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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Travelling to and from school is often not very safe. However, there are some simple rules that can help to make the school journeys safer, ensuring peace of mind for both children and parents.

1. Waiting for the school bus in the mornings, while traffic is at it busiest, requires a degree of commonsense. Try to have a safe place for children to wait at away from the street and heavy traffic.

2. Don't let children move close to the school bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver has signalled that it is safe to board.

3. At the end of the school day when children leave the bus, instruct your child to move away from the vehicle at least a dozen large strides to a point where the driver can clearly see them. This helps the driver and keeps the child safe as well.

4. Instruct your child to keep a close eye on all traffic near to the school bus. The law has some special protection measures for school buses, but car drivers are only human, and they can and often do make mistakes.

5. If your child walks to school, make sure he or she wears reflective material. Aim to make them as visible to as possible to all drivers. This will help to avoid accidents.

6. If a child rides a bike to school, instruct them to walk the bike through intersections, observe all traffic light signals, and be wearing reflective material. They should also be with a friend if possible as one can help to look out for the other.

7. If you take your own child to school in your car, always have older children in a seat with a safety belt on, younger children in a booster seat with a safety belt on, and very small children in special safety seats, all seated in the back with only you, the driver, in the front.

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Janet Booth lives with her family in Ohio. She is a freelance journalist for a local newspaper, and often has articles published in magazines. When she's not writing she tends to her school supplies website. 0 Comments
Thursday, June 15, 2006
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
Walking is increasingly being rated as an excellent means of staying fit and healthy. It is natural form of exercise that we do every day to some extent. For those who consider it a form of exercise the risks of suffering an injury are low as long as you follow a gradual programme and don't do too much too soon. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes with adequate support and shock absorption and a watch with a second hand if you want to measure the intensity of your walk by measuring the heart rate. The benefits that you derive from walking are dependant on many factors that include, how frequently you walk, the distance covered and the intensity of your walks.

While a half-hour amble through the park might do wonders to reduce your stress levels, it would not do much in terms of weight loss. However, a programme of regular brisk walking (six to eight km), combined with an energy-controlled, low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet should cut some body fat.


. Make your walks a priority. Unless you recognize them as an essential feature of your lifestyle, you will soon abandon them.

. Try to convince a friend to join you. You can motivate one another and chat while walking. Ideally, get your spouse to walk too.

. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes. Take the advice of well-trained staff at the shoe shop.

. Set yourself a goal and reward yourself when you achieve it. Positive reinforcement is strongly linked to success and sustainability.

. Monitor your progress, keep track of the distance walked, how long it took and what your exercising heart rate over a 10-second period is. Also measure your waist, hips and chest every month.

. Find an attractive variety of routes to avoid boredom. A food idea is to measure out a 3-5 km route, which you walk as fast as you can once a week.

. Read up on the benefits of regular walking, i.e. a decrease in your risk of suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression. This information will strengthen your resolve.

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. Don't expect significant weight loss in the first few weeks. Walking 3-4 times a week at a moderate to high intensity can result in fat loss, if combined with high carbohydrate, low-fat meals.

. Don't walk alone in the dark and wear a reflective belt/clothing at dawn or dusk.

. Don't miss sessions early on in your programme. In a few months, you will probably be addicted to it.

. Don't overdo it. Many people start off totally fired up and think that mote is better and add in extra sessions. this leads to burnout and is not sustainable.
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. Men over 40. women over the 50 and those with either a chronic disease or risk factors musk seek medical advice.

. Purchase a pair of suitable walking shoes, a watch with a second hand and a reflective belt.

. Measure out routes ranging from 2-5 km in a safe and attractive suburb.

. Do some baseline measurements as well as your walking sessions.

. Warm up for five minutes before starting out on your walk.

