Where is the Nearest Guitar Center?

Holiday season is just around the corner and gift-giving is one thing that every child and child-at-hearts are excited for. Of course, that includes me as well. Although malls and other establishments are still hyped for the Halloween, I am getting really more excited with the holidays then.In fact, as early as now, I am already thinking and trying to complete my list for gifts to share. I also tried figuring out where is the nearest guitar center that is accessible from our new abode since I plan to buy my little man a new set of kiddie guitars or, perhaps, a drum set instead.

Guitar Center

Sad to know, the guitar center is obviously far from here and I still need to transport half an hour. It’s alright. At least I have known where to go when I need to get one.

Moreover, going back to my list, I might have this completed after the Halloween since we will be preparing for the trick or treat events that our little man will be joining.

First Day Of Fall 2016

It’s first day of fall today, September 22, 2016, Thursday, based on the Eastern Timezone. But off course, living in a Pacific timezone, we only have two seasons, the wet and dry. Obviously, we can not enjoy the changes in seasons, the 4 seasons every year.

First Day of Fall 2016

So this first day of fall 2016, as with my friends abroad both online and offline who are enjoying today’s great day, I just want to sing with you all the song You’ve got a friend. Maybe you’ll ask me why, but this is because the lyrics mentioned the four seasons. But more of that, is the idea that whatever the season would be, and even we are miles away from each other, we still are connected by heart we always can depend one another as we always have something to lean on called a friend.

I, myself, could not contain my emotions in me so I decided to try the song in our newly bought karaoke set. I have not fully assembled our system yet because I have not purchased a speaker and an amplifier. The speaker and amplifier set that I like most are those like from the musiciansfriend.com crown amplifiers and speaker. I have already checked and compared brands from one to another, considering their prices and their physical look to fit in my home video and audio interior designing. But at least, of I have here can still cater my moments in singing out my emotions.

3 Reasons Why Large Trucks Cause Fatal Car Accidents

Highways are full of 18-wheelers and oversized commercial vehicles. It’s not safe to assume, however, that the people operating such heavy machinery are highly skilled and heavily trained professionals. Large trucks cause fatal car accidents every day, and there are several reasons why.

Large Trucks

Inexperience

The commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam involves passing a written test, and briefly driving a large truck around a closed area. The examination is similar to what must be done to acquire a regular driver’s license. The training requirement for new truck drivers, after they have earned their commercial driver’s license, is to spend 10 hours in the classroom – that’s just a little over one work day of learning time. By anyone’s standards, the sound of that kind of training, especially for someone who will be operating a huge vehicle, seems insufficient. Of course, it can be argued that learning by experience is better than sitting at a desk, but time on the job is better spent when the newbie is equipped with the right tools to absorb all the information at hand. Otherwise, motor vehicle operators on highways are surrounded by grossly inexperienced – and therefore, dangerous – large truck drivers every day.

Distraction

Are you easily distracted by your cell phone while driving? Commercial truck drivers are not immune to the pull of technology. And these solo riders are no doubt looking for some stimulation and connection with people after driving alone for hours. Cell phones certainly makes it seem like you have company on long drives. Text messaging, talking on the phone, even surfing the web can lead large-truck drivers to cause distracted driving accidents with smaller motor vehicles. Distracted driving is right on par with drunk driving for accidents and fatalities.

Exhaustion

The federal driving limits for truck drivers are to have no more than 14 hours on duty and no more than 11 hours of drive time. Drivers must take breaks for rest, but even that sleep is unlikely to be solid or restorative. At many truck stops, drivers are only allowed to park for a few hours at a time before being cleared out to make room for other drivers to park and sleep. It’s safe to say that, even if they’re fueled by a lot of caffeine, truck drivers are certainly in danger of getting drowsy behind the wheel. And exhaustion is a serious form of distracted driving and cause of auto accidents

Overconfidence

Veteran large-truck drivers may feel confident taking it easy behind the wheel because they’ve been on the road for so long. The old-timers may push themselves a little harder to get to their destination because they want to end their trip. They may not rest enough or they may be too comfortable with familiar travel routes and take their knowledge of a road for granted. Beware truck-driving newbies as well as veterans. Their experience does not always come out on top.

It is naïve to assume that every driver of a large truck is qualified to do so. Motor home operators and drivers of private moving vans do not need a CDL license, nor to drivers of military vehicles on active duty, police or fire emergency vehicles, and farm equipment. While many national trucking companies have increased their standards and worked independently to provide weeks of extensive training with senior operators, large-truck drivers are still dangerous.

There are laws in place to protect you if you have been in an accident with a commercial driver, including third-party negligence laws.

David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law, in Southfield, Michigan. He represents families in wrongful death lawsuits. If your loved one was killed in a car crash with a commercial truck, contact Christensen Law today to schedule a free consultation.