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A refresher on rules of the road


Dear editor, I write concerning a very serious matter - the driving on our roads and the rules that are not being applied.

When I was first married, I had wanted to learn how to drive and living in Montreal, my husband suggested that I take a driver's education course, to be familiar with the rules of the road.

I know that most drivers nowadays are instructed by family members, then briefly go over the rules in order to pass the driver's test. Years go by without even remembering some of those rules.

I would like to suggest that people take the time to Google "Road users guide in Newfoundland" on the Internet.

Among the troubling driving habits I have encountered, some at a risk to my life, are as detailed:

Distance between cars - it is not a good idea to be within a few feet of the other person's bumper and tailgate them. Rules say you should be one car length behind for every 15 km/h, and double this on slippery roads.

Follow the two second rule to see if you are far enough apart. That is watch the other car pass a pole or sign - then count one thousand and one, one thousand and two - and if you pass the same sign before you do this, then you are too close.

How many times do we see people driving right up someone else's bumper and if that person stops suddenly, it becomes a danger to all.

Signaling before turning - the rules state that a driver is to signal when he is doing a right or left turn before he approaches the intersection - not while he is doing it.

Perhaps one of the worse habits I see are people who drive along and are crossing over the yellow line in the middle of the road. Countless near-misses have occurred because of this. Stay on your side of the road.

Dimming high beams when approaching other cars - it is a rule of the road to dim your high beams if someone is approaching you from the other side. Once you pass it is safe to turn them on again.

Merging -one rule I noticed that many do not follow is the proper way to merge onto a divided highway.Rules state: "Drivers on a divided highway, seeing someone trying to enter the highway, should move into the left lane, leaving the right lane open for the motorists trying to merge safely."

Maybe if people took the time to review the rules of the road, it would mean safer driving for all of us.

Linda Walker

Winterton

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