Los mejores consejos para el desempeño oportuno durante la conducción

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -; Como millones de estadounidenses saben, los desplazamientos diarios pueden ser estresantes y monótonos. Unido a qué con el clima de invierno, mantenerse alerta es primordial, especialmente cuando las condiciones de la carretera empiezan a deteriorarse.
Hasta ese momento, uno nunca sabe si va a necesitar convertirse en un conductor con desempeño oportuno.
Desempeño oportuno es un término que describe estar atento al momento de conducir para que pueda maximizar el rendimiento de su automóvil y reaccionar rápidamente a las situaciones sorprendentes en el camino. Basado en una encuesta reciente, el 75 por ciento de los adultos estadounidenses dicen que necesitan convertirse en “Conductores con Desempeño Oportuno” al menos una vez a la semana, y aquellos que reportaron una necesidad de reaccionar rápidamente a una situación de conducción dicen que lo hacen aproximadamente 6 veces por semana.
BFGoodrich Tires ha realizado una encuesta sobre los comportamientos durante la conducción. El grupo de estudio incluyó a 1 009 adultos (con 18 años de edad y mayores) que viven en el territorio continental de los Estados Unidos. La muestra fue representativa de la población general en términos de rasgos geográficos, demográficos y socioeconómicos.
En general, el 82 por ciento de los encuestados dice que los conductores a menudo se enfrentan a situaciones inesperadas en el camino, y el 54 por ciento está de acuerdo en que los conductores manejan mejor en situaciones potencialmente peligrosas.
Andrew Comrie-Picard, piloto profesional de autos de carreras, atleta de X-Games, y embajador de BFGoodrich, enfatiza que los conductores de cualquier edad pueden (y deben) practicar la Conducción con Desempeño Oportuno manteniéndose alerta para que puedan llevar su auto a su máximo rendimiento en los momentos que más importan.
De acuerdo con Comrie-Picard, los aspectos clave para el Desempeño Oportuno durante la Conducción incluyen:
* Mirar a lo lejos en el camino para anticipar los problemas potenciales y peligros de la carretera.
* Recordar la importancia de realizar con suavidad las entradas de mando tales como el frenado, la aceleración y la dirección.
* Anticiparse a las condiciones del camino, como el agua estancada y las carreteras resbaladizas.
* Conducir con las dos manos en el volante, sin excepciones.
* Mantener la distancia entre usted y el automóvil frente a usted.
Comrie-Picard también dice que es importante asegurarse de que sus neumáticos sean apropiados para su automóvil y estén bien mantenidos. Específicamente, a él le gusta el neumático
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport por su estacionalidad y capacidad de rendimiento durante los duros meses de invierno, así como durante todo el año.
Información adicional sobre
BFGoodrich Tires, así como otros consejos de conducción, se puede encontrar en http://www.BFGoodrichTires.com.

Esta prueba de huella para los neumU+00E1ticos, Easy Tire, sU+00F3lo cuesta un centavo

