Today, it isn’t very difficult for you to get a license within the U.S. Sure, there is a written test and a driving skills test, but they honestly are pretty easy to pass.
That isn’t to say that just anyone can get a license, but many people know just enough to pass both of their tests. Think of it this way, would you want a doctor that just barely passed their classes to take care of you?
Probably not, but realistically you’re sharing the road with millions of other drivers that barely managed to get their license.
There are several rules of the road that are commonly misunderstood. Things like failing to yield to other drivers, ignoring traffic signs, and following too closely behind the driver in front of them are just a few mistakes that drivers make.
Here are a few more frequently ignored road rules that you should understand to help keep roads safer.
Road Rules are Confusing, Yet Important
To be completely fair, there are so many different traffic laws to keep track of and some of them are quite frankly confusing. That said, you should still do your best to understand them all and follow them every time you drive.
The rules of the road exist for a reason. Without them, drivers would simply do what they wanted to.
Picture the Wild West, where bandits and outlaws were the name of the game. They stole from and shot who they pleased, which led to complete chaos.
Now imagine that scenario, but with giant metal crafts that are capable of reaching extremely fast speeds. That certainly doesn’t sound fun, safe, or conducive to success.
Traffic laws don’t exist just to control you. Instead, they were created to keep you (and all other drivers) safe.
When everyone knows what to do (and does it), there is an element of predictability that comes with driving. This is incredibly important for driving because then drivers know what to expect and how to act accordingly.
This is why it is extremely unsettling when you have drivers that don’t understand or outright ignore the rules of the road. Not only are they acting entitled, but they’re also endangering other drivers around them.
Headlights and High Beams
A few important rules involve your headlights and high beams.
Headlights are generally required 30 minutes after the sun sets until 30 minutes before it rises again. This isn’t generally a problem, but it’s high beams that tend to get people in trouble.
You cannot use your high beams if you are less than 500 feet away from a vehicle in front of you or one traveling in the opposite direction. Furthermore, you cannot use them to flash at another driver.
Some drivers tend to flash their high beams when they are behind a slow driver. This can be viewed as aggressive driving and can also get you pulled over by police.
The only time you should be using your high beams is when you’re on rural roads or freeways without other cars nearby.
Yielding and Right-of-Way
Another one drivers don’t understand, or perhaps love to ignore, is yielding and right-of-way.
For yielding, the rule is extremely simple. If you see a sign that says “YIELD” on it, you don’t drive your vehicle onto the main road unless it is completely safe to do so.
This means that you can merge onto the road without requiring another vehicle to slow down in response to you. You are required to yield if a sign is present.
One place where this tends to create problems is at roundabouts. As confusing as they may seem, the answer to this one is also very easy.
When trying to enter a roundabout, yield to other vehicles already inside the roundabout. Once they have cleared, any vehicles to the right will have right-of-way.
Speaking of right-of-way, the name should make the rule quite clear. When you’re at a multiple-way stop, whoever gets there first has the right-of-way. If multiple people arrive at the same time, it is whoever is to the right that has the right-of-way.
One last rule that is constantly broken is safe following distance.
Generally speaking, the rule is 2-3 seconds behind the person in front of you. This means that anyone that is ever tailgating is doing it wrong!
Safe following distance is to allow adequate stopping time for you should the vehicle in front of you need to rapidly brake. 3 seconds is a long time, but half of that is required to react and register the fact that you also need to brake.
There is no reason to ever be right behind another vehicle unless you are both stopped at a traffic light or in the middle of a traffic jam. As you can see, you’ll only ever be 2-3 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you anyway, so you aren’t losing any time.
Many drivers get a license without fully understanding the rules of the road. This is a terrifying thought because traffic laws exist to keep all drivers safe.
When motorists fail to follow the rules of the road, it eliminates predictability and puts others in danger.
A few extremely common rules that are broken include headlight and high beam use, yielding and right-of-way, and follow distance.
While these rules technically can be confusing, in reality, they aren’t and many drivers either just don’t care to know or choose to ignore them.
You don’t need to be a bad driver. Just make sure to follow the rules of the road at all times to keep yourself and other drivers safe!
