Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How to drive in the fog is need of newly moved couple

Dear Dr. Jim

For the last several mornings I have woken to find I am the only person who exists in the world. I look out my window and there is nothing beyond my balcony but white. The harbor and the entire town are gone — completely devoured by the fog.

As beautiful as I make this sound, this fog is a terrible nuisance to say the least. Neither of us are used to driving in stuff like this, but we do have to go to work in the morning. Also we have to come home, sometimes after the fog has set in

Dr. Jim, what do you suggest we do? My husband is very macho and just goes out, turns on all the car lights he can (we do have fog lights on one of the cars) and heads out. He drives with one foot just above the brake pedal ready to stop. And he has one hand just above the horn, ready to warn anyone who might even look like he will get in our way.

That isn't my style, I am a timid driver. Some days I can't even pull out of the driveway, I am so afraid a car unseen might be coming along. Other days I just plain stop on the side of the road and cry.

This can't go on, please help us.

Scared Silly in Seattle

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Dear Mrs. SSS

I can help you with this like I have helped all the others.

First off, buy some polarized sun glasses. All you have to do is go to your favorite General Dollar Store. Do not buy the rather inferior $4.00 sun glass, instead get the more expensive six or eight buck ones.

More important however, is the fog adaptation conditioning situation. After a year or two you will fully accept the fog as as necessary and okay to live with coastal experience. I personally have put up with the fog now for 56 years here in the Gulf Coast area.

The biggest concern to you should be to drive defensively in the fog.
1. Always use your low beam headlights. Fog lights too if you have them.
2. Do not attempt to text while driving in the fog.
3. Be aware of other cars that may not have their lights on. It may not have seemed necessary a half mile back for them and now when they are in the fog they have neglected to turn those lights on.
4. Physically turn your head lights on as the regular daytime driving lights do not turn on your tail lights. PARKING LIGHTS ARE NOT SUFFICIENT.
5. Stay home until the fog burns away if possible.
6. Do not ride with anyone you do not trust. Even if they offer candy, liquor, or drugs.
7. Tune your radio to soft music if you can stand it. If that makes you nervous (it does me) tune in a classic rock station if you live close enough to civilization to pick up one of those stations.
8. Pay attention to what your husband tells you.
9. Do not talk back to your husband, he has both your interests at heart.
10. Try to get back home in the evenings before the fog sets in.

These are pretty good ideas for the both of you if your macho hubby will heed them. If he won't, at least you can set a good driver example.

It won't hurt you one bit to cry a little about the frustration. You do need to relieve your tension in some way. Crying and listening to music seem to help.

If you have found friends at your new home, call them on the phone. That gets your mind off the foggy stuff too. Warning, please don't text while driving in the fog. Save that for sunny days.

Hope this helps,
it should,
Dr. Jim

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Ray said...

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These suggestions might help:

1. On nights that you can see clearly, you could back into the driveway so that if the following morning happens to be foggy, you can enter the road head first. This way you'll feel you're spending less time in the road as a target. And you could see better to get out of your driveway and onto the road.

2. You could roll your windows down when you enter the road from your driveway--without putting music on yet and listen for oncoming cars.

3. Is it too early in the morning to give a little honk as you're entering the street? maybe to let unseen motorists/bikers/walkers know of your presence?

4. Do you know your neighbors well enough to approach them and ask how they manage to drive in the fog?

5.Can you get a ride to work in exchange for gas?

Would it help to know that the reason London women are famous for their dewy, youthful skin is because of the ever-present London fog?

sonja said...

I just hopped over from Felisol's page and had a good chuckle both at your comments there, and here on your blog! I especially loved the fear of 'having to give up ice cream before bed'...

Thanks for the good laugh!


PS... I have a good friend who sneaks potato chips out of the pantry and goes down the hall to eat them, and thinks if his wife doesn't catch him, it 'doesn't count'!

Putz said...

my advice is better than anybodies advice here on this post or anywhere in the world>>>>put your HEAD UNDER A PILLOW and when you do go out, be chauffeured to and fro>>>i do not move from my house unless i suddenenly get a death wish or the necessity is so intense, there is no other recourse.>>like my grand wanting me to go to his play, then i will risk my wife's life and limb to have her drive me to the little bugger's play>>>then i leave my pillow>>>i get alll my sports via the t.v. so i don't have a lot of reason to step out my door< my age, i am 67 and much much to old to participate in the real and crazy world out there, my world is becoming the internet

rhymeswithplague said...

My suggestion is better than any of the others so far:

Move to Phoenix.

And Putz, if you are 67 now, how is it possible that you will be 69 on your next birthday? (Hint: It isn't, if you are 67 now. Maybe you are 68 now.)