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Los neumU+00E1ticos pueden no ser la primera cosa que usted nota cuando mira un automU+00F3vil, sin embargo puede ser el elemento mU+00E1s importante para la seguridad y el funcionamiento de cualquier vehículo. Cuando lo piensa, ellos son la única parte de su auto que lo conecta a la carretera.
Mientras que los frenos paran sus ruedas, son sus neumU+00E1ticos los que detienen el auto, y ése es el porqué mantenerlos es absolutamente delicado. Afortunadamente, uno de los chequeos de neumU+00E1ticos mU+00E1s importantes no le costarU+00E1 mU+00E1s de un centavo!
Una vez al mes, o antes de dirigirse a un largo viaje por carretera, revise sus neumU+00E1ticos para verificar el desgaste y cualquier daño usando “la prueba del centavo”. SU+00F3lo tome un centavo y seleccione un punto en su neumU+00E1tico donde la banda de rodadura aparece mU+00E1s baja. Luego, manteniendo el cuerpo de Lincoln entre el pulgar y el índice, coloque la cabeza de Lincoln en uno de los surcos. Si cualquier parte de la cabeza de Abe Lincoln estU+00E1 cubierta por la banda de rodadura, usted estU+00E1 conduciendo con una cantidad legal y segura de la banda.
Sin embargo, si toda la cabeza de Lincoln es visible, es una señal de que es hora de conseguir neumU+00E1ticos nuevos.
“La tracciU+00F3n y la banda de rodadura estU+00E1n inextricablemente unidas. Las ranuras en su neumU+00E1tico son fundamentales para ayudar a levantar el agua y permitir que el neumU+00E1tico se agarre la carretera”, dice Sarah Robinson, experta en seguridad de Michelin. “Asegurarse de que estU+00E1 conduciendo con neumU+00E1ticos con una banda de rodadura adecuada puede ser la diferencia entre evitar un accidente y convertirse en parte de él”.
Si es hora de conseguir neumU+00E1ticos nuevos, considere estos dos factores en primer lugar:
1. Seguridad: La mayoría de los neumU+00E1ticos funcionan bien en situaciones cotidianas, pero en condiciones difíciles revelarU+00E1n sus diferencias. Elija neumU+00E1ticos que puedan funcionar bien en los peores tipos de clima o carreteras que encuentre. Por ejemplo, si usted vive en una regiU+00F3n con fuertes nevadas intensas e inviernos fríos, considere neumU+00E1ticos de invierno durante parte del año. La diferencia puede ser enorme.
2. Valor: Es importante recordar que no todos los neumU+00E1ticos son iguales. Los neumU+00E1ticos pueden parecer un gasto adicional al mantenimiento general del automU+00F3vil, pero invertir en neumU+00E1ticos de calidad conocidos por un rendimiento duradero, como Michelin Defender con su garantía de 80 000 millas, le ahorrarU+00E1 dinero con el tiempo a medida que sus neumU+00E1ticos no necesita ser reemplazados tan rU+00E1pidamente.
Para obtener mU+00E1s informaciU+00F3n, visite www.MichelinMan.com

Which Home Upgrades Really Pay Off?

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – If you don’t care about blowing tens of thousands of dollars on upgrades that add little or nothing to your house’s value, you might as well stop reading this and go Google "Pokemon Go" for updates on the latest weird mishaps to befall distracted players. But if you do care — and you’d especially better if you intend to ever sell — then Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2016 is must reading.Still there? Thought so.So let’s begin by acknowledging what’s perhaps the report’s biggest takeaway: All the academics and real-estate pros are right to "tout the value of projects that promote curb appeal." Read on to see why, and where else your money is or isn’t well spent.* Worth it: a new front door.You’re looking at returns on investment of 91.1 percent for a steel one and 82.3 percent for a more upscale (and expensive) fiberglass one. Of course, a fresh coat of paint on your existing door can help spiff things up too.* Not worth it: upscale bathroom remodeling.You may think everyone shares your dream of a huge bathroom with a whirlpool tub, heated towel bars, and stone countertops. Not so, warns Patsy O’Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby’s in Montclair, New Jersey: "You could spend $60,000 or so on it, and it still might not suit a buyer’s taste." Which helps explain why it has one of the worst returns on investment.* Worth it: fiberglass attic insulation.A huge win for greenies. The magazine finally agreed to add an energy-efficiency project, and it topped the list by recouping 116.9 percent of its cost.* Not worth it: composite deck addition.Another also-ran — and, no, Alaska didn’t skew the results. But be aware that sometimes even the seemingly coolest upgrades may simply be out of whack for a particular neighborhood. "You can turn your house into a palace, but the payoff will be small if it’s the only mansion on the block," Craig Webb, Remodeling’s editor-in-chief, tells Time.com.* Worth it: a new roof."Buyers pay a premium for one already in place," according to Credit.com. No kidding. A perennial Remodeling magazine A-lister, it’s the ultimate curb appeal enhancer when you consider that your roof is the first thing prospective buyers notice even before exiting their cars.And if yours looks like something out of "Twister"? "It’s a huge turn-off," says O’Neill, "and makes buyers predisposed to find even more things they don’t like." If your roof needs replacing, check out the Value Collection Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF (gaf.com), North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, which have the look of luxury shingles at a very affordable price. And remember: Don’t be afraid to use a new roof as the "negotiating tool" with buyers that Credit.com says it is.Watch the video here.* Not worth it: an upscale master suite.Those same "taste" issues aside, returns of only about half your investment make this yet another expensive miss. 

