Yesterday, I saw a message on an electronic overhead road sign on the freeway. It read, “Drowsy? Crash on a couch not a road”. I think that’s good advice. Take a nap beforehand if needed, and it will help you…
One winter evening many years ago, when I was in college, I was taking a date to a movie. As we were walking across a street on our way to the theater, I remember hearing a car approaching from behind. I instinctively put my arm in front of my date to keep her from walking any further. Then, just feet in front of us, a small car passed as it turned the corner. I remember as the car passed, that the window was frosted over, except for a small peephole maybe six inches across. I always had the feeling that if I hadn’t stopped my date, we could have spent our date at the local hospital instead of the theater.
Winter is coming and, depending on your climate, you may soon need to start scraping ice off your windshield. Always take time to scrape your entire windshield. It only takes a few minutes to …
This morning I asked my wife for a suggestion for my tidbit. Here’s our conversation.
“What about that stop sign you ran the other day?” She asked.
“I try to use other people’s examples, not mine.” I answered. “Besides, I could see that there wasn’t any traffic coming, and I was going slow, so I didn’t do anything unsafe. It was just illegal.”
“I’d like to see you work that up into a tidbit,” She challenged.
I’m rationalizing. The truth is that we had just left our house and I wanted to get around a corner, pull over and check my smart phone map for our destination. I had a few too many things on my mind, but with our conversation and the stress of the situation, I only did two of the three things right.
1) I was going at a safe speed,
2) I checked for oncoming traffic,
3) I was distracted and I didn’t stop.
I admit that I’m not perfect, that I do make mistakes. But I try to learn from my mistakes and use those experiences so that in the future I will…
This morning I wanted to connect a data stick to my car stereo so I could listen to something other than the radio while taking my daughter to school. It took me a minute of fumbling to get it connected. As I started the car, my daughter said quietly, “Don’t forget the garage door.” I’m glad she did. I’d been so focused on setting up the stereo that I’d forgotten about the garage door. I probably would have opened it since it’s my habit to use the mirrors whenever backing up.
I’ve said it before, but it’s one of the messages that’s worth repeating. Always take the time to help others …