The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 19: Giving up Unsafe Driving

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Episode 19: Giving up Unsafe Driving

“Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car.” -Duane from “Annie Hall”

In addition to driving head-on into other cars, there are many other habits we all have that make us unsafe drivers. In this episode, Julie and Marc tackle three (Julie tackles four) of these habits. We give up distracted driving by not touching or looking at our cellphones, following too closely by making sure we have at least two seconds of distance between our car and the car in front of us, and going over the speed limit. 

Spoiler alert: It was a great experience. We both experienced a sense of calm and mindfulness that was not previously there while we were driving. We also became imbued with a level of smugness that we previously attained only by committing sic burns on each other. And, oh yeah, we found out that Julie is that annoying driver you give the bird to.


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“In 1652, the colony of New Amsterdam (now New York) issued a decree stating that “[N]o wagons, carts or sleighs shall be run, rode or driven at a gallop” at the risk of incurring a fine starting at “two pounds Flemish,” or about $150 in today’s currency.”
Connecticut enacts first automobile speed limit law. First state to do so. 12MPH in the city and 15MPH in the country (ref)
Early 1970’s
“Rising fuel prices contributed to the lowering of speed limits in several states in the early 1970s, and in January 1974 President Richard Nixon signed a national speed limit of 55 mph into law. These measures led to a welcome reduction in the nation’s traffic fatality rate, which dropped from 4.28 per million miles of travel in 1972 to 3.33 in 1974 and a low of 2.73 in 1983.” (ref)
“1987 Congress allowed states to increase speed limits on rural interstates to 65 mph” (ref)
“The National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 repealed the maximum speed limit. This returned control of setting speed limits to the states, many of which soon raised the limits to 70 mph and higher on a portion of their roads, including rural and urban interstates and limited access roads.”
Washington’s Cell Phone Law went into affect to reduce distracted driving. (ref)
Marc get’s bluetooth headphones.
Pebbles learns to “leave it” after practically no training. Because: genius dog.


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