Remember taking your driver’s education class? I sure do. It was 30 years ago, and we drove Chevy Citations and my instructor looked like Kenny Rogers. That was the big thing back then.
Anyway, even though times have changes, and I have done a lot of things, I still remember what I learned. Well, the majority of it anyway. Am I a good driver? Not as good as I should be, but better than I used to be. No tickets. No accidents.
I say that only because I still have a lot of years, I hope, of driving left. I also have one more child to go through driver’s education, and I want to my record to stay clean.
Lately, it seems, more and more people are not paying attention to what’s going on, or are really bad drivers. I’m not talking about the cell phone use in cars, I’m talking about driving properly; i.e. yielding to the vehicle to your left if you come up to a stop sign at the same time.
One good example; cars parked along a residential street. You don’t have any parked cars on your side, however there are 3-4 on your left. As you drive, someone is coming from the other direction. They are supposed to yield to you as you are approaching them.
They drive down the middle of the roadway, forcing me to pull over to almost onto the sidewalk because they feel they have the right of way.
Another example is at a traffic light controlled intersection. I was taught, if you are making a right hand turn, and there is someone in the opposite lane turning left onto the same street you are, they must yield to you.
As you complete your turn, they floor it, lay on the horn and make gestures that are not suitable for younger people.
The mentality of “Get out of my way, I need to be somewhere” seems to be growing. I don’t appreciate this, because not only are these drivers rude, but inconsiderate of others. If you’re in such a big hurry, then leave earlier so you can arrive safely.
In the meantime, don’t get all pissy with me if I’m following the rules. I don’t want to have to take time off work to go to court because you think you have the right of way all the time whenever you drive.
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Until next time!
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