How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain from Backpacks

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If you’re like most parents, you remember sending your kindergartener off to school with a backpack bigger than they were. While your child may be able to shoulder it, students are now weighed down more than ever by these cumbersome packs.

Which is why, say experts, more kids than ever before are complaining about back and neck pain. With school starting up again, a likely reason for the complaints is the heavy load they’re carrying (and we’re not talking about classes), with everything from textbooks to laptops to musical instruments crammed inside.

Want to Fly a Jet or Perform Surgery? Florida’s Virtual Classrooms Make It Possible

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Florida has always been known for its white-sand beaches and palm trees. Now, however, the Sunshine State is being recognized as the next high-tech corridor for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T).To understand what this means from a real-world perspective, consider this: If you’ve ever flown on a major airline, the pilot has most likely logged hundreds of hours in a simulator. Requiring emergency health care? You can bet the doctor has honed their life-saving skills inside a virtual emergency room.At the heart of it all is the National Center for Simulation, a nonprofit trade association, and the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation Training. Both are located in a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Central Florida. The research park is also home to more than 100 companies, the majority of which are related to MS&T, including Lockheed Martin, which helped develop the park along with the Dept. of Defense; and Cole Engineering, an engineering and technology company that develops simulation-based training and offers technical services to a variety of clients.For Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of the association, the merit of MS&T — especially for the nation’s military — is indefinable."To be able to immerse single or groups of soldiers and [allow them to] move through a city in a virtual environment and create what they would do on a live range in a space no bigger than a classroom is important for all branches of the service," said Baptiste.At a time of economic uncertainty and budget cuts, being able to send students or professionals through real-life scenarios without the huge price tag is yet another benefit."In an austere budget environment, one of the big challenges for combatant commanders is to maintain the readiness of the force with less money," Baptiste told Florida Trend magazine in an interview. "And simulation in many ways is a safety valve, a stopgap that is part of the solution. It’s a cost-effective alternative to high-cost live training."So whether the innovation occurs on the high-tech corridor in Central Florida, in medical simulation technology in Northeast Florida, or in flight simulators and commercial aviation training in South Florida, the state has built an $11.6 billion business on MS&T, an industry that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.For more information, visit www.simulationinformation.com

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Across the country, families are taking advantage of the warmer weather by spending more quality time outdoors. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind.Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted."Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. "Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season."Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites:* Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring.* Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent.* Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika.* When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.* When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant.By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season. 

Protect Your Family With Encryption

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – It is one of those items on your perpetual to-do list that never seems to quite get done. You mean to, but encrypting your personal information to keep it safe, seems to fall hopelessly into that chasm between, “I’ll do it later,” and “Surely, it’ll never happen to me.”
And yet, if statistics are to be believed, the need to protect your data has never been more paramount.
Think about it: how many times do you swipe your card at a counter, fill out an online form or proffer your e-mail address, or even enter your user name and password on any given website? Each time you do, you are opening yourself up to the opportunity of having your information stolen.
Among veterans of the cyber security wars, it is widely assumed that “100 percent” of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked at some point, Robert E. Lee, a security business partner at Intuit told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution in an interview.
The good news is that there is something you can do to keep your and your family’s information safe and secure that is relatively simple and cost-efficient at the same time.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.
For only $50 per year per five users, family members are assured that their communications — when they talk, video, chat, text, email, or share photos or documents — are safe and secure.
No one will be able to see, hear, or intercept your communications other than the party you are in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store its data with any third party — not even VirnetX. It is person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates opportunities for hackers.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending IMs (instant messages) to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that are immune to interception.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

