22.06
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 of the World’s Coolest Caves

We’re on a mission to save the world from waste. What kind of waste, you ask? Wasted time, wasted money, and wasted resources. As you know, when you’re running a business, the name of the game is to be as successful as possible. What determines that success? At the end of the day, delivering a stellar product with a loyal customer base, no matter what that product may be, is a huge part of the game. But any good businessperson knows that behind the scenes, efficiency is a key component to delivering that product. This means that properly managing your time and resources, while still delivering your product as promised, is essential to also keeping your business profitable.

Helping your business to decrease its waste output is one of Actsoft’s major goals in the delivery of our product. We strive to help your business make the most of its employees, time, and resources, to reduce unnecessary expenditures while maximizing profitability. In addition to profits, one side effect that comes with the implementation of our software is actual physical waste reduction.

Take our GPS Tracking feature. When you have a fleet of vehicles, it’s imperative that your drivers all adhere to the same principle: drive the most efficient route possible, always, without exception. Navigating along unnecessarily long routes is tantamount to throwing money away. And the negative impact of needlessly burning excessive fuel in the process is horrible for the environment. Our software helps you keep your drivers on the road to efficiency and, in the process, you’re playing a part in preserving our planet’s natural resources.

In a continuation of our celebration of the amazing natural wonders of the world, this week we’re taking a look at incredible caves from near and far. These fascinating destinations are prime spots for aspiring spelunkers to explore and discover a whole different world. Here, five of our favorites.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Otorohanga, New Zealand
Located about halfway up New Zealand’s North Island, a bit inland from the western coast, are these caves that, while impressive in their own right, are made that much more spectacular by their inhabitants. Dangling from the roofs of these caves are thousands of bioluminescent glowworms, casting an eerie-yet-serene bluish glow on the waters below. Book a 45-minute boat ride along the underground Waitomo River for the opportunity to see these fantastic creatures for yourself.

Cave of Crystals, Chihuahua, Mexico
Superman’s Fortress of Solitude has nothing on this surreal cave in north-central Mexico. Not open to visitors due to the extreme nature of the ecosystem responsible for the crystals’ growth — think temperatures as hot as 136 degrees F with 99 percent humidity, thanks to an underground magma chamber that lies just below — this place is still more than worthy of a mention. The largest of the behemoth crystals, which have been growing for tens of thousands of years, stretches nearly 40 feet in length and weighs some 55 tons.

Caverns of Sonora, Sutton County, Texas
Dress accordingly if you’re gearing up for one of the two-hour tours through this central Texas cave. Temperatures inside may only average 72 degrees F, but with 98 percent humidity, it’ll feel a lot hotter. But as you wend your way along the roughly two-mile-long guided tour, you’ll soon realize it’s worth the minor discomfort. The caves are covered with myriad calcite crystals, the most unique being rare helictites. These are stalactites that, during early formation, begin to shift their growth to the side rather than straight down, forming odd shapes that resemble fish fins, butterflies, worms, and ribbons. When you’re done exploring the wonders of this cavern, take some time to pan for gemstones on the ranch grounds outside.

Škocjan Caves, Divača, Slovenia
Regarded as one of the most important cave systems in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest known underground canyon and, due to particular conditions, it’s home to a unique ecosystem, making it possible for a mix of Alpine and Mediterranean species to grow side-by-side. Tours of the caves run much more frequently in the summer months, but are available year round.

Lascaux Cave, Dordogne, France
Another member of the UNESCO World Heritage club, the complex passages of this cave system aren’t so much revered for the natural features that have formed throughout the years; rather, it’s the 600 or so parietal wall paintings that date back some 17,000 years. Depicting mostly local creatures, such as aurochs, horses, and deer, as well as native vegetation, these cave paintings provide an important insight into the earlier inhabitants of the surrounding land, though many theories about these people are still cause for much debate. The archaeologically significant site may not be open to tourists, but you can tour an exact replica to get a feel of what it would be like inside the real deal.

