Saturday, January 27, 2007

Things that make me shake my head while I am driving

Every day, I drive to and from work. Driving 50 km to and from work along the 401 and 410, you observe many things that make you shake your head. Here are two of them:

  1. People coming to a dead stop when there are no cars in front of them
  2. People driving in reverse on the highway

Sometimes, I can't believe that people are willing to do these two unsafe things on the highway. How stupid, selfish, and inconsiderate of the safety of both their selves and of others when they do this, just to save a bit of time. In almost all cases I've seen, the above two acts occur when a driver has missed a lane change to get to or avoid a highway exit.

Is your life and time worth so little to you that you'd risk getting killed? I don't know about you, but if I missed an exit, or was in a lane to an exit that I didn't intend to get off at, I'd just keep going and find a safe way to resume driving on my route toward my destination (whether it is getting off the highway and getting back on it, or driving to the next exit and circling around). People who come to a dead stop in order to try to get back into a lane of free flowing traffic deserve to get rear-ended; people who drive in reverse on a highway ought to be hit by no less than four cars. I wish it wouldn't have to come to this for some people to get it through their heads, but sometimes, stupidity is overwhelming.

Use common sense out on the roads. It's better to be a few minutes late than to do something unsafe and cause an accident.

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