Wearing Your Seat Belt - Greenville Chiropractor

There are tiny things that we can do in our lives to make them easier and safer. These are things like using a surge protector on your electrical sockets or preparing your food for the week ahead of time can make a lot of difference when something goes wrong and takes up your time. Even things like wearing sunblock or bug spray can help keep you comfortable and healthier in the long run, even if it does take a little bit of extra time at the beginning of the day to take those precautions. If these kinds of things are easy enough to do and can have such positive benefits, then imagine doing an even quicker and easier task that can save your life with no downsides.

While driving is often stressful and dangerous, there is one thing that you can do at the beginning of any trip to make it far less frightening. It only takes a couple of seconds, and yet so many people don't take that extra time. I am talking about wearing your seat belt. While I'm sure most of us have seen the “Click It Or Ticket” movement which attempts to get people to regularly use their seat belts, there are still large numbers of drivers who don't. While there may be some cars that are still on the road from before seat belts were required by law, there's a reason they aren't made without them anymore.

Some people complain that wearing their seat belts feels uncomfortable. They rub at your skin, and if you're in the car for hours they can really hurt. Thankfully, there are devices that can make the belt more comfortable, such as sleeves that fold around the belt to prevent the cutting sensation that many people complain about. As long as you are wearing your belt, your chances of surviving a crash increase dramatically. That's why it is important to get comfortable wearing your seat belt all the time!

If you were in an accident, come into Wirth Chiropractic today. Whether you had your seat belt on or not, chiropractic care after a car crash can always help. We know that it isn't always easy to keep yourself safe, but if a simple strip of fabric can help save your life, we encourage you to make a conscious decision to wear it responsibly. Give us a call today and see when you can make an appointment so we can help your pain!

Driving While Tired - Greenville Chiropractor

With the speed at which life seem to go by in today's society, it can feel impossible to catch up on all the sleep you end up having to miss out on. Between your job, your family, your friends, and trying to find time for your hobbies on top of it all, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. This is especially true if you have more than one job or are a caregiver to someone who cannot be independent for one reason or another. Add anything that keeps you up at night such as stress, and it may seem incredible that you get any sleep at all. When sleep deprivation starts catching up to you, it can be difficult to keep your eyes open. Sometimes, all you want to do is take a short nap. While this is often fine if you're home, you aren’t always somewhere that you can do this. For example, sometimes you're behind the wheel when this hits.

If you feel yourself starting to get drowsy while you’re driving, the best thing you can do is pull over somewhere safe and take a short nap. Unfortunately, this isn’t always a possibility. It is always important try and get a good night's sleep, but if you don't get that for whatever reason, you should do what you can to make sure you either stay awake or get a ride with someone else. Things like coffee and energy drinks can be helpful, but they may not be enough. You can always try turning the temperature down in your car to make sure you don't get too cozy or you can turn the radio volume up so that you have something else to focus on besides the quiet hum of the engine.

If you don't know if you're going to be able to stay awake, there are other options. You can call a friend for a ride, or even get a ride share. Sleep deprivation is one of the most difficult things to fight, so if you feel like you might lose the battle, make sure you don't get behind the wheel.

If you were in a car crash because someone fell asleep while driving, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know how frightening and painful these events can be, but we can help you out. Make an appointment today and see how much better you can feel today!

Eating on the Road - Greenville Chiropractor

When it comes to your daily routine, it can be difficult to find time to do much of anything. Between work everything at home and balancing that with seeing friends, you probably don't have a spare moment. There are some things that you can push aside to make time, but others you can't. One such thing that you can't hold off on for too long is eating. You need food to have the energy to keep going and if you ignore food for too long, it can definitely impact your ability to do anything else. This is when it can be tempting to eat while you drive.

Drive-thru restaurants can be like a beacon to the hungry traveler. It is a happy sight when you glimpse that sign after a few hours of driving and listening to your stomach grumble in aggravation at its empty state. When you are driving around for a long period of time, or even if you just have a lot of errands to run in a single day, a drive-thru can be a great option. The food normally isn't the best for you, but it can certainly hit the spot when you aren't able to sit down for a full meal. There's just one problem: eating while you're driving can be extremely distracting.

