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10 Driving Tips To Avoid Car Accidents

Even though the laws are very clear, every year the number of deaths and injuries from car accidents is still very high. One of the main reasons for this is because people are failing to buckle up when they hit the road. While the legal system is still working on getting people to put that safety belt on, why don’t we look as some practical ways to avoid accidents altogether.

1. Take Your Time

It can be very exciting to get out on that open highway this summer season, but it is best to take your time. Rather than hurrying to take to the road, take a breather and ease your way into the highway traffic. When starting from a full stop, always take the time to look both directions to make sure the way is clear before merging into traffic.

2. Focus On Your Driving

It is easy to get distracted while driving, especially if you have a car full of people. However, remember that the car is not the place to try to take care of other things. Whether it’s fixing your make-up, fussing at the kids, or adjusting the radio, it takes only a second with your eyes off the road for something to happen.

3. Get In The Right Position

When driving, don’t get in the habit of slouching behind the wheel. When your body is in the right position, you will be alert and attentive to everything that’s going on around you. The right position means you are ready to react should something happen suddenly. Your hands can control the steering wheel better, you can reach the brakes faster, and you’ll be ready to take evasive maneuvers if needed.

4. Be Prepared For Surprises

Even if you have the right-of-way, always proceed with caution. Look both ways before entering into an intersection to make sure that someone is not rushing through a yellow light. When passing semis on the high-way, always keep an eye on the big rig and position your vehicle so that the driver can see you. Never linger in their blind spot.

5. Set Your Music Before You Start Your Engine

Changing your music selection can cause you to take your mind off of what’s important causing an accident. If you find you want to change your music while driving, it is best to pull off the road and make the change than to take your eyes off of your task.

6. Make Sure All Your Mirrors Are In Good Position

Both your side mirrors and your rear-view mirror should be position so that you can see as much of the road behind you as possible. This will ensure that you are fully aware of your surroundings so you can change lanes or merge into traffic safely.

7. Keep An Eye Out For Children

Small children are not always aware of the dangers of an oncoming car. They can easily dart out in front of your car from between parked cars or down driveways. If you’re driving in a residential neighborhood, watch for stray balls, toys, and other signs that children might be playing in the area. Slow down so that you can scan the area completely as you drive.

8. Never Drink and Drive

Even if you’ve only had a small amount to drink, never get behind the wheel after drinking. If you plan to drink at a party, restaurant, or club, always bring another person along to get you back home. If you don’t have someone, take a number of someone or a service you can call. Not only can you prevent an accident that can cause a significant amount of auto body damage, you can save yourself a lot of embarrassment or worse yet, jail time.

9. Keep Vehicle Maintenance Up To Date

Many accidents are caused simply because the vehicle breaks down in a dangerous place. Worn out brakes, bald tires, or even something as simple as a tattered windshield wiper can create hazards on the road in an instant. Always make sure that your vehicle is maintained so it stays in optimum condition.

10. Respect Other Drivers

We all have to share the road so regardless of your mental or emotional state at the time, drive with respect and be courteous to other drivers. This will avoid situations of road rage or offending someone else. If you see anyone who is driving recklessly, report it to the proper authorities and let them handle it. Confronting irate drives can create much more hazards that could jeopardize the lives of other drivers as well.

When you drive safely, your eyes are constantly on the look-out for potential hazards. This will allow you to not only keep yourself safe, but it will also contribute to safe road conditions for everyone.

LifeScale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life

The book is a solution to the crisis for everyone – men, women, parents, and children — dealing with digital distraction which aims to solve the effects of digital addiction by helping us rebuild the strength to focus, learn and grow through each chapter. One of the original oracles of Silicon Valley, Brian is a world-renowned keynote speaker and has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helped launch hundreds of start-ups and advised celebrity entrepreneurs from Shaquille O’Neal to Ashton Kutcher to Oprah!

Did you know…

The constant stimulation of tech is rewiring our brains, altering body chemistry and affecting our productivity, health, and wellness?

