THE GRIDLOCKSMITH, traffic safety activist, "Roads Scholar," former "Road Warrior" who lost a brother (aged,15) on the road in 1969, has compiled many observations and ideas about traffic safety after 3 decades of driving for a living. "Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? Set a safe example in traffic." You, too, can be a gridlocksmith. "Road-Peace is a step toward World Peace." - Earl Shoop

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Looking for what's logical, efficient, kind and fun... Traffic safety became a personal issue when my youngest brother died on the highway. I observed traffic unsafety while driving for a living(30yrs). Spread the word about "Road-Peace" as a step on the road to World Peace. Since those wise and gentle enough to create World Peace will not treat each other as we now do, in traffic, the road is a good place to focus our efforts. see

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


A driver explained that she feared being trapped by her seatbelt if the car should catch fire after a crash. She truly felt that such an occurrence would mean her doom.


Please, think this one through. How hard would the collision have to be to set fire to the car? Without the belt, what is the likelihood that you would even be alive? If you did survive, would you be conscious and able to escape? By having the belt on, you are better able to walk away from a crash... with or without the fire.

There is another danger to be aware of that could lead to being trapped: the airbag! Many drivers have been taught to place hands on the wheel at the 10 and 2 (o'clock) positions. It is now recommended to hold the wheel near the bottom so that the airbag won't break the driver's wrists. Broken wrists could make disengaging the belt something of a challenge. (!)

Always buckle up. When you need it, there will not be time to "click it."

"DRIVE KINDLY!" It can add years to your life, and life to your years.

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