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Remember These When Facing A Car Emergency Somewhere Unfamiliar


It’s a great day for some “me” time by the seashore, you say to yourself one bright sunny morning. You then pack for a three-day trip to a famous beach resort about 20 miles from the neighborhood you’re currently in and to make your trip even more memorable, you decided to go to your destination via your trusty Ford Ranger. During your trip, you passed by other popular landmarks that somehow made it easier for you to navigate your way towards the beach resort you’re looking to arrive before nighttime on your third day on the road. However, as you took a shortcut due to the main road that is only about 5 miles from your destination turned out to be closed down for renovations, your Ranger suddenly broke down and got you stuck somewhere unfamiliar with not even a structure around in plain view.

I’m sure that the first thing you would do is go out of your car and panic – or even so, scream the hell out for help.

But you know what? Don’t.

Because there’s no need for you to be afraid. All you need to do is remember these when facing a car emergency somewhere unfamiliar:

Get back inside your car and lock the doors.

The reason for this is quite simple. Since you’re facing a car emergency somewhere unfamiliar, there’s no concrete way to know if the road you’re currently on is extremely safe – be it from wild animals or ill-willed people. Then again, you can always count on the saying, “prevention is better than cure.” So, it only makes sense for you to get back inside your car and lock the doors while you assess the situation rationally – and of course, without the possibility of you yelling bloody murder just because you weren’t able to act on what should have been a basic: keeping yourself safe first and foremost, especially if you’re all alone and even if you do know a little bit about gauging your car.

Check out your phone signal and equip your tools.

Checking your phone signal is probably the most important thing you could ever do when you’re facing a car emergency somewhere unfamiliar. It’s not just about you having the means to communicate what happened with an expert, but also about you having a backup plan in case you still don’t get any form of help after a while and that is to finally call someone you trust. More so, what better way to ready yourself in case other unexpected things happen while you’re alone and waiting for help than with your own tools like those used when one is woodworking? Mind you, those tools would really come in handy at times like this one.

Any other reminders when facing a car emergency somewhere unfamiliar? Share them with us below!

Leaving An Eco-Friendly Footprint


Air pollution due to smoke emissions from vehicles, water pollution due to toxic chemicals from factories, land pollution due to illegal mining from companies, and more…

Let’s face it.

The world, as we know it, has changed.

As these kinds of pollution continue to ravage each nation, global warming also continue to produce adverse effects not just to humans who only took Mother Nature for granted, but also to other living things that humans also took for granted.

But despite everything, we are still given the chance to leave an eco-friendly footprint – be it in small ways or in big ways, as long as it helps today’s generation to make the world a better place to live in.

That being said, here’s what you can do to leave an eco-friendly footprint:

Do things at home.

Who says you can’t go on a vacation trip at home? Who says you can’t enjoy a weekend getaway at home? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to go far away just to spend time with your family. You also don’t need to go far away just to spend time with your friends. Whether you’re planning to go camping or go hiking, you can still enjoy these activities at home. All you need is to gather the right kind of materials for your chosen theme, as well as let everyone involved have fun setting it up in your own backyard. A tip? You can do a wildlife activity, which most people need to go for a distance, by purchasing your own scope – or more specifically, a spotting scope that you can look into – and go birdwatching with your loved ones.

Even more so, doing things at home allows you to:

  • Save up more effectively. You don’t need to worry about going over the budget just for a vacation trip. You also don’t need to worry about going over the budget just to buy what you need for a vacation trip.
  • Lessens the impact your car will make. This applies if your car is used every day. This also applies if your car is used every time you go on a vacation trip.
  • Lessens the impact you will make. This applies as you go to the place you’re vacationing on. This also applies as you leave the place you’re vacationing on.

How about you?

How do you leave an eco-friendly footprint?

Share your thoughts with us below!


Actions You Can Do to Fight Climate Change

Climate change isn’t good for the environment.

Its effect can be critical to our health and the environment. It is something that we should take seriously for us to have a better future.

Some of climate change’s effects are sea level rise, melting of sea ice, and intense heat waves. These can affect our lives negatively. To help you decrease the effect and fight climate change, here are some actions you can do to fight climate change.

Reduce Emissions

Transportations release carbon dioxide. This is one of the causes of climate change. Whenever possible, use a sustainable transportation instead. You can use a public transportation such as train or bicycle. Carbon dioxide is harmful to our overall health and the atmosphere.

