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.

High Wind Driving: Safety Tips

The fall months can bring with them a host of potential risks to driver. Among these risks includes potentially having to experience high wind driving. Driving in extremely windy conditions can be tricky, but there are some ways you can improve your safety while on the road…

High Wind Driving: Potential Driver Risks

Slow down and keep control

Speed plays an important role in keeping you safe during high wind driving. Powerful crosswinds make it harder to you to keep your car pointed straight on the road. If you’re going too fast, then it’ll be harder to correct any changes brought on by the wind. Therefore, it’s important to manage your speed and take things slower than usual.

You’ll also want to make sure you keep a stable amount of control over your car. That means you’ll want to keep both hands on the steering wheel, especially if you’re driving a heavier car or truck. These days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock on the wheel.

Watch for debris

Another danger of high wind driving is airborne debris. Powerful wind can kick up a wide variety of dangerous things, such as branches and bricks. Some of the strongest winds can even knock over full trees and cause heavy damage to buildings, which can end up falling onto the roads. Therefore, you need to keep an eye out for any debris which could pose a threat.

Some of the most dangerous debris which people tend to miss are falling power lines. Combine this with the fact that high winds often accompany heavy rains, and you could end up with power lines hidden under flooded roads. Try to look out for power lines while you’re driving, and avoid any areas where it appears they’ve fallen.

Avoid stopping in dangerous spots

If high wind driving feels like it’ll be too risky, you might just want to stay off the road. However, it’s important to make sure you stop in a safe spot. For instance, you don’t want to stop on a bridge, as your car could get blown off due to the winds. Instead, try to find a nice and secure structure you can take cover in.

Trucking Technology: Modern Marvels

Doorbells aren’t just bells anymore. Blindspots hardly exist with motion sensors. You can track your lost keys. Everything has an app connected to it these days. As technology has grown in popularity and use, it has become more relevant in trucking. Luckily, trucking technology makes being on the road safer for everyone. In addition, this new technology makes hauls more efficient and manageable.

Trucking Technology: Improvements Behind the Wheel 

In-Cab Cameras

In the past, it has been easy for those involved in a collision with a truck to make a claim against the truck. For a long time, it was easy to win those cases because the truck usually suffered much less damage than the passenger vehicle. In-cab cameras are a primary piece of trucking technology utilized today. It keeps the driver and the company safe from false insurance claims. 

Route Management

In order to maintain efficiency, companies can use dynamic routing. Dynamic routing tracks a variety of factors, making it easy for fleets to see where opportunities or problems are. This trucking technology makes use of GPS information. With more ideal conditions for selling product, truckers can deliver with more ease.

Logging Devices

Logging devices are now a piece of required trucking technology. This tracks and records all hours of service of each driver. Because there are such strict regulations on how much a driver can work in one day, it’s important that this information is truthful and accurate. Previously, companies were over-working drivers or drivers were exaggerating trucking logs. These loging devices protect both the driver and the company.

Sensing Technology

This piece of trucking technology significantly decreases the amount of collisions with trucks. Sensing technology alerts a driver if there are cars or other trucks in their blind spots. This, in addition to monitoring speed and other factors, makes driving safer. Some of these technologies have the ability to report on the physical truck conditions, too. For example, one software can record the weight and load data, allowing drivers to skip weigh stations.

Trucking technology is a great addition to our roadways. It protects drivers, passenger vehicles, and companies. As the technology improves and broadens, our roadways will be the safest they’ve ever been!

Vehicle Inspections: Pros and Cons

The Carolinas are similar in a lot of aspects. When it comes to vehicle inspections, however, they are totally different. North Carolina requires an inspection, South Carolina does not. If you have a vehicle that has not been taken care of, getting an inspection sounds like a scary proposal. And by scary, we mean expensive and time consuming. If you care doesn’t pass inspection, some states won’t allow you to register it. Meaning you won’t be able to legally drive it.

Vehicle Inspections: Pros and Cons

Pros of Vehicle Inspections

  • For starters, and most importantly: safety
  • Safety is the largest reason for vehicle inspections. In addition to the safety it provides for you and passengers, it provides safety to the public. Riding on roads with cars that have poor maintenance history can increase the chances of accidents. For example, rust makes the metal of a car weaker. If your car is rust, it could be unsafe during an accident.
  • State Income
  • Money collected from fees for vehicle inspections go directly to the state. Larger state budgets help all aspects of the state-level economy.
  • Emissions
  • Vehicle inspections check a car’s emissions levels. In addition to the other safety benefits, emissions help keep smog levels down. Smog can contribute to a variety of health problems, especially breathing and other respiratory issues.

