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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pets and Summer Vacation

Pets and Summer Vacation

We see lots of dogs with their heads sticking out windows of cars enjoying the breeze. It makes me smile but at the same time I’m always concerned for the dogs’ health. It seems no matter how many warnings people are given about the dangers of leaving dogs and children in a hot car in summer, each year in Phoenix we hear the sad news that it happens…way too often! If you do plan to travel with your pets this summer, make plans before you leave home so you and your pet aren’t overly stressed by the trip. •Select a hotel or cabin that welcomes pets. • Plan a vacation that your pet will enjoy as well! • Find restaurants that offer outdoor dining that accommodate your animals. • Make sure your pets have all their shots up to date, are in good health for travel and have had their flea and tick prevention. • Don’t assume that a “pet friendly” hotel will be accommodating to cats and other animals. I’ve heard many times that hotels or r ... read more

In 2013 the Cost to Own a Car Went Down!

In 2013 the Cost to Own a Car Went Down!

Good news! The cost of car ownership is down! According to AAA this is due to lower fuel costs. Prior to 2013 it costs about 59.2 cents per mile if a driver racked up 15,000 miles per year. If you do the math that is about $8,876 per year! This cost has not decreased in several years! Maintenance costs was on the rise at 5.06 cents per mile mostly due to vehicles now needing semi or full-synthetic motor oils. These are more expensive than regular motor oil but do give drivers better fuel economy and is better for engines. They also let us go longer between oil changes. Overall, drivers are now saving over one and a half cents per mile driven. Drivers would do a Lot to Lower Car Insurance Costs! With everyone coming out with plugins for vehicles to track this and that a survey (by CarInsurance.com) was conducted to ask drivers just what they would allow to be tracked as they drove if they would get lower insurance ... read more