Category Archives: Driving etiquette

Seat belt law opponents are either idiots or liars

To: To the editor: It has been painful to watch the avalanche of flawed statistics and discredited urban legends wielded by opponents of a primary enforcement seat-belt law in their foolhardy efforts to stop a law which would undeniably save lives. Jonah Goldberg informs us that since there are states with higher traffic fatality… Read More »

Letting blind people drive

On the topic of mandatory periodic retesting of senior citizens when they renew their driver’s licenses, my wife recently had this letter printed in the Boston Herald (under the completely nonsensical headline “Rights watered down”, thus proving yet again that the Herald really needs to hire some better headline writers): Over a decade ago, it… Read More »

Speed kills

Four teens were killed, and a fifth critically injured, in a single-vehicle car accident in Leicester last Friday night. The driver of the car was traveling at over twice the speed limit. The local high school principal was quoted in the paper as saying, “It’s not like they did anything wrong.” I just sent the… Read More »

Beating a ticket

Approaching a red light on Washington St. at the intersection with Waverly Ave. near Newton Corner.  Thought the two cars riding the yellow line at the red light were turning left (cars often don’t signal turns at that intersection, or for that matter anywhere else in the Boston area).  Started to pass them on the… Read More »

Don’t block the box!

Hi, boys and girls! It’s time for another exciting episode of Driving etiquette that everybody should know, but most people don’t seem to!Today’s episode is Don’t block the box!This episode is based on driving rule that’s so simple that it can be explained in a single sentence: Don’t enter an intersection if there isn’t room… Read More »

Pull up a few feet!

Here’s your etiquette quiz for the day…. You get home from work. You park your car on your street. You get out of the car and notice that you could have pulled forward a few more feet. What do you do? “I never check whether I parked properly.” Go in the house and have dinner.… Read More »