Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Pet Peeve - Storms and Speeding Drivers

Well, we have been having quite the stormy weather and I am a big chicken when it comes to driving if there is a slight possibility of ice. I have a small hill to travel up and down about 1600 feet and they keep it gravelled during the bad weather and that's not what I am really afraid of. It is that "other"driver, who must get in front of the pack, travel too fast and too close. I don't understand it especially in bad weather. Do they not want to make it to their destination without possibly killing themselves or someone else? Usually in the end, I meet up with them at the stop light in town and they have made no headway by driving in such a manner. What they have accomplished is putting their life and those of others in danger, wasted gas, made other drivers extra nervous and showed themselve for the stupid idiots they are.

I watched one of those silly shows on TV this weekend, I think it was called "Speeders" and I just could not believe the excuses people tell police when they get pulled over. The number one excuse is they have to go to the bathroom! One woman said "My car doesn't like going under 40 miles an hour - she had a speeding ticket for every year for the last twenty years - I just hope her insurance company was letting her pay for those tickets through her insurance rates. Even her kid in the car in the front seat was concerned and watching the "speed-mom-meter", I thought that was rather interesting, a child filled with anxiety about his mother driving too fast and she, had no concern at all.

Oh well, maybe I should write off all the agitation to old age, but I just don't remember wanting to get in that kind of hurry, especially with my children in the car and maybe that is why I have never had a speeding ticket in my forty two years of driving. And just maybe, that is why both of my girls are such good drivers.


Chicken said...

People have a false sense of security in their cars. I think that they drive like that on your road because it is in the woods and they aren't worried about getting busted.

Mishka said...

And they want to get from point A to point B and don't see much reason to drive slowly to do it.

I have to admit I speed at times but nothing that would make my passengers uncomfortable or where I would be a danger to others on the road.

I probably do make people uncomfortable here with my familiarity on these small roads but that is just an issue of personal space and getting used to not having as much on the roads here.

Haha said...

M - You do seem very comfortable driving there - I would be so paranoid - I still tell the story how when you and J picked us up from the airport and you sitting in what would normally be the driver's seat, turned around to talk to us in the backseat - whoa! I nearly had a heart attack!
C - I think you are right, that is why people pick there nose and eat their buggers in the car - they really think they are invisible.