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Summer Driving Tips from AAA and Big Daddy Awards

Don’t Get Stranded This Summer


The summer travel season officially kicked off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and AAA estimates it will come to the rescue of 7.9 million stranded motorists between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The three maintenance tasks AAA recommends all motorists perform before hitting the road for a summer road trip include:


1. Inspect All FIVE Tires: AAA estimates it will assist nearly 1.1 million motorists with flat tires. One of the most frequently overlooked items on a vehicle is the spare tire. When inspecting tires, it’s important to know if your vehicle even has a spare. If so, be sure it is properly inflated and stowed. If you cannot locate a spare tire, ensure your vehicle has an alternate solution, such as an emergency sealant and inflator kit or run-flat tires that allow the car to be driven to a safe location.

2.Check and Clean Car Battery: AAA estimates it will assist nearly 1.6 million motorists with dead batteries during the summer driving season – replacing nearly 500,000 batteries at the roadside. Summer heat breaks down car batteries internally and accelerates the rate of corrosion on the vehicle’s battery terminals. Check the battery cables and ensure they are securely attached to the terminals. Clean the terminals if there are signs of corrosion. It is not enough to simply remove external corrosion; proper cleaning requires disconnecting the cables to clean the hidden areas where they contact the battery terminals.

3. Replace Wiper Blades and Refill Washer Fluid: Rain, insects, grime and other debris on a windshield will compromise the driver’s vision, and safety, if the wipers cannot remove them. Check the windshield washer fluid reservoir monthly or more often if the washers are used frequently. Top it off with a solution formulated to aid in the removal of insects and other debris. Also check the wiper blades. If blades are worn, cracked or rigid with age, they will not adequately remove rain, grime and other debris that can obscure driver vision. If the wiper blades are sufficiently deteriorated, the metal wiper blade frame could contact and permanently damage the windshield.

I have this thing I call the Hot Dads club. It's where I spot a good looking dad with his kids. I usually comment to friends that I'd gladly throw him in the "Hot Dads Club". Just so you know, I found a tumbler page of Hot Dads-- Nice!   :)

Ahem, I digress, I was supposed to be telling you about voting for the best "Big Daddys". They are awards for all kinds of famous dads, celeb dads, musician dads, politician dads etc.  Read a little about it here and spend a few minutes  to vote. (more like 7 minutes is what it took for me to finish voting)


Big Daddy Awards


Several celebrity fathers have received nominations for the first annual Big Daddy Awards, presented by On The Line, a national prostate cancer awareness campaign. Nominations include top celebrities and noted figures in fun and unique categories – Brad Pitt is nominated for “Heartthrob Big Daddy,” Jay-Z for “Hip Hop Big Daddy,” David Beckham for “Best Dressed Big Daddy,” Bono for “Do Gooder Big Daddy” and President Obama for “Presidential Candidate Big Daddy.” Other nominees include Mario Batali for “Hottest Thing in the Kitchen Big Daddy,” Clint Eastwood for “Iconic Big Daddy,” Cee Lo Green for “Bald and the Beautiful Big Daddy,” LeBron James for “Pro Hoops Big Daddy,” Donald Trump for “Business Mogul Big Daddy,” and even All-Time TV greats from Andy Griffith, Hugh Beaumont, Bill Cosby, Michael Landon, Ray Romano and George Lopez for “TV Dad Hall of Fame Big Daddy.” “The Biggest Daddy of the Year Award” will go to the dad with the most votes overall. You can check out all of the nominees and cast your vote at, through Father’s Day, June 17th. The winners will be announced the following day. In addition to voting for their favorite “Big Daddy,” fans can show their support by making a donation in honor of their father or a loved one by logging onto


06/06/2012 7:19AM
Summer Driving Tips from AAA
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