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BY ARINA COLEMAN
Believe it or not, the classic American road trip is not a thing of the past. More and more Americans than ever are taking to the road for a family visit or a vacation. Many Americans would rather drive than fly. The lure of the road is an undeniable one and seems to be embedded in our makeup.
If you’re planning a road trip sometime in the future, here are some road trip tips to help you get the most from your experience.
- Check your vehicle
It’s always a good idea to have your mechanic check your car over for a few basic things. Things would include the car’s fluid levels, tires, brakes, and anything else that might be a problem. Also important is for the spare tire to be correctly inflated. Make sure you carry extra wiper fluid with you and have jumper cables on hand.
If you’re worried about whether your car is up to the long trip, you might have to rethink your vacation plans. One option is to pick a destination where there’s plenty on offer and places to visit in the area.
Book an auto transport service with a company that specializes in shipping cars cross country. Fly to your vacation destination, and you’ll have suitable transport you can use to get around when you get there.
- Have a loose plan
When you’re driving long distances, it’s challenging to avoid long delays. They are, unfortunately, almost inevitable. Road works and traffic congestion are all part and parcel of traveling on the road. There might also be some states or areas you want to avoid.
Once you’ve decided which routes and interstates you want to take, research rest stops and gas station options.
- Clean your car before and during your trip
Of course, it’s going to be tempting to leave candy wrappers, take-away boxes, and other paraphernalia under your seat. Dog hair on the back seat is also not going to be a problem, surely? Let’s tell you, after a few days, you may find such flotsam and jetsam rather annoying.
An accumulation of junk and other minor detritus will soon drive you mad when you’re spending most of the day in the car.
Spend time cleaning your car, outside but mostly inside. Make it your mission to keep the chaos to a minimum.
- Get off the highways
If you’re heading out for a road trip, there’s little point in hitting the roads to see the country if you don’t spend some of your time exploring the back roads. William Least Heat-Moon named these back roads “blue highways.”
If you haven’t got the time to read his book, you can always take advantage of a feature introduced by Google Maps. There’s an “avoid highways” checkbox on Google Maps that provides alternative routing for anyone looking to avoid highways.
- Anticipate the trouble spots
You’re likely to be grinding out long miles on your road trip. It’s also not hard to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A couple of examples include driving the long bridges to Key West on a Friday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend or trying to cross the Hudson River during rush hour. Do some research, and you should be able to avoid them.
- Preload your phone with some entertainment
Listening to local radio as you drive along is not as enjoyable as it once was. If you’ve got long hours of driving ahead of you, you’ll need something else to keep you and your passengers entertained. Tap into your collection of music using a streaming site such as Spotify or Pandora. Alternatively, listen to your favorite audiobook or podcast.
- Think about the division of labor
If you’re traveling as a group or family, it’s a good idea to divvy up things that need to be done during the trip. There will be someone good at navigating, someone who’s great at planning meals. Divvying up the tasks means things will get done efficiently and to the satisfaction of all.
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- Join a roadside rescue service
If road trips are a common occurrence, there will come a time when you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere. Having an 800-number you can call that immediately ties you into approved local tow services and mechanics will save lots of hassle.
- Take your documents with you
Traveling without current documentation such as license, registration, or insurance could bring a world of hurt, should you get pulled over for any reason. If you’ve got any outstanding traffic or parking tickets, it might be a good idea to clear them up before you travel.
Follow these road-tripping tips, and your journey will be memorable in a good way. Here’s wishing you many enjoyable miles on the road.
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Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.
"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself | Flickr
This announcement could be part of the fast-tracked, "future-focused culinary and packaging innovations" that Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's US grocery business unit, hinted at earlier this year amid a shortage of ketchup. A surge in takeout and delivery food orders during the pandemic led to a scarcity of ketchup packets, the report said.
In April, Heinz pledged to increase production of ketchup by 25 per cent to 12 billion packets annually. "Gone are the days of fumbling with ketchup packets, pants ruined by mustard disasters, and minutes taken off your life trying to get to the bottom of that mayo packet. With the patent-pending Heinz Packet Roller, what was once taxing becomes simple -- just snip and roll to squeeze out every drop of your sauce of choice," the website says
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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month, said on Sunday that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right-knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was "really unhappy" with his performance in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer opted to go through with it.
Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by atptour.com. On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. | Wikimedia Commons
"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court. But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year. "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I took the time and, I don't know, I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former world No. 1 has played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup. "I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players," Federer said. "That's what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that's going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year." (IANS/ MBI)
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By Hitesh Rathi
Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties.| Flickr
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients.| Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
If donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft. | Photo by febri sym on Unsplash
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come. (IANS/ MBI)
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