Cons of Vehicle Inspections

  • Pricey
  • For some low income families, getting a vehicle inspection sparks an economic panic. Because low income families are usually the ones driving older cars, they have a higher chance of not passing inspection. A failed inspection can lead to a large cost of repairs. 
  • Not to mention, bribery runs wild in this industry
  • In many states, they are required to drive legally. However, South Carolina is not one of those.
  • If you are familiar with inspections, you’ve probably heard that people “know a guy” who can pass your car. By taking this route, you’ll miss the point of inspecting your car. By passing cars that shouldn’t pass in exchange for a gift (money or otherwise), the safety of the driver and others is being compromised.
  • Repairs
  • Lastly, if you take your car to a shop for inspection and it needs several things done before passing, the shop can make you feel obligated to get the repairs done then and there. Unfortunately, some shops take advantage of the situation vehicle inspections leave you in.

Bluetooth Headsets: Motorcycle Riding

Once you buy yourself your first motorcycle, you’ll have to make sure you gear up properly. One of the most useful pieces of extra gear you can invest in are Bluetooth headsets. These specialized devices can help you improve both your communication and safety when on the road…

Bluetooth Headsets: Biker Communication

Talk to other riders

One of the trickiest things about bike riding, especially when in groups, is communication. Due to the loud engines and fast speeds, it’s near impossible to talk to your other riders or drivers normally. As a result, bikers use hand signals to give general indications, like for turns or stops. But what if you need to get a little bit more specific?

This is where Bluetooth headsets come in handy. Connecting headsets allows for you to directly talk to your other bike riders. This makes it much easier to ride together and ensure that everyone is on the same page. Plus, those who are a little bit more ahead can give useful heads-ups to the rest of the group, ensure everyone stays safe.

Avoid distractions

Driving distractions are something you want to avoid at all costs. The most prominent distraction for drivers these days is their cell phones. From music, to GPS apps, to calls and texts, just taking your eyes off the road for a split second can be deadly. Now, imagine how it is on a motorcycle, where not having both hands on the handlebars is even more dangerous.

However, if you want to avoid these distractions, then Bluetooth headsets can help you out. These headsets can allow for you to connect your phone directly to them. That means you can stream your music right to your device. Same goes for if you’re using a GPS app, and you can even take phone calls without having to take your eyes off the road.

Pricing

Of course, Bluetooth headsets come in a wide variety of price ranges. So what sets the cheaper variants apart from their more-expensive ones? Mainly, it comes down to range. Older, cheaper headsets tend to only have line-of-sight range with up to 4 riders connected. More-expensive models use new technology which lets multiple riders connect over a span of miles.

Staying Awake: Fighting Driver Drowsiness

Truck drivers, much like workers at other jobs, have their fair share of risks to watch for. One of those risks, especially on long trips, is staying awake. Drowsiness while driving can really be dangerous, both to truckers and other drivers. Therefore, it’s important to know how you can keep yourself awake…

Staying Awake: Truck Driver Safety

Watch what you eat

Your diet can play a large role in staying awake while on the road. You might think that it’s a good idea to eat a lot when you stop for food. After all, that should help you stay full and make less stops, right? However, eating too much can end up making you very tired.

Instead, your body will respond better to smaller meals and snacks. Also, while many people think caffeine can help with staying awake, it too has a similar effect. Too much caffeine will cause you to crash, making you drastically tired. Like with food, it’s best to keep your caffeine intake in-check.

Get some exercise

Another thing that helps for staying awake is exercise. The body doesn’t like it when it’s doing nothing for up to hours on end. Therefore, the more you just sit there and drive, the more tired you’ll get. A little bit of movement and exercise can go a long way in getting your blood flowing and keeping yourself feeling awake.

Plus, the nice thing is that you don’t have to do anything crazy. In fact, there are plenty of simple exercises you can do each time you make a stop for say food or gas. Even a 5 minute walk can really help with getting yourself ready for the drive ahead.

Watch for lights at night

When driving at night, a lot of people assume bright lights will help for staying awake. However, it turns out the opposite is true. The contrast between the bright lights and dark night actually makes you more sleepy. That’s why you’ll want to minimize the exposure you have to bright lights.

For starters, try to turn the dashboard lights in your truck down when driving at night. Also, try to use red lights in the interior, as blue lights will cause you to feel sleepy faster. Plus, avoid looking at other driver’s headlights head-on. Instead, do your best to look off to the side.