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As winter drags on the driving continues will continue to remain harsh. With the weather that has been occurring across the nation, motorists need to be especially mindful of their actions. By following basic winter travel rules, motorists can help make the winter season safer for themselves as well as their passengers.
Before beginning any long distance trip, a driver needs to make sure that his or her vehicle is tuned up and in good shape, especially in the winter months. When making travel plans, motorists need to be flexible, possibly leaving earlier to avoid peak traffic hours. If the weather report predicts snow and freezing conditions, then drivers need to be prepared to alter their schedules. Each time someone is behind the wheel this winter, he or she also needs to take plenty of breaks, pulling to the side of the road at the first signs of fatigue or drowsiness.
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One of the most effective ways to prevent injury in a motorcycle collision is by wearing a helmet each time you ride. However, it’s equally important to make sure that the helmet you wear fits properly around the size and shape of your head. If you choose a helmet that doesn’t fit correctly, it can fall off during a collision, leaving your head incredibly vulnerable to injury.
In this video, an experienced motorcyclist shows how to choose a properly fitted helmet. As he explains, the size descriptions vary by helmet manufacturer, so you always need to try potential helmets on. When you try on a helmet, hold it by the chin and make sure that it isn’t loose enough to turn all the way around your head.
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If you are currently receiving Social Security disability benefits, you may be worried about returning back to the workforce. Even though this hesitation is understandable, the Social Security Administration has certain rules that allow you to work a part-time or full-time job without jeopardizing your monthly Social Security payments. However, before you begin searching for a new employment position, you need to understand exactly what type of work you are eligible to secure.
Trial work period
Through the trial work period, you can experiment with working while still receiving your full monthly benefit amount. For a total of nine months, over a period of 60 months, there isn’t a cap as to how much you can earn without lowering your monthly benefit payment amount. The purpose of the trial work period is to give you the opportunity to determine whether or not you can return to full time employment. If you choose to participate in this program, you need to inform your local Social Security office of the earnings you make each month.
Extended period of eligibility
After your nine-month trial work period is over, you can enter a 36-month extended period of eligibility. During this time, you can continue to receive your Social Security benefits as long as you continue to be disabled and your monthly income is less than the Social Security’s substantial gain activity threshold, which was $1,040 for non-blind recipients in 2013.
Ticket to work program
If you would like to return to work, but your injury prevents you from returning to your previous position, you may be eligible for the ticket to work program. Through this program, you can receive free vocational rehabilitation, schooling, or technical training with the ultimate goal of helping you permanently return to the workforce.
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With snowstorms, slippery roads, and chilly temperatures, it’s not hard to determine why car accidents tend to increase in the winter months. Even though you may sometimes be at the mercy of other not-so-skilled drivers on the road, there are ways to lower your risk of suffering a winter car accident. With proper preparation and practice, you can learn how to safely navigate slippery, snowy streets.
Learn loose steering
It may seem counterintuitive, but if your front wheels begin to skid on a patch of ice, you need to temporarily let go of the steering. To regain control of your car, shift into the neutral gear and slowly begin to guide the wheels and vision back into the direction you want your car to go.
Turn off cruise control
During the winter season, you shouldn’t rely on cruise control while you are driving over icy hills or slippery roads. Though it may be slightly less convenient, plan on turning your cruise control off for these colder months and just rely on your gas pedal.
Reduce pressure on brakes
You may rely on pumping your brakes during warmer months, but the winter season is time to limit the amount of pressure you put on the brakes. When you need to brake, press on the pedal gently to prevent your wheels from locking up each time you stop. Gently pumping the brakes can also help prevent skidding and sliding to the side of the road when your car comes to a stop.
Distance yourself from snowplows
It is difficult to safely maneuver around snowplows, sanding trucks, and other maintenance vehicles. Instead of trying to navigate your way around these large vehicles, stick to a different route when you see one a few vehicles ahead.
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If you’re like most drivers, you probably recognize that speeding, driving distracted, and failing to obey the rules of the road can all increase your chances of being involved in an auto accident. Even though following basic traffic rules and regulations plays an important role in lowering your chances of a car accident, it isn’t the only way to ensure your travels are safe. Here’s a look at some not-so obvious tips for avoiding dangerous car accidents.
