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The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

The Highway Code Simplified: Color-Coded Curbs and What they Mean

  If there’s one thing drivers should be grateful for, it’s the highway code. All of the different rules and regulations that motorists practice play a direct role in preventing accidents. But as valuable as the highway code is to safety, it’s also a very elaborate and detailed system. There are many different mechanisms used within the highway code to coordinate traffic. Mechanisms such as color-coded curbs on roadways.  

The Highway Code Saves Lives:

Automotive Expert Robin Barrymore cautions that, “Drivers often take traffic signs for granted and don’t think too deeply about their importance. But without them, there would be terrible consequences, like a higher risk of accidents/injury, and confusion on the road. While the importance of traffic rules and signs might appear simple, there are actually many reasons why rules and signs are important to all road users, not just drivers.” Here’s a quick summary of color-coded curbs and the rules they convey:  

Color-Code #01 – Red Curbs:

Red curbs are the most important color-code on painted roadways.  They signify:
  • No parking.
  • No stopping.
  • No waiting for any reason.
  • Red curbs are also designated for public transportation and emergency vehicles.
 

Color-Code #02 – Yellow Curbs:

Yellow curbs are also an urgent color-code on painted roadways.  They signify that no parking is permitted, but that temporary stopping and waiting is allowed.  

Color-Code #03 – White Curbs:

White curbs signify that parking in the vicinity is restricted.  They’re also used to demarcate loading zones.  If and when a driver approaches white curbs, it’s advisable to look for posted traffic signs for additional guidance.  

Color-Code #04 – Blue Curbs:

Blue curbs signify that parking in the vicinity is reserved for drivers living with disabilities.  Unless someone is operating a vehicle which is labeled with a permit, they have no right to occupy space around blue curbs.  

Color-Code #05 – Green Curbs:

Green curbs signify that parking in the area is only allowed for brief periods of time.  Additional signage is usually posted around green curbs to provide specific guidance.  

Conclusion:

Any time a driver navigates streets and roads, it’s important to pay attention to how the pavement is designed. The colors painted on roadways might seem aesthetic, but they actually serve an essential function. Obeying color-coded highways is a required responsibility for all motorists. Failure to abide by the highway code can attract punitive consequences. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!
4 Dealbreakers to Think About When Purchasing an SUV

4 Dealbreakers to Think About When Purchasing an SUV

Buying a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) is a totally different process from buying a car.  Ordinary vehicles are easy to choose because they’re usually driven for basic reasons. SUVs on the other hand can serve a variety of functions, in a wide range of environments.  This Makes it easier to jump to conclusions when window-shopping for an SUV.   

SUVs Have Intricate Qualities:

Automotive Expert Taylor Marsden suggests that, “The Sports Utility Vehicle (better known as the SUV) has been a common choice amongst off-roaders and those lugging lots of cargo for decades. But these days, you can typically find huge SUVs parked in soccer-mom driveways everywhere. The SUV offers a ton of great features created to suit a variety of needs.” Here are a few quick tips on how to pick a good SUV:  

1.    Think About What You’ll be Transporting:

Arguably the most important factor to consider when window-shopping for SUVs is cargo.  Are you buying it so that you can drive your family around in a spacious mode of transport?  Or are you buying it for use as a commercial vehicle?  Not all SUVs are cut out to be family cars. And not all family-oriented SUVs can be used in commercial ways.  

2.    Research the Drivetrain Configuration:

SUVs either come with all-wheel-drive (AWD), front wheel drive (FWD), rear wheel drive (RWD), or 4WD (4-wheel drive).  And each of these configurations has an impact on performance.  Be careful not to settle for a drivetrain which is too frail for intended routine-use.  

3.    Economize on Gas-Mileage:

            SUVs are notorious for one extravagance. Gas-guzzling. Because SUVs are naturally heavier than small cars, they burn a lot of fuel during acceleration. Even if it’s impossible to find a perfectly fuel-efficient SUV, be careful not to purchase a model that’s guaranteed to overextend your budget.  

4.    Invest in Comfort:

            Some SUVs are designed to be luxury vehicles. While some SUVs are designed for tough terrain and harsh driving. Before falling in love with a particular brand of vehicle, examine whether comfort or utility should take precedence in your selection.  

Conclusion:

People often buy SUVs because they’re glamorous vehicles. They look powerful, and promise prestige to anyone who occupies the driver’s seat. All this is well and good, but SUVs are also designed to provide extraordinary utility.  If you’re going to invest time and money into purchasing an SUV, be intentional about doing good research. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!
10 Critical DOs and DON’Ts to Follow When Relocating to a New Home

10 Critical DOs and DON’Ts to Follow When Relocating to a New Home

It’s easy to underestimate just how much planning and preparation goes into moving-house.  Especially because the process involves a variety of procedures.  In addition to physically packing boxes and carrying them from one place to another, it’s also necessary to make sure you have continued access to essential amenities.  

Relocation Needs Calculation:

Lifestyle Writer Laura Mueller suggests that, “There’s a lot to consider when you’re moving into a new home. Getting associated with your house, learning how it functions, and prioritizing what projects you want to tackle is part and parcel of taking on your role as a homeowner—and it’s better to do it all right when you move in, instead of waiting and just assuming you’ll figure it all out later on.” Here are a few quick tips on how to move-house seamlessly:  

1.    DO Be Organized:

Pack your belongings in a systematic way. Use lists and labels to avoid losing track of possessions.  

2.    DON’T Pick a Busy Time to Move:

Pick an appropriate time to move. It’s preferable to do so mid-week because residential areas are crowded over the weekend.  

