A Change of Subject, perhaps not welcome

This will serve as a rant about driving.

The left lane is designated for passing. The right lane is for normal drivers who are capable of driving the speed limit. Don’t hang around in the left lane, especially if you are a slow fart. Don’t drive in someone else’s blind spot.

If you make a left turn, to are supposed to turn from the left or turning lane, and head to the left lane on the new street. If you make a right turn, you should head to the right lane on the new street. Don’t go darting out into whatever lane you choose, and wait until you have time and space to enter traffic.

Traffic is supposed to flow in groups. This is supposed to make space for people to enter traffic. Driving all alone on a fairly busy road makes other people scared of you.

Driving too slow makes other people scared of you. And those bozos that speed excessively and weave through lanes, no ticket is too large for you. You other bozos that think your car stereo bass should be loud enough to shake the pavement and most of the cars in the area, I’m sorry your radio is broken and no music will come out of it.

Contrary to popular misconception in Texas, turn signals are legal, and do mean something, and should be used to indicate one’s intent to turn.

I have noticed that the drivers most able to maintain a steady speed drive Hondas and Toyotas. Drivers of American makes tend to be unable to hold their speed, they are also the most likely to drive down the road for miles with their turn signal on. It is not necessary to slow down quite so much before you make a right turn. Get out of the way.

People who sit in the middle of the lot waiting for a good parking place are lazy jerks. I can park and walk before you get much more carbon into the atmosphere.

Shut up and drive. Phone later.

When someone is entering traffic on the ramp, let them in. And get into traffic at the right speed.

I object to restaurant drive-throughs, they are carbon wasters too. Get out and get your food, you need the exercise, and to pee too. But to be in a fast food restaurant line and put off by someone serving the bozos in their cars ticks me off too. By the way, I only need one or two napkins, and why do I need a bag for a lone wrapped burger?

Most people who drive SUVs and pick-ups are in an automobile arms race. Do you need a big car for your ego, or to make up for some other shortage? The first question anyone should ask about a car is about its miles per gallon; then the price, then the bells and whistles. And clean out the back of your truck. Stop with the trash flying out of the bed. Quit tossing the lit cigarette to start a fire. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable; besides being disgusting, you are making long tem litter.

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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