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15.06
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Refreshing Swimming Holes to Dive Into

As we’ve discussed in the past, it’s our mission to help your business run as smoothly as possible, while also eliminating waste. With the reduction of physical waste, your company can collectively contribute to the betterment of the planet and environment and, in doing so, see better financial returns.

For example, if you have a fleet of vehicles, the last thing you want is for your drivers to be running their trucks with abandon. Idling needlessly burns fuel, thereby chipping away at your bottom line. On top of that, fumes are pumping into the air when they don’t need to be. With our software, you can set up alerts to monitor your drivers’ behaviors and take appropriate action if need be. This way, you’re able to lower your company’s fuel consumption, while also doing your part to lessen your carbon footprint.

To continue our celebration of the natural wonders of the world, this week we’re highlighting the best swimming holes from around the country. These natural bodies of water have a habit of showing up in the most awe-inspiring places, and time and again are served up against spectacular backdrops.

Sliding Rock, Brevard, North Carolina
What better way to kick off your tour of swimming holes than with one that doubles as a waterpark? Just 40 miles southwest of Asheville, this place is less about lazing about in the water all day, and more about a naturally occurring 60-foot-long smooth boulder that doubles as Mother Nature’s waterslide. Visitors patiently wait in line — yes, there is actually a formal queue set up, with on-duty lifeguard — eager to slip across the rock’s slick surface and plunge into an eight-foot-deep pool of frigid water.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
Situated adjacent the ocean, this tide pool — replete with schools of fish and other oceanic critters — is actually a sinkhole that was created when a lava tube collapsed and subsequently filled with water. Queen’s Bath is accessible only after a bit of a hike, part of which includes traversing rocky terrain, so be sure to bring reliable footwear. Year round, this swimming hole is a beautiful and serene excursion, but you’ll want to avoid it in the winter months. From October through May, the surf can be exceptionally severe, making a visit here hazardous.

Homestead Crater, Midway, Utah
Not all watering holes are for cooling off in. This one is located within a 55-foot-tall volcano-shaped cave, formed some 10,000 years ago. The mineral-rich waters below remain consistently heated to a sizzling 90–96 degrees. The manmade entrance into the cave lets you stroll in at ground level, so don’t worry about rappelling down. Once inside, you’re welcome to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the sultry waters; you can even sign up for a paddleboard yoga class.

Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest, Florida
Pack your camping gear for this spring, because it’s located smack dab in the middle of a picture-perfect recreation area, complete with facilities such as restrooms and canoe rentals, so you’ll probably want to book a site and spend a few days here. Hundreds of springs of varying sizes bubble up to form the sprawling swimming hole, surrounded by a canopy of palm and oak trees.

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Alaska
Another that isn’t going to cool you down, the beauty of this one is that it’s accessible year-round, despite Alaska’s bitter cold winters. The intense concentration of minerals here is said to have healing powers; whether you believe that or not, one indisputable fact is that a dip in the pool is beyond relaxing. Bonus: Stay at the resort for a possible late-night glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, the greatest natural light show on the planet.

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11.06
2018

Protecting Your Equipment with Innovative Software

For many businesses, the security of high-value equipment is essential to making sure that operations run smoothly on a routine basis. One particular cause for concern, however, is how exactly these important and often costly assets are being kept safe during non-working hours.

While mobile employees are in the field, it’s easy to keep tabs on the equipment they’re using in near real-time with the assistance of an adequate solution. But what happens to the tools a workforce uses once its workers have clocked out for the day? How exactly are these assets being protected against theft, misuse, and damages?

With Actsoft, ensure that your valuable tools are being safely monitored around-the-clock using features of our applications such as Geofences, Alerts, and GPS Tracking. On our solutions’ live view maps, the positions of precious equipment like fleet vehicles and company-owned mobile devices are all plotted and can be checked in near real-time. Geofences are customizable, and designate the boundaries for remote work zones on the live view map. Any time an asset enters or exits these boundaries during specified times, notifications will be sent back to a company’s in-office team, keeping them always informed.

