What Should You Do If You Find Yourself In a Road Incident?

What Should You Do If You Find Yourself In a Road Incident?

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The majority of us will drive on public roads without experiencing any negative incidents. But it’s still extremely important that you know what to do if you do find yourself in a road incident of any sort. Here’s a step by step guide that should help you through the process. Hopefully, you won’t have to put this information to use. But it’s good to always have it in mind when getting behind the wheel.

Stop

The first rule of any road incident is to stop. You legally cannot drive away from the situation and just ignore it. What’s more – it won’t just go away. You need to stop to make sure everyone’s okay. So, if possible, pull up to the side of the road and exit your vehicle.

Call for Help

The next step is also extremely important. You need to call the emergency services if anyone at all has been harmed in the incident. They’ll be able to dispatch medical assistance, police assistance, or the assistance of fire fighters. If necessary, carry out first aid as advised by the emergency line operator until professional help arrives. If nobody has been hurt, you can progress to the next step.

Stay Calm

Try to stay as calm as possible. This may seem easier said than done, but it’s very important. Keeping calm will make sure you don’t take any actions that you regret at a later date. Remember everyone will be stressed and perhaps angry or upset in this situation. Be understanding and patient and, hopefully, others will be understanding and patient in return.

Collect Other Individuals’ Personal Details

You’ll need to take the details of anyone else involved in the incident for the sake of insurance. Make sure to collect:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Insurance Details
  • Registration Number of their Vehicle
  • Make and Model of their Vehicle

Reach Out to a Lawyer

If there’s a legal problem at hand, you may need to reach out to a lawyer like Matthew Leyba. A lawyer will be able to help draw a case together for compensation if you have been hurt through no fault of your own. They can also help with issues like DUI.

Consider Therapy

Road incidents can be traumatic experiences – both emotionally and mentally as well as physically. If necessary, don’t hesitate to seek therapy. This will help you to come to terms with what has happened and will help you to move on too. This can prove extremely important for your overall mental wellbeing and emotional wellbeing in the long run!

Again, hopefully, you won’t need to put this information to real-life use. But make sure to follow the steps above if needs be. They’ll help you deal with the incident properly and will make the best of a bad situation.

Master The Art Of Keeping Your Assets Safe

Master The Art Of Keeping Your Assets Safe

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If you are enjoying the first few months of bliss after launching your own business, then you are one of the lucky ones. Many people find the first few weeks challenging as they try to find their feet in a competitive market place. However, others find that their comprehensive planning, market research and determination pays off to create a startup that hits the ground running. It doesn’t matter how successful your business becomes, it’s vital that you are able to protect it. After all, what is the point in having such crucial assets if you cannot keep them safe. Cybercrime is becoming more and more prevalent in the twenty first century. What are you going to do to keep your startup secure?

Training

If you have staff, it’s essential that they are trained in all aspects of cybersecurity as described at https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/. You should invite specialists in for a half day training annually. This will ensure that all new starters receive up to date training, and that your current staff regularly receive a refresher. At the very least, staff should be aware of the importance of random alphanumeric passwords and the need to change them every two months. Ensure that your staff are fully aware of the dodgy looking email attachment. They should know never to open one, and to alert the appropriate person within your company. Set up a cybersecurity charter that every staff member signs up to (including yourself) to put the onus on your staff. This way, they will take more care when accessing files and emailing clients.

Outsourcing

If you are not Internet or computer savvy, it might be time to consider outsourcing this business function to the professionals. Cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of your business. Large organizations such as the NHS in the UK have been hit by malware attacks so you might wonder how your little enterprise is going to cope. If you visit a site like www.arnettechnologies.com you will see the sorts of encryption and defence strategies they can use to keep your company safe. Much more secure than simply using a firewall, you will also have your files backed up regularly to ensure that your startup can continue functioning as normal even if the worst happens.

Flexible Working

While working from home is all the rage, it can also make your company less secure. If your marketing manager wants to do their work in their favorite coffee shop, the chances are they are hooking up to an unsecured network, leading to less secure working. Ensure that your team know that they cannot access the most sensitive files away from the office. You can even put a block on their ability to access these files. Apply a need to know policy, ensuring that only those people who need to view the most confidential data can do so. This way, your startup’s files and data will be as safe as possible.

