Monday, March 11, 2019

Michigan Road trip

I have lived in Indiana almost my entire life, except for the three years I lived in Florida. I have traveled all over the US but I have never been to Michigan. The only time I have been in Michigan was in the Detroit airport. I don’t think that really counts. It’s pretty crazy to think that I have never been to the state above me. I am not sure why I have never been there. I have a really good friend who lives there half of the year. I always say I will go see her. I have never made it up there.  I would love to hop in the car and do a Michigan road trip.  It really wouldn’t be worth a plane ticket because when it’s close, you always have to fly somewhere far away first. I don’t understand why certain flights that go somewhere else. One time I flew to Detroit for a layover flying from Tampa, Florida to Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Since I have never been to Michigan, I would really want to explore and make a awesome trip out of it. I would like to go to Lake Michigan. I am sure it’s beautiful. I love water. I would like to make this a summer trip so I don’t have to worry about snow or ice. Maybe even take a trip to Saugatuck to check out the beach. I am sure it will be a bit different than the beaches I’m used to. 

I love lighthouses, a stop at Ludington to tour the lighthouses would be high on my list. I am sure it would be really interesting. We could even take a shore cruise aboard the S.S. Badger. 

For some thrilling fun, we could go to Michigan Adventure. It looks like a great amusement park. Noah and I love going on rides as long as they aren’t roller coasters. I’m fine with him not liking them because I don’t like them. 

Noah would want to go to The Henry Ford Museum. He loves cars and all things mechanical. He has always been interested in how things work. When he was three years old, he used to turn his toys upside down to figure out how they work. I am sure he would try and convince me to go to Canada too. He tries to do that a lot. I seem to forget that Canada is not too far away. 

Of course, we would have to visit my friend Jamie and her family if we were in Michigan. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her but I’m sure it would be just like old times. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Helpful apps for your car

There’s an app for almost everything. It’s crazy how many different apps you can get for your phone. I found some apps for your car. These apps help you with all things related to your car and are great to have. It can really help you save time and money. 

There are apps that can check your car’s tire pressure. Having properly inflated tires is very important. I can send you an alert when your tire pressure is low, so you know to put air in your tires. 

Apps that help keep track of when you last had your car serviced or oil changed are great when you tend to misplace paperwork. You always have your phone, so it’s easy to just pull up the app and know your last service date. That will be helpful to also know when you go to a new mechanic. 

There are even apps that keep track of your fuel economy which comes in handy when budgeting for a road trip or a monthly gas budget. 

Speaking of budgets there’s an app that will keep track of your car expenses so you can analyze if your car is costing you more than it should. If that’s the case considering a new one might be a better option. 

An app that tells you where you parked the car is essential. I tend to forget where we parked all the time. Usually, in the cold or rain with a full shopping cart.  This type of app is amazing when you are at an amusement park and all the cars look the same. No more remembering what color character you parked in. It’s also great for rental cars when you can’t remember what make and model you are currently driving. You look at the license plate and try to remember what state it says. When the car has plates from the state you are in, it makes it hard to find your car. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring weather driving tips

Spring brings severe weather in the Midwest. We have thunderstorms and tornadoes. If you aren’t familiar with our weather, it can be confusing what to do. It’s always good to review what to do in severe weather when you are traveling. Severe weather can be unpredictable and come out of nowhere. It’s not like a hurricane when you have an idea that it’s coming. It can also be tricky if you aren’t aware it’s on the way. Here are some severe weather tips while driving:

Make sure you have a fully stocked emergency kit with flashlights, food, water, blankets and first aid items in your car. Remember to check regularly to make sure you have everything you need. 

Cars are safer than being outside when it’s lightning. You have rubber tires that protect you. 

During a tornado, look for shelter. If you can’t find any find a ditch to lay in.  It is a bad idea to be in your car during a tornado. Once I was on Spring break driving to the beach and a tornado came through as we were stopped at a gas station. We had to hide out in the bathroom with everyone in the gas station. It was pretty scary. 

If it’s raining really hard and can safely pull over, do it. If you can’t see out of your windshield that’s not safe. Make sure you have working windshield wipers. The salt can erode them. Replacement wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to install. 

Listen to the local radio stations if it looks like a storm is coming. I need to do this one more. We encountered a bad storm last summer driving back from Florida with our cats in the car. 

Remember to drive slowly in the rain. It can be slick and hard to see. Turn on your headlights so you are noticeable.  With some extra steps, you can get to your destination safely.