Prescription Use: Avoiding Addiction

Often times, pain from a work-related injury is hard to deal with. As a result, a doctor might prescribe you a pain reliever as part of your recovery plan after injury. However, it’s important to practice safe prescription use. Doing so will help relieve your pain while avoiding the dangers these pills can bring

Prescription Use: Doing It Safely

Know what you’re taking

A big part of safe prescription use involves being informed. Many people will get a prescription, and fill it out without a second thought. However, it might be helpful to do a bit more research into what exactly you’re taking. That way, you can be aware of what type of risks could come with your medicine.

You can ask your doctor about what they’re prescribing and get some better info about those pill. You can also ask your pharmacist any questions you might have. They’ll have a lot of knowledge about what you’re taking, or can help point you in the right direct to get your questions answered.

Take as directed

Safe prescription use also means taking your medicine as directed. Prescriptions come with specific directions for a reason, after all. These painkillers in specific can be very powerful, and potentially very addictive. A lot of times, addictions start when someone takes more than they should.

Always stick to the dosage requirements, as well as the daily limit on how many pills you can take. Be sure to space out your dosages as well, if required. If you aren’t sure about the directions on your medicine, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about them.

Watch for side-effects

Sometime, medication will come with side-effects. Most of the time, these are harmless, albeit annoying. However, sometimes these side-effects can be constant, and possibly dangerous. Therefore, you should keep an eye on how you feel as part of your safe prescription use.

These side-effects could possibly indicate that something else health-related may need your attention. Or, they may prevent the medicine from working as it should. Due to this, don’t wait until your next doctor’s visit to bring these issues up. It’s best to get in touch with them quickly instead.

Slow Driving: Risky Driving Habits

Slow driving seems like a much preferable alternative to speeding drivers. After all, there’s some situations where it’s much more safer to be going slow instead of fast. However, driving too slowly can end up being just as dangerous. There’s a few reasons in particular as to why this kind of driving should be avoided…

Slow Driving: Dangers of Not Minding the Speed Limit

The dangers

Slow driving can be dangerous for a couple of reasons. For starters, it disrupts the natural flow of traffic. Slow drivers can cause pretty severe backups in their lanes, which increases the chance of someone getting into an accident. This is especially true if they linger in the left lanes, which can cause driver to have to pass on the right, which is more dangerous.

Plus, it has dangers in more residential areas as well. If a driver turns a corner and immediately encounters a slow driver, they’ll have to slam on the brakes to avoid them. This can cause a chain reaction behind them, which can also lead to accidents or very angry other drivers.

Types of slow drivers

While slow driving is something anyone can do, certain types of drivers do it more often than others. For example, newly licensed drivers might be apprehensive to go fast, and drive a bit too slowly as a result. The same goes for drivers who are lost. Their unfamiliarity with the area will make them more cautious.

Older drivers often tend to drive slowly as well. This usually is due to the effects of age, as it becomes harder to apply more pressure to the gas and be aware of the speed limits. Distracted drivers are some of the more dangerous slow drivers. Usually, these drivers are more focused on things like their phones than the road, causing the slow down.

What to do

If you find yourself stuck behind someone practicing slow driving, there’s a few things you can try to do. First, be patient and see if the driver notices you and lets you pass. If that doesn’t work, then try to get their attention by flashing your lights at them. As a last resort, you can use your horn, but try to save this for when you have no choice or the situation is getting risky.

Car Batteries: Improving Length of Life

As the weather begins to get colder, a lot of people start to wonder about their car batteries. After all, the weather is just one aspect which can impact its lifespan. With how crucial your battery is, its important to know how you can maximize their effectiveness…

Car Batteries: Whats Kills Them and Prevention

What kills batteries

Car batteries, on average, have about a 3-to-5 year lifespan. However, this is under ideal situations. Often times, there’s outside factors which impact this lifespan, like the weather. Extreme heat and extreme cold, for instance, can kill batteries before they even reach the three year mark.

How you use your car can also hurt your battery’s lifespan. Constantly taking short trips doesn’t give your battery time to fully recharge, hurting its longevity. Plus, extended use of electrical accessories like the radio or AC can also lessen the life of your battery.

Signs of a dying battery

There’s a couple different signs to pay attention to that can clue you in on when your car batteries are on the way out. One of the most notable signs is when your car struggles to start. This can be an indication that your battery isn’t able to provide enough power to turn over the engine, and in need of change.

There’s also the more less-than-obvious signs. This could include things like dimmer headlights, issues with the radio, and your windows being sluggish to open and close. Even things like reduced airflow from your vents can be caused by a battery which is dying out.

Ways to extend lifespan

The ways to boost the lifespan of your car batteries mainly comes down to tackling the factors which drain it. Try to keep an eye on the temperature, and when it gets too extreme, keep your car or battery in a more moderate spot. That way, you can reduce the toll the weather takes on it .

You can also try to not use electrical accessories when your car isn’t running. A common mistake that kills batteries is when people leave their car’s lights on. Plus, try to check on your battery every once and while for corrosion buildup, which can also kill your battery if left unchecked.

