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Highway driving safety tips

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You might be one of the safest driver’s on the road, but that isn’t always enough to avoid an accident. There are roughly six million car crashes each in year in the United States, with highways being a hotbed for wrecks. Check out these highway driving safety tips that could save your life. 

Leave Your Phone Alone

Everyone has heard about the dangers of texting and driving, but even answering calls or checking social media is equally as dangerous. At 55 miles-per-hour, you travel the length of a football field in five seconds. With your eyes off the road, you might as well be doing it blind.  

The Left Lane is for Passing

There’s a lot of debate over what the left lane is for, but it is meant to be used to pass other vehicles on the highway. This allows everyone to drive safely at higher speeds by making passing another vehicle a simple task with ample space to do so. Plenty of accidents happen when people try to pass but don’t have the room to maneuver safely. 

Speed Up on the Ramp

Some acceleration ramps are longer than others, but their purpose is for you to reach the highway’s speed limit before you merge. That doesn’t mean you should punch the gas, though. Just gradually speed up so your vehicle can blend right into the flow of traffic. 

Buckle Up

This might sound like a no-brainer, but one in seven Americans still refuse to buckle up. You are 30% more likely to be thrown from your vehicle without a seatbelt, greatly increasing your chances of death and serious injuries. Since drivers do not wear helmets, you’re also likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury after a car accident if you are ejected. 

Maintain Distance

The faster you and other cars on the road are traveling, the more space everyone needs to react when someone brakes. If you’re too close to the car in front of you and they abruptly hit the brakes, you can guarantee an accident is about to follow. 

Never Speed

It’s tempting to reach high speeds on the highway, especially when there aren’t a lot of cars on the road. However, speeding remains the number on cause of fatal accidents on the highway. Aside from the possibility of getting a ticket, it’s likely that something sudden will cause you to lose control of your vehicle. 

Be Considerate of Large Trucks

The highway is where you’ll find the majority of tractor trailers, which are involved in an alarming number of accidents. There are two safety tips to remember here. When you’re behind a truck, remember that they can’t see you if you can’t see the driver. 

The second tip has to do with passing. Make sure you use your singles and change lanes with ample space in-between your vehicle and the truck. When you do merge back over, make sure you’re a few car lengths ahead first. This ensures they can see you and that they have plenty of time to maneuver if something unexpected happens. 

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How to Use the Internet to Plan your Next Holiday

Whether you are planning a few weeks in the Outback, or a resort holiday in Brisbane, the more you can plan in advance, the smoother your holiday experience should be, and while we all use the World Wide Web to book flights and accommodation, there are other ways that you can research online to make your holiday a more enjoyable experience.

Choosing a Destination

You might already have a destination in mind, in which case you can do some research on local attractions, helping you to create a series of day plans. If you have yet to make your mind up regarding your destination, the Internet can help you gain a deeper understanding of any particular region – check the climate to ensure that the weather is optimum – plus you can take a good look at the accommodation in the area, while comparing prices.

Booking Day Tours

If you’re holidaying in NSW, you are literally spoilt for choice regarding day trips, and finding a nice restaurant for family dining in Gymea is easy, using a localised search. Some of the best restaurants are always busy, so make an online booking to ensure that you won’t be disappointed, and if you wish to enjoy some local arts and drama, make your show reservations prior to your departure, which will probably save you some money too!

Saving Money

When you make online bookings, this normally involves discounts, especially with National Parks and hotel accommodation, and by the time your dates arrive, everything will already be scheduled. The earlier you can book your holiday, the lower the price should be, and with a high-speed Internet connection, you can compare prices and make the right decisions about places of interest you include in your plan.

Travel Reviews

When you look at a resort or hotel’s website, of course it will look very attractive, but if you use digital platforms like Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, you can find out first-hand from other travellers how the service is. This could potentially save you from an unpleasant experience, so do take a look at what other travellers are saying about your preferred holiday accommodation by looking at online reviews.

Understanding Cultures

When you are about to travel to an unknown culture, it makes sense to do some online research on the following:

  • Customs and beliefs – Do’s & Don’ts
  • Language
  • Climate
  • Local currency
  • Cuisine

Not only will research help to prepare you for the experience, you will appreciate your time there more if you know a lot about the culture, the people, their history and life in general.

If, for example, you are planning for a holiday in June or July of 2020, you should already be looking online at hotel accommodation, places of interest and day tours that you might like to take. Some people plan as far as 12 months in advance, which ensures that your chosen accommodation is available.

Making good use of available technology can really enhance your holiday experience, plus you will get to gain an insight into a foreign culture.

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Finding the Best Location for Your Next Road Trip

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With so many amazing places in the world, pinpointing exactly where you want to go for your first or next vacation can sometimes feel overwhelming. There might be that one place you always dreamed of going, or you might have a list that never ends with all the places you’d like to visit. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to picking a destination, but doing so does require planning to make sure everything goes smoothly. 

Determine the Length of Vacation 

Where you decide to go can be narrowed down some by determining how much time you have to spend. If you only have time for a quick weekend trip, you might want to save that cross-country trip for when you have a longer time period to spend away. There are many exceptional places you can visit over the course of one weekend and still get a lot out of your trip. It just depends on how far you have to travel. If you have several days or weeks when you can travel, then you can pick one destination and then make stops along the way to have a chance to visit more places. 

Pick a Spot Everyone Will Enjoy

If you’re taking a road trip with the family, it may not seem like an easy task to settle on a destination. You might have really great ideas, but when bringing them to the other members of the family, you may find that those places may not be ideal for everyone. If you have young children, you want to pick a spot that they’ll get to enjoy as well. It can help to make a list of the things you’d want to experience on your trip, as well as what your children like to do the most, and then come up with a destination based on that list.
And while you’re at it, pack a set of kids videos into their kids’ tablets for their enjoyment.   

Plan Your Budget 

Vacations can be costly if they’re not properly planned. You have a lot of factors to take into consideration when it comes to going on a vacation, such as travel costs, lodging, food, emergency money, and money for attractions. If you don’t properly plan out a budget for traveling, you may find yourself running out of money sooner than you’d like to. When planning a budget, it’s always a good idea to overestimate rather than underestimate. This is because you don’t know exactly how much something will cost, so you may find yourself spending more than anticipated. 

Determine What You Want Out of the Vacation 

People go on vacation for various reasons. You may want to go for extra rest and relaxation, you might want to go on an adventure, or you might just want to sightsee and explore an unknown area. Whatever the reason is, you want to pick a destination that will best suit your needs. Taking a vacation is very good for your health, physically and mentally

Determine if You Want to Rent a Car or Take Your Own 

One of the most important things you’ll have to take into consideration is how you’ll get to your destination. If your current vehicle is not in the best location, taking it far is probably not in your best interest. If it doesn’t have any major problems, make sure to check out online car insurance quotes to make sure you’re fully covered for the best price. Another option would be to rent a car for your road trip. 

No matter where you decide to go, there are many places around the United States that are worth checking out. Free your mind, help make your stress melt away, and just live in the moment, taking in the excitement of a new adventure.

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