How to use car wax

How To Use Car Wax

Nationwide Blog | March 22, 2023 | Car Wax | Auto Insurance | Start A Quote Today!

If you just bought a new car or had it painted, you want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Waxing your car with car wax can be very beneficial to maintain that fresh look.

What is Car wax? And what does car wax do?

Car wax, or automotive wax, can be natural or synthetic and is designed to protect the body parts of a vehicle and enhance the paint’s shine. [1]

Waxing your car is a great way to keep it looking sharp, but did you know it has many more benefits? In addition to giving your car a beautiful shine, waxing helps by:

  • Protecting the paint from airborne contaminants and the elements. By forming a protective coat, it prevents corrosive elements (such as salt or tar) and bugs from becoming embedded in your paint.
  • Preventing paint chipping. It also slows the effects of smog, wind, rain, and sun on your finish.
  • Filling in scratches. While you can’t remove minor scratches from your car by waxing, you can help make them less noticeable.
  • Expediting the car-washing process. Without a coat of wax, it’s harder to remove impurities like bugs, sap, and other unwanted substances that can collect during your daily drive.

What are the different types of car wax?

Waxing your vehicle will make it shine and protect the finish from various environmental hazards, mainly birds, tree droppings, and pollutants. There are plenty of car wax types on the market; here are the pros and cons of each. [2]

Liquid car wax

Liquid wax is the best for cleaning, gloss, and durability, but it’s somewhat challenging to apply. Some liquid waxes are also slightly abrasive, which could damage your car’s finish.

Paste waxes

Paste waxes are very easy to apply, but they tend to lose their luster sooner than liquid waxes. It may also contain abrasive components, so be careful when applying it to your car.

Spray waxes

Spray waxes work well for the paint on newer cars and are the quickest to apply, but they do not last as long as a liquid wax. In addition, spray waxes are typically nonabrasive.

Check with the dealership where you purchased your vehicle or the shop that painted it to get recommendations on which type of wax would be best for your vehicle’s finish and the environment you will be driving in.

How often should you use car wax?

To reap the benefits of waxing, you’ll need to maintain a regular schedule. Waiting until it looks like a fresh coat of wax will make your vehicle more vulnerable to small chips and fading paint.

Just as you have a regular maintenance schedule for your engine, it’s essential to have a regular schedule to maintain the exterior. How often you wax can depend upon several factors, including:

  • How often you drive your vehicle
  • Whether it’s parked in a garage or out in the open
  • The type of wax you use

If you want that fresh-from-the-showroom-floor look, some experts recommend you wax your car about once a month. Some of the newer synthetic waxes on the market claim they can keep a showroom-worthy shine for up to a year; others say every three months is sufficient.

One way to tell it’s time to wax your car is to see if water beads on the surface when it’s wet. If not, it’s time for a new coat of wax. [3]

How to properly wax a car

The easiest way to get a super shine is to go to a car wash that provides a professional wax service. But you can also do it yourself and get fantastic results. An electric polisher will make the job easier and faster, but you can also do it by hand and get a beautiful finish.

How to Wax a Car by Hand

  1. Wash your car.
  2. Apply the appropriate kind of wax.
  3. Work in sections and rub in the wax using polishing pads. [4]

How to Wax a Car with a Buffer

  1. Wash your car.
  2. Apply the appropriate kind of wax for a mechanical buffer.
  3. Buff in the wax, being sure to follow the instructions for your mechanical buffer. [4]

Car Waxing Tips

Keep these tips in mind for the best results:

Prep for your wax with clay

A clay bar is used as part of the cleaning process before waxing. Even after a thorough wash, your vehicle will still have some gunk embedded in the finish — which is where clay bars come in. Used with a lubricant, a clay bar grabs these particles out of the finish. As with the waxes, there are various levels of abrasiveness with clay bars, and you need to make sure you use one suitable for your vehicle’s finish.

Once you have “clayed” your vehicle, you can apply a fresh coat of wax to keep other contaminants out. While waxing cannot make your old car look new, it can protect the finish of a new or newly painted car for years to come.

Always wax your car in the shade

Try to wax your car under a protective cover, such as a carport, tent, or other structure. On a sunny day, your car can become hot, and when you apply wax to the hot surface, the wax will dry quite quickly. This makes it more difficult to remove.

