Blue Flower

Recently, I got into a serious argument with my friend.

He loves smoking and driving at the same time. He mostly does this late nights.

So last night, he was driving and smoking.

I, in the other car and driving too, shouted at him:

“Don’t smoke and drive dude.”

He was like “what the f***? Smoking and driving don’t lead to accidents.”

I said “who told you that?”

“You must be silly.”

Okay, so he asked “backed up your points with facts.”

So I turned to the search engine.

Here’s a snippet of what I found:

“…according to a recent Gallup poll.

About 70 percent of people polled said that people who drive while impaired by marijuana are "not much of a problem" or only a "somewhat serious problem," whereas just 29 percent said it was a very serious problem.

By contrast, 79 percent of Americans think drivers who are impaired by alcohol are a very serious problem.

Those in the 79 percent group are right about the dangers of alcohol: In 2013, nearly a third of all fatal accidents were caused by alcohol impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But is it really safe to drive while high on marijuana?

Though marijuana does impair driving abilities, there aren't data that show that it may increase traffic accidents, said Benjamin Hansen, an economist at the University of Oregon in Eugene and at the National Bureau of Economic Research, who has studied marijuana legalization in relation to driving accidents.”

“Case closed” he said.

People are more concerned about drinking and driving than smoking and driving on the roads.

To me, I believe both are the same and should be emphasized.

Alcoholic drinks impair the brain.

Smoking impairs the brain too.

What’s the difference?

No difference.

A review of 60 studies presented in 1995 at the International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety found that marijuana impairs all the cognitive abilities needed for safe driving, including tracking, motor coordination, visual function and divided attention.

So why argue?

If drinking can get you killed, so is smoking.

To my surprise, my friend told me that the driving schools where he learned driving only told him not to drink.

But my own instructors emphasized both.

They told me to stay away from drinking and smoking before and when driving.

I applaud my instructors at Access2Drive.

This school is the best driving school in Brooklyn. They guide their students and tell them everything they need to know to drive safely in town. And these often-ignored points are important.

They save lives on the road.

I also think Access2Drive have the best driving school in Baldwin.

They teach the best driving lessons.

And that’s why I always recommend them to teens and their parents to choose them.

Vacation is almost over.

So, I decided to drive around and see some really nice properties in New York.

I’ve been busy during the first few days of September, teaching some teens how to drive around the neighborhoods here in Queens. It was an exciting experience.

The teens called me a calm, and highly experienced driving instructor, but I was just doing this for the first time.

We drove around Jamaica, Queens, Baldwin and Brooklyn, New York.

The journey was an eye-opening experience for me.

Now, let’s talk about nice-looking properties I saw yesterday.

First, I visited the Heritage at Trump Place on the Upper West Side. The experience was really cool.

This triplex glass-and-marble penthouse holds an astonishing 20 rooms across 10,500 square feet.

On the main floor, you’ll find a 60-foot living room with views of the Hudson River waterfront, two terraces, a lounge and a dining room large enough to seat 16 people.

The top floor of the triplex encompasses the master bedroom alongside dual powder rooms. But, it’s the bottom level that’s the most indulgent, with a full bar, hot tub, fitness room, massage room, billiards room and a vented cigar room.

Well, the price tag for the property is $48.5 million and it’s red-hot right now.

I also checked the amazing building at 33 West 56th Street, PH1. It was a real cool place.

This high-ceilinged penthouse forms part of the Centurion Condominium in Midtown, which is designed by I.M. Pei, who won the Pritzker Architecture Price in 1983.

The legendary architect has designed everything from the National Gallery of Art’s East Building in Washington, DC to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston to the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. T

he 9,000-square-foot glass-and-marble penthouse has 12-foot ceilings, massive windows, 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and four terraces.

The piece de resistance, though, is the glass spiral staircase in the center of the home — from the top, you can gaze down at the striking living room.

The price tag is $39 million.

Both are really nice places you’ll want to be live.

It feels great learning about the expensive houses in the city.

 

Thanks for reading.