In this ‘dash cam’ clip, a drunk is seen driving very dangerously indeed.
I confess that when I first watched this, I was silently hoping the car would run off the road, for the simple reason that this would hopefully limit the number of people s/he could potentially hurt or kill.
The reason for showing this clip on the ADoNA website is to reinforce the point that it can be very risky indeed to enter a ‘blind’ section of road — any part of the road that is hidden from your view — too quickly, because you never know what might be there or coming towards you. There’s a lot more to it than just your speed, however (see below).
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Indeed, on one occasion when I was in Iowa, instructing two young men out of hundreds that we trained for a major subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, we were heading back to their base and they were visibly starting to lose concentration as the end of the day came closer. However, the one that was driving approached a blind hillcrest (knoll) poorly and I got him to sharpen up and approach it in the way I had taught him earlier. Even so, all three of us were taken aback when a large pick-up truck came barreling over the hillcrest entirely on the wrong side of the road, in total contravention of the solid double-yellow lines. Both ‘my’ young men physically screamed but because of our adjusted approach the likely head-on collision was completely averted — a very satisfying ‘day at the office’ for me 😀
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In the meanwhile, the most important thing you can do when driving is abide by The Golden Rule of Safe Driving.
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