Another reason to wax undercover is the possibility of bad weather. The wax can’t adhere properly to the surface of a wet car and can create a sloppy mess. It can also run off the body of the car and get on the molding and plastic parts, which can be a pain to remove. [5]

Apply car wax to small sections

Complete each section before moving on to the next to avoid having the wax dry. Adding more wax will not give you a better shine; it will just make it harder to buff the wax off. If you want more shine, add another coat, but check the label to see how long the first coat should be allowed to dry before applying the second one.

Make friends with microfiber

These are the best towels for polishing your car because they don’t leave behind lint and are great for buffing. Be sure to have plenty of towels on hand, so you’re not using a wax-caked towel.

Use a soft brush for gaps and molding

Keeping a soft brush handy while waxing your car can help get wax off molding and out of cracks. You can buy these brushes at most auto parts stores, which are typically inexpensive. Removing wax from a car’s molding after it’s dry can be tricky, and sometimes the wax will leave permanent staining. Instead, use a soft brush to remove wax from moldings or cracks before it dries to help avoid permanent staining.

Use a random orbital buffer to car wax

Waxing your car with a mechanical buffer can save time and effort, making waxing your car a breeze. Many people prefer rotary buffers; however, they spin in a circular motion at a high velocity, which can cause permanent “burn” marks from the edge of the pad digging into the paint. Rotary buffers can also cause swirl marks due to the pad becoming dry and making micro scratches in the paint.

To help prevent this, use a random orbital buffer, which moves the pad in a random pattern rather than a circular one. This results in an even application of wax without the risk of creating damaging marks. Both the rotary and random orbital buffers are similarly priced. [5]

How long does car wax last?

In each case, the time and care you spend waxing your vehicle will translate into how long the job will last. If you are willing to spend the time and elbow grease, you can expect your shine to last up to 3 months. A general rule of thumb is to wash your vehicle weekly and wax it every 8 to 12 weeks. [3]

Waxing your vehicle is a great way to ensure it stays shiny and looks great. Waxing helps protect your car’s paint from damaging sun rays, abrasive dirt, and chemicals in the rain and snow. Proper, regular waxing can extend the life of your car’s paint and help keep your vehicle looking sharp long into the future.

For more tips on keeping your car in mint condition, discover cleaning tools every car owner should have.


[1] “The Truth About Car Wax: 9 Things You May Have Overlooked!” (March 28, 2019).

[2] “How Car Wax Protects Your Car’s Finish,” (accessed Dec. 8, 2022).

[3] “How Often Should You Wax Your Car?” Jessica Shea Choksey, (Dec. 18, 2020).

[4] “How to Wax a Car by Hand or with a Buffer,” Chloe Murphy, (Aug. 26, 2021).

[5] “How to Wax Your Car with Amazing Results: 7-Step Guide,” (accessed Dec. 9, 2022).

The information included here is designed for informational purposes only. It is not legal, tax, financial or any other sort of advice, nor is it a substitute for such advice. The information may not apply to your specific situation. We have tried to make sure the information is accurate, but it could be outdated or even inaccurate in parts. It is the reader’s responsibility to comply with any applicable local, state or federal regulations. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, its affiliates, and their employees make no warranties about the information nor guarantee of results, and they assume no liability in connection with the information provided. Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2022 Nationwide

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How Does Investing Work?

How Does Investing Work? | Tim Stobierski | Dec 19, 2022 | Investing | Shield Business Insurance | Start a quote today!


  • Investing is when you purchase assets you expect to earn a profit from in the future.
  • Compounding (aka when the returns on your money generate their own returns) the longer your money is in the market, the longer it has to grow.
  • Investing small amounts regularly over time is a habit that will help you build wealth throughout your life called dollar-cost averaging.

You may have heard that investing is the best way to grow your money and reach your biggest financial goals. But what is investing, exactly? How does investing work? And how can you get started? Find the answers to those and other investing questions below.

What is investing?

At its simplest, investing is when you purchase assets you expect to earn a profit from in the future. That could refer to buying a home (or other property) you believe will rise in value, though it commonly refers to buying stocks and bonds.

How is it different from saving?

