|Are YOU a Safe Driver?
by Bob (Ram) Muessig
Safety on the road is no accident...and none caused! Consider this scenario:
Youre driving down the freeway and traffic is getting thick. Rush hour. Good Grief, that guy is going slow. Think Ill pass at the first opportunity. OK, give one blink on the turn signal, change lanes quickly and get around him. Dont look in the rear-view mirror, cause that will only scare you and delay passing. If someone coming up fast in the other lane hits you, well its his fault. Made it! Now, step on the gas and get gone in a hurry! Sound familiar? It sure does to me, for Ive seen this very thing happen time and time again...everywhere.
You drive on, knowing that youre a safe driver because you didnt have an accident. But what about the poor schmuck that almost hit you? He swerved or hit the brakes to keep from hitting you, but the driver behind him plowed into the rear of his vehicle. He had the accident, but YOU caused it by not using safe driving techniques. On the freeway, this sort of thing happens all the time, and it can blossom into a multi-vehicle collision with extensive damage and even death.
Check out some of the major traffic tie-ups in Los Angeles, Phoenix, or other heavily populated areas where people are always in a hurry and youll begin to understand what Im talking about.
Hurry up when you see that the traffic signal is changing from green to red, so that you can get through that busy intersection without delay. Never mind that some other driver is figuring on being the first one through it when it turns green for him and is in a big hurry, too. Hes going to jump right out there, realize that youre not stopping, and slam on the brakes, and probably have someone behind him ram into his backside. And what about the poor kid on the bicycle whos going to school? He may end up in the hospital, or the morgue, while his family goes through agonizing hell over his injuries or death, then sues the guy who hit him. It should be you they sue, not necessarily the other guy, for you were the one who initiated the whole thing to begin with. Of course, by now, youre sitting safely in your office having a cup of coffee, thinking about how bad traffic was today.
Go ahead, pass that slow truck going up that hill. Someone coming from the other direction will just have to watch out. Here comes somebody now. OK, cut in front of the truck, barely missing having an accident with that oncoming car that hit the ditch to avoid a head-on collision. That guy was dumb, going so fast down the hill. He couldve hurt someone. Naturally, you didnt look in your rear-view mirror and see him as his car burst into flames, killing everyone inside. Youre a safe driver, remember?
Your driving record proves it...no accidents.
Lets examine your cars wake, however. Well, there was the accident you caused when you changed lanes suddenly, but that was the other guys accident. OK, there was the one you were nearly involved in when you went through that intersection at the last second just as the light changed from yellow to red. Oh yes, that was still someone elses fault; never mind the grieving parents. And how about that entire family you wasted by exercising poor judgement when passing that truck on the hill?
Now...Ill ask you again...are YOU a safe driver?
Back to Top