Distracted Driving Is a Bigger Problem Than We Thought

The numbers do not lie: 37,150 people in the US died due to distracted driving in 2017. But, sadly that is not the worst part of the news. Researchers are finding that there is no single cause to preventing distracted driving.

This means that there is no direct route to a solution resulting in more and more deaths. Right now, the only thing proven to work is to spread awareness about distracted driving.

Another thing that experts are deciding to try is how to make smartphone connectivity to cars to take less attention. Almost every new car on the market makes it easy to connect your phone to your car.

You are able to stream music, map directions, and in some cases even order food, coffee, etc. This is taking many drivers’ attention away from the road, in drivers aged 17 to 22 spend at least 12% of their time behind the wheel messing with their smart phones. Any percentage of time on your phone behind the wheel is too much time directed away from the road.

Both Apple and Android have their own extensions for cars. At one point Apple demanded more of customers’ attention than the Android version when entering directions and getting from one place to another. But, when it came to texting Android was by far more of a distraction. However, both must make a change to reduce the threat of distracted driving.

With all of the new tech in cars, come inward facing cameras. Some people are not okay with that for privacy reasons which is understandable as to a degree, it is a basic right, in most peoples’ eyes. However, these cameras may help develop self-driving cars with the data it collects. Additionally, it may be our answer to solving the distracted driving epidemic.

The data the cameras collected from crashes and everyday driving habits can be analyzed by experts to determine how to make the new technology in vehicles less cognitively demanding or even develop an algorithm to prevent inappropriate use while the vehicle is in motion.

But, how much privacy are consumers really willing to give up? How much of their data are companies entitled to? Right now, there is not much regulation, but it is probably coming soon as new cars will soon all have this technology.

There must be some type of compromise because when this data is used appropriately, breakthroughs can happen. For example, a lot of the tracking built into these cars can prevent crimes. A lot of the data provided can solve the mystery of crashes, including distracted driving crashes and provoke ideas on how to prevent them. The results can save money on auto insurance, medical bills, and most importantly lives which are priceless.

However, it is ultimately up to drivers to stop practicing distracted driving habits. Remember, distracted driving does not only come from cell phone and car functions taking your eyes off of the road. It also includes eating, drinking, putting on makeup and more. It must be put to an end to reduce the number of accidents and casualties.

Here’s A Quick and Dirty Guide for Selling On eBay

This week I’ve made it a goal to sell stuff around the house that I don’t use. I have an X-Box 360 that’s been sitting in a box for over 2 years along with 4 controllers and a bunch of video games.

I also have boxes of books I haven’t opened in a while.

All that makes today’s article fitting since I’m talking to you about how to sell stuff on eBay.

Alright, before I jump into that, yesterday I introduced you to Affiliate Marketing. Please click here if you missed it so you can catch up!

Look, I know you might already have a business or have aspirations to sell your own product. But Affiliate Marketing saves you the time and money it takes to get your own product and service to market…

Why not earn while you learn?

Or bare minimum, earn while you get your own stuff ready for market?

That said, if you make your own arts and crafts or have stuff around the house you want to sell like I do, then you’re really going to enjoy today’s article.

Since the arrival of online shopping centers, people have grown accustomed to buying what they need online.

Whether you want to order custom-made cakes for special occasions, buy home décor or looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones…

… online shopping centers such as eBay and Amazon.com can be your virtual shopping mall.

If you’re looking for the best way to unload your unused pieces of furniture and other personal belongings cluttering up your home, eBay can be your perfect answer.

What’s more, you can buy and sell goods from other countries such as clothes, jewelry and new electronic devices, all on eBay.

Take the Guesswork Out of Selling Items On eBay

You need to understand how this system works so you know the best ways to set up your account and start buying and selling items on eBay:

• The first thing you need to do is create your own eBay account. Submit the required personal information such as your contact information, the name of the business, and payment options.

• Be ready to answer all inquiries from potential customers. You have to regularly check your eBay account to respond to questions.

If you have a fast response rate, it’s more likely you’ll encourage lots of visitors to check out your listings since they’re interested in what you’re selling.

NOTE: It helps your sales if you include plenty of product, shipping and policy-related questions and answers so potential customers don’t feel the need to contact you directly because they won’t.

This way, they have all the information they need to make a buying a decision quickly.

Again, take time to list all product-specific and pertinent information that’s needed for your potential customers to make a buying decision such as manufacture date, expiration date (if applicable) and locations products were made.

• Be familiar with eBay’s different policies for selling personal and commercial items online so you don’t inadvertently break any laws.

• If you plan to sell items that belong in separate categories, you should create your own listings. You also need to determine the pricing of your items.

You can sell via auctions where potential buyers can bid on specific items they want.

Plus, you can try more traditional ways of selling by assigning a set price to each item.

• You can sell the same products but in different colors or sizes within the same category. eBay also has their own listings for your items and categories.

• You need to monitor your listings. Regularly check your account to track views, submitted orders or inquiries.

