Our world continues to grow more & more every day, but with this, we become lost or blind to the additional distractions that are constantly surrounding us that come with our everchanging world. As this development keeps evolving, these distractions are becoming a major issue when it comes to safely and responsibly navigating our vehicles.
In the last few years, there have been a plethora of studies performed to analyze and get a better idea of our distracted driving epidemic, and it’s been found that there are on average over 3,000 crashes a year due to distracted driving. The simple answer would obviously blame this to cellphones but studies show that drowsy driving is just as much of a threat to not only yourself but those around us.
According to recent studies, it’s said that almost 97% view our texts while operating a vehicle. To add, it’s believed that roughly over 40% of high school students use their devices while driving. This brings us to the key point of this blog. A data study by the US Department of Transportation shows that individuals between the ages of 16-24 had the leading use of cellphones while driving, but what poses the issue is the age group above that, 25-69, they are just behind the younger generation. This shows us that the elders of the 16-24-year-old age group are seeing their peers and guardians use this technology in the same fashion that’s causing distracted driving.
In conclusion, the data and evidence found here really shows us that this epidemic of distracted driving may be the product of leading by a bad example. If we want to bring an end to the distracted driving we need to better educate our youth as well as set a good example.
“Background on: Distracted Driving.” III, www.iii.org/article/background-on-distracted-driving.
In the middle of a stifling summer nothing sounds better than a cool dip in the pool to make you forget the heat. Swimming in a pool may be a great way to cool off, but with all of the added risks, increased insurance costs, and required maintenance – sometimes having a pool just isn’t worth it. Here are some things that you can do beat the heat without a pool.
PLAY LIKE A KID
Do you remember being a kid in summer? The heat barely bothered us; there was too much to do! To stay cool during the summer months, it’s time to feel like a kid again. Water balloons, wet sponges, and water guns are great ways to cool down and play in the yard. Get the kids involved or make it a grown-up game with friends and neighbors.
Enjoy the simple pleasures like a kid, again. Dunk your feet into the cheap kiddie pool from a discount store, except now you can enjoy a drink while you do. Jump around in the sprinklers. Eat popsicles. It’ll cool you down, and you’ll have so much fun, you won’t notice the heat.
EAT AND DRINK TO STAY COOL
Water with ice in it is always a good idea in the summer. You can also freeze fruit and pull it out of the freezer when you need a snack. Take advantage of summer fruits like melons and some berries. They’re filled with water which will keep you hydrated and when they’re fresh from the refrigerator, they’re crisp and cool.
You’re not a kid anymore so instead of sugary juices, keep sparkling water on ice in a cooler. Make adult beverages like frozen margaritas. Eventually you won’t care about the heat or your lack of a pool. Note: don’t let anyone drive home if they’ve had too much to drink. Get them an Uber or let them stay at your place.
MAKE A COOL SPACE
You can build a fort or tent in the yard and add a fan. Buy a misting system that attaches to awnings or umbrellas. Pull a big fan out of your garage, plug it in with an extension cord, and let it move the stifling hot air around you. If you’ve got a porch with no roof, consider adding an awning for some extra shade.
Consider enclosing your porch. You can add a ceiling fan and shades to keep the heat out. Plus, you’ll add to the value and space of your home while also having a permanent way to stay cool during the summer every year.
Whether you do small, simple things to stay cool this summer or you think long-term to the next few years, you’ve got more options than you realize to beat the heat. When all else fails, take a cool shower and go inside.
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Near Record River Levels Spark Flooding Concerns
Local government agencies are describing Boise river conditions as highly dangerous as flow surpasses 8,000 cubic feet per second. The Boise Fire Department has issued a community-wide warning stating that the river poses significant public safety concerns to people, pets, and first responders.
The following hazards and warning have been declared due to current river conditions:
- Swift water can carry people and pets away rapidly.
- Cold water can cause even the best swimmer to be
incapable of swimming due to loss of motor and muscle control.
- Significant debris in the river can injure people and contributes to rescue equipment failure.
- Flooding conditions make access to river more dangerous, if not impossible.
- Water has approached bridge height, making passing under a bridge extremely dangerous or not possible.
People should keep several things in mind when near the Boise River right now:
Do not recreate in the river. Very cold, swift water is life threatening.
- Keep pets leashed near the river. They may chase other animals or wildlife into the swift water.
- Portions of the greenbelt have detours or closures posted due to high water. Check with Boise Parks and Recreation for the latest greenbelt information.
- If someone gets into trouble, call 911 immediately. The 911 dispatcher needs to know how many people are in the water and where they are at, closest street, bridge crossing, what park they are in, what side of the river they are on, greenbelt mile marker, etc.
Two Important Things to Consider:
- Property damage caused by flooding isn’t covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Flood insurance has a 30 day waiting period before coverage takes effect.
Water is fun in pools and on the beach, but not so much in your living room. Be safe out there and give us a call so you get the protection you need.