Can Listening to the Radio Be a Distraction When on the Road?

Travelling to work and back home at the end of the day can already be classified as an arduous task. It can sap the energy out of even the most positive of people and cause them to be unproductive for the most part of the day. The sad thing, however, is that the daily drive to the office or workplace is a necessity.

For most drivers or travellers, listening to music is the best distraction for these tiresome trips.  Drivers tune into the radio to listen to their favourite tunes or catch a program that they like listening to. You can listen to various stations if your car or vehicle radio is able to receive different frequencies.

To make sure that you are able to receive all the stations or channels in your area or a larger area for that matter,  you can go to a local store and check out the best receivers under 500. They’re quite quick and easy to install, and not requiring any additional skill or expertise. You can just buy a new one and plug it in before you start your long drive. This can increase your reception and improve your listening experience significantly.

By adding a new receiver, you will be able to receive the signal more clearly and even increase the number of stations that you can listen to. For example, if you travel to a city different from the one you live in, you will also be able to receive signals from stations situated in that place. Additionally, good quality receivers will eliminate patchy or choppy signals and allow you to listen to the program or music that you really like.

Listening to music while on the road isn’t considered a distraction. It is a great tool in keeping drivers and commuters entertained throughout the trip. It is a good way to stay awake during long drives too and can keep drivers from falling asleep at the wheel and encountering (or causing) an accident.

It can be kept down to a decent level so that other passengers who choose to sleep or read during the trip won’t be disturbed. It’s a whole lot better than playing a video or movie on an LCD screen since this takes the driver’s eyes away from the road in order to watch.

Moreover, people have said that there’s something reassuring about listening to people talking on the radio while on a long drive. They say it keeps them connected to the world while they traverse a seemingly endless expanse of roads. The chatter, banter, and even the sometimes acerbic opinion of commentators and hosts keeps the driver engaged and awake – with all senses functioning.

If you’re one of those who finds themselves agreeing or disagreeing with radio hosts, it is certainly a good way to stay on alert even when on long drives. Sometimes, drivers look forward to callers because they are able to relate their everyday lives with these people. Indeed, there is a sub-culture that exists around radio programs and shows.

Also read: Could Cycling Safety be Improved with Drones?

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Should self-balancing scooters be allowed on the roads?

MonoRover R2 Electric MiniSelf-balancing scooters or ‘Hoverboards’ as they have been termed by the ‘Back to the Future’ loving public are currently illegal to ride on the roads. Despite the popularity of the product and the huge number of consumers who have got their hands on one! Police and governments alike are adamant that the self-transportation device is not safe to use on roads and could pose hazards to both the rider and other road users. In Britain, the law states the scooters are illegal to ride on the road because the vehicles do not actually meet the requirements needed to be able to be registered under the European or British schemes or road-legal vehicles. These restrictions have obviously annoyed and angered many self-balancing scooter users and it’s not surprising that the question of whether they should be allowed on roads or not has been raised.

Where is it legal to use self-balancing scooters?

Currently self-balancing scooters can be used on any private land providing that the permission of the land owner is retrieved. As you can imagine for many people this means that they are extremely restricted as to where they can use their scooter. If they live in a city, then it’s unlikely that they would have access to any land that would be suitable to have some fun with their scooter.

Argument for legalising road use of self-balancing scooters

Although these products may seem like a futuristic innovative invention, they are in fact the last in a long line of electronically powered self-transportation devices. On the streets and the roads of London other products such as this can be seen regularly in the form of the electric bicycle commonly termed at the ‘Boris Bike’. Tourists and natives alike love the humble ‘Boris Bike’ and they are literally everywhere. There are no regulations in place that rides should be wearing any protective equipment such as helmets and they can go wherever they want on them whether they are an accomplished bike rider or not. Surely this also poses a risk on the roads and could result in accidents for both riders and other road users. However, this does not stop the high level of use of the bikes and wide range of access that they have. Self-balancing scooters are a very similar thing so why should they not be granted the same privileges as the electric bicycle?

