How to Fix Your Most Dangerous Driving Habits

We all know the various activities we are not supposed to do while driving. But despite the fact that everyone knows at some level how to drive safely, over 38,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents in 2015. It was the largest percentage rise in vehicle accidents in 50 years.

We should remember that a car accident is a colossal safety failure and that even basic steps can help you avoid an accident. Therefore, some of the most dangerous driving habits are also some of the easiest to fix. Here are five habits which far too many drivers do and what you can do to avoid them.

  1. Road Rage

I once had a boss who was extraordinarily calm and respectful in the office, yet turned into a ball of rage whenever we drove together to an outside meeting. He would curse and slander anyone whose driving annoyed him in any way, and it was a deeply unpleasant experience especially because he was normally a nice guy.

Road rage can transform anyone into a monster instantly, and an angry driver is an unsafe driver. But why do we get so angry? According to Slate, it is the fact that other drivers are anonymous and hidden in their cars. This causes us to dehumanize them and is comparable to how people online can transform into vicious jerks when they talk to someone while hiding behind a screen.

Driving alongside a passenger can help you act like you would normally, though that does not always work as in my case. But if you find yourself experiencing road rage, take a moment to calm down, breathe deeply, and not let your anger take over.

  1. Drowsy driving

Drunk driving is dangerous because alcohol slows your reactions which you need to drive safely. But driving while sleepy poses similar problems. Furthermore, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report found that drowsy driving is more likely to occur on freeways which increases the chances of a fatal accident, and that young men are the group most at risk from this sort of accident.

If you are tired, don’t hesitate to pull over and rest. Sleeping in a car is not as comfortable sleeping in your bed, but it is still better than taking the chance of sleeping forever.

  1. Speeding through yellow lights

Contrary to the popular beliefs of drivers, yellow lights do not mean “Speed up to avoid the red light.” They mean “slow down.”

Slowing down on seeing a yellow light and being the first car stuck at a red light sucks. But the problem with speeding up is that it encourages you to keep speeding up until the last second, increasing the risk that you mistime things and end up running a red light after all. And even if you avoid a car accident for now, you can find yourself having a very unpleasant conversation with a nearby officer.

  1. Distracted driving

We’re not just talking about cell phones. Activities like eating and talking can also take your mind off the road and increase your risk of an accident. In fact, one of the biggest causes of distracted driving are young children and parents’ attempt to handle their various idiosyncrasies.

Distracted driving caused over 400,000 injuries in 2009, but they are not that difficult to stop. Put your phone away. If something really urgent pops up like an important phone call, pull over and take care of it. Focusing only on one thing at a time is a crucial safety tip, whether we are looking at driving, the workplace, or anywhere else.

  1. Seat belts

Cars have more safety features than ever, but nothing beats a seatbelt when it comes to saving lives. The CDC observes that seat belts saved 12,802 lives in 2014 and warns that airbags “are not a substitute for seat belts.” And yet despite that important fact, far too many people think that they are “too old” for seat belts or find it uncomfortable.

If you’re not used to constantly wearing a seat belt, get used to it. Wear it all the time, even when you only need to move your car a couple feet. Doing it every single time regardless of circumstances will turn it into a habit.

Make seatbelt wearing a habit and you will get used to it. Far from feeling uncomfortable while wearing it, you will feel uncomfortable driving without it. And that is a good thing.

Relax and stay focused

Driving safely is not that hard. All it requires is that you focus on the road, not be distracted by texts or anything else, and stay alert. Alertness, more than anything else, is the one trait which will help you stay alive and not turn into another statistic.

Make good driving a habit by wearing your seatbelt and by getting rid of distractions, and you will have nothing to worry about.

How Millennials Are Transforming Social Entrepreneurialism

In the world of social entrepreneurialism, changes in technology and social media have been a big boon. But the impact of millennials entering the field has been the biggest boon of all.

Millennials now make up over one third of the workforce, which means they are the largest individual segment in the market. Changes in the field of social entrepreneurialism are already taking place as a result. 88 percent of millennials say they’re interested in working for an entrepreneur, and more than half express interest in starting a business of their own someday.

Millennials, more dedicated to a work life that gives them meaning than previous generations, are more naturally drawn to social entrepreneurialism with a general desire of making the world a better place.

“I think both as a product of technology and of their immense talent, Millennials have tremendous options. If they aren’t happy in their roles or if their skills are not being fully utilized, this generation is particularly savvy in its ability to pivot and seek out new opportunities,” said Baltimore Corps CEO Fagan Harris. “Millennials are more active in seeking out work that is highly meaningful to them, and that often translates to cause-driven work.”

In an interview with Conscious Company Magazine, entrepreneur Radha Agrawal described the millennial mindset and what they seek from work. “If I were to draw a Venn diagram, there’d be three circles: one circle would say community, one circle would say wellness, and one circle would say fun,” Agrawal said.

Companies that want to take advantage of this millennial desire for self-satisfaction from their employment need to refocus their efforts on reaching out to millennials, and companies that want to reach out to the growing consumer body of millennials are dipping their toes in activism if only to attract the millennial crowd, as well.

In addition, the instant-gratification attitude of millennials often produces a get-it-done attitude that coincides well with entrepreneurialism, making them excellent candidates with sufficient motivation for change and the drive to try and achieve it.

Millennials are fans of collaboration, which means they desire in some way to work with others to produce results, even if they’re the target. “Companies that understand this and figure out ways to engage in this co-creation relationship with millennials will have an edge,” said entrepreneur Jason Haber. This is a willing and available force of people with similar goals of improving the world, and taking advantage of it can be a huge boon to activist organizations.

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A bad snacking habit can take a serious toll on your health. Constant access to junk food can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and other weight-related issues. The addiction to overeating can be as strong as alcoholism. And, like alcohol addiction treatment, mindless snacking and overeating can be difficult to reign in. There are a multitude of reasons why someone would be an overeater, but all of them can lead to the same health problems.

Quick habit-breaking tips include drinking an entire glass of water before meals, or when you’re feeling a craving for a snack. This helps you reassess whether you want food or not, and also helps your hydration.

Eat your meals slowly, as overeating is often a result of eating faster than your brain can process how much you’ve eaten. Sense your fullness rather than waiting for it to hit you, and let that determine when you stop eating, rather than how much is left on your plate.

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