Motorcycle Hacks: Being A Smart and Cool Rider 

If you’ve been in the motorcycle game for some time now, you’ve likely learned a few motorcycle hacks along the way. But, for new riders— they might not have learned those tricks of the trade yet. From old-school Apple Maps, to keeping the sun out of your eyes— there are plenty of ways to make your ride a little easier, and maybe even quicker….

Motorcycle Hacks: Being A Smart and Cool Rider

The magnet trick(s)

If you have a bluetooth helmet that can read you directions— good for you! But, some of us might not have that luxury quite yet. So, we’ve got just the hack for you. So, let’s say you have your directions written down on a piece of paper that you need to reference every now and then. It’ a bit hard to steer the motorcycle, and read your directions. So, grab a few magnets, and stick them to the metal on your bike. They’ll hold on easy, and they can keep your written directions in an easily viewable spot. These motorcycle hacks are pretty cool, right?

Our second magnet trick is a great way to help you shave off some travel time. If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle— you know that stoplights can be pretty problematic. Usually, a motorcycle isn’t going to trigger those sensors to let the light know you need it to turn. So, attach a few magnets to the bottom of your bike. Why? Because the electro-magnetic force of a bike is pretty weak, but add on those magnets, and you might as well be in a big rig.

Cool for the summer

One of the biggest issues that many riders have is overheating. While they make warm weather gear— new gear is typically pretty expensive. So, bag up some ice and put it into your pockets or jacket. This is a great way to cool off, especially if you’re riding in heavy gear on a hot July afternoon. But, be sure to double bag that ice… don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Keep your kickstand from sinking

If you’re pulling over for a quick break; there’s a strong chance you’ll be putting down your kickstand. But, sometimes you can run into trouble in doing this. If you’ve stopped in an area that isn’t covered in gravel— there’s the potential that your kickstand could sink. Doing so could knock your bike over, or even break your kickstand. No matter what, the outcome is pretty much the same— damaged bike.

So, you’ve got to keep it from sinking… but, how? By increasing the surface area of where it sits! A kickstand is typically quite small. Sturdy, sure, but small. So, crush a can, take some cardboard— whatever you have, and put that under the kickstand. It’ll keep your kickstand clean, but also— above ground.

Choosing a Safe, Quality Nursing Home For Your Loved One

If you’re entertaining the idea of putting your friend or family into a nursing home— it’s important to do your research. Elder abuse, unfortunately, is a common occurrence in many assisted living facilities. So, it’s important to pick a safe, and reputable one. But where do you start? Lucky for you, we’ve done our research, and put together a guide for picking a quality nursing home. That way, you can focus on your family member— we’ve got the rest.

Choosing a Safe, Quality Nursing Home For Your Loved One

Start by figuring out what’s important to you

What kind of criteria do you need the nursing home to meet? What do you expect the nursing home to be like, and provide in terms of services? There are plenty of nursing homes that focus on different aspects. Whether those focuses be hands-on hospice type care, luxury apartment style, special care, religion, physical therapy… You should begin by establishing what you expect of the place you choose, and work backwards from there.

Reach out for feedback

The wonderful thing about our day and age is that people are oversharing. While we distaste it sometimes, it’s pretty great when you need feedback. Ask your Facebook community, check out Google reviews, talk to friends, even look to Yelp. The point is, you’ll find out the most important information by reading and speaking with people that have a first hand account.

Write down your questions

It can be overwhelming when you’re at the facility for the first time. You’re taking it in, checking for signs of trouble, and trying to decide if it’s a strong fit for your family member. So, it can be easy to forget to ask questions. But, there are plenty of important questions to ask. So, put it in writing— as well as their responses. You’re likely looking into more than one place; you don’t want to get the wires crossed.

Visit twice, one time unannounced

You’ve already visited once and asked all your questions. You likely called ahead and told them you’d be making a visit so that you could talk to someone specific. While this is a great thing to do, and will help you get a good feel for the place— visiting one more time unannounced might give you a more authentic view of the place than your organized visit. You want to catch them off guard and see how the day to day operations go. Doing so, will likely make your decision much easier.

If you’ve picked a winner— make sure you understand the contract

Read it carefully, ask questions, and don’t agree to anything you’re uncomfortable with. Ultimately, this choice will be quite personal to you. You’re making a big decision, and putting a lot of trust into this nursing home. It’s not unfair of you to be extremely thorough, and if they treat it as a burden— they are likely not the place for you. So, take the time, put in the work, ask the questions, and make the best choice for your loved one. We wish you luck as you go forth on your search!

Avoiding Worker’s Comp Claims In Small Business

Starting a small business requires plenty of blood, sweat, and tears. However, you want to avoid those blood, sweat, and tears when it comes to your employees. Worker’s compensation claims can be costly in a number of ways, especially for a small business. So, let’s focus on reducing worker’s compensation claims for small business. But, remember, any business can follow these tips for a less accident-prone work, and we hope you will!

Avoiding Worker’s Comp Claims: Small Business Tips

Provide Proper Training for Health and Safety Protocol, and Provide Incentive

The key to keeping worker’s safe starts with having informed worker’s. Hosting a seminar once every few months, will keep safety protocol fresh in their minds. Identify common injuries, prevention, and hazards that fall into their line of work. Aside from prevention, it’s also important that you stress proper procedure, gear, and protocol for injuries.

Provide a Refresher, and Incentivize Safe Periods

While you want to prevent injury, you also want to make sure that employees are preparing for accidents that may come. Offer workshops, classes, safety seminars, and incentive. Make it 6 months without injury? Give your employees a little kickback. While financial incentives are any employees favorite— you could host a happy hour after work, buy them lunch one day, or give each person one paid day off at some point in time. The key is to encourage safety, but also incentivize it.

