According to the NSC, ‘In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people (in the USA) lost their lives to car crashes.’ While these stats are tragic and concerning, the number of car accident fatalities has declined by 2% since 2018 and by 4% since 2017.
Modern cars have many safety features available, and so when you’re looking for your next motor, it’s useful to be aware of the best features to look out for.
1 . Lane Departure Warning
A LDW alerts the driver if the car is moving away from the correct lane. Certain lane departure settings will respond to the problem by steering, or by helping to center your vehicle. A Lane Departure Warning works with a camera that is positioned close to the rearview mirror. This camera monitors the lane markings on the road and helps you to remain in the right position.
2. Forward Collision Alert
A Forward Collision Alert functions by monitoring a potential accident and then alerting the driver. The FCA tracks the speed of the vehicle in front and the speed of your own vehicle. The system can measure the distance between the vehicles and alert the driver if necessary. This technology uses sensors which track cars that are stationary or moving. The driver is provided a warning using an audio or visual alert. Some FCA monitors can also monitor the presence of pedestrians.
3. Blind-spot warning
A Blind Spot Warning works by using cameras or a radar. The BSW system warns the driver when a car is approaching in the blind spot. Some systems have an audio alert if the driver continues to move over, or indicates. The most advanced Blind Spot Warning Systems can steer or brake automatically, to keep the car in the centre of the lane.
4. Automatic Emergency Brakes
Automatic emergency brakes work by turning on the brakes when the vehicle detects that a collision is imminent. The AE brake system provides an alert, and if the driver does not intervene the auto brakes step in. Automatic braking systems combine both a camera and radar sensors. To improve your safety while driving, an AE brake system is the way to go.
5. Tire-Pressure Monitors
It’s important to have a tire pressure monitor for your vehicle, many cars will already have these features and you can also buy tire pressure apps. When your tires are underinflated this can be unsafe. It can also mean that you use up more fuel than necessary. Apps for tire pressure include SensAiry or FOBO Tire. For an extra safety boost it’s also a good move to use a dash cam in your car. A dash cam can help you provide evidence in the event of a collision. It’s not nice to think about being in an accident but the fact is it’s a possibility. There is a collision every 3.7 minutes in South Carolina alone.
As technology becomes more advanced car safety features are improving all the time. To improve your safety on the roads it can be beneficial to take a defensive drivers course. These courses help you to anticipate the actions of other drivers in order to keep yourself safe.
The Quarantine Diary
I believe things happen for a reason, but there are some instances, where I want to question the universe for doing certain things. Like the time my fifth-grade teacher made a comment in front of the whole class, on how similar my laugh was to the Disney character Goofy. I can still remember the feeling of wanting my desk to have a mouth and swallow me whole—to escape from the explosion of laughter that erupted from my classmates. Instead, I had to kindly play along like it was funny. What did I gain from that? I don’t know—I’m still waiting for a reply.
While the sober part of him is a good provider and a hard-working man, the alcoholic dependent side of him is verbally and emotionally abusive towards us—his own family.
If I do the interview here at home, I know I would be either interrupted by one of the five other people in the apartment, not to mention two yapping dogs on the side. With my luck, I wouldn’t get two words in without someone yelling out something like, “Someone take out the gremlins!” Or “It’s my turn to play with the PS4!”. There are also surprise visits from my older cousins, stopping by for a free hot meal and giving us a free slap of criticism on how much we need to work on our apartment and our family, before heading home to their wives and children.
My mother doesn’t see that. She is refusing to see that there’s anything wrong with this or the situation we live in. So I rather keep my mouth shut and let her yell out all her frustrations on to me.
I think my mom is still in love with my dad’s sweeter side. The man that used to hold her hand and write love poems to her. Every time she mentions stories of them together back in Colombia, I can see why she is on the defensive when I talk about his “one” major flaw. She misses him.
I still believe everything happens for a reason.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are. What matters is that you are taking care of your body. After all, if you’re not in full health, you’ll struggle to do all of your everyday things in life. The good news is that you can take a few simple steps to stay fit and healthy.
With that in mind, you’ll find a checklist of five essential must-do things here on this page.
