A few weeks ago my wife and I were in bumper to bumper Sunday traffic on the Thruway when all of a sudden: WHAM! We were hit in the back by some idiot. I don’t know what he was looking at, but it certainly wasn’t the car in front of him as we were almost at a dead stop. Now there’s over $11,000.00 worth of damage to my 2 month old brand new car, and my wife and I both sustained injuries. Our only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now I’m going to be without my car for a month while it’s being fixed and my wife and I both have seen doctors and will have to see others in the future. All of this got me thinking about all of the stupid things I see drivers do and I have one request for everyone who drives: PLEASE PAY FRIGGING ATTENTION!
You need to remember that every time you get behind the wheel, you are driving a two ton death machine, so show it the proper respect it deserves. First of all, make sure that any car you’re driving is road worthy. Make sure the brakes and lights work. Secondly, drive time is not the time to be on your phone, texting, eating a bowl of cereal or for you ladies, or fellas, (I’m not judging) applying makeup! You might be laughing, but I have personally seen a driver do every one of these things while driving.
When driving make sure your attention is focused on where you’re going, not where you’ve been. Also, when driving on a multi-lane road, please remember that putting your blinker on doesn’t mean that you now have an invisible force field around your car. You still need to check and see that it’s safe to change lanes before you do so.
Finally, if you are a person who likes to travel slowly on the highway, that’s fine, just stay in the right lane. Don’t be a knucklehead when someone wants to pass you and slam on your brakes or slow down. Unless you are a duly authorized law enforcement officer whose post is the highway that you’re driving on, it’s not your job to enforce the speed limit. Leave that to the professionals and it might save you from a potential road rage incident.
In conclusion, if everyone pays attention to the road when they’re driving, and limits outside distractions there will be fewer accidents, and fewer people hurt.
P.S. to motorcyclists and bicyclists, just because you have two wheels instead of four doesn’t mean you don’t have to obey all of the vehicle and traffic laws that cars do. If you want car drivers to watch out for you, then you have to watch out for them.