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What is Telematics and How Can it Help You Save Money?

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  By Diane Tait If you’ve purchased a new vehicle in the past five years, you know that there has been a quantum leap in onboard technology.   Gone are the days of analog controls and in has come digital automotive technology.   Nowadays, everything from onboard GPS systems and reactive cruise control to drive-by-wire technology has made every vehicle on the road more like driving a computer with four tires and a steering wheel than a car or light truck.   While the technology is designed to improve driving safety and fuel economy, what has been used to augment our driving experience has taken a new turn by using the same tech to monitor and improve driver and vehicle performance.   While some drivers look at what’s known as telematics as a kind of electronic leash, others are all too happy to avail themselves of technology that can save money and lives.

Is Nighttime the Right Time for Boating?

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  By Diane Tait Living in Florida means being able to boat most of the year.  Even in the winter, the daytime temperatures can be in the seventies, which is perfect boating weather.  Just a windbreaker and some sunscreen and you’re on your way, right?  The only downside is that the daylight only lasts until around six.  Stay out after that and you’ll be forced to night sail whether you planned to or not.  If you have little or no night sailing experience, the endeavor can be quite disorienting.  After the sun goes down, all you see are lights everywhere.  It’s sometimes hard to tell where the land meets the sky, let alone what’s what on the water.  Unless you know what you’re doing. you can find yourself heading the wrong way or into harm’s way.  So, I thought I’d give you a few pointers to help you navigate safely on the water at night.

Don't Let Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Ruin Your Holiday Spirit

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By Diane Tait As I sit here writing this blog, there are only two more days left before Christmas.   This is the time when panic sets in as shoppers looking for last-minute gifts clash with those looking for last-minute deals.   As a result, the stores are jammed, the parking lots and streets fronting shopping centers are chaotic and tempers fray.   In short, if you have yet to complete your holiday shopping list, you had better grit your teeth and get ready for a stressful situation that may rui your holiday cheer.   What’s even worse is that as Christmas Eve fast approaches, the number of auto accidents, road rage incidents, and ER visits spike as well.   To help you deal with the worst of last-minute madness, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s blog to gifting you with the five things you need to know to survive the final two days of the Christmas shopping season.

Top-10 Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Travel

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  By Diane Tait The Christmas holiday season is the busiest travel time of the year.   That means no matter how you get there, you can expect travel delays.   It also adds up to a lot of cranky people.   Everyone from the relatives and the kids to travel agents and hotel clerks will be more than usually stressed out.   To keep you from being one of those whose enjoyment of the holiday decreases with every digression, detour, and delay, I’ve come up with a handy checklist that should help reduce your blood pressure considerably.

What is Professional Negligence & How do You Avoid It?

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  By Diane Tait Face it, running a small business is fraught with peril.   If supplies dry up or a hurricane or health hazard rears its ugly head, your business can take a hit. If a customer slips and falls in your place of business, you can get sued.   If your business computers are breached, hackers can steal or erase your data.   While I’ve written blogs in the past that have dealt with these issues, one of the legal landmines I have yet to address is professional negligence.