Save more energy

Don’t leave unused appliances idle for a long time. Saving energy helps decrease the effect of climate change. Also, you’ll save more money and energy at the same time which is good.

Act against deforestation

Trees help us in many ways.

It helps fight climate change by absorbing tons of carbon dioxide. In addition, they also help absorb the water in case of floods. There are countless benefits that we get out of plants. We enjoy products made with them like coffee, tea, tobacco and wine. If you want to check out the types of tea plants and their benefits, check out this tea brochure.

The 3 R’s

These simple activities can help our environment a lot. Reducing, reusing, and recycling, are very effective solutions against climate change. Consuming less means more productivity. Reusing helps save money and reduce consumptions. Finally, recycling helps save kilos of carbon dioxide from the waste materials.

These activities are very simple to do. Start your fight against climate change! Together let’s act to achieve a pollution-free environment. Doing these small actions can cause a huge effect on climate change.


Car Free Day – The Perks of Driving Less


Taking on a personal challenge to save gasoline not only meant following the advices I’ve read about fine-tuning my car to make it more efficient. I also decided to commit to a car free day at least twice a month, at least in the beginning, to see how it works for me. It wasn’t an easy decision to make since I’m used to driving myself around. It’s always been more convenient for me, especially if I need to rush. Here’s how this car free day have been working out for me. One thing I can say, it has indeed resulted to some savings on my part.


I took a two-pronged approach to this carpooling idea. I enlisted the help of my family and started sending feelers at the office to people who live near me. Luckily, both strategies worked. I was able to rely on both during my initial twice a month car free days. I immediately saw the advantages of the arrangement. All of us who carpooled were able to save on driving costs. While I’m used to driving, I have to say that it was nice to just ride in the car from time to time. Another perk was that it gave me the chance to catch up with my family and friends from work. It was far from the often quiet trips I make to the office on my own.

Public transportation

Taking the bus and subway took some adjustments on my part. I was initially worried about getting late. I’ve experienced being delayed in the past because of unforeseen problems on the road not to mention the unexpected traffic. The only solution was for me to leave earlier than usual. But despite the occasional annoyances and inconveniences, I’m beginning to appreciate the advantages of going for this option. And it wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be.

Bike to work

I haven’t done this yet although I’ve seen some people at work doing this. I don’t think that I’m ready to make this kind of commitment. But I do see the advantages. One of the biggest draws of this idea is that I’d be getting the exercise I normally have trouble squeezing in my regular schedule. If this works for me, I’d probably be driving less than I still do now.


I may not be walking my way to the office given how far it is from home. But I’ve been doing a lot more walking lately since I started using public transportation. On car free days, I have to walk at least one block from the bus stop. I have to say this whole taking the bus or subway thing has been keeping me fit.

Reducing Foodprint with These Easy Steps

Reducing carbon footprint also means taking a look at my food choices. I’m not a vegetarian and I’m not sure if I’m ready to make that level of commitment yet. But I’m gradually weaning myself off too much meat. I prefer taking a slow and steady approach on this. I have a better chance of making this work for me if I don’t feel like being rushed through the process. Here are some things I find helpful as I take on this challenge:

Buying only what’s needed

I find planning meals quite helpful in minimizing food waste. It also made it easier for me to buy only what I need when at the supermarket. With a shopping list in hand, I’m able to avoid buying unnecessary items that often end up in the trash.

Committing to a meat-free day

For someone who loves meat, committing to one meat-free day every week is a big step. It was a huge challenge for me in the beginning. It was quite tempting to cheat when the craving starts. But it got easier in the long run. I could even do this twice a week now. I’m still not prepared to take that leap towards a vegetarian lifestyle. But I’m working on eating less meat now.

Checking use-by-dates

I used to throw items that have reached their use-by dates. But I’ve learned that some foods are still safe to eat even after past the indicated date. I’ve also learned that the best way to avoid letting a lot of food go to waste is to check their use-by dates before I buy them. As for fresh produce, I make sure that I just buy the right amount I need.

Paying attention to portion sizes when dining out

I’ve inadvertently wasted food when dining out in the past. This was back when I didn’t pay much attention to portion sizes. Now I’ve made it a habit to go for the smaller portions. Or simply ordering whatever’s on the menu that I know I can finish on my own.

Taking out what’s left

One simple way to avoid wasting food when eating out is to bring home what’s left. I’ve been doing this more lately. This is one of the things that may not seem like much in the greater scheme of things. But I like the thought that I’ve reduced my foodprint even just a little by doing it.