Great American Worker Contest

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The Great American Worker Search

(NAPSI)—In the shop, on the factory floor, at the office, in the community, America 's workers are getting things done-and getting the chance at a new truck, and more, to prove it.

That's because a Ford F-150 is the grand prize in the Great American Worker contest, an annual event saluting the efforts of the unsung heroes of American industry and recognizing their dedication to safety, productivity and community involvement.

Plant managers, floor supervisors, assembly line operators, truck drivers, mechanics and workers in manufacturing, automotive, construction, logistics, food service and other U.S. industries can qualify by nominating themselves online in three easy steps. Contestants must submit a short essay telling why they are the Great American Worker and how their commitment, dedication and leadership have made a difference on the job and in the community.

"The essays we receive for the Great American Worker contest are always uplifting and inspiring and never fail to make us proud to be a part of a program that recognizes individuals who serve as an example for others," said Alex Volpe, vice president, towel and wiper category for Georgia-Pacific Professional, the makers of Brawny Industrial® wipers. "Our theme for this year's award is 'Get Work Done,' emphasizing how Great American Workers go over and above what's necessary to keep our country moving every day—getting their work finished in a safe and productive fashion while also achieving a good work/life balance. Enjoying life with family and friends and giving back to the community are important. America 's workers make a difference for all of us."

After the top 10 finalists are selected, anyone can vote for the winner, and family and co-workers are encouraged to register to vote on the contest website and to follow the contest on Facebook for updates, surveys, and chances to win Brawny Industrial® products. The contestant with the highest final score will be selected as the year's Great American Worker and get the new Ford F-150.

Other prizes will include a DeWalt Combo Kit for the First Prize Winner and $70 worth of Georgia-Pacific products for 25 Second Prize Winners.

Nominations are accepted now through July 7 online at The winner will be announced in October 2013. For official rules and entry form, visit For additional contest news, follow the company on Facebook and Twitter. For more on solutions from Georgia- Pacific Professional, call (866) 435-5647 or visit

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Make Your Driving Dollars Go Farther

(NAPSI)—From daily commuting to summer road trips, the amount of time we spend driving adds up quickly…and so can travel costs. However, a few good driving habits can help put the brakes on unnecessary spending and get you on the road to savings:

• Watch your speed. A faster trip may be less fuel efficient. When traveling at speeds above 50 mph, gas mileage tends to decrease rapidly.

• Lose weight in your car. Every extra 100 pounds can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent, so keep your trunk clear of unnecessary items.

• Find gas pumps that pay you back. Some stations, like participating BP stations, allow you to save on future fill-ups. With the BP Driver Rewards program, for every 20 gallons of BP fuel you purchase, with a minimum of two transactions, you can earn a 5-cents-off-per-gallon reward. It's free to join. Rewards accumulate automatically and may be redeemed as soon as one hour from being earned-without the wait for monthly statements or additional purchases at other retailers, as many loyalty programs require. Program rewards may be redeemed toward a single fill-up (up to 20 gallons), for a period of 90 days following the month in which they were earned, and may not be able to be combined with other offers. To save even more, you can use a BP Visa credit card to pay for your fuel purchases along with the BP Driver Rewards card. Visit for terms and conditions and participating locations.

• Avoid idling. When parked, shut off your engine to save fuel. An idling engine can consume up to a half gallon of fuel per hour.

• Inflate for a smoother ride. Keep your tires at the proper pressure to get up to 3.3 percent better gas mileage.

• Choose quality gasoline. Fill up with a quality fuel like BP gasoline with Invigorate®, which can help your car get a few more miles per tank when compared to low-detergent gasoline. When used continuously, it helps clean and protect critical engine parts from harmful deposits, so you'll go a little farther between fill-ups. Results will vary depending on a variety of factors and in tests were more significant in older model vehicles.

• Rack up a more efficient ride. Use a removable roof or bicycle rack and install it only when needed. By avoiding the extra bulk, you'll minimize aerodynamic drag—the air and wind resistance your vehicle must overcome to accelerate and maintain a constant speed.

