With our long winter that seemed like it would never end, the warm weather of the past couple of weeks has been an incredible enticement to get outdoors. In our hurry to embrace the warm weather, sunshine and longer days, let’s remember to SLOW DOWN and enjoy it.
Too often people are in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B, and that spells danger for almost everyone.
Motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners, walkers and folks pulling boats and trailers, and others hauling equipment from farm to field may seem like impediments to us in motor vehicles — especially when we want to get home from work or are running errands to enjoy our backyards or lake places.
This time of year is especially bad because it’s prom season and high school and college graduation time. Scores of young people are out to have a good time, and they are feeling bulletproof.
In addition, do not forget the myriad road construction projects that require slow-downs, delays, lane closures and more. It’s enough to make one see red. Let’s hope it’s not blood-red.
Throw into the mix the trend of people who use their cell phones to talk or text, and it all becomes a plot for a horror movie.
In order to avoid playing a tragic role in that scene, THINK before you get behind the wheel. Remember often it’s the other driver or the bicyclist or pedestrian or farm vehicle that might do something to bring them into your path even if you’re doing nothing wrong at all.
Not only should motorists drive slower, but they should be aware of all that is around them. In order to do that, you need to pay full attention. Put the cell phone in the glove box or shut it off to avoid the temptation to look at it if it rings or buzzes or beeps.
And did you know it’s illegal to text in your car even if you’re sitting at a stoplight?
Take a moment to brush off some of the skills you may have learned decades ago when you were taking your driver’s training. Don’t tailgate, leave room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Check your rear-view and side mirrors. Look ahead and anticipate what might happen. Don’t race through a yellow light if you can safely slow down and stop.
Help yourself and others enjoy this wonderful time of year.