Businesses like Gardner-Watson Decking use Actsoft to monitor the whereabouts of their dispersed equipment on a daily basis. Through effective tracking and strong workforce transparency, they’ve been able to witness significant return on investment.

“We have had a vehicle stolen, and we’ve been able to track it and have the police respond to it within approximately 30 minutes of knowing the truck was stolen,” said Rick Vassallo, chief financial officer and vice president of operations at Gardner-Watson Decking. “We got one hundred percent of our equipment back, minor damage to the vehicle. So, a fifty or sixty thousand-dollar equipped truck is a huge savings.”

Consider letting Actsoft help your business retain and maintain its high-value equipment today. With a vast array of specialized solutions available, we can help you gain peace of mind and greater knowledge regarding the security of your company’s essential assets.

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01.06
2018

5 Tips for Improving Your Fleet’s Safety

When you’re the owner of a business with a fleet of vehicles, whether it’s a local delivery service or long-haul trucking, safety is always a primary concern. Safe driving factors in big to your company’s bottom line, including brand reputation. But when your drivers are constantly on the go, how do you keep on top of these practices? Here, five tips to help you do just that.

Perform Regular Maintenance
As we’ve discussed before, consistent maintenance is essential for keeping your fleet, no matter the size, in tip-top shape; it helps you avoid bigger, costlier fixes down the road due to negligence. But that regular checks also keep you and your drivers safer while on the road, by giving you the heads up about any issues before they become too serious. Setting up alerts through our software helps to make sure you don’t miss any of those important, regular appointments. (Bonus: You’re also more likely to save money by keeping your vehicles in the best possible shape.)

Keep Tabs on Driver Behavior
You hire the drivers that seem best suited for the job, but you can’t always be there to make sure they’re constantly delivering peak performances. However, with our fleet monitoring tools, you can keep track of certain behaviors, such as hard braking and accelerating, speeding, and even making sure they’re sticking to preapproved routes. Plus, we offer an ELD solution that keeps drivers in compliance with FMCSA regulations, so you know without a doubt that your drivers are taking the required break times rather than staying on the road for an unsafe length of time.

Incentivize Good Behavior
Sometimes the better incentive is to reward drivers that go above and beyond, rather than just reprimanding those that don’t meet expectations. With driver behavior tracked and logged, it’s easy to set up a reward system for those that regularly hit top marks. This could be in the form of a monetary bonus, extra time off, or even preferential schedules/routes. After all, regularly practicing safe behavior is going to save you money in the long run.

Provide Coaching
Similar to incentivizing drivers who regularly demonstrate stellar driving skills, having detailed reports about the not-so-great behavior of drivers can be used as a learning opportunity. Provide coaching to these drivers and give them a chance to improve based on real feedback from their time on the road. Most people are willing to take the time to improve their skills when given the opportunity.

Reduce Distracted Driving
Our driver-monitoring tools run in the background, without operators being required to actively engage while behind the wheel, so they can just focus on driving. But that doesn’t mean they’re distraction free … from their own devices. We’ve discussed ways to help prevent distracted driving in the past. Encourage your employees to actively avoid these distractions when they should be paying attention to the road. And if self-control is an issue, there are apps to help with that.

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31.05
2018

Actsoft’s Applications in the Shipping Industry

Two things that constantly hang in the balance of success for a shipping company’s daily operations are the quality of the goods they’re transporting, and the timeliness with which they’re delivered to a destination. Transportation companies today choose to make keeping both of these things optimized a priority, and many leverage them as positive differentiators between their services and those of their competitors to gain advantages in the marketplace. In addition to attracting and retaining business, heightened efforts to ensure that products arrive on time and in excellent condition also save shipping companies time and money by paying significant dividends back into their bottom lines.