3.    DO Get Some Help:

Hire a moving company to assist with the heavy lifting. The faster a move can be completed, the less likely it is to deal with logistical mishaps.  

4.    DON’T Starve Yourself by Mistake:

Make contingency plans for what you’ll eat while utensils are boxed up. Restaurant food can get expensive, so be careful not to splurge unintentionally.  

5.    DO Keep Your Utilities Running:

Make sure your utilities are up and running as soon as possible. It’s also important to have reliable internet access for a variety of transactions.  

6.    DON’T Get Your Credit Cards Frozen:

Inform all banks and financial institutions about your move. Disruptions in financial channels can trigger emergencies.  

7.    DO Let the Government Know:

Update your records with the Post Office, and Department of Motor Vehicles. Government agencies depend on current information to provide services to the public.  

8.    DON’T Move in With Tunnel Vision:

Perform a quick walk-through of your home and neighborhood when you arrive at the new place. It’s good to get acquainted with your surroundings so that you can make your way around easily.  

9.    DO Keep Your Babies Happy:

If you happen to own a pet, make suitable accommodations for them as well.  Pets also need sufficient food and space to be comfortable during the move.  

10.  DON’T Lose Track of Your Insurance:

Make sure to update your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance depending on where you relocate to. Lapses in coverage can leave people vulnerable to liability in case of accidents.  

Conclusion:

Moving might be complicated, but that’s not to say it’s a completely impossible task to accomplish.  The more thought people put into the overall experience of moving, the easier it is to relocate without hiccups.  At the end of the day, moving is all about meticulousness.  Taking the time to think ahead makes a world of difference. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!
Done Your Spring-Cleaning Yet? Don’t Forget to Tie Up These 6 Loose Ends

Done Your Spring-Cleaning Yet? Don’t Forget to Tie Up These 6 Loose Ends

Done Your Spring-Cleaning Yet? Don’t Forget to Tie Up These 6 Loose Ends

  The end of winter represents a unique opportunity. It’s an opportunity to take care of a very important responsibility. Spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a good habit for two main reasons. Not only is it hygienic, it also enables routine interior maintenance of real estate. When people spring clean, they get a chance to inspect their homes for damage and infestation. Without spring cleaning, houses can secretly deteriorate from the inside out.  

Cleaning is Crucial for a Happy Home:

Healthcare Executive/Physician Dr. Robin Berzin advises that, “If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, it may not only be pollen that’s responsible for those sneezing fits. Dust, mildew, mold, pet dander and even bugs can be big immune-system triggers for people prone to allergies. Cluttered homes tend to gather a lot of these pollutants during the winter months.” Here are a few beneficial chores that should always be a mainstay of spring-cleaning routines:  
  1. Clean out and replenish your kitchen pantry.  If you have any expired or rotten food in storage, it needs to be replaced before pests and bacteria buildup.
  2. Replace all of your air-conditioning and air-purification filters.  Check all of the accessible vents in your house for dust, blockages or soiling.
  3. Deep-clean any carpeting that’s installed in your home.  The end of winter is a perfect time to hire professional cleaning services, assuming you have interior carpeting.
  4. Move all of your heavy appliances out of place, and clean the crevices behind them.  A lot of food and debris gets spilled behind cookers and fridges.  All of this food shouldn’t be allowed to rot and create mold.
  5. Clean and vacuum all of the cushions and upholstery in your home.  At the very least, pat the dust out of them outdoors.
  6. Completely disinfect and sanitize every bathroom in the home.  Look out for any leaks in the process because bathrooms often degenerate from moisture/water damage.
 

Conclusion:

Instead of thinking about spring cleaning as an ordinary chore, think of it as an investment in your health. Living and working in a clean, organized environment reduces frustration. It helps people think clearly. Being strategic is the swiftest way to get the tedious parts of spring-cleaning done. It’s important to pace yourself throughout as well. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help keep your home safe. We got you covered!
7 Clear Signs that You’re Sharing the Road with a Presently Drunk Driver

7 Clear Signs that You’re Sharing the Road with a Presently Drunk Driver

Even if you don’t personally drink and drive, the sad reality is that other people do. And as long as there’s a chance that others will drive under the influence, it’s important to recognize if, and when, a motorist in traffic is drunk. Being able to detect a drunk driver might not change the fact that they’re intoxicated, but it does give sober drivers an opportunity to avoid close proximity with recklessly drunk drivers.  

Keep Your Eyes Peeled:

Scientist/Researcher Emily Swaim cautions that, “Despite all the warnings, public awareness/educational programs, and stiffer penalties for violations, people will still get behind the wheel of their vehicles while intoxicated. An adult driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than a sober driver.” Here are a few clear red flags that someone in traffic is driving under the influence:  
  1.     They constantly swerve and drift in their lane of traffic. In extreme situations, they even straddle traffic lanes.
  2.     They drive for long distances with their headlamps off. Some drunk drivers aren’t very aware of whether or not they’re driving in the dark.
  3.     They make sudden turns, or illegal turns, without any hesitation. Drunk drivers also have a tendency to make wide turns.
  4.     They don’t obey posted traffic signs and traffic lights. They blow through ‘Stop’ signs and red lights without a care in the world.
  5.     They make frequent and random emergency stops. Drunk drivers often tailgate in a reckless way.
  6.     They drive slowly. In an attempt to stay safe while being inebriated, drunk drivers assume that slow driving will improve their reaction time in traffic.
  7.     They have close calls with collisions. Probably the first thing you’ll notice about a drunk driver is that they almost hit something or someone.
 

Conclusion:

            Drunk driving is a problem that shouldn’t exist, but unfortunately, it does. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day. The painful thing about this statistic is that all tragedies caused by drunk driving are completely preventable. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!