Among the many lessons my father taught me were certain things about driving. First and foremost that driving was a privilege we should never take for granted. That may seem weird in our modern society when having a car is a given once one reaches a certain age, but it wasn’t then.
My father also taught me some of the basics of maintaining a car – changing the oil, checking the tires, changing a flat tire, replacing spark plugs, and checking all the other fluids. I wasn’t allowed to get my license until I had mastered all that.
However, the most important thing my father taught me was courtesy on the road – also not so common in this modern society.
People seem to have forgotten some of the basic rules and courtesies:
- On the freeway and interstate, the left lane is for passing only
- Allow one car length between you and the car ahead of you for every 10MPH of speed (nothing is worse than looking in your rear-view mirror and not even seeing the grill of the car following)
- An orange light means prepare to stop, not speed up
- A red light means stop, not blast through the intersection
- Don’t pass a car and then slow down (UGH)
- Don’t pull out in front of a car that is passing you (again UGH)
Driving used to be something I really enjoyed, but not so much anymore. People seem to drive without any awareness of the rest of the cars on the road and not only is that frustrating, it is also dangerous.
So what about you? What are some of your pet peeves related to driving?