• Cruise cautiously. Use the cruise control on long stretches of highway driving when it's safe to do so, which can help save fuel by helping your car maintain a steady speed. Driving aggressively by rapid acceleration and braking uses more gas.

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Your Key To A Long-Lasting Car

(NAPSI)—Basic car care is the key to a long-lasting vehicle, and to improving its safety and dependability.

What To Do

Ten basic maintenance procedures can help keep your car operating at its best for the long haul:

1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent, antifreeze and coolant.

2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they're not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.

3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.

5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there's an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.

6. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.

7. Check the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.

8. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie-rod ends and other related components.

9. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear may indicate the need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

10. Check the wipers and lighting so you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

"Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Following a routine maintenance program makes financial sense, extending useful vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road."

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

Where To Learn More

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Traveling With Kids—Be Car Seat Smart

(NAPSI)—Road trips with children can be daunting, but with AAA's expert advice, your next family car trip can be both safe and fun:

• Involve your children early on when planning a road trip. Let them help decide places to stop.

• Give kids a map so they can see where you are and how far it is to your destination.

• Remember, loose items in the car can be dangerous in a crash or just a sudden stop. Keep loose items in the trunk, a console or under a cargo net.

• Be sure children are secure in the proper car seats. Each year, more than 1,000 kids die and 170,000 are injured in car crashes—but giving them the proper protection will help keep them safe.

Following these best practice recommendations will ensure your children are as safe as possible on the road:

First, remember that the backseat is the safest place for all kids under 13. Toddlers should be kept in rear-facing seats for as long as possible, until reaching the height or weight limits of the car seat, typically around age 2. Children who have outgrown the harnesses on their forward-facing car seats can use a booster seat to help position them so the lap/shoulder belt fits properly across their hips and upper thighs and across their chest and collarbone. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should remain in a booster seat until they have reached 4'9" in height, which is typically between ages 8 and 12. A child is ready to move from a booster seat to a lap/shoulder belt if the following criteria are met:

• The child can sit all the way back against the vehicle seat;

• The child's knees can bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat;

• The lap/shoulder belt crosses the child's shoulder between the neck and arm and the lap belt remains low across the thighs and hips;

• And, the child can remain in this position for the duration of the ride.

Before heading out on your trip, be sure that your child's car seat is installed properly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed. It's important to read the owner's manual for both the vehicle and the car seat before attempting the installation. Fortunately, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to advise you. You can find them through an AAA office, by calling (866) SEAT-CHECK or by visiting Another way to protect children all over the country, the experts at AAA say, is to strengthen child passenger safety laws. Learn more at

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Helping Your Car Keep Cool In Warmer Weather

(NAPSI)—Whether it's a vacation road trip or your daily commute to work, when the temperatures climb higher on the outside, things are also heating up under the hood of your car.

Fortunately, there are several preventative steps you can take to keep your engine running cool. Here are some tips that can help to keep you on the road to safety and convenience.

• Check Your Battery. If you have an older vehicle or you've had your battery for more than three years, you should have it tested. While it is common to hear of car battery failure during the cold winter months, heat is just as hard on your battery. Warmer temperatures can evaporate battery fluid, causing damage to internal plates and speeding up corrosion.

• Top Off Or Change Fluids. Engine fluids are a key component in keeping your car running during the summer months. When fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is decreased and could result in overheating. Check your vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your owner's manual for recommended fluid type.

• Check Engine Belts And Hoses For Cracks And Wear. Look for leaks and feel to determine if the hoses are firm and pliable. Pay special attention to places where hoses are connected and clamped. Do not attempt to touch any hoses or belts after you have been driving your vehicle, as they will be hot and could cause burns and serious injury.

• Cool Your Engine. Your engine works extra hard during the summer and relies on the cooling system to protect it from overheating. To keep your cooling system in good working condition, you should flush your system and replace the coolant as recommended by the manufacturer. Engine coolant can become contaminated and its protective additives can lose their effectiveness.

You can also try using a radiator coolant additive, such as Purple Ice by premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. Purple Ice is designed to improve your engine's performance, help prevent overheating and keep the system clean. Plus, it's compatible to use with antifreeze or straight water.

