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Music may help cycling performance, but is it a safety risk?

Does listening to your favorite song on your bike really give you that extra boost? Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated during a training ride, and the music helps keep you from slacking off. If you care about being in top shape, you think of music as the catalyst to get you there.

Or, maybe you don't care about performance. You just ride for fun or as a means of transportation. It's cheaper than a car and far better for the environment. For you, the music -- or podcasts, audiobooks or whatever you listen to -- is just a way to pass the time. It's fun and enjoyable. It keeps you from getting bored on those long rides.

Traumatic brain injury: There is more than one treatment option

Even though a traumatic brain injury (TBI)can impact your life in many ways, it's important to understand that there are a variety of treatment strategies that have been proven effective to varying degrees.

The type of treatment prescribed after a brain injury depends largely on the type of injury, its severity and the injured person's current health status.

Don’t wait to protect your time with your child

Co-parenting after a divorce is often difficult for everyone involved, including the parents, the children, and the other members of their family and community who lean in to lend assistance and love.

Often, parents allow their personal conflicts to affect their treatment of each other. In many cases, this may violate their parenting agreement or custody order. This is particularly common when it comes to conflicts over custody time. Unfortunately, some parents seem to think that a custody order is a flexible outline of how parenting time gets divided when it is convenient, not a legally binding document.

Common causes of distracted driving: Avoid these to stay safe

Even though most people understand the dangers of distracted driving, it doesn't stop some from partaking in this behavior. Over time, they begin to believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them, so they don't think twice about taking their eyes off the road.

Unfortunately, even a small distraction can result in a serious accident. Here are six of the most common causes of distracted driving:

  • Cellphone: At the top of every distracted driving list, cellphones have the potential to cause an accident in many ways. For example, if you're texting and driving, you're not paying attention to the road. The same holds true if you're chatting on the phone or reading an email.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: Today's vehicles have more controls than ever before, which increase the risk of a distracted driving accident. From the climate control to the radio, don't fiddle with these things while your vehicle is in motion.
  • Eating or drinking: Even if you do this to save time, such as drinking a cup of coffee on your way to work in the morning, you should think twice about the risk. For instance, if you pick up a cup of coffee, it means you only have one hand on the wheel.
  • Reaching for an object: When you do this, you're taking at least one hand off the wheel. It's also likely that you're not paying attention to the road and what's happening around you. It's best to stop your vehicle before reaching for any object.
  • Passengers: It's common to drive with other people in your vehicle, such as children, your spouse and/or coworkers. And while it's okay to converse, you don't want it to drag your attention away from the task at hand. Let your passengers know that you need to focus on the road to keep everyone safe.
  • Daydreaming: Maybe you're thinking about what you'll do when you arrive home. Or maybe you're worried about a big meeting that you have scheduled during the workday. It's not always easy to focus 100 percent on the task at hand, but daydreaming while driving is a serious risk.

These fall driving tips can help keep you safe

The state of New York is a beautiful place to be during the fall months. In addition to the many sights and sounds, the weather is enjoyable and splendor overtakes the foliage.

As the fall weather arrives, your approach to driving should change. With a variety of unique conditions having the potential to challenge you, it's imperative to plan for anything that could come your way.

Things you can do to improve your approach to co-parenting

Divorce is difficult on all parties involved, including children who are left to deal with their new life in the near future. As a parent, you need to keep the best interests of your children in mind during the divorce process.

Once your divorce is in the past, it's time to turn your attention to co-parenting. Even if you don't get along with your ex-spouse, there are things you need to do to ensure that your children are in position to live a good life.

Bleeding in the brain: Causes and treatment

Bleeding in the brain, also known as a brain hemorrhage, is a potentially fatal injury that requires immediate medical attention.

One of the primary concerns with treating bleeding in the brain is doing so in a timely manner. Unfortunately, since symptoms can come on fast, many people with this injury don't have enough time to receive the treatment necessary to prevent serious harm or death.

Never ignore abdominal pain after a traffic accident

Any traffic accident can cause serious, potentially deadly injuries, even those that seem relatively minor at the time. Among other things, this is because victims of traffic accidents often suffer injuries that they cannot feel at first, giving them a false sense of security that often causes larger complications later.

Delayed-onset injuries come in many forms and varying degrees of severity, but few are more serious than delayed-onset injuries to the abdomen. If you recently experienced a traffic accident and begin feeling pain in your abdomen, you should rush to an emergency care provider immediately. Otherwise, you risk putting your life in danger.

Do these things when driving in rainy conditions

If you live in New York, you know that the spring season is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. You also know that heavy rain can move into the area, often without notice.

In the event that you're behind the wheel when the rain begins to pour, it's imperative to change your approach. If you don't, you increase the likelihood of being part of an accident — and that's not something you want to do).

Will you commute on your bike this spring?

When the spring weather finally arrives, it goes without saying that more and more people will begin to venture outdoors. For many, this means one thing: jumping on their bicycles and riding as often as possible.

If you're the type of person who enjoys commuting to and from work on your bicycle, it's important to understand what you need to do from a safety perspective.

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