5 Ways To Be More Vigilant When You’re Driving

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You may never have realized it before, but you may have been in a few risky situations on the roads. That’s the thing about driving. It’s something that we see as so normal, yet it’s incredibly dangerous. So many people are afraid of flying but they’re fine on the roads. Granted, this may be more to do with space or control issues, but flying is statistically safer than driving is! However, as we all tend to drive everyday, we just don’t see it as a risk. With erratic drivers, drunk drivers, and even nature, there are so many risks on the roads each day, but we don’t always know that they’re there. But this is why we all need to learn to be more vigilant.

  1. Slow Down

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re always driving at the correct speeds. Do you honestly check the speed that you’re driving at when the zones change? Or do you just tend to assume that you’re driving at the right speed? When this is the case, you may find that actually, you’re speeding. Just a little over the limit may not feel that bad, but limits are limits for a reason. You’ll want to look into this link to find out how you can stay safe on the roads, in the simplest of ways. When you can make that commitment, you’ll know you’re doing your bit to be more vigilant.

  1. Lower The Music

If you drive around with loud music, you may be distracted. This may not be something that you’re all that aware of. Maybe you don’t think your music is loud. But if you can’t hear the emergency services, or you’re getting distracted by singing along or even doing some kind of front seat dance, then you’ll want to turn it down. Anything you can do to keep your focus and drive mindfully is important.

  1. Don’t Argue

Ever got into an argument in the car? It’s pretty scary, right? You’re trying to drive and pay attention to the roads but your kids are acting up and attacking each other in the backseat or your spouse has launched a world war three attack on you and suddenly, your attention is elsewhere. So the lesson? Just don’t argue.

  1. Avoid Driving When Tired

You might say that you have to drive, because you need to get to work on somewhere else, but if you’re too tired, it’s just too much of a risk. Yes, you can seek advice with this link if something should happen, but isn’t it best to just stay safe in the first place? So get enough rest before you hit the roads, just to make sure you’re more alert.

  1. Be Present

Finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re present. Ever get home from work and wonder what happened on the drive? When your mind is elsewhere, you’re not really vigilant. So forget about that thing on your mind and focus on the roads. It could be a matter of life or death.

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Put Road Rage in the Rear-View Mirror

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One of the biggest causes of car accidents is road rage. It can lead you into making all sorts of irrational decisions which you wouldn’t normally make. It can also make other road users into your competitors instead of working alongside one another to prevent accidents. In fact, it has been estimated that overly aggressive driving accounts for one-third of traffic accidents out on the roads. So, if you feel like it is time to deal with your road rage problem, this article will aim to give you a bit of advice that helps you to be a little calmer.

Get Enough Sleep

Many accidents occur during rush hour in the morning as people are trying to get into work. One of the factors which is contributing towards this is tiredness, so make sure that you are getting the eight hours of sleep that you need on a nightly basis. Feelings of annoyance, resentment, and anger are much more likely when you are tired. Another major cause of car accidents is falling asleep at the wheel, so this gives you another reason why you should get your shut-eye before driving.

Plan Ahead

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When you are in a rush to get somewhere, you are much more likely to become frustrated with other road users. Not only this, you are likely to end up driving faster than you need to. Add at least a few minutes onto your expected journey time and you can feel a little calmer. You can also get some traffic updates before your head out so that you know whether or not you need to add even more time. And you should also check the route so that you are less likely to get lost and add to your feelings of tension and anxiety.

Turn Down the Music

The type of music that you listen to has been shown to impact your driving habits. So, if you are a regular listener of heavy dance music, rock or something similar, it may be time to switch to something a little more calming. Classical jazz is a genre that has been shown to reduce stress, so this is one that you could try out. Otherwise, you could try listening to something a little more intellectually stimulating like an audiobook or podcast.

Give Yourself a Break

If you are on a long road trip, it is important that you take the time to give yourself a break. Ideally, you should be able to stretch your legs and get a bit of fresh air. If you are cooped up in your car for hours on end because of a traffic jam, you can at least roll the window down to get the breeze on your face. If you feel like someone has wronged you on the road, try some breathing exercises to calm down again.

Don’t Take it Personally

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The problem with many people who suffer from road rage is that they take every single negative thing that happens on the road as a personal attack. It could be a simple mistake in cutting you off or causing you to have to break suddenly. If you take to get your revenge on the other road user, this is only likely to result in further problems and nobody is going to end up as the ‘winner’. If you do find yourself in an accident, you could visit this website. Remember, you can’t control what other road users are doing; you can only manage yourself.

