KIRBY: Even AAA sees danger in Daylight Saving

Most of American life consists of driving somewhere.

 

– John Updike

I know I was complaining bitterly about Daylight Saving and the time change last week, but now we’re into the first week and … I am still complaining bitterly.

And guess what?

AAA agrees with me.

The America Automobile Association is advising motorists to be aware of the additional risks of drowsy driving following the time change this past weekend.

“Georgians will be facing additional risks to their morning and evening commutes thanks to earlier sunrises and sunsets, and the possibility of disruption to sleep cycles,” it stated in a news release. “These combined factors can greatly increase risks for car crashes in the coming weeks.”

Despite the time change, bureaucrats insisting it’s all for the best, AAA says “nearly all motorists view drowsy driving as a serious threat to their safety and completely unacceptable; however, nearly three in 10 motorists admit to driving when they were so tired they could barely keep their eyes open at some point in the past month.”

YOUR MAIL: Some of you are not driving drowsy, but wide awake and sending postcards.

Winston and Cheryl Collins, of North Augusta, were in Quebec, enjoying a cruise vacation.

“The food and weather are great,” they wrote. They also hit other stops in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Art and Louise from Brandon Wilde were also in the Province of Quebec at the Auberge sous les arbres (translation: “Inn beneath the trees) at Gaspe. They finally found some cool (47 degrees) weather and hoped to spot some whales.

Nearby must have been Debbie and Butler, who sent a cool card from Bar Harbor, Maine.

Closer to home, Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, saw a very good Alabama 500 Race in Talladega. They also sent a card from Banner Elk, N.C., where they enjoyed a fall trip and vacation. In Banner Elk, they attended the Wooly Worm Festival. They also visited Elizabethton, Tenn., drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to Virginia, and found the leaves beautiful and the mountainside Christmas tree farms “amazing!”

TODAY’S JOKE: A man tells his doctor he isn’t feeling well.

The doctor gives him a thorough check-up, leaves the room for a moment, then comes back with three large bottles.

“Here,” he says, “every morning when you get up, take three green pills and drink three glasses of water.

“Every day at lunch, take two red pills and drink two glasses of water.

“And every night before you go to bed, take one of these white pills and … drink a glass of water.”

“Wow, Doc,” the patient says, “that’s a lot of pills. What exactly is my problem?”

“Well,” said the doctor, “you’re not drinking enough water.”

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Reach Bill Kirby at bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

 

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