Why Society Needs To Change Its Message About Drinking And Driving

This month is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which brings me back to a memory that is still very fresh in my mind.

Last month, I went out to a cold and snowy Carson City, Nevada to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins.

I always love seeing my family, but this trip was not one I was looking forward to.

November 11 of this year marked the 10-year anniversary of losing my cousin Ben.

Ben was a 22-year-old competitive dirt bike racer, a happy-go-lucky guy and the father of a 2-year-old boy named Seth when we lost him that night.

The reason: drinking and driving.

Ben was driving down a dangerous highway at an extremely high blood alcohol level when he lost control of the car.

Hehit a tree, andhe died instantly.

Ill never forget the morning of November 11, 2005.

I was 15 years old, and my mom came into my room and told me what had happened.

I loved Ben and looked up to him, and the thought of him gone still seems strange to this day.

I believe the attitude we as a society have of drinking and driving is fundamentally flawed, and to illustrate this, I need to tell you what happened to me in the years following this tragedy.

At first, I was so spooked by the idea of drinking and driving.

It made no sense.

There are so many ways to avoid it, and after personally losing someone to this, I thought there was no possible way I would everdrink and drive.

But that wasnt the case.

I tried alcohol for the first time only nine months after losing Ben.

It just seemed like the thing to do in high school, especially with my insatiable desire to fit in.

Drinking seemed harmless to me, butI still never wanted to crosstheline todrink and drive.

Nine months later, I so excitedly received my driver’s license.

Probably not even one or two months later, I was drunk behind the wheel.

How could this happen?

Well for starters, I ended up getting sober six years later at the age of 21 because I had a horrendous drinking problem and am now a recovering alcoholic.

But, the beginning of my story isnot unusual.

I believe the messages we put out to the media about drinking and driving are way off-base.

We see commercials talking about the dangers and costs of getting a DUI.

However, one message that needsbe shouted across the media channels is, You are lucky to get a DUI.

Yes, getting a DUI is inconvenient, it costs quite a bit of money and it will hurt your record.

But a lot of people dont realize the real potential costs of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

What we dont show enough is there are manykids growing up without a dad, like my little cousin Seth.

We dont show the parents who lost their children from a 100 percent preventable tragedy.

We dont show the image my mom had to walk in on: Her only daughter strapped down to the bed with tubes coming out of her bodyin the ICU.

Thedoctors toldher I would have died within 30 minutes if the ambulance wasnt there right away.

Even with all of the personal experiences I had with drinking and driving, when I was 17 years old, I drifted across eight lanes of traffic and crashed into the fence of my local airport with one of my best friends in the front seat.

I was extremely lucky. I couldnt see it then, but I absolutely see it now.

There is a psychological effect that most humans have called “the optimism bias,” which causes a person to believe he or sheis at less of arisk of experiencing a negative event compared to others.

On any given day, we as humans are more likely to believe a stranger will get into a car crash than us.

Thats why we get upset when someone cuts us off because they are texting anddriving, and then five minutes later, we are looking at our phones behind the wheel.

We truly believe we can handle it better.

Then when you put alcohol in the mix, we truly believe we are indestructible.

Being sober now, I am the designated driver when I go out with my drinking friends.

Even when I’m the person who hasn’t ingested one drop of alcohol, my buzzed friends still offer to drive because they “feel fine.”

Of course you feel fine. Youre totally buzzed!

Our judgment is extremely impaired after drinking, and when you add this on top of the optimism bias, were totally screwed.

The bottom line is there is no excuse for drinking and driving.

With Uber, Hotel Tonight and other resources, there is really no valid excuse for getting in the car after drinking.

Drunk driving is an incredibly selfish and idiotic act.

Remember: Getting a DUI is a best-case scenario.

When you come out ofa blackout and ask your friends how you guys got home, and they say, How could you not remember you drove us home? or when you feel relieved after getting away with driving home drunk, its time to take a serious look at yourself.

