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Turn Lanes and How to Use Them

Maybe I just attract bad drivers, but the last few days I have been behind drivers who have stopped in the lane of travel to get into a turning lane.  Not only is this unnecessary, but it is highly dangerous.

Turn lanes were designed to allow the progress of through traffic.  When one approaches a turn lane one does not have to wait until the last moment to enter said turn lane.  The lanes were designed so that a driver can enter it rather early and proceed to do their slowing down and stopping in the turn lane.  One also should take care to ensure that their entire vehicle is within the turn lane, again, so as not to impede through traffic.

 Always remember that, for the most part, roadways were designed for progress.  Use turn lanes appropriately, enter them early, and do your stopping in the turn lane as opposed to the lane of traffic.  We will all avoid potential car wrecks this way.

This time of year, many people take to the water to avoid the blistering heat. When around water, you should be aware of the signs of drowning as it does not look like you might expect. The following are signs of drowning:

  • Head only partially above water
  • Failing to gain distance while appearing to swim
  • Appearing to swim while vertical
  • Appearing to climb an “invisible ladder”
  • Hair in mouth and eyes: person may be focused on breathing, not seeing

You will note that none of the above describes flailing about and screaming for help like you see in the movies. Please be safe this summer and enjoy the water responsibly. Have the appropriate life preservers, especially when children are involved.

Signs of concussion

Even a mild blow to the head can cause a concussion, and concussions don’t always result in a loss of consciousness. Signs include:
• Headache or pressure in the head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Feeling sluggish, groggy or dazed
• Difficulty paying attention
• Memory problems
• Confusion
• Numbness or tingling

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

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