I trust everyone is enjoying their Holiday Break. A few safety pointers –
Drunk Drivers – I’m sure I don’t have to remind you to be careful on the roads as there are many Party Goers afoot and many are having a drink or two, or too many. Be alert and watch-out for any radical swervation with vehicles ahead of you. Also, check your rear view mirror frequently, especially when approaching a Stop Sign or Red Light, to make sure the drivers behind you are, indeed, also coming to a full stop. Tragically rear-end collisions are not infrequent this time of year due to slippery weather or too many cocktails.
Blinding Setting Sun – Another caution when driving in a westerly direction around the time of sunset and a little before. The Winter Solstice was yesterday – 12.21.12. This time of year the sun sets at a most inconvenient time for drivers – right around Rush Hour when traffic is heaviest. Anyone heading in a westerly direction is literally blinded, especially if their windshield is a little dirty. This alert also applies if you are heading into an intersection and have to look westward for on-coming traffic and your side windows are dirty. Clean your windows and look carefully. Use your hand as a Black Flag to keep sunbeams off you eye lenses – just like a Camera Grip would do to keep a Back Light from causing a flare in the camera lens.