NMA E-Newsletter #157: An Insider’s Guide to the NMA Virtual World

As the NMA’s digital footprint continues to expand, we’re always looking for ways to help you find and share driving-related information. Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the NMA’s substantial online presence.

When you receive our weekly e-newsletters and occasional email alerts, you can easily forward them to others by using the “Forward This Email to Friends” link embedded in the email or just use your email program’s forward feature. Email alerts (from July 2009 forward) and e-newsletters are also archived at alerts.motorists.org. Use the keywords on the right or the “Search This Section” box to find information on a specific topic or by location. (Keywords currently only link to email alerts.)

Let’s say you want to encourage a friend in California to join the NMA. You search on “California” and retrieve a listing of relevant newsletters and alerts. All of the information is conveniently compiled under one custom link ( alerts.motorists.org/?search=California&sort=recent) which you can forward to your friend via email. You can also include a link for your friend to join the NMA at www.motorists.org/join/.

You can also search for information on motorists’ issues. Try “toll road.” You get a compilation of alerts and newsletter collected under one link (alerts.motorists.org/?search=toll+road&sort=recent).

Speaking of searching, use the “Search The NMA Web Network” box in the upper right corner on most pages to search all NMA-affiliated websites at once. This not only includes our main site, but Speed Trap Exchange, Roadblock Registry, Short Yellow Lights Project, and the NMA Foundation websites as well. Searching this way plunges you into the depths of the archive, and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Try searching on “Indonesian coffee” or “excuses that work” and see what pops up.

The NMA has also enhanced its social media presence lately. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. These are great platforms for staying in touch and getting quick updates from the NMA. They also make it easy for you to share the latest driving news with your own friends and followers.

Finally, there are some powerful, but often overlooked, resources on our main website that you should be aware of. We use this information all the time when helping members with their ticket-fighting questions.

First, when faced with a traffic ticket, visit your state page at www.motorists.org/chapters/. This will provide a good starting point for learning more about speed limits, basic traffic law and enforcement practices, cell phone laws and more, for your state.

We also recommend spending time in the Members Area. Here you’ll find answers to many of your ticket-fighting questions, along with in-depth resources like our “Fight That Ticket!” e-book (available free to Supporting Members and to others for a nominal fee.) Even if you’re an experienced courtroom ace, you may find some new tricks here.

This area includes information on, and access to, all of the NMA membership benefits you are eligible for. You can also update or renew your membership, visit the NMA store or make a donation.

Note: you’ll need to use your username and password to log into the Members Area. If you need help, please contact our Membership Department at 1-800-882-2785.

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