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The Tech That Is Making Car Driving Safer Than Ever Before

The driving of cars, especially when done with the kids in tow, needs to be safe. Simply, cars need to be safe to handle and they need to be kept safely away from all the dangers that the road throws up at them, whether these be other vehicles or faults of nature. And, there is a host of differs pieces of technology that are helping to make car driving safe in this manner. To see just a few pieces of this tech, make sure to read on.

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Adaptive cruise control

Finding and then maintaining a safe driving speed is vital for drivers, and these days their cars can help them do this with ease. Yes, cars can help in the finding of a good and safe cruising limit through the adaptive cruise control technology that is now built into them. What such technology offers those drivers who own cars with this technology built into them is the chance for them to find a driving speed that is safe for them in regards to the road that they are using. Plus, this technology goes even further still as it also adapts to the demands of the road by sensing things around the car, such as traffic, so is also able to calculate a safe speed in regards to that as well.

Lane keep assist

Another piece of technology that uses sensors to create a safe driving experience is lane keep assist. What this particular piece of technology does, well, is pretty obvious after you’ve read it’s name, it keeps you in lane. And, despite sounding like a pretty easy thing to do already even without technology, it’s seriously not. It’s seriously not because any number of things can make a driver deviate from one lane to another, whether it be a distraction or whether it be them falling asleep at the wheel (if that were to ever be the case, the driver should pull into the next service station, grab a coffee, and wait for the boost of energy to kick in). What LKA does specifically is react to the car moving into a lane it shouldn’t be in, notifying the driver straight away should that be the case.

Backup cameras

Another piece of sensory tech that is helping to change the safety of the driving, or in this case the parking, of cars is backup camera technology, such as that offered by vdashcam. What such technology does is alert the driver to anything that is behind their car on in their blindspot thanks to strategically placed cameras around the car and video technology that these cameras feed a feed to. So, no longer would you have to worry about the neighbors cat every time you pull off your drive to go to work of a morning!

Driving needs to be safe, and that is why it is only ever a good thing when another piece of tech makes it that little bit safer. So, embrace this tech, and any more of it that may come in the future!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Beautiful Kids on Canvas

Canvas Factory reached out and offered to send me a canvas with my two beautiful kids printed on it in exchange for a review and a giveaway. So be sure to stay tuned for the Canvas Factory giveaway, USA and Canada residents only.

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The canvas I received from Canvas Factory is very high quality and looks amazing on our wall. The kids don’t look too bad either. What I really liked about this canvas print is how easy it was to get. You just go to the website, upload your photo, make some adjustments if you want. They even have different filters for your pictures so you can make something color into a black and white photo or sepia, or whatever!

Having photos of our family up on the walls reminds us about the important things that bring us all together. In the photo we had printed, we chose our children. They are the world to us and seeing their love for each other is exactly what we need on our walls to see everyday. Being able to take a simple photo and then uploading it to the internet so I can get a beautiful canvas print in just a few days is amazing. I remember when it would take weeks or months to have something like this done. Now in just a few clicks it can happen almost instantly.

I love our new canvas print. The quality is perfect and it just makes me smile every time I see. I can imagine that I will be picking up a few more of these canvas prints from Canvas Factory once that refund check comes in.

WIN YOUR OWN CANVAS FACTORY PRINT!

To win your own 16×20” / 40x50cm canvas print from Canvas Factory you have to like St. Louis Dad on Facebook and comment on this blog post below and tell me what kind of photo you would print at Canvas Factory. I will randomly select a winner on Friday, February 23rd. So be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you! If the winner does not contact me in 24 hours I will select a new winner. Giveaway only available to U.S. and Canadian residents. No purchase necessary, like and comment to win!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Canvas Factory.

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Wizard-of-Oz

Take a Trip Down the Yellowbrick Road with St. Louis Dad!

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It’s time for another giveaway! This time I am giving away a pair of tickets to the Fabulous Fox to see The Wizard of Oz! Keep reading to find out more!

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into St. Louis! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.

With several shows you can be sure not to miss this great performance of a stage classic.

Showtimes!

February 23, 2018 / Friday – 7:30 PM
February 24, 2018 / Saturday – 2:00 PM
February 24, 2018 / Saturday – 7:30 PM
February 25, 2018 / Sunday – 1:00 PM
February 25, 2018 / Sunday – 6:30 PM

Win Tickets from St. Louis Dad!

So how can you win some tickets to the Sunday, February 25, performance at 6:30? It’s super easy! Like St. Louis Dad on Facebook, and then comment below and tell me what would you ask for from the Wizard? That’s it! Be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. I will be selecting a winner on 2/16/18 and will immediatly contact them. If I do not receive a response in 24 hours I will select another winner!

Still want to see the show but didn’t win tickets? There’s plenty of shows to see, purchase your tickets today!

St. Louis Dad was provided complimentary tickets in exchange for running this promotion and ticket giveaway.

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Family Holiday Shopping with Verizon!

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The holidays are fast approaching and if you are anything like me sometimes you may be under pressure to find the perfect gift. Something that maybe is for the whole family? But is also cool enough that you’d want it anyway? I have two great items you can pickup from Verizon that will hit both of those check marks.

pixelWhen you are out and about one of the most important things you can have with you is your phone and if it’s slow it’s not going to help when you’re with your family and really need it. That’s where a new Google Pixel will come in handy. The Pixel is Google’s new phone and it is very fast. I got a chance to play with a Pixel 32GB and it felt so good in my hands. The touch response and overall build of the phone was amazing. I am also impressed with the camera launch time. Camera quality is important and the Pixel doesn’t disappoint but when you need the speed to capture those quick moments, how fast the camera launches is a test I like to perform.

From a quick launch of the camera to blazing fast web browsing speeds. I can really see the Pixel being a family favorite this holiday season. I think the kids might fight over who gets to pick the next game more than anything, and mom likes to control YouTube on the TV using the phone. So I think the Pixel will be a great choice for our family and if you’re like us, yours as well.

CanaryThis next item will be a great way to keep an eye on the house while you are out and about using your new Pixel. The Canary is a smart home security system that is very easy to use! After unboxing a Canary here at home I had no trouble getting it setup and monitoring my house. Getting the Canary app on my phone was just as easy and now I can get all sorts of alerts and notifications about different security events. There’s a video camera, air monitor, 90+ dB siren, motion detector, and other mobile alerts. Hook it up wirelessly or with an ethernet cable and store everything with AES 256-bit encryption. I am probably going to get a couple Canary’s to spread around the house. One is more than enough for an apartment, but I think we would be good with 3 in our home.

Home security is becoming increasingly important as we post our lives on social media. We are always so caught up in the moment that we don’t think about what our social posts are telling others. Maybe your innocent picture from the theme park is an invitation to someone that you’re not home. That’s where the Canary will come in handy and with Pixel, it will be like you never left the house.

So whether you are looking for something to take with you on the go or something that you can leave behind to leave you feeling a little safer, these two items would make any family happy this holiday.

St. Louis Dad was provided items to test and review for this blog post. This opinions are St. Louis Dads and in no way reflect those of Verizon. I want to thank Verizon for partnering with St. Louis Dad on this awesome holiday gift guide. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more great content!

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