What Poor Posture May Be Doing to You

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Three days.
That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs.
But the guidelines are only that — voluntary standards — and a just-released survey by the National Safety Council shows just how difficult it could be to get physicians onboard: Not only did 99 percent of doctors polled say they prescribe the potentially highly addictive drugs for longer than three days, but — even worse, given their effect on the brain — 23 percent say they prescribe at least a month’s worth at a time.
“Opioids do not kill pain, they kill people,” says Dr. Donald Teater, the Council’s medical advisor.
So what’s a patient looking for a safer alternative for pain management to do?
With the CDC and others, including the Food and Drug Administration, advocating for alternative approaches to the likes of OxyContin, many experts recommend drug-free chiropractic care for those suffering from headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the back, neck and other joint-related extremity pain.
In fact, the whole “chiropractic-first” movement — over both prescription pills and elective surgery — is based on numerous studies showing it yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“A more conservative and safer approach is needed, and yet you have 72 percent of doctors in the NSC survey prescribing opioids for back pain,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education and use techniques focusing on conservative spinal manipulation and structural adjustments.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

New CDC Guidelines Seen as Boost for Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Now what?
That’s the question chronic pain sufferers are asking following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s release of the first-ever national guidelines designed to curb the alarming increase in prescription drug deaths.
A record-high 28,647 deaths involving opioids were recorded in 2014, according to the latest statistics, which is 14 percent higher than the previous year. And the government’s response — advising doctors not to prescribe the potentially addictive pills in most situations for chronic pain — couldn’t have been plainer.
“It has become increasingly clear that opioids carry substantial risk but only uncertain benefits — especially compared with other treatments for chronic pain,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told reporters in March.
The one catch? Right now it’s purely voluntary whether doctors used to prescribing the likes of OxyContin stop or not.
So if, for example, you’re concerned about overdosing and experiencing musculoskeletal conditions including low back and neck pain, many experts say it’s time to consider an alternative like chiropractic care.
Even before the CDC acted, drug-free chiropractic care was being touted as the go-to first option — over both prescription pills and surgery — as a result of research showing it yielded improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“It’s heartening to see the growing opioid epidemic is finally gaining the attention it deserves,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum seven years of higher education and provide care and rehabilitation on issues ranging from musculoskeletal pain to headaches to general health concerns.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

10 Questions to Ask About the Medicines You Take

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – How many times have you been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home to find that you’re unsure about possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed — or too rushed — to clarify medication information or instructions with your provider?
If you’ve experienced this, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans take a prescription medicine, and more than 20 percent of Americans take at least three. However, according to a recent study conducted by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), more than 6 of every 10 patients are not aware of the risks associated with the medicines they take. Communication with your health care provider about your medications is critical. Yet too few patients speak up, or even know the right questions to ask.
In an effort to open the lines of communication between patients and providers, NCPIE, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)*, has created the Talk Before You Take campaign, a public education initiative to increase communication about medications between health care professionals and patients.
“Open and effective communication between patients and health care providers is important and helps to ensure patients make informed decisions about their health care and the medicines they take,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The Talk Before You Take campaign provides a list of questions and other resources that can make it easier for patients to talk with their health care providers about medicines.”
Talk Before You Take urges you to ask your health care provider these 10 questions about your medicines:
1. What’s the name of the medicine, and what is it for?
2. How and when do I take it, and for how long?
3. What side effects should I expect, and what should I do about them?
4. Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food?
5. Should I avoid any activities, foods, drinks, alcohol or other medicines while taking this prescription?
6. If it’s a once-a-day dose, is it best to take it in the morning or at night?
7. Will this medicine work safely with my other medications, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and other supplements?
8. When should I expect the medicine to begin to work, and how will I know if it’s working?
9. How should I store it?
10. Is there any additional written information I should read about?
Asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist these 10 simple questions can help you stay healthy and safe. For more information, visit www.talkbeforeyoutake.org.
*This work was supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research under grant number 5U18FD004653-03. The content is solely the responsibility of NCPIE and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Food and Drug Administration.