Here’s what you need to know (and do):
1. Do some daily exercise
Okay, no-one is saying that you need to pay for a gym pass and spend most of your free time on cross-trainers. However, what you should do is some form of daily exercise, even if it’s just taking your dog for a walk around the block twice a day!
You should also do some pelvic floor muscle exercises to help prevent problems such as incontinence or constipation in later life, especially after childbirth. Take a look at Pelvic Floor Pro for some inspiration and advice on that subject.
2. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Even if you’re a meat-eater, you should still be consuming plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. There’s a stack of scientific evidence to prove how beneficial they are to your health. Plus, they are useful at helping you to keep your weight down to a manageable level.
And are you someone that often snacks on things a lot to keep yourself going through the day? If so, consider swapping those unhealthy snacks for fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, and pears. Check out this article from Healthline about the best fruits to eat!
3. Kick the negativity out of your life
The trouble with being around people that have a negative impact on your life is that you’ll soon feel negative about everything too. Negativity can also have a direct influence on the state of your physical well-being and mental health.
Here are some ways to kick the negativity out of your life:
4. Be thankful for what you’ve got
All too often, people focus on the things they haven’t got and seldom think about what they already have in their possession. For example, someone might feel down about not having the latest trendy shoes. But, they aren’t thankful they have a wardrobe full of clothing.
Those same people might seemingly forget about other things they should be grateful for in their lives, such as having a roof over their heads or a loving and supportive family. Being thankful for what you’ve got will help you lead a more fulfilling and happy life.
5. Have an annual medical exam
Last but not least, it’s important you make an appointment with your doctor each year to check the state of your health. That way you can tackle any hidden or concerning health issues at an early stage before they get any worse.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post. Stay safe!
My Days During Quarantine
But that is not the least of my worries, my husband is a Police Officer and is provided with very few protective equipment.
returning to work for another week of 12-hour shifts. I know he is very exhausted, I can see it in his expression.
Even though we follow protocol, there is always anguish and fear. Like so many, we only want this to end soon.
Tragically, many that suffer from Lyme are used to being told that their problems are ‘all in their head.’ Of course, this can be a very frustrating and devaluing experience, especially when, in fact, Lyme disease is a physical condition that comes with a clinical diagnosis. The good news is that getting educated on the subject can really help. Both in terms of getting a diagnosis and proper treatment. Therefore if you suspect you or someone you love may be suffering from Lyme disease, keep reading for a comprehensive guide on the condition.
Contracting Lyme Disease
People get Lyme by being bitten by ticks. These ticks will have fed off other wild animals, such as deer. Which are known to have the bacteria that carry Lyme in their blood. The bacterium is then transferred to humans through the tick bite.
However, not all ticks carry Lyme, so even if you have been bitten, you may not contract the disease. Additionally, the likelihood of getting Lyme from a tick increases the longer that it is attached to your body. That means if you can safely remove the tick as quickly as possible, you can significantly reduce your chances of getting this often debilitating condition.
One of the first things you need to know about Lyme disease are the symptoms. Unfortunately, even at this initial stage, sufferers can run into some significant problems. The reason being there are so many symptoms that can present when someone has this disease. A situation that occurs because the bacteria Lyme Borreliosis impacts on the immune system of the sufferer so much, it can seem as if they have an autoimmune disease. Both to the untrained and the professional eye.
In fact, over the long term, symptoms of Lyme may range from severe neurological conditions such as inflammation of the nerves, cranial nerves, or brain. (Meningitis) To less critical but still life-impacting issues such as incontinence, fatigue, tinnitus, and vertigo.
Joint inflammation and arthritis type symptoms, particularly in the knees, are also very typical of Lyme. Especially if it has gone untreated for a long time. Additionally, nervous system symptoms are also common with Lyme disease. These can include things such as poor focus, dyslexia, and memory loss. Along with headaches, seizures, and neuralgia.
Psychological symptoms are also often present, including depression and anxiety. Still also more specific conditions such as ADHS, OCD, and mood lability as well as many others. Of course, not every patient will present all these symptoms at one time. There are also many more that can be attributed to Lyme, which you can read about in more detail here.
However, while there are a vast range of symptoms that sufferers can struggle with, there are a few acute signs that often point medical professionals in the direction of Lyme.
