Be Prepared: What To Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down On The Road

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog, Business

If your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, your first instinct may be to panic. The scenario can become even scarier if it’s dark and you’re in an unfamiliar area. After calling a roadside towing service, like Roadway Towing Ltd, it’s important that you take the proper precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of any passengers. Follow these potentially life-saving tips. 1. Get Off the Road If your car is in the process of breaking down, try your best to coast to the shoulder of the road. If possible, move the vehicle off the road completely and onto level ground, such as a nearby field or parking lot. This will eliminate the risk of other vehicles unintentionally hitting your car from behind. 2. Turn On Your Emergency Lights If you’re not able to get completely off the road, immediately turn on your emergency lights. These lights alert other drivers that your vehicle has become inoperable. Keep the lights flashing until the tow truck arrives. 3. Have a Car Kit Keep an emergency vehicle kit inside your car so that you’re prepared for the worst case scenario. Inside the kit, keep an air horn, cell phone, and solar radio. Also have a travel first aid kit that you can use in the event that you’ve become injured. 4. Bundle Up Keep extra clothing in your vehicle if you plan to travel in cold weather conditions. If your car has broken down, there’s a good chance that the heater is also not working. Put on layers of clothing to keep yourself warm and to prevent developing hypothermia or frost bite. 5. Know Your Route If you plan to travel outside your normal route, have a GPS device or map available. Before leaving home, look over your route to ensure that you’re familiar with the area. Try to stay on the main roads and avoid short cuts in deserted areas. 6. Consider Your Surroundings Depending on where you’re located and various other factors, it may be favorable to stay in your vehicle or exit as soon as possible. If you’re in the flow of traffic and are afraid that you may be struck from behind, exit your vehicle from the left side or away from the flow of traffic. If you’re in a safe, secluded place, stay in your locked vehicle until the tow truck arrives. If your vehicle breaks down on the road, you’ll want to be fully prepared for what’s to come. One of the best ways to be prepared for unexpected vehicle break downs is to have a tow truck service on...

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Three Ways To Maintain Your Vinyl Records

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog, Business

With vinyl’s unique, one-of-a-kind sound, and the ability to feel “more connected” with an artist, many people are turning toward vinyl records. Well-known artists today are even releasing their albums on vinyl format. Another great factor of vinyl records is that if you maintain them well, they will retain their value and even sometimes sell for more than what you purchased them for. Maintaining your records is very important and often neglected. Even if you already have a collection, there may be steps you’re not aware of. Outlined below are three ways to maintain your vinyl records.  Proper Storage Sometimes life requires you to do things in a hurry, and at times, you may just throw your vinyl records in a pile and get back to them later. Try to avoid this! Records can be fragile (made up of polyvinyl chloride), and storing them properly is a must. Storing your records vertically with a bit of space between each record is highly recommended. If you stack them horizontally, you could ultimately deform the circular shape of the record, along with their sound-producing grooves. If you are wanting to invest in a storage unit, many local music stores will carry vinyl shelves, which are very similar to regular bookshelves. Perfect Temperature Storing your vinyl records in a room with the correct temperature is an important factor. Since vinyl is a plastic, high heat can permanently damage your record. They have a low heat capacity, and can start to bend if in direct sunlight, or a high heated room. The perfect temperature that is recommended for your records is between 60-70 degrees. Avoiding high humidity is also beneficial for a record’s long life expectancy. Moisture will cause your records to mold. The humidity level of where you store your records should be between 45-50 percent.  Getting Down To The Nitty Gritty: Cleaning Your Records Due to the chemical make-up of vinyl records, the record will build up static electrical charges that will attract small particles of dust and dirt. It is recommended that you wipe down your vinyl before and after play with a carbon fiber brush. This process is known to be a “light” clean, and carbon fiber brushes should not be used if you’re “wet” cleaning your record. The carbon fibers aim to disrupt the static charges of the record and remove the dust particles. For a heavier clean, wet the record down with distilled water, and use a soft, lint-free cloth to dry. Distilled water will not leave any residue behind on your record. If you are worried to do this yourself, there are many cleaning kits and/or devices that make this job...

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Hydro Excavation As A Better Option For Minimally Invasive Earth Moving

