Sharing The Road

28 03 2013

Dale BertramThis morning on the highway, I looked over to my left and there was a woman in a brand new Mustang doing 110 miles per hour with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner. I looked away for a couple seconds and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup. As a man, I don’t scare easily but she scared me so much; I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the Egg McMuffin out of my other hand. In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my mobile phone off the console, pulling the ear piece away from my ear. The phone popped up and fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed, and burned me. It ruined the phone, soaked my trousers, and disconnected an important call. Women drivers!!

This joke has been around but it always makes me laugh. It is so easy for us to find fault with those we share the road with and be totally oblivious to our own bad habits. Distractions are responsible for 20 percent of crash injuries! Here are a few things to think about:

• If it has been more than a few years since you passed your driver’s exam, download the Driver’s Handbook from the DMV’s website. New laws may have been enacted.
• This is a no-brainer but don’t drink or do drugs and drive.
• Have a little fun and take a rally-specific driving course. This course will let you know if you have any driving problems that need correction!
• Use instructional DVD’s to see how fast you can drive around a race track without errors.
• Scan your route as you drive so you are aware of all traffic lights, cross-traffic, merging traffic and pedestrians.
• Don’t be a tailgater! Give yourself room in case you need to brake suddenly. It happens.
• Drowsy and driving don’t mix! If you are medicated even with over-the-counter drugs for a cold or allergy, do not drive. Your reflexes will be hampered. If you have gone several hours without sleep, stop driving and get some sleep. Your life and those around you depend on your alertness when you get behind the wheel.
• Race car drivers are focused which means when they get behind the wheel they aren’t talking on the phone, listening to the radio, sipping on a soft drink or coffee, or chomping on Big Macs…they are just driving!

Before you get behind the wheel and start your engine again, ask yourself if you are really the kind of person you would want to share the road with.

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