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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.