Be careful even when not behind the wheel

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[Editor's Note: The following is the fourth in a series of safe-driving tips from Bob Sharp, a Sherman resident and member of the Sherman Traffic Safety Work Group.]

Even though we live in a safe area, sometimes bad things happen.

Here are some tips to keep in mind even though they're not always when you're behind the wheel:

When in a shopping center or mall, try to park 100 feet farther away and find a double open space. Pull all the way through to the second space. Then, when you leave, you'll pull forward and be more able to see people or cars looking for a store or space instead of your car.

When you come out of the store to leave, have your key ready, look under your car for feet by the passenger door (the crook ready to enter your passenger's door when you unlock your door).

In a bad neighborhood at a red light, leave enough space between you and the car ahead of you so if a person were to approach your car, you could maneuver your car out and away.

And always remember: No texting and driving.

If you have a question or a suggestion for future Sharp driving tips, please send it along to Bob in care of the Sherman Traffic Safety Work Group at

Bob Sharp was a six-time, Sports Car Club of America national racing champion and IMSA GTU champion with 10 starts and 10 wins; past Nissan and Ferrari-Maserati car dealer; 50 years of selling cars and racing with Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Walter Payton and his son, Scott Sharp. Bob wants to help future, new and experienced drivers have fun but stay safe in a lifetime adventure in the craft of driving.