Stop Tailgating

Tailgating is a bad habit which is ultimately not going to get you to your destination a huge amount quicker. Not only this, you are putting yourself at the mercy of the car directly in front of you. If they suddenly slam on the brakes, you have almost no time to stop yourself ploughing into the back of them. And when it comes to claiming on insurance, this is going to go down as your fault. So, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination to reduce the temptation to drive in a dangerous manner to arrive on time.

Relax Your Grip and Use Cruise Control

When you are feeling stressed out about driving or in a rush, you tend to grip the steering wheel too tightly. In turn, this can make you feel even more stressed and anxious. Wiggle your fingers from time to time and try to practice a more relaxed grip to alleviate this problem. If your vehicle has cruise control and the conditions allow you to use it. This can end up being a great way to give your right leg a break and, in turn, bring a sense of calm to your whole body.

Keep Your Car Clean and Tidy

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Whether you are aware of it or not, clutter can end up adding to your feelings of stress. So, make sure that you take the time to get rid of any debris which is inside your car. You should also make sure that you keep the exterior of the car clean, and, in particular, the windshield. Poor visibility can lead you getting into dangerous situations on the road and this isn’t going to do your road rage any good whatsoever.

Spend Less Time on the Road

You can’t get road rage when you are not driving! So, you should aim to reduce your time on the road where possible. Perhaps you could walk or cycle more often and only use the car for long journeys. Maybe you could spend less time commuting by working from home more often. Ultimately, if you know that you have a problem, practicing avoidance may be your best course of action.

So, there we have just a few of the ways that you reduce feelings of road rage. Since you can’t control the driving habits of other people, it all comes back to you. But managing your feelings of stress to make yourself a better driver is certainly something which is worth doing.

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When Lane Switching Becomes More Than A Hazard

When the car first came on the scene, it looked like some kind of contraption out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All the levers, pedals and other gizmos needed to be worked just to get it to go forward a few mph. But as cars got faster, roads and streets were simply obsolete for mass and far distance travel. Just as revolutionary as the machines that would use its network, the highway system came into being. Highways allow us all to move across the country at our own leisure. We can cover huge distances in just a day and all because of the multiple lanes and wide highways. The only thing that impedes us from making large leaps in a single bound, are other drivers. We’ve all been in that one traffic jam that makes us wish we took the train but that’s not the only thing that inhibits us. Horrible drivers that don’t know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it or even where they’re going are extremely dangerous on highways. Einstein’s law of mass and momentum have rule over the highways so when all cars are going fast, a slight hazard can quickly become a devastating crash.

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Impatience causes dives

In 2015 alone, Americans drove 3 trillion miles. At least half of that is done on highways as the long stretches devour the distances up. It takes a lot of cars to achieve that kind of staggering mileage. The highways are getting more and more packed full of cars and that’s because the middle class has increased in size. More people have cars but the more drivers on the highways will mean a decline in the quality of drivers. Experienced drivers know the swings and roundabouts regarding highway culture. There’s a certain way to do thing but less experienced drivers may feel intimidated by the speed or simply not know the culture of the highway. Most people know not to cut off a car that’s behind. A vehicle that has been in one specific lane for a long time since you saw them is most likely set in their way and they don’t plan on making any irrational moves. Impatience to get to where you’re going causes, idiotic drivers, to dive into spaces that put others in danger. If you can spot a driver looking from side to side in his or her mirrors constantly or make strange steering adjustment, it’s far better to let them on their way. Give them a gap that’s safe and let them on ahead rather than having them drive behind or beside you.

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Brake checking

Lane switching is the number one cause of road rage on America’s highways. It’s also the top cause of moronic drivers break checking the car they believe is doing them a disservice. Perhaps they think you’re going too slow or cutting into their lane when they were trying to speed on through traffic. These kinds of people are literally putting your and their own life in danger when they brake check you. Getting in front of your car and slamming on the brakes then quickly releasing them, suddenly brings that car closer at a very fast closing distance. The natural reaction is to slam on your brakes and avoid the collision. However when you do all the weight and momentum of your car transfers onto your front wheels and this causes oversteer. The backend of your car spins you around and you can end up rolling your car. Suddenly lane switchers become more than a hazard when you’re severely injured. Thankfully a team like seriouslawyers.com can prove your case for you. Since you were the car behind technically it looks as if you are in the wrong and the car in front with not a scratch on it, is free of all blame. Tough in negotiation and seasoned in litigation, this legal team solely focuses on personal injury cases. They have a wealth of experience behind them which is why they fight to win not to settle. Lane switchers cause more harm to others without causing damage to themselves because they don’t care about their own safety or damage to their own car while drivers trying to avoid them do. They force you to take drastic action and make maneuvers that cause you to get hurt.

