Eds Note: Dr. Rent’s post this week has nothing to to with rentals — unless you count rental cars.
This weekend I was on the go. This is a very busy time for landlords: move outs, move ins, spring cleaning, lots of stuff going on. It got in the way of me finding time to post last weekend, and most of my personal errands (such as grocery shopping) had to be done today (Sunday).
Below is my top ten list; some friendly suggestions for driving in Wausau. Yes, I know it was Sunday so Sunday drivers were to be expected, and yes I know that I am a quite aggressive driver… but still… I think these suggestions will help.
1)Wausau area traffic moves at 5-10 miles over the posted speed limit. I am willing to go the posted speed limit, but if you are running at 5 miles or more under, you are more of a hazard than the speeders.
2)For those of you about to pass those not complying with item 1, using your turn signals to indicate lane changes IS NOT giving information to the enemy. I would be more than happy for you to pass them first, you are ahead of me… but don’t just jump in front of me without signaling. 99% of us will slow down to let you in if you signal.
3)That 99% thing in item 2 does NOT apply if, because of construction, lanes are going to one lane, and we have all already merged into that lane, and you pass 30 of us to where the barrels start. We will remember you and you won’t be let in until all 30 of us have gotten by.
4)One way streets apply to everyone, sorry.
5)If you know you are going to have to turn left… it is strongly suggested that you get into the left lane more than one block ahead of time.
6)I understand if you are new to the area, you may not know if the left lane or the right lane is the best way to go… but I GUARANTEE that you are better off choosing one and being wrong than you are riding the center line.
7)Construction zones are dangerous, even a lead foot like me respects construction zone speed limits. If I am doing 55 in the construction on the freeway and you blow past me like I am going backwards… don’t be too surprised to catch the attention of the troopers who like sitting in the construction zones. Fines are double.
8)There is no right turn on red coming off Stewart onto 1st St. by the mall, don’t honk at me if I don’t run the red. The same is true where Business 51 turns off of Schofield Ave by Krueger Floral in Weston/Schofield.
9)It was over 80 and yes, some people look really REALLY good in tank tops, but if traffic stops suddenly in front of you… your rear-ending that guy will get her attention, but not in the way you want.
10)To the motorcycle going up Franklin Street at about 15 miles an hour looking at all the cool houses, THANK YOU for pulling way over when a car came up behind you.
Have a safe summer driving season Wausau!