Although you often see people eating and drinking in their cars as they drive, this doesn't mean it's always safe. In fact, it tends to be the opposite. When you eat on a normal day, you're able to take your time and enjoy the food. If you're eating in the car, you're likely trying to do so quickly and that can lead to a bit of a mess. Dropped fries, stained shirts, spilled drinks, all of these things can be distracting as you're trying to go about your day. When you're trying to drive, it can be even worse because you're trying to juggle all this with your safety and attention.

If you were in a crash that was caused by someone eating while driving, give us a call. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we know how difficult it can be to recover after an accident and want to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Your well-being is our number one priority and we want you to know that you have someone in your corner. Call us today and see how much better we can make you feel!

Street Parking - Greenville Chiropractor

If there is one thing that almost every driver can agree on, it's that parallel parking is tough. If it was easy, it wouldn't be on a driving test, and we certainly wouldn't have cars that are now designed to parallel park themselves. It can be difficult under the best of circumstances, but add the fact that you often have to do it in traffic or with people who didn't park properly and it can seem like an impossibility. Street parking is a fact of life for many people who work or live somewhere without driveways or parking garages, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Even people who are used to doing it every day can still meet with complications.

Trying to wiggle your way into a parallel parking space in the morning can seem like a cruel test. When you have other cars trying to pass you as you back up against traffic and slide into a space that seems like it might be just a bit too small, it can be downright nerve-wracking. It definitely isn't like riding a bike either. It's a skill you either use often or you lose it. Trying to make sure you're close enough to the curb without hitting it and avoiding the other two cars, all in a short period of time as to not block the road, is not something many of us would qualify as fun. However, it is a necessary evil.

Even if you manage to get your car all the way into a spot and you have parked perfectly, you still aren't out of the proverbial woods yet. You may still be in danger while trying to get out. People tend to drive quickly, and if one person isn't paying attention, getting out of your car can spell disaster. It is important that you always look before you open your door so that you know if it is safe or not. Getting out of the car and onto the sidewalk quickly is the best way to make sure that you don't get hit.

If you were involved in an accident while you were trying to park on the street or leave your vehicle after doing so, call Wirth Chiropractic. We will do everything we can to help you recover after your crash and get back to how you felt before. Street parking is always annoying, but we hope it never causes you to get hurt!

Driving While Distracted - Greenville Chiropractor

One of the leading causes of car crashes today is distracted driving. It takes less than a second for a crash to occur when your eyes are off the road. Even something as quick and simple as looking at your dash display to change your radio station or putting your drink back into the cup holder next to you can split your attention long enough to cause an issue. No matter how easy a task may seem, it does require some form of focus and if you're focused on that, you are no longer completely focused on the road. Even if you are driving responsibly, someone else may not be. This means that you need to be alert enough to react quickly to whatever is happening around you, which you cannot do reliably if you are already distracted.

A lot of states are trying to crack down on anyone who is distracted while driving. This means that using you phone, even hands free, may get you pulled over. If you are eating while driving, you may get a ticket. Even taking your hand off the wheel to grab a quick drink could be an offense depending on where you live. The important thing to remember is that you need to always be in control of your vehicle, and this means having both hands on the wheel.

While you are driving, you are responsible for yourself and anyone else in your car. This means that you need to make sure that others you are driving with aren't causing a distraction. Although driving with friends can be fun, you have to approach it responsibly. You can sing along with your favorite music or have an animated conversation, but it's still important to keep your focus on what you're doing as you talk. You want to be able to continue the conversation when you get to your destination safely, after all.

Distracted driving causes accidents. This means that a lot of injuries and even deaths are the direct result of things like cell phones ringing or someone texting, and were completely avoidable. If you were injured in a crash that was caused by distracted driving, call Wirth Chiropractic to set up your appointment today. We can help with your pain and any other issues that you believe were caused by the impact. Come in and see just how much better you feel after a few sessions with us!

Driving at Sunset - Greenville Chiropractor

When it comes to driving, there are any number of issues that can mess with your standard trip. Even something as small as the position of the sun in relation to your car can really change your drive by impacting your vision. If you've ever had to drive while looking directly into the sun, you know how difficult it is. The sun being out isn't normally a bad thing when you're driving, but if you drive at sunset, it can definitely cause some issues. This is one of the reasons that times like rush hour are so bad in some areas. On top of there already being a higher volume of cars on the road, drivers have to deal with the sun making it nearly impossible to see anything as they try to get home.

