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4 Ways A Summer Road Trip Can Be Fun And Safe

4 Ways A Summer Road Trip Can Be Fun And Safe

Summer is a time where travelling becomes the ideal situation, the weather is hot and humid and the beach and fresh air seems a divine idea. You crave for the chance of letting your hair down and dipping your feet in that cold water. A long swim towards the wide blue horizon or a hike up the green mountains is something that only the summer season could bring.

However, excitement and joy often cloud one’s judgments, leading us to disastrous consequences. It’s been calculated that on an average, there are about 3 accidents involving cars in Europe every summer. One must be aware this calculation is just based on Europe, it could be a larger number if you would calculate worldwide. It often involves excited families and dramatic friends, instead of leaving a memory of having the best time of their lives, it just ends in a tragedy. Often times these accidents are due to careless driving and the “Caution to The Wind ” character.

Here are some practices to enjoy a safe and happy summer road trip.

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1.Never Disturb the Driver. If You’re a Co-Driver Keep That in Mind.

If you’re travelling with 5 or more people, it’s hard to contain the excitement. It’s easy to indulge in the fun that goes on in the back seat. Sometimes you might feel left out and feel the need to contribute and you stop prioritizing your driving. If your co-driver too failed to insist on the importance of concentration, then this could actually be your biggest haphazard.

What happens if you lose concentration for just a moment? It couldn’t be the end of the world, you may argue. Based on my personal experience, this is where people lose not only their happy memories, but they tend to lose their loved ones or even worse, their own lives. After being a depressed victim of witnessing my friend losing his life to this same reason, I can’t help but send the story of caution through my writing.

If you’re a co-driver, your responsibility is to keep the driver awake and focused on his driving. You should refrain from disturbing or dragging the driver into situations and circumstances that might take away his focus on driving. Furthermore, if you’re the driver, you should always keep in mind that you’re responsible for the number of lives in your car. That should be a perfect reminder why you should never be distracted.

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2. Never Text and Drive.

We function on a very technological level. We prefer hanging out with our virtual friends compared to interacting with people. Therefore, we are never apart from our devices, unless we are taking a bath or sleeping. Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and various other networks seems to always be a priority in our lives.

Therefore, it’s never surprising that the most common deaths resulting from accidents are due to texting. The text and drive concept began with our first mobile phone. It never ended there, as our technologies seemed to improve our everyday lives, it also became the biggest haphazard of the road.

Hence, if you’re driving make sure to keep your phones on silent or connected to a Bluetooth. A Bluetooth connector could either be an additional software with the car or a separate device attached to your ear. Google too has created voice commands, where you’re able to voice out your reply instead of texting. Practicing this doesn’t only spare your life, but it also saves the lives of others on the road. I don’t think so you would want to be the cause of another being’s death.

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3. Always Carry a Pair of Sunglasses.

The sun during the summer is our worst enemy, often times it’s too powerful for the mortal world. The heat seeps through our skin, cooking it from the inside however the worst isn’t the heat, but the glare of the sun. The bright sun can often time deprive you of your eyesight, especially while driving. This in many cases can lead into an accident, which either harms your physically and financially, or harms another person.

Therefore, the best way to prevent any of such incidents from occurring is to take proper precaution. In this case, it would be to always carry around a pair of sunglasses. There are various ranges for proper sunglasses, the best would be the UV400 rated sunglasses. This is because these kind of glasses only allows minimal amount of light penetrating through (3%-18%) and also act as amazing light reflectors. It helps you protect your eyes and gives you the necessary vision needed for driving. They  say caution is always better than consequence.

4.Never Assume Speeding Is Cool.

If you’re in Germany this summer, you’ll soon realize that there is rarely any limitation for speed on the freeway. The cars fly down the freeway in competition with Nazcar. I suppose some of the drivers might have even broken the world record. However this isn’t something to be taken lightly. In other words, it’s an unofficial death sentence on the road.

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Even though it may pain your ego or you may get classified as uncool, when faced with a challenge to speed across the freeway or any random street, please reject such ideas. It’s better than inflicting serious danger upon everyone around. Often enough, the innocent victims involved are your passengers or another user of the road.

Summer is a season to be remembered and road trips are events that create beautiful memories. Try to always stay on the safe side when you’re on the road then you will definitely have the best summer of your life without hurting anyone or yourself.

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The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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