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Driving Barefoot - What Drivers Need to Know 0

While enjoying spring, summer and the approaching fall, you may be inclined to take off your shoes and run barefoot through your lawn to feel the grass crunch between your toes. If you’re thinking about driving your car barefoot, though, you may want to give that a little more thought.

Why Do People Think Barefoot Driving is Illegal? The myth of illegal barefoot driving has been around for a long time. It may stem from the rules against being barefoot that we see in other places, such as retail stores that put “no shoes, no shirt, no service” signs on their doors. It just may be that people sense that it could be dangerous, and generally, it may simply not seem like a good idea. If you ask someone, they might tell you that driving without shoes on is against the law. In the United States, this is actually false. None of our 50 states has a law against barefoot driving, but the practice is often discouraged. The main concern is that bare feet could slip off the pedals and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Some people who drive barefoot disagree, saying that barefoot driving helps them to feel the pedals better and keeps them more alert.

Can Barefoot Driving be Considered Reckless? You can be ticketed for reckless driving while driving barefoot, if there is a good reason to associate your lack of shoes with recklessness. In Colorado for instance, according to their Drivers Handbook, reckless driving is “willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.” And, careless driving means operating a vehicle “in a careless and imprudent manner.” A police officer would have to have good reason to cite you for reckless driving, simply for the fact that you are not wearing shoes. The most likely scenario would be if you had caused an accident by having lost control (of the brakes for instance). West Virginia attorney, Troy Giatras, reminds us that accidents can be traumatic - one very good reason you want to have legal input before you say something incriminating.

Which Shoes are Best For Driving? The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles warns that flip flops are potentially even more hazardous than bare feet when driving. This senior citizen ended up breaking through his garage, with his car immersed in the pool after his flip flops became entangled in the pedals. Sneakers or low-heeled shoes for are suggested for driving, and keeping a spare pair of good driving shoes in your car is a great idea. Although it is legal to drive a car barefoot in all 50 states, it may be illegal to drive something other than a car, like a motorcycle. In some states even passengers on motorcycles are required by law to wear shoes. Another cautionary tip given by police and motor vehicle safety experts is to be sure that if you do drive barefoot, that you don’t leave your shoes on the floor near the pedals (where they could get caught under the pedals and interfere with their operation). Image courtesy of marin at

Author Holly Chavez

Feng Shui Life - Declutter With A Yard Sale 2

by Laurie Raphael As you may already know, the first step to obtaining a feng shui life is to rid your home and yourself of all the stale and dead energy around you by getting rid of all the clutter. One really good way to do that is by having a yard sale. There are many great reasons for having a yard sale. Some people have yard sales before they move so they don't have to pack and ship belongings they aren't using. Sometimes they are updating the look of their home and sell their old belongings to make money and room for the new ones. Sometimes your children just grow like weeds and rapidly outgrow both their clothes and their toys. It could also simply be the desire to purge all those items you've held onto for so long, thinking you'd find a use for them but never did. No matter what your reason, having a yard sale is a relatively easy goal to achieve and requires just a few hours of preparation and a few more hours actually selling your wares. You'll reap both financial and emotional rewards from it. Getting rid of the clutter is your first step towards attaining a feng shui life. Decide on a date for your yard sale. Visit your local liquor store for boxes or use heavy duty garbage bags to put the items for your sale into. Start by surveying the items you have. When you are going through your house, you will need to be brutally honest with yourself. If you haven't used it, don't like it, don't see yourself using it or don't know of anyone personally who could benefit from it, then it's a yard sale item. Sort through every dresser and kitchen drawer, every clothes and linen closet, every cupboard and toy box you have in your house. Don't forget your basement, attic, pantry, entertainment center, buffet and outdoor tool shed as well. Get your family involved so that if an item belongs to one of them you won't be making the decision for them. Get their input before placing an item in your yard sale box. Regardless of the time it takes to sort through all your items, make the commitment to stick with it and remind yourself on a continual basis the monetary profit and emotional relief you'll feel once your clutter has been cleared from your home. Once the sale is over, make another commitment to yourself not to bring the unsold items back into your home. Make arrangements with your local charity thrift store to donate the items. Most will be happy to make arrangements to pick up large donations.Yard Sale If you don't have a local charity who will pick up the items just use my method and put a big "FREE" sign out at the end of the day. You will not believe how fast those items will disappear and it will save you a trip to the second hand store or from being tempted to bring the items back into the house. Once it's all said and done, you'll have a few extra dollars in your pocket, and can breathe an emotional sigh of relief that the clutter that's been weighing you down for so long has been purged from your home. Renew your commitment to remain organized and to combat the clutter on a continual basis. About the Author: Visit my Alternative Medicine website featuring Feng Shui life and Herbal Remedy Medicines, Chinese Herbal Medicine and much more: Buy the Book: Yard Sale [affiliate] Image Source: