Posted by: safedriver | April 13, 2014

Driving with allergies is nothing to sneeze at

Hamilton 2-20140413-00858Spring and summer bring many great things to people. The warmer weather brings us outside more often to enjoy activities but for some of us, it can also be problematic with allergies. How do you deal with your allergies while driving? Do they make your eyes itchy or water? Do you sneeze more often? Does this add risks to your driving abilities? These are all things to think about each time we drive, but as long as you make adjustments to our allergies, you can still remain a safe driver.

Hay fever tends to affect between 20% to 25% of our population. Many of the sufferers do absolutely nothing to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. If you’re sneezing a lot or often have a runny nose, chances are you have hay fever and not just a cold. It’s a good idea to get checked out by a doctor to verify if you have allergies or not so if you do, there are things you can do to relieve yourself. Can the sneezing, runny nose or watery and itchy eyes affect your driving? Absolutely. So what can you do about them?

If you suffer from summertime allergies, take your medication to relieve yourself of these affects ahead of time, well before you have to drive. As for any medication, read the label as many allergy medications cause drowsiness and that would severely affect your safely while driving. If you have medication that can help you long term, check the pollen count on weather reports and take the medication before you drive, not after you begin to suffer from your allergy. Use antihistamines, nose sprays and eye drops to control symptoms throughout the day. Keep these with you in your vehicle so if you feel the symptoms creeping up on you, you can address it early.

I tend to sneeze many times in a row. At home when I sneeze the first time my kids say “bless you”, but after that they just count aloud how many sneezes I’ve done. I think my record is 21 sneezes in a row. What happens when I’m driving and this happens? I usually pull over to finish my sneezes as you can’t really keep your eyes open while sneezing and you really shouldn’t want to. Also, pulling over means I can use a tissue to cover my nose and mouth while sneezing and not spread my germs. Keep a good supply of tissues in your vehicle for these purposes. Luckily for me though, my sneezing fits aren’t on a daily basis or even a weekly basis. And by the way, ever wonder what happens when you sneeze? Read this; http://bit.ly/1t54wf7

Your cabin filter is also something that can help the air quality within your vehicle. Check the filter regularly to ensure it’s clean or needs to be replaced, especially in early spring before the pollen really starts to hit the air. Hay fever can actually start in February and can happen anywhere, not just the countryside. Also, ensure you keep a bottle of water in the car with you if your allergies are acting up, as dehydration can worsen hay fever symptoms.

Preparing yourself during your allergy season is import for your safety and for the safety of your passengers. If your allergies are really acting up, you can always just avoid driving altogether. Perhaps have someone else drive if you really have to get around. Perhaps sit in the backseat and pretend you’re someone important. Oh wait, you are important.

Posted by: safedriver | April 8, 2014

Right of way is about giving, not taking

Hamilton 2-20130710-00455One of the discussions I seem to have on a monthly basis is about right of way. It seems to be confusing to many people; drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. What’s your take on this confusing law? Do you have a solid understanding or does it confuse you every now and then? I often refer to this law as the “courtesy law”. See if this makes sense to you.

In most jurisdictions the right of way has 2 basic rules for drivers; the first driver to arrive and stop should be given the right of way. The second rule is if two drivers arrive and stop at the same time, the driver to the right should be given the right of way. Most drivers know these rules so when another driver challenges these rules or tries to make a change to them, it can screw things up. Right of way needs to be given before it can be taken.

For example, how many times do you approach the stop when another driver is already stopped and on your right? You would be expecting them to go ahead of you, but for some unknown reason they wave you to go ahead of them. Why wouldn’t they want to proceed? Are they confused or maybe they were preoccupied and weren’t ready to go yet?

At a roundabout in my community I often find drivers giving up their right of way as well. When approaching the roundabout you should yield to those already in the roundabout, but once you are in the roundabout you should keep going until you reach your exit. Makes sense, right? However, there seems to be a few drivers who yield to those in the roundabout and then once in the roundabout they yield to other vehicles they approach. Why? They are in serious need of re-education for both right of way at intersections and roundabouts.

How many times have you seen two drivers wave each other to proceed before the other at the intersection and no one moves? Now you have two drivers waving at each other to go ahead of the other driver and often will have other stopped drivers behind them. I’ve even witnessed it where they even begin to get upset that the other driver isn’t going ahead of them. I know Canadians are considered to be polite, but really?

pedestriansWe were raised to also believe that pedestrians should be given the right of way as well at intersections. This is true, but as a pedestrian, we have to ensure the right of way has been given to us. For example, even though I may have the walk symbol at the crosswalk, is the driver who is about to turn across my path without looking at me? Do they know I’m even there? Once we’ve made eye contact with them, ensure they can see you before crossing the street. What about the pedestrians who don’t have the walk symbol and they begin to walk through the crosswalk. Drivers may notice the “don’t walk” symbol and assume you wouldn’t be crossing and proceed at the same time you would. You’re putting your life at risk there. You need to follow those same rules.

I often see cyclists getting caught up with this law. Many good cyclists follow the rules associate with right of way and ensure they take their right of way when appropriate. But I also see drivers cutting off the cyclist to make their turns. Remember that cyclists are vehicles of the road and they also follow the same rules that drivers of vehicles follow. Give right of way to them just as you would motor vehicles. If you’re a cyclist, ensure you have the right of way before trying to keep it. I often see cyclists pass through intersections on a red light. I think these people believe that if a driver can see them, they won’t get struck. That’s not always the case as hundreds of cyclists get struck every year on our roads.

Understanding the right of way law allows drivers to keep the flow of traffic moving along smoothly and safely. It’s like learning to play a game or a sport. Once you know the rules, the game flows along much nicer when everyone plays by the same rules.

Posted by: safedriver | March 25, 2014

Take the time to help…

Hamilton 2-20131025-00648With almost 35 years of driving experience, including 26 years as a driving instructor, I’ve seen a lot of things happen. I’ve logged more than one million kilometres on my vehicles and have seen drivers do many things, some good and some not so good. A lot of what I’ve seen makes it here in the form of an article, video or photo. Even though all these things have happened, I sometimes get stuck on an idea of what to write about to allow drivers to think about their driving actions. I was recently stuck on an idea, but within hours something came to me. Well, I actually came to something.

On my way home after teaching classes at Young Drivers of Canada I came across a stoppage in traffic. A few of the drivers decided to move out of the through lane and make right turns instead of traveling straight. This had my curiosity so I continued to see what my next choice would have to be since I also wanted to travel straight. It turns out there were two vehicles stopped side by side on the other side of the intersection; between a traffic island and the curb. Their position stopped anyone from passing by them. I waited to see if they would move their vehicles out of the way, but nothing happened. Why would they just sit there? Maybe they were confused. It turns out they were involved in a minor collision.

I decided it was my turn to help. I safely moved my vehicle out of the way, put on my hazard lights and went to see what help I could offer. Ensuring your vehicle isn’t going to cause more problems is important if you’re going to help someone else. I asked the drivers involved if they were okay and they said yes. Offering assistance to those involved is also a priority. If someone was injured they would have to be taken care of right away.

I then asked if the police were called and they also said yes. They said the police said they were to look after the situation themselves. I was pleased with that response as it was a minor fender-bender with probably no more than a couple thousand dollars damage with both vehicles combined. No need for police to be on the scene. They just had to go to the collision reporting centre so there’s a report on file in case their insurance was to be involved.

Their actions unfortunately backed up traffic. From what I could see, traffic was backed up for multiple blocks because they were sitting there confused of what to do next. I suggested they move their vehicles into a parking lot across the road so they could exchange information. This would not only allow them to do it safely, but it would stop them from being a visual distraction to the passing drivers. They agreed and moved their vehicles out of the way and traffic again began to move. I also explained what information they should exchange and that taking a few photos would be a good idea.

As I jogged back to my vehicle the drivers in their stopped vehicles behind this minor collision gave me the thumbs up and a smile. All it took was a few minutes to help a couple of drivers from our driving community. We all need to be safe with what we’re doing, whether it’s driving, walking, riding a bike…or even helping complete strangers at a collision scene.

Posted by: safedriver | March 16, 2014

Take public transit or drive?

busAs a driving instructor with Young Drivers of Canada with the passion for road safety you would think I support driving all the time. Well, for the most part I do, but there are times that driving just doesn’t make sense. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in my driving ability just like many drivers do, but sometimes we need to identify the risk and decide not to drive.

