I can get away with outrageous statements like that because--when I am not driving around in my car with a Vermont license plate--I am often taken for a native. That is not necessarily a compliment, but I do plan to check out the Cracker festival this year to see how far I can push it.
Even before the tourists get here though, there is plenty of what the Allstate commercials call mayhem on the roads. In fact with the number of three wheel cycles, golf carts, and those scooter things, there is plenty of mayhem even off the roads. Those ride-in grocery carts?--mayhem in the supermarket aisles.
I did hear that the state is planning to stop automatic re-issue of handicap passes. There will need to be a doctor's verification every so often. I am just hoping that they will stop issuing the tags to blind people. I am not kidding. Our neighbor is legally blind...and he drives...every single day. He is not the only one. A couple of years ago I had to see a retina specialist. I got a clean bill of eye health, but I don't believe everyone did. There were plenty of people walking out of that office in those dark plastic glasses who got behind the wheel and drove away. Designated driver, people! Please.
I have made a few winter rules of the road for myself. I can't enforce them for anyone but myself. but I will put them out there in the hopes that they might prove useful to others as well:
- Avoid driving at all during the full moon. It affects the entire ocean. Think about what it might do to the fluids in your brain.
- My preference is always to park so that I can pull out of the space head on. Parking lot construction in Florida, or at least in Sarasota County, thwarts that effort far too often. Therefore, park at the outer edges of the lot. A little extra walking is good for you anyway.
- Never assume that the driver of another car sees you. Doesn't matter if you are in your car with the invisibility shield clearly turned off, on a bike, or a pedestrian. Never assume the other driver sees you.
- Be aware that a right turn signal does not preclude a left hand turn.
- Nor does being in the left lane preclude a right hand turn.
- Know the local laws.
- A red light is a suggestion that traffic stop after six cars have passed through the intersection.
- Right turn on red after a slight tap of the brakes.
- Pedestrian crossing lights are mere ornamentation. Who walks anywhere? Also, refer to #3, above.
Now, I have noticed that automobile technology is making rapid advancements. There are cars, I have noticed, with no one visible behind the wheel. Right now they are fairly slow moving, but I can't help believing that self-driving vehicles equipped with programmable GPS are the wave of the future.
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