Don’t you just hate it when you have to share the highway with an obviously emotionally unstable driver? It’s almost as if a wild animal has been let loose from the zoo. They can cause you to crash and become seriously injured while they ride off into the sunset like they are innocent. Avoid them if you can, and prosecute them if you can’t.

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3 Things All Drivers Should Ask Of Their Passengers

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In TV shows and movies, drivers and passengers have a tendency to chat to one another throughout the journey. You could be forgiven for forgetting that the driver is in charge of half a ton of metal; everyone is talking, making jokes, even throwing things around the car interior as the journey progresses.

Reality is very different. The behavior as mentioned above would likely result in a crash if anyone tried to do it in real life. It’s great to enjoy traveling in a car with your friends and family, but the need to be safe is far more important than having fun. You — as the driver — have to set the tone for how people behave when in your vehicle. While it’s fine to enjoy one another’s company, ultimately, your passengers need to behave in a way that lets you focus on actually driving the car.

To achieve this, you have to set a few ground rules that all of your passengers agree to obey. Here are a few suggestions that should help ensure you have a pleasant, safe journey every time you’re traveling with passengers…

1) Assistance when navigating

Even if you’re following a GPS, there may be times when things don’t go to plan, and old-school navigation is required. However, as the driver, you should not be navigating— you need to focus on the road. If navigation is required, then one of the other passengers needs to accept they must perform this role.

It’s always worth establishing who among the passengers will navigate before the journey begins. Having a designated navigator is incredibly useful should something go wrong, and helps to ensure you’ll be back on the right track as quickly as possible.

2) Keep conversation to a minimum in urban areas

It’s nice to be able to talk to your passengers; that’s a given. However, there are times when your passengers have to understand that you just can’t talk— because you need to focus on the road. As a general rule, introduce the idea that chit-chat should be kept to a minimum when you’re driving through built-up urban areas.

If someone does try to talk when you’re in such a location, gently point out that you need to monitor both your own driving and the driving of others around you. The last thing you need is for your concentration to slip; if this happens, injury and needing to file a car accident claim could be in your future, as you didn’t have the chance to take evasive action when a fellow driver made a mistake.

3) Take care of the trash

Here, we’re going to assume that you’re also the owner of the vehicle. If this is the case, then asking your passengers to respect the interior of your vehicle is the least you should expect. You can even make it easy for your passengers to adhere to this rule; place a few bags to be used as trash receptacles throughout the vehicle, or give one of these popular hacks a try.

In conclusion

By insisting on these rules being followed, you will be free to focus on the road and ensure everyone in the car gets from A to B safely— which, ultimately, is what it’s all about!

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6 Ways That Speeding Can Land You in Major Hot Water

You have seen those awful stories in the news about people driving recklessly and getting involved in major car incidents. You never want to be one of those people and you always need to protect yourself when driving. Being in a car puts you at risk every single day, so you need to know how to handle yourself, especially if you are carrying passengers with you. Here are six eventualities that you could experience if you choose to speed when driving.

  1. Accidents

One of the main implications from driving over the speed limit is an accidents; whether you are involved in a minor bump, a serious rollover accident or a vigorous crash, you don’t want to put yourself or anybody else through this. If you cause an accident you will need to seek out a lawyer to represent you and you might also need to pay more on your car insurance.

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  1. Fatalities

Your reckless speeding could cause somebody to lose their life. You know that when you get behind the wheel everyday it isn’t your intention to hurt anybody. However, if you let your foot go too heavy on the pedal you might just cause an incident that could change your life forever.

  1. Expenses

From buying a new car to legal expenses, speeding could end up costing you a tonne of money. If you aren’t prepared to dip into your savings then you might want to stick to the limit and be safe. You could be paying out for hefty insurance claims, pricey damages and long term legal bills. Now do you want to go over the speed limit?

  1. Revoked Licence

If you are caught speeding numerous times or you go over the limit and cause havoc on the roads, you might face getting your driving licence confiscated. Your right to drive could be taken away from you in an instant, so think about that before you even think about speeding down that highway.

  1. Your Job

Perhaps your career depends on you having a clean driving licence free of points or tickets. If you speed and get caught by the authorities they will be obliged to tell your employer. People are losing their jobs everyday for speeding and this will have a huge impact on their lives. Losing your job is one of the biggest implications of going to fast on the road, so if you want to remain in your current career position you might want to be a little more sensible.

  1. Time

Speeding for a couple of seconds could end up costing you years of your time. You will need to be on the phone to lawyers, attending court and even serving jail sentences. Your time will be taken away from you and you will be made to spend it doing things you had never imagined.

Going over the speed limit is simply not worth it; you risk losing your career, licence and even people’s lives. Being a safe driver is something you should always strive to be, so don’t let speeding ruin your life.

