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9/16/2019

Easy Blueberry Popsicles

by Courtney Conley
Blueberry Popsicle

Popsicles are a summertime staple. A stroll through the frozen food section of your grocery store will almost always reveal brightly-colored packages of the sugary treat. When I heard that September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month, I couldn’t wait to try to make my own. Blueberries are awesome because they’re full of antioxidents. They’re high in nutrients while still being low in calories. Plus, they taste delicious! I love this recipe because it only requires four ingredients, which I typically already have on-hand. You could even hide a handful of spinach in there if you’re feeling extra healthy!

Popsicle Ingredients

I’m a big fan of smoothies for breakfast, but I don’t always have time to pull out the blender and ingredients in the morning. There are plenty of options for purchasing a smoothie, like from a coffeeshop or even a fast food place. The drive-through makes grabbing breakfast so easy during a morning commute. Who among us hasn’t been short on time and eaten a meal while driving?

Just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s smart or safe. Eating a bagel or drinking a smoothie while driving to work in the morning may seem harmless, but it’s actually a form of distracted driving. Anything that takes your attention off the road is distracted driving and can increase your risk of collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017.

Obviously, tragedy doesn’t happen every single time we’re distracted on the road. When I was a new teen driver, I was always cautious on the road. Even so, I remember driving down a hill one day when I dropped my favorite lip balm on the passenger-side floor mat. There weren’t any cars around, and I really wanted to put on that lip balm, so I reached over to grab it. All of the sudden, I felt a bump, and when I looked up, my car was no longer on the road. It was in the grass! I was so shocked and embarrassed that I quickly manuevered back onto the road and didn’t mention the mishap to my parents. Even though there was no damage to myself, my vehicle, or anyone around me, there could have been. I was driving distracted and I could’ve hurt myself and others.

Some forms of distracted driving may seem more harmless than others, like eating breakfast versus texting, but the fact is, any distraction puts you and other roadways users at risk. That’s why I strive to minimize my distractions on the road. This brings us back to my blueberry popsicles. Like I said, I love a good breakfast smoothie, but they’re a lot of work in the morning. Popping through the coffeeshop drive-through on my commute is a great way to grab a smoothie, but it presents a distracted driving risk I’d rather not take a chance on. I’ve found this easy blueberry popsicle recipe to be a good solution! All I have to do is pop it out of the popsicle mold in the morning and enjoy it while I’m getting ready for the day.

Popsicle Bite

Enjoy making this easy breakfast treat! If you’d like to learn more about distracted driving and how to become a defensive driver, please check out our website to see what courses we offer in your state. If you have any questions about any of our courses, our excellent customer support team is here for you daily to help!

Easy Blueberry Popsicles

Popsicle Finished

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 6-24 hours

Servings: 4-6 popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup millk (I used almond milk, but any milk you prefer will work here!)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds. Gently tap on counter to release any air bubbles.
  3. Freeze popsicles for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy your popsicles, run the mold under warm water for about ten seconds to release from the sides, and remove the popsicle carefully.

Popsicles are a summertime staple. A stroll through the frozen food section of your grocery store will almost always reveal brightly-colored packages of the sugary treat. When I heard that September is National Blueberry Popsicle Month, I couldn’t wait to try to make my own. Blueberries are awesome because they’re full of antioxidents. They’re high in nutrients while still being low in calories. Plus, they taste delicious! I love this recipe because it only requires four ingredients, which I typically already have on-hand. You could even hide a handful of spinach in there if you’re feeling extra healthy!

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9/9/2019

What is the Virginia Driver Improvement Program?

by Courtney Conley

Do you need to satisfy a court order or DMV requirement? Would you like to get an insurance discount? Are you just interested in voluntarily earning 5 safe driving points? If one of these reasons sounds like you, you would benefit from completing our Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic. Not sure what the course is or how it works? You’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through some important facts about our course and explain how to register today.

What is the Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic?

Our Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic is an online course designed to teach you defensive driving techniques and traffic laws in an engaging and fun way. There are sections on how to interact with pedestrians and motorcyclists, what to do in a collision, how drugs and alcohol can affect your driving, and more. You’re not just going to mindlessly read text, either. Our course also includes games, slideshows, and animations to help keep you engaged. Our course is approved by the Virginia DMV, and we’re approved in all counties, cities, and courts in Virginia.

