Joe's Viewpoint: The Do's and Dont's of driving

Joe's Viewpoint: The Do's and Dont's of driving

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A member of my staff told me this week about being tailgated on I-59 one morning. As the vehicle passed, he noticed that the driver was in the process of shaving with an electric razor. This brings up the issue of the do's and don'ts of driving. Yes I am talking to you, Mr. Red Honda from Lamar County.

As we move into the holiday shopping season, traffic all over the Pine-Belt is going to increase. We can save ourselves and others the added stress by following a few basic guidelines.

Be courteous and allow people to merge, or give them a lane to merge into. The extra 5 to 10 seconds you spend on this will not affect your total drive time.

On multi-lane roads the left lane is for passing. Keep to the right as much as possible to free up the passing lane for those impatient multi-taskers. Remember to allow a safe distance between you and other drivers to avoid possible catastrophic problems.

At a 4-way stop, the right-of-way goes to the person who arrived at the intersection first OR if you both arrived at the same time, the person on your right.

We need to remember, treating others as you would like to be treated always works well…and this applies to driving too. If we all follow the basic rules and add a little patience, driving around the Pine-Belt this holiday season will be a little safer and more pleasant.

This is today's viewpoint.