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Many Americans believe that they know what they’re getting themselves into when they sit behind the wheel of their car. Sure, they know the risks, they think to themselves. And then they set off without giving it another thought.

But the truth is that the roads are a lot more dangerous than many of us realize. They are teeming with people driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. And, even if nothing illegal is going on, they’re still packed with people who are too tired to be driving.

Driving can also be affected by all sorts of otherwise mundane things, like the weather. Whenever there is snow, rain or ice, the number of accidents spikes. So what are some of the most shocking statistics on accidents that will chill you to your bones?

Traffic Deaths Are The Leading Killer In Early Life

The media tells us that America today is awash with violent gun crime. And if we turn on the news, this is what we see. Gun crimes are responsible for a significant number of premature deaths every year.

But the risks of being involved in a car accident are far greater. Imagine if one in a hundred people died as a result of gun violence? That would be a staggeringly awful statistic. But that’s the chance that an American will die from an accident involving a vehicle. Car accidents, therefore, as the leading cause of death among those under 30. You have a one in 125 chance of being killed on the road.

If You Are A Teen, You’re Ten Times More Likely To Be Involved In A Crash

Teen drivers get a bad press. But it’s for good reason, at least according to the statistics. Teen drivers are more than ten times as likely to be involved in a crash than more experienced drivers. There’re a couple of elements that are contributing to this. One is that teen drivers don’t have the experience to make good predictions on the road. A lot of collision avoidance comes down to the fact that experience drivers often have a sense of what other drivers are about to do. Teens don’t have this experience, and can, therefore, be caught unaware. The other reason is that teens tend to take more risks on the road. Both of these factors combine such that teens are involved in about a fifth of all crashes.

Alcohol Causes About A Fifth Of All Accidents

According to SiebenCarey, around 1 in 5 accidents occurs as a result of alcohol consumption. In the state of Minnesota alone, the costs of this reach over $204 million a year. Drunk driving puts drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at risk. And, right now, it’s one of the biggest threats we face on our roads.

Motorcyclists Make Up 15 Percent Of Total Road Fatalities

15 percent of total fatalities might not sound like a lot. But remember, only 1 or 2 percent of all road miles covered in the US are done by bike. Cars or trucks comprise the other 98 percent. That means that motorcyclists are massively overrepresented in the fatality statistics. A lot of this has to do with the fact that some states don’t require riders to wear helmets by law. But even where helmets are required, motorcyclists still make up more than 10 percent of total road fatalities.

There Were 1.6 Million Auto Crash Injuries In 2012

Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data on car accidents. And in 2012, they reported that a record 1.6 million accidents had occurred. This was up significantly from the year before. And it was a major news story across the US.

Over Half Of Traffic Accident Victims Aren’t Driving

We tend to think of accidents are incidents that involve two or more vehicles. But the truth is that this is not the case globally. In fact, the principal victims of accidents appear to be vulnerable road users. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are actually at greater risk on the roads than those in cars. That’s something worth thinking about.

Accidents Are A Big Drain On National Output

The World Health Organization has estimated that traffic accidents can account for up to 4 percent of lost national output. And when you think about it, that statistic makes a lot of sense. Every year, thousands of productive, working age people die in car accidents. And the economy loses individuals who have received a lot of educational investment. Skills are lost forever and are hard to replace.

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Showing Your Love For Healthcare Workers

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When you know and love a healthcare worker during this difficult time, you may be searching for ways that you can show you appreciation for the hard work that they do. Coming up with some great ideas can seem a little difficult, as many items are inaccessible and restrictions are closing shops and limiting travel. Luckily there are still many ways that you can show your love for the health care workers in your life, as there are several brilliant concepts which you can make the most of to put a smile on their face today. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best suggestions that you can utilise to show appreciation during this difficult period. 

Make Their Life A Little Easier 

One of the best things that you can do for a healthcare specialist that you know and love during this tough period is to attempt to make their life a little easier. Extra long shifts battling against this new virus can have a terrible effect on a person’s mental health, as well as sapping away all of their energy at the same time. This can mean that things like doing their grocery shopping and making meals are often the very last thing on their mind, opening up the perfect opportunity for you to get involved and lend a helping hand. Doing a big food shop that you can take to their home after work will be such an amazing gesture they will no doubt appreciate, whilst going an extra step further to actually cook up a delicious meal that they can enjoy after a long day can put such a huge smile on their face. Be sure to make the most of healthy ingredients including lots of fresh fruit and veg, as they must look after their immune system to stay strong throughout. 

