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Contaminated food at restaurants can leave people very ill

Sitting down to enjoy a hot meal prepared by professional cooks should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. You pay a premium compared to what it would cost for you to make a similar meal at home for both the convenience of having someone else prepare the food and perhaps the unique flavors or extra skill that the cooks bring to the table.

Unfortunately, sometimes when you pay for a meal at a restaurant, you get more than you bargained for. Some people bring home unfortunate pathogenic souvenirs when they go to a restaurant. Dangerous bacteria and even viruses like hepatitis can pass through contaminated food. Individuals who get sick due to contaminated food are said to suffer from food poisoning.

Drivers don't respect cyclists

Is the conflict between drivers and cyclists ever going to end? Sometimes, it feels like the two are always at odds. It comes down to motorists and cyclists finding it impossible to share the same space. Part of the reason is that many drivers simply do not respect cyclists.

Why does respect matter? It changes the way people act. Many drivers don't really think about cyclists as other people. Instead, they think of them as a nuisance. They think of a college student riding his bike through the city as someone who needs to grow up and buy a car or get off of the road. This type of thinking -- putting people into faceless groups -- often breeds resentment and makes people feel more justified in their aggressive actions toward that group.

Should you ride your bike at night?

You don't only use your bike as a hobby or a way to stay in shape. It's your main mode of transportation. That means that you're not just riding it to work or pedaling around on the weekends. You're riding all the time. But you're not sure if you should ride after dark.

Say you go to a friend's house for the evening. You eat, drink, watch a movie and then head back to your apartment. You rode there, so you don't want to take an Uber and have to come back and pick your bike up the next day. Should you ride home at night? Why does it seem so frightening, compared to riding during the day?

Strava shows that people ride bikes more than they run

Certainly, many athletes enjoy both running and cycling. There is a reason that triathlons are so popular all over the world. Even people who do not compete often like to use both activities to mix things up and work on different muscle groups.

That said, you definitely have a lot of enthusiasts who pick one or the other. They log hundreds or even thousands of miles cycling or pounding the pavement. They join races, they go out with friends, and they work out on their own. But which one is more popular?

Expert ranks cycling as the safest way to get to work

You hear a lot about the risks involved with cycling and the odds of an accident. You hear how getting hit on your bike is far more dangerous than getting hit in your car. It makes it seem like, when considering the overall impact on your health, you would be far better off to drive your car to work, rather than riding your bike.

However, that's a mistake. Health experts have actually said that riding your bike to work is the best type of commute for your health out of the big four: driving, cycling, walking and taking public transportation.

SUV drivers really don't take your safety seriously

You're riding down the bike lane when an SUV goes by. There's plenty of space to move over, but the driver neglects to do so, coming within a foot or so of your bike. It's way too close. On top of that, the SUV is going about 60 miles per hour, even though you are clearly in a 45 MPH zone. As the vehicle goes by, you look up and see that the driver is texting and looking down as they pass you. While you watch, the SUV actually drifts into the bike lane about 20 feet ahead of you.

Sound familiar? It's probably something that happens a lot. Even when you don't get into an accident, you wind up with your heart pounding, feeling like you almost lost your life just trying to ride your bike. You know that, one of these days, someone is going to hit you. And you feel like it's probably going to be an SUV.

3 easy steps to turn right through a bike lane

The danger of riding a bike in the city stems, to a large degree, from the sheer ignorance that many drivers have regarding how to drive around bikes. They simply do not understand how to do it properly. They're not trying to put you in danger when you're out for a ride, but their lack of knowledge leads to critical mistakes -- and you're the one who pays the price.

Just take a look at the results of drivers' tests at the DMV. One of the questions that drivers frequently answer incorrectly is how to make a right turn if they're next to a bike lane. Turning right is one of the easiest things you can do in a car, but they can't do it if there are cyclists around.

Is cycling on the road even worth it?

Road cycling comes with inherent dangers. Any time you ride your bike around cars, you take on some risk. It doesn't matter if you have a $5,000 carbon-frame bike that just eats up the miles or a $100 bike from a garage sale. If you get into an accident with a car, you could get seriously injured.

In fact, this risk has some cyclists asking if it's even worth it. Why ride around cars at all? Do the benefits and advantages outweigh the risks?

Young people like small cars, but there's a hidden danger

Often, younger drivers enjoy having small vehicles. As they get older and have families, they may start turning to minivans and trucks and SUVs with third-row seating. But, when they're young, they often buy compact cars or at least smaller vehicles.

According to auto experts, some of the most popular cars with young drivers include:

  • The Ford Focus ST
  • The Volkswagen GTI
  • The Jeep Wrangler
  • The Subaru Crosstrek

Chicago car accidents: 5 things every driver should know

Cities are notorious for their bumper-to-bumper traffic and an abundance of pedestrians, cyclists, tourists, taxi cabs and much more. It's chaotic for visitors. Even those who live in a major city like Chicago, who get used to this traffic, still face a lot of risks.

To some degree, avoiding an accident starts with understanding the risks and taking steps to reduce them. Here are five things you need to know about driving in the city:

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