Featured Post: Why Driving And Mobile Phones Don’t Mix

car1One of the most useful things I’ve ever done especially as a parent is learn how to drive. I’m very particular about safety and  take great care not to use my phone when driving, yet alone when I’m driving with the children. In the UK its illegal to drive whilst using a mobile phone and this is something which everyone should know about as its part of the theory test. However, time and time again I see people using them. I think that people assume that they wont get caught and that they are good drivers so it doesn’t matter. However, it’s vitally important to put your phone down while behind the wheel.  If you think you wont get caught and you’re tempted to carry on and take that call or text that message, then read on:

Driver Distraction

Studies have shown that driving while using mobile phones increases the risk of accidents and is just as bad as driving while intoxicated. The reason for this is ‘driver distraction’. When you’re in a conversation with somebody while driving, you’re not concentrating on the road. Talking while driving reduces the driver’s response time because the brain needs to work extra hard to process the conversation taking place – talking on a phone narrows your focus away from the road and tips the balance of your concentration away from the road and onto your chat.

“We measured their attention level and found that subjects were four times more distracted while preparing to speak or speaking than when they were listening,” Dr. Amit Almor, a University of South Carolina psychology researcher, said in a study which was published in the journal Experimental Psychology.

If you think going hands-free is a solution to this, think again. Hands-free mobile devices only make the driver think that they’re safer, and this false sense of security could also impair their driving ability. Whoever may be on the other end of the phone will forgive you for not answering if you’re driving.

Texting While Driving

What’s worse than talking on a phone while driving? It’s texting while driving. When you’re texting, your sole focus is not on the road and that’s dangerous.

It’s important to keep your eyes on the road at all times, especially for new drivers. It’s really no exaggeration to say that a split second of distraction can be a matter of life or death when it comes to driving.

Safe Use is Ok

It is still important to keep your phone with you. If you were to be involved in an accident or your vehicle were to break down, it’d be useful to call for help. Make sure you device has plenty of battery life and invest in a charger that fits your car to help. If you need to make a non-emergency call then that’s fine too – but only after you’ve pulled over into a safe space.

Safety should be at the forefront of your mind for your entire car journey. With your phone this means two things: don’t compromise your safety by trying to use your phone but keep it charged and nearby should your own safety be at risk. Plenty of people do ‘get away’ with using their phones while behind the wheel but you shouldn’t follow suit. The risks really aren’t worth it.

Featured post: Spring Cleaning SpaceWays

We seem to be in a perpetual state of spring cleaning, regardless of the season, in our house. It’s a constant battle to deal with the clutter of three children and two grown ups who don’t like to throw anything away in case it might be useful in the future. At some point.

I kidded myself last year we had a great spring clean but in reality I think most of it ended up in either the loft, one of the two sheds, or the summer house. This year though it is going to be different. Still, spring cleaning is a way of kick starting the year in a positive manner. Winter has theoretically gone (although the weather might try to tell you differently at the moment) and it’s time to declutter the place and by extension declutter your mind.

SpaceWays, the on-demand storage company based in London have sent over a fun infographic about spring cleaning. I particularly like the two day water fight they appear to have in Thailand to wash away sins. Goodness knows how long we’d have to spend here but since we’re watered metered, it’s probably best not to think about it.

What I do think is the fact the council have limited the opening time for the dump (AKA recycling centre) to the weekend and three weekdays means that all the pensioners are now clogging it up at the weekend. Perhaps it’s best to just move things around in the loft a bit more efficiently.