The top complaints I receive from the citizens of Douglas County involve traffic related issues. I am always asking our citizens to be good drivers. However, what does being a good driver really entail? Well, it seems some things never change. Please see the below article published 85 years ago in the Record Journal of Douglas County. I think you will find these principles are as true today as they were back then.
Record Journal of Douglas County July 16, 1926
Six Ways of Being a Good Driver – Told by Experts
Seven nationally known traffic and safety experts were asked to state what they believe were the characteristics of a safe and good driver:
- The good driver has a high degree of self-control at all times, this control manifesting itself in various ways.
- The good driver always maintains his car in such shape that it responds easily and quickly, thus assuring control of the car as far as the purely mechanical equation is concerned.
- The good driver regulates his speed in accord with conditions of the road over which he is travelling and never travels at a rate that he cannot stop it within the clear course ahead.
- The good driver invariably exercises due regard for the rights of others and always applies the simple axioms of courteous behavior.
- The good driver accepts the safety of the pedestrians as a primary consideration.
- The good driver keeps his mind on the road ahead, as day-dreaming or chatting at the wheel causes many more accidents than are caused by bee stings.