Cybersecurity is a vital aspect of your business plan. Master the art of keeping your company safe by following this guide.

5 Good Reasons To Get A Dashcam

5 Good Reasons To Get A Dashcam

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Dashcams are more than just fun toys. In fact, they can have many benefits. Here are just five reason why you may want to invest in a dashcam.

Provide evidence when making insurance claims

Having a dashcam in your vehicle can be a big advantage when making an insurance claim. It could provide video evidence that you weren’t at fault in an accident, helping you to claim the compensation you deserve. Some drivers even buy two or more dashcams so that they can record the road from all angles – this could be useful if someone drives up the back of you or clips your wing mirror.

Provide legal evidence when reporting criminal activity

A dashcam could also help you to report any signs of criminal behaviour you witness whilst driving. This could include others’ unlawful driving or even criminal behaviour happening on the roadside. Your footage could even be used to help with police investigations reported by others. All in all, by owning a dashcam, you could be helping to fight crime.

Provide legal evidence when protecting yourself against false claims

You can also use a dashcam to protect yourself against false claims and convictions made against you. With the help of a criminal defence expert and dashcam evidence you may be able to defend yourself against fines and tickets that you feel were undeserved (there could even cases of number plate cloning in which you can use dashcam footage to show you weren’t the driver). Dashcams can also be used in insurance fraud cases where you may have been deliberately set up to cause an accident.

Record video footage of road trips

Dashcams can also be perfect tools for capturing memories of road trips. Even if you have lots of passengers on board to film events on the road, a dashcam could help to capture those surprise moments that unfold before anyone has a chance to film them. As for solo drives, it could be the only way to capture those fun and exciting moments on the road.

Monitor other drivers using your car

Another great use for a dashcam could be to monitor other drivers using your car. If it’s a business vehicle, there may be employees who you share it with – a dash cam could encourage these employees to drive economically and sensibly, which could help you to keep fuel costs down and protect the reputation of your business. A dashcam could also come in handy if you’re child has just learnt to drive and you want to similarly check how they’re using your vehicle. 

Skyscrapers Keep Getting Taller. Why?

Skyscrapers Keep Getting Taller. Why?

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Skyscraper fanatics in the 1980s and 1990s didn’t have much to talk about. There were a few tall buildings in the world, but the number of mega projects was few and far between. Things began to change, starting in 2005. The city of Dubai, of all places, announced that it was going to undertake a skyscraper building project the likes of which the world had never seen.

800-Meter Towers Become Mainstream

Dubai saw the writing on the wall for the oil industry over twenty years ago. The Emirate recognized that if it wanted to get away from the oil sector, it would have to reinvent itself. Tourism and leisure would be the way that it did this, and so city planners began looking at ways to entice the rich and the famous to the city. 

Architects proposed an 818-meter tall building, which they initially called the Burj Dubai, that would stand as the centerpiece for a new urban development. Nothing had even come close to the 600-meter mark, let alone 800-meters. What Dubai proposed to build was extreme. 

For around 25 years, the Sears Tower in Chicago was the building with the highest roof and the highest number of floors in the world. The World Trade Centre Towers One and Two weren’t far behind. And the CN Tower in Toronto was the tallest freestanding structure, though not much of a tower if we’re honest. All of those towers were under 500 meters, and they were the tallest the world had to offer.

The Burj Dubai, now Khalifa, would utterly surpass them. It wasn’t an incremental increase – it was a step change. The tower would propel the world into a new era of supertalls where anything seemed possible. 

What Made It Possible? 

The first thing that made these tall towers possible was the removal of supporting columns from the interior of the building. Almost all buildings taller than forty floors use a central column, off which hang the various levels. The Sears Tower is an example of this in action. If you could remove the cladding and floor plates, you’d see just a big concrete stack which contains the elevator shafts and stairwells. 

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Improvements in risk management services made supertalls more likely too. Companies got better at managing the risk of building large construction projects and figured out ways of cutting their insurance costs. That famous picture of men sitting on a cross beam high up on the Empire State Building couldn’t happen today. Conditions are much, much better. 

