Driving Tips For Anyone, Anywhere

Safe driving tips, and driving suggestions, aren’t just for young people learning to drive, they’re for everyone. As we get older, we forget some of the things we learned at the beginning. Do you know the exact spot we’re supposed to stop at a traffic light, or stop sign? I see so many people that are a full car length away from the line, either not close enough, or too far over it.

Front grill of car getting destroyed at the grocery store?

Try this the next time you pull into the parking lot at the grocery store: line the bottom of the driver’s side mirror up with the white line or curb. The bottom of the mirror, lined up with the white line, will put you perfectly in line with where you are supposed to be. Try it! Get out and see where your front bumper is. Knowing this driving tip can save the front end of small cars.

Have a car that sits low to the ground? Every time you pull into a parking spot, do you pull all the way forward and hear that awful scraping sounds? It sounds like you’re going to lose the whole front end of your car! I’ve heard it, terrible noise!

Okay, so to make this simpler, let’s break it down. Driving tip number one:

1.  pull up to a curb, or to a white line.

2.  look at the bottom edge of the driver’s side mirror,

3.  line the bottom edge of the mirror up with the curb or white line,

4.  your vehicle is now right where it should be.

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Does it matter what vehicle I’m in?

I’ve experimented with several different vehicles. School bus, small car, mid-size car, a large heavy-duty pickup, all with the same conclusion – this works for pretty much all vehicles. I have not tried a motorcycle, or a really small car like the Smart cars, but I’m thinking they shouldn’t be much different in how their mirror lines up with the line.

Even though I am listing this as a driving tip and suggestion, when you are at an intersection, it is actually illegal to go past the line if you have to stop. If you look at the picture below, you will see a car pulled way past the stop sign. If an eighteen-wheeler had to turn, the red car would be in the way, so is impeding traffic. I have never seen anyone get stopped by a police officer for this, but they can pull you over and give you a ticket.

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Do you have any driving tips? Know any strange driving laws? Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear from you.

A Blog About A Blog

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Blogging about a blog seems rather frivolous, doesn’t it? But, is it? Whatever in the world is a blog? A Google search came up with this: “blog: noun 1. a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.”  With that definition comes the realization I have already screwed up. I posted one article on my webpage then – oops! – nothing else! This is definitely something to think about. I have to update this site regularly. Do I have something to say, to share with the world? Is there something in me worth sharing? I must think so, because here I am! I really do, actually, but I’m not quite ready to share it with the world. Research is a fun thing, but time consuming. What I want to talk about is going to take a little time, a few interviews with some local people, then I’ll be ready to jump right in and share away. In the meantime, I hope you will be patient with me.

So, for today, I want to talk about blogging. Did you know you can do a Google search, type in whatever it is you want to know, and someone has a blog about it? From head lice to spiders, mountains to molehills, oceans to ponds, grass, dirt, weeds, homes, homeless – you name it! And anyone can have a blog! No license required, no certificate, no degree. There’s also no age limit! Imagine that, YOU can have a blog!

What I am learning is this – to have a blog, you need to have something to share. It doesn’t mean you feel worthy, I sure don’t. But, what information do you have that the world should know about, or that you want to share with the world? Now, just because there are a million other sites that are blogging away about the one subject you are passionate about does not mean you can’t have a blog about it, too. Your passion may be on a different level than theirs, or your information a bit more in-depth. The difference can be as small as your blog is more interesting than theirs. Or you say it in a way that is clearer, easier to understand, more efficient, less wordy….   Never be afraid to share what you have to say because everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Maybe you have a special technique on how to trim a dogs nails, but the other site you are looking at has a technique you are against, so want to share why your way is better.

Each human is unique. I may blog about the best way to put on a shirt, but you think it’s dumb and want to explain another way of putting on the shirt. Either way is correct, the shirt is put on. But we each have a preference on which we think is most efficient or just plain ole like because that’s how we grew up putting on a shirt.

What I’m trying to say is that we aren’t competing with other bloggers. We are telling the world OUR way of doing things, or how we see things, or whatever it is we are sharing. Don’t be afraid to say it! If you don’t get it out there, we will never know YOUR way.

Happy blogging!

 

My Independence Day

Today is a brand-new beginning. How many times have we attempted to start something new, but then gave up too early, changed our minds, then later regretted that we hadn’t continued on that path? I am just as guilty as the next person. But – today I determined to change all that! Wanting to start my own blog, have my very own website, was something I had thought about for the last year. I even went as far as doing the research on what exactly a blog was, and how to start one.

At the last part of May, I found a writing contest. I thought it over for a few days before finally – actually – joining! But that is what I do, think think think, then talk myself out of whatever it is. Same story, different day. Joining that writing contest was a life changer for me. Sometimes that’s what we need, something to force our hand into jumping headfirst into something new. You know why I did join? Because I had told my 16-year-old daughter about it and SHE wanted to join! I couldn’t have her outdo me! So, we both joined.

The reason this changed my life is because of Jeff Goins. He is a best-selling author, and one of the hosts of the writing contest I joined. After the contest, he sent out a challenge for the contestants to start their own writing blog; he even has a course for blogging. Jeff Goins Intentional Blog has given me the drive, and the excitement I needed, to just go for it! So, here I am.

I left the site open for three days before finally purchasing my domain name. I didn’t know which host to use. Bluehost or HostGator? I used every excuse I could think of to not push the submit button. I did more research. In the end, I chose Bluehost, looked at their pricing options, did more research into what I would need, then selected the one I thought would work best for me. I then went to the payment options, put in my information, then got up and walked away from my computer. I think I may have a few commitment issues …

Today is Independence Day. Sometimes making a decision to do something, like commit to paying for a website (where you feel you are losing your independence) is the thing that will actually give you your independence! I am now free to start writing. But now I am committed to writing! Ahhhh! Ok, here’s the deal. I want to be free of the things that have been holding me back. Fear of failure. Fear of commitment. Fear of rejection. I am pretty sure I am not the only one with those fears. Face your fears, they say. Some are easier to face than others, and believe me, these have not been easy!

Today is America’s Independence Day. It’s also my Independence Day! I am declaring my independence from the fears that have been holding me back for way too long! Have I said Independence too many times? For some people, they would argue a resounding YES, but for others, like myself, obviously, it isn’t. The reason I say it isn’t said too many times is that the more you say something, it becomes your reality. Think you’re a loser? Then you are. Think you are a great person? Chances are, you are a great person. We speak into our lives the things we become. I am Independent. After I hit the submit payment button I spoke out loud, I AM INDEPENDENT!!!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!

Marsha Lynne