Traffic Talk: Drive happy; drive safely

Don Gammill: Are happy drivers better drivers?
by Don Gammill Published: July 30, 2012
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Mental pictures came to me of smiling drivers, waving at others rather than honking their horns, lifting a finger off the steering wheel to say “hi” rather than using another finger to signal displeasure and someone motioning another to go first.

“Driving happy means being more peaceful,” I said. “Driving mad is about a step away from road rage, and there are plenty of statistics to show that road rage is dangerous.

“So I would say the happy, feel-good driver is potentially less dangerous. What do you think?”

He said: “It depends. I've seen normally happy people drive real mad. It's like they're on a mission and ‘get the heck out of my way.' I've seen others who start out mad and get madder.

“So I have an idea. Let's all just take a minute and take a breath, then calm down and drive right. Be happy, be safer.”

Then, he finished with this.

“I know you really don't have all the answers, and I don't either. But share that thought with your column readers.”

You know what? I think I just did.

By the way ...

Here's a happy wish for a special lady in my house, who's special day is today.

Happy birthday, Becky.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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