Guess how many times I say ^$%#^%#@&$&!!!!! Throughout the day? I drive for a living, so that should factor into your equation. Imagine your commute to work and then, multiply that by 7 hours plus.
I drive anywhere from four-hundred to five-hundred and fifty miles a day and the amount of nonsense I see on the road is absurd. So, today, I’m going to give a couple of pointers to help keep both you and I alive while traveling.
- Don’t text. We’ve almost all done it and it is dangerous. You can look back up from the phone to the road in an instance and have another vehicle in front of you or realize you’ve traveled ten miles and don’t remember anything. It can wait.
- Remember Scotts Law: Scott’s Law was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Essentially, if you see a stranded car on the side of the road, do your very BEST to get over a lane. Slow down. Let them go home to their family. Whether it’s a construction worker, cop, Fireman, IDOT, or stranded motorist.
- To piggyback off of number two, if someone is merging, move over a lane to let them in . Don’t make them slam on the breaks or run out of real estate and have to drive on the curb.
- If you’re in the left lane , it is for passing only. Do what you have to do and get back over. Also, If you’re in the left lane going slow and see a car about to go around you, don’t speed up. It’s dangerous. And, you’re just being a jerk.
- I’m from Chicago and do not care. If you are tailgating me for more than a couple of seconds, I hope you have your seatbelt on because you are getting “brake checked.” Kind of goes against everything I’m preaching here, but it’s in my DNA, Sue me.
- The speed limit can be a dangerously slow number. If you are going to go the EXACT number, do it in the far right lane. Otherwise, it’s best to just keep up with traffic. No, I’m not talking about the guy going 90 in a 45. But if the speed limit is 60, and everyone is blowing past, 70 would be sufficient. Hell, the only reason most highways aren’t 70 MPH anyway is to fund the state.
- If there is any kind of inclement weather, turn your lights on. Don’t just rely on the daytime running lights because those only turn on your headlights, not tail lights and you’re not fully illuminated.
IT really isn’t that difficult to be a courteous and cautious driver. Remember, at the end of the day, no matter how bad, we all just want to get home safely.