Saturday, 28 July 2012

Want to Embarrass Your Kid? Put Others at Risk

As most of us know, one of the most embarrassing parts of being a teenage is having parents; particularly having parents who do stupid or childish things in the name of humour. Well, Michelle Duggar's newest blog post discusses just that. The issue with Mrs. Duggar’s post, however, is not how she embarrasses her children; it is the anecdote she chose to tell about something she did that embarrassed them.
“And I said, "Oh, you're right!" So here we are in a city we're unfamiliar with, driving in the traffic, and we see this friend that we love and have connected with in the past, right beside us on the interstate. I think it's so cool and can't believe he's right next to us. So I lean over my daughter (who's driving) and start honking the horn over and over and waving to get his attention.”

Let’s see, in an unfamiliar city while in traffic Mrs. Duggar thinks it is perfectly acceptable to lean over into the driver’s space and start honking and waving to get the attention of another driver on the road. Even if she understands the concept of being a safe driver, Mrs. Duggar clearly lacks understanding of being a safe passenger. Whether you are in the front seat or the back there are things you should simply not do as a passenger and leaning into the driver’s space and behaving like a 13 year old girl seeing her BFF for the first time in months is high up on the list.

So, Mrs. Duggar, next time you see someone you know while seated in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle, remember this: A distracted driver is a dangerous driver and having someone honking your horn and waving their arms in your driving space is definitely a distraction of epic proportions. If you do spot someone you would like to meet up with, pick up a phone and give them a call.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Did They Suddenly Make It Legal?

I was stuck in traffic yesterday. Nothing unusual about that. What threw me was the number of motorcyclists who opted for the illegal option of driving on the shoulder of the road. Now if it had simply been one group it would not have sparked my interest. It was a number of individuals (and at one point a pair) over the course of two hours. There were at least ten people who all seemed to think that the law suddenly changes just because the traffic is bad.