If you go to practice some of the things in this course, you’ll find yourself lamenting the times you’re forced to waste gas while driving. You might even think of ways things can be better for saving gas. Here are a few things to think about before you go about advocating for better roads to friends, family, neighbors, social media, and your elected officials.
Knowing a few facts and knowing how to evaluate what you’re hearing can make all the difference.
Focus on the important things.
You’ll find a lot of professional safety activists and amateur idiots wasting their time advocating for driving laws that simply won’t work. When you see somebody telling us that some law or other will make the roads safer or more efficient, look for facts and studies to back or refute their assertions. Often, you’ll find that the things they demand are stupid or even dangerous.
Either way, seek the truth instead of “common sense” and emotional appeals.
One example is “texting bans”. In theory, banning texting should make the roads safer, but the results are in from places that did it and accidents didn’t go down. Wasting time on such things distracts us from other things we could be doing that would have a good impact on a problem instead of doing nothing or making it worse.
Did you know that traffic lights cost about $5000 of taxpayer money per intersection per year to maintain and power?
Did you know they increase accidents? (8,000 lives lost a year, approximately)
Did you know they cost the average driver hundreds of dollars a year in wasted gas?
There are a variety of alternative intersection designs that have a proven track record of better safety, less time idling, and much lower costs to taxpayers. Advocating for safer intersection designs in your community might actually do some good for your pocketbook and the environment.
If you hear somebody spouting ignorance in support of traffic lights, give them the facts. Mythbusters even tested it!
Speed Limits Can Kill
Long story short: don’t be stupid. Learn the facts about speed instead of assuming that lower speed limits are safer or better.