Please, Won't Somebody Signal Turns?
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#1 Jun 22, 2008
I loved this column. I was in an accident in February where the other driver was in my lane when we collided and he had the nerve to say "she hit me". He was charged with the accident but no one follows the rules and it is sad that the people who need this article won't see it as them.
#2 Jun 22, 2008
So, what are you saying, Tom? That you've never taken the AARP Safe Driving course, where CT's State Driver's Manual is part of the standing course material? That you're unaware of the course because you've not yet passed the half-century mark? Hard to believe. Hundreds, indeed thousands of older CT motorists take the course at least once every three years. It's a good refresher and an invaluable assist in learning how to cope with what other drivers don't do and with the many things that have changed since most of us took our initial driver's exam as teenagers. If the word hasn't reached your offices yet, let me be the first to extend the invitation. The fee for the 8 hour course is only $10., and you are nearly always guaranteed to learn at least one new thing that today's drivers should do differently than they did in 1950. And, if you're 60 +, your insurer will reward your attendance with a discount in your auto insurance premium.
There's a course coming up this week in Windsor. Shall we count you in?
#3 Jun 23, 2008
Good article Tom. I have been in CT now for almost 25 years and still cannot figure out where the so called drivers learned to operate their car. As for the signals, I don't think that many CT drivers know what they are for and probably don't know how to activate them. Most drivers demonstrate that they are prime candidates for bus passes. I could go on for hours on how truely bad CT drivers are, but you covered it quite well in your article. As you probably know, most who read the article pointed at teen drivers, trucks and out of staters as the problem. The only bad drivers I see, and there are many, are all adults with CT plates. Nuff said.
#4 Jun 24, 2008
I don't think Tom needs the course to learn anything new, but of course anyone would enjoy the discount. The AARP safe driver's course will work for a great discount, if you're insured with the AARP driving program sponsored by The Hartford. Any other insurer will not accept credit for having attended this particular course because they're not affiliated with AARP; like The Hartford. The state should take the steps appropriate to deal with the "reckless disregard" that many drivers show on the roadways. Tom's article didn't just touch on the flagrant acts of wrongdoing that people commit; the article also shows many people don't even understand the basic concepts of the road. As someone who commutes from Hamden to Hartford five days a week, I would encourage the state to invest in a system which they could use to study the roadways. Ill be happy to mount a camera in my windshield to let others see what I experience every day.
#5 Jun 25, 2008
If you don't want another driver to pass you on the right, don't drive slowly in the left lane. It continually amazes me how many cars plod along in the left lane and remain oblivious to other cars as if they own the road. I pass on the left and then generally move to the right lane so other cars can pass me. It's a very simple rule and there is no excuse for not doing the same. The next time someone passes you on the right, don't complain, because you're the one who is wrong.
#6 Jun 25, 2008
I agree. If there's 2 lanes in one direction, you are required by law to keep right, except for turns of passing. Otherwise you can get a ticket for Failure To Drive Right.
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