Saving and investing both involve setting aside money for future use, but there are a lot of differences, too. Check out this chart:

Always involves risk. Even the safest investments involve some risk that could cause you to lose money.Rarely involves risk. If your cash sits in an FDIC-insured savings account (which protects up to $250,000), you typically don’t need to worry about losing any.
Higher potential for growth. Depending on how much risk you’ll accept, it’s possible to earn a large return on your investments. With stocks, for example, the long-term average is nearly 10 percent per year.Lower potential for growth. Virtually all savings accounts will pay you interest for keeping money in your account. But it probably won’t be much and often fails to keep up with inflation (the rate at which prices are rising).
Usually best for mid or long-term goals. Generally, it’s best to only invest money you won’t need for a little while, as the stock market fluctuates and you don’t want to be forced to sell stocks that are down because you need the money.Good for short-term goals. A savings account, being essentially risk-free, is ideal for immediate purchases as well as any money that you can’t afford to lose in the short term (such as an emergency fund).
May be difficult to access quickly. Before you can spend any of the money you’ve built up through investments, you’ll have to sell them. With stocks, it could take days before the proceeds are settled in your bank account, and selling property can take months (or longer).Readily accessible. Generally speaking, you can access money in your savings account anytime.

What’s the difference between investing and trading?

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Microplastics are fragments of any type of plastic less than 5 millimeters (mm) in length and are an increasing topic of risk


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Microplastics are fragments of any type of plastic less than 5 millimeters (mm) in
length and are an increasing topic of risk discussions due to their prevalence in
the environment and the negative impacts they potentially pose on the earth and its
inhabitants. The term microplastics was first introduced to differentiate these smaller
fragments from their larger counterparts, macroplastics, which describe larger plastic
waste, such as plastic bottles.

Two classifications of microplastics are
currently recognized

Primary Microplastics

Primary microplastics include any plastic fragments or particles that are already 5 mm (5,000 mm) in size or less before entering the environment. Primary microplastics are purposefully manufactured and can include feedstock for manufacturing plastic products, such as plastic pellets (also known as nurdles), microfibers from clothing, microbeads in personal care products, glitter, and industrial abrasives. Once in the environment, microplastics can degrade to be even smaller in size. 

Secondary Microplastics

Secondary microplastics arise from the breakdown of larger plastic products through natural weathering processes after entering the environment. Sources of secondary microplastics can include water and soda bottles, fishing nets, plastic bags, shedding of fibers from polyester/nylon clothing, and tire wear. Over time, a culmination of physical, biological, and photodegradation can reduce the structural integrity of plastic debris to a size that is eventually undetectable to the naked eye. This process of breaking down large plastic material into much smaller pieces is known as fragmentation. Microplastics can be further divided into four sub-groups based on particle size: 

  1. Large microplastics (100–5000 mm)
  2. Small microplastics (1–100 mm) 
  3. Sub-micron plastics (100–1,000 nm) (0.1– mm) 
  4. Nanoplastics (1–100 nm) (0.001–0.1 mm) Because of their smaller size, nanoplastics can present additional risks and challenges: 

They may bypass filtration methods intended for larger microplastics. 

They may be less likely to settle, have greater mobility, and may be transported further. • They may be more likely to enter and bioaccumulate in the food chain. 

Due to their higher surface area, faster leaching of plastic additives can occur. 

They may act as pollutant “vectors” because their higher surface area also allows for more adsorption of metals and other pollutants.

Microplastics can also be categorized according to type of polymer, additives used, and shape.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Chemicals Agency (Note: 1 mm = 1,000 micrometers [mm] = 1,000,000 nanometers [nm])

Source of microplastics in the environment There are countless sources of both primary and secondary microplastics in the environment, including the following:

Cosmetics: Microplastic “scrubbers”, “microbeads”, or “micro-exfoliates” used in hand cleansers and facial scrubs have replaced traditionally used natural ingredients, including ground almond shells, oatmeal, and pumice. These products are typically composed of polyethylene, a common component of plastics, but they can also be manufactured from polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and nylon. The beads may be washed into the sewage system immediately after use. 

Textiles and clothing: Many synthetic fibers, such as polyester, nylon, acrylics, and spandex, can be shed from clothing and persist in the environment. The process of washing clothes causes garments to lose an average of over 100 fibers per liter of water. Each garment in a load of laundry can shed more than 1,900 fibers of microplastics, with fleeces releasing the highest percentage of fibers. 

