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5 Tips For Surviving The Winter On Long Island

Posted On: January 28, 2016

5 Tips For Surviving The Winter On Long Island

 


 

 

One of the great things about Long Island New York is the joy of experiencing all four seasons; we have hot summers, cold winters, foliage in the fall and flowers in the spring.  Those Long Island winters can be brutal though.   Many places with high levels of snowfall and seasonally frigid temperatures are somewhat built around the cold climate.  Long Island is a little different, and even though the winter is nothing new to us, the transition from the beach days at Robert Moses to the icy commute down the LIE can be difficult.  Here are 5 tips for surviving the winter on Long Island.

 

Expect the inevitable snowfall:  Be prepared to shovel your driveway and possibly to be snowed in the event a storm hits.  Make sure you have at least a snow shovel if not some rock salt and a snow blower.  Keep non-perishable food and water stocked somewhere in your home.  If you have an old boiler or your heating system is out of date it may be good to have an alternate heating source if your boiler fails.  If possible a gas powered generator and a few electric heaters can make a big difference if the heat stops working.

 

 

Maintain your vehicle:  Regardless of weather you should take care of your truck or car.  Make sure the oil is changed regularly, make sure your fluids are topped off and your tires have enough air in them and enough tread on them.   Even if we don’t get 2or 3 feet of snow a dusting or freezing rain can be just as dangerous if you’re driving around on a bald set of tires. 

 

Have a plan for your family if there is a state of emergency: Coordinate with your neighbors and the surrounding community in the event of a real severe blizzard or storm.  If the power is out for an extended period of time and cell phone towers are down the lines of communication and means of transporting can become very limited.  Keep emergency supplies in the house, things like candles, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit and a radio.   Know what shelters and assistance your community offers in the event of a disaster.

 

 

Limit your travel:  Don’t venture out into the snow-clogged streets unless it is absolutely unavoidable.    Even if you drive a big SUV or truck its not just your own driving that you should be concerned about but the driving of the other motorists as well.   Also keep in mind that although the main roads may be clear and the plows got to your neighborhood it does not mean that the roads are clear everywhere.  Be cautious in your travel and stick to the highways and parkways as much as possible.

 

 

Watch the news or the emergency services channel:  If the power stays on keep an eye on the news for important updates about weather conditions and emergency services.  If the power goes out it is good to have a battery-operated radio just in case.  Knowing what is happening in the immediate and surrounding area is important in case you run out of supplies or need to seek shelter.

 

 

Sometimes we forget how unforgiving the winter months can be.  It is important to be prepared and to exercise caution.  Have the tools and supplies necessary to clear your property and to care for you and your family if travel becomes dangerous or there is a power outage.  Take care of your vehicle because if driving is unavoidable you want to limit the danger as much as possible.

 

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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New York Airports | Starting Your Vacation Right

Posted On: January 08, 2016

New York Airports (Starting Your Vacation Right)


 

 

Traveling can be stressful.  So often we travel on vacation with the intention of relaxing but it is rare that we actually get to do so until we are unpacking in our hotel room.  This is especially true in a city like New York where we face stress around every corner.  Why not start the vacation at your doorstep?  While some of you are laughing and some are thinking to themselves “impossible”, I promise you it can be done.  The key lies in proper planning, and making the arrangements with the right organizations.

 

To start with, book your flight early, plan your vacation well in advance.  If you are really looking to save money look to travel during an off peak time, airlines are often desperate to fill seats on scheduled flights during certain times of year.   Fly on a reputable airline, one that is known either for their perks or their service.  This will ensure you a nice flight with no surprises.

 

The next key is booking your car service.  Hiring an executive car service to take you to the airport is not only luxurious but it can actually save you money.  If you are traveling for more then a week it is often cheaper to hire a car to pick you up and drop you off then it is to park at one of New York’s major Hubs.  The most important thing here is to make sure the car service is reliable, you don’t need to add more street to you trip wondering if the car is going to be on time and if your are going to make your flight or not.   As long as the company is reputable your vacation will start at your doorstep, your chauffeur will load your bags into the sedan or limousine and relieve you of the stress of driving through the traffic choked streets of NYC and the surrounding suburbs.  They will further eliminate the time and aggravation of parking your car in the terminal lot and finding a way to get to your gate.  They will drop you off right at the curb so that you may walk right into the terminal and begin to board.

 

Book a quality hotel.  Many of us will spend at least 30% of our vacation time in and around the hotel we book so make sure it is at least a decent one.   If you like to swim make sure they have a nice pool, if you enjoy a quality mattress and bedding make sure you check the thread count on the sheets, if golf is your priority make sure they have access to a decent course.  The hotel is the place you are living while visiting the local of your choosing so make sure you do your homework.

 

Travelling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.  Plan properly and with enough time to engage the companies that you want in order to start your vacation as soon as possible.  On your vacation you should be able to relax from the time you walk out your front door until you’re punching the clock the morning after your return!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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