I hope this series will act as Public Service Message to anyone who operates a motor vehicle!  If you do any of the things below, consider the following advice, tips, whatever, my gift to you.

By changing, any and all of these habits will not only make you a better driver it will make you a better human being.  After all, we all share the same roadways and we all do live in a society.

WIVB reports that Buffalo and Rochester are ranked pretty high for the best cities to drive in. Out of 70 cities, Buffalo ranked 21 and Rochester 25. And then I thought, can we be better? So I created a few tips for you to read and hopefully consider the next time you head out on the roads.



So let's begin, shall we?

USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL! You know the “blinky” colored lights that make a “clicking” noise when pushed either up or down.  They indicate what direction you are going in. People behind you are not Vulcans.  They cannot mind-meld with you, which means, they have NO IDEA where you are going. This is also a useful tool when you want to move in front of another motorist. Perception is a reality to the driver behind you. USING YOUR TURN SIGNAL, the driver thinks “That car just wants to get ahead of me.” NOT USING YOUR TURN SIGNAL, the driver will think “THAT A**HOLE JUST CUT ME OFF!”  The lever is one inch from your finger! HOW MUCH OF AN EFFORT DOES IT TAKE TO CLICK IT UP OR DOWN!?!

HAZARD LIGHTS: That big button makes all the “blinky” lights go on and off at once.  If you are in an area where you need to stop resulting in the obstruction of traffic flow, do yourself and everyone coming up the rear a favor… PUT ON YOUR HAZARDS.  It may be the difference between staying safe or becoming someone’s new hood ornament.

MERGE: Really!?!  Will one or two cars merging in front of you totally upset your whole world?  The reason we have traffic jams in the morning and afternoon is that there is no consistent show of courtesy in letting fellow motorists MERGE.  If everyone would keep a car length or two between them, cars can flow in and out of traffic easily resulting in a constant flow of traffic and fewer accidents.  If you think letting another car in front of you will delay your travels, what will a fender bender do for your ETA? The concept of courtesy and consideration while driving is not rocket science.  It is COMMON SENSE!

LANES:  The left lane is used for PASSING a car in the right lane, NOT for driving just as fast as that car so no one else can pass- Unless you are racing for a NASCAR team there is no need to block out other drivers.  Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

Okay, so much for today's lesson. Stay tuned for part two of this insightful guide to limit road rage.


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