The Doc­tor says mod­ern gad­gets for ve­hi­cles can turn out to be danger­ous

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION -

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,n DnRWKeU VFenDULR ZKeUe WKe gad­gets of our mod­ern world help us drive with­out the need to be ex­tra care­ful, a small child may go un­no­ticed play­ing be­hind the car while the driver de­pends on mir­rors and auto warn­ings while ad­just­ing ra­dio sta­tions as the car beFRPeV D 2-WRn UeDU PRYLnJ YeKLFOe.

,n GDyV SDVW, WKe GULYeU VSenW D lit­tle more time ex­am­in­ing the sur­round­ings in­stead of leav­ing it all up to warn­ing sys­tems in­stalled in WKe YeKLFOe.

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Make sure the ve­hi­cle engine is Rff ZKen JeWWLnJ RXW Rf LW. $ ORW FDn hap­pen when you’re tired or in a KXUUy.

Dr.mil­ton Fried­man

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