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The Ultimate Traffic Safety Guide for Driving Beginners

Driving is an integral part of our society. It is necessary for getting from one place to the other and extremely important when it comes to traveling to work. While public transit is always an option, those who do not live in the city do not have the choice. As a result the majority of people in society have a license and drive a car on a daily basis.

While driving is extremely convenient, it can also be dangerous. Thousands of car accidents occur daily and while most are minor, there are some that cause serious injuries or are even fatal. Fortunately, there are driving tips you can employ to stay safe as a driver and protect yourself if any harm does come your way.

Here is the ultimate safety guide for driving beginners.

Leave a 3 Second Gap Between Cars

One of the most basic and important rules to understand is that it is extremely dangerous to tailgate another car. Tailgating will not give you sufficient enough time to stop and therefore, if the driver in front of you breaks, you will cause an accident.

How far back should you be from the next car? Well it all depends on the speed that you are traveling at. If both cars are traveling slow, you do not need that much time to stop, therefore you can be closer to the next car.

On the highway however, as both cars are traveling fast, you will need plenty of room in order to safely stop. Not only that, but highway accidents are much more dangerous. This is why people came up with what is known as the three second rule.

How does it work? Simply pick look at the car in front of you and see where it is on the road. It should take your car three seconds to arrive at where they were. If you got there in under two seconds, you should strongly consider backing off and giving more room. If you or the car behind you does not respect this rule, an accident is much more likely to occur.

If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, especially if a driver failed to follow safe driving protocol, you should hire an attorney and contact police. While safe driving is important, it is also important to know what to do should something bad happen. Always give a 3 second gap between the car in front of you.

Always Check Your Blind Spots

When it comes time to merge or change lanes, you have to make sure that the way is clear. This can easily be done by checking the three mirrors on your car. However, only doing this will leave you vulnerable to the blind spots on your car.

Every car will have a blindspot on either side of it. This area will not be visible to the mirrors and can conceal a car. If you do not turn your head to check before your lane switch, you are risking merging into someone and causing an accident.

Even if you know there are no cars around you, it is important that you develop the habit to always check to your right and left before changing lanes. This is one of the most important safety tips for beginner drivers.

Obey and Be Aware of All Street Signs

This might sound like an obvious tip, but you would be amazed at the amount of people who completely ignore street signs on the road. Always follow street signs as they help other drivers to know what you are going to do.

This goes for speed signs as well. Many people are liberal with speed signs and will go over by quite a bit. Try to keep with traffic flow, but don't jeopardize getting a ticket and breaking the law.

While following these signs might be the easy part, being aware of them as other drivers approach is equally important. Defensive and safe driving means that you are able to anticipate, predict, and prevent any problems from happening on the road.

If you see a car approaching a stop sign with no signs of slowing down, be ready to stop yourself or to avoid them. Despite them having a sign, you have to be aware and be ready to drive defensively. Always ensure that you are obeying and also being aware of all street signs.

With these three tips, you are on the way to becoming a safe and defensive driver. It might be annoying to have to always be aware of what others are doing on the road, however it is your own life that is on the line.

Don't be afraid to slow down or stop if necessary, and always do what is necessary to remain safe while driving on the road. Never assume what drivers are going to do as well as this can lead to accidents. How do you plan on driving safe?

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Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.