I’m talking about the privilege to drive a car. I drive way more than I want to and a lot of it is on the highway and I cannot believe that stupidity that is going on with some of the other drivers. I keep wondering if I’m the only one who sees this nonsense and where are the cops?
Oh, that’s right. The government took that money away.
So, here’s what my momma taught me.
1. The on-ramp is for getting up to speed.
That’s right, folks. The on-ramp is where you push the pedal that sends gas to the engine so your car will go faster. We should not be a mile down the road before you decide to do the speed limit.
2. You paid for the turn signals. They were not optional equipment on your car. Use them.
Last time I checked, I was not a mind reader. I have now decided that if anyone starts handing out super powers, I’m picking that one. You are required to tell other drivers what you are going to do. The cops will give you a ticket for failure to use a signal. For that matter, they will give you a ticket for using the wrong turn signal.
3. The far right lane is for slower traffic, the middle is for slightly above the speed limit or people who have many miles to travel, and the far left lane is for passing.
When did it become ok for anyone to pass in any lane they want? It freaks me out when I’m minding my own business, doing 3 to 5 miles over the speed limit and you come barreling down the highway on my right side doing 15 to 20 over the speed limit. Are you trying to cause an accident? And while we’re on the subject…
4. Obey all posted speed limits.
No one is going to give you a ticket for doing the speed limit, but they sure as heck will for speeding. Do you know what that does to your insurance rates? Not pretty, people. I’ve seen it. You may think your insurance company won’t find out but they do. Every time your policy renews they pull your MVR report to check your driving record. Ever wonder why it went up $300? That’s why.
Wherever you need to go is not that important. It’s much more important that you get there ALIVE. Slow down. You don’t have to rush everywhere.
And please don’t ride my bumper just because you think I should be going faster. You are not the one who will get the ticket if the cops pull ME over. I’ve never had a speeding ticket and I sure don’t want one, thank you very much.
5. Driving a car is a privilege, not a right.
No one is required to give you a license. Yes, you took the test. Yes, you passed the test. Yes, you paid your fees. FOR THE PRIVILEGE!!! There is no law in the constitution that says every American MUST have a driver’s license. You do not own the road. Most people probably don’t even own the cars on the road.
Well, those are my pet peeves when I’m driving. What are yours?