Category Archives: drowsy driving

Mother’s shouldn’t be belated Back to School safety message

And why shouldn’t it? Because school ought not to start before Labor Day. That’s why. Any questions? Good, let’s move on, beginning with the classics, like behaving prudently around school buses and in school zones and watching out for the kiddos wherever they are. Do NOT hit them! Ever!! If you could use a refresher, check out this list of Back to School Safety tips that was kindly published by the nice folks at AARP.

Are you wondering what back to school safety message would be complete without harping at least a little about NOT texting while driving? NOT this one! And since some other nice folks at BMW have kindly published a charming little video that makes the point much more beautifully than Mother ever could on her limited budget, she will gratefully take advantage of their generosity instead of making her own. Thanks, BMW!

For a nice change of pace, we’re picking on the parents here instead of the teens, so as to be crystal clear that NOBODY of any age should be texting while driving. Period. Got it?

Let’s finish up with a little driving-to-school safety quiz from Riders on the Road, shall we? Are you ready?

Here’s an exercise in practical arrangement of your driving activities. See if you can find the flaw in the following morning routine:

1)      Buckle the kids into their seats securely

2)      Start the minivan

3)      Pull out in front of a nice lady in a red Subaru

4)      Wander along in slow motion, crossing the double yellow lines every now and then

5)      Wake up

6)      Turn into the elementary school parking lot

7)      Deliver the little tykes safely to school

What’s out of place here? Right! I’d move step 5 up to first place, wouldn’t you? That could eliminate steps 3 and 4 altogether and vastly increase the odds that 7 will be accomplished successfully. Good work!

Did I say finish up? Just kidding! Because there’s always one more thing to nag you about, and this time it’s drowsy driving. Seriously, you know I hate to pester you but it’s my job, so I must. Would you like to hear it form the experts instead? Here you go …

Now let’s get some sleep! Nitey nite! And please, have a happy healthy and safe school year!

Great highway safety news, and a reminder

Woo hoo! We killed only 33,808 people on the road in 2009. That’s the best we’ve done (and by best I mean least!) since 1950. Mother’s ever so proud of us for driving more safely out there, and so is the Governors Highway Safety Association, as you can see here.

But lest we get complacent, there are nice folks out there who are taking the time to remind us that it’s still too many. With illustrations and some very excellent suggestions on how we can continue to improve. I couldn’t say it better myself so will just copy directly from the email sister Kacey sent along yesterday. (Thanks, Kace!)…

Would you like to have been in the passenger seat?


This accident occurred north of Deer Lodge in I-90. The driver was appx 22 year old guy heading east to college. He had left central Washington early in the morning. He fell asleep at the wheel and drifted off the shoulder hitting the end of the section of guard rail. The guard rail came through the right headlight, engine compartment, firewall, glove box, passenter seat, rear seat and exited out the driver’s side rear window. That is 120 LF of guard rail that threaded through the Suburban.

No passengers and the driver was not injured.

I am sharing this as a reminder to all about NOT driving when you shouldn’t be behind the wheel (drinking, texting, distracted or just plain tired).