My family and I were on a short vacation during a recent snow storm. Part of our annual trip was to visit the local attractions. This was part of the package we had paid for. Unfortunately, the local weather wasn’t in our favour and a blizzard was in the works. We now had choices to make; do we cancel our trip, go on the trip and stay in the hotel but not visit the local attractions or do we trudge on during the storm and do the things we planned? Since we’re all troopers, we decided to continue with our plan to visit the local attractions we paid for. But how do we get there when the weather is so terrible?

We had the opportunity to take public transit instead of drive. This essentially meant I wouldn’t be in control and would just “be along for the ride”, so to speak. We decided to take the bus and continue. As we traveled to each of our destinations I noticed how very few vehicles were on the road. There were a lot of people taking public transport though as there seemed to be standing room only on the bus. That made sense – to most people.

As we exited the bus we spotted a driver attempting to travel up a snow covered hill. The driver decided to hit the gas and just keep going. Their wheels were spinning and they were traveling very slowing. As a matter of fact, our walking speed was quicker than their driving speed. Why didn’t they park and either walk or take public transit? It would have been a lot easier and less stressful. I know that driving can be more convenient, but it’s not always practical.

What I did notice was that although our bus was full of passengers, most drivers stayed off the road. This made it easier for the buses to get around and for the snow plows to do their job. That made a lot of sense for many people and it helped the community continue with their daily activities. Public transit also helps the environment and greenhouse gases.

So, for someone who thrives on road safety and who teaches people to drive, there are times that driving doesn’t make sense. Take the opportunities when you have them to use public transit. Then you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the view, perhaps even in a blizzard.

Posted by: safedriver | March 9, 2014

You, your kids, your car, their life

002Being a parent has so many responsibilities that I can’t even begin to list them all. One of the things that remain at the top of our list is ensuring that our kids are safe. I personally know how I feel when one of my kids injures themselves. No parent would really want to purposely want to injure their child, right? Why does this seem to change when they become passengers in our vehicle?

My oldest son plays hard with sports and seems to injure himself each season. Whether it’s through hockey or baseball, if there’s a way he can get hurt, he’ll find it. Most of those injuries are minor and a few weeks of rest seems to work to heal those injuries. However, injuries involved through driving tend to be much worse.

Taking the attitude of protecting our kids as they ride in the vehicle that we’re driving seems to be swept under the rug by many drivers. They seem to forget about their responsibilities as they sit behind the wheel. I witness many drivers proving this theory each and every day I’m out on the road. Let’s start with a few examples of driver’s actions that can potentially injure their kids.

Following too closely is a big one. If you follow too closely and rear end another vehicle, your kids can be seriously injured because of the force of the impact, especially at highway or freeway speeds. Think about the vehicle you hit. What if they had kids in the back seat?

Blowing through red lights with kids in the back seat just because you’re late for your appointment can cause a T-bone or side impact crash as the driver coming through the cross intersection has a green light but doesn’t expect you to go through your red light. Stopping for those 30-40 seconds at a red light won’t make much of a difference in you getting to your destination now would it?

Passing a slower moving vehicle on a two lane highway when there are oncoming vehicles approaching can injure or kill all involved. What if you crashed head on? Would airbags help them enough? Consider that most vehicles have frontal airbags and curtain airbags but not rear airbags. Why test them to see if they work?

Let’s talk speeding. Many people have the “need for speed” but that creates a huge risk to our kids. What if another driver suddenly pulls out in front of you not realizing you’re going that fast and you suddenly swerve to avoid them? Perhaps this could cause a rollover or slamming into a tree? When most people speed they end up stopping at a red light anyway. So why speed? It usually only saves you a few seconds anyway.

Notice these all have to do with being in a hurry? If you need to be at a certain place at a certain time, leave sooner if traffic is heavy or if weather is bad. Why risk your safety and the safety of your young passengers?

These are just a few things that many drivers do each and every day when they have their kids in the vehicle. The next time you’re transporting your kids, think before you act. Drive in such a manner that you know your kids can arrive safely. Your kids are relying on you to get them to their destinations safely. Take the responsibility of keeping them safe, just like you would in your own home.

Posted by: safedriver | March 7, 2014

Talk is cheap

close upTalk is cheap. We know that. I often try to prove what I’m trying to get across whenever I’m training someone how to drive at Young Drivers of Canada. There’s an old saying that “it’s more difficult to argue with yourself than it is with someone else”. If I can get someone to buy into a system or a belief, they will tend to use it. No one really does what they don’t believe in. Would you agree? Now’s my turn to try to get you to buy into the real problem of distracted driving. Are you ready?