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One Day At A Time: Learning To Cope After A Traumatic Incident

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A traumatic event can cause a lot of conflicting emotions. We can all go through something incredibly stressful in our lives, but when it comes to an incident that is incredibly traumatic, like a car crash, we can feel incredibly unsettled, and struggle to reconcile our thoughts and feelings after the incident. If anybody has gone through something like this and is having difficulty coping, are there any practical, yet purposeful, hints and tips to help you through?

Accept Your Emotions

It can be very difficult to accept these various emotions. Guilt, anger, and shock are all common reactions to a traumatic incident. We are all different, and regardless of the situation, which might not feel traumatic for someone else, but can be for you, you need to work through it in your own way. Giving yourself time to work through what you’re feeling will help in the long run, but you need to be accepting that these emotions are there in the first place, rather than avoiding them. Only then will you look at ways to become more resilient and learn how you can cope with these thoughts and feelings.

Turn Your Feelings Into Something Productive

These sorts of emotions can result in you wanting to withdraw from friends and family, but if you feel like this, becoming more engaged with loved ones can be one of the tricks to helping yourself through an incident that was incredibly traumatic. The topic of closure is something that we all have our own opinions of, and some people don’t believe in it. There are so many ways to achieve closure, and it depends on your own moral compass. There are those people who seek to find an attorney so they can take legal action against the perpetrator who put them in this situation. But there are others who would rather not go down this route, arguably, because it can be quite protracted, causing them to relive the moment again and again. It is important to continue to be productive and turn these thoughts and feelings into something that can help you progress in the right direction.

Understand These Things Take Time

And once you’ve started to make the necessary steps in the right direction, there can be a sense of frustration, because you’re not improving or healing as quickly as you’d like. But we are all different, these things take time, and you need to work through it akin to your own strengths, mentally or physically. Some people can pass comment that you are still wallowing in this, but if you are working at getting better, you are not staying stuck in this emotion. And regardless what other people might think, forget about them! If people feel like you should be over it by now, they are clearly not worth your time or effort.

After a traumatic incident, learning to cope can be a timely process. But we all process things in a different way, and so, if you are trying to think of the best way to improve after something has had a major impact on your life, as long as you are making a concerted effort, then you are going in the right direction.

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Essential Features For Your Online Fashion Store

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Should your love for fashion extend into running an online fashion retail store, there are a few features we think are essential for your business website. Follow our advice today, and you will beat your nearest rivals. After all, the fashion world is a cutthroat one!

  • When thinking about creating a website, ensure you use a solid and trusted e-commerce platform to give your store the reliability and security it needs. We recommend Shopify, due to the many customisable tools on offer, but there are other platforms available. Customer experience is vital, and if you choose an unreliable platform, you will lose the respect and custom from the people who matter the most.

 

  • Your site probably gets hundreds (or more) visitors a day, but it can be hard to keep track of them if they don’t make a purchase or use any of your call-to-action features (such as filling out a customer survey). You can alleviate the problem with this cost-effective B2B sales tool, helping you track down previously anonymous visitors, and giving you the tools to analyse why they didn’t make their way over to the shopping basket.

 

  • You need to catch your visitor’s eye with high-resolution photographs that perfectly capture the fashion you have for sale, as well as our virtual changing room ideas to give your potential customers an insight into how those outfits may look on them. If your flair with a camera isn’t up to scratch, it’s worth hiring a professional photographer (especially one with fashion experience) to take pictures on your behalf. Consider the use of video as well, with models strutting their stuff wearing the fashion you have on sale.

 

  • Include a ‘recommended’ feature, pointing out which items of your clothing works well with the other items you have for sale. A specific dress may look great with a certain pair of shoes, for example. Our platform of choice, Shopify, has the tools to do just that, and this nifty feature is a guaranteed way to make your shoppers spend more of their hard-earned cash at your store.

 

  • You know the fashion you have for sale rocks, but those people who have never used your site before may not be so sure. The best way to prove this is with reviews and testimonials. Ask previous customers for feedback, and ask for their permission to display their positive words on your website. Who knows, your customers might also agree to share pictures or videos of themselves wearing your store’s fashionable items.

 

  • This is common sense, but you do need to include size guides against every item you have for sale. Remember too, that you may have international customers. Sizing guides differ across different regions, so do your homework and ensure your visitors have the right information before they make a purchase. There will be less need for returns and complaints if you do.

These are just some of the features we think you need for your online fashion store. In your research, check out other websites as well, as they will give you some inspiration to better tailor your store to your would-be customers. We hope you found our tips useful, but let us know if you have any other advice for any of our entrepreneurial readers.

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