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Pet Safety In The Car: Keeping Them Safe

While we all like spending time with our pets, they can become a safety risk when in the car. Pets can become distractions when driving with them, and of course distracted driving is pretty unsafe. That’s why pet safety is important for any pet-having driver to know. This knowledge will help you keep both yourself and your pet safe when on the road…

Pet Safety: How To Drive With Them

Keep them restrained

It can feel a bit mean to restrain you pet while in the car. However, an unrestrained pet is both a risk for you, and at much more of a risk themselves. Unrestrained pets can get in the way of your driving, causing an accident. Plus, these unrestrained pets can end up either being injured by air bags, or flung from the car in an accident.

Therefore, a large part of pet safety is keeping them secure. There are some options here for how you can do this. For example, you can buy special pet seat belts which will keep them secured in the seats. You can also get a pet carrier for them. However, always make sure they ride in the back, as the front seats are too dangerous even with restraints. 

Feed them beforehand

Another important part of pet safety is making sure they’re ready for the trip. Pets can get carsick just like us. Of course, it’s pretty distracting if someone gets carsick and potentially throws up out the window. Pets. however, will probably end up throwing up in your car, creating a pretty big distraction.

It helps to make sure that you feed your pet before your trip begins. Feeding them about 3 to 4 hours beforehand helps to do the trick. You’ll also want to bring extra food and water for them just in case. Make sure to let them out as well when you stop, so they can do things like go to the bathroom.

Don’t leave them in the car

​You’d think that people would know not to leave their pets in locked cars. However, as seen by people who still do it, it’s an important part of pet safety that gets overlooked. Cars can heat up very quickly, especially in the summer. This can quickly become fatal if your pet is left alone for a long period of time. Therefore, if you can’t bring your pet inside with you, it’s best to leave them at home instead.

Car Maintenance

If there’s one thing any driver hates, it’s car problems. Car issues can lead to potential breakdowns, and some seriously costly repairs. However, performing some good car maintenance can really help keep your car in good shape. Doing so will help save you headaches and cost in the future…

Car Maintenance: Keep Your Car Going

Check your tires

It’s very easy to take your tires for granted. However, it turns out that 738 accident-related deaths were caused by poor tires in 2017 alone. Therefore, it’s important not to neglect your tires. Instead, you want to regularly check them for issues as part of your car maintenance, both the obvious and the harder-to-spot kinds. 

First, check for anything like screws, nails, or tears which weaken your tires and lead to leaks. It also helps to check your tire pressure once a month, and get it up to its proper level if needed. Tire rotations also help improve your tread life, and should be done every 6,000-8,000 miles.

Inspect the oil & other fluids

Drivers also tend to gloss over their car’s fluids, but they’re a key part of proper car maintenance. Your oil, for instance, is crucial for keeping your engine running right. Therefore, it helps to check it every month or so to see if it’s time for a change.

However, your car has other fluids besides oil. Remember, you have power-steering, automatic transmission, wiper, and break fluids as well. Try to give these fluids a look each time you check your oil.

Other components

There’s a lot of different components that go into your car that you’d want to look over as part of your car maintenance. For instance, your lights are very important for safely driving, so check them out to see if they still work and aren’t burnt-out or cracked. Don’t forget about checking your windshield wipers too.

Of course, you’ll want to check the internal core parts too. While you don’t have to do anything crazy, simply keeping your battery free of corrosion and cleaning your radiator can go a long way. For those harder-to-reach areas, it helps to bring your car to an auto shop and have them check things out for you. 

Overweight Fines

A truck driver has a number of important responsibilities they must take on. One of those includes watching their weight limits. Not only do overloads hurt a company’s reputation, it also can bring on hefty overweight fines. However, there are some steps you can take to make sure you avoid these fines…

Overweight Fines: Ways To Avoid Them

Double-check your load

One way you can avoid overweight fines is by double-checking your loads. Remember that truck scales check more than just if your truck and trailer is over it’s acceptable weight limit. They also check how that weight is distributed. If a weight station finds that your truck isn’t carrying the weight properly, you can still be hit with an overweight fine.

Therefore, it’s important to double-check what you’re carrying if you can. Make sure that the load you’re carrying is secure and well-balanced too. If you need to, use things like ties or other restraints to ensure your load is secure and balanced enough to meet the weight requirements.

Consider your fuel

At first, you might not think that fuel adds that much weight to your truck. However, having a full tank can add a considerable amount to your weight. That weight could be enough to put you over the weight limits, and result in overweight fines.

Therefore, you’ll want to do your best to balance out your fuel levels across your trip. It might be more beneficial in the long-run to make more stops for fuel than load up during one stop. That way, you can avoid a overweight fine due to having too much fuel. Plus, these stops will give you a chance to stretch and rest during your trip. 

Plan out your route

Planning out a good route can really help you avoid overweight fines. A good, efficient route can help you save both time and money. While there are many things you’ll want to plan your route around, some of the important ones are truck scales, truck stops, and gas stations.

Some people might try and plan their routes around permanent weight stations. However, many officials carry portable scales with them as well. Therefore, it’s best to make sure you meet the weight requirements at all times just in case. 

