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Thanks Traffic Jam

By Greg Huggins
Posted Nov 27th 2019 8:29AM

We have made it to Thanksgiving week again. The one or two weeks of the year when most people reflect and give thanks for the things in their lives. Many of us are thankful all year long, but this time of year is when it becomes more prevalent.

While considering what it is you are thankful for this year, don’t forget all the little things that led you to where you are today.

Be thankful for the traffic jams you have sat and waited through. Yes, you read that right, thankful for a traffic jam. At the front of most traffic jams lies mangled vehicles and shattered lives. Be thankful you were in the traffic jam and not the crash. Timing is everything.

Don’t forget to be thankful for the construction zones. It may be a bit annoying to be slowed down or backed up in traffic due to road repairs, but the alternative is deteriorating highways that would rattle the fillings out of your teeth as you are driving across them.

That last DOT roadside inspection is another thing to be grateful for. Whether you passed it or not. If you passed it, congratulations. If you failed it, aren’t you grateful that the issues were found and corrected before you were involved in a crash due to those violations? 

Be thankful for the nail or bolt you found in one of your tires during your pre-trip inspection. Thankful that you found it before getting on the road and getting it fixed before your blown tire at 70 mph sidelined you while you waited for roadside service to not only replace the tire but also the mud flap and hanger or your hood, bumper and steps. Also be thankful that your tire carcass didn’t fly off onto the road and cause another motorist to crash.  

We are usually thankful for the good things but many times good things are disguised as problems. 

Be thankful for everything that has led you to where you are today, if just one of your millions of experiences had been different, you could be in an entirely different place now.

Happy Thanksgiving.

See you down the road,