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, Business

All construction work involves a great deal of earthworks. Mechanical digging into the earth to expose facility lines such as piping, cables, telephone lines and even gas lines has always been the conventional method preferred by many contractors. A more effective method for such minimally invasive excavations earthworks can be found in hydro excavation. Hydro excavation is the removal of earth using pressurized water to loosen the composite earth and a suction pump to suck out the resulting water, earth slurry. Many people assume that conventional mechanical digging methods are more cost effective earthworks alternatives to hydro excavation. This may not be necessarily true. The following details highlight why hydro excavation may just be the ideal, cost efficient earth removal option. Hydro excavation minimizes probable damage to underlying utilities In many instances, labor workers accidentally damage pipes and lines because they do not know when they have reached the utility line. Using hydro excavation earthworks technique eliminates this possibility. The pressurized water does not damage pipes or wires and the contractors will know when to stop digging. Earthworks done using hydro excavation methods will therefore attract no liability costs from damage of underground utilities. Hydro excavation is less labor intensive and cheaper A hydro excavation machine can be run by very few operators. These few individuals can cover great areas and get the job done successfully. This, when compared to hiring very many diggers and machine operators, translates to a cheaper overall cost. This is a calculation that most people embarking on earthworks rarely consider. Comparing the cost of hiring hydro excavators plus the tools, and that of hiring laborers and tools over a longer duration time plus debris removal, reveals that hydro excavation is indeed the cheaper option. Hydro excavation can be achieved in situations of minimal space A hydro excavation truck can be parked quite a distance from the actual excavation site.  Piping is then laid to the location of earthworks. This achieves literally the same earth removal as when the truck is exactly on site. This feature makes hydro excavation quite effective in places where minimal space is available for digging by several laborers. Hydro excavation achieves a cleaner finish Earthworks involve a lot of debris. This has to be deposited in designated areas and moved to create space for better digging and other activities. In the end, this action of digging, depositing and moving debris results in a difficult yet dirty finishing. Filling holes that were physically dug also results in a poor finish. Hydro excavation achieves digging while removing debris in an instant yet tidy manner. This results in a cleaner finish that is easy to work with for all contractors, be it in construction or utilities installation and maintenance. For more information, contact Fortune Oilfield Construction...

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Become A Better Driver From Your Own Home: The Benefits Of Online Traffic School

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, Business

Whether you’ve been involved in a hit and run or just want to make sure you don’t get demerit points on your license after getting a speeding ticket, there are several reasons why you might enroll in traffic school course. Most traffic school classes require you to sign up for an all day eight-hour class and no one wants to sit in a classroom for eight hours, especially on the weekend. Now, though, you can simply take your traffic course online and in the comfort of your own home. Doing so comes with several advantages, including Working At Your Own Pace Whether you’re a full-time student or someone with a busy work schedule, having to take the entirety of your traffic course on a single day probably won’t work for you. By enrolling in an online course, though, you can work around your personal schedule and take your time completing each required section.  Taking an online traffic course also means you can take breaks and complete each section in separate sittings. You’ll be given an allotted amount of time to complete the course (usually several days, if not more), which is an added benefit if you have a busy schedule and can only complete one or two sections at a time. Instant Notification The internet has made a lot of things easier, as it can provide us with the information we want at an incredibly fast pace. By taking your traffic school course online, you’ll receive the results of your final test instantly instead of having to wait for them in the mail. This is incredibly convenient, especially if you need the results in order to satisfy a court mandate by a specific date. Structured Learning Modules Traffic school is a fantastic way for you to enhance your understanding of Canada’s traffic codes, but sometimes it can be a little difficult to actually learn when the material is being presented to you in one large class.  Online traffic courses are broken up into specific modules that are designed to help facilitate full comprehension of the subject material. So, you’ll not only be able to work from the comfort of your own home, but you’ll also be able to become a better driver while doing so! Point Reduction Speeding tickets are the most common reason why people attend traffic school. However, this is not because it is required by law. Completing traffic school can result in having demerit points removed from your license that you would have received from a speeding ticket. Fewer points on your license can also prevent your insurance premiums from increasing. The decision is ultimately up to you, but by opting to take your traffic course online, you can save yourself the hassle of sitting through one long class. More importantly, it can also really help you learn the material and is an excellent way to prevent points...

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How Lighting Design Affects Your Health

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, Business

Design psychologists are realizing that lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought; the type of lighting you use in your home greatly affects your productivity within that space. Here are some of the recent findings on the benefits of good lighting. Health Benefits of Light Studies on light have shown that poorly lit environments can cause sleep disturbances and poor patterns in our biological clocks. Meanwhile, bright and pleasant lighting helps your body stay on target.   Psychology has a lot to say about lighting, as well. Certain types of light, such as natural light sources, have the ability to improve our moods and productivity. Aside from getting enough time outdoors, you can maximize the benefits of natural lighting by having bright, clean windows. There are also sources of simulated natural lighting, such as SAD light bulbs, that help your body produce the effects generated by natural light. The psychological benefits of lighting offers some points on what to avoid, as well. Harvard researchers have discovered that blue light emits frequencies that can disturb sleep and negatively impact your health. Blue light is often part of the spectrum of cheap energy-efficient light bulbs and the glow of a computer screen. Since we are exposed to these types of light often, it’s even more important to design home lighting so that it takes advantage of good psychological properties rather than bad ones. How to Choose Good Lighting There are a few simple guidelines to follow when choosing lighting design in your home. First of all, it’s wise to use natural lighting sources whenever possible. This means opening up the windows and keeping doors open in your home so that the natural light can penetrate further into the home. Not only will you save money on electricity in this way, but you’ll also get the health benefits of natural light. And when it comes to artificial lighting sources, choose lights that mimic the natural frequencies of outdoor light. Lighting stores are a great resource for reworking the lighting design in your home. Many of these stores employ lighting design specialists and interior designers that can give you advice on how to get a good combination of light in each room of your house. A professional consultation ensures that you are getting the most out of your spendings, both in terms of the health benefits and aesthetic appeal. No matter how you choose to make the change, having better lighting in your home will bring you numerous...

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