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Have you considered these driving safety tips?

What if someone gave you a handful of driving safety tips and told you that each one would make you and your family 5 percent less likely to get into a car accident. Would you follow the tips or simply continue with your normal, riskier driving habits? Hopefully, everyone reading this blog would follow all of the safety tips provided and then ask for some more and build them into their driving habits.

Unfortunately, based on the driving habits of the typical California driver, it seems that -- as a society -- we are a long way off from perfect driver safety records. Until then, we're left to do whatever we can to stay safe on our own. In keeping with this idea, here are two driving safety tips you might want to put into practice immediately:

What is road rash, and does it require medical care?

Motorcyclists who ride on freeways or even on rural roads with higher speed limits know the risk of falling off. If they hit the ground without any protection on their arms or legs, the friction could cause burns known as road rash. These friction burns are so severe that they tear the skin from the body, exposing muscle, fat, bone and other tissues.

While some cases of road rash are minor enough to treat at home, the majority require medical care. With such a large area of exposure, there is a risk of infection that has to be addressed. Motorcyclists may require surgery to thoroughly clean out the wound.

Understanding basic facts about motorcycles helps all drivers

Riding a motorcycle in California comes with specific safety hazards. Even though most motorcyclists are safe drivers, all bikers know the real danger is with inattentive car drivers they share the roads with. 

There are no real secrets to safe biking skills, but it is always a good idea to review some common sense tips to enhance your riding safety. 

Treatment options for brain injuries

There is one certain thing about treatment options for brain injuries: They're expensive. If you've suffered a serious accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), for example, you're liable to spend tens of thousands of dollars for various medications, treatments, rehabilitation and therapies. In some cases, however, these treatment options will work to save a patient's life and assist him or her to recover.

Here are some of the most important treatments that can help people suffering from TBI:

  • Doctors will perform a neuroimaging test via a CT or MRI to determine the extent of the brain damage
  • Doctors will try to stabilize the patient to make sure that worsened injuries don't happen
  • Doctors will treat the patient to promote blood flow to the brain and control blood pressure
  • Physical therapy may be used to help the patient regain control of his or her motor functions
  • Occupational therapy will assist the patient to readjust to normal life in spite of continued difficulties
  • Speech and language therapy will assist the patient to communicate with others again
  • Psychological support will help the patient deal with the emotional symptoms of TBI as well as the psychological effects of dealing with a brain injury and related disabilities

Children's brain injuries: Prevention is key

A child should never have to deal with a serious injury, but all too often, one will. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen in a number of ways, from developing after a car crash to happening when a child falls on the playground. Children riding with their parents on a motorcycle or those hit while walking as pedestrians are all at risk of serious head injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity, but the reality is that every TBI has its risks and symptoms. Children may lose some functions, become disoriented or feel weak. Headaches and seizures are possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, a surgery might be necessary to relieve pressure on the brain.

Spam danger alert: Recalled Spam caused oral injuries

Many Americans enjoy a hot Spam sandwich now and again, but a recent recall has caused the Spam lovers of American a cause for concern. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was instituting the recall of over 228,000 pounds of Spam along with another product manufactured by Hormel, the maker of Spam.

As terrifying as it sounds, consumers have been complaining about finding metal objects in their cans of Spam. These consumers, unfortunately, found the metal in their mouths while eating Spam and some of them reported having suffered minor oral injuries. There's no telling how much of this metal was ingested by consumers.

3 tips to stay safe when on a motorcycle

Staying safe on your motorcycle is the key to getting home safely. You may think that safety revolves around other drivers, but the fact is that you can do a lot to keep yourself safe.

By following a few simple tips, you can stay safer when you ride, lowering your risk of an accident. It's both a driver's and rider's responsibility to be cautious on the roadways, and following a few simple rules could save your life.

Will your motorcycle be fitted with an air jet in the future?

If technology was available to make riding your motorcycle safer, would you invest in it? That's what one auto industry supplier is banking on.

The company, Bosch, is working on a project involving air jets on motorcycles. While it is still at the experimental stage, it's a promising development that could potentially save motorcycle riders' lives.

Are you and your family using the Dutch Reach?

The Dutch Reach is a technique used in the Netherlands to keep bicyclists safe from "dooring accidents." A dooring accident happens when a vehicle driver or passenger opens a car door into the path of a bicyclist. These accidents have caused numerous deaths and catastrophic injuries to bicyclists throughout the country. However, they can be prevented in virtually all cases when drivers and passengers adopt the habit of using the Dutch Reach.

The Dutch Reach is a simple maneuver that involves the driver or passenger opening his or her car door with the hand on the opposite side of the door. It works like this:

  1. Reach across your body with your far hand to grab the handle of your door.
  2. As you reach, your body will automatically twist to make it easier for you to look behind you to see if any bicyclists are approaching from behind.
  3. As you gingerly open the vehicle door, continue to look behind you before you open it all the way. If there's a bicyclist approaching, you will see him or her and have the chance to wait until the bicyclist passes. This will ensure that no one gets hurt when you open the door.
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