To help transportation businesses find these sought-after optimizations, Actsoft’s solutions are there to provide an extra measure of insight for company administrators regarding their business’s daily operations. Key features that we support including Wireless Forms, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD), and GPS Tracking allow shipping companies to fine-tune the various facets of their respective workforces for efficiency, security, and savings.

Wireless Forms

Using Wireless Forms, workers of shipping businesses can digitally transmit back important data from the field to their company’s headquarters nearly instantly. Records of completed orders that are filled out by remote employees via mobile devices eliminate the need for paper forms, and simplify business. As non-digital documents can be easily lost, costly to print from an annual perspective, and lengthier to process, our Wireless Forms tool has monumental influence on increasing virtually any company’s operational efficiency.

ELD

Powered by VisTracks, Actsoft’s ELD solution can provide transportation companies with increased stability by taking much of the guesswork out of their drivers’ jobs. As a capable application that’s fully certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), our ELD solution helps employees verify that they’re staying in compliance with Hours-of-Service (HoS) mandates, as established by the FMCSA through automated driver data recording. Fines resulting from errors in manually-logged information can end up costing shipping businesses thousands of dollars, and when equipped with a powerful tool like ours to help mobile workers attain higher levels of consistency, companies can avoid as many of these fees as possible.

GPS Tracking

GPS Tracking from Actsoft can help shipping companies keep tabs on their mobile drivers in near real-time, and make sure that their transit networks are operating in fashions that are safe, secure, and expedited. Fuel-efficient routes can also be planned out using this feature, which help businesses implement some of the most standardized and budget-conscious methods possible when it comes to moving goods.

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24.05
2018

5 Must-Visit Theme Parks Perfect for Family Vacations

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is the time of year when families begin to pack up their suitcases and take to the road for their annual vacations. And really, this is the ideal time for it. The weather is at its best, the kids are out of school, and most seasonal destinations are finally open and ready for business.

More specifically, it’s during this time that our favorite type of summertime venue opens up nationwide: theme parks. What better way to bond with your family than a trip to some fantastical wonderland replete with thrill-inducing rides, games galore, and all the indulgent food you could dream of?

From a business perspective, with summer getaways comes the issue of coverage, since so many people regularly request to be away from work during this time period. Of course, vacations are extremely important for the betterment of any employee, but you still have a business to run. So how do you manage your workload with just a fraction of your crew?

That’s where our software comes into play. It’s an ideal means of keeping track of who is available at any given time. With the Timekeeping feature, it’s easy to see what workers are clocked in at a glance, so delivering work orders in advance is simple and can be done without question. For last-minute requests that may come in from your customers, simply track which employees are actively on duty at the moment and dispatch assignments according to availability. Or, if you’re at capacity for the day, you can easily manage your customer’s expectations and schedule them at the soonest time possible. And, if your team is responsible for keeping valuable equipment and/or vehicles at home, our asset and fleet tracking capabilities can give you peace of mind while folks are out of town.

Now that you can rest a little easier as vacation season begins, we wanted to share some of our favorite theme parks from across the country. Each one is delivers something different and unique to satisfy any family’s taste.

Cedar Point
Where: Sandusky, Ohio
Who It’s For: Thrill seekers with an affinity for roller coasters
Season: May–October
The self-proclaimed “roller coaster capital of the world,” Cedar Point isn’t just giving lip service with that moniker. The 364-acre theme park is home to a whopping 18 coasters of various intensities, making it a bucket-list destination for any enthusiast.
Don’t Miss: Though it’s over in a flash — 17 seconds to be exact — don’t forgo the high-speed Top Thrill Dragster. The ride launches with instant force, quickly climbing to, and almost immediately dropping from, a height of 420 feet, reaching a speed of 120 mph.

Dollywood Splash Country
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Who It’s For: Anyone looking to cool down
Season: May–September
Whether you want to lounge around poolside after a morning of excitement at the adjacent Dollywood (think: more traditional theme park), or want to keep up with the thrills by going on one of the plunging waterslides, this is the place to go for respite from the intense summer heat.
Don’t Miss: Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush seats up to four guests on a single float and carries you along nearly 1,200 feet of track, through dark tunnels, hairpin turns, and steep drops.