Tires: Car and truck tires. which are composed partly of synthetic styrene-butadiene rubber, erode into tiny plastic and rubber particles as they are used. The estimated per capita emission ranges from 0.23 to 4.7 kg/year, with a global average of 0.81 kg/year. In air, 3–7% of the particulate matter (PM2.5) is estimated to consist of tire wear and tear. 

Plastics manufacturing: Plastic pellets (aka nurdles), 2.0–5.0 mm in size, which are used as a raw material to create other plastic products, can enter the environment through spills and other accidents. 

Air blasting: This process involves blasting acrylic, melamine, or polyester microplastic scrubbers at machinery, engines, and boat hulls to remove rust and paint. As these scrubbers can be used repeatedly until they diminish in size and their cutting power is lost, they may become contaminated with heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, and lead. 

Fishing industry: Recreational and commercial fishing, marine vessels, and marine industries can be sources of macroplastics and secondary microplastics. 

Wastewater treatment plants: The size of microplastics prevents them from fully being retained by preliminary treatment screens at wastewater plants, thereby allowing some to enter rivers and oceans. Wastewater treatment plants only remove an average of 95–99.9% of microbeads. This leaves an average of 0–7 microbeads per liter being discharged. Sewage sludge that is reused as fertilizer after the wastewater treatment has also been known to contain microbeads. Persistence of microplastics in the environment Microplastics are persistent and ubiquitous in the environment, particularly in aquatic and marine ecosystems. The most significant transport pathways to surface water are presumed to be via dust and stormwater runoff. It has been estimated that there are 51 trillion individual pieces of microplastics in the world’s oceans, estimated to weigh 236,000 metric tons. Microplastics can also accumulate in the air and terrestrial ecosystems but the cycle and movement of microplastics in the environment is still not fully understood. Microplastics have also been found in deep layer ocean sediments and in the high mountains, at great distances from their source. According to the U.S. EPA: 

Of the total plastics released to oceans (4.8–12.7 million tons (Mt)/year), 15%–1% originate as microplastics from homes and industrial products. 

About half of the total (3.2 Mt/year) microplastics released, or about 1.5 Mt/year, ends up in oceans. The following are the estimated sources of microplastics to oceans:

  • Washing synthetic textiles (35%) 
  • Tire wear (28%) • City dust (24%) 
  • Road Markings (7%) • Marine Coatings (3.7%) 
  • Microbeads (2%) 
  • Plastic pellets (0.3%) It has been estimated that 80% of microplastic pollution comes from textiles, tires, and city dust

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Scooter safety tips

Scooter safety tips

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With increasing gas prices it’s hard not to notice the spiking trend of people choosing scooters as alternate transportation. Whatever make or model you choose to fit your style, you can’t deny the money-saving and environmental effects riding a scooter has over driving a 2-ton motor vehicle that only gets 20 miles to the gallon.

A growing problem with having more people on scooters is how to safely share the road. State legislation varies on scooters; some states equate scooters with bicycles, in-line skates, and skateboards, while other states put scooters in the same category as motorcycles, requiring helmets and regulating where scooters can be ridden. Check your state’s DMV Web site for the appropriate laws and licensing rules for your state.

Regardless of where you live, scooters are most likely sharing the road with vehicles that significantly outweigh them and can easily overtake them. By using common sense and some very simple safety tactics, scooter riders can effectively, and safely, share the road with other vehicles.

Scooter safety tip: Wear a helmet

Even if your state does not require you to, studies show helmets significantly minimize head injuries if an accident occurs.

Scooter safety tip: Use your lights

Always turn on your headlight when you’re riding your scooter even during the day, especially if it’s raining, and of course always in the evening. Make sure you can be seen by other cars.

Scooter safety tip: use turn signals

Just like in a car, you need to let people know where you are going. In addition to a signal light, it’s also a good idea to use hand turn signals that motorcyclists and bicyclists use when they are sharing the road with cars. Based on U.S. standards, for a left turn, extend your left arm straight out in the direction of the turn, parallel to the road. For a right turn, extend your right arm straight out in the direction of the turn, parallel to the road.

Obey speed limits and road markings

Obey all posted limits and follow lane markings. Don’t attempt to make a right turn by coming up next to a vehicle on the shoulder, unless there is a lane. You could easily be in a car’s blind spot and be hit if they turn right as well and can’t see you.

