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The 5 Most Dangerous Driving Mistakes New Drivers Make

The 5 Most Dangerous Driving Mistakes New Drivers Make
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Although it is a modern convenience, driving mistakes can be a dangerous thing to do. There are about 6 million accidents a year on the highways and there are about 90 deaths a day that are caused by car accidents. 

Although it is something that the vast majority of people do every day, driving should be taken seriously. New drivers are more likely to make mistakes than experienced drivers. According to 1-800-Injured, there are a few common mistakes that new drivers make that can be deadly.

Steering Problems

Steering a car looks easy until you try it yourself. A wheel with power steering can seem to turn if you breathe on it. A wheel without power steering can be hard to turn. You should have a firm grip on your steering wheel and position your hands at 10 and 2 or 9 and 3, whatever you are more comfortable with. If you keep your hands on the wheel and in their proper positions, you will be able to make turns in a hurry if you need to. If your airbag deploys, you are less likely to get injured because of the strategic placement of your hands.

Not Using Your Headlights and Beams Properly

A car can be a complex piece of equipment. It is important to pay attention to the controls and understand how each of them works. When you have been driving for a while, all the steps you need to take when you are traveling after dark become second nature to you.

A new driver may forget to turn off their beams after they have been on a dark road at night. They may forget to turn their lights on before they pull out into traffic, or they may not know to turn their lights on during a rainstorm. 

Not Using Turn Signals

When you are a new driver, it can be easy to become flustered when you have to multitask. As you are approaching a crosswalk, you might be thinking about slowing down and minding the car in front of you, and you may forget to put on your turn signal. 

A turn signal lets drivers and pedestrians know what you are planning to do next. If you turn in front of someone who is not expecting it, they may cause an accident.

Reacting Slowly

You have to think fast when you drive a car. If the driver in front of you stops quickly, you are going to have to stop quickly as well. If you do not, you might crash into them or cause somebody to crash into you.

You may also have to swerve to avoid hitting a child, animal, or pothole.

Distracted Driving

Nowadays, people own a cell phone long before they own a car. They feel they are so familiar with all the apps on their phone that they can use them while they are driving. Distracted driving causes many deaths per year, and it is on the rise ever since the advent of the cell phone.

Although it is illegal to text and drive in most states, people do it every day. It is a deadly practice, leading to fines, license revocation, and even jail time.

Most accidents and injuries can be avoided if you just take a few precautions each time you drive. Getting injured in an accident is time-consuming, costly, and painful. If you pay attention to what you are doing, the road ahead of you can be a smooth one.

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NEW ComfiGO booster seat that provides better comfort

NEW ComfiGO booster seat that provides better comfort
comfiGO Backless Booster Seat

My youngest is 13 and I keep encountering new and brilliant infant, toddler and child products I would have loved to have when he was younger. This is one of them! The new ClypX ComfiGO® booster seat is more comfortable and travel friendly than those bulky booster seats. The ComfiGO booster seat is FMVSS 213 certified for use in the US and made for children ages 4 – 12, weighing over 40 lbs, and between 40 to 57 inches tall.

There are 2 adjustments you have to make at first with your child, then it is set up for their use. You will only need to readjust as your child grows (every few months). Don’t worry, the adjustments are very easy and no tools are needed. Once you have these adjustments made, your child can even buckle themselves into the seat easily.

To start, you need to place your comfiGO on your car’s seat, centered and NOT on top of any covers. There are 2 secure clips (optional) to use if your car’s seat has the hooks to attach. This just keeps the booster seat in place as your child gets in and sits down. It has a skid pad so it stays in place fairly well on its own or you can hold it as they get in. I would just attach mine and not have to worry about it shifting. Now you are ready to make those 2 adjustments (the first use).

Attach the car’s shoulder strap into the shoulder belt positioning strap of ComfiGO. To adjust the height of that positioning strap, you just open the (red) gate on the clip and adjust it so it rests about 1 ” above your child’s shoulder. I have the video below that shows you in steps.

