Monday, January 7, 2019

Look both ways before you cross the street

When you are walking somewhere to get exercise or just to go in a store, it’s so important to be a vigilant pedestrian. Sometimes cars are unable to see you if it’s dark or if there are bushes or other things blocking their view. Never assume they will see you. Always wait until the coast is completely clear. Use crosswalks and obey walk signs. Don’t just appear out of nowhere. They may be driving distracted. It’s your job to be safe too. 

One thing I have realized over the past month or so, is my son doesn’t practice great caution when crossing a street or parking lot. He was so used to holding my hand that he kinda forgets to look both ways. I have to remind him and we have talked about road safety. It’s a good idea to talk to your kids about it even when they are older. He tried to pop out of the bushes when crossing the parking lot. I yelled for him to freeze before he could get hit by a car. I was fairly certain that he may not have been seen. So, we are working on remembering. 

When you are walking at night, wear bright clothes, so you can be seen. I decided to walk to a store when I was having a mom night at a local hotel. It was dusk when I left and dark when I walked back. I was kind of nervous to walk back in the dark. It was a kind of busy area, with quite a few stores and restaurants. There wasn’t any major roads but there was definitely quite a bit of traffic. I remembered I have a flashlight in my purse, so I could be seen. I was careful and made sure I didn’t shine it in anyone’s eyes. I kept my phone put away. I didn’t want to be distracted. I made sure my eyes and ears were both paying attention. I would personally rather wait for the cars than think that they will wait for me. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

We love Honda cars

For as long as I can remember, we have always been a Honda family. My mom always buys a new Honda when she’s in the market for a new car. She has owned quite a few Honda Civics in assorted colors and models. I doubt she would ever buy another brand of car. She loves them because they are dependable and can handle quite a few miles. She tends to drive from Florida to Indiana quite a bit. That’s an over thousand mile drive one way. 

So, when my mom decided to get a new car, I knew it was going to be a Honda. She just randomly sent me a text the day she bought it and said I got a new car. No information just a picture. My mom has never had a SUV before. She’s driven them as rental cars but never had one of her own. It was surprising to see that she bought a 2018 Honda CRV. If I had a SUV I would get the CRV as I am also a Honda girl. 

I love that it has a back up camera. It makes backing up a bit easier, you should still turn your head and look. The CRV gets great mileage and has quite a few safety features.  Here’s a few of them: It has an overhead airbag which is something I am not familiar with but sounds important. It can even sense if someone is sitting in the passenger seat.

It has a good sized LCD screen to use the backup camera and to control the radio. I love that it can connect to my mom’s phone so she can talk hands free or answer from her steering wheel. It also has Apple Car Play and great speakers. It has lots of cup holders and bins for when we go on road trips. We always need places to put extra drinks and plastic bags. 

There are additional features you can get with the Honda CRV. You can get a moon roof which I always enjoy. One feature I was bummed that my mom didn’t get was heated seats. Those are my favorite and you can use them to keep food warm. I was then reminded that my mom lives in Florida and doesn’t need heated seats. I wish someone would invent cooling seats to help cool you off. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

How to stay safe in a parking lot

Parking lots can be very hectic. You have cars that are in a hurry to get to the store or get home. You have people pushing their shopping carts or with kids who don’t always pay attention. You have all kinds of distracted drivers and people. You really have to be careful when you are in a parking lot.  You also have to worry about when someone is going to back their car out. It is really easy to have an accident in a parking lot. One time I saw an accident where someone was backing up and someone else decided to go forward. It wasn’t a terrible accident. There was some damage. 

You also have to be aware of people who are pan handling or asking you to buy candy or something. That doesn’t happen often but it can. It is unnerving because you don’t really want to give some random stranger money or buy something from them. If that happens, tell a store employee. 

Shopping carts while useful can be a pain when they aren’t put away. They can roll away and hit cars or take up parking spaces. Take the few extra minutes to return them to a cart corral. 

Watch out for people pulling through to get a parking space. Make sure you have enough room to get in and out of your car. Parking further out can sometimes protect your car because not as many people like to walk. Never leave valuables in view in your car and always lock your doors. You don’t want to be a target of a break in. 

If you are in a not so nice area at night, ask someone to walk you out to your car. While parking lot crimes aren’t common, they do happen. Be aware of your surroundings and wait to answer that text or check your email or Facebook until you are in your car but before you turn your car on. 

Hold on to your kids. Don’t let them run wild in the parking lot. You don’t know what might happen if they aren’t in your reach.