Scooters are a fresh alternative to getting around town while saving money and the environment. Riding scooters present challenges that any motorist faces when sharing the road with vehicles of all sizes and speeds. Keep your head about you and make sure you put safety first when taking your new scooter out for a spin.

Looking for Scooter Insurance?

Foremost offers scooter insurance on all scooter makes and models and offers coverages such as:

  • Physical Damage and Liability
  • Total Loss Replacement Coverage
  • Towing and Roadside Assistance
  • Safety Apparel and Optional Equipment when Physical Damage coverage is purchased.

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Top Five Uses for a Trailer Hitch

Top Five Uses for a Trailer Hitch

Foremost | by Rachel Neva | Trailer Hitch | Auto Insurance | Click here to start a quote today!

A trailer hitch just might be the most inventive way to add more cargo space, value, and extra opportunities for fun to your vehicle. While some vehicles like trucks and SUVs may come with a factory-installed hitch or tow package, it’s very common for drivers to install a hitch or tow package to their vehicle as an after-market accessory.

Wondering what the difference between a hitch and a tow package is? Depending on what you plan to tow, you may need more than a standard hitch with a trailer ball attached to your vehicle. In addition to the tow hitch itself, a tow package (especially if it’s factory-installed) may include things like a wiring harness and circuitry to power the lights and accessories on a trailer, heavy-duty suspension and brakes to handle the extra weight, an enhanced engine and transmission cooling system, larger battery and alternator to help power your vehicle and what you’re towing with ease, and additional driver-assistance systems that can help with overall spatial awareness while towing.

Depending on what you’re towing and where you’re going, this article provides some helpful information if you’re deciding between a factory-installed tow package or an aftermarket tow package for your vehicle.

If you’re thinking about adding a hitch to your vehicle … here are our top five uses for a trailer hitch:

  • Hitch-mounted bike rack — If you like to hit the mountain bike trails, go on scenic family bike rides in your area, or take bikes along on family vacations, a hitch-mounted bike rack is an easy way to transport bicycles of all kinds. While this type of bike rack extends the overall length of your vehicle (something to be aware of when parking), loading and unloading bikes can be much easier than bike racks that are mounted on a vehicle’s roof.
  • Utility trailer — A small utility trailer can be ideal for many towing tasks such as hauling plants and supplies for a garden or landscape project (and any debris resulting) or moving large items that won’t fit in your vehicle, like furniture or appliances.
  • Travel trailer — From pop-up camper trailers to luxury, fifth-wheel travel trailers, there’s a camping travel trailer to fit almost every kind of person who enjoys camping and exploring the great outdoors.
  • Boat trailer — If you don’t live on a lake or body of water but want to take nearly any kind of boat — a small fishing boat, a ski or wake boat, a pontoon or sailboat – out on the water, you’ll need a trailer that’s specific to the boat. Unless you have a boat slip at a marina that offers haul-out and storage service, you’ll likely need a trailer for your boat at some point.
  • Off-road vehicle trailer — There are many types of off-road vehicle trailers from simple, utility-type trailers for things like ORVs and off-road motorcycles to enclosed cargo-type trailers for ORVs and snowmobiles. If you like to explore new trails on your ORV or snowmobile, you may want to invest in a trailer to haul them with you wherever you go.

If you add a trailer hitch to your vehicle and have questions about insuring the things that you’ll tow, give Shield Insurance A call to shop for coverages that can help you protect the things you tow.

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Coexisting with bicyclists

Coexisting with bicyclists

Foremost Insurance Blog | by Jenean McLoskey | bicyclists | Start an Insurance quote now! | Shield

Cycling has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. Towns across the country are adding bike lanes to their roads to become more bike-friendly, and more and more people are ditching their cars and using a bike as their primary form of transportation. According to USA Today, larger cities like Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis have more than doubled their rate of bike commuters since 2014 — and as a cyclist, I can’t help but get excited.

Now, with bike riding growing in popularity across the U.S. — it may be a good idea to brush up on some traffic guidelines to avoid any accidents.

When you purchase a bike, you’re likely not required to take a safety class before you ride it. And, for drivers, the instructors touched on bike safety as part of Drivers Ed, but who remembers details from a course they took in their teens?

