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There have been studies on road rage. Apparently people who post multiple bumper stickers on their vehicles are more likely to experience road rage.
Way back in my handwritten journal days, Ramjet gave me the inspiration for writing this bit. It was inspired by the way he felt about his commute to work in Seattle. He feels that most traffic jams are caused by idiots who think they can save time by changing lanes constantly, just to pass others on the freeway.
And according to a book tilted "Traffic," the people who constantly change lanes on the freeway, save a whole 4 minutes on a distance of 80 miles. I feel that the person who figured that out should get a smacked up-side the head.
The lousy winter weather in Washington would always slow down the painting industry, but when it snows, it's sure to fill up the body shops. Knowing this; I would like to advise people who have problems driving in the snow, just to try waiting until 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. to drive. The streets are usually clear by then. Don't make a fuss over it. The people who get out on the road early are usually the one’s who piling up the street and it's usually the other guy who nails you.
If you are one of those people who bought a SUV thinking you might be better off in the adverse weather; you should remember that four wheel drive vehicles don't stop any better than two wheel drives.
I have a hint for folks that aren't sure which way to hook up jumper cables on their cars. Since the batteries are usually buried in places under the hood where acid fumes can accumulate, I think it is important to make sure people are aware of a danger they can simply avoid. (The most dangerous time to jump start is when the engine is not running and the air above the battery is still.)
Besides doing the Positive to Positive and the Negative to Negative stuff; it's important that the last connection completing the circuit is a negative to negative connection and the use of the engine block or mount connected to the block is used as the last negative connection. This way the last (negative) ground connection is not only a good ground, but it's also the connection that is most likely to spark when completing the circuit while putting on or off the cables. See the important thing is that you make the last connection a Negative Ground to the Engine Block -- which is most likely to spark – Not over the Battery -- where acid fumes are located.
When using battery chargers one should,
HOOK-UP the Battery BEFORE plugging it into the 110 outlet. Then once the battery is charged you should UNPLUG the 110 - Before you UNHOOK the Battery. If in a vehicle, it is still a good idea to use the engine block or mount as the ground connection for safety also.
Who's mad at me now? Doctors, paramedics, drug companies and hospitals may not be able to make as much money.
For Those Guys
Alcohol and many other additives are put into our gasoline’s to help it burn cleaner and these additive also make the fossil fuels evaporate faster. If engines set for extended amount of time, tarnish and other residues can build up in the engine's carborator float bowl and passage ways. It's a good idea to turn off the gas petcock and let the engine idle down to burn up the gas inside the carburetor whenever a small gas engine is going to be stored for extended amounts of time.
Like, doesn't anyone in California know how to operate a vehicle through a four way stop intersection?
But hell, I just go when I feel the people are just to stupid to figure it out.
(Here in California, drivers look at each other like idiots and wonder if we should wave the other on through.) 5-22-09
Another thing I can't stand is those rolling billboards. I think that they should be out-lawed. We've got enough traffic congestion and fuel consumption as it is, we don't need to put vehicles on the road just for the sake of advertising. The folks in the advertising business should be looking into the various trucking companies out the that have nothing on the side of their
vans because there is
hundreds of thousands of blank billboards already on the road and the last thing we need is another vehicle on the road polluting up the air we breath.
June 17, 2008: In the WSJ today there was a bit covering the amount of money that the oil companies have been spending for advertising.