Santa’s Village
Where: Jefferson, New Hampshire
Who It’s For: Families whose love for Christmas is year round
Season: May–October
Tucked away in a tiny town in northern New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this is a prime theme park for parents with younger children wanting to get a taste of what it’s like to visit Santa’s home at the North Pole.
Don’t Miss: Little ones will love the opportunity to chat with the one and only Rudolph, Santa’s lead reindeer. This furry animatronic has been a staple at the park for more than 25 years and can actually carry on full conversations. (Or, if you’d prefer the real thing, swing by Reindeer Rendezvous and hand feed live animals.)

LEGOLAND
Where: Winter Haven, Florida
Who It’s For: Lovers of the classic build-it-yourself toys
Season: All year
What child — or, let’s be honest, adult — isn’t a fan of LEGO? At this sprawling 150-acre park, the beloved building blocks come to life through a series of LEGO-themed rides, activities, and even larger-than-life characters roaming the grounds.
Don’t Miss: Want to see what can be done with 32 million LEGO bricks? Stroll through Miniland USA to see giant recreations of famous U.S. destinations, like New York City, Las Vegas, and Kennedy Space Center. There’s even an homage to the classic Star Wars film series, including a replica of the Millennium Falcon.

Hersheypark
Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Who It’s For: Chocoholics
Season: March–January
What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than an entire park built around everyone’s favorite childhood candy supplier? Of course, chocolate can be found around every corner but you’ll also find all the staple rides you’d expect at any theme park.
Don’t Miss: Learn all about the company that is the reason this theme park even exists. Hershey’s Chocolate World is right next door and explores all things chocolate, including the process of transferring cocoa beans into the tasty treats we all know and love. You can even create your own candy bar!

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29.03
2018

Self-Driving Vehicles and the Future of Trucking

I feel as though it wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in my parents’ living room as a kid, staring at the fantastical world imagined as the backdrop for The Jetsons. Between robotic servants; self-driving, flying cars; jetpacks; drones; smartwatches; and myriad space-based buildings, among other things, the future looked insanely cool, but also so far-fetched. A thing that couldn’t exist outside the limitlessness of a cartoon fantasy world.

But in the relatively short span of time that has elapsed since then, many of those never-gonna-happen ideas not only exist today, but are readily accessible to anyone, if they’re willing to shell out a little money. (Still waiting on those space cities, though.)

One innovation that strikes a particular chord with us here at Actsoft is the self-driving vehicle. It was just about a year ago that we discussed the future of the driving industry as it pertained to the emergence of this technology. Will human drivers be replaced, forcing so many people out of jobs? And if so, what would all these people — roughly 3.5 million, according to AllTrucking.com — do if they finally found themselves without jobs?

Good news! It looks like the future for truck drivers may not be so grim after all. According to a recent survey conducted by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the need for truck drivers may actually increase in the wake of automation.

How can that be?

Essentially, the company doesn’t foresee self-driving trucks filling every nook and cranny of the trucking industry. Rather, these vehicles can focus on the long-haul treks, taking the wheel, so to speak, between “transfer hubs” positioned at various outposts along highways. Then, when it comes to navigating the more involved, complicated legs of the trips (read: within city limits or industrial areas), the human element would take the reins to complete the delivery.

You may still be wondering: How does any of this translate to there being not just a viable future in trucking, but a potential for even more jobs in the industry? The way Uber sees it, the proliferation of automated trucks on the road will increase the efficiency of overall freight transportation while also driving down costs. This will, in turn, create an even larger demand, necessitating an upsurge in the number of humans needed to bookend each trip.

