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Driving can be a stressful experience, and all drivers have gotten frustrated behind the wheel at some point. But, it's important to avoid engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, running red lights, quick lane changing and failure to yield, especially as an aggressive driving act can trigger a disproportionate response, which sometimes even escalates into road rage, a criminal act of assault which may stem from a confrontation that occurred on the road.
The AAA Foundation's Aggressive Driving update found that aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes. Additionally, nearly 90% of drivers view aggressive driving as very serious or somewhat serious threat to their own safety.
Think you drive aggression-free? Take the AAA aggressive driving quiz and find out how hostile you are on the road.
Also here are a few tips from our Road Rage brochure on how to avoid aggressive driving.
- Avoid cutting drivers off and apologize if you do so
- Avoid tailgating and honking the horn
- Avoid making inappropriate or offensive gestures
- Steer clear of other aggressive drivers
- Avoid eye contact
- Seek help if you're being followed by driving to a safe/crowded location or by dialing 911
Adjust Your Attitude
- Leave yourself enough time rather than trying to make good time
- Put yourself in the other driver's shoes
- Take a deep breath and remember escalating a situation will only make things worse.
Article by: AAA Foundation
In any emergency a family member or you may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. With these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
Things you should have:
- Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
- Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
- Burn ointment to prevent infection.
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
Things that may be good to have in your kit:
- Cell phone with charger
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for upset stomach)
How safe is your home? There are 6 things to look at and review from spare keys, locking up, outdoor security to outdoor items and property.
Here is a convenient checklist from Real Simple
Electrical Cords and Outlets
- Check for frayed wires. Repair or replace any loose or frayed wires on all electrical devices.
- Follow the path of cords. No cords should run under rugs or across doorways.
- Baby-proof. If you have any small children in your house, place plastic safety covers over unused outlets.
- Rethink extension cords. Consider adding electrical outlets where you currently rely on extension cords.
- Check for a faulty electrical system. Feel all outlets and plugs to see if any are warm; if so, have an electrician check them.
- Don’t overload the system. Make sure that you’ve followed manufacturers’ directions about maximum wattage of lamp bulbs and outlet requirements for plugs.
- And don’t overload any one outlet. Be certain that you have no more than one high-wattage appliance plugged into a single outlet.
- Examine the outside vents. They should be properly sealed and clear of obstruction to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in the house. Recheck during and after a snowstorm.
- Pick the right wood. If you use a fireplace or a woodstove, stock up on dry seasoned wood, which burns without producing a lot of creosote. A buildup of creosote—soot—in the chimney or flue can be dangerous, causing chimney fires.
- Hire a chimney sweep. Have flues and chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional annually.
- Inspect wood-burning stoves twice monthly. Make sure the door latch closes properly. The room should have a working smoke detector. And never let a child use the stove unattended.
- Inspect water heaters annually. The temperature should be set at no higher than 120 degrees to prevent burns. Never leave children alone near a water heater, and keep combustible and flammable materials well away from it.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors generously. These should be on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas.
- Test alarms monthly. Replace any that don’t work. (In any case, alarms should be replaced every 10 years.)
- Replace batteries annually. Or sooner, if the alarm chirps.
- Clean all detectors. Vacuum each grille.
- Post the fire department’s carbon-monoxide-reporting emergency number. If it differs from 911, keep the number by every phone.
- Demonstrate the sound of each detector. Family members need to know the difference.
- Place extinguishers strategically. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor. And learn how to use them.
- Replace extinguishers when necessary. Follow the schedule suggested by the manufacturer, and always replace an extinguisher that appears damaged.
- Consider installing a sprinkler system.
- Create an escape plan with two exit routes in case of fire. Practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. For details, see the National Fire Protection Association’s website, nfpa.org.
- Choose a meeting place. Set a plan for meeting up in case of a local or national disaster. See nfpa.org.
- If you live in a two-story house, buy a rescue ladder. It should attach to an upper-level window casing to provide an alternate escape route.
- Install a sturdy deadbolt lock on every door to the outside. This should include the door into the house from the garage.
- In any room with window bars, make sure at least one has a quick-release mechanism. Replace or retrofit as needed.
- Install motion-sensing floodlights in the backyard.
- Keep your house looking lived-in when you’re away. Arrange for the lawn to be mowed, stop mail delivery, install timers for selected lights, leave a car in the driveway, and leave drapes or shades open at least a bit.
- Advertise prominently any home security system you have installed. You might think about putting up signs even if you don’t have a system.
- Examine your landscaping. Trim shrubs and trees near windows and doors that provide hiding places for burglars, and prune limbs that serve as ladders to upper windows.
- Purchase a metal bar or a solid-wood dowel to insert in the tracking of sliding glass doors. This will prevent anyone from opening them.
- Put your street number, not your name, on your mailbox.
- Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or nearby friend. Thieves know all about fake rocks and other hide-a-key tricks.
You can find more and complete your own checklist at Real Simple.
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