One of these is a rash, which is quite distinctive in many cases. It is often known as a bull's eye rash, one that has a raised red welt at the center surrounded by paler skin with a red circumference. This is the rash that is created on the site of the tick bite. The latter being the critical course of transmission of the Lyme bacteria into the human body.
Along with the rash, sufferers also report flu-like symptoms such as headaches, fevers. Some people in the early stages of Lyme disease will also have facial palsy. This is when one side of the face drops and becomes paralyzed for a few days.
The sad thing about suffering from Lyme disease is that while the symptoms can be hugely debilitating, patients are not always taken seriously. This is because the symptoms may look like many other diseases. Also, in some cases, when investigations are performed, and no biological reason is found, patients can be accused of hypochondria. That it is all in their heads!
This is because currently, there is no single test that can be used to detect Lyme disease in a person's system. Although it is worth noting that if you have the rash described above, heading to the doctors, or taking a picture of this to show as evidence can be very helpful indeed.
Other factors that medical professionals will look for when considering this diagnosis include a patient's history. It is also likely that they will ask you about the likelihood of exposure to ticks, as well as the other symptoms you have experienced. Additionally, your medical provider will question you about how you have responded to treatment like antibiotics in the past.
Also, do bear in mind that some blood tests can be helpful when diagnosing Lyme disease. However, on their own, they are not a reliable indicator of the condition. Therefore, they should only ever be used as part of a more holistic approach.
A more standard approach to treating Lyme disease is to prescribe a high dose antibiotic. However, the results of this treatment are variable. In fact, there has been some research that shows things like biofilms can shelter the disease in the body. Something that makes any antibiotic treatment much less effective.
The good news is that there are now clinics that offer biofilm eradication for those suffering from Lyme disease. Something that may help to make any further antibiotic treatment you receive much more long-lasting and productive.
What to do if you suspect you have Lyme?
The first thing to do is to seek help immediately. In fact, where possible, get to the doctors while you are showing the initial symptoms. Such as the rash, fever, and palsy. Something that can make it much easier to get a diagnosis and, therefore, the treatments you will need.
However, even if you are not showing the acute symptoms of a tick bite, getting to see a medical professional can make all the difference.
Where possible, ask to be referred to an infectious disease or immunotherapy specialist to discuss your particular symptoms with them.
In fact, professionals working within this specialism will be used to dealing with cases of suspected Lyme. Therefore they are the best people to guide you through the diagnosis and treatment process.
Is there a career path to follow?
Are you applying for the right reasons?
We choose our degrees for all manner of reasons, and not all of them are good. Ultimately, given that you’ll be the one taking this life path/sitting in those lectures, the only valid reason for choosing a course is because you want to. If perhaps you’re taking something because your parents want you to or your friends are, then you should think again. After all, this is the time to come into your own. Don’t let other people’s reasoning sway you off-course.
Are you really ready?
Ask yourself, too, whether you’re truly ready. Often, we treat college as just another of those milestones to tick off the list, but the truth is that you can return to higher-education at any time. Think, then, whether you’re truly ready to commit to four or more years of study straight after high school, or whether you’d prefer to get an in-between job. You can always tackle college in a year or longer if you wanted. And, taking this breather could be just the thing to see you standing the test of college life better than if you signed straight up.
Growing older can be both fun and difficult – and yes, it’s something everyone goes through. Adulthood comes with a range of different challenges, no matter where you’re located in the world.
Of course, everyone is different. But there are typical milestones that tend to occur as you come to the end of high school and the years following it.
Which is why it’s good to be prepared and to think about them.
Here are some of the myths surrounding pregnancy that you definitely should not buy into.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key fallacies around pregnancy. Remember, it’s easy to assume that everyone is going to experience the same thing as they pass through the stages of pregnancy, but this is not the case. There will be significant differences and an experience like this can be completely unique for the person. Your first decision will always be whether you want to proceed and once you have made this decision you can look forward to a truly incredible nine months before the rest of your life begins.
I had some food but not enough.
A week later, I needed to buy food and I have to admit, I was very afraid. I didn't have a mask or gloves. So I took my bottle of alcohol and some tissues and went to the supermarket.
We can only stop this together.
Let’s take a look.