My point is, adults aren’t given much guidance when it comes to cyclists and cars coexisting on the roads. And as a bicyclist and a driver, I did some research because honestly, I needed a refresher myself.

Safety tips for DRIVERS:

  • Try to be 3 feet or more away from a bike.
  • Try to pass on the left when possible.
  • Blind spots are always lurking, make sure to watch for bikes.
  • Only pass a bicyclist when your passing lane is free and clear.
  • Look in your mirror for cyclists when you’re parking.
  • Always think of cyclists as equals – remember, they have rights on the road too!

Safety tips for BICYCLISTS:

  • Make sure to ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Traffic signs and signals aren’t just for cars. Stop on red to be safe.
  • Use marked bike paths or lanes if they’re available.
  • Use your arm to make turn signals and take advantage of turn lanes so cars are aware of what you’re doing.
  • Consider using a mirror to monitor the cars behind you.
  • If you’re riding at night or in a storm, make sure to use some sort of flashers.
  • Watch for parked cars.
  • And most importantly — stay alert at all times.

If you’re unsure about your city’s or state’s traffic laws, it doesn’t hurt to look them up beforehand. No matter what you drive, be sure to enjoy the roads out there safely!

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Helping turtle friends cross the road

Foremost | by Niki King-Todd | Turtle | Start a Quote with Shield Insurance | Auto Insurance

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? It’s all about raising awareness for turtles and encouraging people to help them survive. Participating can be as simple as helping a turtle cross the road.

Most turtles begin to move as the weather warms. This may be for mating, nesting or many other reasons. Of course, turtles move much slower than cars (and don’t understand human traffic laws), which makes crossing the road incredibly dangerous. To celebrate and protect all of the turtles out there, here are some tips for safely helping them reach their destination!

Turtle Safety First

If you see a turtle on the road, remember to use the correct signals when pulling over. Keep your flashers on to warn oncoming vehicles and always check your surroundings.

Moving the Turtle

If the turtle is moving at a decent pace, you may be able to stand nearby and watch it cross. If the turtle is stagnant (or if you are uncomfortable touching the turtle), you may use a blunt object to help push it. Make sure the object isn’t sharp, and be gentle! This will be your best option for moving a snapping turtle, they may bite if you use your hands.

Picking up the Turtle

Most turtles will hide in their shells if they are frightened, which makes it easier for you to pick them up. Place both of your hands behind the front legs and towards the back legs. The turtle may try to kick, so don’t hold it up high – you don’t want to drop it! Also, it’s very important to never pick up a turtle by the tail, as this can severely injure them.

Car Mat

Another option for moving the turtles is using a car mat. This works best for larger turtles that you may not be able to lift. You can allow the turtle to walk onto the mat, or help gently push it onto the mat. Be sure to carry the mat low to the ground in case the turtle falls off.

Going in the Same Direction

Be sure to move the turtle in the same direction it was trying to go. If you place it back where it was coming from, it will most likely turn around and return to the road.

Do Not Take it with You

Turtles and other wildlife are meant to stay in the wild. No matter how cute turtles can be, resist the temptation to bring them home. When taken out of their home areas, they will most likely try to go back. They are not pets so they need to be in their natural environment.

Injured Turtles

An injured turtle may look dead, so if you are unsure as to whether or not the turtle is injured, there are a few tricks you can try. Try gently touching the back of their foot, or touch the corner of its eye to test for a reaction. The turtle may try and kick, or move its head or eyes. If a turtle has a crack in its shell, it might drown if it returns to the water. If the turtle you find has a damaged shell, or seems seriously injured, contact a professional. Many veterinarians, animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centers will treat them for free.

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Five coolest places to travel in the U.S.A.

Five coolest places to travel in the U.S.A.

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Ah, summer. It’s the time of year the whole country comes alive and beckons us to get on the road and experience it. That’s why we put together this list of what I consider the five most incredible places to visit in the U.S. If you’ve never been to these places, now is the time to pack those bags, explore and enjoy your summertime travels!

Travel to New York City

You have to experience the “Big Apple” at least once. It has everything you could ever want from a big city—museums, Broadway shows, restaurants with every type of food you can imagine, specialty boutiques, and high-end shops. Plus, you need to see the Statue of Liberty in person and check out those neon lights of Times Square. Make Central Park one of your main destinations. Remember to see the amazing works of art at the Met and the Guggenheim. This is a city that never sleeps with endless things to try and taste.

