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Naval Aviation an exciting opportunity to keep America secure via air and sea

(BPT) – Protecting the security of the United States from both air and sea is what the exclusive, world-class group of Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers do on a regular basis. They have access to the world’s most sophisticated aircraft and helicopters, and play a crucial role to the Navy’s mission. Joining the Navy opens Sailors to many exciting opportunities. Enrolling to be a Pilot or NFO presents the opportunity to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles while flying close to the ocean surface. This tactic also allows Sailors to pursue enemy submarines. Pilots are also
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Seniors and driving: The importance of having early and frequent conversations with senior loved ones

(BPT) – The U.S. population aged 65 and older is estimated to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 72 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census data, meaning more senior drivers will be on the roads. This also means that more adult children may need to have difficult conversations with their aging parents about driving. However, a new survey released by Liberty Mutual Insurance surfaces an important problem: Although more than half of baby boomer children of senior drivers are concerned about their parents’ driving abilities, few are actually having conversations with their parents about the issue – and
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How to keep a speeding ticket out of your summer

(BPT) – Want to know how to avoid a speeding ticket? Easy – don’t speed. But even the most law-abiding drivers with flawless records can make mistakes and find themselves pulled over. In fact, 34 million people in the United States receive speeding tickets each year, according to the National Motorists Association. A ticket can raise insurance rates and tarnish your driving record, according to FindLaw.com, the nation’s leading website for free legal information. If you get arrested or fined for other traffic violations, those tickets can lead to stiffer fines and penalties. “The big rule of speeding tickets is
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How to save money on summer road trips

(BPT) – Whether you’re driving across the country on your annual family road trip or taking a weekend to enjoy the open road, there are plenty of ways to save on the cost of fuel. Here are some easy tips that will help you save money at the pump and stretch the fuel in your gas tank. * Prepare your vehicle. Regular service can spot problems that reduce gas mileage, such as a broken thermostat, low transmission fluid or even something as simple as a dirty air filter. * Prepare yourself. Select a route ahead of time and study it
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Stay safe on the road this summer

(BPT) – As you hit the road for this year’s vacation, you may see an increasing number of vehicles on the sides of the highway broken down either with mechanical problems or flat tires. Don’t derail your travel fun by being one of them. A few simple steps will help you avoid being stuck on the side of the road – or at least be prepared in the event it happens. Get your vehicle road-ready by doing several easy maintenance checks before you hit the highway. Routine review of the basics can save you expensive vehicle repairs, should damaged parts
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Surprising ways older drivers can stay safer on the road

(BPT) – For baby boomers and beyond, a lot has changed since they first received their drivers’ license, from car technology and traffic rules, to even road conditions. Many older drivers are taking a proactive approach to staying safe on the road. Most wear a seat belt – 77 percent of drivers age 65 and older according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and most obey the speed limit and avoid the road when conditions are bad. But a few surprising steps can help older drivers stay even safer. Here are some top safety tips drivers age
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Improving automobile fuel efficiency – with plastics

While most Americans know that drastically improving automobile fuel efficiency will reduce gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions, it may be less clear how today’s cars and trucks are evolving to make that happen. The U.S. government recently announced stringent new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: the nation’s cars and light trucks must average a whopping 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards not only will help reduce auto emissions, but they also could save some serious cash at the pump. So how will automakers meet these goals? Through more aerodynamic design, improved engine efficiency – and a greater
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Save a bundle by bundling insurance

(BPT) – Bundling insurance products with one company – and scoring cheaper premiums as a reward – isn’t a new concept. But, according to a recent study by J.D. Power and Associates, not only is bundling still popular among consumers, it also results in higher customer satisfaction. The study found that nearly 60 percent of customers bundle auto and homeowners policies with the same insurer. When customers need additional products – such as motorcycle, boat and life insurance – 77 percent of them choose to bundle. The study notes that insurance bundlers also tend to be more satisfied with their insurers overall,
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Responsible ridership and safety are the first steps toward personal watercraft fun

(BPT) – One of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy everything the water has to offer is on a personal watercraft (PWC). Personal watercrafts have taken great strides toward modernization; the PWCs of today are quiet, run on clean four-stroke technology engines, include significant safety features, are more stable, and are designed to accommodate up to three passengers. Because advances in technology have made personal watercraft options from brands like Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, Kawasaki and WaveRunner more accessible and easier to use, more people are enjoying them each year. PWCs are also incredibly versatile and are becoming popular
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Road trip tire tips

(BPT) – The weather’s heating up and that means one thing: road trips. Before you grab the family and hit the highway, make sure your vehicle’s ready to roll. And the first place to check is actually what rolls – your tires. Often ignored – except when they are flat – tires are one of the most important components on any vehicle, and have an enormous effect on braking, steering, comfort, handling and fuel efficiency. “Today’s tires are designed so well, you never really think about them,” says Theresa Palang, public relations manager for Yokohama Tire Corporation, maker of a
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