• Lastly, be sure to close the deal with your buyers quickly. It’s worth repeating, provide potential customers with all the details they need, specifically, the modes of payment and the turnaround time for delivery.

What should you keep in mind when selling on eBay?

Before you start selling your products on eBay, watch out for scams and be extra cautious. This will help you avoid making bad business decisions.

Here are 5 tips to help you sell successfully on eBay:

Tip 1. Research is the key to a successful eBay business.

It’s natural that you’ll find similar products posted so check out your competition. Competition is an indicator that your products are popular with buyers and auctioneers. This will also help you determine whether to continue selling these products or sell something different.

Tip 2. Take pictures and post. Pictures will help you sell your products. Just like when you order at a restaurant, pictures of the food will entice you to order. If the food doesn’t look appetizing, there’s no way you’ll order it.

The same applies to sell on eBay.

Potential buyers will first see photos of products before deciding if the items are worth buying. That’s why it’s critical to post photos that’ll attract more buyers.

Tip 3. Provide multiple payment options. Buyers will look for better, easier payment options when purchasing products online. So aside from money-grams, transfers, direct deposits, and online payment websites, be sure that you accept payments made through credit and debit cards.

Tip 4. Be professional when dealing with clients. Keep your mind focused on nurturing loyal customers with professional and honest customer service.

Make sure every detail posted about your product is true and do not overcharge your clients. Respond to your client’s inquiries and feedback as quickly as possible.

NOTE: It can be tough sometimes but hone your ability to accept feedback, both positive and negative.

Tip 5. Convince more buyers to visit your page and purchase each item with creative, yet accurately descriptive, articles or posts.

The Pros of Selling on eBay

For starters, it’s a virtual mall accessible to anybody with an Internet connection so your products can be easily viewed and purchased by droves of potential customers.

You do not need highly developed technical skills to start an account on eBay or any other online shopping center.

If you have a steady Internet connection, a little knowledge about navigating through eBay, you’re in business.

The Downsides of Selling on eBay:

There are fees that are charged for advertising and selling. This can affect the amount of money that you’ll earn.

Also, there’s no guarantee that you’ll make fast or consistent cash so this model isn’t the most scalable for growth.

It definitely helps if you’re already established or have received a lot of positive reviews about the products you’re selling.

To recap, I covered “Selling On eBay” including how eBay works, tips, the pros, and cons.

I hope this information served you in evaluating the Internet Marketing model that works best for you.

Stay tuned because I’m merely scratching the service on all the opportunities that exist in creating the income of your dreams online.

Tomorrow I’m going to cover one of my favorite Internet Marketing models…

Kerala Jackpot

Lottery is a form of gambling. Kerala State Lottery was started in the year 1967. The initiative was taken by the then State Finance Minister Sri. P.K. Kunhu. During that period Kerala was suffering from acute unemployment. The number of unemployed youth at the beginning of the third five year plan was above 1.3 million1. The shift from agriculture to industrial and commercial activities, the craze for white collar jobs, the growth of service sector, insufficient increase in non tax revenue such as interest, dividend and profit, increased public expenditure etc. were the factors that led the finance minister to think of a supplementary source of income for the state.

Thus lottery was introduced mainly for reducing unemployment and to a certain extent for supporting the state revenue. Lotteries were conducted by private agencies at that time. Later private lotteries were banned. Today, only the state government conducts lottery. Rules and regulations for conducting lotteries have been framed and lotteries have become a common affair now. At present it gives employment to more than 3 lakh people and contributes, more than Rs. 10 crores a year to the state government by way of profit. Income tax deducted from the prize amount also comes to crores of rupees. Above all, large amount is lying with the state government as undistributed prize.

Started as a monthly programme Kerala State lottery is currently having on an average 5 draws a week. The first prize distributed in a draw has increased from Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 crore and even more. Total sale of tickets has also increased from Rs.75 lakhs to Rs.125 crores a year. Thus it is felt that the lotteries play a significant role in the life of Kerala people.

But research scholars, academicians and policy makers have not attempted much on the subject. This research gap motivated the scholar to choose this topic. Research problem can be rigorously identified and conceptualised only after a detailed literature review.
A survey among 300 samples were made from the different regions – southern central and northern. The districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kannur were selected at random for the purpose and 100 samples from each district were selected and studied to analyze the motives behind buying tickets and the extent of faith the public has in the Kerala State Lottery. A survey among 90 respondents was made from winners of large prize amounts to analyze the pattern of utilization of prize money.

A survey among 150 samples was also made from the sellers of tickets to analyze the income earned by them from this activity. The sample sizes were kept low because of the difficulties in getting the relevant group. The Director of Kerala State Lotteries, a few district lottery officers, a few very large and very small sellers of tickets, the President of Kerala Lottery Agents Association (KLAA) etc. were also contacted and interviewed for their opinions and attitudes about the Kerala State Lottery. Collected data were analysed using appropriate and relevant techniques.