Time for a few
So there I was driving on I-95 North, headed to upstate New York to
start a week long vacation and visit my family. But traffic was not
running smooth, and I couldn't seem to get by anybody at the pace I
desired. My biggest success passing other cars was in the right lane.
THE RIGHT LANE!
I hate to sound like my elders, but when I was growing up, I was taught
that you always drive in the right hand lane on highways. Those who
wanted to drive faster could pass in the left hand lane. But the center
lane has now become the new slow lane, and the left hand lane just gets
clogged up with slightly faster but still slow traffic. That left the
right hand lane open to do the majority of my passing, although it was
more dangerous because of those who wanted to get on and off the
It was just an observation and I don't want to stereotype, but I found
more cars with Maryland license plates driving slowly in the left hand
lane than any other state. And they would not get over even when the
right hand lanes were empty. Do they not teach the "slow traffic keep
right" method in Maryland?
I listened to a lot of talk radio, and there is a lot of wasted air and
air time. Everyone had an opinion on the NFL Draft, but can anyone
remember what was said now that the draft has happened? And what about
those draft experts? How many picks did they actually get right? And
what does it matter? It seems like everyone just wants to be able to
say "I told you so" when they actually get something right. I switched
to classic rock.
Where does all the toll money go to? And why do we have to pay tolls if
our taxes already go to support public highways? Does it go to pay
those 20 guys standing around watching one guy on the steam roller
taking up three lanes and backing up traffic?
Instead of getting all mad at other drivers, wouldn't it be more
productive to let those who drive faster go on their merry way, and
give them a polite wave instead of the one fingered salute as they
pass? Courteous drivers would make our roadways a much safer and
friendlier place. Drivers would be a lot less road weary when they
finally reached their destination.
Why does the state of New Jersey still not allow drivers to pump their
own gas? I know some people like the service, but I would rather pump
my own gas and also handle my own credit card.
Talking on cell phones is banned in New York, and there is legislation
on the table to have the same law in many more states including North
Carolina. I completely understand the safety concerns; I know I do not
drive as well when I am on the phone. But if you ban talking on cell
phones, shouldn't any other distracting activity in a car also be
banned because it is unsafe? If the government makes a law for one
action, shouldn't other similar actions also be outlawed? Eating in a
car? Loose pets in a car (how can you drive safely with Fluffy on your
lap)? Reading in a car? Putting make up on? Shaving? Getting dressed?
Getting undressed? Playing with the radio? It seems like such a gray
People who slow down and rubber neck to check out an accident
causing more accidents behind them. If you want to look so bad, pull
off the road and take a picture. Otherwise, keep moving, or else
someone who is not interested is going to come barreling up your
backside, and then someone will be rubber necking at you.
Driving long distances puts me in awe of how the pioneers traveled
across the country. A one day trip for us must have taken them weeks.
Going over the mountains must have been a trip. I wonder how long it
took them to get to the beach?
Have safe travels this summer on your family vacations, and remember to
be courteous to others. And slow traffic, please stay in the right hand
lane, please. I will wave appreciatively as I pass.