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other popular apps/games were deliberately designed to change our behaviors (it’s called persuasive design).
  • On average it takes 23 minutes to regain focus every time you pull away from a project to check your phone or twitter feed.
  • 36% of Millennials and Gen Z employees say they spend two hours or more checking their smartphones for personal activities during the workday.
  • Digital distractions cost the U.S. economy $997 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • Multitasking, the way most Americans “get things done,” actually reduces productivity by 40% and lowers IQ scores.
  • Social Media is damaging our teens. The more time they spend on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, suffer low self-esteem and compare themselves negatively to their peers. 50+% prefer texting to talking!

This list goes on…

Today, most people are living with persistent distraction because it’s just a fact of life now. But, like cigarettes, which were originally endorsed by doctors, many of the devices and social networks we use were designed to be addictive. It’s time for a holistic approach to putting digital distractions in their place.

More than an Author, A Digital Distraction Survivor…

Brian is a bit of a Silicon Valley legend who helped advise more than 1,000 startups as well as researching technology’s evolving effects on markets and behaviors. He’s not coming at this topic as an expert in self-help. He’s an admitted victim who confronted his own loss of focus and productivity before writing this book.

In LifeScale, Brian shares:

  • The straight dope on how the tech industry got us addicted and keeps us addicted to Facebook, gaming and more.
  • His own challenges with distraction and ineffective multitasking and explores his journey to find short-term hacks and then long-term solutions to solve this problem.
  • Maps out a plan all of us can use to regain focus and creativity while learning to use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, emails and all those apps on our smartphones as tools that enhance our lives instead of dominating them.

Order book here

Work Productivity

How to Be More Productive at Work in 2018

If you’re surfing the internet looking for ways to be more productive (which led you to this article), chances are you did not finish all the tasks you were planning on yesterday. Or the day before. Or the day before. In some cases, there is just too much work to finish it all. But if you’re spending time on the internet right now, chances are time is not the issue, but productivity.

True, productivity is not something you can pull out of a hat and everyone is prone to productivity slumps once every so often. But there are ways you can get back in the game and make sure you stay as productive as possible.

We’ve compiled a list of the best productivity hacks to help you get excited about work again.

Create a To-Do List Ahead of Every Day

The productivity to time ratio is what often gets us in trouble in the first place. But even if you’re as productive as can be, if you don’t plan your tasks and create a schedule to follow you’ll likely get too swarmed with duties to actually do any of them right.

Just going through all your tasks can take hours, which is why productive people know planning ahead is key. Analyze all the tasks you have and estimate how long finishing them is going to take, then create a to-do list with all the tasks, deadlines and agenda.

Apps like Blink the Bee can even show you reminders every morning before getting down to business.

Split Your Time into Blocks

If you split your workday into blocks and assign them to particular tasks you will be much more effective. Your blocks should range from 15 minutes to an hour. You can take several blocks for one task if needed. For example, start your day with a half-an-hour-long block reserved for checking emails and communicating with clients.

Try to Avoid Distractions

Distractions come in many shapes and levels of annoyance: from coworker chats to ringing cellphones to outdoor noises and that Facebook account you keep open in the next tab. To make sure you eliminate these productivity killers, make sure you close all social media accounts in your browser, switch your phone to silent and disable any notifications that might be distracting you. Of course, no one is immune to checking their Facebook once in a while, which is why you should add a couple of those time blocks dedicated to checking your social media, making phone calls and answering messages.

Avoid Multitasking

Multitasking is so 2016! What once was believed to be the trait of champions is now considered a major distraction. Multitasking can help you tackle many duties at once, but with so many things on your hands at the same time, your productivity can only be spread so thin.

Instead, focus on doing one task at a time and give every task the attention it deserves. You’ll be more productive and finish your work faster.

Make Sure You Have the Necessary Tools

Your employer should supply you with everything you need to do your job unhindered: a proper desk, an ergonomic chair as well as any office supplies you may need. Make sure you also have the software you need installed so you won’t have to deal with that in the middle of work. A professional and well-equipped workplace can make all the difference when it comes to productivity.