6 Reasons to Try Cannabis Edibles
Are you looking for a reason to try cannabis edibles? If you’re wondering if there are benefits to edibles that you can’t get with other forms of cannabis, the answer is yes. Here are some of the best reasons to try cannabis edibles.
- Some edibles are boosted
When you smoke cannabis flower, you’re only getting cannabis. That’s not a bad thing, but there are brands that sell edibles that have been boosted with other ingredients. For instance, you’ve probably seen capsules with added herbs to help you sleep – the same is true for edibles.
One of the newer enhanced cannabis edibles are the Bits adaptogen-boosted edibles. These new cannabis edibles contain just 5mg of THC per Bit so you don’t overdo anything. Each flavor is packed with a unique blend of adaptogens like ashwagandha, reishi, elderflower, lemon balm, ginseng, guarana, and rose hip.
Why adaptogens? Adaptogens have been proven to have a positive impact on the central nervous system by decreasing sensitivity to stressors. In other words, adaptogens reduce stress and anxiety and contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing. When you consume cannabis edibles boosted by adaptogens, you’re going to feel more relaxed.
- Edibles provide precise and consistent dosing
One of the best reasons to try edibles is for precise and consistent dosing. When edibles are made, the cannabis is thoroughly and evenly mixed in, so each serving has the intended dosage when the final product is made. In addition, premium cannabis brands like Verano lab test each batch to ensure quality and consistency with all of their products, including cannabis edibles.
When you smoke flower, you won’t always get the same amount of THC. It’s nearly impossible to know how much THC or CBD you’re getting from smoking flower. Even when you smoke the same strain in the same amount, the THC and other cannabinoids are distributed unevenly throughout each bud.
If precise and consistent dosing is important to you, then edibles are going to be your favorite cannabis delivery method.
- Edibles are tasty
Edibles taste good, so why not try them? It’s just like eating a snack or a treat, but with a purpose. If you’ve avoided trying cannabis tinctures or oil because you don’t like the flavor, that’s understandable. Edibles are different because the taste of cannabis itself can be easily masked.
Brands go out of their way to come up with recipes that taste good because they know some people don’t like the strong flavor of cannabis. Edibles like brownies, cookies, and chocolate bars usually just taste like any other cookie, brownie, or chocolate bar. Premium cannabis brands will also use quality ingredients to produce the best cannabis-infused gummies, hard candies, and baked goods.
- Edibles are easy to carry
If you want to carry your cannabis around discreetly, that’s easiest with edibles. They usually come in smaller packages that you can fit into a pocket or bag, and edibles are easy to eat without anyone suspecting you’re consuming cannabis.
When carrying edibles, be smart about where you bring them. Make sure you know where you can and can’t have them. If you’re headed to the airport of a government building, for example, you’ll want to leave your edibles at home.
- The effects of edibles last for a long time
Smoking flower is great when you need relief quickly, but when you want the effects to last a long time, edibles are your best option. When you ingest cannabis, it takes longer for the effects to kick in, but those effects will last for a much longer time. You also don’t need to consume as much cannabis to get these long-lasting effects.
Everyone is different, and the timing depends on a multitude of factors like our metabolism and whether you’ve eaten or have an empty stomach. However, in general, it takes between 30 minutes and 4 hours to start feeling the effects of edibles. From there, the effects can last a few hours or even up to twelve hours. This is why many people take edibles before going to bed – getting that full impact while they sleep makes them wake up feeling incredibly rested.
- Edibles are a great alternative to smoking
Although smoking cannabis is probably the most popular consumption method, it’s not for everyone. Edibles won’t expose you to the potentially harmful effects of smoking. If you’ve been avoiding trying cannabis because you thought you had to smoke it, edibles are the perfect opportunity for you to try cannabis.
Already familiar with edibles? Try something new
If you’ve been consuming cannabis edibles for a while, maybe it’s time to try something new. If you’ve always been into baked goods, branch out and try some beverages, chocolate bars, or even an adaptogen-boosted cannabis gummy for example. There are plenty of edibles to choose from so you can be sure you’ll find something new that you can enjoy.
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