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May 28, 2014 - Blaine Hyska
Look left — twice.
That’s my driving advice for the summer. The weather is nice and everyone wants to take a drive. It’s great fun — until there is an accident.
Based on my unscientific traffic observations, too many accidents involve driver-side impacts. Over the years, I’ve chased a lot of police sirens and listened to a lot of police scanner radio traffic.
Once I’m at the scene, it seems one of the vehicles is always crumpled on the driver’s side.
Why? People don’t look left. At least, they don’t do a good job of it.
So, people, take an extra second when you’re driving. If you’re pulling from a roadway into traffic, look left — twice.
If you’re driving through an area with cross traffic, watch out for the drivers about to pull out from intersections on your right. Make sure they see you, and be prepared to hit the brakes if they don’t.
I really don’t want to send a news photographer out to another crash.
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