With a population of approximately 150,000 in Abilene, we have plenty of vehicles on the road here. Cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, you name it - Abilene is a city of hustle and bustle. As with many Abilenians, I drive on Clack and Danville streets every day. If it's not commuting to work and home, it's running to the store and other errands. In a nutshell, I drive them both a lot.

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The first thing I can tell you is that things have changed over the years. The amount of cars and trucks on the road nowadays is much greater than I ever remember from living in Abilene before. I've learned a thing or two driving these streets on the daily. Scroll with me as I share some of these frustrating and dangerous discoveries.

LOOK: THINGS TO KNOW WHEN DRIVING CLACK AND DANVILLE STREETS IN ABILENE

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Turn Signals Don't Mean Anything

Sometimes when driving on Clack and Danville, it's necessary to change lanes for whatever reason. Nothing is more frustrating than needing to turn or merge, and never getting the chance even though your signal is flashing. You know the other driver sees it. It's just plain rude. Not to mention dangerous. I can't tell you how many times I've needed to make a turn but had to circle the block because there was never an opportunity given. It can be maddening.


 

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There's never a shortage of vehicles waiting to turn onto these two streets.
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Although Speed Limits Are Posted, Many Don't Obey Them

The speed limit I saw posted is 45mph. Yet folks zip right on past. Speed can kill and it has. We all have places to be. The important thing is to get there in one piece. I have noticed lately that Abilene Police have been doing a great job controlling speed with radar-equipped units on Danville close to South 14th.


 

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Must You Really Follow So Close?

Someone please explain this to me. Why is it necessary for some folks to drive so close behind? I've seen so many collisions due to this aggressive behavior. This very thing came up in conversation with some friends of mine and we all agreed it happens way too much.

All I'm trying to say is be careful out there. I've seen some bad things come from car accidents. It's certainly not an enjoyable experience for anyone. Take some time to review some safe driving tips. It's important to do everything you can to keep you and your family safe in 2023.

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