Roadside Chat - The one where... you & your friends all buckle up

9-23 the one whereIt’s been 28 years since “Friends” first episode, “The one where Monica gets a roommate,”  debuted on television. For the next 10 seasons, viewers of “Friends” were regularly greeted with episodes with titles that started with “The one where…”

What’s the storyline with your friends? Is there an episode that should be called “The one where everyone buckled up, even in the back seat?”

You could take it even further with an episode called, “The one where I was the designated driver.” Another great one could be, “The one where my passenger was reading my text and responding for me.”

There are so many actions you can take that will keep you and your friends safer behind the wheel.

  1. Buckle up
  2. Drive sober
  3. Focus on the road
  4. Stay Alert
  5. Slow down

Each one of these actions improves the chances of turning into a great story, “The one where we arrived alive.”

Don’t be like Joey or Phoebe when you are responsible for driving during a road trip.

In Iowa in 2022, there have been 244 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of nine since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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