Thursday, January 14, 2010
I'm not sure if anyone will read this, but in the hopes that at least one person will, here goes:
Please be careful to look where you are going when driving, even if you are going slow. A couple of weeks ago I was running with a friend. She was on the inside of the road, I was closest to traffic. One might think that my position would be the more dangerous of the two, but not that day. As many people are aware (but for those who are not) you should always run or walk against traffic. We were doing this. However, we were on a street that really isn't very busy. As were were running, an SUV started to pull out of a driveway, turning right. The driver only looked right as we were right in front of the driveway! She didn't see us, and came within centimeters from hitting my friend. The only reason my friend was not hit is that we were paying attention, and got out of the way. Even still, it was a very close call.
The following week we were running again. As we came upon a four way stop, a car approached, and didn't stop! This person was also making a right turn, and I guess thought that since no other cars were there, it was OK to go. Once again, we were running defensively and saw her coming in time to get out of the way, but it gets pretty scary out there when people don't follow basic traffic rules.
There are also many, many times when cars hug corners going fast. I've had to jump out of the way more times than I can remember. Again, very scary. I run with an ID because I just think it's a matter of time before I won't be so lucky.
Please, please, please pay attention when you are driving. All of these experiences have made me if not a better driver, then at least a more cautious driver. It only takes a moment to look both ways, and to slow down, perhaps saving a life. It also would only take a moment to hit a runner, walker or cyclist. Something like that would not only impact the athlete, but the driver as well. Just think of the consequences. Please!