How To Be A Better Driver

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Driving a car is a powerful activity. We often forget that a car is a weapon and how we choose to drive can either jeopardize our own lives or the lives of other people. Any type of issue on the roads can result in costly fines or even driving bans. So what makes a good driver and why do we get into bad driving habits as time goes on? Sticking to safety regulations and being a careful driver is certainly the main element but sometimes, things can change as we progress. We can become less aware of new regulations that are in place also. 

 

The longer we drive for, the more we develop our own habits and ways of doing things, a little how we do with anything in life. We may drive sloppily, faster on roads that seem safe and driving with one hand, texting whilst driving or even driving at night when we’re tired because it’s “convenient”. So what are the things that can go wrong with driving and how can we avoid getting the penalties that come along with it? 

 

  1. Speeding – it is not uncommon to get a speeding ticket. This can jeopardize your license if it is a repetitive act. To be more aware of your speed, ensure you regularly check, look at local maps online to see what the local speeds are in the area before you drive. Be wary of speed cameras and speed bumps and ensure you are aware that there are any crossings and schools nearby, this can be more dangerous to speed in these zones. 
  2. Check your car regularly – any type of issue with your car can cause problems on the road. If you run out of water or oil on route, you may break down or it may cause your driving to become more erratic if you are concerned about getting to your destination quickly. Checking your car regularly will really assist and improve your driving habits.
  3. Use your eyes – keeping vigilant on roads you know can become easy to forget. You probably drive the same quiet roads daily and feel you know them inside out, but you never know when something or someone could obstruct your way. It’s important to keep your vision on the road. Don’t be distracted by your phone, that is rule number one. Wear glasses if you need to or if you feel that your vision is inhibited, ensure that you get an eye test and be sure to look after your eye health so you can see what’s on the road and be able to react in time. 

 

Another important tip is to ensure that your documents, license and insurance is always to hand and that you never run out of date with any of it. If you are pulled over, you can be fined for not having the appropriate documents and this could result in further penalties. Be careful and be safe; and you can enjoy many years of happy driving! 

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Seven Tips To Recover After A Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you’ll know that recovery can take a little time. Whether you’ve been injured or are struggling with emotional distress, you need to give yourself time to recover and build up the courage to get back behind the wheel. Recovery will be different for everyone, but here are some tips to help. 

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If you have been injured in any way, remember that you may be entitled to compensation, and if your injuries have prevented you from working, you might be able to claim a social security allowance. A social security lawyer can help you to get this. 

 

  1. Follow your Doctor’s instructions. In the first few days of recovery, it’s vital that you follow the instructions and recommendations of your doctor. Throughout the recovery process, keep seeing them and follow what they tell you to avoid causing further damage to yourself or prolonging your recovery. They can give you tips for routines and exercises to help you recover faster. 
  2. Rest and stay hydrated. After a car accident, the best form of recovery for both physical and emotional stress is plenty of rest. Your body needs rest to start healing itself and to give your mind time to recover. Rest and staying hydrated lets your body produce the important healing cells it needs to repair any damage and lets it focus just on the healing, speeding up your recovery. 
  3. Exercise. Exercise can also help a healing body. Speak with your doctor to create a safe, gentle exercise routine that will build up your strength again. Never start a routine without your doctor’s agreement, and start slowly. Gentle stretching or yoga can be a good place to start. 
  4. Consider physiotherapy. This is a whole-body approach to healing. Physiotherapy combines stretches, exercise, and diet to achieve and maintain healing benefits. Ask your doctor to refer you for a consultation. 
  5. Eat healthily. By eating a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and protein, your body has the tools to start healing itself. If you’re eating well, you can boost your body’s natural healing powers, decreasing the time of recovery needed. 
  6. Give yourself plenty of time. Recovery can be very different for different people and doesn’t always go in a straight line. Try not to become frustrated if it feels like you haven’t got anywhere or are going backward. Don’t force yourself to return to your normal activities before you’re ready to do so. Pushing yourself too far too soon could mean you injure yourself further and actually end up needing even more time to recover. 
  7. Listen to your body. If you’re trying a new exercise routine or another healing tool, go slowly and keep listening to your body. If you need more rest, take it. Try to give your body what it needs to heal itself, and remember to keep listening to your doctor. 

 

The best way to heal after an accident is to be kind to yourself and give yourself time and rest to recover.

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