With 2013 in the rearview mirror and 2014 straight ahead, it's time to check a special road map. It's one that readers have designed relating to their intended destinations.
These are resolutions — target areas they would like hit by changing their habits relating to transportation. Some appear fairly easy to reach; others will take more time. But with a little determination and some perseverance, they just might be reachable.
Best of luck to all as they travel onward.
Mike writes that his No. 1 resolution is to be more aware of speed limits.
“I have a bad habit of not paying close enough attention to the signs,” he says. “I was reminded of that a couple of times this year. Speeding tickets can be expensive.”
Break that habit now and next year could be a financial gain, Mike.
Jack has high on his list being more patient at railroad crossings.
“I nearly got plowed by a train because I started to go around a railroad crossing arm,” he said. “Luckily, the guy on the horn saw me and scared me back to reality. Won't be doing that again.”
Let's hope that experience really did get his attention.
The Candy Man says his top resolution for the coming year is to stop — or at least reduce the number of — arguments with airline personnel. He didn't give many details, but noted that as a frequent flier, he had had his share of problems with rescheduled flights, lost luggage, etc.
Here's hoping things change for him in the new year.
Janet vows to do a better job of combining trips to save gasoline and money.
“I didn't realize how much I was hurting myself until I put myself on a gas allowance,” she said. “There were just so many wasted trips. I recommend that for everyone. You'll sure learn how to save money.”
Good idea worth trying, Janet.
Anthony says he plans to “ride the bus” every chance he gets next year.
“I parked the car and saved a lot of gas,” he said. “I hope there will be more bus routes and such in the future. I even had time to do some last-minute note preparation as we were heading toward where I work. That sure made things easier for me.”
Public transportation can be a great help when it's available, huh, Anthony?
Karen made a resolution to volunteer as a driver for elderly or disabled individuals who can't drive themselves.
“I can't imagine not being able to drive,” she wrote. “For as long as I can, I want to help.”
A special “thanks” for that one, Karen. There always is a need for that kind of help.
By the way ...
If you haven't set your resolutions yet, give doing so a thought. I recommend at least three: one that is easily obtainable, one that will require a little effort and one that you'll really have to work to achieve.
You'll be surprised how much better you'll feel when you reach your destinations.
So Happy New Year, enjoy your week and drive safely.