My friend, Bubba, enjoys driving in the warm, sunny, slightly breezy weather like we've had recently.
He likes to roll down the windows on his pickup, slide open the back glass, rest his arm on the door, feel the wind on his face and listen to his favorite country music station.
What he doesn't like is to be singing along with the song on the radio and inhale a bug. It's bad enough, he says, when he makes a trip and has to scrub insects off his windshield for several minutes when he stops for gas. But picking one out of his teeth or having to cough one up just ruins his day. On those particularly buggy days and nights, he rolls the windows up and turns on the air conditioning.
“It just isn't the same,” he says. “I prefer driving all natural.”
Luckily, he means without AC.
I've heard from other readers recently who prefer the fresh air at a steady speed. But this one wonders about maintaining an even speed when you drive into and out of various zones.
Had a question regarding speed zones and proper spacing of signage. I was under impression you had to have a certain amount of distance between signs either when the speed drops or is raised.
Here's the word from Cody Boyd at the state Transportation Department, James:
“According to Oklahoma State Statutes, Title 47, Chapter 11, Section 803E (47 O.S. §11-803E), no more than six speed limit changes can be made within a mile on a street or highway, except in the case of reduced speed limits at intersections. Also, the difference between adjacent speed limits cannot be more than 10 miles per hour.
“According to our Traffic Engineering Division, speed limit signs are not necessarily spaced evenly apart by so many feet or miles, but traffic studies are used to determine sufficient spacing to allow the driver time to adjust to a change in speed.”
In another area, as a follow-up to a recent question and answer regarding signs left at apparently completed construction sites, a reader asks if there is a time limit as to how long materials and signs can be left at a work location.
The best answer: until the job is done. But, as was pointed out previously, if “stuff” is left there obviously well after the project is finished, don't be afraid to report it. Someone may have forgotten it.
By the way ...
Bubba says another reason he doesn't like “chompin' on bugs” is that though he likes driving through the state, he's never been a University of Nebraska fan.
He notes that the original nickname of the sports teams that now go by Cornhuskers was Bugeaters.
Even that bugs him.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.