Distraction is perfectly fine… in small doses
First of all, it bears mentioning that a distraction isn’t in and of itself a bad thing. Since the 1970s the Hollywood blockbuster has been a precision engineered to distract us from our woes. Heck, it’s arguable that the reason the first Star Wars was so successful is because it created a welcome distraction from the politically tumultuous landscape of that time. Successful movies of the time prior to George Lucas’ space opera had mostly been gritty cop dramas or disaster flicks which leaned into the inequity and uncertainty of life in contemporary America. Star Wars offered audiences a chance to escape from their woes in a galaxy far, far away.
With this in mind, we can see the value of distraction in small doses. Movies and TV shows can give us a narrative vacation that allows us to escape our problems both internal and external. Star Wars alone has saved more than its share of lives. However, we need to consider distraction the lifestyle equivalent of a delicious chocolate cake. It should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet of activities.
Just how chill is Netflix and chill?
The streaming age has brought huge volumes of content to our homes. We now have access to more movies and TV shows than we can shake a remote control at. In the current climate, it’s clear to see how such services might seem like the answer to our prayers.
However, going back to the chocolate cake analogy, it’s easy to see why a diet that consists only of large quantities of chocolate cake might not be conducive to our mental health. Netflix and chill might actually leave us feeling less than chilled in the long term.
Psychologists and health professionals of all kinds have warned against the dangers of binge watching media. It has been linked to lack of sleep and / or poor quality of sleep, insomnia and potential exacerbation of existing issues like depression and anxiety. Thus, our savior in these uncertain times might prove harmful to us if we don’t monitor our relationship with it.
Furthermore, too much streaming can put more stress on your home network and create bandwidth issues for spouses or family members working from home. Perhaps relying more on physical media will allow us to find a happy medium. When we rely on physical discs for our media, it’s much easier to track our consumption as we move from one disc to another. We also have a reason to get up and out of our seats to change discs. We can also use this as the impetus to take a stretch, go for a walk, make a drink or fix a snack for our loved ones. The picture quality’s better too!
You bet your bottom dollar
In an era where you can bet on everything from the outcome of “virtual sports” to which are the most arrested celebrities online, online casinos and gaming sites can be a fun outlet. So long as we treat them responsibly, of course. Put in its proper context, using a gambling site can be the fun equivalent of treating yourself to a night at a casino after a hard day’s work. Some even have a social networking element so you can make new friends and meet existing friends online as you try your luck at different games together. And who can deny the thrill of a win at a time when every single penny helps.
Of course, it’s also vital that you gamble responsibly online. The euphoria you feel after a win can be a high that you continue to chase. As such, gambling can become addictive, and online gaming combined with a coronavirus lockdown can make it easier to become the new norm. Ensure that you have a network who you trust to ensure that you enjoy all the fun of online gaming while maintaining a healthy relationship with it.
Gaming the algorithm
Speaking of unorthodox ways to make money in the digital realm, let’s not forget that there are lots of ways in which you can make money by playing video games. With the world on lockdown, there has been a colossal boom in the video gaming industry. Indeed, games have become such an endemic part of our response to the lockdown that developers have even begun posting Coronavirus safety messages within their games, encouraging gamers to stay indoors and save lives.
It seems as though the world has fallen in love with video games again and this brings with it new opportunities for the savvy. From reinventing yourself as a games journalist to building an audience to make money as a streamer, with a renewed interest in the medium, they have the potential to create life changing outcomes.
Of course, getting to the point where you can make money from games (whether playing or developing them) is far from easy. Still, weighing up your options can help you to see the sheet breadth and scope of opportunities out there. In the digital age, the traditional career path is becoming increasingly anachronistic. If you’re currently struggling because you’ve lost your job or your income as a result of the pandemic, it’s important to remember that with enough hard work and dedication you can get a job doing what you love. And that should be an encouragement to all of us!
Crossing a Bridge
If there’s one game that’s been credited with single handedly rescuing the mental health of the world during the lockdown it’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This adorable game has not only provided a wholesome distraction to enjoy in our free time, it’s also given us an opportunity to spend quality time with friends through the game. There’s nothing quite like meeting up with cute cartoon facsimiles of your friends and exploring the island homes you’ve made for yourselves together. Heck, it’s even made Twitter a nicer place. The positive and wholesome tone of the game coupled with the emphasis on building, growing and forging friendships makes it more than just a welcome distraction. It’s genuinely helped a lot of people with their mental health in this difficult time.
