Bikes and Cars Don’t Go Well Together!

Over the years a debate has raged about who is at fault on the road when a bike and a car come to blows.  The driver of the car will claim the cyclist was doing something wrong, whereas the cyclist will claim that the driver was being inconsiderate and (for example) driving too fast or too close.

Because of the fact that the bike rider will invariably (almost certainly in fact) come off worse in a collision unless the car loses control and hits a tree or wall, cyclists have been the first of the two age old enemies to adopt a method of catching proof of driving idiocy.  This proof comes in the form of absolutely indisputable evidence provided on video.  It has been a number of years now that cyclists have been riding round with helments on – their first line of defence – and not long after they showed up, “helmet cams” started to appear on the market.  The idea being that a cyclist straps a camera to their helmet and whichever way their head is pointing, the camera will be making a video.  These have grown hugely popular with cyclists and also (incidentally) motorcyclists, who, due to a lowering standard of driving causing many deaths and serious injuries on our roads, have had to seek extra protection in addition to clothing for self preservation.

Youtube and google are crammed full of videos of drivers operating their cars in stupid and carefree ways which often contravene road safety regulations and rules.  Taken by the cyclists, these videos portray just how dangerous life has become for the road using health concious cyclist.  With boy racer types revving their engines and blasting their horns to unnerve cyclists, often for no reason other than to provide the driver with their sadistic pleasure fix for the day.

It can be said at this point that we are clearly in favour of cyclists judging by the article sofar – however it has to be said that some of them bring bad incidents on themselves aswell with their own haste to get through traffic lights, not signalling correctly or in good time, taking chances in wet weather/poor road conditions.  Hence the ongoing debate as to who is fault.

Car users are now striking back at their adversaries with the car camera.  Some people use the term dash cam aswell, but these are not physically placed on the dashboard normally, instead they are fixed to the glass windscreen of the owners car and generally point forward, recording the road ahead.  You can get lots of useful and helpful information at the “car cam warehouse” – a website which provides detailed insights in how drivers can use the car camera to their benefit, and how the cameras are placed in cars have different features which help drivers catch out other road users.
Car Camera usage has increased.

Above is a typical car camera in use by drivers.  You can see it has a suction cup to fix it to the windscreen.  This particular one has a screen on the back so the driver can face it exactly where they want it the be as it displays the lens view in realtime.

Cyclists beware – there is more to these car camera gadgets than meets the eye!

Not only is this little gadget making videos of you as you pedal your way down the road avoiding obstacles such as pedestrians and grids (and other roadside debris) it is also recording the speed of the vehicle and its location via a built in GPS reciever.  So in addition to recording what you are doing, its also recording your own approximate speed.

Unlike the helmet camera, the footage captured can be shown on the screen – helmet cams tend to be too small to have a screen, so imagine arguing the rights and wrongs with a police constable in tow, before you know it the driver has pulled out his dash cam and is showing the footage to the law right in front of you.

Basically at the end of the day, the cameras are great for both cyclist and car user, and either can easily get caught out by the other.  The best bet by far is to ride your bike safely and hope that vehicle owners are doing their bit too by giving careful consideration to you.

Getting Fit with the 30 Day Clean Eating Program.

Exercize isn’t everything when it comes to being fit and healthy.  No, you need to plan and implement a good healthy diet aswell, and this isn’t always easy to do.

Often people think that a period (quite short) of good clean eating will help in the long term, but it won’t.  Whatever diet you choose in terms of health gain rather than losing weight will need to remain in place until you have reached your goals, and even then, afterwards you will need to continue eating healthily to maintain the required level of fitness and/or health.

How to get started on a Clean Eating Diet.

You can read the entire program on clean eating here.
Well, bearing in mind what I said above, you still need to take that leap of faith to get you into a routine.  Breaking old habits of eating chips and too much white bread can be hard, but if you take a challenge and set a time limit on this, it can be a good way of breaking away from the rut you may have found yourself in.

For example, a clean eating challenge diet is helpful because you can go for a month with a light at the end of the tunnel.  If you dive in head first thinking you’re going to be healthy for the next 20 years, it is way too daunting, and not only that, but as a result it is far more likely that you will fail because essentially you have no set target to aim for.  A target goal of one month with a view to maybe a bit less effort once the month is over (but still looking after yourself of course!!!) is much more reasonable.  There are easier ways than a “challenge” aswell – you may actually prefer to take it easy on three days a week at first, but be strict with yourself on the other four days.  That sort of idea can be used to preceed a challenge – thus easing yourself into a healthly lifestyle even more tentatively – it depends on your will power at the end of the day!

But if on the otherhand you DO decide a challenge is for you, then good for you, go for it and reap the benefits more quickly than you would if you chose a more sedate method of entry.

Healthy Eating.

After cleaing out your bowels with a regime of good food which includes those high in fibre and also a range of fruit and vegetables rather than eating on burgers and fatty fried foods you may actually end up feeling more alert and pert during the course of the day.  Sleeping more soundly is also often seen – especially if you participate and maintain good eating times instead of taking food in late in the day, or worse, just before you go to bed.  Eating before you go to bed can distrupt sleep because your body is digesting food whilst it should be performing other maintenance tasks!  Generally people always say never go to bed on a full stomach, but to be honest, I find it quite relaxing to nod off after a large meal and that can be a tough habit to break if you are the same as me!

A 30 day clean eating diet can be a mountain to climb for some people – especially those who are addicted to eating fast food and rubbish and have been doing so for many years.  If you fail the first time round – DON’T DESPAIR! There is nothing unusual about that and you may find it easier to get through on your next attempt.  Remember that these things ARE tough – otherwise it wouldn’t be seen as a challenge.

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