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Good Driving Decisions…A Cheap Insurance Plan

Avoiding Bad Decisions while Driving

Whether it’s because of a lack of experience, or overconfidence behind the wheel, bad decisions can have a major effect on your safety and the safety of those around you.  More often than ever before, bad decisions are a product of being distracted while driving.  Having good general awareness on the road requires your continuous attention, and here are some tips to keep your eyes on the road, and out of the clouds.

  • Wear a seatbelt.  Not wearing a seatbelt is a common oversight stemming from overconfidence behind the wheel.  New York is Primary Enforcement state, which means you could be ticketed for simply failing to wear a seat belt.  Wearing a seatbelt is not only a legal requirement, it will save your life.
  • Do not drink or eat while driving.  Doing so will limit your ability to both see and react to obstacles ahead.
  • Avoid cell phones.  Whether talk or text, cell usage will also limit your ability to both see and react to obstacles ahead.
  • Keep music at low volume.  Not being able to hear an oncoming ambulance, car horn or pedestrians will put you at serious risk of an accident.
  • Watch your speed.  Unawareness of your speed will not only violate speed limits, it will put pedestrians and fellow drivers at risk.
  • No make-up application.  You cannot see the traffic situation ahead while looking in the mirror.
  • Use turn signals.  Turn signals are not for you, they are for the safety of drivers around you.
  • Do not drink and drive.  Be smart.  Make a good decision and take a taxi, it will save lives.

With just a little attention and awareness on your part, you will find bad decisions are easy to avoid.  Do yourself and your fellow drivers a service…be smart out there.

Dealing with a Bully…It’s No Longer Limited to the Playground

Good Habits in Digital Communication

It isn’t hard to see how technology has changed our lives.  With the explosion of Smartphones, Text Messaging, Facebook, MySpace, etc., face-to-face communication has taken a backseat to faceless communication.  Although there are some positive aspects to this advanced technology, there are growing dangers too.  Cyber-bullying, the practice sending or posting harmful images or text via the Internet or other digital communication tool, is a problem in most communities.  Here are some tips to avoiding Cyber-bullying.

  • Warn children and young adults of the danger of passing along harmful or cruel messages and images.
  • Delete suspicious email messages without opening them.
  • Encourage others to step up to friends who are cyber-bullying, and tell them to stop.
  • Teach children how to use technology to block communication from cyber-bullies.
  • Educate children and young adults on the importance of telling a parent or adult about any cyber-bullying they witness.
  • Supervise your child’s time online at home.  One good idea is to put the computer in a common area, such as the kitchen.
  • Learn good practices in smart Web behavior, such as never revealing passwords or real last names.

Digital communications will only become a bigger force in our world.  Doing what you can to eliminate the dangers of cyber-bullying now, will hopefully pay dividends in the future.