Anyone that has ridden as a passenger with me while I drive knows that I talk to the other drivers in a nearly unending one-sided conversation.
Nothing tests my self-control and my walk as a “live-it don’t just preach it” Christian woman than driving in traffic.
I’ve been known to comment under my breath, through my breath, with a full breath and at full volume. In it all, I do try to keep from swearing, but ashamedly, I’m not always successful.
So, here are the top 5 things drivers do that test my self-control:
1. Drive under the speed limit during perfect weather conditions.
This is not the south. This is the Chicagoland area; a snail’s pace doesn’t work around here. DO.THE.SPEED.LIMIT. I am not asking anyone to break the law and speed. Just don’t do 10 mph under for no particular reason. Either do the speed limit, or move over and get out of the way.
On those days of inclement weather, just move over and get out of the way. I’ve had driver’s training. I have a four-wheel drive vehicle. I LIKE driving in the snow and mess; it’s FUN!! If you are so afraid to drive in the snow, stay home or move to Arizona.
2. Drivers talking on their cellphones.
PUT.THE.PHONE.DOWN. It’s illegal and you’re not good at it. No, you’re not. You think you are, but you’re not. See number one on this list. 8 out of 10 times (in my very non-scientific personal observation study) a person going 10 mph under the speed limit is doing so because they’re on their phone. Geh.
3. Drivers texting.
If you are looking down at your crotch and smiling while attempting to drive a motor vehicle, then you are most likely texting while you drive. Either that, or you’re playing with yourself. Either one is illegal. Stop it, stop it, stop it!!!!
Two days ago, I observed one woman texting while driving who never looked up from her phone for over a mile, during rush hour, while approaching a construction zone. Seriously? SMH.
Fair warning – if you hit my car, or me while on my bike because you were texting, I will take your phone, smash it and force feed you the pieces. Consider yourself warned. Then, I’ll forgive you.
4. Drivers that don’t know how to merge.
Hint 1 – if you are entering traffic, get your bloomin arse up to the speed limit so that you can safely merge with the moving traffic.
Hint 2 – if you are exiting, slow the heck down and let the ones accelerating move into traffic. Sheesh.
5. Driving while smoking, eating and/or putting on makeup to the point of making all the people behind you miss the left turn arrow.
This is the ultimate test of my self-control. I have to pray over and over for the strength to stay in my car and keep my mouth shut.
Pay attention, people. Your car is not your home vanity, or a restaurant.
You sitting behind a mirror putting on your mascara and lipstick while you make the people behind you miss the left turn arrow is rude. Worse yet, you attempting to drive with NO hands on the wheel is incredibly unsafe and just plain wrong.
If you need to do those things in your car because you are running late, wait until you’re at work and parked safely.
Having been a paramedic/firefighter that worked on people and had to rescue people involved in car wrecks, I know how much of a deadly weapon a motor vehicle is.
Driving is NOT a right; it’s a privelage. Learn the rules of the road, pay attention and stop trying to multi-task while driving. You’re putting yourself and everyone around you at risk.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
What things test your self control? Is there something others do that really “push your buttons?”
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