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April 07, 2017

Let's not meet by accident (Road safety tips)

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Caution – I Brake For Stop Signs! 

Obviously, that's what we should all do. When it comes to your life and health, you cannot take too many precautions. Your life and the life of your loved ones is so precious. Before anyone else, you should be the first to take precautionary steps, because if you don't, others might not be able to do so.

I know it is unlikely for an experienced driver to have an accident with victims, and you probably never had an accident. However, the brake or steering system might become damaged, you can be blinded by the sun or a tire can burst, you can suffer from sudden health issues like a cardiac arrest etc. I remember a road safety campaign a few years ago from youtube that was very emotional and would like to share it with you here

According to surveys, 44% of drivers carry out safety checks (such as oil, tire pressure and brake light checks) at least once a month, which is good, but is that enough? It's so important to always be vigilant for us and the ones around us.

According to the same surveys, 20% of people said they would carry out safety checks on a car before beginning a journey regardless of whether they were the driver and 39% of respondents put the personal health of the driver as the most important safety element.

The most dangerous invention is.. right next to us

Statistically, the one invention that has single handily killed the most amount of people (surprisingly or not) is the automobile. Looking more carefully though, it's more appropriate to say that all these accidents were caused mostly by human recklessness. It's not the automobile, its how people were driving it.

Many car accidents casualties could be avoided if both drivers and pedestrians would fulfill their obligations and would respect each other's rights on the road.

All studies show that a large amount of accidents are caused by drivers aged between 18 and 24 years old, driving cars with high engine displacement of above 2,000 cm3. Many of them are poorly trained and do not realize what can happen if you do not take into account road conditions and the other drivers. Check out this road safety campaign on youtube that targets exactly this type of driving in teenagers:

Simple things that we can do every day can make a big difference

Statistics also say that 83% of people believe that the safety of the passengers is the driver's responsibility. But although it's the driver's responsability to drive carefully, to have a properly inspected vehicle, with working seat belts etc., it is ultimately the passenger's responsibility to wear the seat belt.

Being in the back seat as a passenger without wearing a seatbelt is actually as dangerous as if you are in the front seat, if not, in some cases even more dangerous, since during a potential collision you can seriously wound or even cause lethal damage the other passengers in the car that would have otherwise survived.

Interestingly enough about speeding, studies say that If a child is hit by a car at 65km/h there's an 80% chance the child will not survive. If hit at 48km/h there's an 80% he will overcome the impact and live. So even a 15-17km/h difference in speed can have serious consequences

Also, keep in mind that a two-second glance at your phone while you're driving doubles the risk of crashing. A second drink could double your chance of being in a fatal collision.

What should you do if you are the victim of a road accident?

Sometimes even if you take all the precautions needed on your behalf, you still can't prevent an accident caused by someone else.The period immediately following an accident is stressful enough for victims. Although one cannot always prevent an accident from happening to them, it is possible to react properly to it. 

In case you have been injured in a car accident, you need to attend as soon as possible a medical evaluation in order to establish and evaluate the physical injury and get a forensic medical document.

If you have suffered injury or someone close to you has died following a traffic accident, you are entitled to material damages, as well as moral damages for the suffering that has been caused.

To ensure that you get the road accident compensation to which you are entitled and justice is indeed made, do not hesitate to contact a specialist in this field. Reputable firms such as Slater Gordon are leaders in helping people get easier access to world class legal services.

Try to find out the name and contact details of people who witnessed the accident.

Take many pictures of the accident scene and surroundings. If this is not possible, try to obtain pictures from other people who were present;
Be careful what documents you sign in the aftermath of the accident.
Follow the treatment prescribed by the doctor to cure/improve the sufferings that have been caused by the accident and return to subsequent checks determined by the doctor. In this way, the evolution of your state of health and the appearance of any complications are monitored and your chances of recovery are increased. Stay safe!

April 03, 2017

Insider Tips For Competitions - How To Win Comps

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People who enter competitions have won everything, ranging from £10,000 value Tesco gift cards to five-star holidays and luxury weddings.  It all revolves around the potentially profitable hobby of 'comping.'

Our guide includes tips on how to source the free online competitions, assistance with tie-breakers, how to use web gadgets to fill out forms quickly and more.

1.  The fine art of comping

Although it isn't easy, it is possible to come away with thousands of pounds in cold, hard cash, luxury holidays or fancy gadgets - all without spending a cent.

There is a simple reason for this.  Competitions are an inexpensive opportunity for companies to promote their products.  It is cheaper to give away a £3,000 Maldives vacation than purchasing large national newspaper ads.  It also provides the opportunity to obtain valuable information on potential customers, so it is very easy to understand why these contests are so plentiful. 

What is comping?  It involves putting in the necessary hours - entering hundreds of different free competitions in systematic fashion, instead of just doing the random contest here and there.  That way, statistically your chances are much greater to win big.  Depending on luck and your work ethic, you could end up providing a boost to your bank balance, traveling the world and furnishing your home.   