Additionally, the localization of trucking jobs may help to keep younger generations interested in pursuing careers in an industry that is frankly difficult to staff long-term, particularly for long-haul routes. That’s because those can mean being on the road — and therefore away from friends and families — for two-thirds of the year. Automation could help solve that problem and keep attracting new recruits.

So given Uber’s predictions — as one of the companies leading the pack in self-driving vehicle development — while the trucking industry should be planning for a major shakeup, it’s not quite time to hit the panic button. But do be prepared to embrace and adapt to the evolution the industry will inevitably undergo.

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22.03
2018

5 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

In our über-connected world, distractions abound. Our senses are constantly inundated with a steady influx of visuals and sounds. Each competes for our immediate attention if even for just a moment, to deliver a message that hopefully sticks with us amid the sea of noise. These missives come at us in so many forms: commercials, billboards, phone calls, text messages, emails, music, traffic signs, pop-up advertisements, and more.

To say this saturation of data is overwhelming is putting it mildly at best. But throw in a focus-driven activity into the mix — like driving a car, for example —and it can be downright dangerous.

When you’re behind the wheel, there’s a lot at stake that goes well beyond successfully making the trek between points A and B. Driving safely not only requires that you remain cognizant of the important things — signs, traffic lights, emergency signals, etc. — but that you also keep the needless distractions — conversations, music, scenery, etc. — at bay.

With your life (and the lives of those in and around your vehicle) at stake, staying as safe as possible is key. Here, our tips for avoiding distracted driving.

Hands off your phone.
We get it. You see a text notification and you feel the need to read and reply. Or suddenly an idea pops into your head and you just have to share it with the world. Whatever it is, it’s probably not that important. Save the cellphone use for later. Have some trouble controlling that impulse? Try installing one of these free apps to limit your device’s functionality while on the go.

Keep passengers under control.
Road trips are fun. Cruising around with friends is fun. But save the super-animated conversations for when you reach your destination. We’re not saying that you should be riding in silence; just keep the volume in check and consider changing subjects if the topic causes you to veer too deep into debate mode, which can become distracting.

Put down the …
Sandwich. Makeup. Newspaper. (Yes, we’ve actually witnessed the latter before. More than once.) Multitasking may be a great trait to slap on your resume, but when it comes to driving a car, it’s better for all parties involved if you remain focused on the one task at hand and save the rest for later.

Don’t drive if you’re tired. 
Fatigue may not seem like a distraction, per se, but if the bulk of your energy is being used trying to remain awake, then you’re far from focused. In fact, studies have shown that sleep-deprived drivers can experience impairment equal to that of intoxicated drivers, or even worse. So if your eyelids are heavy, take a nap, ask for a ride, or call a cab.

Secure your belongings. 
The last thing you need is your coffee-cup tray spilling everywhere, or shopping bags crashing to the floor, or any number of unexpected — but preventable — distractions. If you’re loading up the car before you head out, make sure everything is best situated so it all stays put.

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12.03
2018

The Best Apps for Preventing Distracted Driving

Distracted driving — and the wave of devastation that comes with it — is a major issue today. In 2015, it was the cause of nearly 10 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle fatalities and around 16 percent of overall automobile injuries.

Cellphone use has taken the forefront as the target goal for distracted driving prevention, though it’s not the only form. (Other examples include lack of focus due to preoccupation with something else, fatigue, conversations, and eating.) But it’s for a good reason. On average, reading or sending a text takes around five seconds; at a speed of 55 mph, that’s enough time for a person to traverse the length of an entire football field.

It should come as no surprise that younger drivers (20 and under) are among the most impacted by distracted driving. Not only is this segment lacking in experience on the road, but they’re arguably the most connected, digitally, so the propensity for distraction is greater. (Not to mention, the invincibility/“not me” complex tends to reign truest in this demographic.) That always-by-their-side cellphone can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, 42 percent of high school drivers fessed up, admitting to having texted while driving.

But it’s not just kids that are practicing this type of behavior. It’s adults, too.

