Most all of us have intentions to reach new destinations in the coming year. New Year’s resolutions are like places you want to visit, but sometimes you just can’t quite get there.
So, they end up on next year’s list and the journey begins again.
Here are some that readers say they’ve tried to complete at least more than once, but still haven’t gotten there.
Ken says he has tried “many times” to be more forgiving of those who don’t yield right of way. “Some day, I guess, I will just have to give it up,” he said. “They aren’t going to change. But, for now, it’s on my list. And it probably will be next year.”
At least he’s honest.
Daphne says she plans to be more courteous to older drivers. “They have a right to be driving, too,” she said. “I just hope drivers will be nice to me when I get older.” For the record, she said she’s 92.
Carl intends to do a better job of paying attention in construction sites. He says the workers are in danger when drivers don’t follow the signs and flag men and women. Transportation Department officials will be happy to hear what you say, Carl. He also said it’s true that fines double in construction zones. He said he has the ticket to prove it.
Annie’s most important resolution, she says, is to learn to leave her cellphone alone while she’s behind the wheel. Many of us appreciate that plan, Annie. It will be safer for all of us.
David says one of his New Year’s resolutions related to driving is to change out all the bulbs in his turn indicators. “They must be too dim,” he said, “‘cause apparently no one sees them when I try to change lanes.” First, I commend you on using your turn indicators, David. But be patient. You’re trying to enter an area already occupied by other vehicles.
“Mrs. Davis” said that her resolutions include using her cruise control “every time” she gets out on the road. After we discussed the dangers of using a cruise control in the city, on wet streets and on snow and ice, she revised her plan. “I’ll use it only on the highway.” We might need a follow-up. But at least she won’t be hurrying along Shields (her favorite route) with the cruise set ... I hope.
Jack tells me his resolutions include letting others know when they are driving improperly. We, also, had a discussion, focusing on road rage. He agreed that maybe he should refine his plan a bit. “I’ll just honk at them,” he said as he hung up. So if you see — and hear a honk from — a guy who apparently isn’t pleased with your driving, it just might be Jack.
And then there was Dale. He said he had been driving for more than 60 years and he knew the law “better than some of those cops who patrol the streets.” So, he felt qualified to drive anywhere, anytime, in any weather. I asked if he ever had gotten a traffic ticket, or had an accident. “Nope,” he said. “Not even when I used to run moonshine.”
By the way ...
As we enter the new year, here’s hoping you’ll reach all your goals and all your destinations.
Enjoy your week, your new year, and drive safely.