It’s a brisk 18 degrees (windchill of 4) here in Missouri today. Snow is on the ground and from my view outside, it looks like traffic is moving slowly ~ for a change.
Most of the time (especially in bad weather) people tend to drive even dumber (?) than usual. I would know. I am a professional driver and I do so to make my “living.”
With that being said ~ Here is a story I posted some time aga on social media that I think anyone reading this can appreciate!
I have been keeping it in for a while and it is Time.
We SO need to talk about driving DO’S, DON’Ts, and/or if you should consider just getting the Hell off the damn road all together…
One of the ways I make my living is driving. Therefore, let a Sista help you out.
- You all know that white line at most intersections with stop lights???
PULL ALL THE WAY UP TO THE WHITE LINE WHEN STOPPING.
AGAIN: PULL ALL THE WAY UP TO THE WHITE LINE WHEN STOPPING.
Why you might ask??
Stop lights have a sensor that lets it know there are vehicles waiting to get moving after so long (think motion detector lights – that can help you understand)!!!!
What are we going to start doing when we come to a red light???
LET US SAY IT TOGETHER:
“WE ARE GOING TO PULL UP ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE LINE BEFORE STOPPING!
- Let us say we are all rolling down *Highway 100 towards I-44 at 60 Miles an hour (I would say during rush hour but it is ALWAYS rush hour on 100) ~ mmkay??
Out of NO WHERE and for ONCE they DO have their blinker on, a vehicle needs to make a right turn… ya feel me??
JUST MAKE THE DAMN RIGHT TURN ALREADY!!!
There is no abruptly stopping and turning your blinker on and so painfully slowly making the turn ~ glide on into that turn Like A Boss and get the hell out of the way before you cause an accident!!
It is obviously a frequent turning point that is why there is a damn road there ~ JUST DO IT ALREADY!!!
*Highway 100 is being used only as an example. This basic tip for driving is for ALL roads and highways that have a place to turn into.
- I drive the speed limit.
Now I am not saying I do not drive over or under the limit when thought necessary.
I leave my house for work while most of you are either still in bed or just woke up because the smell of coffee is your alarm.
Believe me when I say I understand tardiness ~ IT IS MY WAY of life. But I am not going to risk crashing into anything (animal or otherwise) because I am going to be late.
And I am SURE AS HELL not going to risk getting a ticket on my clean driving record because then I would no longer have my job and my CDL.
Which also means I am SURE AS HELL not speeding for YOU because you are running late as well.
Well, I will tell you what IS NOT a solution:
(A) riding my ass ~ especially with your high beams on and straight into my mirrors!
If you thought the speed limit was too slow, then hitting me right in the eyes with your headlights is going to blind my ass ~ which means I am going to have to drive even SLOWER because now I am “blinded by the lights!”
(B) Also, I am going to end up break checking YOUR ass for THINKING you can bully me into driving the speed you want me to.
That is a big ol “FUNK YOU” to you!!!
I know there is more but I have exhausted myself from this educational experience.
But I am about to hit the road for work again so more will come to mind as I do!