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Move over, yield to emergency vehicles

Dear Readers: We are all rushing about this time of year, but here’s an important reminder: When there are Emergency vehicles on the side of the road (for an accident, someone getting a citation, a tow truck, a firetruck, an ambulance, etc.), all states have a “move over” law: You must move over one lane or slow down to a reasonable speed to keep emergency workers safe. Safety is always a priority, and these workers are vulnerable. — Heloise

Tech Tuesday

Dear Readers: A mouse pad used to be standard issue with your hand-guided “mouse” and desktop computer. The mouse pad allowed for a smooth ride for the mouse, and it kept the tracking ball of the mouse dirt-, dust- and oil-free.

As with all technology, times have moved ahead. “Optical mice” and even laser-equipped mice can scoot along on all surfaces, and, because the optical and laser components don’t touch the desk and they operate without that tracking ball, very little residue can build up on the device.

However, a mouse pad is still a good idea. It can absorb wear marks from the desk and pick up slight stray hairs and dust particles.

Also, if anyone in the family is a “gamer,” an oversized mouse pad can help with tracking fast movements. — Heloise

Zipper fixer

Dear Readers: To unstick a zipper, run a dry bar of soap or a candle along it. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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