Avoid the “fast lane”
Traveling in the furthest left lane may be tempting when you’re hurrying to get to work each morning, but this option is more dangerous than the other lane alternatives. Traveling in the center or right lane limits your possible interactions with nearby impatient, speedy drivers. It also provides you with more escape routes to pull over to the side of the road if a sudden problem occurs.
Pay attention to blind spots
You should adjust your mirrors so that you have a wide-angle view of the scene behind you, but you can’t only rely on your mirrors when changing lanes. Even with the best possible adjustment, you will still be faced with blind spots. As a result, you need to physically turn your head and look at the lane beside you when changing over. This will help you spot any hazards or other cars that are in your mirror’s blind spots.
Know your car’s limits
Not every car drives the same way, so you need to pay close attention to how your car moves in varying situations. For example, you should note how your car reacts when rounding corners or how long it takes for your car to stop when you brake. This will help you gauge the safest speed and distance for braking.
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Owning a dog provides companionship, entertainment, and unconditional love, but it can also lead to dangerous situations if you don’t understand your dog’s behavior. Even gentle, friendly dogs can attack if they feel protective, threatened, or scared. One way to help prevent dog bites is learning how to prevent the most common scenarios that lead to dog bite injuries in the first place.
As this video explains, the rate of dog bite injuries in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2008. Leaving a child unattended with a dog and running with a dog are among the most common scenarios in which dog bites occur. For this reason, parents need to take extra steps toward teaching their children about safely interacting with a dog.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,432 people were killed in collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles in 2011. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to exercise reasonable caution and care each time they are on the road. This caution is necessary because failure to obey the rules of the road or to pay proper attention can result in serious harm, especially in accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles.
Failing to pay attention
Distracted driving has become a major threat to pedestrian safety across roadways in America. In particular, texting while driving is of notable concern because the activity diverts a driver’s attention and vision away from the road. Drivers who text while driving also don’t have both of their hands on the steering wheel at all times. As a result, it is much more difficult for them to account for pedestrians in crosswalks, sidewalks, or neighborhood streets.
Failing to observe posted speed limits
Even though it’s important for drivers to always pay attention to the posted speed limit, this is especially true in school zones. When drivers approach school zones, the speed limit drops to ensure the safety of young children, who are considerably more difficult to see. Children can also be very unpredictable in their movements, especially when they are playing or walking in the nearby vicinity of a school. For this reason, drivers should exercise caution when passing schools or maneuvering through residential neighborhoods.
Failing to yield at marked cross walks
Not every crosswalk is equipped with a traffic light to pause the flow of traffic and ensure pedestrian safety as they cross the street. If a driver approaches a marked crosswalk without a traffic light, then he or she still needs to yield to any people waiting or attempting to cross the street.
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Even though motorcyclists aren’t more likely to get involved in an accident than people driving cars, they are more likely to sustain personal injuries resulting from an accident. This is especially true of a motorcyclist that chooses to travel without the protection of a helmet. Aside from wearing proper protection, a motorcyclist can lower his or her risk of sustaining a personal injury by learning to avoid the top causes of motorcycle accidents.
One of the most dangerous accident situations involving motorcyclists is a head on collision between a car and a motorcycle. The impact from this type of collision can force the motorcyclist to be thrown from his or her bike and suffer a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Another very dangerous accident situation is when a car is making a left turn and fails to see a motorcycle going straight through an intersection or passing a car. This type of collision is also common between two cars, but the smaller size of the motorcycle makes the motorcycle less visible to cars waiting to turn left.
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Food poisoning typically occurs when germs and bacterium have contaminated food during preparation, cooking, or when re-heating.
This video takes a closer look at the common causes and symptoms of food poisoning. One of the most common forms of bacteria that leads to food poisoning is staphylococcus—a bacteria found in meats and dairy that causes intense vomiting within 1 to 8 hours after consumption. Learn more about the causes and potential symptoms of food poisoning by watching this clip.
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