This may be considered a pet peave of mine, and I have shared comments about it before.
I made a trip to Cassville this morning in the rain; and I noticed many folks driving without their headlights on; not even park lights, or any kind of light.
Let me get this straight in my mind, and maybe in yours too. I know you can see; after all it is daylight, the sun is up. I know you can see because you are smart enough to know not to drive if you cannot see.
I know you can see; but can you be seen? Headlights on enable the oncoming driver to see you. Seeing you in the distance in case he/she might be following a slower drive he/she might need to get around.
Some of you use your automatic on, but do you know when the light is bright enough, as it is quite often when it is raining, they do not come on automatically. You must switch the switch to the on position.
I am sharing this because it is a great safety issue in driving our cars and trucks on the roads and highways. Let me suggest one thing; use your headlight switch. Not only is it a good idea to drive with headlights on in the rain, snow, sleet, fog, and the dark. It is also the State law in the State of Missouri. If your windshield wipers are on you must have your headlights on.
The next time you get in your car or truck to drive, and it is raining, turn on your headlights. It could save someone’s life; even your own.
From the banks of Flat Creek,
When I came into my living room this morning about 4:45 the thermometer read minus two (-2) degrees. Thirty minutes later it was at -3 degrees. The last time a took a look it was at -4 degrees.
I just took a minute and looked again; now it is at -5 degrees. Is that what is called, “Dropping like a rock”? I guess it could drop a bit faster.
I am sure thankful this morning though. Thankful for a nice warm home. Thankful for flowing water. Thankful for many things.
I am praying this morning for all the farmers who will need to be, and already are out in this snow and cold caring for their cattle, and other livestock. For those who are maintaining our roads; praying for their wisdom and safety. For the EMT’s, and other emergency personnel. May I add, if you do not need to be out, stay in, and stay warm.
One more thing; if you just have to get out and drive on the highways turn on your headlights. It is good to be seen; not just able to see. It is a matter of safety; not just yours but others who are out as well.
The Creator of this Universe and all within it has called me to be a preacher of His Word, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not a type A personality; you know; one of those who like to be in the front of everything, and seen by everyone. That ‘s not me.
If I could choose to be something anywhere it would be a back row usher, or the maintenance guy, or the cleanup person. I can do some things and not expect any recognition for it. There is one place I want to be seen; and that is while driving an automobile down the road.
Some of these type A personalities are probably ones I meet of the mornings who don’t have the headlights on in their cars; when they ought to be on. Let me tell you something; just because you can see, doesn’t mean you are seen. Headlights on your automobile are an integral part of visibility for you in dark, night time driving; but also for being seen by others who are on the road.
It is the state law in Missouri that you turn on your headlights if you run your windshield wipers. For me, when its cloudy my headlights are on. When it is still slightly dark outside my headlights are on. It is a safety issue. Be seen by others while driving.
Just two days ago as I was driving my School bus to pick up children; at 6:20 a.m. I met two people driving without headlights on; no lights at all; not even parking lights. Yes! It was light enough they could see; but I could not see them without some effort.
To me these are idiots, and stupid people. I am sorry for the terms, but that’s what you are if you drive without your headlights on in those twilight hours. O, and those auto headlight switches are made to operate manually. Use your head, and think while you drive; about driving. It will be safer for everybody on the road.
Working from behind the scenes, to be seen on the road. I want to be along the banks of Flat Creek a little longer; and I would think you would want to be around a little while longer too. TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS. It doesn’t take too much effort; just thinking, and then doing.
This is just going to be a short reminder to those who drive the highways of our land. It is important that you be seen when you are on the highways driving a motorized vehicle. Some evidently do not realize how dangerous it is when they cannot be seen by other motorists.
Just this past Saturday morning near my place of dwelling, it was foggy, I was making a left turn into a gas station when all of the sudden there was a F150 pickup which did not have any headlights on. I made a quick and sudden decision and sharply and quickly got back into may lane, and there was no accident; thank the good Lord. The funny thing about this is the man driving the Ford pickup was some one that I know. I did not find that out until this morning when I entered the bus garage, before driving my bus route for the morning.
When we are on the highways we need to be as visible as we can possibly be. Safe driving is no accident. I do not claim to be the safest driver on the road, however, there are things which I endeavor to do which helps me to be more visible, and one of them is turning headlights on in the fog, even when it is light out. It is also wise to turn on headlights during cloudy days and rainy ones. Another time to have them on is at least thirty minutes before sunset, or sooner, and have them on up until at least thirty minutes after sunrise. It is a wise thing to even keep them on when driving long distances day or night. It is especially helpful when you drive a dark colored, and some other colors of car.
Better to arrive alive, than to the morgue dead. That is for you or the other driver.
-Tim A. Blankenship