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Bad Drivers 7

Hace mucho calor en Seattle hoy. It’s about 82 degrees outside today, and as a coworker said, everybody’s hitting their brakes because the sun’s in their eyes… just like they do when it starts raining.

In the vein of my Tooling Along in our Motorcars post from several years ago, I formulated a top ten bad Seattle driving behaviors list to channel my ire at the rising tide of vehicular narcissism in this area. I define vehicular narcissism as a “me first” driving mentality that is fueled by oblivion, selfishness, or both. People who practice vehicular narcissism either believe their time is more valuable than other people’s or they just don’t care enough to pay attention when they get behind the wheel.

Buckle up. Here we go. (more…)

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Always put your turn signal on at least 100 feet before turning your vehicle. Do not turn without signaling.

This seems so Driver’s Ed 101, doesn’t it? Yet many of us fail to signal before we turn, or brake and then put the signal on as we’re turning. Bicyclists often fail to signal as well even though they are subject to the same rules of the road.

RCW 46.61.305 says “No person shall turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety nor without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.” This is why you can get stopped and cited by the police for failing to signal.

Signaling before you brake or turn helps avoid collisions and is just plain common courtesy as well.  Now you know. Signal well and prosper.

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TJAAAFAP is proud to announce a new feature– WNTips! For a long time I have wished that the broadcast media would carry brief public service announcements to remind people of basic road rules, how their government works, and so on. But why not do this myself, as wildninja of WordPress?

WNTip is short for WildNinja Tip. One fascinating tidbit many readers do not know is that the real wildninja is my agile, ingenious martial arts expert kitty. She and her fluffy, astoundingly wise kung fu master brother have repeatedly saved the world from evil masterminds along with their faithful canine sibling security guard (who is also a talented sous chef). (more…)

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Flintstones Car 1

Looks like Fred and Barney have learned what not to drive in a Seattle-area snowstorm… I came upon this prehistoric Prius in Kirkland today, lodged in a field of snow just over a slush bank bordering the main drag.

Evidently it’s for sale now as the Flintstones and Rubbles have decided to upgrade to a four-wheel drive from a four-foot drive. Rumor has it they’re looking at a Hummer that can haul their hadrosaurus.

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