Little Extras 

There are several different little extras that you may want to invest in to show your health care loved ones a bit of appreciation, and you can get these items delivered straight to their home so that you needn’t bother trying to work around social distancing measures to drop off their present yourself. For example, something like a heart badge reel that they can add to their uniform can be a great pick-me-up that they can look down at for a little motivation during their long shifts at work! It’s also a great idea to find some self care activities that they can indulge in, such as a luxurious face mask or bubble bath that they can utilise to get some down time at the end of the day.

Showing your love for the healthcare workers in your life needn’t be as difficult as you might think when you can make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above! Whether you decide to help them get their grocery shopping, cook a nutritious meal or simple invest in a few little gifts to put a smile on their face – every little helps!

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3 Steps to Becoming a Better Person

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We only get one life so it’s important to live it well, make the most of things and seize opportunities that come your way. If you’re hoping to make the most of your time on earth, here are just three ways you can go about it. 

Be more understanding

We all want to be the best person we can be, and a big part of that is relating to and getting on with other people. But it’s not always in the way we think, we don’t need to make grand gestures, we don’t need to be able to give therapist level advice or be a perfect friend in every sense. The main thing we need to do is be empathetic and understanding- be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It can be easy to be irritated, annoyed or upset if a friend lets you down, cancels plans or does something else undesirable but when you’re understanding you’re able to empathise about why this might be. Maybe they’re busy, have other priorities (as we all do) or double booked themselves. We’re able to cut ourselves slack as we know that we’re only human, do others the same justice. Being understanding doesn’t mean being a doormat and being walked over, you do still need to know when someone is taking advantage. But for the most part, the people in your life won’t be purposely trying to upset you, be more understanding and it’s easy to realise this. 

Find your own spiritual path

Having beliefs in something that matters to you can be a great way to live your life, it seems counterproductive but realising how small you are on this planet and as part of the greater universe can feel reassuring. It means that your problems are also small and often irrelevant, and as a result can help you to just get out there and live your best life. Being spiritual and having beliefs doesn’t have to mean being religious, there are many reasons you might be put off from traditional religion. While it helps many, there’s no denying that it’s also a cause of many wars, there are numerous church abuse lawsuits that have been filed across the globe and to some, it simply doesn’t fit their beliefs. But don’t write off finding greater meaning altogether, find your own spiritual path. This could be anything from numerology to deep meditation to trusting in the universe and it’s signals. Do some research and find a path that suits you. 

Find a good work/ life balance

Work is important, not only does it give your life purpose but it allows you to earn the money you need to have the lifestyle you want outside of work. Most of us have no choice but to work, but it’s easy to go overboard with it. Maybe you’re passionate about your job or are just a bit of a workaholic, take a step back. Find the balance between work and life such as travel, family, pets and hobbies. You’ll be much happier for it.

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Preventing Mould: Use These Simple Tips

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Maintaining a healthy and happy working environment is perhaps the most important thing we can do as homeowners. When buying a house, it becomes our responsibility to ensure that the space is kept clean and hygienic to keep us healthy throughout our lives.

One of the biggest health risks in the home is mould, and this can spread throughout the home quicker than wildfire without you even realising. Breathing in mould spores is bad for your respiratory system and it can cause a whole load of health issues if not fixed. That’s why today we are taking a look at how to prevent mould in the house once and for all. Use these easy tips to keep mould away from your home this year.

1. Know your weak spots

Every house will have its own weak spots and areas that are more susceptible to mould than others. Take a look around your house and see what weak spots you can uncover. Do you have a basement? If so, is it prone to flooding? The installation of a sump pump with liquid level sensors to keep water controlled might be helpful. Do the windows often accumulate a lot of condensation? If so, think about wiping them with a cloth and a squeegee regularly. Consider where the worst spots for mould are in the house and you should be able to find ways to fix them.

2. Getting drying

If you are looking to create the ideal environment for mould to grow, keep everything moist and wet. Mould spores thrive in humid conditions so if your house is often wet in places and hot, you need to remedy this right away. Get yourself a dehumidifier to clear the air and wipe all wet areas to make sure they are as dry as possible. If you do this every day you will prevent mould being able to make a home in your home.

3. Ventilate the house

It’s a delicate balance when looking at insulation versus ventilation, to know which one is more important. They are both equally important for different reasons, and if you have gone a bit over the top with insulation, this could be a solid reason why you have mould in the house. Air needs to be able to flow through the house to keep it dry, and if you don’t have airflow, your home will become humid and attract mould.

4. Seal cracks

Even the smallest cracks in your walls or ceilings can be a breeding ground for mould, and if you don’t seal up cracks you’ll run the risk of letting water into the home and therefore mould too. Seal up any small cracks and chips in your walls and this will make a big difference.

5. Clean the gutters

One way for mould to creep into the home is from above, and when water seeps into the foundation of your home the mould will follow. Cleaning your gutters will ensure that water doesn’t build up and end up seeping into the home without you realising. 

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