Travel San Francisco

The home of the Golden Gate Bridge offers gorgeous sights across its renowned hilly landscape and so many fun things to do, like riding cable cars, checking out Alcatraz Island, strolling along Fisherman’s Wharf and driving up the famously steep and crooked Lombard Street. Just a few miles north, you can leave the hustle and bustle behind to visit the towering Redwood trees in Muir Woods. Or for some tranquility within the city, plan a picnic at Golden Gate Park and see lakes, museums, monuments and the Steinhart Aquarium. For another great view of the city, check out Strawberry Hill in the middle of the park.

If you’ve never been to these places, now is the time to explore! If you’re traveling by car, motorcycle or RV, contact your local Foremost agency to get the right coverage for your ride!

Travel to Grand Canyon

If it’s the natural beauty you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find it at the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. If you weren’t seeing it with your own eyes, you’d swear it was a painting in glorious shades of red and orange. Nothing can top the magnificent views as you gaze through the canyon over the Colorado River. Visit the South Rim where you’ll find Grand Canyon Village and the Bright Angel Trail. And if you’re into roughing it in the wilderness, you’ll want to head to the North Rim for backcountry camping and some serious hiking.


Yellowstone has 2.2 million acres of paradise for you to explore—crystal blue lakes, tumbling waterfalls, majestic mountains, hot springs, abundant forests, open meadows, and active geysers. There are so many trails, it could take weeks to travel them all. Check out everyone’s favorite spots like Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, and Mammoth Hot springs. Then visit lesser-known areas like the West Thumb Geyser Basin, the Lewis River Channel, and the Dogshead Loop. You will likely be treated to sights of wildlife during your journey since over 60 types of mammals call the park their home. You could see buffalo, elk, coyotes, badgers, and perhaps a few bears along the way.

Washington D.C.

Our country’s capital has earned its place on the list of exciting East Coast vacation destinations. Not only can you soak up loads of our country’s history by checking out the classic attractions like the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument, but you can also enjoy the many hip restaurants, cafes, clubs, and boutiques. Endless opportunities abound to learn about our past at museums like the Smithsonian, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Newseum, and the Mount Vernon Estate. It’s impossible to leave the city without feeling a deeper connection to our roots and pride in our home country.

Now that you know where to go, get those bags packed and enjoy your summertime travels!

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Top eight towing mistakes people make

Top eight towing mistakes people make

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The idea of hauling something huge behind your truck or SUV may sound like a fun adventure, but for those who aren’t familiar with the complexities of towing, it can actually be pretty intimidating! According to Complete Trailers LLC, there are eight common mistakes people make while towing. To avoid costly damages, read this list before you hitch and go:

Towing Mistakes: Overworking Your Engine

The number one towing mistake people make is overworking their tow vehicle. Overextending your vehicle can start a landslide of engine problems. This mistake could lead to a meltdown on the side of the road and potentially require a brand-new transmission. To avoid this, keep an eye on your pressure, temperature gauges, and exhaust gas temperature gauges.

Towing Mistakes: Weight Distribution Bars

If you don’t have your weight distribution bars set up right, you’re bound to have your vehicle and trailer bouncing from each other. Your ride will be bumpier than usual and the hitch and frame can be damaged from this too. And when it comes to weight distribution bars, bigger is not better. The bars with chains are tunable and come in various strengths and weights. If you properly load the correct bar size, they’ll be parallel to the trailer’s frame.

Towing Mistakes: Checking or Maintaining Brakes

Brakes are the most essential and overlooked safety system. Trailer brakes don’t self-adjust like the brakes on your tow vehicle. In fact, they must be manually adjusted by you. Additionally, trailer brakes wear out just like any other brake does, so be sure to check for wear and tear regularly.

Poorly Loaded Vehicles us a towing mistake

It’s crucial for safety and damage prevention to always put a balanced load on your trailer. Read up on weight restrictions and follow them closely because if you don’t, your tow vehicle won’t last very long.

