Pick a Speed!!

What would the world be like if we all drove the same way?  Would our commutes be happy and stress free or would we make each other more nuts than we already do? 

I was coming home from town on Saturday and I got stuck behind two trucks with boats and three cars on a two lane highway.  The car in the front was just meandering along and when I looked down at my speedometer I was going 45 mph.  And then it was 40, oh wait 55, 60,  and back to 45 mph.  The cars in front of me wouldn’t pass the lead car and there was too much traffic to pass all those fools at once.  Then I notice that when there are not cars coming the lead car speeds up and when traffic comes they slow down!  What the hell?!!!  If you are that afraid of being pulled over for driving 2 miles over the speed limit then don’t drive over the limit at all!  I don’t care if you want to drive 40 mph or 70 mph, but pick one speed and stick to that!  

For those of you who drive in a city and a more rural place, which is easier to drive in?  Are people in the country worse than city drivers?  Are we all about the same?  I’m curious because after Saturday I thought thank God I don’t have to drive to the cities every day for work because I think I’d go nuts!  Then I thought about everyone I know who does drive to/from the cities every day and wonder how they keep their sanity!

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12 Responses to Pick a Speed!!

  1. Jason says:

    I’m not commenting. Over ten years of driving com. veh. I don’t even have words for people like this.

  2. SKL says:

    I learned to drive out in the boonies, then moved to a big city when I went to grad school. Driving in a city does take time to get used to, and it’s really stressful until you are used to it. But it’s like anything else you get used to. I don’t think it’s easier or harder. On the country roads or freeways, it’s not like you don’t have to watch out. There may be a bunch of deer around the next corner just waiting to wreck your car. There may be a loose farm animal or an Amish buggy or kids on bikes or someone hauling farm or lawn equipment. On the rural highways, the speed limit will change from 65 to 25 with little warning even though there’s hardly a building in sight. And they don’t always bother to salt the roads out in the boonies, and if you slide too far you end up in a ditch deeper than your whole car, and all you can do is sit there and hope the blizzard doesn’t bury you alive before help comes. Out in the boonies, there are no streetlights to save you from zero visibility in a blizzard – hence more visits to the ditch. Me and the ditch, we’re old friends! In the city, there are plenty of other stressors. But you can get used to them, just like you get used to those in rural areas.

  3. I also learned to drive in the boonies, and still much prefer it. I’ve lived and driven in cities for years and can’t get used to it! I hate being stopped and slowed every few feet.

    But in all fairness, I think people drive just as badly everywhere you go! Cars seem to be some people’s way of showing the world that they have power and control, and boy are they going to impose it on you every chance they get!

  4. Joy says:

    I lived in Minneapolis for most of my life. I summered on the farm in Manitoba where I learned to drive. I now live the boonies. I can’t stand to go to the “big cities” anymore. I’m not sure if it’s my age or just what I’ve gotten used to living where I do now. I can go bowling at night and never pass another car. I can’t stand the amount of drivers on the freeways and everyone is in such a hurry and there are so many lanes. It would make me crazy. Like SKL said, there are certain dangers like the animals and the no lights, it does get very dark out here but still, I’d much rather live and drive where I am now.

  5. nikki says:

    Well I swear all the horrible drivers come to Buffalo just to piss me off. I say it often but it has nothing to do with speed, they’re just complete morons!! I don’t drive too much outside of Buffalo but when we are in the cities it is very annoying. They’ll speed up until you get behind them and then slow down and when you go to pass they speed back up again. It’s people like that that cause accidents and they all need to take their drivers test over!!!

  6. BOTB says:

    There’s a reason us MA drives are called Massholes. Pretty much we all think we own the road, whether it be in the city or in the boonies. if you come to Boston I recommend taking the T 😛

  7. Amber says:

    NONE of you has ever seen anything until experiencing the drivers in Cairo, Egypt.

    Taxi cab drivers there are responsible for converting more people to God than all of the priests, vicars, pastors, imams, iatollahs, etc put together! There is a special place in heaven for them Im sure. I have never in my life prayed so many times as in one of those taxi cabs.

    Sooooooo be grateful! Im not kidding!!!!

  8. Sue says:

    Hmm, sometimes my husband gets me to reconnect to my faith, too! I’ve been in a taxi twice I think, in New Orleans, and that was something scary too!

  9. SKL says:

    I have to agree that we take road travel in the US for granted. I’ve not been to Cairo, but it sounds like India where I experienced a couple of weeks of road travel. Oh my. I also taught my Indian friend to drive, US-style, after she’d already learned, Indian-style. Oh my, oh my. Did you know that (a) stop signs are just a suggestion, (b) potholes are to be driven AROUND even if this takes you into a lane of oncoming traffic, and (c) you must beep at everyone even if they are doing nothing wrong, and even in the seediest of neighborhoods? They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and therefore I’m convinced my heart will never stop beating.

  10. Jane says:

    I can so understand this. I live almost nowhere so I am pretty much King Of The Road all the time. I drive fast, slow..however I please because most of the time, where I’m going, I see nobody. When I have to either go to Winnipeg or Thief River Falls, it’s horrible for me. Everyone is in such a hurry. I am a good driver and do use cruise control while on the highways but man, some of those “city” people are awful. No thanks, country for me all the way.

  11. Liza says:

    Oh my, try driving in L.A. It’s a nightmare. I don’t have to do it often and if I can, I find another route but it’s awful. Give me the country roads John Denver sang about any day of the week.

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