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Roadside Chat - Things that click: friends, ideas & seat belts

08/06/2021

8-6 things that clickWhen you “click” with something or someone, that thought or person makes sense and you feel connected. Like when you meet a new person and instantly feel like you’ve known each other for years. Or a new way to solve a problem might simply come to you out of the blue. These “click” moments may not happen often, but they can be pretty profound.

Saving lives is about a profound as it gets. One of the easiest things you can do to help save your life is click your seat belt. As an unbelted driver, you are very likely to be thrown around inside the vehicle if you hit something or something hits you, causing you to lose control. You can imagine what that might look like on a busy road with a large truck headed your way. Even losing control when you are alone on a gravel road can have a devastating impact. And as you are thrown around the vehicle your body can become a projectile causing serious, or even fatal injuries, to those riding with you.

Luckily, lifesaving tools are all around us when we are in a vehicle. These tools, our seat belts, protect not only the friends and family we are sharing the vehicle with, but others on the road, as well.

Check out this catchy little video from New Zealand reminding you it only takes two ticks to make it click – https://youtu.be/AZjrPaIDYQM.

So far in 2021, there have been 184 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of eight since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf


The entrance ramp I’m talking about is coming off Hickman road/highway 6.

The north/east bound entrance ramp on to I-80/35 is the most dangerous entrance to an interstate I’ve ever seen. People entering in the left lane don’t know they are going directly into a lane of 70 mph traffic. It’s blind, signage is terrible, deaths will be the fault of the designer, terrible.

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