The have been many, many times throughout the last number of years when distracted driving has been in the news. There may be so much of it in the news that people tend to ignore it. Are you like that? Do you tend to tune out that information because you always keep hearing about it? Sorry to hear that because you’re about to get a taste of it again. This time you’ll also get proof that distracted driving needs to end.

The photo here shows a screen shot where the driver was holding a cell phone up to his ear just before his vehicle was impacted by another vehicle. The first problem you may think would be that he only had one hand on the steering wheel. That’s only a minor issue. He had his mind on a phone call and not on what he was doing as a driver. He pulled out in front of another driver on a highway. As you watch the video time and time again, you’ll be able to see that visibility was good but the driver just slowly pulled out in front of the moving vehicle anyway. The driver of the pickup was lucky the vehicle that crashed into the back of his truck didn’t crash into his driver’s door. At highway speeds, he would have been easily killed.

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This could have been easily avoided if the driver turned their phone off and put it out of reach. Only the driver can do this. Government restrictions won’t do it. Fines won’t do it. Even articles like this won’t do it. YOU have to do it. Will it take a close call like this one to make you change what you do behind the wheel? Major injury or death?

Cell phones aren’t the only thing that creates distractions for drivers, but they are the most recognized and most common. Eating food, drinking a beverage, passengers, having loose items moving around the seating compartment, pets and even changing the music can create a distraction for the driver. Drivers need their mind on their driving and not on anything else. When your mind and vision is elsewhere, you’ll be unable to stay focused on the sudden changes within the driving environment.

When people say they can multi-task, they are actually doing referred to as “task switching”. Task switching is when you quickly move from one task to another. You’re not actually doing multiple activities at the same time. When one of the two activities takes your thought or vision away from the road ahead, you won’t see what you may need to avoid while driving. When your mind isn’t on your driving task, good luck. It won’t help you make the needed decisions every driver needs to in order to survive on the road.

Are you big enough to make changes to reduce or even eliminate these distractions? And by the way, these types of mistakes and crashes won’t always happen to someone else. They can happen to you if you ignore these warnings. Now is the time to make the change while you’re still able to do it. Do it, don’t just talk about doing it. Talk is cheap.

Posted by: safedriver | March 4, 2014

How long?

running stop signRarely a day goes by that my kids and I aren’t joking around with each other. They all have a good sense of humour and always seem to follow my lead. We recently started to play a game called “How Long?” where I ask them questions and they have to answer. Most of the questions are deemed funny so their answers are often funny as well. After playing this game with my kids, I thought it was a good thing to try with drivers. So here’s the first attempt of a serious version of “How Long?”

How long… will it take drivers to realize they can’t stop as quickly as the driver ahead of them does when they tailgate them? Your brain tells your eyes where to look, your eyes gets information and sends it back to your brain and then your brain tells your foot what to do. If you’re too close to the lead driver, you’re not giving your brain, eyes and foot a chance to move in time. This may explain why the rear crash is the most commonly reported collision in North America. Keep a minimum following distance of 2 seconds on dry roads but at least double it on slippery road surfaces.

How long… will you distract yourself each time you drive? Eat your snacks, lunch or dinner at home or where you bought it and stop eating while driving. Human reaction is to look down at what you may have dropped. Those 2 or 3 seconds could make a huge difference whether you can stop or not if the driver ahead of you stops quickly. Speaking of 2 or 3 seconds, would you ever think about closing your eyes for that length of time while driving? Of course not, but looking away from the driving scene for that length of time (including while you text) can have the same results.

How long… will drivers weave in and out of traffic only to stop at red lights? Speeding throughout traffic only to reach a red light sooner than everyone else wastes precious fuel. Not only will it waste fuel, it’s hard on your brakes and tires. That’s money out of your pocket a lot sooner than it should be. Each time I have a licensed driver in my vehicle that I’m retraining who does this, I ask them why they are doing it. They don’t really answer me.

How long… will you roll through stops instead of making a full stop? Most drivers are thinking of going when they approach a stop sign instead of stopping. The problem is if someone is going ahead of you at the cross street, you aren’t thinking about stopping and a collision could easily happen. Take those extra 2 seconds to stop and check to ensure the way is clear before proceeding. And yes, it only takes 2 seconds off your travel time each time you fully stop at a stop sign instead of rolling through it.

