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The Most Useful Things I Learned in Traffic School

Hi, my name is Marci and I’m a traffic violator. Yes, it’s true. I have received tickets and had to go to traffic school before. The first step is admitting it. Traffic school wasn’t a total time drain though. Here are a few things I learned from the experience.

  • Thankfully, it been many years since I’ve had to attend traffic school. I’m sure it’s changed a lot since I last went. So, second to taking traffic school classes online, I recommend comedy traffic schools. A little humor helps take the pain out of sitting in a room for 8 hours.
  • Traffic school can be a great way to meet a guy (or gal) depending of course on the severity of his or her traffic infraction, but DON’T date your traffic school instructor! Just trust me on this one.
  • You’re most likely to get a speeding ticket when you drive in the fast lane.
  • The fast lane is supposed to be a passing lane. Listen … learn it … live it! It annoys me to no end when someone is driving in that lane at 55 MPH, holding up traffic behind him for no apparent reason. Actually, I didn’t learn this in traffic school. I learned this when I first got my driver’s license! It’s worth mentioning here though.
  • It’s illegal to hang anything from your rear view mirror while you’re driving. That includes handicap placards, crystal balls, graduation tassels, rosary beads, fuzzy dice, air fresheners, stupid naked women silhouettes, etc. It’s dangerous. Just think of the movie “A Christmas Story.” If you’re in an accident – “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
  • When you apply your car registration stickers to your license plate, take a knife or razor and carefully slice the sticker top to bottom and side to side. That way, no one can peel it off and steal it. This has happened to me before! In fact, to digress… I was pulled over by the police three times in one hour heading towards Arizona because of this. AND … One of the times, the cop was actually on the other side of the highway and couldn’t possibly have seen a missing sticker on the back of my car. That was the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time I was pulled over by a cop. No, I did not give any of them my phone number.
  • Don’t keep your insurance and registration information in your car in case the car is stolen. Better to keep it in your wallet.

And the coolest thing I learned —

If you ever find yourself stranded somewhere on an Interstate Highway in this country and you don’t have any idea where you are, this will help. There is a method to the madness of how our highways are numbered. Think about it –

highway map

  • Even numbered interstates travel west to east – starts from 10 and goes to 90
  • Odd numbered interstates travel south to north – starts with 5 and goes to 95
  • There are freeways/highways that are bypasses of the above interstate highways and are numbered with a prefix attached to the highway. For example, the 405 is a bypass of the 5. It starts at the 5 in North Los Angeles and ends at the 5 in Orange County. Pretty cool huh?

Any other cools things to be learned in traffic school?