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25 Safe Driving and Road Safety Tips for 2017

25 Safe Driving and Road Safety Tips for 2017

These days, it’s easy to get practically anywhere you want to go by car. With the rising popularity of navigation systems and phone apps, travel is easier than ever before. Even if you’re not driving, cycling and walking are great alternatives. However, for any travel, it’s necessary to take precautions. Below are tips to ensure safe travels from point A to B.

1. Don’t drink and drive.

One of the easiest ways to be safe on the road is to have a clear head. If you’re going to drink, have someone else take control of the driving.

2. Be well-rested.

Any kind of impaired driving can possibly lead to an accident so it’s best to prepare yourself beforehand.

3. Look both ways.

Whether you’re on foot or behind the wheel, it’s important to look out for other cars or pedestrians. Being attentive can be the difference between a near-miss and a total wreck.

4. Don’t run on “Empty.”

Running out of gas is a simple and common problem. In more rural areas or places you’re unfamiliar with, being low on gas is not a risk you want to take.

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5. Back up.

Don’t follow so closely, and leave a two-second gap in case the car in front of you slams on their brakes. Tailgating is best when it happens at a stadium, not on the highways.

6. Know your surface.

Some roads are better for driving than others. Asphalt will typically be a smoother, quieter ride.

7. Make yourself visible.

Wear bright colors during the daytime, and reflective materials (like a vest) at night so that you can’t be missed.

8. Don’t let a good conversation be distracting.

If you’re walking and talking, it’s easy to forget about where you are and step into the street. Be mindful of your surroundings.

9. Think of the little ones.

If you’re traveling with kids who are too small to sit in their own adult-sized seat, make sure that they’re buckled and secure in their baby and child seats.

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10. Slow down.

Speeding is one of the most common causes for fatal collisions. Slowing down could save a life and also save you some gas. You’ll get better mileage by going at an average speed.

11. Take a deep breath and move on.

Road rage is real and has led to numerous assaults, and even murders.

12. Use the crosswalk.

Using a crosswalk alerts drivers and cyclists that you’re going to be in the road.

13. Use your lights.

If the area you’re driving in is covered with a heavy fog, or it’s snowing or raining, turn on your fog-lights to alert the other drivers that you’re on the road.

14. Be consistent.

Don’t switch lanes randomly or stop suddenly. Surprising people while driving can lead to a collision.

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15. Take extra caution on dangerous roads

When a road has intense curves or steep drop offs, it’s best to be slow and steady.

16. Look ahead.

Look past the car in front of you to anticipate if you need to slow down or switch lanes; this will help you avoid potholes, traffic buildups, and debris.

17. Use your mirrors.

Before changing lanes or backing out of a parking spot, you need to see what’s happening around you. Your rear-view and side mirrors will help you avoid hitting anything.

18. Watch for children.

When driving in areas where there will be high numbers of children (parks, schools, near school buses, etc.) be extra mindful to drive slowly. It also helps to pay attention to the roads.

19. Go against the traffic.

If you’re out for a jog, you want to go in the direction opposite the traffic; this way, drivers will be able to see you coming and not react with surprise.

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20. Use your turn signals.

When you’re ready to make a turn off the straightaway, use your indicator to let the other drivers know which way you’re going.

21. Don’t run that light.

If a light is yellow, go ahead and slow to a stop. It might seem like you have time, but really, trying to run a red light will gain you anything from a ticket to getting hit by another car.

22. Change with the weather.

Generally, this means slowing down because of how slick roads become when it rains. Don’t use your cruise control, and stay away from the other cars in case you hydroplane.

23. Yield.

When merging, or perhaps you don’t know who has the right of way, slow to a stop to let the other car go by.

24. Focus.

We all like to multitask, but when you’re driving is not the time to be writing your boss an email.

25. Everyone thinks they’re a great driver.

Don’t rely on anyone else to brake, signal, or consider your car. Be responsible for yourself.

Featured photo credit: cocoparisienne via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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