fireworksThe upcoming holiday is one of the most important to us here in the U.S., and safety is the last thing on our minds. However, every year people are hurt or killed during the celebration. For example, drunk driving increases in the few days surrounding the 4th of July, especially when it falls near the weekend. A little caution can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe.

Safe driving tips

  • Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure your passengers do too.
  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver. If you drink, don’t drive.
  • Increase your following distance and your awareness of other drivers. Stay off your cell phone and pay extra attention to the road.
  • Minimize your time on the road between midnight and 7 a.m.
  • Turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you.
  • Report any suspected drunk drivers to law enforcement. Put emergency and non-emergency numbers in your cell phone and hand it to your passenger to make the call.
  • Make sure your car is in good condition, that all tires including the spare are properly inflated, and that you have a first-aid kit, roadside tool kit, water, food, and a flashlight.

As you know, fireworks are legal in South Carolina, but any firework can be dangerous if handled carelessly. Sparklers, often thought to be “safe,” can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees. Common sense will help you use fireworks responsibly.

Handling fireworks safely

  • Don’t set off fireworks in any enclosed area.
  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Keep a hose or several buckets of water nearby at all times.
  • Make sure hair is tied back and clothing isn’t loose, especially when using sparklers.
  • Don’t combine fireworks hoping for a big show.
  • If you have a dud, wait at least 15 minutes, hose it down, then pick up with a shovel and soak in a bucket of water.
  • Always buy fireworks from a vendor. Don’t use homemade fireworks.

Have a happy and safe 4th!

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Our Top 5 Favorite Motorcycle Blogs

On January 27, 2011, in Motorcycle News, by admin

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Below are our top 5 favorite motorcycle blogs:

Helmet Hair: Not only do we love the name of this blog, but we also love the diversity between each of their posts. It’s a blog that embodies all aspects of the biker world.

Rippin-Kitten: We love the Rippin-Kitten because it’s from a female biker’s perspective, we love her logo, and she provides great biker news and information—not to mention, she’s got a great sense of humor! The Sidecar: This blog is heavy image- and video-based, which we really love. There’s always something interesting to look at and watch.

Bike Exif: This blog not only provides great motorcycle images, but it also features interesting guest bloggers and profound insights on biking.

Dale’s Motorcycle Blog: This is one of our favorite motorcycle blog since blogger Dale provides great insight into various types and makes of bikes, with exceptional images to accompany his detailed posts.

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