I don’t know if it’s because there are too many Asians, women, old people or cell-phone drivers on the road (assuming driving stereotypes are true, aren’t they all?) but I find that driving is nothing more than being stuck behind people going too slow, trying to pass them on the right in order to get ahead in the flow of too-slow cars, over and over again. If I had my way I’d love to get into these people’s heads and find out what in the world are they thinking!
#1 The left lane is for passing/going faster than everyone else. It is not your job to enforce the speed limit.
#2 Going slow is not always safer. Going too slow is dangerous. If you go too slow others will be forced to brake behind you and it is possible that they will hit you.
#3 When you see a curve coming up you don’t have to slam on your brakes. Puh-leeeease.
#4 When there is a speed limit sign, you don’t have to slam on your brakes either. Especially if the sign is actually INCREASING the speed limit.
#5 When it is foggy, putting on your flashers just lights up the fog for the people behind you and adds to the glare, making it HARDER for them to see. Also, it’s annoying. And if you are going slow enough that someone is behind you at all, PULL OVER!!!! It will be easier for you to follow someone anyway.
That brings me to #6, PULL OVER! it’s the law, people. That’s what turnouts are for. If you are on a two lane highway, going slower than everyone else and you have cars behind you (especially if there are more than 15!!!) then pull the heck over. There are signs that say so. And if there is a passing lane, don’t go to the left and don’t speed up. Let people pass you. Again, you are not there to enforce the speed limit.
#7 On that note, 20 miles an hour UNDER the speed limit is not OK. If you are driving in the mountains and you are scared/looking at the surrounding scenery/not used to the curves/feeling like you’re going to throw up, PULL OVER for the people behind you. They have somewhere to go and there are no side streets or multiple lanes to get around you.
By the way, as I am typing this my right ring finger is numb. Why? I don’t know but it makes it harder to type.
#8 Please don’t go WAY too fast and weave in and out of traffic. You know who you are. You are the ones writing blogs about all the slow drivers out there. Sheesh.
I GUESS there’s the slight possibility that I might just be a sub-par driver myself. I mean, I have been known to put on my makeup while talking on my cell phone, driving on a curvy mountain road while it was snowing. I’m actually not kidding. heh heh. But the reason I can do this is because I am such a superior driver! Safe driving is always my priority which is evidenced by the fact that I have mascara stains on my flip-down mirror and foundation on my steering wheel. I will always sacrifice my makeup for safe driving. Also, I have never gotten a ticket and have only gotten into accidents with parked cars (how embarrassing…but that was a long time ago!). So I have a GREAT driving record. Even if I AM a woman.