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What you need to know before your nanny drives your kids

If you're considering hiring a nanny, you'll likely need them to drive your children at some point. Even if driving them to school, extracurricular activities or play dates won't be a regular part of the routine, they may need to drive them somewhere if you can't make it home in time for an appointment or if there's a medical emergency. That's why it's crucial to check out their driving record and see their driving skills first-hand before you hire them.

You can lessen your chances of being hit while bicycling

Do you ride your bicycle around the neighborhood to get some exercise and fresh air or you depend on your bike to get where you need to go? Either way, you probably already know that not all drivers are as cognizant of bicyclists as they should be. Some even seem to resent the fact that they have to share the road with them.

Don't overlook these hazards of summer driving

It might seem like summer is the safest season for driving -- even here in Mississippi where we don't have to deal with the extremely cold temperatures and massive snowfalls that our neighbors in northern states face every winter (and sometimes well into spring). However, summer brings its own unique dangers on the road. Let's look at some of those:

Who's most likely to develop PTSD after a crash?

If you feel like you still haven't recovered emotionally from a car crash months after it happened, you're not alone. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 40% of crash survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of PTSD.

Some insomnia medications can leave people impaired the next day

When people take prescription medications at night to help them sleep, they don't expect to feel the effects of the drug the next day. However, research and anecdotal data have increasingly shown that some sleep medications can make driving unsafe the following morning.

Why a still-developing brain makes teen drivers more dangerous

Ask just about any parent of a teen if they think their child's brain is fully formed, and they'll probably tell you it doesn't seem like it sometimes. In fact, the frontal lobe isn't fully developed until a person is in their early 20s.

Helping your teen stay safe on the road during spring break

Your high school or college student is already counting the days until spring break. If they've got a brand new driver's license (or even if they've been driving for a few years now), you may be nervous about them hitting the road with other spring breakers. Whether they're headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or points further south, there are things you can do to help them stay safe.

Advice for safely and legally maneuvering a roundabout

Until fairly recently, most Americans hadn't encountered a roundabout unless they traveled abroad. For most people, the first experience at a roundabout doesn't go as badly as it did for Clark Griswold in the movie National Lampoon's European Vacation when he circled a London roundabout for hours -- unable to figure out how to get out. However, it can be a confusing and even frightening experience -- in any country.

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