Driving safely is all about attitude: Roadshow

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Q: It’s my understanding that attitude is the most important component of driving safely. Positive attitude motivates me to always focus and I never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when I’m real upset. … Before I pull out of the driveway, I briefly close my eyes, and take a deep breath to calm myself. This relaxes me so much. … I used to have a bad temper that I carried into my driving, until my toddler one day asked why I was so mad. He woke me up.

Donnell J., Connie Adams and John Morton

A: This is the final column on drivers’ self-assessments, and a common theme is about the attitude we carry with us behind the wheel.

Q: As a life-long Bay Area resident, I’ve driven about 12,000 miles a year for 70 years. I’m still the go-to driver for all of my friends when we go places. One reason why: I’m always calm and relaxed, not commenting on the faults of other drivers.

Sharon Hohmann, Sunnyvale

A: I love your attitude.

Q: I would consider myself an exceptional driver, but not necessarily an excellent driver. With 36 years of behind the wheel experience, I have driven a lot of different vehicles, including ambulances, fire engines, and tow trucks. I have estimated I roll down 36,000 to 40,000 miles of roadways a year, both paved and unpaved. I have put at least 300,000 miles on five different tow trucks, worn out three personal vehicles, and bought and sold a few others. I think I have a little experience. Way more than most of your readers.

I speed like a madman, but I do not tailgate, unless I am trying to keep rude drivers from diving in front of me. I am polite, and will give drivers all the rope they need to hang themselves, but I will not give an inch to rude or dangerous people.

The little voice in my head tells me about things I do not see. It has saved my butt a few times.  In my big tow truck, I see all. When drivers are around me, I know what they are going to do before they know what they are going to do, and I am usually right.

The most fun I’ve had in a vehicle is driving code 3 (emergency response) with lights and sirens. It’s always a rush. I get stupid too, but I try to not let it affect other drivers.

Ray-the-Tow-Truck Guy

A: Thanks to you and all for sharing your self-assessment. Chill. Drive slow. Don’t drive impaired, whether by alcohol, pot, or being too drowsy to drive. We share the roads. Make sure you’re sharing safely.

Join Gary Richards for an hourlong chat noon Wednesday at www.mercurynews.com/live-chats. Look for Gary Richards at Facebook.com/mr.roadshow, or contact him at [email protected] or 408-920-5335.

 

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