Today I drove to work behind a woman putting her makeup on as she drove. For three miles I watched as she missed green lights, slammed on her brakes and weaved back and forth from one side of her lane to the other. I just don’t get it. Do you really save that much time and if so, is that time worth putting all of our lives at risk? Not to mention what you could do to yourself. I had a friend whose wife was a nurse. Her job was to evaluate the medical records associated with insurance claims. She told us a story about a woman using an eyelash curler at a red light who got rear ended and tore her eyelid off. Yowchh!
My father taught me to be a defensive driver. You never know what the asshats and morons on the road are going to do, so you try to anticipate it. This has gotten more difficult in the 30 years since I started driving. What with cell phones, IPods, navigation systems, in-car TVs and the like. In the old days you would see the occasional businessman reading the paper while driving. Nowadays everybody is messing with some electronic gizmo or another. (Side note – those Star Trek looking phones everybody is wearing in their ear makes them look silly. I also don’t appreciate how they constantly trick me into thinking they are talking to me.)
Most of us think that we are good drivers, 78% in one survey I read. It’s probably more like 20% good, 30% occasional asshats and 50% complete morons. I, of course, am solidly in the minority of good drivers. I am able to talk on my cell phone while keeping up with traffic. Being six feet tall allows me to easily drive with my knee. My cousin Diane taught me how to do that. It’s almost like having an extra arm. I can eat, talk on my cell and shift gears quite safely. I sense skepticism on your part. I would say “Believe me” but that smacks of self doubt. Let me prove it to you…… 10 question blog quizzes never lie.
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