Stay safe out there, kids.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/society-change-message-dui/1312287/

This Lexus Wrapped in 42,000 LEDs is Definitely Not Street Legal

As a promotional stunt, Lexus recently wrapped their newest model, the 2017 IS, in 41,999 programmable LEDs; turning the car into a screen capable of broadcasting dynamic graphics and videos.

The custom car produces 175,000 lumens when fully illuminated, and the LED strips, if placed end-to-end, would stretch half a mile in length. Three distinct modes allow the ‘LIT’ IS to interact with sounds and people in its vicinity.

Although not street legal, the car was used in a music video for artist Dua Lipa, in a collaboration with Vevo. You can see the music video here and find additional photos and videos of the LIT IS below.

[via Lexus]

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/12/42000-led-lexus/

21 Angry, Hilarious, And Downright Insane Notes People Have Found On Their Windshields

One thing we can all agree on is that terrible drivers are the worst.

People who are terrible at parking are no joke, either, especially in areas where it’s hard to find a spot. That’s why passive-aggressive (or just aggressive) people everywhere have perfected the art of the windshield note. The windshield note is the perfect way to talk to a fellow motorist without engaging in a face-to-face confrontation or exerting a lot of effort.

These 21 people have taken their notes to the next level, resulting in downright hilarious and sometimes strange messages. Check them out below.

1. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.

2. The parking battle is totally ruthless.

3. This is certainly thorough!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/insane-windshield-notes/

A Bunch Of Dogs Walked Up To This Car…And Totally Demolished It

Can you imagine calling your insurance company and telling them that a pack of unruly dogs destroyed your car? Luckily for this guy, he has cold, hard proof of the crazy canine shenanigans.

Judging by the footage, a security camera captured the bizarre incident. At first, one lone dog approaches, but it’s not long before he’s joined by as many as ten of his friends. What they do next defies explanation.

Watch as the pack of wild dogs demolish the car, going as far as to rip off the front bumper.

Read More: Watch This Mystified Orangutan Hilariously Try To Figure Out The Card Trick He Just Saw

What was in there? An abandoned slab of pepperoni? A juicy, bloody steak? A terrified cat? The world may never know.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dogs-demolish-car/

This Is Why You Never Load the Heavy Stuff at the Back of the Trailer

How you distribute tow weight is paramount to safely arriving at your destination.

When loading a trailer, make sure that 60% of your weight is loaded to the front of the trailer and 40% is loaded to the back for the safest towing experience.

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/safe-trailer-loading-psa/

He Turned This Ugly Cargo Van Into An Awesome Home On Wheels

For years, Instructables user had a dream to overhaul a Sprinter cargo van. This dream came at a price, though. He booked a trip from Portland, Oregon, to the East Coast where he was finally able to purchase the exact Sprinter model that he had always dreamed of.

With the van in his possession, in order to transform the vehicle from drab to fab, he first needed to gut the entire interior. In just over six months, was able to remodel his 2006 Sprinter into an RV ready for nomadic inhabiting.

loves to engineer and create new designs in CAD, so it only made sense that he would use the program to map out his new RV.

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With the layout finalized, he was able to break up chunks of the design, such as the cabinetry, into smaller pieces, making it easier to produce a materials list.

He found a professional to insulate the inside of the van. The catch? He had to complete all the prep work himself.

He masked out the cab and floor with painter’s plastic.

He then taped off areas where he was planning on attaching paneling.

The insulation work took just over 15 minutes and was almost instantly dry to the touch.

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Then it was time to get to the meat of the van — he used a pre-finished piece of baltic birch plywood for paneling.

The plywood was flexible enough to bend to the curve of the van’s interior.

The flooring went in and things were finally looking homey.

Assembling the cabinets took a lot of patience — there were A LOT of pieces.

He assembled the cabinets in his garage and then transferred them into the van.

