Pro­fes­sional driver of­fers 6 lifesaving tips

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 DAILY - Dear Abby Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Dear Abby ap­pears on Sun­day, Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day. Email Dear Abby at Con­tact Dale Roe at 912592

Dear Abby: I am a pro­fes­sional driver. Please al­low me to of­fer some ad­vice to ev­ery­one I share the road with:

(1) Please do not honk or dis­play ob­scene ges­tures be­cause I am driv­ing the speed limit. It’s not my fault that you’re late.

(2) Please don’t pass me on the right, us­ing the curb lane, park­ing lane, bike lane or side­walk. It’s dan­ger­ous for me, for you, and for any­one who hap­pens to be in those lanes legally.

(3) Please obey the stop signs, stop­lights, yield signs and other signs on the road. They’re there to pro­tect peo­ple.

(4) Please put down that break­fast sand­wich, cup of cof­fee, lunch or din­ner. If you’re that hun­gry, pull over to eat.

(5) Please turn off your cell­phones while driv­ing. What­ever it is, it can wait. And if it can’t, you have no busi­ness be­ing be­hind the wheel.

(6) If you must dis­ci­pline your chil­dren, please pull over to do it. I have seen drivers wrap their ve­hi­cles around trees and lamp­posts be­cause they had turned around to talk to their child.

I drive more than 1,000 miles a week, and I see more ac­ci­dents than most will in a life­time. Many of them could have been avoided sim­ply by paying at­ten­tion to the road. If you choose to ig­nore this ad­vice, I can pretty much guar­an­tee that you will in­jure, or pos­si­bly kill, some­one even­tu­ally. If my let­ter pre­vents just one fa­tal­ity, then it was well worth the time it took to write it. — Mil­wau­kee Mile Man

Dear Mile Man: Thank you for tak­ing the time to write. As both a driver and a pas­sen­ger, I have seen some fright­en­ing near-misses be­cause drivers chose to ig­nore speed lim­its and run stop signs and stop­lights. Usu­ally the in­frac­tions are caused less be­cause of thought­less­ness than by rude­ness and an at­ti­tude that the rules of the road ap­ply to ev­ery­one else.

And please don’t think that au­to­mo­bile drivers are the only trans­gres­sors, be­cause I have seen bik­ers and cy­clists do some of the same things.

Dear Abby: Why do some peo­ple think it’s ac­cept­able to tuck in the tag on my shirt? It’s bad enough when my mother does it, but I have had ac­quain­tances and even strangers do it with­out ask­ing.

I said some­thing the last time it hap­pened, and the woman had the gall to take of­fense! All I said was, “Please don’t!” Am I wrong? — Please Don’t in Texas

Dear Please Don’t: I’m sure there are var­i­ous rea­sons why peo­ple try to tuck in an er­rant tag from a stranger’s cloth­ing. I sus­pect they range from at­tempt­ing to be help­ful, to im­pul­sive­ness to com­pul­sive be­hav­ior.

How­ever, be­cause what the woman did made you un­com­fort­able, you were right to tell her that you didn’t like it. She should have asked be­fore touch­ing a stranger be­cause many peo­ple are sen­si­tive to any breach of their per­sonal space.

Con­fi­den­tial to My Read­ers: If you are par­ty­ing tonight to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the new year, please don’t drink and drive.

Make sure you have a des­ig­nated driver.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, pros­per­ous 2013! — Love, Abby video games with beer. If it can get me junk food from the pantry, I’ll buy one.

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Satur­day: “NFL Play­off” 7 p.m., NBC: This is a wild-card game, which is much more ex­cit­ing than a “wild” card game.

Sun­day: “The Simp­sons” 7 p.m., Fox: Homer goes off the grid and all dooms­day prep­per.

“The Big­gest Loser” 8 p.m., NBC: Jil­lian Michaels re­turns as Sea­son 14 be­gins.


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