Here are 5 things you should know.
1. High beams/blinders are just as dangerous to use when you are behind somebody as when facing oncoming traffic.
They reflect in the side rear-view mirrors and make it impossible for the driver to use them.
2. The teeth on your top and bottom jaw should not be touching.
Maybe I’m the one who has been in the dark here but this is a completely serious one. Your teeth should only come in contact during eating, talking, or other times when your jaw is not resting. Otherwise, your teeth should never be touching.
I’ve always thought that your teeth should rest against each other when your jaw is relaxed. I have a slightly crooked jaw which makes that a bit hard for me personally. I could never find a totally comfortable position to keep my jaw in and it’s always been a bit of a nuisance. I would even find myself clinching a bit, especially while working, driving, or otherwise doing something I am concentrated on. From what I understand this not correct and can lead to many things including sore muscles and damaged teeth.
Apparently, the proper way to handle your jaw when not in use is to have your tongue against the roof of your mouth, slightly forward like your trying to make the “n” noise while your teeth are close together but not touching.
I’ve been making an effort to do this for about a week now and it has been borderline live changing for me. I am no longer trying to find a comfortable position for my jaw to rest because it just hangs out now. It does take a lot of conscious effort at first but it quickly becomes natural.
3. If the emergency vehicle is on the other side of a divided road, you don’t have to stop.
Many people have mild panic when they see emergency lights or hear sirens. If one is approaching you from behind or about to cross the same intersection that you are, pull out of the way as necessary and wait until it has passed. No action is necessary on larger divided roads. When emergency vehicles are driving toward you on the other side of a road with a concrete divider or a median, you don’t have to stop. In fact, stopping randomly in such cases can create traffic danger on your side.
4. Saving the life of someone with blood cancer (i.e. leukemia) is easier than you ever thought.
An experience of one of my friends: “Yesterday at a bone marrow donor drive I was taking part in, our fearless leader was being interviewed for the news and the reporter asked him if he was upset that more people aren’t registered given how easy it is. At first, I thought YES, I AM UPSET!, but after I thought about it, I realized that before this all happened to my Godson, I had no idea how easy it was as well, so I just wanted to educate everyone how easy it is to save a life.
Be the Match’s goal is to help people with blood cancers (i.e. leukemia, the most common cancer among children like my Godson) and other blood disorders by finding matches for bone marrow transplants. These transplants can literally save a life, but it is important that the match be right, not just any bone marrow will do. In my Godson’s case, there currently is no match, so he is in limbo where there is a lifesaving procedure available to him, but no donor available to make it happen. In order to have the largest number of potential matches for people, everyone that registers with Be the Match is entered into a database to potentially be a donor.
Registering is one of the easiest things you can do. It takes no more than 10 minutes of your time and it is FREE. Just visit join.bethematch.org. Registration is just a questionnaire about yourself and basic medical history to make sure you are eligible. The most important thing is that you are between ages 18 and 44. Once you complete the registration you will be mailed a cheek swap kit. So far you haven’t even had to get off your couch, but now comes the hardest part of registration. You have to walk all the way to the mailbox to grab the cheek swab kit. You then take the two swabs and swab each cheek for ten seconds. You put the kit in the return envelope provided and make the long walk back to the mailbox. Once Be the Match receives the swab kit back they will send you an email asking to confirm you want to be part of the registry. Click yes and you are done. That is it. You barely had to get off the couch and you are registered to SAVE SOMEONE’s LIFE.
Now you might be thinking, troutfishingpapa, it’s not the registering that scares me, its the bone marrow donation part. I get it, it sounds terrifying to me too. I didn’t know how they got bone marrow before, I just knew I liked my bones being inside my body. But, thanks to modern science, donating bone marrow is no more difficult than donating plasma.
If you are lucky enough to be selected as a lifesaving donor, the doctor gives you a medication to allow your bone marrow to enter your bloodstream, then you are hooked up to a couple of needles to allow the bone marrow to be removed from your blood and your blood to be put back in your system. I’m told it takes about 3 hours, during which you can be sitting and watching TV. I don’t know the easiest way to save a life, but this has to be in the top 5. The hardest part is getting to the hospital.
I just want everyone to know how easily you could help save someone’s life. Its just 8 easy steps:
Go to join.bethematch.org.
Walk to the mailbox
Complete cheek swaps and put in the return envelope
Walk all the way back to the mailbox
If you are lucky enough to be a match, sit in a chair for 3 hours and watch TV while the doctor gets your life-saving donation
Celebrate with ice cream (probably chocolate)
Please consider joining Be the Match with me, and if you already have, know that I am eternally grateful.”
5. After the route is mapped out on Google Maps you can simply turn off your mobile data and the GPS will guide you!
There’s no need to keep your mobile data on for long routes on Google Maps as you can simply select your destination and once the route is found, start the navigation! This will save mobile data especially if you’re in an alien city and use this service frequently.