LETTER: What not to do on Destin’s roads: Advice from a 78-year safe driver

Samuel Lombardo

Being a good driver for 78 years with no accidents, here are some of my observations of what some poor drivers do. Maybe some of you readers can add to this list.

• A poor driver will speed up at an intersection, trying to beat the light, instead of slowing down and watching for drivers on the cross street who may not see the light at all, causing a broadside collision.

• A poor driver will cross the double line to pass another vehicle, because he or she is impatient and can’t wait for a safe passing condition.

• A poor driver will tailgate, and not keep a safe distance, at least what is highly recommended — one car length for every 10 miles of speed.

• A poor driver will drive much faster than the posted limits, even though conditions are unsafe, i.e. curves, bad weather, men working, etc.

• A poor driver cannot stand seeing any space in front of the car ahead of him or her, even though the vehicle is going the speed limit.

• A poor driver does not turn his headlights on during rainy or other weather conditions that are unsafe without lights.

• A poor driver does not take his turn stopping at a stop sign when following a vehicle that has stopped. He or she thinks that since the first car stopped, he or she doesn’t have to stop.

• A poor driver does not first stop on red when it’s permissible to make a right turn on red.

• A poor driver turns his wheels to the left when waiting in the middle of an intersection for oncoming traffic to clear. This will push you in to oncoming traffic if someone bumps you in the rear while you are waiting.

• A poor driver does not adjust his front rear-view mirror with his other side view mirror. Note: Before the vehicle on your rear disappears from your front view mirror, the vehicle should appear on the side-view mirror. Then you will not prematurely pull out onto the left lane and be sideswiped.

I have found that pumping my brakes before I get close to an intersection will make the taillight blink and alert the driver behind me, who may be dozing off, using a cell phone, smoking or is distracted in some other way.

Attention good drivers: Maybe you have some other suggestions to improve driving in our area.

LTC Ret. Samuel Lombardo