Sunsets are beautiful. The gorgeous colors that dance across the sky are stunning, and you never truly see the same sunset twice. While some may be more bland than others, any sunset where you can actively see the sun is mostly likely going to be beautiful. While this may be distracting, it is important to remember that there are more important things to think while you are behind the wheel at this time of the day. You can always wait to appreciate either this sunset or another until you're home safe and sound.

If you know that you're going to be driving in an area that has a dangerous stretch of road in certain lights, there are a few things you can do. Having a pair of sunglasses in the car can help, but those and the visors in your car can only do so much. Try to plan your trip to avoid the times that the sun will be at your eye level. It may seem excessive at the time, but it can really help you out. We can guarantee that you will prefer leaving at a different time to being blinded while you're actively driving.

If you were in an accident that was caused by the sun preventing you from seeing well, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. While we can't stop the sun from shining, we can help to stop any pain you may have that was caused by the accident you were in. We know how frustrating it can be to be in an accident that you couldn't see, let alone prevent, so give us a call and see how we can help you today!

Driving in the Snow - Greenville Chiropractor

Winter is always a bit of a gamble when it comes to weather. As an example, right now it is 53ºF outside, while yesterday it was down below freezing. There's an old joke about how if you don't like the weather, you can wait a few minutes and it will change. Most jokes are funny because there is a kernel of truth to them and this one is definitely no exception. The temperature is only one part of the weather, however, and although it can be dangerous, it isn't always the most difficult factor to contend with. When you're driving, snow and ice is often much worse to deal with.

If you are someone who spends a lot of time in the car, you know how difficult it can be to drive in the snow. You have limited visibility, your speed needs to decrease drastically, and you often have to contend with other drivers who aren't being as responsible as they should be. Pair any or all of these issues with slick roads and low traction, and you have an absolute recipe for disaster. It may seem like a breeze, but driving in the snow is one of the most difficult things you need to do, and North Carolina doesn't get that much practice at it.

When it's snowing, there is no one way to do everything correctly. This is partly because there are so many different kinds of snow. You may have a light snow which makes everything slippery or you may have a heavy, wet snow which makes it nearly impossible to see and even worse to drive in. Both of these types of snow present their own challenges, and you need to be careful and know when to pull into a parking lot and wait for the plow to come through.

If you were in an accident that happened due to snow, give us a call. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, we see all kinds of crashes that happen for all different reasons. We know how frightening and frustrating these situations can be, but we have tailored our entire practice towards helping people who were in car accidents. It's important that you get medical attention after a crash and having a place to go for legal problems related to the accident is important as well. If you had a rain related collision, give us a call today. You may be amazed at how much of a difference we can make!

Driving Long Distances - Greenville Chiropractor

Most of us don't honestly drive all that much. Think about your standard week. It is probably only to work and back home, to the store, and maybe you stop off and see local friends or family every now and then. Even with these short distances, accidents are still unfortunately common. It stands to reason that the longer you drive, the more likely you are to get into an accident. This means that long distances can seem especially daunting. While it doesn't bother some people, others can feel intimidated going on big trips.

Even if you aren't that concerned about an accident along the way, you may be concerned about other things. Arriving on time is often a source of concern, especially if you left later than you wanted to. Worrying about your car breaking down is another common concern that we hear from drivers before a long trip. There are so many things that can go wrong when you're driving, so it makes sense that people get concerned before they start out on a trip. This is especially true if you are driving by yourself. While there are things that you can do to make sure that you're prepared in case of a problem, there isn't much that you can do to fully prevent one.

It is important to remember that when you're driving, you can only control yourself. There isn't a single other person on the road that you can drive for. While it would be nice, there simply isn't a way to make sure that everyone else is safely observing the rules of the road. You can do everything in your power to make sure you are being safe behind the wheel, and still have someone else do something that exposes you to risk. Driving a long distance will show you that there are bad drivers all over the country, but there is nothing you can do except drive responsibly and be aware of your surroundings while on the road.

If you were driving a long distance and got into a crash, give Wirth Chiropractic a call. We know how scary it can be to be injured in a car accident, and will do everything we can to help you feel better after the crash. Make an appointment today and come in to see what we can do for you. You never know just how much of a difference it can make!

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