Who takes the course?

Virginia drivers take a driver improvement clinic for one of four reasons: to satisfy a court order, to satisfy a DMV requirement, to get an insurance discount (be sure to check with your insurance company first if this is why you’re interested in the course), or voluntarily to earn 5 safe driving points. If any of those reasons apply to you, then our course is probably a good fit. You get to take our course completely online and on your own time. You need to be at least 20 years old in order for our online course to satisfy a driver improvement clinic requirement.

How long does a driver improvement course take?

This course satisfies the Virginia Driver Improvement 8-hour requirement. We understand that some people may read and retain information faster than others, so this course is not timed and is self-paced; you can take the course at your leisure. You can complete the course in one sitting or in multiple sessions. We offer an unlimited number of logins, so you can complete the course when it’s convenient for you.

Hopefully this helped answer some of your questions about our Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic.

If you have any questions, our excellent customer support team is here for you 7 days a week. If you would like more information on our Virginia Driver Improvement course, please check out our website.

Click here to register for our Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic!

Do you need to satisfy a court order or DMV requirement? Would you like to get an insurance discount? Are you just interested in voluntarily earning 5 safe driving points? If one of these reasons sounds like you, you would benefit from completing our Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic. Not sure what the course is or how it works? You’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through some important facts about our course and explain how to register today.

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9/3/2019

4 Simple Self-Improvement Tips for September

by Courtney Conley

Even though it marks the end of the summer, September always feels like a fresh start to me. Something about the temperature dropping and the leaves changing makes me want to buy fresh pens and start making a list of goals. Maybe it’s just the back-to-school season in the air (or, at least, in all the commercials!), but this time of year makes me want to reflect and improve. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, because September happens to be Self-Improvement Month! What better way to round out the year than cracking open a new notebook (or in this case, blog post) and writing down some self-improvement goals we can all aspire to this season?

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Self-Improvement Tips

Back-to-school season is a great time to start a new carpool routine. We all say we want to help the environment, but it can feel like too big a task for one person. Carpooling is an easy way to reduce pollution. Take some time out of your day to plan a new carpool schedule. There are even apps now where you can connect with people to carpool with from your neighborhood! If you’re not able to carpool, consider trying out the public transportation in your city, if available.

Less Screen Time

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Did you know that on average, American adults spend more than 11 hours per day looking at screens? Many of us have to use a computer for work, and it’s unavoidable. But you can still reduce the time you spend with other screens. People are so addicted to their screens these days that they use their phone while behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 20,000 people died in collisions involving a distracted driver between 2012 and 2017. Most states have strict laws prohibiting texting and driving, yet people still do it. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, how can I be a safer driver?, make it one of your self-improvement goals to never use your smartphone while driving.

Many smartphones have a system for tracking your screen time and will even allow you to block certain apps during times when you want to unplug, like when you’re behind the wheel.

Be Active

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With the weather cooling down in many parts of the country, September is a great time to get outdoors. Hiking can be beautiful this time of year! Many cities and towns are pedestrian-friendly, so consider walking or riding a bike for short trips you might usually drive. Even if you’re driving your vehicle like normal, be sure to keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially when the weather is nice enough for people to walk!

Take a Class

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Even if you’re not heading back to school yourself, September is the perfect time to take a class! Learning is an awesome tool for self-improvement. Do some research for available classes in your area that you may be interested in, like cooking classes or music lessons. There are lots of one-session art classes for those with busy schedules! If you can’t fit in a face-to-face class, consider taking a class online.

One option is to take an online class with Safe2Drive! We have a wide selection of classes available to help you brush up on your driving skills and become a better driver. We have classes for auto insurance discounts, driver education, mature driver improvement, and defensive driving. If you’re curious about what makes a good driver, consider taking one of our courses.

If one of your goals is to become a better driver, please check out our website to see what courses we offer in your state. If you have any questions about any of our courses, our excellent customer support team is here for you daily to help! We hope you try some of our self-improvement tips!

Even though it marks the end of the summer, September always feels like a fresh start to me. Something about the temperature dropping and the leaves changing makes me want to buy fresh pens and start making a list of goals. Maybe it’s just the back-to-school season in the air (or, at least, in all the commercials!), but this time of year makes me want to reflect and improve. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, because September happens to be Self-Improvement Month! What better way to round out the year than cracking open a new notebook (or in this case, blog post) and writing down some self-improvement goals we can all aspire to this season?

