RESPECT YOUR ELDERS…THEN PASS THEM

People love to poke fun at elderly drivers.From their sluggish driving speed to not being able to see over their own dashboard.And, well, both are a bit dangerous if you really think about it. My parents are now about a decade past their prime retirement age. I was telling my sister how I had noticed…

I’M CAUGHT IN A TRAP…I CAN’T GET OUT…

Speed traps in North America.Cha ching!Where do we start?There are several websites whose sole purpose is to locate and create a listing of speed traps across the country.Speedtrap.org is one such website.(Another option that I feel has saved me from being ticketed over the years? Just drive like a nervous Chihuahua and look out for…

THE HIGH PRICE OF DOING A “BAD”

The high cost of traffic tickets has inspired me to blog about it.When I was a teenager, the maximum cost of a speeding ticket was about $50.And that was for manslaughter.You just can’t afford to kill anyone now.It’s the economy…not fair!Now, I see speeding tickets anywhere between $180 and $400!And that’s for a petty speed over…

ROUNDABOUTS: Something To Wrap Your Head Around

Why roundabouts?And how do they work?Well, in a roundabout way…I will try to explain. Roundabouts (also called Traffic Circles) were developed by the UK in the mid twentieth century.“Foreign” to some here in the U.S., I have people ask me what’s the point and how do they work.The “point” is, a normal intersection has a…

Auto Theft… You Hold The Key

According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, thousands of cars are stolen in the state of Texas each year. The top stolen vehicle? The Ford F150.In fact, the top 3 most stolen vehicles in Texas are all pickup trucks…in Texas?…go figure. Of the top ten most stolen vehicles, the Taurus comes in at number…

You Drink, You Drive, You Dumb

When I moved to Texas in the late 70’s, everybody in the car could have an open container…even the driver.I thought you’d get a ticket if you didn’t drink and drive in Texas.Or, at the very least, you’d be called a pussy (by the cops).Being from out of state, I had the impression that Texas…

APRIL SHOWERS

  April showers bring May flowers. But, for Texans, they bring hydroplaning mayhem as well as vehicle drownings. In fact, Texas leads the Nation in vehicle drownings. Kind of sad, isn’t it? That they talk about the vehicle drowning and not the people in it??….Cold. Apparently, it’s mostly pick-up trucks. Really??In Texas??Go figure. If you…

THE LATEST IN CHILD SAFETY GUIDELINES

THE LATEST IN CHILD SAFETY GUIDELINES Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued new recommendations regarding child safety when riding in automobiles. This are just suggestions, of course. But they are based on evidence from crashes. Small children are safest in rear-facing car seats until age 2 (yes,…