Archive | December, 2017

Holiday Travel Info and 5 Podcasts for the Road

20 Dec

Another record-breaking number of Americans will be traveling for the holidays, 107.3 million according to the new AAA travel forecast. And driving seems to be very popular again this year; 97.4 million Americans will be taking over the roads. So, if you find that your trip may take longer than normal, and AAA says it might take three times longer, consider passing the time with one or more of these podcasts:

  1. Wait, wait… don’t tell me! – the NPR weekly current events quiz is a fun way to test your knowledge and catch up on current events
  2. Revisionist history – if you like Malcolm Gladwell’s writing, you will definitely enjoy this weekly podcast
  3. Radiolab –  a science show, informative and easy to digest
  4. Freakonomics – inspired by the book with the same name, the show explores “ the hidden side of everything”  and they do mean everything
  5. The Ezra Klein Show – his guest list includes policymakers, writers, business leaders, and techies. The show is entertaining and informative

And if you are taking public transit, here are the holiday transit schedules:
NJ Transit Bus Service – Christmas Eve, December 24, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611,612, 619,624
December 25, Christmas Day, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611, 612, 619, 624.
December 31, New Year’s Eve, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 611, 612, 619, 624.
Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day, Sunday schedule, no service on 603, 610, 611, 612, 619, 624
Bicycles permitted at all times

NJ Transit Rail Service – Weekend Service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Bicycles are not permitted on trains on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Riverline – Sunday Schedule for Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Bicycles permitted at all times

Amtrak –Schedules available here 

AirTran – http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-to-from.html

SEPTA – Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day regular Sunday schedule

PATH Sunday Schedule,  Christmas Day– Monday, December 25 Saturday Schedule,  New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31  Saturday Schedule, New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1  Sunday Schedule

FreeB – No Service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
New schedule in effect January 2, 2018.

Route 130 Connection – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Tiger Transit – Limited or suspended service during University holidays. More information available at https://transportation.princeton.edu/

Suburban – Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day on a Sunday Schedule

Ocean Ride – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Ride Provide – No service on Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Happy and Safe Holidays from all of us at GMTMA!

Sources: http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/holiday-travel-forecast/

 

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Winter Preparation and Safety Tips

12 Dec

Winter is here with cold days and more snow in the forecast. Whether you are dashing through the snow on four wheels, on two wheels, here some tips to keep you safe this winter.

Driving Tips

  1. Get your car serviced – get a routine maintenance and check for leaks, and parts that need repairs or replacements
  2. Check for recalls – nhtsa.gov/recalls , if your vehicle is under recall, go to the nearest dealer and get it fixed for free.
  3. Know your car – features to know available here
  4. Wipers and defrosters – check your wipers and replace worn blades, check if the defrosters work properly
  5. Tires – some manufacturers recommend replacing the tires every 6 years. Check to see if they have uneven wear or insufficient thread. Learn how to measure thread
  6. Stock your car with shovel, broom, ice scarpers, jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, and emergency markers.
  7. Stay alert and don’t drive distracted or under the influence

Biking Tips

  1. Layer up but do not overdress – look for clothing that is designed to keep you warm without being too bulky and make you sweat. Many stores sell active wear clothes that are both fashionable and functional. Cover your head, your extremities and your ears, and wear clear glasses to protect your eyes.
  2. Wear something bright and equip your bike with good lights (flashing lights have a great battery life but the high powered ones can blind the motorists behind you), it will keep you safe during low visibility conditions.
  3. Equip your bike with wide tires (studded winter tires are best for icy conditions) and shoes with threaded sole so you won’t slip when you break or stop at a light and you have to put your foot down.
  4. If possible, pick streets that will minimize your contact with cars.
  5. Think safety first! – Use your judgment in snowy, slippery and/or low visibility conditions, actively manage risk through strategies to avoid travel, minimize contact with other traffic and/or make yourself as visible as possible through proper lane positioning

Stay safe!

 

Sources: https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips