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Saturday Soapbox #8: Don’t Text and Drive

The message is simple people. DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE.



A week ago, my four boys and I took a road trip to northern Illinois to spend some time with my parents, to celebrate Thanksgiving early, and to go to the dentist. (What? You don’t drive 3.5 hours to go you your dentist? Then you obviously don’t have mine. He’s awesome.)

Most of this drive is interstate, and  that means 75+mph on two lanes. Fridays are the worst because people are headed somewhere. Like us, people were headed home for Thanksgiving or were just trying to make it home for the weekend. There’s definitely more aggression and distraction on Fridays.

Like the driver of the tractor trailer that damn near ran us off the road for instance.

I’m sure he was probably heading to his last drop-off before heading home for the weekend. Or maybe he was was trying to finish up so he could take a long-awaited week off with his family. Maybe he was just trying to stay awake.

Whatever he was trying to do, what he almost succeeded in doing was to put us into a guardrail as his rig swerved into our lane.

Punkin could see the driver from his seat. “He has ear buds in Mom, and he’s messing around with his iPod.”

It reminded me of an older man, I’d say a salesman by the number of shirts and jackets lined up on the pole strung from the hangers in his back seat, that I saw as we drove on Highway 20 last year. Being higher up than most in my Expedition, I could see down into his car. He was eating with one hand, drinking a coffee with the other while steering with his knee. There was a paper spread across the steering wheel, and a cell phone up to his ear.

I kid you not.

Did I mention he was going about 70 mph?

That’s some scary shiz. It scares the hell out of me if you really want to know.

No, I’m not a saint. I’ve taken calls in the car. Back in the day I texted while driving. But I have some serious cargo these days, and so do other people. There is no text or call worth hurting or possibly killing myself, my children, or any other person. You know what else I’ve realized? I’m not invincible or immune. Accidents can happen to me and mine just as they can to you and yours.

As an FYI, as of January 1, 2014, hand held cell phones will be banned in Illinois–no talking, no texting (which has already been banned) if you have to hold your phone.

Next time your cell rings or you hear a text notification, think about how important that call or text really is. Is it worth losing your life? Is it worth causing someone else to lose theirs?

This infographic is worth a look. I want to point out one thing ahead of time. The statistic for teens says that 13% admitted to texting or talking on mobile devices at the time of a crash. How high do you think that number really is?


LPG: Characteristics, Benefits, and Safety Standards

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is also commonly known as LP Gas or LPG. It has two principal components – butane and propane compounds.

There are two sources for LPG. It can be extracted either from underground crude oil stream or natural gas or obtained from crude oil refining. It is modern and clean energy fuel and widely used as a source of energy by thousands and millions of people globally. In rural and urban areas, people widely use gas for different applications like cooking, power generation, automotive fuel, agriculture, refrigeration, construction and civil engineering, industrial, transportation, and outdoors. It is also fast replacing other energy fuel sources like charcoals, firewood, wastes, and kerosene oil for cooking.

The sufficient reserve of LP Gas and its benefits over other energy fuels has also made it cost effective and widely used fuel in domestic, commercial, transportation, agricultural, and industrial sectors. The World LP Gas Association and Argus report informs that in 2013, the total production of LPG was 280 million tons and uses 265 million tons.

There are certain properties of LPG that make it efficient and superior to other energy fuels.

  1. It is clean and efficient energy fuel and emits no smoke, black carbon, low levels of carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases.
  2. It is odourless and colorless natural flammable gas, but Ethylmercaptane compound is added to it check and detection of leaks.
  3. It is highly flexible and portable and easy to transport in tanks and cylinders, and store.
  4. It is a nearly twice heavier than air that makes it flow into low-lying areas, corners, and drains before it is vaporized.
  5. It is non-toxic.
  6. In spark ignition engines, LPG is the best substitute for petrol due to reduced exhaust emissions and clean burning properties. It also gives spark plug life, properly tuned the engine, and extended lubricant.
  7. When cooking, it does not leave black soot at the bottom of a vessel.

However, the use of LPG is also dangerous because unsafe handling may cause gas leakage and explosion that may burn or kill a person, set the house on fire, or damage property. Hence, it is advisable that consumers must use Gas Delivery Singapore prescribed safety standards as a precaution to gas-related accidents. These safety checklists are essential to protect you and your home from gas leakage fire and explosion.