Argument against legalising road use of self-balancing scooters

One of the main arguments against legalising the road use of self-balancing scooters is unsurprisingly to do with safety. The technology used in the products requires the user to have excellent balance and control which must be exerted over the product at all times. One slip up and the consequences could be severe when on a busy road. On private land, a fall would not be so much of a problem and the rider would be back on in no time with just a few cuts and grazes to show for their mishap. However, when on a busy road, the rider would be extremely vulnerable to oncoming cars, buses and other vehicles. Another issue is the speed of the scooters. Different models run at different speeds but in the majority of cases they don’t go higher than 6 mph, and even the best self balancing scooters don’t go much faster. This is definitely going to pose a problem on fast moving roads as the users of the scooters will be dramatically slowing down traffic. Another issue to do with safety is the lack of personal protective equipment. Riders of motorbikes wear helmets and leathers to protect themselves so surely a self-balancing scooter rider should take the same precautions.

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Could Cycling Safety be Improved with Drones?

clycling safetyCan the use of drone technology really improve the safety of cycling? Through the use of the Cyclodrone, which harnesses drone technology and infrared sensors, really can achieve a significant increase in cycling safety. This wouldn’t just help riders stay safe on the roads, but will also make the roads safer for drivers as well by decreasing the number of accidents involving cyclists on the roads. We’re not just talking about the usual drone you might see your neighbour flying but a specialised piece of equipment.

How It Works

The Cyclodrone uses infrared sensors and a Wi-Fi connection to sync to the cyclists cell phone to monitor movements on a route that has been preprogrammed by the cyclist so the drones know where to go. The drones then keep a safe distance ahead of the rider as well as behind to signal to motor vehicles through the use of a large beacon of the cyclist’s presence on the road. This could be very useful in congested urban traffic as well to increase the visibility of the cyclist in the midst of the large cars and trucks.

Statistics Backing the Cyclodrone

One statistic that supports the use of the Cyclodrone is the number of car versus bike crashes in 2011. 677 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents, most of these accidents may have been avoided with improved visibility of the cyclists on the road. In 2013 there were a total of 19,438 accidents involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle, 1,958 of these accidents were children. Of all of these accidents, there were 109 fatalities and 6 of them were children. Through the use of the Cyclodrone, cyclists of all ages could be much safer on the roads if a drone were to hover over the cyclists head like a beacon.

The Future of Cycling

As strange as it seems to think about having drones chaperoning your cycling adventures. However the concept will mean safer long distance trips in many different areas, whether you are cycling in a rural area or on urban streets. Drones can make your bike ride safer and more enjoyable by relieving you of the worry of unsuspecting motorists that could otherwise cause you harm. They can also ensure your visibility on the road to motorists who may otherwise not be paying attention. Which is crucial to staying safe on the roadways no matter where you are biking.

Extras

While the Cyclodrone is meant to make cycling safer, there are a few perks to the use of this wonderful tool that have nothing to do with the safety. Imagine recording your cycling adventures to show to your friends and family with ease. You will be able to star in your own adventure video without attaching a camera to your helmet or taking your hands off the handle bars. This feature may make it safer for people to block about their cycling adventures through video, and can be useful to explain accidents between cyclists and motorists through the use of this feature.

Development of This Technology

The development in this technology is still in the stages of infancy. One of the developmental concerns of this technology is the ability to take it for long rides. Drones can use a lot of power and the concern of whether it is possible to conserve that power enough to make the drones last through out a long trip. There have been ideas of attaching generators to the sprockets of bikes to help generate power for the drones to keep them going no matter how long a ride you want to go on. This idea embraces older technology to support new technology. It would be an interesting concept for new technology to depend on old technology for power.

Conclusion

Drones can be used for any number of tasks to ensure safety for cyclists as well as many other people who go out on adventures. The use of drones can be used to help skiers identify avalanche risks, pull people from burning buildings, and so much more. The technology used by drones currently today is limited to that of the military, however the potential uses for this technology is endless and can save many lives. And as time progresses, advancements in technology can bring about more possibilities as well as new technology to replace drones with more advanced models that may be safer and faster. There may even come a point in time where drones will be seen everywhere we go and may be used for more personal tasks other than creating safer roadways for us to use.

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