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Simple Steps To Save Gas Without Driving Less

(NAPSI)—Just because gas prices go up, that doesn't mean your driving has to go down.

You can't control the price of gas but you can control how much you use with some simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance.

Save Gas And Cash

Consider these simple steps to save gas without driving less:

• Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

• Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent.

• Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles to improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

• Change oil regularly and gain another mile per gallon.

• Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps let the gas just vaporize into the air.

• Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.

• Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient.

• Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.

• Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer multipurpose trip.

• Don't haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by up to 2 percent.

"Some motorists think they are saving money when they put off needed vehicle maintenance," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "What they don't realize is that neglecting routine maintenance can end up costing a lot more. Keeping your car running efficiently and modifying your driving behavior is the best way to improve your vehicle's fuel economy and keep more money in your pocket. Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior and both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump."

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

Learn More

For a free copy of the council's "Car Care Guide" or for further information, visit

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NASCAR Star Beats The Heat At Home

(NAPSI)—You may have more in common with a race car driver than you realize. Consider this: When he's not busy at the racetrack, NASCAR star Greg Biffle likes to slow down and unwind at home. Like other homeowners, Biffle and his wife Nicole are eager to create a warm, welcoming environment for guests while protecting their investment.

"We spent a lot of time searching for the right furniture, window treatments, flooring—even furnishings and artwork we take great care in preserving," said Nicole Biffle.

The Biffles are also interested in minimizing their HVAC costs and reducing hot spots to keep their North Carolina home comfortable.

What They Found

In their search for a solution, the Biffles made a surprising find-window film. The couple found that applying high-quality window film to their home's windows could not only help protect their furnishings from fading in the sun's glare, but help reduce cooling costs and improve temperature consistency in the house. After checking out the options, the Biffles chose 3M™ Sun Control Window Films, which can reduce cooling costs by up to 25 percent while blocking up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays. With this technology, they can enjoy the sunlight streaming into their home without feeling excess heat.

"What I've noticed since we installed the window film in our home is there are no hot spots in the house and the temperature is more even," said Greg. "It's much cooler inside and a lot more comfortable. The HVAC system runs much less now, which is definitely reflected on our electric bill."

While the film rejects up to 50 percent of the heat coming through the windows, it doesn't change the appearance of the home or the view of the scenery outside. In fact, it still allows up to 69 percent of the visible light through the window.

"When we were looking at window film options, we decided to go with the 3M window film. It didn't impair aesthetics or darken the room, preserving our beautiful view," Nicole said.

The Biffles are so pleased with their choice that they encourage other homeowners to see if it's right for them.

"I'd recommend the window film for people who want to reduce their electric bill, make their house much more comfortable, keep the heat out, and UV protect their furnishings," Greg said. "It's just a great option for us."

Learn More

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See If You Are "Tire Smart"

(NAPSI)—A recent national survey found that only one in six U.S. drivers is "tire smart" when it comes to checking tire pressure-a quick and simple step that can optimize vehicle safety and fuel economy and helps tires last longer.

Gender & Generation Gap

Significant differences exist between men and women and also among younger and older drivers.

Men are more likely than women to be "tire smart," according to the survey. About 20 percent of men and 14 percent of women are considered "tire smart." That means fewer women know to check tire pressure monthly and to check tires when they are cold (before driving). Women know better than men where to find the correct tire pressure for their vehicle: on the driver's doorjamb or door and in the owner's manual.

A more stark difference exists between generations. Twenty-seven percent of drivers aged 60 and older are "tire smart" while only 8 percent of drivers 18 to 39 know the basic tips for properly checking tire pressure. The survey was conducted for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which represents tire manufacturers in the U.S.

Safety Risk

Underinflated tires pose a safety risk, waste fuel and cause premature tire wear. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that properly inflated tires can save about 11 cents a gallon at today's gas prices.

Motorists can Be Tire Smart and Play Your PART.

Pressure: Check tire pressure monthly with a tire gauge and inflate to vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure.

Alignment: Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear.

Rotation: Rotate tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to help you achieve more uniform wear.

Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.

Learn More

For further information, visit or call (202) 682-4800.

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