Monday, February 14, 2011

Deciding On Where To Go On Vacation

Going on vacation is great and I don’t think there is anyone out there that will complain about having to choose a destination to go to for their trip. What people do tend to moan about is the time and thought it takes to decide on the best place to go. Here are a few tips at making your vacation not only an enjoyable one for everyone but also an affordable one. This leads nicely onto my first point.

The Price

Vacations can be expensive; there is no doubt about that. Before you even start looking for somewhere to take your vacation you need to sit down and discuss finance with the people you are travelling with. There is no point thinking about that dream trip to Orlando if you are not able to afford it, however do not discount saving really hard for another year to make the trip possible. One you have a set budget it is important that you do not waver from it or it could really make paying for everything else impossible.

It is also important to take everything into consideration when you are considering your finance options and you will be surprised on how many people forget that they will need a lot of money for food and gifts.

The Location

Once you have your money sorted you can now sit down as a group and discuss the location that you all want to visit. For example if you are going away as a family then I would recommend discussing it with everyone rather than making a decision yourself and making everyone follow your plans. Make it fun for the kids too, come up with a couple of options and let them choose which destination they would like to see.

Not only is it a lot more fun having everyone deciding on the destination you are heading to but it usually means you will get to see the world a bit more instead of travelling to the same destination every single year.

Timing

The key thing to remember about choosing the destination is that you should take your time with it, rushing a decision like this could result in a waste of money and many disappointed people on vacation.

The most important part of choosing the perfect destination is to have a good time, this always needs to be top of the list!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Keys of Defensive Driving

If you've been out on the roads, you know that not everyone drives well. Some people speed aggressively. Others wander into another lane because they aren't paying attention. Drivers may follow too closely, make sudden turns without signaling, or weave in and out of traffic.

Aggressive drivers are known road hazards, causing one third of all traffic crashes. But inattentive driving is becoming more of a problem as people "multitask" by talking on the phone, checking messages, eating, or even watching TV as they drive. We can't control the actions of other drivers. But learning defensive driving skills can help us avoid the dangers caused by other people's bad driving.

Before you get behind the wheel of that two-ton frame of glass and steel, here are some tips to help you stay in control:

Stay Focused: You have a lot of things to think about when driving, road conditions, your speed, observing traffic laws, signs and signals, following directions, being aware of the cars around you, checking your mirrors the list goes on. Staying focused on driving and only driving is key. Distractions, like talking on the phone or eating, make a driver less able to see potential problems and react to them. It's not just teen drivers who are at fault: People who have been driving for a while can get overconfident in their driving abilities and let their driving skills get sloppy. All drivers need to remind themselves to stay focused.

Stay Alert: Being alert allows you to react quickly to potential problems - like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver's reaction time and judgment. Driving while drowsy has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of crashes. So take proper rest before you start your journey.

Watch out for the other guy: Part of staying in control is being aware of other drivers and roadway users around you and what they may suddenly do so you're less likely to be caught off guard. For example, if a car speeds past you on the highway but there's not much space between the car and a slow-moving truck in the same lane, it's a pretty sure bet the driver will try to pull into your lane directly in front of you. Anticipating what another driver might do prepares you to react and helps reduce your risk.

Think safety first: Avoiding aggressive and inattentive driving tendencies yourself will put you in a stronger position to deal with other people's bad driving. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. Always lock your doors and wear your seat belt to protect you from being thrown from the car in a crash.

Whether your choice of vehicle is a small sedan, a large family mover, a sports car or a four wheel drive, the above techniques should be in finger tips. So to learn these tips defensive driving courses are relevant, enjoyable, and will far improve your skills and ability levels.