OK, you might ask why a post about driving should be on a site supposed to be about living off the grid…..well, I guess it is because I have to tell SOMEBODY besides my wife. 🙂 And, heck, if some of these drivers out there have their way, I won’t be living anywhere….off the grid or on.
OK, I must rant now, a bit. Let’s talk about the drivers I cannot stand, and if this applies to your driving, please take note. (although I doubt the seriously bad drivers have any self-awareness or they would improve)
1. Tailgaters: Somehow, I know the guy in the picture above has to be a tailgater and I bet they all dress funny, because they have NOT a lick of sense. Here I am driving down the left lane (4-lane highway) and the traffic is brutal, OK? So, I have nowhere to go…I can’t get over in the right lane because traffic is FULL. Yet, here is Dumbass Dilbert two feet from my rear bumper. I would seriously like to hit a switch and blow all four of his tires! So, I finally get to a place where I can squeeze into the right lane so Dilbert can advance triumphantly to the next victim…and, so yes, he is now two feet from the next car in his way. He will kill someone someday….I hope it is just him and no one else. Then, there is Cretin Clarice behind me as I am in the right lane going the speed limit….or less, on rare occasions, but there are two more lanes on my left where Clarice could go to pass me, but no….she likes the serenity of being dangerously close to my rear bumper. So, I slow down in hopes she will finally pass me. Nope. So, I slow wayyyyy down, because I am really very close to slamming on my brakes to teach her a life lesson. Finally, she quits texting long enough to realize we are going 15 mph. OK, I am exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea. At times, I have had to pull totally over on the right shoulder to get rid of this brainless idiot. I am guessing these folks have heard of the “2 second rule” to gauge safe distance, but cannot count that high. Personally, I prefer 20 seconds, at least, but in heavy traffic try to maintain 3 seconds.
2. Multitaskers. OK, I will confess that I have looked at my phone while driving, for a second. And, I apologize. My wife has called my attention to this. But, you have seen them. They are killing themselves and others all around the country, right now. Texting and whatever else. Dangerous. I aspire to never multi-task while driving again.
3. Lane hoggers. These are the people who often create dangerous situations on the highway because they INSIST on driving in the passing lane (that is on the left in the USA) even when there is room to get over. They drive their particular speed in that left lane, and will not get over. Arrogant and dangerous, because SOMEONE will finally get enough and go around them on the right, and then it gets bad. MOVE IT OVER!!! You are NOT the police and your attempts to make everyone drive YOUR speed is only going to potentially get you or someone else killed! There is not excuse for tailgating, but these people have driven me to it.
4. No caption necessary. They should not have keys to a car.
5. OK, I am nearly 68. I know I can pass a driving test. I know my reflexes are still good. I can still see without glasses. (except for reading now dag nab it) So, we can’t ban people from driving just because they are a certain age. There are people out there over 70 who still drive very well. And, we know there are people very young who cannot drive well enough to be out there. So, what is the solution? I have advocated for a long time that driving tests should include a simulator to test sight, hearing, and reflexes. And, if you don’t pass you don’t legally drive! I don’t care if it costs more, it would be worth it. This way those who are older are tested and a family member doesn’t have the sad experience of finally telling an older loved one they cannot drive any longer. A customer once asked me when I was in the auto business if we had dashboard magnification because he could not see his speedometer. I nearly fainted. I asked him if he could see cars, etc. He indicated that he could see “shapes.” I surreptitiously reported him and was told nothing could be done, unless he was caught driving erratically or in an accident. Whaaaaaaa?
6. Smoking and driving. Yes, I am a smoke Nazi. I used to smoke and absolutely abhor the stench, now. It should be illegal, just like texting and driving or drinking and driving. Dangerous.
Oh, I could go on and on, but it is time to quit. I would love to hear your comments on this one.