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5 Easy Ways To Personalize Your New Car

Personalize Your New Car

Whether you’re looking for your first car or are trading an old model in for a new one, purchasing a new vehicle is exciting. Many people like the idea of choosing a vehicle that reflects their personality, and there are many ways you can customize your new ride to personalize it. Although some of these upgrades are extensive and require aftermarket parts, most are small cosmetic changes and can be made quickly and easily. If you are looking for an easy way to personalize your new car, here are five easy ways to get the customization process started.

Bumper Stickers

Car stickers are available in a vast array of colors, shapes and sizes. You can find them with your favorite quotes or even make your own to personalize them. Choose small ones from your favorite vacation spots to serve as souvenirs or find one with your favorite inspirational quote. You can even find waterproof car stickers with jokes on them. With so many possibilities to choose from, you are sure to find one that reflects your personality. Use a single one for a small accent or apply several all over your bumper if you want to.

License Plates

Every car needs a license plate depicting the vehicle’s unique tag number in addition to the county and state of its registration. However, you don’t have to settle for the standard design given by each state. You can find colorful license plates with fun designs on them and have your tag number engraved. If you want to get really creative, you can create your own unique tag number and pay to register it in your name. This way, you can spell out a word that accurately reflects your personality.

Antenna Toppers

Not everyone likes antenna toppers, but if you’re looking for a cute, inexpensive way to customize your ride, they are great options. You can find them in a variety of shapes and colors, so choose one that reflects one of your interests. If you are a big sports fan, choose one that depicts your favorite team or a symbol of the sport you most enjoy. If you are a dog lover, find a topper with your favorite breed and display it proudly. There are dozens of options.

Novelty Items

The inside of your vehicle is as important as the exterior when it comes to customization. You want your car to be comfortable and cozy, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to add fun novelty items to the interior. Many of these items are simply meant to help you customize your vehicle and have no functional purpose, but they are fun items to add color and personality to your vehicle. Some of the items you can choose from include those listed below.

  • Dashboard figurines
  • Rearview mirror ornaments
  • Steering wheel covers
  • Cupholder coasters
  • Air fresheners

Seat Covers

If you want to enhance the comfort and durability of your vehicle’s seats, seat covers are a great option. You can find them in nearly every color and print. This is an easy customization that also has functional benefits. It doesn’t take much to get started on personalizing your new car, so choose a few of these ideas and get started today!

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Signs Of PTSD In Children After A Car Accident

Signs Of PTSD In Children After A Car Accident
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Studies show that up to 43% of children and teens go through at least one trauma, but not all develop PTSD. Between 3% and 15% of girls and 1% and 6% of boys will develop PTSD. Car accidents can be a very traumatic event, especially for a child who may never have considered it a possibility. The sounds of a car crashing, flashing blue lights, being surrounded by lots of people, and witnessing loved ones sustain injuries can be very overwhelming for a child. Recognizing the signs of PTSD in children is essential for getting them treatment.

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder and is a mental health condition that develops after someone has been exposed to trauma, such as a car accident. Symptoms can develop immediately after the trauma, months later, and, in some cases, years after the event. Symptoms vary significantly, particularly in children, and can depend on their age, maturity, and the extent of their trauma. PTSD can drastically impact a child’s life, and the longer it’s left untreated, the bigger the effect it will have. This can be in the form of developing unhealthy coping mechanisms, developing other mental illnesses (such as depression), and behaving in ways that are considered anti-social or rebellious.

Signs of PTSD in children

Symptoms of PTSD in children differ from those seen in adults to a certain extent, as they express themselves in different ways and are less able to understand and rationalize their situation. Symptoms of PTSD in very young children following a car accident include bedwetting, a fear of the dark, and separation anxiety. Elementary-aged children may have outbursts of anger, nightmares, headaches, difficulty sleeping, and changes in their school and social life. Pre-teens and teens can also have difficulty sleeping and a poor school performance, along with anxiety, depression, alcohol use, and other self-defeating or harmful behaviors. Some obvious symptoms for all ages can be a fear of getting back into a car, avoiding the scene of the accident, and a fear of learning to drive as they get older.

Getting help

As a parent, if you notice the symptoms of PTSD in your child or teen after a car crash, it’s important to talk to them and get them professional help. Remember that PTSD can develop months or years later, so it’s important to consider whether there’s a link between a teen’s low mood or poor school performance and a car accident that happened to them as a child. The good news is that PTSD is treatable. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy that allows people to freely discuss their experience and be taught healthy ways to cope with it. Play therapy can also be good for children, as it helps them to express themselves without having to directly talk to a therapist, which can be difficult when children don’t always know what’s wrong. Medication is also an option, but it treats the symptoms of PTSD, rather than the PTSD itself, so it’s best used as a last resort.

The cost of treatment

Unfortunately, the cost of medical care and therapy for treating PTSD following a car accident can be expensive and the last thing any parent wants to worry about when trying to help their child. Children may be eligible for monetary compensation for both PTSD and any physical injuries they sustain from the car accident. FVF Law Firm advise seeking out free, no-pressure consultations so that you can get compensation for your child, which can be essential for covering the costs involved in treatment. Even if months or years have passed since the accident before PTSD has been diagnosed, it’s still worth pursuing it to see what can be done.

PTSD is something that every parent should be aware of if their child has been in a car accident. It’s important to have open communication so that they can come to you if something is wrong, but many children will depend on their parents to guide them in the right direction for help.