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25 Safe Driving and Road Safety Tips for 2017

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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.

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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