Wrong Ball/Ball Mount

Make sure that you have the right ball and mount for your trailer. There are three different sizes of balls: 1 7/8 inches, 2 inches, and 2 5/16 inches — each with a different weight rating. Using the wrong mount or ball will pitch your trailer up or down on your axles and it also puts extra stress on your brakes and tires, which eventually reduces your braking ability. If you use multiple trailers, carry multiple mounts.

“Racing” While Towing

We know how exciting it is to get to a destination, but remember, slow and steady wins the race! Speeding up or down a grade is the last thing you want to do because it’ll ruin the longevity of your tow vehicle.

Low-Pressure Tires

If you maintain the right tire pressure on both your tow vehicle and trailer, you’ll have even tire wear, which means you’re less likely to have blowouts from overheating. This scenario is especially dangerous when it happens on your rear trailer tires, so make sure to pay special attention to them. Tires degrade more quickly when not in use. Before you hitch and go, remember to always inspect your tires and pressure.

Not Lubing Your Components

Like any well-oiled machine, taking preventative measures with your trailer and tow vehicle goes a long way. Axles and all pivot points where steel meets steel (or rubber bushings meet steel) should be greased.

Shield Insurance Agency wants you to travel and tow safely.

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7 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick's Day

7 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

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Who was the real St. Patrick? Was that legend about the snakes true? And why did so many St. Patrick’s Day traditions start in America?

While St. Patrick’s Day is now associated with wearing green, parades (when they’re not canceled) and beer, the holiday is grounded in history that dates back more than 1,500 years. The earliest known celebrations were held in the 17th century on March 17, marking the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick in the 5th century. Learn more about the holiday’s history and how it evolved into the event it is today.

The Real St. Patrick Was Born in Britain

Much of what is known about St. Patrick’s life has been interwoven with folklore and legend. Historians generally believe that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain (not Ireland) near the end of the 4th century. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to a Celtic priest in Northern Ireland. After toiling for six years as a shepherd, he escaped back to Britain. He eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.

There Were No Snakes Around for St. Patrick to Banish from Ireland

Among the legends associated with St. Patrick is that he stood atop an Irish hillside and banished snakes from Ireland—prompting all serpents to slither away into the sea. In fact, research suggests snakes never occupied the Emerald Isle in the first place. There are no signs of snakes in the country’s fossil record. And water has surrounded Ireland since the last glacial period. Before that, the region was covered in ice and would have been too cold for the reptiles.

St. Patrick’s Day is Likely Based on Celtic Fairies

The red-haired, green-clothed Leprechaun is commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns likely stems from Celtic belief in fairies— tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Was Considered a Sacred Plant

The shamrock, a three-leaf clover, has been associated with Ireland for centuries. It was called the “seamroy” by the Celts and was considered a sacred plant that symbolized the arrival of spring. According to legend, St. Patrick used the plant as a visual guide when explaining the Holy Trinity. By the 17th century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism.

The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Was Held in America

While people in Ireland had celebrated St. Patrick since the 1600s, the tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America and actually predates the founding of the United States. 

Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The parade, and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration a year earlier were organized by the Spanish Colony’s Irish vicar Ricardo Artur. More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in Boston in 1737 and in New York City on March 17. Enthusiasm for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Boston and other early American cities only grew from there. In 2020 and 2021, parades throughout the country, including in New York City and Boston, were canceled or postponed for the first time in decades due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. They returned in 2022. 

The Irish Were Once Scorned in America

While Irish Americans are now proud to showcase their heritage, the Irish were not always celebrated by fellow Americans. Beginning in 1845, a devastating potato blight caused widespread hunger throughout Ireland. While approximately 1 million perished, another 2 million abandoned their land in the largest-single population movement of the 19th century. Most of the exiles—nearly a quarter of the Irish nation—came to the shores of the United States. Once they arrived, the Irish refugees were looked down upon as disease-ridden, unskilled, and a drain on welfare budgets.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Was an American Innovation

The meal that became a St. Patrick’s Day staple across the country—corned beef and cabbage—was an American innovation. While ham and cabbage were eaten in Ireland, corned beef offered a cheaper substitute for impoverished immigrants. Irish-Americans living in the slums of lower Manhattan in the late 19th century and early 20th, purchased leftover corned beef from ships returning from the tea trade in China. The Irish would boil the beef three times—the last time with cabbage—to remove some of the brine.

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