Letter to the Editor

Traffic pet peeves

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Now that we are a week into 2021, I imagine there are folks wondering how to make the best of the new year. It may not involve making resolutions. Then again, it may. If you were thinking about what aspects of your driving habits you could improve upon, you might be in line with a few of my pet peeves. In my book, a pet peeve is something a person finds especially annoying.

So, here goes. In no particular order, my pet peeves when it comes to other drivers I encounter on the highways and byways include: the annoying practice of failing to use turn signals. I'm certain all cars and trucks have them, so I wonder why people neglect to use them. Distracted? Defiant? Forgetful? Whatever the reason, I hope compliance is up in 2021. Then there is the driver who camps out in the fast lane, traveling about 5 mph below the speed limit. Why would this be a problem? Because it forces those behind this driver to pass on the right, or tailgate the guilty party. Neither choice is all that safe. "Keep right except to pass" has been the common practice. Doesn't seem to be that difficult.

These recent January mornings we've been greeted with dense fog. It's discouraging as all get out to encounter a driver who can't seem to turn on the headlights. Please, be more vigilant on this safety measure. You won't wear out the bulbs or the battery. Finally, we have a rule in Iowa that we can "right turn on red." Come to a stop, look in all directions, and if it is clear, proceed with your right turn. Again, it's not that difficult. Oh, yes, if you are walking on the side of the road, it sure helps if you walk facing the oncoming traffic. Don't jaywalk on Grand Avenue either it could get you killed. I know, I know, the readers of this are not the guilty parties. So if you know any of the "peevers," pass it on. It could save a life. I'd be grateful.

Bill Kersting, Spencer