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8/26/2019

The Secret to Receiving Auto Insurance Discounts in Delaware

by Courtney Conley

Auto insurance. As drivers, it’s something we all need. In Delaware, all drivers are required to carry three types of auto insurance: bodily injury protection, property damage, and personal injury protection. These can add up! Luckily, we’re here to help. Safe2Drive offers two defensive driving courses for Delaware drivers. Our DE Defensive Driving courses are approved by the Delaware DMV and are a great way to get a discount on your auto insurance. Our courses are completely online, so you don’t need to worry about finding time to sit in a classroom. Complete our Defensive Driving courses at your own pace, whether it’s all in one sitting, or a little each day. Every time you log in, we’ll take you back to where you left off in the course. Our courses are user-friendly and full of engaging content that will make learning defensive driving techniques fun. We’ll walk you through the two courses here.

Basic Defensive Driving Course

Our Basic Defensive Driving course is for drivers who have never taken a Defensive Driving course, or drivers who have taken a Defensive Driving course before, but their insurance discount for the course expired two or more years ago. Take this course to get a 10% discount on your auto insurance for three years, and earn a 3-point credit on your Delaware driving record!

This course consists of 11 short lessons full of reading material, videos, animations, and even fun games on traffic laws and defensive driving practices. How long does the Basic Defensive Driving course last? Well, per Delaware state requirements, our course is six hours long. There is a two-question multiple-choice quiz after each lesson that you must pass in order to proceed to the next lesson. You can take the quizzes as many times as you need. At the end of the course, you’ll take a 10-question final exam. You need to score 80% on the final exam in order to pass, which most students do on the first try. If you need to take the exam more than once, no problem! We allow unlimited retakes at no extra charge.

When you complete the course and pass the final exam, we’ll email you your Certificate of Completion, which you can also print from your account. Sign the certificate and deliver it to your insurance provider to receive your discount. We’ll submit your completion to the DMV for you so you can receive the 3-point credit on your driving record.

Defensive Driving Refresher Course

You should choose our Defensive Driving Refresher course if you have taken the Basic course and your Basic course benefits are within 180 days of expiring or you are within the two years following the expiration of your Basic course benefits. By taking our Refresher course, you can get a 15% discount on your auto insurance, and earn a 3-point credit on your Delaware driving record!

Our Refresher course is three hours long. There are seven short lessons, and after each lesson you’ll need to pass a 2-question multiple-choice quiz in order to move on to the next lesson. Just like in our Basic course, you’ll take a 10-question multiple-choice final exam at the end. You’ll need to score at least 80% to pass, and you can retake the final exam as many times as you need in order to pass. Most people pass it on the first attempt.

When you complete the course and pass the final exam, we’ll email you your Certificate of Completion, which you can also print from your account. Sign the certificate and deliver it to your insurance provider to receive your discount. We’ll submit your completion to the DMV for you so you can receive the 3-point credit on your driving record. Make sure to check with the DMV 7-10 business days after you complete the course to make sure they process your completion.

Our Delaware Basic and Refresher Defensive Driving courses are a great way to get a discount on your auto insurance, as well as a 3-point credit on your Delaware driving record. If you want to take a DE Defensive Driving course, we hope you’ll choose ours! If you have any questions, our excellent customer support team is here for you 7 days a week. For more information on our courses, please check out our website.

Click here to register for a Delaware Defensive Driving course!

Auto insurance. As drivers, it’s something we all need. In Delaware, all drivers are required to carry three types of auto insurance: bodily injury protection, property damage, and personal injury protection. These can add up! Luckily, we’re here to help. Safe2Drive offers two defensive driving courses for Delaware drivers. Our DE Defensive Driving courses are approved by the Delaware DMV and are a great way to get a discount on your auto insurance. Our courses are completely online, so you don’t need to worry about finding time to sit in a classroom. Complete our Defensive Driving courses at your own pace, whether it’s all in one sitting, or a little each day. Every time you log in, we’ll take you back to where you left off in the course. Our courses are user-friendly and full of engaging content that will make learning defensive driving techniques fun. We’ll walk you through the two courses here.

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