Tuesday, June 08, 2010

1001 Ways To Tune Up The World, Number 66.

66. Change the side of the road people drive on about every 10 years.

It seems counterintuitive, but in every single country that has switched the side of the road on which people drive-- going right-to-left or left-to-right -- each time, there has been a corresponding reduction in traffic accidents, sometimes for as much as two years, before the accident rate hits normal again.

The reduction may be because people are unfamiliar with the new rules of the road and have to think while driving -- so they're more attentive and drive more safely, instead of using their cars as portable restaurants/radio stations/phone booths/makeup counters. Once they get used to the new system, they relax, go back to doing their hair and shaving while driving, and get into accidents again.

So switching every 10 years or so will reduce accidents, and after the first switch-and-switch back, there'll be no need to put up new signs or bus stops, reducing the costs.

Prior entries:

13. Ban driving any kind of automobile, motorcycle or other personal vehicle within 1-2 miles of downtown in any city with a population of more than 100,000.

12. Abolish gym class; instead, teach kids to play musical instruments.

11. Change copyright laws to allow anyone to use anyone else's creative work provided that the copier pay 60% of the profit to the originator and that the copier not cast the original work in a negative light.

10. Have more sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating.

9. When you have to give someone a gift, ask them what they want, and then get that thing for them.

8. Never interrupt or finish someone's jokes.

7. Periodically, give up something you like for at least a month.

6. Switch to "E-money."

5. Have each person assigned one phone number, and then add an extension for the various phones and faxes that person might be reached at.

4. Abolish Mondays and Tuesdays.

3. Don't listen to interviews with athletes or comedians.

2. Have "personal cashiers" at the grocery store.

1. Don't earn more than $200,000 per year.

Is this working? You bet --

1001 Ways also helped change the world here!


1001 Ways also helped change the world here!


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