Eating Drivers: Roadway Hazards

There are plenty of ways to put yourself at risk when you’re driving. You could be drinking, under the influence of drugs, on your phone, or even eating. We know you’re hungry, but there are certain things that should be avoided when you’re driving. When it comes to eating drivers, they are ultimately just as distracted as someone on their cell phone. So, we encourage you to avoid this act all together, or at the very least— limit it to the occasional granola bar…

Eating Drivers: Preventing Accidents

Plan your morning accordingly

The majority of the reason for eating drivers is that you’re running late. Your alarm clock was off, or maybe your morning routines just took a bit longer than usual. No matter the reason, you’re running late and have to eat from behind the wheel. As I mentioned, the occasional granola bar is much less risky. However, you’re still taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to unwrap and eat your meal. So, consider prepping your breakfast the night before, eating at the office, or even just being more strict when it comes to that alarm clock.

A commute is stressful. However, when you’re making perfect time it can be a bit less stressful. So, set yourself up for success the night before and in the morning. That missed alarm might still get you from time to time. But making an effort to reduce that might just make all the difference.

Eat while Parked

Eating drivers can be just as dangerous as texting drivers. Finding ways to avoid it, such as the ones we mentioned above, can be beneficial in making sure you aren’t putting yourself and other drivers at risk. You might not have time to sit down and eat at home before work. But, you might make it to work with a few minutes to spare. So, take that moment in your car or the break room and eat your meal. Eating behind the wheel is a no-go, but that doesn’t mean you should skip eating altogether.

Get what you need when you need it

Ultimately, it all comes down to a little planning and discipline. Those extra ten minutes in bed might feel great, but not better than being fed and full until lunch time. So, take an extra minute in the morning or night to decide how you can avoid becoming one of those eating drivers. While it might be an adjustment right now, it’ll be routine in no time at all.

Workplace Allergies: Productivity & Risk

While the summer months definitely bring the heat, they also bring allergens. Many people see their allergies flare up during these months, and they can carry over into the workplace. Workplace allergies can seriously get in the way of your work, just like any work injury. However, there are ways for you to manage and overcome them…

Workplace Allergies: Ways To Manage

Recognize your allergies

In order to manage your workplace allergies, you first need to be aware of what your allergens are. Most people tend to get allergy tests as kids to see what they may or may not be allergic too. However, over time, new allergies could develop, or you could grow out of old ones. Therefore, it doesn’t hurt to get checked again as you get older.

It’s also important to know how severe your allergies are. For example, some allergies might just be annoying, like pollen allergies. However, others may be life-threatening, like food-based allergies. Knowing how severe your allergies are can help you take the appropriate steps to keep yourself safe.

Your allergies & your work

Once you recognize what your workplace allergies are, then it’s time to see how they may show up in your work. This depends on both the kind of work you do, and what your allergies are. For instance, a pollen allergy might impact you more if you work outside instead of inside.

However, some allergies might get in the way no matter where you work. The most apparent kind might be food-based ones. You could run into co-workers who have food you’re allergic to. Or, your work might offer foods that you don’t know the ingredients for, putting you at risk.

Managing your allergies

As it turns out, managing your workplace allergies doesn’t have to be all that complicated. The first thing you’ll want to do it take steps to limit your exposure. Of course, this goes beyond you just staying away from your allergens. It helps to let your co-workers and boss know about them too. That way, they can help make the workplace safer and more comfortable for you.

Still, some allergens might be out of their control. In these cases, it helps to take some extra precautions. You may want to wear some extra protective equipment when working, especially if you’ll constantly be around an allergen. Plus, you can see if allergy medicines can help minimize the symptoms. 

Cut Prevention

Cuts are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. Now, you might not think a simple cut is all that bad. However, depending on the location and depth, cuts can cause some serious damage. Not to mention, potential infection. As a result, it’s important to practice proper cut prevention techniques. That way, you can remain safe while on the job…

Cut Prevention: Avoiding Workplace Injuries

Good tool safety

Cuts are most commonly caused by sharp tools, objects, or blades. For example, you could be working with a pair of scissors, knives, a saw, sheet metal… There are plenty of hazards in every workplace that has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, it’s important to observe the workplace, acknowledge hazards, and practice proper tool safety in order to achieve injury and cut prevention.

Always try to be careful when handling any sharp tools. For example, make sure to keep them away from your body when using them. You’ll also want to keep them properly put up whenever you’re not using them. Make sure to use good quality tools as well. Your chances of injury go up when you use broken or dull tools instead of safer, sharper ones.

Take your time

People tend to make more mistakes when they rush through things. For instance, you probably know that if you try to rush through your work, it won’t be as good as when you take your time. This same principle applies when using sharp objects. As a result, patience is key when practicing cut prevention techniques.

Try to take things slow when you’re using sharp objects. Rushing could increase the chances of you accidentally cutting your fingers or hands. Also, follow any special instructions that are related to what you’re doing. Trying to do your own thing, even for something you might see as “simple”, could prove to be dangerous.

Use safety gear

Proper safety gear goes a long way for proper cut prevention. This kind of gear is very useful for preventing cuts and other potential injuries. However, it’s important to make sure you pick the right gear for the job.

For example, good cutting gear can include goggles, cut-resistant gloves, and long-sleeved shirts. Goggles will help protect your eyes from the sharp tools in the event that they slip or break. The gloves will, of course, help keep your hands cut-free. Long-sleeves also cover your arms, keeping them shielded from the sharp tools.