How long… will you travel without putting your seatbelt on? Too many drivers feel the short trip to the store doesn’t require a seatbelt. If you’re involved in a collision with another vehicle, including just around the corner from your home, your vehicle will come to a sudden stop, but your body becomes a projectile and heads toward the impact area. This may mean you can hit your head on the window causing serious injury or worse. It only takes a few seconds to put on the seatbelt and less to take it off. Make it a habit.

How long… will it take you to take driving more seriously and help become part of the solution, not the problem. It’s never too late to make changes.

Posted by: safedriver | February 26, 2014

Is a higher fine enough?

cell imageRaising kids is always a challenge. We all know that. Our kids have to learn early on in their lives that they are responsible for their own actions. If they continue to do the same actions, they need to face the consequences. Without follow through, they won’t change their behaviour. For those parents who are reading this, I’m sure you would agree with me. If this is the case, why do so many drivers, who may be parents, have so much of a problem with the penalties the government has posed to using a cell phone while driving?

Ontario recently increased their fine for using or holding a handheld device while driving from $155 to $280. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/distracted-driving-fines-in-ontario-jump-to-280-1.2550396 There are still 7 other provinces whose fine is below $200. Is that too low to make an impact on the actions of these drivers? Would drivers who violate this law pay the fine and hope they won’t get caught again but still talk and text while driving? In many cases I do believe that. If the law had more consequences tied to it, would more drivers change their actions? Perhaps.

8 of the Canadian provinces and some US states include demerit points to the fine and I think that’s a good idea. Once you receive the demerit points, they stay with you for a couple of years. Once you gather too many demerit points you could have your driver’s licence suspended. Is that worth making that text of call while driving? Is this something that is needed to send the message to these drivers that texting and talking on their cell phone while driving is wrong and dangerous?

Changing behaviour is really required to make this change happen. There may be a few who stop doing it because they are afraid of being caught. But for the most part, many drivers won’t change their behaviour because they don’t see the danger in it. As I’ve said many times to many people; it’s more difficult to argue with yourself than it is with anyone else. They have to want to make the change themselves to stop the behaviour. The increase of fines won’t really change the results. The tough part is there aren’t enough police to reinforce this law within most communities. It’s also tough to pull people over to ticket them when the police notice someone talking or texting while driving. So how can we change the behaviour with our driving population? Education.

I often do an exercise with my students while I’m teaching in the classroom at Young Drivers of Canada. I ask them to do “patty-cake” with either the person beside them or their kneecaps. They follow a pattern and have to do it in unison with everyone else. They all seem to find it quite easy to do. The next part of my experiment is to say the alphabet… backwards. This takes complete thought. It’s not a habit for them to do it that way and they struggle with it. Once they’ve finished that, they have to combine the two exercises and do the “patty-cake” and the alphabet backwards at the same time. I witness my students slowing their “patty-cake” to think of what comes next in the alphabet. Some actually stop doing one of the exercises to focus on the other.

This exercise proves to them that their mind will only allow them to consciously do one thing at a time. They had to slow their thought process to make other choices. Does this sound familiar with driving a vehicle? We often hear how difficult it is for some drivers to talk on their cell phone while driving. It’s absolutely true, but they keep doing it because they don’t believe they are part of the problem, or they don’t believe they’ll get caught.

Why wait until you have to pay the fine? Why wait until you crash your vehicle? Would you close your eyes for three or four seconds while driving? Of course not, but if you think about it, your eyes may be down at your cell phone for three or four seconds instead of looking out the windshield. Wouldn’t that be similar to closing your eyes for the same amount of time?

Make a new habit now and put your phone away while driving. Turn the sound off so you’re now tempted to use it. Put it out of your reach so you’re not tempted to use it. You’re the person who has to make this change, regardless of the amount of the fine.

Posted by: safedriver | February 22, 2014

Which are better; classic or modern vehicles?

Toronto-20140221-00781Thousands and thousands of people every year, all across the country, visit the annual new auto show. I can fit into those stats as I recently went to the Canadian International Auto Show and visited all those beautiful new vehicles. My family is in need of a new SUV this year, so we went and did some research. I was pretty excited about looking at some new vehicles, but my attention was quickly distracted by some beautiful muscle cars on display. Between drooling, I kept thinking back to my youth and all of those great memories I had.

