Showing posts with label Driving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Driving. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dangers of teen driving

Sitting on the passenger seat beside your teen while he/she is driving is attributed to sitting on a 'hot seat' for almost all parent. Further, the parent wishes it was not their car the teen was driving - primary due to the phobia after taking couple of turns. Time ticks slowly and the parent literally runs out of the car once it reaches it's destination.

More than 5,000 teenagers die in car accidents every year. Speed, distraction, and driver inexperience cause most crashes-and those things can be controlled.

Read more from a prior edition of readers digest. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cell phone after a car crash

Police Officer: ‘License, vehicle registration - and cell phone’

"Drivers license, registration and cell phone please" may be the new request passengers could hear from a police officer in New Jersey after a car crash.

New Jersey wants to pass a law that would let them search your cellphone after an accident if they think you were talking or texting on it. New legislation proposed by a New Jersey senator would let cops confiscate cellphones if they have "reasonable grounds" to believe that the driver was talking or texting when the wreck occurred. Officers would be required to return the phone after thumbing through its history.

Here is the article.

I was thinking if I used the voice to text option in replying to my emails or texts, it was considered safe while driving, as it was almost equivalent to talking on the phone. This option allows users to speak into the phone which converts speech into text and send it across. Apparently, AAA considers it to be more of a distraction to drivers even though it is hands free. AAA categorized distraction levels on a 5 point scale with listening to radio / audio books at a minimal between 1.3 - 1.7.

Another thing I learned was that Chapel Hill, NC, bans all mobile communications by drivers and I gotta be careful next time while driving on the I-40 corridor.

Here is the article on AAA scientific study.

Later, I read in the July edition of readers digest that a Canadian research group found out it seems the blood flow from the brain to the eyes drastically reduce while we are fiddling with on board controls / cell phones.

About driving, one piece of advice I give to young drivers is, "Always pay attention while making a left turn."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Buckle up

For the two weeks around Memorial Day, there’s more reason than normal to buckle up: Police around the country are stepping up enforcement of seat belt laws and plan on giving out double the usual number of tickets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is promoting the two-week period from May 20 to June 2 as the National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization campaign. The annual “Click It or Ticket” event centers on Memorial Day weekend, and police around the country will be “aggressively” dishing out citations to anyone violating seat belt and child restraint laws.

Read more - never mind; just remember to buckle up!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Speed Limit

In western Atlanta, a State Police officer is parked on the side of a highway waiting to catch speeding drivers.  After a while, he spots a car puttering along at 20 mph.  

He thinks to himself,  "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies - two in the front seat and three in the back - wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"

"Ma'am," the officer replies, "You weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."

"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly - 20 miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that "20" was the Interstate number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error. "But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask - Is everyone in this car ok? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time." the officer asks.

"Oh, they'll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off Highway 120."


Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Texting/Cell Phone Law in GA

New cell phone/texting driving laws have been signed into law by Governor Perdue and are effective on July 1st, 2010 (today).

Senate Bill 360 is the Caleb Sorohan Act and prohibits individuals from using wireless telecommunications devices for writing, sending or receiving text messages while operating a motor vehicle.

Specifically the new law states: "No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data."

The fine for offenders will be $150 and one point on their driver license, the new law goes into effect on July 1st, 2010.

To read the bill go to Senate Bill 360

House Bill 23 prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless communication device.

Specifically the new law states: "prohibits use of wireless telecommunications devices by persons under 18 years of age with an instruction permit or Class D license while operating a motor vehicle"

Like the other new driving law, the fine for offenders will be $150 and one point on their driver license, the new law goes into effect on July 1st, 2010.

To read the bill go to House Bill 23


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Drivers manual

Mom gave her daughter a drivers manual, who just turned 15.

On the way to town one day, she was coaching her as she drove. Mom told her to study her book, instead of talking on the cell phone, so as to be ready when it came time to get her driver's permit.

"Oh," the daughter said, "I already know everything in the book."

"You do?" mom asked.

"Yep", said the daughter, very smugly.

The mom thought, "OK, we'll just see about that. I'll give her a hard one."

So she asked her, "How many feet does it take to stop the car if you are driving 60 miles an hour and have to slam on the brakes real hard?"

"One," replied the teenage daughter.

"What?" asked the surprised mom, "One?!"

The daughter repeated her answer and then because of the confused look on mom's face, she added, "Only one, Mom. You always told me never to use my left foot on the brakes, only use my right one."


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Safe driver

A guy was driving when a policeman pulled him over.

He rolled down his window and said to the officer, "Is there a problem, Officer?"

"No problem at all. I just observed your safe driving and am pleased to award you a $5,000 Safe Driver Award. Congratulations. What do you think you're going to do with the money?"

He thought for a minute and said, "Well, I guess I'll go get that drivers' license."

The lady sitting in the passenger seat said to the policeman, "Oh, don't pay attention to him - he's a smartass when he's drunk and stoned."

