Use Your Turn Signals, People

Use Your Turn Signals, People

Think before you merge.

I’m not one for cursing or giving someone the finger—but there is one thing that makes me want to be: people who don’t use their turn signals.

There’s nothing that outrages me than the person who won’t take the time to flick their turn signal left or right before turning, merging, parking -- you get the idea. I’ll admit that sometimes I do it, like when I’m turning onto a street in my neighborhood and there’s no one around, or when a person’s so far away it doesn’t even matter. But those aren’t really the things that annoy me.

It’s when you’re on the highway and a person chooses to weave in between you and another car without warning you first, forcing you to slam on your brakes. They tend to be driving at warp speed on top of it, too. The thing is, that sort of reckless driving can cause accidents—minor, sometimes even fatal.

According to research done by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2012, not using turn signals—or misusing them—results in 2 million accidents annually. That a two with six zeros following it. The research also shows that drivers fail to use their turn signals or don’t turn them off about 48 percent of the time. That means that every day about half of the drivers you pass on the road, aren’t giving you any inclination as to what they’re doing. They’re about as unpredictable as that squirrel that gets a masochistic thrill out of playing chicken with your tires—rest in peace squirrels.

Suddenly that 2 million seems a little bigger now, doesn’t it? Like you could very nearly be in it?

The terrifying thing is we could.

And why is it that people don’t use their turn signals? Unappreciation for the laws meant to protect us? Mandatory drivers-tests with our license renewals? Cops who watch for turn-signal-offenders on top of speeders and suspicious drivers? A new method for indicating our turns—perhaps one that’s automatic?

While the last one sounds ideal—beautiful, actually—we shouldn’t need laws or punishments to remind us of what we need to do to not be a part of that 2 million. We just need to remember that turn signals were created as a reason to keep us safe—and there’s no other reason for not using them other than laziness or distracted driving.

Pay attention, stay safe, do what you’re supposed to and chances are you won’t make the girl who doesn’t curse or flip people off, flip you off and curse at you.

It’s either that or go back to sticking our arm out the window and doing complicated gestures to signal our turns. Talk about frost bite, sun burns, and John Cena sized arms.

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Sports Are Important For Kids

Not only do they teach valuable life lessons, the social aspects that come along with these activities are so important as well.

Growing up I was always playing some type of sport. Whether competitively or just playing outside shooting some hoops. At one point when I was in high school, I would be playing multiple sports at the same time. Why would I do this? Sports taught me life skills that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else and because of this, I fell in love with them.

Soccer was my favorite sport to play. It was competitive while being a team sport, and it was the thing that brought me my best friends. It also taught me the most life lessons.

I believe sports are so important for kids to engage in. Not only do they teach valuable life lessons, the social aspects that come along with these activities are so important as well.

While participating in a team sport, kids learn how to deal with tough people and how to thrive under pressure. Sometimes teammates aren’t always going to get along. Personalities clash but it is important to learn how to deal with difficult people because that is a skill that you are going to use for the rest of your life. In order to be successful, teammates have to learn to work together.

Another aspect that sports build up is confidence. When doing something you love you will most likely be good at it. Because of this, sports help kids develop a self-worth, something that they are passionate about. This helps build up self-confidence that can be translated into the classroom and everything that kids love to do.

Sports also keep kids busy which can help them stay out of trouble. Especially with teenagers, it is important to have an activity to do outside of school so that kids do not get bored. This helps them get involved with positive activities and healthy relationships that can create a bright future.

Sports have given me amazing friendships that I would have missed out on if I hadn’t been involved. It has also given me life skills and characteristics that I still use today.

Sports teach kids valuable lessons that keep them entertained and help build valuable life confidence and skills. This makes for happy, productive people.

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Shaun White Just Won His Third Gold Medal, And That Seems To Be More Important Than His History With Sexual Abuse

Shaun White brushes off questions of his prior abuse following his third gold medal win.

Shaun White won his third olympic gold medal Wednesday for his run on the men's halfpipe. In a brief press conference following the win, White was reluctant to take any questions that didn’t pertain to his performance.

The subject of sexual assault accusations and civil suit by his former bandmate Lena Zawaideh was brought up by only one reporter in the conference. The civil case in question began in 2016 when Zawaideh came forward with the allegations and evidence of White’s abuse going back almost a decade. They settled in 2017.

The case -- that seemed to have been kept from the public's attention as it was ongoing -- was not a topic that White was willing to even address.

As two female reporters had their hands raised for the entirety of the conference were left unnoticed, White was thorough in answering questions regarding his athletics. When questioned about the case with Zawaideh and the possible effects on his reputation, White seemed unconcerned with the issue.

“Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip,” said White in response to reporter Matt Gutman from ABC News.

Mixed reactions to the conversation spread immediately over social media. Many people were quick to say that this should be left out of the sports world. Scrolling through the comments on a Youtube post of the press conference, there were endless responses of support for White that harshly criticized Gutman.

As we have seen in the past year with NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, people become enraged when the focus is drawn away from sports and onto greater social issues. Especially when the focus is being drawn away by any cause that supposedly harms patriotism.

Some argue that White represents our country in the Olympics, so why should we as Americans not support him?

The better question is, why do we want a sexual abuser representing our country?

By referring to the incident as gossip, White seeks to belittle and undermine Zawaideh’s experiences and voice as a survivor of sexual abuse. White athletic success comes a sense of power, one which we seem time and again being used to exploit others.

With the prominence of the “Me Too” movement rising, it will be hard for White to keep the allegations in the past. Twitter erupted Wednesday after the press conference with responses of disgust and disappointment.

For the future safety of women in our society, we should question our reluctance to check the power of those at the top. Where are our priorities culturally if we believe success in one's field outweighs their abuse of another human being?

White has since publicly apologized for his statement saying, "it was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world."

But in order to show true accountability and remorse, White should step up and acknowledge his own actions and abuse of power.

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