The second adjustment is for the lap belt. If your child is tall/older than this may not be as necessary, but for most children in booster seats, the lap belt will fall too high (above their thighs) and this is why we use booster seats with them. The lap belt clip is the device that is between your child’s legs. You want to open the gate (red) in the clip and adjust so that the lap belt runs across their upper thighs (1″ below belly button) rather than across their abdomen. Then just simply slide the car’s lap belt up into the clip and buckle them in. The video below shows more.

Getting out of the car is easy. Just unbuckle your car’s seat belt, unclip from the hip belt and that’s it. The shoulder positioning clip can stay connected to the car’s shoulder strap unless you are taking ComfiGO on travels with you, then unhook the shoulder clip and go! The ComfiGO booster seat easily slips into a seat back for storage or in a large purse. If a guest is in your back seat, no need to remove the booster seat. It can be sat on and straps will stay flat when not in use. What a great option to keep in a seat back if you ride share passengers who may have kids and traveling! Adjustments are easy and it is so compact.

Learn more about ComfiGO by visiting the ClypX website!

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4 Safe Destinations to Travel to This Summer

4 Safe Destinations to Travel to This Summer

If you’re a parent, the safety of your family is one of your top priorities. In these uncertain times, travel safety is more important than ever. Especially if you have young kids, the prospect of traveling again this summer may be equal parts exciting and stressful. Luckily, if you mask up and stay outside, you’re likely to be pretty safe! If you’re finally ready to get back out and explore, check out these locations for safe destinations to travel to this summer.

Outer Banks, NC

Sea turtles, wild horses, and dolphins, oh my! If you have animal lovers in your family, this is the ideal vacation spot for you. This chain of North Carolinian Islands features miles and miles of beaches just teeming with wildlife. Explore their natural habitats by hiking local trails, or simply enjoy the day relaxing in the sun on the beach. 

Because there is so much space, it’s easy to keep your family safe and distant from other travelers. Plus, with water sports, boat rides, and mountain biking, there’s enough to keep vacationers of all ages entertained and happy. Just make sure to bring your sunscreen and beach umbrella to avoid having too much fun in the sun!  

Portland, OR

Portland, also called the Rose City, is known for being one of the most green cities in the country, and it’s one of the safest too. Check out any one of the beautiful green spaces throughout the city, such as the Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden. 

If you want to explore the city, take an open-air trolley tour which is safer than a bus or car and more fun too. Even better, get outside the city and hike down to the stunning Columbia River Gorge, which features waterfalls and scenic views. Best of all, Portland tickets are generally cheap, making this a family vacation option that won’t hurt your wallet.   

Moab, UT

Like the other cities on our list, Moab is a place with lots of open beautiful spaces to take advantage of. Bring your camera because Arches National Park, the red rock sanctuary is simply stunning. Whether you go camping and eat under the stars or choose to bike through the trails, there are so many ways to see the park that are healthy and safe for your family. Trust us; all of them are great options. 

Do you enjoy fishing? With multiple lakes and streams, the mountains just southeast of Moab are an angler’s paradise. If you’re lucky, you might even catch something tasty for your dinner! 

Denver, Colorado

Let’s be honest, pretty much everywhere in Colorado is an adventurer’s dream. There’s a reason people in Colorado are some of the most active in the US! Denver, with its big airport and decently priced hotels, is a great place to start if you’re looking to safely explore some Colorado terrain. 

Join the locals for some hiking and biking all around the city, or explore a little farther away and really get into nature. Just over an hour north, Rocky Mountain National Park offers over 350 miles of gorgeous trails, varying levels of difficulty. This is perfect for beginner and advanced hikers. Colorado weather is pretty mild in the summer, so you won’t have to worry about overheating, but make sure to drink lots of water. Especially for newcomers, the altitude can be difficult to acclimate to at first!

As more and more of the country opens up and our lives return back to (somewhat) normal, we can start to look forward to traveling again. However, we’re not completely safe just yet. Consider visiting these 4 cities to minimize your family’s risk and explore some beautiful destinations at the same time.

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The Ultimate Guide for Travel in Leiebil Kobenhavn

The Ultimate Guide for Travel in Leiebil Kobenhavn

Car rental has become very popular throughout the years. The need to have the freedom to travel through cities with complete freedom has only increased, and the car rental service has become better and better. Going in your car has become quite troubling because of traffic jams.

