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hello you're an idiot--where the (expletive) did you learn how to drive?

ok, picture this: you're driving along, listening to some good music, goin' with the flow, cruisin' with the traffic, and everything is just copacetic. wham! a car pulls into your lane with no warning, and suddenly you realize that all the hype about road rage has some basis in fact.

when i learned to drive, oh so many years ago, the written exam to get a drivers' license was actually geared toward safety. if you failed to use your turn signal on the driving test, you failed the test. so why is it that we have so many people out there who seem to have no idea that the little lever (usually on the left side of the steering column in most countries) holds within its plastic form the ability to avert any number of close-calls and accidents?

would that the technology we put into our cars could read our minds at least 100 feet before we make a turn--the signals would come on automatically, we'd make the turn, and we wouldn't have to rely on human stupidity to flick the lever.

which brings me to yet another facet of this intriguing issue: you're driving a sedan--how wide do you have to swing to make a turn? gee, that semi just swung into the left lane to make a right-hand turn, so that means i should, too, right? i can see this if you're driving such a vehicle, maybe if you're towing a trailer, but if you're driving your beloved towncar, why do you swing a full foot into my lane before you finally make the corner? did you miss the curb? or did it jump out and ding your precious paint job?

ok, i admit, in the past i have clipped a few curbs when i took a corner a little bit too sharply. it didn't hurt the vehicle, it didn't hurt any pedestrians, it didn't hurt the curb, so what's the big deal? every driver should be aware at all times of how their vehicle sits on the road whether they're driving a sport coupe or a triple-trailer semi. try it some time--drive on a back road with no curb and get a feel for how far to the right you can drive before your wheel hits the edge of the pavement. there's a lot of room there! my dad taught me that, with most vehicles, when you look at the white line at the edge of the road, it should almost line up with the centre of your car's hood. when it's lined up, you've got a suitable distance between the side of your vehicle and the white line. just let me ask you one thing: how would you fare on a back-country road where the road is barely wide enough for your vehicle?

in my opinion, for what it's worth, this is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. if everybody on the road actually knew how to drive safely, defensively, and according to the laws of physics and man, do you think we could cut back on the number of senseless accidents and close-calls we have daily?

the next level would be to instill a level of responsibility in all drivers who are wont to toss a few back at the local pub before making their way home--but that's a tale for another day. this has been my opinion, and if you're offended, that's your problem.


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