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Barely three months ago, were bombs detonated in popular resorts in Phuket and Hua Hin on successive dates. It inevitably raised concern and panic, especially among the hospitality and tourism sector. But most importantly they are worried that it will stain the beautiful image of the country as a crowd puller among tourists. After all, Thailand has consistently attracted millions of tourists on a yearly basis, and consistently for decades now. Many golfers that were in the area on a Golf Tour were worried when the incident happened, but organizers in several golf club in Thailand were professional and quick to appease them.
It was a short-lived anxiety and within a few days, there was business as usual, even in the tourism industry. Thailand gets 10,000 golfers per year just from one gold tourism organizer alone. The catch? ‘Golf in a Kingdom’, a golf trail so elite that links the country’s top courses together. A total of seven of these golf club in Thailand, particularly in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai are linked together in ‘Golf in a Kingdom’.
When the bombing incident happened, the golfers just went on golfing. They were assured that the golf course is the safest place at that point, which is true, as the security was tight. The golfers stuck to their golf itineraries because the staff in the golf tour industry were all very professional and reassuring. Aside from the golf tour staff, there was immediate action from the authorities as well. Nothing is more reassuring than the authorities making it feel safe and sound, as per a tourist visiting from Australia. Justin Brown who is from Melbourne also added that if he had visited Thailand few days after the bombing and nobody told him about it, he wouldn’t have noticed such an incident have happened as the police were doing a great job. Paul Dean, who was from Perth, also agreed with Brown. Mark Siegel, an American who moved to Thailand in 2005 and owned a golf tour business, said that in the last decade that he stayed in Thailand, he noticed that the people are always resilient and quick to shrug off unfortunate events to move on. The country set itself a steep goal of 33 million Tourist visit for 2016, and as of this writing, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said they are still on track to meet the projection.
Riding a motorcycle is fun. However, this is not something new to anyone who has already rode on one. To add, this is also more dangerous than driving a car. The reality is that a motorcyclist is thirty times likely to be in an accident based from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHS).
The number is way scarier for old age riders. Due to their weaker eyesight, slower reflexes, brittle bones and other similar causes, riders who are more than sixty in age are thrice likely to get hospitalized after getting in a crash as compared to young ones.
Still, there are many motorcyclists who’ve enjoyed riding without injuries. To optimize the odds, preparation is key to avoid the risks.
Below are some tips for safety in motorcycles.
Wear the proper gear
A t-shift, jeans and sandals are the perfect recipe for a very painful disaster while on a bike. Instead, make sure to wear gear protecting you from flying bugs, debris, wind chill or road rash in case you slide out. The best protection is offered by gloves, reinforced jackets, full pants and footwear that goes over the ankle. A specially designed jacket with rugged padding plus breathable mesh material give protection and ventilation during the warm weather. You also need an effective protection for the eyes. Goggles or a helmet visor is helpful. Also, pick a gear with bright colours.
The Centre for Urban Transportation Research of the University of South Florida found in a study that collisions usually involve a car and a motorcycle. Sixty percent of those times, the car drivers were liable. This means that extra alertness is needed such as those times when cars pull out from the side streets or those that immediately change lanes. Also, keep a safe distance and don’t tailgate.
Sharpen your skills
John Seidel from Honda bikes advises to look for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding class within your area. This MSF class teaches basic to advanced techniques. Some are free, while some will cost up to $350. The MSF website has a list of 2,700 locations for the courses in the United States.
Most people gain pounds during winter. Getting active despite the cold weather is not that easy but the trick is to open the door and take the first step outside. These are some tips to help you go out and chase the cold pavement.
Wear proper shoes
Wearing the right shoes is important for runners, more so during winter. The snow-covered ground is risky and should always be managed with caution. A decent pair of running shoes keeps you secure and balanced. It must be warm and waterproof. Choose a shoe that has extra cushion for added support.
Get the right warmth from your outfit
Having the right layers of clothes is vital in running amidst freezing temperature. The layers give you an opportunity to remove something if you need to. Make sure the layers are enough but not too warm. If complete layers of clothes won’t do, it’s probably not a good idea to run outside.
Indulge on water
Do not neglect water just because it’s cold. It is still vital to stay hydrated even if the temperature is low. Drink water before and after running. Get fueled up with some solids too. It will make you more energized for the routine.
Loosen up before running and cool down after
Have exercises to warm you up before stepping out. This prepares your body for the cold. It will make the chill manageable. Do not forget to cool down after running. You can walk on your way home and do some stretches before entering your door. This will give a chance for your body temperature to go down and your body to gradually shift in resting state.
Wear bright clothes
Running during winter is risky so all precautions must be made. Make sure the top layer you wear is bright, a high visibility running jacket will do. This will make you visible to motorists despite the hazy weather. Evening comes rapidly during winter so it is best to walk out ready. You may also add reflective hat and shoes. Bright colors also affect someone’s mood so it might help you get moving and step out.