I’ve been on the road a bit more than usual lately and have noticed a few things that aren’t good about road travel. It would be nice if more people arrive back home safely this summer…
#1 Drivers – GET OFF THE PHONE. This is one thing that is more dangerous on narrow country roads than on beltways, beltlines and interstates. You’re over the yellow lines in a second and are potentially to be the cause of a head-on collision that may take your life. What is more important to focus on than your driving?
#2 Speeding speeders – If I’m passing someone in the slow lane who is doing 57 in a 55 and I’m doing 62 to pass them, Mr. Driving 70 who suddenly races up behind me can just wait. If you want to drive that fast (and many drive more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit,) you have to realize that the left hand fast line is NOT yours alone. Others may be using it to pass slower vehicles – but that doesn’t mean we’re driving at YOUR speed.
#3 Signal indicators – Drivers, these are not just ornaments to make the car look better, they are meant to be used. My guesstimate is that well over 50% of drivers do NOT use turn or lane change light notification when driving. Don’t make the rest of us have to guess what you are doing. Signals on cars are to increase safety – USE THEM.
#4 Slow speeders – These are the opposite of those who well exceed the speed limit in the fast lane. These are the totally oblivious drivers who drag along at or below the speed limit in the fast lane – causing a blockage, and forcing drivers to pass them on the right to get around. This also forces a blend of slower and faster drivers and a cluster of vehicles that greatly increases the chance of an accident.
#5 Timid drivers – If you don’t know the area where you are driving, get off the road until you find out! Tourism season is upon us and many will be driving in and around areas of which they are not familiar. If you don’t have a GPS system, get a map. Yes, you can still find a good old map in most Walgreen’s. Stop somewhere and do your research before you get on the road – even if you have a “navigator” riding with you. Sudden braking because you are in the wrong lane or expecting others to stop for you to change lanes 20 feet before an exit – increase YOUR chance of causing and taking part in an accident.
#6 Give big trucks a break (pun intended) – Come on people, show a bit of compassion for those who drive large trucks and who get our food and other essentials across this country. The majority of truck drivers are responsible and courteous to vehicle drivers. If they pull out to pass a slow vehicle, realize it will take them a bit to get around but that they will get back in the right lane as soon as possible. Don’t jam them, don’t tailgate, and don’t get in their blind spots. Don’t come up to a yellow light at an intersection and suddenly pull in front of them. I saw this happen yesterday which, in about 2 seconds, lost the truck driver the extra 30′ or so he thought he had in which to stop the truck. I’m certainly not doing THIS in a Mini Cooper!
Let’s try to make it a safe travel summer for as many people as possible in 2013.
It won’t be long now before this year’s Memorial Day, Monday May 27th.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Below is a list of some special events in the US this Memorial Day…
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
Some travel-oriented news of interest for this past week…
Triple Crown Update
Can Orb win the Triple Crown???
I must admit I do love to watch the luggage go around the carousel at the airport and to try to figure out which bag belongs to which person. I’m afraid my low-key colored suitcase gets a bit lost among the more glitzy and glamorous luggage these days.
Here are one or two items that will NOT get lost on the carousel – and might mark you as the seasoned traveler you are – or want to be…
Durable, maneuverable, and eye-catching, this hard-side Explorer luggage is a travel-savvy way to show your love of National Geographic – and your inner “bear.”
Part of the Tech luggage collection – combines rugged materials and travel-savvy details with an eye-catching design. This bag looks like it will make it through the toughest travel tests a road warrior can imagine…
This vintage-look backpack shows your dedication to the National Geographic Society’s goals of research, education, conservation, and exploration.
These bags are sized to be handy in almost any travel situation…
And last but not least…
The roomy stash-and-go style features a drawstring top with a single strap for wearing it over your shoulder, as well as a comfort handle that makes it easy to grab from an overhead compartment on a bus or plane.
One large internal zippered pocket keeps essentials easy to grab. The entire bag is designed in the three-colored stripes of the official Society flag.
About the Society’s Flag
The National Geographic flag features three bands in blue, brown, and green, representing sky, earth, and sea. It was designed in 1903 by Elsie Grosvenor, the wife of then-editor Gilbert H. Grosvenor, who wanted something easily identified from afar. The first flag went on assignment with the 1903 Ziegler Polar Expedition to the Arctic and continues to accompany National Geographic Explorers around the world.
Congratulations to Orb, winner of the 139th Kentucky Derby!
I finally got around to watching the season finale of “Vikings.” If you haven’t watched, it is well worth your time! I believe all episodes are still available at the History Channel web site.
During the series, a group of the main characters were heading off on a trek to Uppsala. My ears perked up since I had listed Uppsala, Sweden as the “U” destination in my travel wishes alphabetized list. So, here’s a chance to find out more about the history of Uppsala – with a few current-day updates on this beautiful destination…
Even better, an announcement was made just recently that there will be a second season of this show. Good news for all of us who have watched Season One – since the season finale left several intriguing possibilities for Season Two…
To kick off our Spring/Summer selections of great destinations, how about an elegantly-styled holiday cottage in the Lake District of the United Kingdom and overlooking the incredibly scenic Eden Valley…
You’ll want to take a close look at High Croft Cottage.
Did I mention the views?
Facing across the Eden Valley to the North Pennine fells, High Croft Cottage is part of a group of five charming 4-star sandstone cottages, each with its own character, and within a short distance to both Great Salkeld and Lazonby. These picturesque villages have local bakeries, pubs with great food – and there’s even a haberdashery!
The cottage is perfect for a party of two or four – and all on one level. There are two bedrooms – one ensuite with a power shower, a large and open living area, and a dining area which leads to the kitchenette.
Styled in the Cumbrian tradition, these farmhouse cottages offer included amenities such as all linen, towels, Digital TV (Freeview), CD/DVD player, and free Wi-Fi.
High Croft Cottage is the perfect location for touring not only Cumbria, the Lakes District, and the Lakes District National Park, but just a short drive (about 15 miles) takes you to the vibrant city of Carlisle, situated on the path of Hadrian’s Wall – and then a bit farther north and you’re in southern Scotland!
If you’re looking for a great accommodation to tour the Lake District, put High Croft Cottage on your “wish list” and enjoy your visit to this area often considered one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.
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This furlough business seems like just another waste of time and money – and more poor planning on the part of the administration. After the big change to less air traffic controllers – they’ve decided to give them back their full-time hours and jobs – still causing a lot of flight problems for travelers…
Make it a safe week…