California’s ‘Woz’ Writes on Car Safety and His Rules of the Road

wozOne of my favorite avocations when not practicing personal injury law is computers–in particular, Apple computers. I’ve been an Apple fan since I bought my first Mac back in 1987. I’ve got all Mac computers at home and the office, an iPhone, an iPad–the works! So I found it particularly interesting when I ran across an article by Steve Wozniak (the co-founder of Apple) about his rules of the road and his general approach to driving. I thought you might enjoy learning about them as well.

What’s the golden rule of driving safety according to the Woz? Don’t offend other drivers. It’s kind of a zen approach to driving. He advocates that slower traffic always remain to the right. Although he hates reckless drivers who weave in and out of traffic, he simply doesn’t want to interfere with motorist who simply want to pass him, even if they are driving faster than the speed limit. Let everyone in (more Zen). He says if we help each other out, we’re all going to get where we want to go. So when you see that person who wants to change lanes into your lane, it’s ok to tap the brakes and let him in.

What are the Woz’s best driving habits? He always uses his blinkers, never tailgates, and get this–He buys and studies the entire DMV handbook. His worst driving habit is relying on his GPS navigation system. Who hasn’t been taken on a wild goose chase while relying on one of the internet mapping sites or GPS?

And Woz’s favorite car is? The Prius, of course. It’s quiet and environmentally friendly. He has owned nine of them, and currently owns four. (P.S. he reads the entire owners manual and highlights portions and makes sticky notes about things he might not have known if he hadn’t read the manual). When not driving, his favorite mode of transportation is the Segway. When riding his Segway, he operates as a pedestrian would, obeying all of the California laws governing pedestrians, including use of crosswalks, obeying lights, etc.

As an Alameda personal injury lawyer, I agree with Woz’s approach to driving. Be defensive and treat other drivers with respect. It’s ok to let people change lanes in front of you. Don’t tailgate. These make for great safe driving trips and a more pleasant world for all of us. One thing he didn’t mention was texting or phoning while driving. I’m sure he would agree, put that iPhone down when behind the wheel. If we all followed these simple rules, think of all of the automobile injury accidents that we could prevent.


Guest Mr. Roadshow: Steve Wozniak on the rules of the road according to Woz, Mercury News, July 24, 2012

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