You can notice car rentals almost in every airport, at the center of the city, or for that matter, everywhere around you can see an advertisement. This is because there are a lot of car hires and the competition is high. This is good because when the competition is high, the services try to be better every day.

You can have the best-rented automobile in every city in the world. You won’t have to be worried about falling into crowded buses to see a monument or a square. This guide is the ultimate guide you will find on finding the perfect rental service for you. If this is a topic of your interest and you want to learn how to get the best service possible, you could follow this link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dangingiss/2019/10/21/5-simple-ways-rental-car-companies-could-improve-the-customer-experience/?sh=6c50629d631d.

Plan your trip 

Before deciding anything, you need to carefully plan your trip. This is important because you need to see where is the best way to rent a car. For example, if you are going to a city on an airplane, the most convenient place to rent a vehicle is an airport.

To start with, you could make a list of everything you wish to see. See how far those things are from each other and calculate the distance between them. You could then calculate the fuel that will be used on the whole trip. These calculations will help you to decide which type of automobile you should get.

If you should cover a large area by car, you should consider getting a vehicle that consumes small amounts of fuel. These automobiles are usually smaller or lighter in weight. Bigger and comfier cars, it’s not a rule, but typically spend more fuel.

But if your covered distance is smaller, then you could maybe afford a bigger and cozier car. There are advantages and disadvantages for both of these types, and that is why making a list is a good start. You could rely on an online guide which has information about the most important place to go sightseeing.

Choose a plan 

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You might not be aware, but there are different plans about renting a vehicle that suits different people. For example, you might need the automobile for only half a day, then why would you pay a whole day if you aren’t going to use it?

You could instead choose to pay by the minute. This plan works by paying for the time duration. If service charges $1 per minute, you would pay $60 for an hour, and so on. However, prices can vary from country to country, from city to city, and for that matter, from service to service.

If you think you would need the car for a couple of hours, you should choose an hourly plan. You could also pay by kilometer if you think this will be the most efficient plan for you. The most popular plan is a daily rental.

This is especially practical if you stay in the city for a couple of days; why bother paying by the minute or hour when you can just pay upfront for the whole stay? Depending on the service, you could find other interesting plans as well. You could ask the professionals at the service you are about to go to or simply open their site and see their offers.

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Car type 

When you have calculated your distance and amount of fuel and decided about the plan, it is time to choose the car. Believe it or not, people choose cars by their style. This is entirely logical because not everyone likes the same things in an automobile.

Plus, renting on a couple of days gives people the freedom to go a little bit more luxurious. You won’t have to buy the car; instead, just enjoy it. Why not make a fun trip by experimenting a little bit? Of course, there are tons of choices for those who need the car just for driving from one place to the other. The smart thing is to talk to professionals with travel in Leiebilguiden København or any other city you visit and ask for their opinion.

If your trip is planned in a city where there are a lot of crowds and traffic jams, maybe the best choice is an economy car. Economy automobiles are the perfect way to save a couple of bucks and still enjoy the town. Compact cars, on the other hand, are quite easy to handle. They are, as their name says, compact and the best choice for big cities.

But if you want to take your trip to the next level, you could get a premium or a luxury automobile. These vehicles are made with the idea of comfort, luxury, and coziness without considering the consumption of fuel. They are the perfect choice for everyone who has a lot of luggage and needs spacy places. It would be nice if you had a Ferrari even for a day, right?

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Conclusion

The bottom line is that it is your choice what kind of vehicle you’ll get. Don’t rush into the decision but rather spend time thinking about which option will be the most convenient for you and your travel companions. Keep in mind that a manual one might be a little bit complicated to handle if you drive an automatic car.

There are different prices so remember to check online before you visit a store. Decide your budget limit and find offers according to that. The last thing you would want to do is take pictures of the rented vehicle before you take it out of the store. This should be enough confirmation that you have brought it back as you found it.

Usually, every store asks for the fuel tank to be full when renting the automobile. They will give you a car with a full tank but don’t remember to bring it back like that also!