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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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