Tired Driving: Understanding the Risks

You might not think that tired driving is all that bad at first glance. After all, when compared to drunk or angry drivers, they can’t be that bad, right? As it turns out, tired drivers can be just as dangerous as other kinds of risky drivers. That’s why it’s important to know why driving while tired should be avoided when possible…

Tired Driving: Why It’s Dangerous

Understanding the risks

Driving is something which requires your full attention. Even a minor or quick distraction can be very dangerous and increase the chance of an accident. This is why things like drunk driving are so dangerous. Not having full awareness behind the wheel can be a recipe for disaster. 

Tired driving can be so dangerous because of this similar lack of awareness. Your reaction speed, decision making, and vision all suffer. These symptoms can quickly lead to an increased risk of an accident. As a result, driving tired can be just as dangerous as other impaired driving types.

Who’s at risk

Tired driving is so dangerous because it can happen to anyone. After all, no one is immune to the effects of drowsiness. However, there are some specific people who might be at more of a risk than others. These tend to be people who have get little sleep, work long hours, or have some kind of sleep disorder.

Still, certain situations can put people at a higher risk than usual. For example, having to drive late at night when you usually don’t could result in tired driving. So could having to drive for a long period of time. Eventually, exhaustion can set in and lead to feelings of tiredness.

Spotting the signs

It’s not always easy to tell when sleepiness will hit you, but there are some warning signs. Noticing these signs can help you notice your tired driving and make efforts to get off the road. That way, you don’t run the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.

Some warning signs include turning up your music to keep you awake, as well as drinking caffeinated drinks to try and stay alert. Other signs include realizing you’re beginning to daydream or drifting between lanes while driving. Even the obvious signs, like yawning or droopy eyes, shouldn’t be ignored.

Fall Driving: Seasonal Safety

As fall begins to start, many people get excited over the arrival of colder weather and leaves changing colors. However, it also means you have to get ready for fall driving. Driving in the fall can bring about a lot of unpredictable changes. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared…

Fall Driving: Staying Safe

Watch the weather

Fall weather can be pretty unpredictable. Depending on where you live, you can have thunderstorms, fog, and even snow all in the same week. Of course, driving in that kind of weather isn’t always easy. As a result, an important part of fall driving is making sure to prepare for those less-than-ideal days.

When the weather gets bad, it helps to take things a bit more slowly. That way, you can be in better control of your car and react safely to the situations at hand. Remember to watch your lights too. A lot of people forget that while low beams are fine in fog and rain, high beams cause glare for you and other drivers.

Sun glare

Sun glare is another potential danger of fall driving. Getting sun glare from the front makes it very hard to see what’s ahead of you on the road. Plus, the “blinding” effect can last even after you get out of the sun. Even if the sun is behind you, the glare can end up blocking your rear-view mirror.

However, there’s a couple things you can do to minimize glare. For starters, make sure your windshield is clean, both inside and outside. It also helps to avoid any products which can cause a lot of glare, like wax or certain cleaning supplies. Investing in some sunglasses can also help you cut through glare.

School-related traffic

The fall also means that the school year is back in full swing. That means more traffic in the mornings and afternoons as school begins and ends. Plus, that means you can expect to see school buses more often, as well as students walking to school if they live close enough.

Therefore, you have to keep their safety in mind as part of your fall driving. Make sure you’re aware of when you’re in a school zone and slow down accordingly. Also, be sure to watch your driving around school buses, and try to treat them in a similar manner to other special vehicles on the road.

Fault-Based States Vs. No Fault States

Sometimes, people refrain from filing claims with their insurance in hopes to avoid their own rates going up after an accident. Even if the accident or damage was not their fault, the insurance will go up. But is this true everywhere? No. These states are no fault. States like South Carolina are considered Fault-Based States.

Fault-Based States Vs. No Fault States: What Does This Mean?

What does fault-based mean?

The law places responsibility on the person who causes the harm. Essentially, if you are reckless with your driving, you will be responsible for making it right if you harm someone or something. South Carolina is one of the fault-based states. If someone hits you, their insurance will be responsible for paying for the damage.

What does no-fault mean?

So, if South Carolina applies fault-based, what about other states? At some point, fault-based states decided there was too much petty fighting over small claims. States likes New York, New Jersey, and Florida became no-fault state. This law requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of personal injury protection coverage in their insurance. Then, in the case of an accident, each driver’s own insurance would cover their own medical bills. If the damage and bills exceed the minimum amount of personal injury protection, they will have the right to file a claim against the other, at-fault party.

What’s the difference, really?

Insurance policies and what they cover are a large difference for this. In fault-based states like South Carolina, you can file a claim against the insurance company for the person who hit you. In no-fault states, your own insurance would have to cover that. This could raise your rates, even if you were innocent in the situation. The insurance rates are highest in no-fault states because of this.

In conclusion, fault is usually the default rule in most states. If you are in an accident, make sure you keep up with all paper work and all happenings after the incident, whether you’re in one of the fault-based states or not. Avoiding admitting fault at the scene, just state the facts as you see them. Making sure you take photos will help your claim, too. Some states have a mixed at-fault/no fault combination. If you need help, we’re here and ready to assist you.