Toronto-20140221-00786I took a pause from my new vehicle hunt and admired the vehicles on display. Looking over these muscle cars completed my day. The lines these vehicles had are classic. The colours were also so bright and such an attention getter. The only thing missing was actually hearing the rumbling of the engine. That would have completed the experience. There were over dozens of classic muscle cars.Toronto-20140221-00784

Looking at these vehicles made me think about the era in which these types of vehicles were made. There wasn’t much thought of fuel savings in those days. Oh, I do remember a gas crunch in the early 1970’s, but that didn’t last very long. With the cost of gas these days, I’m not so sure these vehicles would be the everyday runners like they were back in the day. However, if I did have one of these vehicles, I would enjoy the drive as much as I can. How would you spend time with any of these vehicles? Would you drive it or would you just admire it?

Toronto-20140221-00764Comparing these vehicles with all of the new vehicles at the show it made me think about the power

Toronto-20140221-00779and styles of each vehicle, but also the safety features we had over 40 years ago. You may be asking “What safety features?” Remember the lap belt seat belt? That was all we had back then. That’s even if the drivers and passengers bothered to use them. I have a strong feeling most people would not even worry about the lack of current safety features if they could drive beautiful machines like these. How about you?

Toronto-20140221-00772But look at the interior as well. Look at the room there was in the front seat. You could actually have a family of six ride in a 2-door coupe or sedan. If needed, there were enough seatbelts for each passenger. The only power windows you had in most of those vehicles were human powered. Most of those vehicles had air conditioning, provided the windows were down and you were in motion. There was no such thing as anti-lock brakes back then either. You had to learn to stop quickly without locking your wheels and skidding out of control. How many of you would buy a vehicle in today’s market with those features?Toronto-20140221-00773

I eventually left those vehicles and went back to reality. I still have the thought of having one of those classic vehicles someday. And when I do, I’ll still drive it like I would any modern day vehicle; with car and respect for me, other road users and of course…the vehicle.

Posted by: safedriver | February 18, 2014

Follow rules or use common sense?

Hamilton 2-20140218-00744As I raise my 4 kids I often set up rules for them to follow. These rules are designed to keep them safe but also to teach them respect. Some of the rules we put in place as parents are only partial rules. The remaining part of the rules comes with allowing our kids to think through the process to come up with choices of their own. Giving our kids a chance to think is important to help them grow as individuals. They’re often taught these things in school as well. Do you have the same rules in your family?

My son and I were having a conversation recently where he said one of his teachers said there was no such thing as common sense. Well, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, right? I believe in common sense and I can even prove it exists. Common sense essentially means the same opinion is shared by many people; the majority. Part of this comes from experiences we’ve shared and the other is through maturity. For example, common sense would tell us not to put your hand into the blades of a lawnmower that is in operation. Note to self.

Hamilton 2-20140218-00745Let’s apply common sense while driving. Most drivers will attempt to stop their vehicle when the traffic light changes from green to amber (yellow) or red. Most people. That puts that in the category of common sense. Most drivers will drive in a lane that is ideal for their own purpose. Most people, but not this particular driver in the red vehicle in the curb lane in this photo. We were heading in the same direction for a while so I stayed back to see if they wanted to change lanes out of the snowy lane into the lane I was in, but they didn’t. Perhaps they were about to make a right turn, but they didn’t.

I know many people are often taught to drive in the right lane. That’s normally a good rule, but in the situation of a snow covered right lane, why not choose a lane that would provide better traction and less risk? I remember evaluating a student at Young Drivers of Canada many years ago in similar road conditions. They needed to pass this evaluation in order to successfully complete our program. After completing a left turn at traffic lights, they decided to change lanes to the right, even though the right lane was difficult to drive in because of the snow. They decided to follow the “rule” of staying to the right.

After our evaluation was completed, I asked them why they went into a lane that was difficult to drive in. They said; “That’s the rule”. I countered by asking them if the light just turned green but the intersection was blocked, would they try to enter. They said no because it didn’t make any sense. Then they smiled at me. They then realized it was up to them to think things through and to use common sense.

I’d like to say the light bulb with this student was then turned on, but I would be wrong. The light bulb is always on. The light bulb is on a dimmer switch and we just have to get people to learn when to become brighter, so to speak. When the majority of people use the same sense, it’s common. Now it’s up to you to use this common sense to make good decisions while driving. I hope this make sense to at least most of you.

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