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Be Alert At All Times

I was at one of the big box parking lots here in the city the other day.  Well, actually, I was trying to leave one.  Do ya feel me?  Mission impossible.  Moving obstacles everywhere.

So here’s one of the things I find puzzling – these people meandering through the parking lot aimlessly were actually leaving or heading to their cars.  That’s a scary prospect.  They are often void of any consideration to a fellow driver.

As a driver, we need to be sensitive to not only the needs and the challenges that other drivers face, but also extra cautious of it in these zoos we call a parking lots.

As a pedestrian, we need stay out of drivers’ blind spots, stop if they have already started to backup or move forward, and not walk crisscross down the parking rows with our backs toward traffic.  Most importantly, we all need to be aware of our surroundings in general.  It’s for our well being after all.

After several attempts I was able to safely, and without incident, back out of my stall.  I thought I was home free but, no, now the shopping zombies are getting in their vehicles.  One starts backing straight toward me.  I tap the horn to let them know I am there.  Their reaction is sudden and abrupt, as if to say, “where did you come from?”.  They hadn’t noticed me sitting behind them for the last 30 seconds, waiting for the sheep to clear on the road ahead of me.

We’ve all come across those drivers who don’t know what you need all those mirrors for, and they’ve never heard of a blind spot let alone conducted a shoulder check.  They don’t find it necessary to use their indicators, will come to a dead stop when it says merge and proceed without caution on a yield.

Yep, it’s pretty crazy on the roads out there.  To say you need to drive defensively is an understatement.

It was bad enough and now apparently we have Pokémon running all over the place too!  It’s not that you have to watch out for Pikachu, it’s the guy who is trying to catch him and not aware of his surroundings!  I wish I was kidding.

Driving is an unbelievable workout for our gray matter.  If it was crazy easy, cars would have been driving themselves long ago.  As it turns out, it’s not that easy to duplicate the complexity of the thought process and multiple actions the brain co-ordinates even just on your way to work.  It’s a lot for even the most sober of drivers to respond too.  All kidding aside, we really do need to take our surroundings very seriously and be more attentive of our own actions and how it affects other drivers.

If everyone would just exercise a bit more courtesy and common road sense, our roads would be a much safer place.

Too much is taken for granted.  While you’re driving, your brain already has a full load.  Let’s keep it to that and leave the other activities and business for outside the car.  Here’s to a safe summer on our roads.  As Pokémon Go says, “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”  And please don’t drink and drive.

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