Motorcycle Safety Tips for First Time Drivers

id-100300264Motorcycles adapted from the safety bicycle, have gone through history from a steam powered cycle, self propelled cycle, to a internal combustion engine and by the early 1880’s inventors around the globe were creating and designing what we know of today as the motorcycle.

The first steam powered cycle went at top speed about 50 mph. With the invention of the internal combustion engine over the years you can now get a stock built sports bike off a showroom floor that surpasses that speed by triple or more. This can be fatal if you are a first time driver with no experience.

No Sugar Coating It

Yes, motorcycles are Dangerous! Your motivation as a driver must be safety first, 100% awareness of the road and your surroundings.In the state of Florida since July 1, 2008 all first time drivers must complete a Basic Riders Course to qualify for a motorcycle license. This is an important course that will teach you motorcycle safety, operation and driving training. Check your local area for schools.

Its You, Your Motorcycle and the Road

One of the benefits of driving a bike versus an automobile is less distractions. When your driving a motorcycle your out in the open which means that you have to, or should be concentrating on the road ahead of you and your surroundings. Think about it, no cell phone to answer, (you wont hear the person on the other end with the wind and noise from the engine), can’t imagine someone trying to text and drive the bike, no CD to change in the CD player, and other things we take for granted in the automobile that can take our eyes off the road. This high awareness lets you focus instead of the next intersection, pot holes in the road, other vehicles in front, beside and in back of you.

Just like an automobile, you need motorcycle insurance. The type required for a motorcycle is Property Damage and Bodily injury which totally makes sense. Drop the bike you have damage, have an accident and bodily injury is high on the list. Not wearing a helmet and your injury risk is even higher. This is taken under consideration by the insurance companies, that will require you to have a $10,000 medical insurance if you choose to not wear a helmet.

Without motorcycle insurance in case of an accident, your risk the loss of your license, tag/registration. You will be responsible for any property damages, bodily injuries to you and if you have a passenger and possible the loss of income due to injuries. No coverage means, you pay for it yourself.

Thinking of getting a motorcycle or if you are a first time driver, remember the rules, enjoy the ride and keep safe on the road.

 

 

 

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How To Maintain and Jump Start Your Car Battery

ID-100107795Your battery is what starts your car and keeps it running through the electricity it stores. When properly maintained your battery could last you up to four years.

Some batteries have a fill cap and you need to keep an eye on the water level and some do not. If you battery has fill caps you need to check the water level every two to three months. Refill if necessary with distilled water using a funnel. Fill until the water reaches the bottom of the hole. Use safety when filling the battery with water that the acid/water in the battery does not come in contact with your skin or eyes.

Do not overfill... If too much water is added, when you start your car the water level rises, with too much water already in the battery this will cause an overflow and lose valuable acid that is inside the battery. The acid will cause corrosion with metal.

While you are checking the water levels, also check how clean your battery terminals are. The battery terminals (where the battery cables are connected) are essential to giving power and when corroded the power currents are blocked form the battery cables. If they show signs of corrosion, remove the cables and clean with a wire brush, take a rag and wipe down the terminals and casing then replace the cables. This technique may come in handy if you have a dead battery and also check that the cables are not loose but secure on the terminals.

Your battery needs to be tested every 3000 miles or 3 months. This is also typical of an oil change in most vehicles. Put it on your list to have the oil changed and the battery tested for cell voltage a the same time. A mechanic can run this test in just minutes. A fully charged battery is at 12.5 to 12.6 volts. You can also have the voltage checked in most auto parts stores.

Dead batteries do happen and you should be prepared with a set of jumper cables kept in your vehicle at all times.

Check out the video below on how to properly use these cables to jump start your battery.

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Recipe for Chocolate Easter Nests by Good Housekeeping

chocolate easter nestsThe Good Housekeeping test kitchen has been busy creating recipes for Easter Treats. This one is easy and fun to do with the kids.

According to Good Housekeeping “The secret ingredient to these little cuties: chow mein noodles, transformed into tasty perches for candy-coated chocolate eggs or your favorite jelly beans.”

Get the Recipe Here

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

ID-100314720Start your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day by watching the oldest and largest New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on fifth Avenue, Saturday, March 17, 2018 If you can’t be there in person, NBC will broadcast the parade with Bag Pippers, marching bands, traditional dancers and more at 11:00 am ET or you can catch it on live stream here . Did you know that this parade dates back 254 years? The first parade was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army in 1762. Get more history on the parade.

St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete with out a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, using the stove top, oven or crock pot method. Get a complete dinner menu recipe with the sides Here (The Honey Roasted Carrots are delicious!)

Did you know? Corned Beef and Cabbage is not a traditional dish for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. It was created in America by Irish immigrants. Read more of that fascinating bit o history here.

Bring in a bit of Ireland to go with your dinner, serve Guinness beer. It has a unique flavor from the malt and you can find it at your local grocery store.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

 

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9 Creative and Functional BBQ Grills You Have To See To Believe

ID-100197122In our neck of the woods any time of the year is a good time to pull out the BBQ and having a cookout. Like walking into a Bakery and enjoying the aroma of fresh bread baking, the BBQ has the same effect when piled with lots of delicious goodies.

 

These 9 Creative and Functional BBQ Grills You Have To See To Believe are not what you would normally see in you or your friends backyard…

They are made out of everything from boats, to hot tubs, to R2-D2 and even a Hemi Grill…

Check them out here! -> via 9 ridiculous custom BBQ grills for summer – Thrillist.

 

 

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Girl Scout Cookies Are Back for 2018 Find a Location Near You

You know Spring is on its way when you see the Girl Scouts out selling those delicious cookies. This year there is a scrumptious cookie you simply can not resist, The S’mores Cookie! It is a crispy graham cookie, doubled dipped in yummy creme icing with a chocolatey coating on the outside.

The Girl Scouts founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts Organizantion March 12th, 1912 with 18 girls she invited in Savannah, Georgia for the first meeting to teach them about new outdoor activities education program. Check that out Here.

5 years later in 1917, to raise money for the growing girl scout troops, mothers and daughters started baking cookies in their own kitchens. In 1922. Florence E. Neil came up with a sugar cookie recipe (You can get that here) and from there we now have a large variety. The suggested price to sell the cookies were twenty five to thirty cents a dozen. As of last year they even came out with gluten free cookies.. the Trios gluten free peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips and Toffee Tastic butter cookie with bits of toffee through out.

When you purchase those delicious cookies not only are you treating yourself, but you are also supporting the Girl Scouts! See what they do Here!
You can order them online or find out where to get them in your area. Head on over to GirlScoutCookies.org  enter you zip code or you can download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App at iTunes or Apple.com.

This is a special season as the Girl Scouts of the USA Kicks Off Next Century of Female Entrepreneurs with 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season – Read about that here!

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Yummy Dessert Recipes

ID-100227681If you love to bake you are going to love these dessert treats for Valentine’s Day from DoubleTheBatch.com They have 30 scrumptious recipes to choose from to make for your Valentine.

 

 

Here are a few of what you can expect:

Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake Cupcakes
JELL-O Strawberry Parfaits
Pink Velvet Cupcakes
Homemade Heart Brownies
Valentine’s Day Krispy Treats
Heart (SOFT) Sugar Cookies
White Chocolate Popcorn
No Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Skinny Raspberry Milkshake
Strawberry Cream Roll

Thanks DoubletheBatch.com for such a great list!

Looking for more recipes? Check out our Valentine’s Day Treat Board over at Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

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