Aggressive driving is operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe and hostile manner without regard for the safety of others. Often it is caused by frustration, impatience and irritability. Drivers in this state of mind sometimes speed, follow other vehicles too closely, change lanes frequently or abruptly without signaling, pass on the shoulder or other unpaved areas next to the roadway, and in general drive recklessly. They sometimes harass other motorists which can result in altercations on the roadway - a dangerous situation.
Stay calm and clear headed while getting to your destination:
Allow plenty of time to reach your destination on schedule. Change your schedule so you don't have to drive during rush hours. If you're running late, call ahead. Then relax. Don't drive when you are angry, upset or overly tired. Get comfortable. Enjoy listening to music and avoid anything that might make you feel anxious. Practice good posture. Sit back in your seat, loosen your grip on the steering wheel, and don't clench your teeth. Remember, you never know the state of mind of other drivers. Give others the benefit of the doubt; be polite, courteous and forgiving.
If confronted by an aggressive driver:
Stay calm and relaxed. Try to get out of the vicinity of the aggressive driver. Do not make eye contact or otherwise communicate with the person. Ignore harassing gestures and do not return them. Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in your travel lane. Wear a seat belt and encourage your passengers to do the same. Report aggressive drivers to local law enforcement. Provide a description of the vehicle, license plate number, location and direction of travel. If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash, stop a safe distance from the crash scene. When police arrive, report the driving behavior you witnessed. Most importantly: Remember, you are responsible for your own behavior.
Children today have a window on the world through the use of computers. While the worldwide web, or Internet, is a wonderful resource for homework assignments and other school projects, parents need to be actively involved in their children's use of this tool.
There are some risks to children while "surfing the web." Although the most popular web sites for children are those, which offer free computer games, some games are inappropriate for younger children because they contain violence and objectionable graphics. Some games involve gambling, which is prohibited by law for children.
Children may also accidentally come across inappropriate Web sites while searching for reference material. Among those are chat rooms. Chat rooms are designed to allow people to meet and communicate online. Some chat rooms are private, allowing only certain people to participate in the conversation. Child predators, who use the device to get children involved in a dialogue, commonly monitor chat rooms.
Rules parents should set for their children:
Do not give personal information to anyone.
Do not agree to meet anyone in person you have met online.
If anyone uses inappropriate language or asks you to do something you know is wrong, sign off quickly and tell your parents.
Know that people you talk to online are not always who they say they are.
Tips for parents:
Place the computer where the entire family has access and it is easily monitored by parents.
Provide your child with a screen name that does not reveal information about the child's age or real name.
Check your child's e-mail for inappropriate content.
Learn about parental control software that is available to restrict your child's use online.
Spend time online together. Make sure your children understand the potential dangers and how to avoid them.
Each year, more than 500 children and teenagers are killed by guns and more than 99,000 men, women and children are wounded. An estimated 1.2 million young children may have access to guns in their homes.
Nearly one out of two homes in the United States has a gun.
Before the age of 8, few children can distinguish a toy gun from a real gun.
Practicing gun safety and teaching it to children is very important.
Gun safety and children:
Take time to tell children about the dangers of playing with guns. Stress the difference between gun violence on television and real-life consequences. Teach them that guns are not toys and even toy guns should not be pointed at people.
Practice the "all-guns-are-loaded" philosophy. Always handle guns as if they are loaded.
Tell your children: "If you find a gun, leave it alone and tell an adult." Repeat often: "Stay away from guns."
If you own a gun, participate in a firearms safety program. Always read and follow instructions.
Never store a gun while it is loaded. Do not trust the safety. Store unloaded guns in a locked cabinet or with a gunlock in place. They should be out of sight and out of reach of children. Ammunition should be kept in a separate place - locked up. Gun and ammunition storage keys should be stored in a safe place.
Alcohol or other mind altering drugs and guns do not mix.
Here are some tips for keeping your children safe while playing outdoors:
Play areas should be fenced with no access to roads or bodies of water.
Play areas should not have places where children can become trapped, such as old refrigerators, cars or under buildings.
Play areas should not have piles of firewood, debris or anything that attracts snakes, bugs or other vermin.
Play areas should be void of electrical equipment, such as air conditioners, and lawn equipment, such as mowers.
Play areas should be checked for poisonous plants.
Play equipment, such as swings, should be checked for sharp edges or bolts sticking out and should not have any V-shaped bars, which might trap a child by the foot or neck. S-hooks on the equipment should be completely closed. Distance between fences and the front and back of swings, slides or other playground equipment should be far enough that the child will not be injured when jumping off.
Keep pets and trash out of sandboxes, and keep them covered to avoid heat buildup.