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June 9, 2009

A welcome reminder on a rainy day

It was nasty out there this morning. In rain like this, I generally avoid Interstate 95 because of all the kamikaze drivers out there who won't take 5 mph off their travel speed as a concession to a  steady rain. I figure it might take me five more minutes on U.S. 1 -- or I may miss  a  half hour of being stuck behind a tractor-trailer crash.

Anyway, it was a pleasure  to be greeted this morning with an email from Morton Weiner of Baltimore, a man  of uncommon good sense. Weiner made the following points, which I pass along unedited:

 1) During inclement weather the electronic signs over the beltway should flash reminders for drivers to turn on headlights. There are so many drivers that neglect to do so. And it is the law!

2) Since most auto sales persons do not know that vehicles with running lights do not include having rear lights on at the same time, could you include that in one of your articles? I am certain that lots of drivers are not aware of that. Another reason for headlights during inclement weather. Since that includes turning on rear lights.

3) Headlight alignment! Have the electronic signs occasionally flash a reminder "have you had your headlights alignment checked recently?" There are so many vehicles that blind you with that problem. Since we no longer have annual auto inspections a reminder might be a good idea.

 

 

Posted by Michael Dresser at 8:37 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: On the roads
        

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I saw an Anne Arundel County police car driving without its lights on in the rain this morning.

Morton Weiner must be older than I am. I don't remember ever having annual auto inspections in Maryland.

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
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