Driver's Safety: Think

Photo credit: Crunkish
When one's husband drives a '96 Ford Explorer with a temperamental transmission, the last thing she wants but always expects is a call at 10:30 on a Friday night informing her that he is broke down. Only it's not the transmission; it's a blown tire. And he is on the interstate.

As soon as he called me, I was up and grabbing my pocketbook ready to rescue him. "No," he says. "I am going to change the tire. I just wanted to let you know where I was."

I can hear the traffic whizzing by. Granted he WAS on the interstate, but still. It sounded too close. Also, the blown tire was the front driver-side. This bit of information sent me into a fit of oh-my-g-he-going-to-be-killed-and-I'll-have-to-raise-these-kids-alone-with-no-father. IJUSTKNOWIT.

To add insult to potential injury, the tire had to blow next to a LONG guardrail AND five miles from the exit.

He did manage to move the truck further up the road so he could pull over properly. Then the jack-lugnut-looser-upper broke and there was nothing he could do.

I had to come to the rescue.

After some creative juggling, mostly consisting of me having to drive him to work this morning as I needed the car*, I procured a brandnew lugnut-looser-upper, picked him up from work, whereas he was able to change the tire in the light of day and a torrential downfall. Ironic being we haven't had a good rain in about three weeks. Oddly enough, it didn't rain at our house.

As I sat in the car behind the truck with the emergency lights on, I watched the traffic. I lost count of how many times people COULD have moved to the inside lane, but didn't.

Why not move for everyone?

Sadly, the Move Over law (in Tennessee) does not extend to personal vehicles. As I watched my  husband struggle with sub-par tools** in the pouring rain and road-spray, I just knew any second something would catch and he'd accidentally fall back into the lane of traffic.

I propose that we as drivers should really look out for one another.  I have always tried to move over when I see any sort of activity on the side of the road. Sure, we are all in a hurry, but a quick lane change may prevent  the unthinkable from happening.

Photo Credit: Tennessee Department of Safety

*For those of you that knew about the book sale today, that was not the reason I needed the car. Nice benefit, but not the reason.|
**I am going to take the money I WAS going to spend on a tow truck and buy some better car tools. He just doesn't know it yet. 


Annie Shultz said...

These are very good tips!  Sadly, I had a friend die from being hit after his car was pulled over on the side of the road. Thankfully, he was not a super close friend - I had only met him a few months prior - but his death could have been prevented.

Please people - if a cop is on the side of the road, go to the other lane. If you are driving in construction, don't text. DRIVE SAFE and save lives!

Rajean said...

I agree! Common courtesy & safety FIRST. We shouldn't need a law. Seriously, people, when something unusual is happening on either side of the road, interstate, parking lot, alley, slow down. Move to another lane if you can. Think of the person as a person and not an inconvenience. Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road. Good tips!

Kelly Whalen said...

Totally agree with you. I was taught that by my Dad when he was teaching me to drive and I ALWAYS move over no matter what the situation on the side of the road.

Beccabernstein said...

OMG. To get that call would drive me batty! I probably would have eaten my weight in carbs from the stress. NC has the Move Over rule and as far as I can tell, it's catching on. So glad everything worked out for you and your family!

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