In the past three days I have been cut-off in traffic by eight different drivers, which leads me to say, “People – WTF?” I mean seriously…eight different drivers driving about town with what appears to be a blatant disregard for their safety and the safety of others.  And yippee, I got to encounter them all. 

Oh sure, I know there are others.  It is a symptom of the season.  I call it the “holi-daze” – the driver distracted by the mental holiday to-do lists, last minute shopping challenges and flurry of social activities.  People start to zone out…they pay less attention…they become mini-hazards in-and-of themselves.

I have to admit, it makes me crabby.  I think about the heightened potential for accidents and I fear for family members and friends who may have to deal with the news that someone they love has been injured in a car accident.  That would really take the joy out of the holidays. 

So, in my recurring role as a safety harbinger, let me remind everyone to please be careful out there on the roads this time of year.  Don’t let holi-daze be the ruin of your holidays.  When you are driving, give it your full attention; and, add extra care this season in watching for drivers who may be distracted and cause you harm (and this goes for those on foot as well – don’t assume that folks in vehicles see you and won’t hit you).

No one wants to be a holiday statistic – unless it is for the number of fruitcakes received (or not).  Give yourself and others the gift of your attention while driving this holiday season. 😉

Day eight hundred and ninety-seven of the new forty -obla di obla da

Ms. C

About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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