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PREPARE FOR WINTER DRIVING

California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program and an IEA Member Benefits partner for 30 years; and NEA Member Benefits provide this story:

 

It happens every year: the summer heat fades, the leaves fall and what was easy, warm-weather driving suddenly changes. As temperatures drop, it’s time to remember how to avoid slide-offs and crashes on wet, icy roads. You and your family can take precautions now before encountering winter road conditions.

 

The first rule of thumb is to slow down and not be in a hurry. Public safety groups continually remind drivers that slick roads mean slower stopping times and the need for increased distances between vehicles. They also add that four-wheel drive does not mean four-wheel stopping.

 

But there’s a lot more to remember about changing road conditions than just speed. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) offers this pre-winter advice:

 

  • Make sure your vehicle has good tire tread, a strong battery and fresh windshield wipers and fluid
  • Have emergency items like a flashlight, jumper cables, material for traction (kitty litter or sand), a shovel, ice scraper and spare water, blankets and food
  • Plan and know your route
  • Practice cold weather driving so you’ll know how your vehicle responds
  • Keeping a full tank of fuel
  • Always use seat belts and child safety seats

 

When inclement weather hits:

  • Never drive impaired
  • Slow down and increase distances between cars
  • Avoid fatigue and drowsy driving
  • Watch for pedestrians

 

If you should become stranded in a storm, these actions can save your life:

  • Call for help immediately
  • Stay in your vehicle to protect against the elements and other vehicles that might slide and hit you or your car
  • Crack the windows slightly and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Run the engine for short periods of time for warmth and to recharge the battery

 

It’s also important that your vehicle’s exhaust system is inspected before winter’s chill. Each year, dozens of people suffer carbon monoxide poisoning in their vehicles due to exhaust system leaks, especially when windows are rolled up and heaters are turned on.

 

Despite the best-made plans, accidents do happen. Before you head out on the roads, make sure you know what to do if you’re involved in a crash. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has a downloadable auto accident checklist at: http://www.insureuonline.org/auto_accident_checklist.pdf.

 

California Casualty also reminds you that good auto insurance protection is no accident. Find out what discounts you qualify for as an NEA member by calling a California Casualty advisor today for a policy comparison or review at 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.neamb.com/autohome.

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Spring Break 2019 Vacation Planning—NEA Adventures

Exclusive to NEA members and their guests, NEA Adventures is an exciting new program that features group travel to some of the world’s most iconic destinations, including Italy, Costa Rica and Peru. Each itinerary is designed with educators in mind and offers an unsurpassed combination of regional high­lights, unique experiences, cultural immersion, and multiple activity levels—all at exclusive NEA member prices.

Each trip is customized to provide maximum opportunity to explore, learn, be inspired and have fun. Local experts with “insider” access guide and enrich the group experience through activities not commonly available to travelers who are on their own. The experts also look out for the group’s comfort and safety throughout the tour and are happy to make recommendations for taking advantage of free time.

Travel is an important tool to build communities, locally and globally. Joining an NEA Adventures trip supports education, development and conservation programs that empower educators, preservation of the environment and provides learning opportunities for thousands of individuals around the globe.

Visit neamb.com/neaadventures and click on the location-specific pages for more information about each guided tour currently offered. From there, click on the “View Full Itinerary” button to download a PDF containing specific details of the trip.

Call 855-667-9509 for further questions or to book your trip.

NEA Adventures tour agents are ready to answer any questions you may have and book your trip. They are available every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

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SAVE ON YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS

If your plans for the summer include some well-deserved travel to give you rest and recuperation for the past nine months with your students, here is some help from member benefits to stretch your summer budget.  Whether you wish to work in a cruise, take in some major league sporting events, fly east (or west or north or south) to visit relatives, spend some time at a resort (a week or just a few days,) or just save some money while resting up at home on a “staycation”, follow these tips to save some money:

 

With the Educator Access Discount Program, you can save on hotels, condos and resorts, golf, dining, movies, recreation, and other every-day pleasantries.  Go to the IEA Member Benefits website, ieamemberbenefits.org scroll down and click on the picture of the IEA membership card to take you to the Access website.  Register with the last 7 digits of your association membership number, your personal e-mail address, and create a password.  You only need to register once.  Each time thereafter you sign in with your e-mail and password.  Spend some time there and explore the hundreds and thousands of discounts available.  The site will also show you how to download an app that is GPS friendly and will help you save money wherever you are.

 

Or…visit NEA Vacations to save on hotels and resorts, airfare, cruises, guided vacations, vacation packages and more.  You will also receive “NEA travel dollars” to spend in the future on travel deals from the site.

 

Or…use TicketsatWork.com to save on tickets to theme parks, Las Vegas and Broadway shows, major city tours, big league sporting events, etc. Contact IEA Member Benefits (1-800-223-6583) for the company code to register on the site and start saving.

 

Or…visit the NEA Click and Save Program where, after you have registered on the NEA Member Benefits site, you can save on all the above “fun” things you want to do this summer.

To continue to get great advice on all your travel plans, sign up today for the free NEA Travel Newsletter  and get the inside scoop on:

  • the hottest member-exclusive deals
  • the best places to take your next vacation
  • tips to make the most of your travel experience

HAVE FUN!!!  And remember that your member benefits, because you are an IEA/NEA member, created discounts to make your summer even more enjoyable.

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GET DISCOUNTS ON ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT THIS SUMMER

 

TicketsAtWork is pleased to offer entertainment and travel discounts for both regional and nationwide attractions and events to all IEA members. Now you’ll have access to exclusive savings on movie tickets, theme parks, hotels, tours, Broadway and Vegas shows & more. These discounts are not available to the general public and are exclusive to the TicketsAtWork Corporate Discount Program. Be sure to visit often as new products and discounts are constantly being added!!

 

Here’s how to take advantage

1. Go to https://ticketsatwork.com/tickets/

2. Click on “Become a Member”.

3. You will then be prompted to create an account with your email address & company code: (IDAHOEA)

4.  Once enrolled you will receive regular email notices about the latest deals!

 

Now you will have access to all the savings nationwide.

From the IEA Executive Director

"I feel that being an IEA member is a professional right and responsibility. Partnering with MBC just makes your membership an even more valuable resource."

Sue (Scott) Wigdorski
Idaho Education Association
Executive Director

From the IEA President

“The IEA is the voice for public education in Idaho, the leader in professional development opportunities, and the greatest source for support for the education profession. Having access to discounts from an array of vendors through Member Benefits is an added bonus for members!”

Kari Overall
President
Idaho Education Association

Contact Info

208.344.8336 / 800.223.6583  
ieamemberbenefits.org
iea-mbc@idahoea.org

IEA Member Benefits Corporation
620 N 6th Street - Boise Idaho 83702

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