The guy from the back seat said, "I TOLD you guys we wouldn't get far in a stolen car!"

At that moment, there was a knock from the trunk and a muffled voice said, "Are we over the border yet?"


Friday, February 5, 2010

The brick

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in her new Jaguar. She was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when she thought she saw something.

As her car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

She slammed on the brakes, she jumped out of the car and ran back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. Grabbing some kid she pushed him up against a parked car asking, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!!"

Building up a head of steam she went on. "That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

"Please, madam, please. I'm sorry, I didn't know what else to do," pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." tears were dripping down the boys chin as he pointed around the parked car.

"It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly welling lump in her throat. She lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out her scarf and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.

"Thank you," the grateful child said to her.

The woman then watched the little boy push his brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long walk back to her Jaguar... a long, slow walk. She never did repair the side door. She kept the dent to remind her not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.

God whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart. Sometimes when you don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you.

It's your choice:
Listen to the whisper - or wait for the brick.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why do people drink

I went to a party Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
So I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom,
The way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
Even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn't see me, Mom,
And hit me like a load..

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
"The other guy is drunk," Mom,
And now I'm the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom....
I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.

He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is,
he drank
And I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don't think it's fair.
I'm lying here dying
And all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put "GOOD BOY " on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom.
Before I say good bye.
I didn't drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The red light

Two men were in a car when they had to stop at a red signal light. The man at the wheel did not say anything.

The other man by his side, fretting and fuming, said, "The time we waste at these red lights - why, a man could write a book!"

The driver still said nothing.

Finally the man beside him said, "Didn't you hear what I said?"


"How come?"

"I was talking."

"Whom were you talking to?"

"I was talking to God," he said. "I've been making it a practice every time I get to a red light to pray for one of my friends. It is wonderful how many folks I have on my prayer list and how many I have time to pray for in this way."

Credits: Arthur Bietz

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Things not to say

Many of you are getting your drivers permit these days.  It is always a good idea to maintin the speed limit.

If you’re ever been pulled over for speeding (or any other reason), you probably should not say any of the following statements to the officer:

10. I thought you had to be in good physical condition to be a police officer.

9. Sorry, Officer, I didn’t realize my radar detector wasn’t plugged in.

8. Hey – I was just on my way to Krispy Kreme. Want to come?

7. I was trying to keep up with traffic. I know there are no other cars around. That’s how far ahead of me they are.

6. Hey pal, I pay your salary!

5. Aren’t you the guy from the Village People?

4. Hey, you must’ve been doing’ about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job!

3. Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, as long as one of us does.

2. You’re not gonna check the trunk, are you?


1. When the Officer says “Son, your eyes look red. Have you been drinking?” you probably shouldn’t respond with, “Well, Officer, your eyes look glazed. Have you been eating doughnuts?”

Monday, August 24, 2009

Out of fuel

Few hours ago, a small plane in Santa Barbara ran out of fuel, made an emergency landing onto a highway and hit 3 cars (here).

Since most of you start driving pretty soon, here is another driving tip:

Monitor your fuel gauge frequently; especially if it is showing low fuel, or if the fuel indicator light is on. Once you notice your fuel is low, fill it up at the earliest. Chances are, there could be a leak in your gas tank, or in the fuel system, or you have a faulty gauge. You could be stuck on the road after running out of gas.

The risk factor gets exponentially high if you are on a highway, if it is after sunset, or if the weather is not favorable. You are not only putting yourself into trouble, but also other motorists.

Once you are stuck on the road, the headache of getting gas into your empty vehicle and continuing your journey is quite high. Even after getting gas, starting a car that ran completely out of gas takes a while.

If you are driving and notice that you are low on gas, apart from praying, “Lord, help me thru this, next time I will fill it up early”, there are few things you can do.

Turn off your a/c or heater.

Roll up your windows – open windows cause drag on the car.

Make use of the tachometer - it is one of the least noticed or seldom used instruments in an automatic transmission car. Most people pay no attention to it. Tachometer is the instrument with numbers 1 thru 10 with a X1000 RPM scale. This tells us the revolutions of engine in thousands. For instance, if the reading is 3, then the engine is rotating at 3000 revolutions per minute. On manual transmissions, it is one of the most useful instruments to indicate when to shift a gear.

The tachometer gives us a feel for how the engine is performing, by providing visual cue that goes along with the sound of the engine. Since most of us drive automatic cars, tachometer can be used to conserve gas, by keeping the following principle in mind: higher the rpm, higher the gas consumption.

So, while running low on gas, or to conserve gas, pay attention to the tacho on your dashboard. It comes handy while on long trips, or when you play with cruise control.

Remember to carry a cellphone that has battery charge to call for some help.

Quiz: Let's say, your car is stuck on an interstate highway in the middle of a forest. How do you tell someone where you are?

News Credit: NPR