3 Biggest Threats To Your Safety While Driving

Learning to drive is well worth your time as it can help you get around town a lot easier. Plus, it gives you that extra sense of freedom as you don’t have to rely on anyone to give you lifts everywhere. Perhaps the biggest bonus of all is that it means you don’t have to handle public transport anymore!

But, driving can be quite dangerous, and there are many threats to your safety while you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle. I think it’s helpful to know of these threats so you can make extra sure you avoid them and keep yourself safe. So, here’s a list of the biggest threats to your safety while driving:

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Large trucks and lorries are a huge threat to your safety when you’re driving. They’re just really bulky and can obscure your view, making it really hard to drive safely. If you get stuck behind a lorry, then your driving experience is made a lot worse. You’re left with two options; put up with the slow moving traffic, or overtake them. The only problem is, it’s hard to see around the truck to know if you’re overtaking safely. Plus, the driver has a hard time seeing you and other vehicles behind you as well. All of this adds up to make trucks very dangerous while you drive.

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Motorcycles are a big threat to your safety as they’re extremely fast and can creep up on you before you know it. They’re especially dangerous when you’re turning at a junction as they can appear out of nowhere. If you speak to any motorcycle accident lawyer, they’ll tell you the majority of accidents happen at junctions when a car pulls out thinking it’s safe only to be blindsided by a speeding motorcycle. So, be aware of them on the roads and double check for them whenever you’re at a junction.

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Yes, rain is a big threat to your safety while driving. However, this is mainly because very few people know how to drive in it. When it rains, you need to slow down, take your foot off the gas, and use your brakes more vigorously. Everything you do should be more calculated and thought through. You should be braking extra early as your tires struggle to grip the wet roads. Rain just makes the driving conditions more hazardous, as well as the wet roads you also have to deal with a wet windscreen. This means you have to turn your wipers on, and it can add a distraction while you drive. Bear this in mind when you’re driving, so you adjust the way you drive when it gets wet and rainy.

By being aware of these threats, you can make an effort to be more conscious of them when you’re driving. If you see a truck or motorcycle, you start being more alert as you know you have to think more when you’re around one. Likewise, you can take greater care when you see it’s raining to avoid getting into an accident.

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Top Tips for a Summer Road Trip

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Summer is here! Which means sunny road trips with the windows down are just around the corner! Not only are they a way to save money on airfare and to have some fun-filled adventures on the road, but how else are you going to get to the mountains? Whether you’re traveling with a minivan full of kids or you’re taking a trip up the coast with your friends, here are four top tips to help ensure a road trip to remember, for the right reasons!


Bring a paper map


Before you see the dreaded “no service” pop up on your smartphone, which will keep Map Quest or Siri from getting you where you need to go, make sure to bring along a paper map or a print-out from your go-to site for directions, just in case. They may feel old fashioned, but they are reliable and don’t run out of battery in the middle of nowhere! After the trip, you can always get crafty and turn those maps into coasters or add them into scrapbooking pages.


Charge up your gadgets


We all have our must-bring gadgets for road trips, like smartphones and tablets, but don’t forget the accessories that go along with them, like a solar charger, which lets you power up your cell phone, digital camera, or iPad from wherever you are. Another must-have is a universal car inverter to keep laptops, and DVD players juiced up since they often don’t hold more than two to three hours of battery power. Also, grab a headphone splitter so two can share the audio of a DVD or audiobook.

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Don’t forget the essentials


Just because you’re away from your home and your kitchen, doesn’t mean you need to eat fast food or camp out in restaurants at meal times. Remember to bring along plates, bowls, napkins, and utensils, then taking excursions to the grocery store for food you can easily prep on your own, like sandwiches and salads. Be sure to bring a cooler, too! Even picking up oatmeal packets and cereal bars is better than snacking on donuts for breakfast at gas stations, and it’s a lot healthier and economical, too.


If you are driving through some serious heat, be sure to stock up on a tonneau cover or two to cover the seats. This means that when you get back to the car after spending an afternoon exploring, you won’t be sitting on burning chairs. Reuseable water bottles, flasks, and a camping stove are also useful when on a road trip.


Set expectations


When traveling with a group, whether beloved family members or favorite friends, communicate beforehand (in-person or on the phone) to talk about what each person wants to do and see in order to manage expectations during the trip. Arrange a pre-trip pow-wow to avoid potential tensions that may arise if one person dominates the itinerary. Also, be flexible to ensure everyone in the car has a good time and gets to do many of the things they want to along the way.

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How To Launch The Career You Always Wanted In Midlife

A job for life is a thing of the past and a lifelong career is not the reality for most people. This is hardly surprising. You choose your first career as a teenager. When you approach middle age, you are a very different person. You know more about life and have collected skills and experience along the way. You have also changed as a person. Your beliefs, values, and priorities may be very different to when you were 16 years old!

So, why stick with the same career? Thousands of people make a midlife career change each year and with the right guidance, you could join them. Here are some tips for making your midlife career change a success.

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Make the right choice

There is no point in swapping your career if you simply end up in a job that is just as bad. Take your time to investigate what you want to do. Remember, it is not just the job itself. Think about the hours that you want to work. Do you want to do shift work and work weekends?

Perhaps working from home would suit you better, especially if you have any health problems or are caring for children or an elderly relative.

Get the skills that you need

You may have the passion, the personality and the experience but do you have the skills? Mid-life is the perfect time to brush up your skills. You have some more time on your hands because your kids will be older or may have even left home. You are also more financially secure and have some spare cash to spend on courses that interest you and which may be helpful.

If you are thinking of launching a career on-line or setting up a business on the web you must get some online business skills. You will need to be able to write, market and communicate and there are plenty of courses that can help you with that.

Communication skills are vital to all careers and if you feel that you are lacking in this area there is plenty that you can do about it. If you want to know how to improve English speaking skills you can access courses that will help you with your English but will make it fun. If it has been a while since you took part in any sort of learning, this course will work for you because it makes learning fun with talking partners, movies and music.

Believe in yourself

Midlife can be a time of renewal and self-discovery but it can also be a time where you lose confidence in your own abilities. You may feel inadequate and unable to compete with younger colleagues. Don’t forget what you can bring to a role. You will have skills and experience that they cannot offer. Do not make the mistake of underestimating your soft skills. Employers value them highly and so should you.

You do not have to make this major decision in a hurry so slow down and enjoy the process. Being in-between careers is a fun time in your life and you should make the most of it!

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