Safe Resting Tips for Drivers

Driving when you are fatigued can be just as fatal as driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Fatigue is a condition that affects everyone and it is typically associated with long distance driving. Here you will find some short tips to prevent fatigue from making you another crash statistic.

  • Get enough sleep the night before your trip (at least six hours is recommended).
  • Don’t consume any alcohol before or during your trip.
  • Avoid overeating and heavy foods before or during your trip.
  • If you can, plan to have another person to ride with you. That will make trip more interesting, you will have someone to talk to and share driving if you are lucky enough.
  • Avoid driving during your body’s downtime.
  • During long trip, plan regular breaks every two hours or every 170 km. It is good idea to determine a reasonable distance in advance, and stop driving when you reach it.
  • Be on alert for signs of sleepiness (trouble keeping your eyes open, yawning frequently or difficulty paying attention). If you notice any of these signs, stop periodically for a rest. During your break, get some exercise. You can also try to have a quick nap (even 20 minutes will help).
  • Always plan to stop for a rest at a designated rest area or safe parking lot. It is not advisable to pull of to the side of the road to sleep, but if you have to try to stay safe.
  • If you have to stop at roadside resting area, choose resting area patrolled by a police.
  • Lock all doors and open windows just a little to give yourself some outside air, but make sure they are closed enough to prevent entry from the outside.
  • If you have to stop during night, find a lighted area to park.

We are approaching one of the busiest travel times of the year with the likelihood of an increased number of vehicle collisions due in part to the driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, fatigue and bad weather conditions. What can you do to prevent collision, travel stress and situation that might make you become bad crush statistic?

With a bit of planning and by following my driving and resting tips, you can help eliminate the stress of typical holiday travel, enjoy your trip as planned, and celebrate healthy and happy alongside family and friends.

Safe Driving Tips:

  • Never drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a deadly combination of alcohol and drugs; always designate a sober driver.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in top working condition (check your brakes, windshield wipers, anti-freeze, defroster, heater and lights).
  • Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated (including the spare tire).
  • Always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Before your trip get the latest weather report and check for current road conditions.
  • Make sure everybody in your vehicle is wearing a proper seat belt (that includes buckling children into properly installed child safety or booster seats).
  • Minimize distractions like cell phone (turn it off, let somebody else answer it or use silencing mode).
  • Never drive tired and don’t overextend yourself. No destination or event  is worth risking your life. Check safe resting tips in this blog.
  • Never use cruise control during very wet or snowy road conditions. Cruise control can cause skidding and loss of tire traction in winter and heavy rain conditions.
  • Stay alert when driving and constantly scan the road. Pay attention to brake lights in front of you.
  • Use headlights in rainy, foggy or overcast conditions and turn on your low beams in fog or snow.
  • If you have to drive during hard rain, increase the following distance between you and vehicle in front, because stopping distance can double in rain. Always try to keep your vehicle in the middle lane, because water tends to pool in outside lanes. Also, do not drive through running water that could be deeper than the bottom of your vehicle.
  • If it’s snowing hard, first slow down, then increase the following distance between you and the car in front. Stopping distances can triple in snow.

In the event you find yourself skidding or hydroplaning, remember the following rules:

1. Do not turn or brake suddenly. Take your foot off the gas until you slow enough to feel traction on the road again.
2. Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid and as you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
3. If you need to brake, in a vehicle without anti-lock brakes, do so with light pumping action. If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, you can use brakes normally, because the vehicle’s computer will mimic a pumping action.

After almost 3 years of intensive work and over 600 pages of manuscript, part one of my eBook “Gluten Free & Delicious 1 – Bring Your Body Back to Health” is finally ready. Yay!

I’ve poured my heart and soul into this long project and I couldn’t be more proud. Just this first book has over 360 pages, 14 chapters and over 200 recipes, all developed and tested in my kitchen. I have spent countless hours putting this eBook together. From adjusting my old recipes and making them gluten free, to trying and adapting some new recipes, I love them all. They are delicious and ready for you right now in an easy to read format. I am also happy that I could share all my knowledge I have learned over the last 3 years with my readers. If you want to know more about delicious gluten free diet, gluten free ingredients, healthy nutrition and the importance of a well-balanced diet right now, you are welcome to buy ebook version. People interested in paperback version will have to wait couple more weeks. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this book as much as I have
enjoyed writing it.

This book is available at Smashwords:

Organic Food

You may find that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products. Also, just because something says “organic,” it does not mean that it doesn’t contain GMOs. In fact, it can still contain up to 30% GMOs, so if you want organic, be sure the label says 100% organic. If you live in U.S. and Canada buy food labeled 100% organic because the U.S. and Canadian governments do not allow manufacturers to label something 100% organic if that food has been genetically modified or been fed genetically modified feed.

Virtually anyone who is educated and has sound powers of discernment and judgment, and who has a long standing health concern, gradually moves toward foods that are organic, more natural, free of pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. Since my own health situation was improved after elimination of genetically modified, processed, synthetic foods and some other changes in diet and lifestyle, I just want you to know that you should not be relying on someone in a laboratory to improve your health. It is your health and you should be in charge. After all, fruits, vegetables and meats are products of nature, not of the laboratory. I don’t plan to brag here about the issue of whether GM food is safe for human consumption or not, my only concern is to provide information, so you can make informed decisions.