Remember who your real friends are
Speaking of social media, it’s important to focus your time on positive interactions with your real friends. Social media can be a fun way to stay in touch with friends, or kill a few minutes while you’re waiting for your morning coffee to brew. Just be wary of the toxicity of strangers. The pseudo anonymity of social platforms like Twitter can cause people to be way meaner than they would ever be in real life. Especially when it comes to things like politics.
You need to curate your social experience, building it around the friends who will give you the social support that you need… as well as sharing fun pictures and memes that will make you smile.
The final analysis
Entertainment will no doubt be an important factor in helping us to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown with our wellbeing intact. It can be a ray of hope in a bleak moment in history. However, it’s up to us to define our relationship with our entertainment media and decide whether we want it to distract us, or elevate us.
It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about things like your career and your friendships, but it’s important that you don’t lose sight of the most important thing in your life, which is your health. If you’re healthy, then you’ll always be able to live well and make your dreams come true. It’s when you have health problems that things become complicated. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few tried and tested methods for managing your health.
Take these tips, and you’ll find it much easier to stay in tip-top condition.
There is a huge degree of flexibility when it comes to choosing when to have a child. While many places have laws in place which stop people from being able to do this when they are still young, these rules will usually dip into a time when most people wouldn’t want to have children anyway.
Without a standard to live by, many people find it hard to know whether or not they are ready to have a child, and this choice is only made harder when you see the struggles which other people have when they pick (or it just happens!) the wrong time for a life changing moment like this.
To help you out, this post will be encouraging you to ask yourself some questions about your current lifestyle, and whether or not the time is right to to have a child around.
It makes sense that you study and consider the probability of becoming a parent. Having a child is not easy and it is definitely life altering. You are biologically hardwired to pursue this element of life, but modern life often doesn’t make much room to have a little one with you all the time. Whatever decision you make, it’s crucial that you remember that you aren’t doing anything wrong, and you don’t have to listen to the pressure which comes from other people.
Finding out how to look younger doesn’t need to be a big secret. In fact, here are some tips that will help you to get that youthful look without having to worry about a thing.
Focus on Warm Tones
It’s highly recommended that you focus on warm tones where possible. Varying shades will really bring out your skin tone and it will make you look more youthful too. You should try and avoid ash tones though, as this can resemble grey which can make you look way older than you actually are. If you need some additional help with this then a beauty specialist should be able to give you the service that you are looking for.
It’s so important that you find a lip liner that actually matches the tone of your natural lips. Go over the bottom line of the lip if you want a fuller pout. When you have done this, top the liner with some lip gloss. This will give you way more hydration and it will also add some glimmer too. If you want to take things to that next level, then why not look into smokeypointskin.com as well?
A lot of people forget to wear sunscreen. Even when they do remember to put it on, they don’t put it on their neck. If you want to have youthful skin then you need to try and make sure that you always put sunscreen under your eyes, on your neck and any other areas that might have exposed skin. It also helps to choose an SPF factor of 25 or above. If you are able to do this then you will soon find that you can reduce the signs of ageing.
Use an Acid Peel
Another thing that you can do is wear a good acid peel. If you choose one that has glycolic and salicylic acid then this will give you a huge number of benefits. The main bonus of doing this is that the more you do it, the younger your skin will look. It’s highly recommended that you do this once a week if you have dry skin. The bonus of doing this is that it will help you to build collagen and it will also erase fine lines.
Bolder and more defined brows give the impression of a much younger face. You will want to invest in a product which will give you the chance to fill in any gaps that you have in your brows. Try and find a formula that is a cross between a pencil and a powder. When you do this, you will be able to get the soft and natural texture you want without having to worry about a thing. Castor oil is also great, as it will stimulate the growth of your brows while also making it easier than ever for you to really ensure a positive result. Things like this can work wonders if you want to reverse aging.
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In truth, there are so many things you can do to help the people you care about, and this is just two of those things. Hopefully, these two things will help you at the beginning of your journey to not only improves the lives of those that you care about as they get older, maybe you could even apply them as you enter retirement age.
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