Are Rules Of The Road Just A Suggestion?
Rules of the road. Do they exist anymore? More and more I'm asking myself that question. I'm more of a person who sees life in black and white. Meaning things are either right or wrong, not just a suggestion.
Last month, when I took a few trips to Altoona, Pennsylvania to visit the Greyhound adoption group I belong to, I did a lot of traveling on interstate roadways. Now, I am not blind to the fact that when you are driving interstate roads, you have to realize you are in the big leagues of road travel.
You are sharing the road with long haul truckers on a schedule to get where they need to be, business people who are trying to get to their destination as quickly as possible, people who have 'petal to the metal' mentality and people who have varying levels of road rage.
I experienced every one of them. In areas there the speed limit was 70 miles per hour, I would drive two or three miles above that, and you'd think I was a 'Sunday driver' with so many vehicles zipping by me. No matter, I still love to get behind the wheel and drive anywhere on any road in the USA.
Now as for local roads, I scratch my head everyday wondering just what some local drivers are thinking. For example, earlier this week, I was heading home on Main Street, Binghamton. At one point, I was behind about five vehicles at a red light. To my left was a turn only lane.
Well, the hot head in his souped up car behind me must have thought the idea of being behind several cars at a stop signal was not acceptable. So, he pulled into the left turn only lane, driving up to the red light. When the light turned greet, he floored the gas petal and pulled in front of the first vehicle in the lane to continue straight. Really? Is your time more important than the rest of us?
And don't get me started with those who think you want to hear what they are playing on their vehicle's sound system, blasting it at full volume with all the windows open. No, I don't want to hear your choice of music, thank you.
Yea, I'm venting with that "get off my lawn' mentality again. But thanks for letting me vent just the same, and happy driving!