The argument about starvation without conventional farming and new advances in farming technology, and profitability of organic crops, for me personally, are not properly compared issues, regardless what researchers are saying, because independent research does not exist yet. What I know for sure is that numerous organic growers are moving toward best practices, but more progress is needed.? We all know organic yields may be a fraction of conventional crop yields, but there is more to agriculture than just counting bushels per acre. Yield is certainly important as I know we’ve got to feed the world, but the nutritional value, sustainability and profitability of a food production system should also be considered. In comparison, organic crops are healthier and have more nutritional value than conventional crops. They are usually more profitable than conventional crops despite lower yields, because organic crop generates higher price per unit. The amount of energy required to produce a unit of organic food is less than for conventional crop, because organic relies much more heavily on renewable energy sources (such as solar or wind) and using plants and bacteria to fix nitrogen, rather than relying on fossil fuels. Conventional farming threatens future food production by reducing biodiversity, and contributing to climate change and environmental degradation. And when considering the cost of growing an organic crop is less than conventional, the potential profits in organic can be huge.? So, if we plan to talk about conventional and alternative agriculture, than we also have to be open to alternative performance measures.

Since it is virtually impossible to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods when introduced into the food chain, you should decide if you want to play Russian roulette with your health and with the health of the people you love. Those who most vehemently support GM (genetically modified) foods have only one thing in common: economic gain. They don’t have any interest to do independent research or to damage the value of their investment. They will just arrogantly play with the millions of years of evolution and ignore the value of living in harmony with the natural world.

If you think you are in control and have a choice, think again. Our own food supply is manipulated. We don’t have independent research. Cross pollination is threatening even those who choose not to consume such foods. Genetically modified foods are detectable in more than 80% of manufactured food and we don’t even have mandatory labeling here in Canada and U. S.

To me, our feeding is directly connected to our health, and nature can never be outsmarted. Those who think humans can manipulate or dominate nature with impunity are playing a game of folly. The genetically modified foods intended for human consumption should be thoroughly researched, not released on the market with such careless and shameless arrogance.

Excerpt from my new book “Gluten Free & Delicious 1 – Bring Your Body Back to Health”

Character Analysis

Human beings have emphasized the practical value of some sort of character analysis in dealing with others. But to know himself has a tremendously practical value to every human being, as on that knowledge depends self-correction. Since human being is the only creature that deliberately attempts while reshaping his outer world to reshape himself also. Moreover, man is the only seeker of perfection; with a deep, intense critic of himself. To reach nobility of character is not a practical aim, but is held to be an end sufficient in itself.

So man constantly examines into himself –“Are my purposes good; is my will strong–how can I strengthen my control, how make righteous my instincts and emotions?” It is true that there is a worship–and always has been–of efficiency and success as against character; that man has tended to ask more often, “What has he done?” or, “What has he got?” rather than, “What is he?” and that therefore man in his self-analysis has often asked, “How shall I get?” or, “How shall I do?” In the largest sense these questions are also questions of character, for even if we discard as inadequate the psychology which considers behavior alone as important, conduct is the fruit of character, without which it is unproductive.

Maya Gavric


Because the feelings are in part reflected on the face and body, we tend to judge other human beings and their character to a certain extent by facial expression, manner, carriage and dress. A few of the methods used have become organized into specialties, such as the study of the head or phrenology, the study and analysis of handwriting or graphology, the study of the hand chiromancy or palmistry, characterology etc. All of these systems are really “materialistic” in that they postulate so close a union of mind and body as to make them inseparable. But our perceptions may indeed be imperfect. For example, facial expressions and make-up is more influenced by diet, disease and racial tendency than by character. Human beings are interesting mosaic of different characters, and a fine nature in one direction may be injured by a defect in another.

As a matter of fact, judgment of character will never be accomplished through the study of face, anatomy or hand. Equally linguistic communication is a way not only of expressing truth but of disguising it, so these surface phenomena are as often masks as guides. Any educated person, intent on knowing himself or his fellows, will seek no royal road to this knowledge, but will attempt to understand the fundamental forces of character, will strive to trace the threads of conduct back to their origins in motive, intelligence, instinct and emotion.


Understanding Others

Hide-and-seek is one of the great games of children as well as of adults. Adults hide their own defects and seek the defects of other people in order to avoid inferiority and to feel competitive superiority. But there is a deep contradiction in our natures: we attempt to expose ourselves as we are to those who we feel love us, and we hide our actual self from the enemy or the stranger. The protective marking of insects and birds look unskilled compared to the defensive marking we apply to ourselves.

I refrain from describing further character types because people are not as easily classified as cars, and the combinations likely outmatched computation. Character growth, in each individual human being, is a growth in likeness to others and a growth in unlikeness, as well. As we move from childhood to youth, and thereof to middle and old age, qualities come out and fall behind, and the personality passes along to unity and harmony or else there is disintegration.

While understanding character is a difficult discipline, it is also one of the principal science of life. If we want to develop such as skill; we need to approach our subject with fairness and without prejudice. Although our subject brings us in direct contact with the deepest of problems, the meaning of life, the nature of the Ego and the source of consciousness, these we must ignore as out of our knowledge. Limiting ourselves to a basic attempt to know our fellow men and our own selves, we shall find that our efforts not only add to our knowledge but add unmeasurably to our sympathy with and our love for our fellows. ~ Maya Gavric

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