I read with interest Mike McInally’s piece “Gaining some time at the stoplight” (Opinion, Oct. 5). There is something that we can do to improve getting through intersections after a stoplight.
I have observed that some people leave excessive amounts of room between their car and the one directly in front of them while stopped. This many times blocks access to the left-hand turn lane, causing delays in making a left hand turn. You end up waiting thru two light changes. And when the light does turn green fewer cars get through the intersection because of the lag caused by the stack up of all that extra space.
When you are on the freeway traveling at 70 mph, leave extra space between your car and the one in front of you. At the stoplight, this cushion of space is not needed.
And while discussing distracted driving: I see more and more dogs in the driver’s seat. I understand that for some dog owners their dog is as precious as a child. Why then would you allow your dog to freely roam the car interior and even sit on your lap between you and the steering wheel? Besides the obvious distraction and unpredictability of a dog’s movement, what is going to happen when the airbag is deployed? I was hit once by a driver trying to feed his dog in the back seat while driving.
With a little more common sense and some common courtesy, driving can be more safe and enjoyable. Let’s all engage our brain before starting the car. Together we can make a difference.
Albany (Nov. 6)