Commuters who visit www.iCarpoolNJ.com are eligible for gift card incentives in two ways. Those who take a brief online survey will be entered to win a $25 gift card. Once the survey is completed, participants can refer their friends to register with KMM for ridesharing.
If a NEW, previously unregistered, referral completes a rideshare application, KMM will send the person who made the referral a gift card. Gift cards will be awarded for referral of NEW applicants only. Participants can receive up to 4 gift cards*. In addition, the new rideshare applicants will also receive a thank you gift.
This program is KMM’s way of thanking commuters for recommending our rideshare service to their friends and family. For more information, log on to www.icarpoolnj.com.
*While supplies last
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In NJ and around the world, cutting down a Christmas tree has become a family tradition. On a crisp December day, Mom and Dad bundle up the kids, pile into the car, and head out to a tree farm. Hack saw in hand, they trek through the fields and over the hills inspecting, rejecting, and finally, finding the perfect tree. Alternatively, the family stops at a nearby lot and selects a pre-cut tree. Wherever the tree is purchased, it has to be brought home. That’s when the trouble starts.
While this stately tree may fit perfectly in front of your picture window, it may be a bit oversized for your car. How do you transport your Tannenbaum safely from field to foyer?
The folks at www.cars.com asked the experts at the National Christmas Tree Association for some tips on transporting your tree.
- Get your Christmas tree netted before leaving the lot to make it more manageable. If it’s going on the roof, the trunk should be facing front.
- Make sure to select a tree that will either fit inside your cargo area or on top of your roof. A roof rack is a good idea.
- Have enough rope or cord to wrap around the tree and secure it to the roof rack or to cargo hooks.
- Protect the cargo area or roof with a tarp or blanket.
- Before leaving the lot, give the tree a good tug to make sure it’s secure.
- Drive slowly and avoid the highway. Heavy objects affect your vehicle’s center of gravity and consequently emergency handling.
The NJ State Police emphasize that improperly secured trees can cause the tree to slide down the windshield and obstructing the driver’s view or falling off the roof and strike another vehicle. They suggest planning ahead and arrive in a vehicle to support the size of tree you select.
Whether your holiday plans call for “rockin’ around the Christmas tree,” or sitting in quiet contemplation, make sure you and your tree arrive home safely.
Like many traditions, caroling harkens back to olden times. On Twelfth Night, people in the apple growing regions of southern and western England gathered in orchards for wassailing. Because wages were often paid in apple cider, a bountiful harvest was necessary for the livelihood of the landowner and laborers. Dancing and singing traditional songs, the people paraded through the orchards pouring apple cider on the trees and settling cider soaked bread on branches to chase away evil spirits. They toasted the apple trees with a hearty “waes hael” (good health.)
Today, families and friends keep the tradition alive with a night of caroling. Like the ancients, they walk through neighborhoods singing favorite carols and perhaps stopping for food and drink.
Unlike the ancients, carolers today may be walking on cold nights and icy sidewalks. Keep these winter walking tips in mind.
- Bundle up in coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.
- Wear sensible, warm, waterproof boots for snowy or very cold nights.
- Dress in layers.
- Stay hydrated. Carry a thermos with water or hot cocoa.
- Carry a battery operated lantern or a flashlight to light the walk and to be seen by drivers. Be visible.
Have a great time!
Be Social for the Holidays by snapping a picture and sharing it with KMM. Each week, KMM will post a theme and encourage everyone to capture a picture that embodies the theme. And because it is the jolliest season of all, each week’s theme pertains to the Holiday Season.
This week’s theme is: Over the river and through the woods to…
It’s easy to participate. Take a picture using the selected theme and share it on either Google + Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and make sure to tag your photo #kmmwintercommuter.
A winning photo will be selected each week and receive a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts. All entries this week must be submitted by Friday at 4pm and a winner will be announced each Monday at 11am on KMM’s Facebook page.
Good Luck & Happy Holidays!