Contemplating further on this thesis, I wish to point out some simple
suggestions that can help ease one's conscience when confronted with the
realization that each of us is personally responsible for contributing to
Global Slowing. By implementing these suggested changes in our driving
behavior, we can individually help restore the spin balance of the Earth.
These will work universally, regardless of the right- or left-handedness of
the lane convention.
Suggestion 1: When passing another vehicle that is traveling in the same
direction as you, always pass on the left. Never pass on the right. Passing
on the left will create a clockwise vortex (as viewed from above) that may
help cancel some of those damaging counter-clockwise vortices that spin
between vehicles traveling in opposite directions. And to really make a
difference, be certain to gun! your engine in order to produce a greater
difference in speed relative to the vehicle you are passing. But be careful
though to pass only when there are no cars passing by in the opposite
direction so as not to cause an even more harmful counter-clockwise vortex.
Suggestion 2: If a vehicle attempts to pass you on the right, quickly change
lanes to the right (in front of the other vehicle) and apply your brakes.
This will force the other driver to pass on your left, and it will ensure a
greater speed difference between the two vehicles for a more beneficial
Suggestion 3: Try to encourage other drivers around you to play "leapfrog",
passing each other in clockwise fashion as you go.
Suggestion 4: When you see cars passing you from the opposite direction
on your left, move to the righ! t as far as possible and apply your brakes.
This will help reduce the intensity of the inevitable counter-clockwise
Suggestion 5: Avoid traveling west-to-east. A land-based vehicle that is
traveling eastward robs the earth of precious eastward momentum by
transferring it to the vehicle. Whereas by traveling westward you actually
add to earth's eastward momentum.
But what if you need to make a return trip eastward? Simple: By adding one
extra leg to your journey, you can ensure that at least some of the net gain
to earth's momentum is preserved! Instead of traveling directly eastward,
your return route should be altered to include an extra leg. The first leg
should be nominally in the direction toward the closest pole (e.g., northward
in the northern hemisphere), and the final leg then should be directly toward
your final destination. The further you go toward the pole, the more eastward
momentum you will conserve.
I have attached a diagram to illustrate the technique.
Dr. Lewis B. Rain
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