At 32 years old, it may come as a surprise to many that I haven't been driving for very long. I was a late bloomer when it came to obtaining my driver's license, earning it barely five years ago. Growing up, I had major anxieties and fears surrounding getting behind the wheel. Thankfully, I managed to overcome those reservations and enjoy the bliss of freedom that is driving.

My boyfriend, Chance, was one of my biggest cheerleaders when it came to getting my license. He actually taught me how to drive. Seeing as he drives a ginormous fuel truck for a living, he was more than cut out to help me overcome my fears.

I Saw The Sign...

One piece of advice that he gave me while teaching me was the constant reminder to  "Make sure you watch your signs. Pay attention to them so you know what's happening ahead of time." As an anxious driver, it was hard for me to breathe normally while gripping the steering wheel let alone feel comfortable enough to glance at a road sign.  But now that I'm past those days, this advice still echoes in the back of my mind.

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Unsplash/Lubo Minar

In lieu of my driving fears, I am also blessed with being directionally challenged. I have lived in the tristate for over 10 years and still find myself needing to use Google Maps to make sure I don't get lost while going somewhere. It could be a place I have visited numerous times like my dentist's office or Chance's mom's house. I still rely on that magical all-knowing Google lady to keep me from getting myself all turned around.

Ye Olde Days Before Google Maps

Seriously, how did people travel anywhere before navigation apps?

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Unsplash/Henry Perks

That's where road signs save the day. Even with all of our technology advancements and GPS navigation conveniently located on our smartphones, drivers still heavily rely on road signage to make sure we are heading in the right direction. Not only do these signs provide needed guidance, but they also heed important warnings that motorists need to know such as upcoming construction or lane pattern changes.

Sometimes, however, these signs can be damaged by severe weather or by vehicles causing them to be missing in action and leaving motorists without certain pieces of information. That's where you come in!

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Report Damaged Road Signs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking motorists to report any damaged signs that they come across. Drivers can also use this to report potholes or overgrown trees that block signs causing any driving hazards that may impair motorists' ability to travel safely.

If you see a damaged sign, pothole, or any other driving hazard, you can report it by calling 877-FOR-KYTC or by visiting this link to file an eForm.

It is important, not just for directionally-challenged folk like me, but for all motorists on Kentucky roadways to help maintain these signs so that traveling can remain as safe as possible.

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