Driving distractions and making your own rules of the road cost

NOT USING COMMON SENSE COSTS   Driving a vehicle takes skill and that’s why in Ontario a licence is not handed to you on a silver platter. If you factor in the cost of purchasing a car, obtaining auto insurance and licence plate stickers, just owning a vehicle can be expensive. Add in the cost of getting your driver’s licence, renewing it every five years, gas to be able to drive your vehicle as well repairs and regular maintenance and the cost of driving quickly goes up. So if owning and driving a car takes up a significant chunk of our budgets, why do some of us choose to make driving even more expensive than it already is? While these expensive choices eat away at our budgets they are often also unsafe.   Distracted driving   With the wide use of smart phones these days, distracted driving is most often referenced as ‘texting and driving’. Even though texting is what we most often hear about, it is not the only thing that classifies as distracted driving. Having two kids in the car can be a distraction I will admit, it’s hard to ignore. Sometimes they get upset because I can’t […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #50: Should rich kids get off easy in the legal system?

BEING RICH MAY MEAN POWER BUT NOT LOVE   I don’t know what it’s like to be rich with money but I do know what it’s like to be rich in love having both my parents teaching me right from wrong. Drinking and driving is a huge problem all over the world and sometimes we have to learn the hard way even if it means we lose our own lives from the silly decisions we make or end up behind bars for taking someone else’s life. I was reading a Yahoo article about a rich kid (well he has rich parents) from Texas who was drinking and driving with blood levels 3 times the legal limit (yes 3 ) who killed 4 people and injured 9 who were on the side of the road helping another motorist. The defense for his case said it was due to ‘Affluenza’ and so the teenager was only given probation. What is affluenza you are asking? Good question…..they say it’s the failure of his parents to set boundaries for him. So in other words they are not that great at parenting. Affluenza, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics […]

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