.

Just like a restaurant, good service and good food are key ingredients to being successful. That means you need a plan and to follow that plan. Set up your menu, calculate your cost of food, truck expenses and advertising and be sure to add in your insurance cost before before you leave the driveway.

 

 

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