The concrete core of buildings was also reinforced with steel rope. The rope sometimes called rebar, not only made the concrete stronger but also meant that it could flex in the wind. 

The limits of this combination of technology have not yet been reached. Plans are in place for a one thousand meters tall building in Abu Dhabi, just along the coast from Dubai, with engineers predicting completion at some point in the next decade. And even taller buildings are on the drawing board. 

It’s an exciting time to be interested in the engineering of tall buildings. 

3 Ways To Put Your Patients’ Needs First In Your Healthcare Practice

3 Ways To Put Your Patients’ Needs First In Your Healthcare Practice

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A healthcare practice can run profitably, providing it has enough patients stepping through the door. And hopefully, this will be the case for your practice, providing you are putting your patients’ needs first. If you aren’t, your patients might (and forgive the phraseology) lose patience with your practice and take their care needs elsewhere. 

For the ongoing health of your business then, you might want to focus on a few key areas, as follows.

1. Improve your waiting area

Your patient care begins as your patients enter your practice. The waiting area needs to be comfortable and welcoming. It should be warm and designed in such a way as to evoke feelings of calm and peace; useful for those patients feeling anxious about their health visit. There should be plenty of space too, so patients have the freedom to gain a little bit of privacy away from other facility users. It’s in your best interest to redesign your waiting area with the aid of professional medical design firms such as Levitch, especially if there are any significant problems with your current layout.

2. Hire the best reception staff

As the face of your healthcare practice, your reception staff have the potential to make or break your business. If they are cold, rude, and unaccommodating to your patients’ needs, then they are failing in their jobs. Both on the phone and face-to-face, your receptionists need to be warm, sympathetic, and above all, caring. For your patients benefit, hire the people who can evidence their caring credentials, and commit to regular customer service training so your front-of-house reception staff can fully put your patients at ease when they enter your practice. 

3. Improve waiting times

Consider this in two ways. Firstly, for any patients needing an appointment with you, don’t let them wait for very long. If they are worried about their health but can’t get an early appointment with you, they might very well look elsewhere for their care needs. And besides, the longer you make your patients wait for an appointment, the more danger of life to your patients if their health needs require early attention. 

Secondly, don’t let your patients wait an age in your waiting room. While there will be times when you are busy, and appointments might overrun slightly, your patients might only get frustrated and walk out if they are forced to sit for longer than is reasonable. This is evidenced in this survey, where 30% of those surveyed stated that they had indeed walked out when made to wait.

To make life easier for your patients, you might want to bring in more staff as a means to cut down on waiting times with regards to both aspects we mentioned. You might want to extend your opening times too, be that in the week and at the weekend. You will then be able to accommodate more patients a week, and despite the expense of new hires and longer opening times, you might also make more of a profit within your healthcare practice.

Finally

As an owner of a healthcare practice, the needs of your patients need to be your #1 priority. We have discussed just a few, but use feedback surveys to fully understand the needs of the patients who attend your place of business. By caring for them, they will care for you, and by this we mean they will continue to make use of your services for their health needs.

Thanks for reading.

Can You Be Smarter?

Can You Be Smarter?

To some, it can seem like smart technology is taking over the world. But, that doesn’t really have to be the case. Instead, it can make your life better and more enjoyable. You just need to know what you’re dealing with, and how best to get the most out of it. And because this is something that’s really growing at the moment, you’re likely to find that there are many ways you can get smarter in life. Let’s take a look.

Entertainment

First of all, we have entertainment. Now, we all know that the internet has very much changed the way we live. Hopefully, for the better for most of us. Yet, you can also apply it to things like TV and movies, your cell phone, and then also different voice technologies too. It’s safe to say that life can be more enjoyable, thanks to smarter technologies.

Sports

Also, we have sports. In more recent years, there has been a wealth of development in sports. Not only in the technologies that professional sports can use, and that we get to see on TV, but also in fitness. Smart watches, health trackers, and apps all make sports, health and fitness easier and more accessible.

Energy

But then also, you’ll find that the idea of getting ‘smarter’ can be applied to your energy usage too. If you’re not already smart, you may not really know what it is and what it can do. Just take a look at the infographic below to find more out about this.


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