Motorcyclists: Defensive Driving is More Important Than Ever!

If you are or know an avid motorcycle enthusiast, there is usually at least one ‘accident story’—and often, it’s a terrifying one. Riding a motorcycle offers numerous benefits, from greater fuel efficiency and easier maintenance to the thrill of being outdoors and enjoying a sense of community with others who ride. Most of us are aware of the intrinsic dangers of riding a motorcycle too though. Aside from dangers associated with traveling at high speeds or around curves, or battling bad weather, motorcyclists can often become the odd man out in normal traffic. Continue reading

Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Most of us spend a substantial amount of our time in cars, whether commuting to and from work, carting kids to school and baseball or soccer games, or running around town doing errands. In a year, the average driver travels almost 11,000 miles and is in the car nearly 300 hours. And while you may be worried about tired or drunk drivers, inexperienced carloads of teens on the road, or even having to slam on the brakes for wildlife on back roads, the greatest threat to your safety on the road is one that only seems to be increasing: distracted drivers. Because of this, it’s very important to be on the defensive when driving, keeping an eye out for drivers who don’t seem to be giving their full attention to the road, and making sure that texts or calls don’t distract you as well. Continue reading

Walk. Or Maybe Don’t Walk

Clean transportation at its finest – your legs! But is it worth it? It seems not. Florida and Delaware are the two worst states to go for a walk in according to recent statistics. Recent numbers released by the GHSA (Governor’s Highway Safety Association) say there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities between January and June, 2016. That’s an 11% increase in pedestrian involved deaths on roadways – in the first half of the year! Numbers haven’t increased that much in nearly 40 years.

Researchers blame old roads and outdated designs that don’t make accommodations for today’s car-less society for this rise. “Florida and Delaware don’t have a monopoly on drunk or distracted pedestrians who just happen to be jaywalking in dark clothing,” said a Transportation expert to CNN Tech.

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Hyundai and Kia Announce Massive Recalls Coming

Hyundai and Kia Motors will be recalling nearly 1.5 million cars and SUVs due to engine malfunctions. In the U.S. alone, 1.19 million vehicles are being recalled. The recalled vehicles consist of the 2013 -2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, along with the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento, and 2011-2013 Sportage. All of the defective vehicles are equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter engines. Continue reading

Silicone Breast Implant Advisory

Breast implant complications are once again making news. Last week the FDA announced an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) for women with breast implants. You may recall the previous cancer linked recalls from the early 1990’s of silicone breast implants. Silicone implants were thought to be linked to an increased risk of cancer however, in 2006 the FDA returned them to the market after definitive evidence of a link was not established. There has been backlash and criticism since that time. Even after being made available again, the FDA was warning women of the possible increased risk they faced for developing ALCL if they had breast implants. Continue reading

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – Workout and Self-Defense

Are you looking for a great way to stay in shape but get bored with traditional weight lifting? Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the perfect way to get fit while learning self-defense techniques that can save your life. There are thousands of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gyms across the U.S. and in recent years the sport has grown exponentially. People of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds have come to know and love the sport. Celebrities and athletes including Kelly Slater and Ashton Kutcher are avid practitioners. The late Paul Walker and star of The Fast and The Furious was also one of the sport’s biggest enthusiasts. Continue reading

The Dangers of Riding in Truck Beds

Many people enjoy the thrill of riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Unfortunately, as fun as it may be, it’s also dangerous.

While 30 states, including Florida, have at least some legislation regarding passengers riding in the beds of trucks, some don’t. In fact, there are 20 states that have no laws against riding in the bed of a truck. This has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands more injuries. Continue reading

Insurance Claims – Industry Problem or Provider Calamity (Part 2)

In the first installment of my insurance nightmare blog, I shared how I had paid an estimated out of pocket cost to my children’s surgical provider without questioning the amount. I also shared some tips on things to do before you sign on the dotted line so to speak that may help make you a more informed consumer. Now I’d like to pick up where we left off, nearly three weeks later, and share another leg of my journey. Continue reading

No Cost Stress Relief- Meditation

Meditation. When many people think of this word they are likely to be skeptical and have difficulty believing that the age old art can derive many mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that this practice can lead to lower stress, anxiety, and blood pressure, as well as strengthen the immune system. However, cultural and social stereotypes may be keeping this effective and free resource highly underutilized.

Despite what many believe, meditation is not only a religious practice; it has a wide variety of applications that can be beneficial to the body as well. Meditation practices can range from simple breathing techniques to advanced visualization or mantra-based techniques. Continue reading

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