I was driving to work and saw the HOV lane entrance. I thought to myself, “If I had someone else in the car, I could get in a faster lane.” I remembered the Sky Mall catalogue I had perused on a recent flight. It featured “Safety-Man,” an inflatable dummy that you sit in the passenger seat. He has a baseball cap, a mustache and sunglasses. I think the idea is to make people, especially women, feel safer on solo trips. He can get you in a faster lane in life, but he is no conversationalist and no protection whatsoever. I would guess that, if you had a flat tire, he would be no help at all.