Provide Proper Screening At Time of Hire

Consider experience, adaptability, ability to learn quickly, and have them verbally solve a problem that might occur in the workplace. While you will provide training, new hires are always the most susceptible to injury because they’re not familiar with the way you do things. Depending on the type of business you run, they will have a number of different responsibilities. Make sure you are hiring proper candidates that will be able to perform job duties safely and will bring a diverse skill set to the team. As well as providing proper training.

Promote A Strong Manager From Within

As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities. That means you will likely have to hire someone to handle your worker’s from day to day while you handle the back-of-house stuff. While you might think the promoting your longest running employee is the way to go— consider other candidates. Hiring from within the company is always a good idea. Doing so encourages employees to work hard, show initiative, and empowers them to work hard and safe. Not to mention, those inside hires already know how the business works. Therefore, you can provide quicker, more efficient training on the job.

While you will be hiring someone else to take some responsibility, your engagement is extremely important

While you might not think this has anything to do with avoiding worker’s comp claims— it does. Good managers will keep worker’s in check, but your involvement keeps workplace morale at a high. Setting high standards, and making sure your employees respect you, as well as the workplace, prevents careless mistakes.

Anything can happen, and it’s important to remember that. But, a small business will be hit much harder by workplace accidents than a large corporation would. For a large company, the money that goes out for worker’s compensation will not hit quite as hard. So, hire smart and enforce the appeal of a safe work environment.

 

Team Truck Driving: Weighing Pros and Cons

There are plenty of different options when it comes to becoming a truck driver. You can do regional, national, long-haul, interstate, solo, or even team trucking. Team truck driving is a pretty great option, especially when you are doing a long-haul. You can get a bit more rest, and can schedule according to two drivers versus one. But what counts as team truck driving? And sure there are pro’s to it, but what are the cons?

Team Truck Driving: Pros and Cons of Teamwork Trucking

What is team truck driving?

Team truck driving simply means that two drivers are riding together, versus one driver handling the entire load. So, the drivers can take a longer schedule as a unit, and can take turns getting rest, and driving. Some companies allow this type of practice, and others do not. But, there is an undeniable appeal to the idea of sharing a long-haul and getting some extra sleep.

What are the advantages?

For one, driving alone can get quite lonely. Some prefer the time alone, but after a while it can get quite lonely. Having someone around can help you stay sane sometimes when the silence gets tough or you run out of CD’s.

I know we keep saying it, but man, is it worth saying. You get extra sleep! You don’t have to stop to rest, just swap off drivers. In doing so, there’s also the potential for more money making. Because you don’t have to stop to sleep, you’re cutting major time off of your route. There are a few companies that even offer financial incentives to those willing to work in a team because it improves productivity.

What are the disadvantages?

When you’re spending a long period of time with someone, there is always the potential for confrontation. You’re irritable, it’s early, and maybe the other guy is playing his music too loud. Or maybe, you just don’t see eye to eye on something and find yourselves arguing for hours on end. No matter the direction it takes, confrontation is an issue.

Also, while you won’t have to pull over to sleep— there is the potential for more stops because, well, there’s two of you. Two people who might want to shower, use the bathroom, get food, or stretch their legs. There is the potential for increased efficiency, but also decreased deficiency depending on how you two operate together.

Team truck driving can be great!

You can make more money, find a new friend, and be a bit more well rested than you would be otherwise. But, it’s important to try these things out before committing long term. Good partners are hard to come by, and it’s easy for everyone to feel like boss. So, take your time, and give this a shot! We wish you, and your teammate, luck!

First Responder’s PTSD and Worker’s Comp Claims

When you think about what the workers compensation system should cover— you likely think of physical injuries. Someone falls, breaks a bone, cuts themselves, or has any other type of accident. But what you might not consider are those injuries that you cannot see. Sure, there are occupational diseases, lifetime impairments, even arthritis— but there is also PTSD. PTSD can stem from a number of occupations; but the one were focusing on today is for a  first responder.

First Responder PTSD and Worker’s Compensation Claims

A first responder comes to the scene— no matter the accident, and no matter the victim. Imagine that. Every day you treat severely injured or fatal children, mothers, fathers, friends… When they report to the scene, they have to distance themselves and get the job done. But what about when they go home? PTSD for first responders is extremely common. But when it comes to workers compensation, the lines become blurry, and paid treatment is often difficult to come by.

But, Why is That?

The system for workers compensation can be tricky sometimes. When it comes to North Carolina law, specifically, the law states that an injury is only eligible when the ‘injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment.’ But especially when it comes to first responders— the specific incident is difficult to point out. As we’ve said, every day presents it’s own challenges and difficult situations. Ultimately, you must have the ability to be extremely specific about what’s causing your PTSD.

Why Should It Be Otherwise?

For plenty of jobs, but especially that of a first responder, they are performing a duty that is often thankless. First responders see the worst of the accidents we see on the news. They endure, push through, and save lives. In doing so, they often sacrifice their own well-being, both mentally and physically.

How to Receive Worker’s Compensation for PTSD

Most denied claims for mental ailments come from their lack of clarity on the exact moment their problem began. While it’s hard to pin down a moment for most, consider beginning to write them down. Something sticks out to you, document it. Keeping a journal or log of what happens, how it affects you, and the dates— you have a much more likely chance of being accepted. These claims are tough to get through, but the more detail— the more likely. We wish you luck as you fight for your right to quality treatment, and we are here if you need us.