He started the installation with the upper cabinets and worked his way down.

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The cabinets came together rather quickly thanks to the precision of the CNC used to cut the pieces.

The birch cabinets were already pre-finished on both sides and therefore required very little attention after installation.

Making It There knew that he would be living out of the van for an extended period of time, so he wanted to make sure that when it came to cooking, he wouldn’t have to sacrifice much.

His design included a working oven and a kitchen sink. He also made the decision to house the propane and water tanks inside the van under the oven.

To save water, he installed a foot pedal and a hand pump.

His decision to house the water tanks inside the locker stemmed from not wanting the water to get too hot or too cold during summer and winter.

He created custom roof pods to house larger camping accessories like chairs and picnic tables.

The pods can be opened from both sides of the van, for easy access.

They were designed with energy efficiency in mind and reinforced with extra polymetal protection.

Two 100-watt solar panels solved their need for electricity.

And finally the van was ready!

The interior looks a lot roomier than you would expect.

Just your average kitchen-living room hybrid.

No need for a tent on this camping trip, this RV has a comfortable bed spread.

Now the first question that comes to my mind, is where are they going to go to the bathroom?

If you want to embark on your own RV project, check out all the instructions from this one here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cargo-van-revival/

RV and Boat Combination (Video)

RV and Boat Combination (Video)

Out of the water you have a street legal RV that should be welcomed in almost any campground or RV park. In the water you have a power boat that can make a great day out of any body of water.

via skylane227

Read more: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2015/10/28/rv-and-boat-combination-video/

25 Things Your Car Mechanic Won’t Tell You

Although having a car can be helpful, when it comes time for repairs it would be good to know these 25 things your car mechanic won’t tell you.

25. Be wary of scare tactics, especially when they claim they wouldn’t drive your car another foot.

24. Make sure to check for certification in the shop and if you’re in the US, a state license.

23. Look for a clean garage. A cluttered floor filled with dirty rags may be a red flag.

22. Although it seems obvious, never sign a blank work authorization form. Always have a specific estimate for each job first.

21. If the mechanic claims they don’t need fancy equipment like a basic engine analyzer, go elsewhere.

20. As a rule of thumb, when you get a second opinion don’t tell the mechanic what the first diagnosis was

19. You don’t need to have your fuel injector cleaned.

18. Coolant flushes are usually a gimmick.

17. Same with power steering flushes. Many of your car’s fluids are designed to last up to 100,000 miles.

16. If you’re getting a strangely good deal on your tires you may be getting two year old treads. Ask about the build date.

15. Avoid lifetime mufflers. While you can get free replacements you’ll have to pay for pipe repairs anyway.

14. If there is something wrong with your catalytic converter or emissions system consult your dealer. A free replacement is often legally required.

13. Many times you will get charged double labor, especially for multiple tasks. Ask about labor time beforehand.

12. Ask for your old parts back. At least you’ll know they’ve been changed.

11. Be careful with brake jobs. Many mechanics will use cheap parts and mark them up.

10. Watch out for certified pre-owned cars. The certification usually means nothing.

9. Bring your car in on Monday not Friday. On Friday the mechanics will rush the job to get done by the weekend.

8. A transmission pan with metal particles in it is normal. Don’t get duped.

7. Be wary of advertisements for $100 brake jobs. A mechanic won’t make any money on this.

6. A transmission flush is almost guaranteed to be a scam. They aren’t recommended by manufacturers and cars almost never need them.

5. Cheap parts from China are getting popular. Ask to see the box.

4. If they show you an air filter full of dirt and debris make sure it actually came from your vehicle.

3. Some parts (like an air filter) are relatively easy to change yourself.

2. Request factory equipment. This is just another to way to make sure you have legitimate parts.

1. There are no legal standards in the US for used tires. Make sure to inspect them.

Read more: http://list25.com/25-things-your-car-mechanic-wont-tell-you/