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Traffic Talk: In summer, many new drivers leave training, hit the road

By DON GAMMILL Published: July 24, 2012
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Driving instructors and public safety officials tell me that the increased numbers of license applications often force waits of more than two hours now. When you're waiting at a driver examination location, it could be even longer.

And don't forget that more drivers in training eventually translates to more drivers on roadways. That's a scary thought. That many more drivers — inexperienced at this point — traveling on our streets and highways at speed, with just a few feet separating us from them. Talk about a trust factor ...

Here's hoping that those young drivers were trained well, learned the dos and don'ts, know the laws and will follow them. Here's praying that they really ARE ready to go.

By the way ...

A friend told me his son, also a new driver, has been given a three-turn rule before he even thinks about starting the car. He describes it as “turn down the volume, turn off the phone and turn on your thinking cap.”

Makes sense to me.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.