Frequently the only thing involved in entering is filling an online form out, answering a question, sending a postcard or a tie-breaker.

2.  There is no guarantee of success

It is important to keep in mind that you won't be rolling around on a bed full of £50 notes immediately.  There are no guaranteed rewards, unlike with other money-makers and ways of boosting your income like Earning Cash Online, Facebook Selling, eBay Selling and Survey Sites. 

Comping is more about having fun instead of being a definite money winner.  Payouts can be poor, hours can be very long, and you will be sitting on your bum all day long at the computer.

However, for those who do end up catching the fever, those end up being minor details once they start enjoying the community spirit and hopefully start to see some wins.  Also it is a lot of fun drooling over all of the luxurious prizes.

3.  Keep track of the contests you have entered

There are some promoters who not allow individuals to enter multiple times.  In order to keep track of which contests you have completed, on the bottom of each post press on the tick button.  The time that you go the board, there will be a green tick showing next to the comp.  Or you can press on X in order to skip one.  In order to do this you need to register and log into the forum.

Always make sure to carefully read through the terms and conditions to see if they allow one per household - each competition has its own rules. 

4.  Avoid the inevitable spam

So let's be honest - usually companies set competitions up in order to get your email, phone number and other personal information.  So there are steps you should take in order to avoid getting swamped with marketing spam. 

Get a dedicated email address set up

Don't ever use your regular email address.  It will get flooded with spam immediately.  Set a dedicated email account up instead.  Gmail is one of the best if you are looking for a powerful free option.

Usually there is a way of opting to not receive any further communications in order to avoid a majority of the marketing.  However, when it comes to the wording be very careful.  At times, check-boxes that are adjacent to one another can mean entirely different things - one being an 'opt out' and the other being an 'opt in.'  If there isn't any way of opting out, carefully think about whether you really do want to enter or not. 

5.  Be choosy about which competitions you enter  

It might sound obvious, however your time should be focused on entering contests that have prizes that you really do want to win. 

Many of the prizes are non-transferable.  Therefore if the prize that is being offer is going with Antonio Conte on a tour of Stamford Bridge and you really can't stand him, then skip it.  In addition to freeing your time up, it can make it possible for another person it could be their dreams come true.

There are of course some contests where there is an option of attempting to sell your prize on eBay.  However, you enter the contest based on somebody else's efforts of finding it, and when you do that it diminishes their chances.  So make sure that you carefully consider the ethics before you enter it.

Check the small print for travel requirements and exclusions.  Just move on if a comp involves going on a midweek mini-break and you don't have any holiday allowance left to use.   

6.  Your chances may be boosted by extra-effort comps

So many people are lazy these day, so when something involves even just a bit of extra effort fewer contestants are attracted.

Do you need to snap a photo, finish a tie-breaker or write a poem?  If so, go ahead and try your luck - you may end up being the only entrant.  With very localised competitions, you will stand a much better chance as well, like when a local paper offers tickets to a theatre nearby.

7.  Smart auto-fill tools to speed up the entry process

The next thing to do is take advantage of technology to allow you to enter into more contests, while spending a lot less time doing it at the same time.  Many of the leading comper enter into 100 online competitions per day through using tricks and tools for turbo-charging their competition-entering process.

One thing you can do is get a Word document set up that has all of your specifics on it - name, address, phone number.  Then when you are ready to fill out a form, all you need to do is highlight your information and then copy it and paste it in the boxes.  

To take things up another notch, a majority of web browsers, like Firefox and Internet Explorer, have an option for remembering your details and automatically filling them in.  So when you are starting to enter in the same thing that you did before, all you need to do is type in the initial few letters and you will be given suggestions.  However, you should avoid doing this on shared computers since it can be a security risk.

8.  Where to search for comps

There are comps everywhere you look: the television, shops, websites, newspapers, magazines.  Search websites, supermarket shelves and flyers in shops.  The more obscure that a product or publication is, the better the chances are that you will be the first one posting it in the forum. 

It is worth it to browse the magazine shelves at WHSmith for publications that have comps in them.  Jot down the details if you are feeling courageous.  Another good option is your local library; they are stocked full of papers and magazines. 

The competition board is just for comps where entrance is free, although those that require a text, postcard or stamp are okay.

9.  Freebies Galore!

There are other ways of getting quality things for free besides comping.  Whether it is gym passes, Harry Potter bookmarks, free tea or song downloads, if you know the places to search, you can find it all on the web.

WOWFreeStuff has a huge list of free competitions which has catalogued hundreds of Freebies.  If you aren't interested in scrolling through hundreds of different ones, you can always try spinning the Freebie Roulette and see where it lands.   

There are also hundreds of top-quality used products that are available across the country every day for free on giveaway sites.  For full how-to instructions read our Freecyle and Freegle guide.

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