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Gas prices going up? Maybe, maybe not

We've all heard reports that gas prices are expected to spike even higher than they are now, both because it's almost summer and because of gas shortages. Some of the shortages are because of the truck driver shortage, which we discussed on our blog earlier this month. 

Although gas prices will likely rise and will definitely be higher than they were this time last year, we don't expect outrageous prices such as the suggested $4 per gallon. Let's look at this with a bit of perspective. According to this Forbes article, last summer’s average of $2.07 per gallon was an anomaly driven by a pandemic that significantly reduced demand for gasoline and other oil consumption, which in turn caused a drop in crude oil prices. That figure is the lowest gas prices have been in more than 15 years! 

What experts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and AAA both seem to agree that while gas prices will rise, they will go back to closer to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Just because the higher prices are closer to "normal" doesn't mean those of us with vehicles shouldn't do what we can to conserve gas! Whether you manage a fleet like we do or are taking the family car on a vacation, keeping your vehicle and good driving habits can have a big effect on how quickly your vehicle "gets thirsty." 

Safety Bulletin: 
7 Tips to Share the Road Safely this Spring and Summer

(Article Courtesy Penske) 
 After spending most of 2020 indoors, people are heading outside again. According to TripAdvisor’s 2021 Summer Travel Index, two-thirds of Americans plan to travel between June 1 and Aug. 31, and 43% of them expect to drive to their destination.

That means commercial motor vehicle drivers will be dealing with crowded streets and highways. Since warmer weather also brings out more bicyclists, pedestrians and children at play, professional drivers must use extra caution. Use these 7 tips to share the road safely with bicycles, pedestrians and children.

1. Remember that bicycles are vehicles. Cyclists are asked to follow the same traffic laws as cars and trucks, so show them the same respect you would another driver. Yield to them as directed at stop signs, stop lights and intersections. Always give bicycles at least three feet of clearance before passing and watch for cyclists when you’re getting in and out of your truck.

2. Be cautious making left and right turns. You know your tractor-trailer needs to make wide right-hand turns. Pedestrians, cyclists and children at play may not know this so take extra caution when making any right-hand turns. The same is true for left-hand turns—always look for pedestrians or cyclists before crossing traffic.

3. Watch crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. If you’re traveling through a neighborhood with crosswalks, drive slowly and be prepared to stop. Remember that on average trucks traveling 65 mph need two football fields to come to a complete rest, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

4. Know your limitations. Because your truck sits high, you may not see children at play or cyclists. They may be hidden by your truck’s blind spots, or they could be playing behind your truck.

5. Stay extra alert between 6 – 9 p.m. That’s when more than one-fifth (21%) of fatal bicycle-motor vehicle crashes happen, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. July and August run the highest risk for these types of accidents.

6. Slow down. Children don’t only cross the street using crosswalks. Cyclists don’t always use reflectors or wear brightly colored clothing. Pedestrians don’t always use flashlights when walking at night. Reducing your speed will help you be ready for anything.

7. Don’t drive distracted. Busier roads mean more potential for danger. So never call, text or email while driving. And never drive after drinking alcohol. This is against FMCSA regulation.

Birthdays in June

Gustavo Chavez-06-17
Brandon Evans-06-20
Torrance Williams-06-22
Mary Boushelle-06-28

New reviews section on our website

Anyone who operates a business knows that you can tell your customers how qualified you are but what really gives you credibility in a potential customer's eyes are the words of others who have done business with you. Reviews are valuable for any business and we are not an exception!

We are in the process of revamping our website but have already added a review section to our existing website. You can now view reviews from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Google. It also gives users the opportunity to review our services themselves. 

We would love for you to check this feature out on our site and if you've done business with us, we'd love you to add a review! 

We update our blog several times a month. It includes company news, team member highlights, industry insights, and more. Read more on our website

Don't forget to shop with NWA Unclaimed Furniture!

Do you follow our NWA Unclaimed Furniture company on Facebook? We frequently share some of the many pieces of fantastic furniture that is available in our two showrooms:in Springdale (1710 S. Powell Street, Springdale) and now in our booth at Gathered Goods (100 N 8th St STE A, Rogers). Some items may have minor imperfections and all items are at great prices. 
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