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Monday, June 05, 2006
Bicycle Accidents - How To Avoid Them by Julian Hall
An understanding of how bicycle accidents or a cycling accident occurs can help us to avoid them.
Most people tend to think that bicycle riding is dangerous although the facts point in the opposite direction. Cyclists travel more miles than any other travelers on an average per accident, and they spend more hours on a bicycle compared to other travelers per accident. The fragile look of the bicycle, compare not to most other modes of transport, giving the idea of being dangerous, while its maneuverability tends to prevent most accidents.
Despite the facts pointing to a bicycle being safe, it is important to take certain precautions in making it safer. Although the rate of accidents is lesser, most bicycle accidents are either harmless or just the opposite. Riding habits vary widely and it has been observed that the rate of accidents vary widely between different groups of riders. Children are known to have about 725 accidents per million hours of riding whereas a group of UK cyclists averaged just 66 accidents per million hours. Since, cycling is an art mastered differently by everyone, skill becomes a major factor and it has been observed that many people tend to fall off a bicycle frequently while others seem to be riding eternally.
Most cyclists tend to think that they are plain lucky or unlucky, which is not the case. It is important for a cyclist to work towards safer riding practices than to blame it on luck alone. It has been seen that many cyclists get involved in accidents owing to being careful. They tend to follow wrong procedures. Cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road or riding on the edge of the pavement are actually trying to be careful in preventing accidents failing to realize that they are more prone to being hit by larger vehicles.
BBC Radio 4 collected some interesting opinions where cyclists say they have good reason to ride in the road, as bike lanes are often badly designed, even dangerous.
* "In Battersea there is a cycle path on the pavement which has a beautiful tree in the middle of it." * "A cycle facility near me has five gates to negotiate in half a mile (involving slowing down, stopping, opening the gate, going through, shutting the gate, back on the bike etc)... or I could use the road." * "Our cycle lanes offer poorer visibility than the road, run dangerously near lamp posts and road signs, and are not respected by pedestrians." * "In 2003 I rode from John O'Groats to Lands End and attempted to use cycle lanes where possible. On too many occasions I found myself in situations which were potentially more dangerous than staying on the road, where cyclists have a legal right."
Careful analysis of most bicycle accidents proves that cyclists are safer when they treat riding their bicycle as driving a car or any other vehicle. A motor vehicle drivers scans for other traffic on the road but does not really look at bicycles, neither does he expect a bicycle to come rushing at him from the sides or from the opposite side of the traffic.
Despite the law giving the bicycles, the recognition of being a full fledged vehicle and the riders, the rights and responsibilities of a vehicle operator, the police do not enforce them, since they think that a cyclist is most prone to injury.
Finally, do not on edges of the street, and fight for your rights when you think that the accident was not your fault. Be careful and ride your bicycle as though you were driving your car, you will be safer that way.
About the Author
Julian Hall is the Director of Claims Master Group. Personal injury Claim, Bicycle Accidents Claims 0 Comments
Reflective Clothing
It is dangerous to ride your bike on the road. Even with all the right signaling, LED lights, and correct bicycle etiquette, perfect weather, and bright sunlight, it is dangerous to share the road with cars. Drivers are careless. They don't pay attention. They look away for two seconds and that's all it takes for you to get in their way. The best you can do is take every possible precaution to make sure you are seen – from a distance as well as up close. The only way to do that is reflective clothing.
Safety clothing is as essential to a biker's gear as the helmet on her head and the water bottle attached to the frame of the bike. Reflective vests, reflective belts, even reflector tape are indispensable when it comes to safety. Lightweight, reflective clothing won't slow you down, so you can work on your speed knowing that you have taken every precaution to protect yourself.
Runners, too, can benefit from reflective vests and other safety clothing. Without the metal bike frame to catch and reflect headlights or sunlight, it is easy for runners to blend in with the scenery. Serious runners who run on major roads and even more casual runners who stick to neighborhood streets all run the risk of being on the wrong end of a vehicle collision. Choosing running shoes with reflective strips on the backs and sides is a start but it's not enough. Make sure that you have reflective vests with flashing LED lights, especially when you're running at night because even bright yellow can disappear in the dark.
Don't assume that because it is daytime you are safe as far as visibility is concerned. Sometimes the sun catching the reflective bicycle lights or safety vests is the only thing that will make you stand out to a driver when the sun is blindingly bright. Be liberal with the reflective tape. Use it on any or all of the following:
* Backpacks and bags* Helmets* Safety vests* Any clothing including shorts, shirts, and jackets* Back of the bicycle seat* Backs of shoes* Equipment including water bottles, bike tools, and two way radios
Kids and pets, especially dogs and cats that tend to slip out the front door when we're not looking, can benefit from reflective safety clothing. Whether playing with their friends or walking home after a late afternoon team practice or play rehearsal, it's especially important to protect your kids after dark.
It's better to be safe than sorry. When you walk the dog in the evening, take the kids out into the street ride bikes or roller skate, or even if you're out sweeping the sidewalk – if you're anywhere near cars, then it's important to protect yourself and your family with reflective safety clothing.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006
"A conviction on any of these offenses, including offenses committed while operating a motorized bicycle, will add points to your driver's license as follows.

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