Be smart, drive safe

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 25, 2019

When I drive west of San Angelo, I’ve noticed there is a lot of construction for at least 30 miles or so. 
I travel that way to get to Big Lake, my hometown, to see my family. Most of the time, they are scared for me to make the trip because other people simply don’t know how to drive.
Construction zones typically have a speed limit of 60 mph, but some people don’t seem to notice all the workers, orange signs or the other motorists obeying the limit. 
I have almost been in several wrecks in that area because people seem to be in such a rush that they don’t realize they are putting lives in danger. 
Most of the vehicles in that area are 18-wheelers hauling sand and water since the oil field is prominent around Big Lake. In my experience, these drivers are the worst. It seems as though all they care about is getting their work done as fast as possible. 
I find it selfish for anyone to drive in a way they aren’t supposed to. Is my life or yours not valuable enough for you to drive 10 miles under the regular speed limit in a construction zone? Are you in that much of a hurry that you’re going to put   others in danger? 
I see this often in San Angelo, as well. Everyone is in a rush to get to where they need to be.
If you’re going to miss your turn, you don’t suddenly cut people off and get into a different lane. You keep driving and find a different route. Everyone should have learned this when they took their driving test
I also see people on their phones while driving which is one of my biggest pet peeves. 
Is that text so important that it must be sent while you’re driving? Do you really need to check your social media right now? It’s just selfish.
Although I’m not the best driver, you will never find me speeding, on my phone or cutting people off.
Don’t even get me started on drunk driving. If you’re ever in a situation where you need a ride, don’t hesitate to call someone. I’m always stuck as the designated driver and I don’t even mind.
The bottom line is we all just want to get home safe.
I personally haven’t lost someone in a car accident, but I know a lot of people who have. I think they would agree that we all need to be safe and alert when on the road.


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