Driving Me Insane!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.

One Love.

Joshua

7 thoughts on “Driving Me Insane!

  1. I didn’t know the origin of #2, but I follow that rule and all others. #3 is the most difficult one for me because I have poor depth perception. I worry about cutting someone off, hitting someone, or missing my exit when in a road I don’t know we’ll.

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  2. These are all good reminders. I have noticed a problem with motorists not knowing how to merge anymore. It is my new pet peeve while driving. I think we could all use a refresher course on it. I lived outside of Baltimore for a couple of years and had to drive into the inner city to work 4 days a week….definitely drive the speed of traffic. You are really taking your life in your hands if you don’t. So, I totally agree with number 6. Thanks!

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  3. Love the title. I see what you did there.
    #4 and #1 are my combined biggggggggest pet peeve. The texting driver looking down at their phone in the left lane going 60 when everyone else is going 80. They’ve been looking down so long that they don’t recognize the line of ten cars behind them or they are a-holes who just don’t care. I sort of hope cops/phone companies can figure out a way to tell if people are texting and driving so this insanity stops (even though I am totally guilty of texting and driving too). I have never understood brake checking. I just assume the person I’m brake checking would hit me (b/c #1) and then we’re going to get into an altercation on the side of the highway and/or it’d be a hit and run.

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