Thursday, July 23, 2009

Health Tips for July 23

Health Tip: Stay Safe on Slick Roads

It's easier to lose control of the wheel when roads are wet and slippery.

Always slow down and be particularly careful when driving in the rain, says the U.S. National Safety Council. Never hit the brakes hard to slow down; instead apply gentle pressure to the breaks to prevent locking and skidding. Also, take all corners slowly.

Keep your car in good shape to prevent skids and hydroplaning. The NSC recommends making sure tires are in good shape, with good tread and proper inflation. Get new tires when old ones wear, and steer clear of standing water on the roads.

Health Tip: Safe Driving at Night

Driving at night is more difficult and dangerous, no matter how old you are.

In addition to the obvious visual decline during darkness, there are also the factors of fatigue and more people driving under the influence of alcohol.

Here are suggestions for driving at night, courtesy of the National Safety Council:

  • Make sure your headlights and all windows are regularly cleaned, so it's easier for you to see at night.
  • Turn headlights on when the skies start to darken. Make sure they're properly aimed and on low beams, so as not to blind other drivers.
  • Drive slower, and allow more space between your car and others at night.
  • If another car approaches you with high beams on, focus on the right edge of the road. This will help you avoid be blinded by glare.
  • Avoid fatigue. If need be, take frequent breaks to stretch out, have a rest or grab a snack.
  • Don't drink alcohol, which can impair vision and reflexes, and make you tired.
  • Avoid smoking, which can hamper night vision.
  • If your car develops trouble, pull as far off the road as possible.

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