Here at Actsoft, we help businesses monitor employees for a number of work-related habits, including certain safe driving habits such as speed, length of time legally allowed to be spent behind the wheel in a day, and rapid acceleration and deceleration. Keeping drivers safe is extremely important to us. As a nod to our commitment to driver safety, we wanted to share a couple of apps you can use to help combat that urge to pick up the phone while you’re on the road. Not only can they help keep you and your loved ones safe, but they’re both absolutely free!

AT&T DriveMode
Once you reach a speed of 15 mph, the app is triggered, silencing incoming alerts and phone calls. Music and navigation are still accessible, but from a consolidated one-touch menu, along with select speed-dial contacts. Although it’s available to anyone, AT&T customers have the added bonus of being able to send automatic replies when text messages are received. And, with special controls built in for younger drivers, parents can rest a little easier, since they’ll be alerted if their kids switch the functionality off or add a new speed-dial number. AndroidiOS; free; att.com/drivemode

TrueMotion Family Safe Driving
Sometimes a little incentive helps to curb a bad habit. TrueMotion Family Safe Driving adds some friendly competition between family members to encourage driving safer. Tapping into your smartphone’s native capabilities, the app monitors your driving habits, including phone use while in motion. At the end of each trip, you’re given a score. Keep up with your family’s scores and see who comes out on top as the most-focused driver. Members can even opt to share their locations and trip data so others can see how they got to their destinations. AndroidiOS; free; gotrumotion.com/app

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08.03
2018

How Can I Prevent Expensive Repairs to My Car?

Routine car maintenance is an important thing that a lot of people tend to neglect or forget about altogether. An illumination of the dreaded “Check Engine” light is often times a scary thing for a car owner to see, and they may put off necessary vehicle checkups related to this occurrence out of fear of a potentially large repair bill. What isn’t often realized, however, is that failing to take reparative action in a timely manner could exacerbate the problems, calling for even more expensive repairs later on down the road. To prevent expensive and inconvenient transportation issues like this from happening to you, it’s best to always pay close attention to what messages your car is sending, and in turn give it plenty of preventative maintenance.

How Can I Take Care of My Car?

The importance of routine oil changes for your vehicle cannot be stated enough. According to Firestone Complete Auto Care, a good guideline of how often your oil should be replaced is either about once every three months or once every 3,000 miles driven. By doing this on a regular basis, you can ensure that only clean, proper levels of oil are helping your engine operate, and that as little wear-and-tear as possible is being put on the pistons inside it. Engine repairs are easily able to fetch thousands of dollars in price, so making sure that your motor remains healthy by routinely changing your oil should always be a priority.

Idling is another common practice of many drivers that can wear vehicles down over time. When a car is turned on and subjected to a lengthy standstill, the engine continues to run, burning fuel, expelling carbon monoxide, and in effect having its total lifespan chipped away at. To reduce instances of idling, something as simple as turning your car off every time you’re stuck waiting for a train to pass at a railroad crossing can positively add up over multiple years. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate all instances of idling, maintaining a conscious effort to reduce this practice as much as possible could end up paying off huge in the long run when it comes to the longevity of your car’s lifespan.

In addition to reducing idle times, getting your brakes checked regularly is another way to prevent expensive repairs later on and maintain a vehicle that is safe to drive. Grinding or squealing sounds when slowing your car down should be an immediate sign that there is an issue with your brakes, and that they should be examined at a repair center as quickly as possible. As delaying brake repairs could result in putting both yourself and other drivers on the road in danger, never take your car’s warning signs of a problem lightly.

If you’re in charge of multiple cars, finding a method of managing the maintenance needs of each individual vehicle can pose quite a challenge. Thankfully, Actsoft’s fleet management solutions can provide a way for you to receive instant alerts about when your vehicles are due for an oil change, when a “Check Engine” light in one of your vehicles activates, or when a driver is idling for too long. With our simple but powerful solutions, never feel uncertainty about your fleet’s maintenance schedules ever again.

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