courtesies

I don’t know what it is like where you live, but in Seattle people drive like idiots.  Not a day goes buy that you don’t encounter some nimrod making a jack ass out of himself behind the wheel.  Now, I can’t say I am totally immune of the occasional buffoonery, but I generally think that I drive carefully with the appropriate amount of aggressiveness and a general awareness of what is going on around me.  And really, that’s all I ask of others.

I simply don’t understand why people find it so difficult to follow the simple rules and courtesies of the road.  It’s really not that difficult.

  • When you come to a yield sign, that means you have to slow down and look both ways to see if there is a car coming.  If there are no cars and only if there are no cars it is OK to proceed.  If there are cars present then you need to STOP and wait for the appropriate opening.
  • On the same theme, if you are taking a right turn on a red light this acts in a similar way to a yield sign.   Everyone moving has the right of way before you, even the people taking a U-turn at a designated U-turn light (yes that means you, you rude Genesee oil truck driver who nearly ran into me this morning).
  • If you are a slow driver DO NOT cut someone off when pulling out into traffic from a driveway or yield sign.  We all know what kind of driver we are, act appropriately and with thought to those driving around you.  Much like life, a little common sense and courtesy can take you a long way.
  • When merging onto the freeway, you are suppose to enter traffic going the freeway speed limit.  Pay attention and plan your speed ahead to make sure that you can enter traffic without disturbing the flow.  And for God’s sake, do not stop in the middle of the on ramp.  If you plan ahead and use your brain this will very rarely be necessary.  With that said, if you are in the slow lane and someone is trying to merge, get out of the way.  If you slow down or speed up just a little or change lanes if the next one is open this makes merging, which can be a scary undertaking sometimes, a lot easier for everyone.  
  • If you are sitting in traffic, let a car in and if you are in that lane that is still zipping along, get in when the opportunity presents itself.  Don’t be a greedy ass hole.
  • Please use your hands free devices.  Even months after the law was passed here, people are still talking on their phones while driving.  I swear every third car has some oblivious jerk chatting away.  This would also include, I would hope without saying, reading the paper, texting, putting on makeup and other generally non-driving related activities.

I could just go on and on and am kind of glad I started this list, because now when someone does something that drives my blood pressure through the roof while driving I can come here and add it to the list.  I would encourage you to do so as well.  I sure feel better.

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