Though I’ve resided in Utah for some time now, I’m originally from Colorado, and have not been fully assimilated into all aspects of the local culture.
One such cultural area is driving. While I feel obligated to follow official publications such as the Utah Drivers Handbook 2011, as well as instruction I’ve received at more than one traffic school I’ve attended in Utah, I continue to find gross disparities between such sources and driving behavior that I routinely observe on Utah’s roads. I’m afraid that my attempts to adhere to such standards may confuse other drivers – - and that’s not good.
I’ve concluded that state government agencies, such as the Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (the author of the handbook mentioned above), are simply not keeping up with the times and, as a result, Utah drivers have taken it upon themselves to develop and implement certain “best practices.”
From time to time, as I have the opportunity to witness such best practices, I’ll document them here in the form of proposed revisions to the Utah Drivers Handbook. Hopefully the Department of Safety will keep an eye on this evolving blogpost and conform new editions of the handbook to the information I provide here. I’ll then be able to follow the standards of official publications without confusing my fellow drivers.
Here’s the first proposed revision.
10:30 am, Saturday, May 26, 2012 – - Ambulance with lights flashing southbound one to two blocks north of the intersection of State Street and 1850 North, Provo.