I’m a crap driver.
But I’m an awesome commuter. I’ve had people spontaneously gush about how I somehow manage to drive as if my car were surrounded by a “bubble of peace.” I’m pretty sure it’s because my Dad, whose job it was to drive multi-thousand-ton ships, constantly emphasized that the technical skills of driving are the least important part of the job. That’s the easy part. In addition, one needs to develop:
- A sense of what other drivers are going to do.
- The ability to consistently perceive “1″ and make decisions that minimize conflicts while driving.
Well, after years of griping, I’m going to bite the bullet and put up my own humble contribution — driving problems for teenagers /new drivers. A lot of the traffic and commuting problems out there are caused by drivers making their commute slower for themselves by failing to observe some simple principles. Especially around Dallas. Texas is known for its courteous and friendly drivers…. except for Dallas, where Chaos Reigns and you routinely see drivers pulling the weirdest crap… that gets people smashed-up and killed.
Well, here goes: DF#1 — The Pitfalls of Parcheesi
You are cruising along the highway in the green car (center). Relatively speaking, you’re going slightly faster than the blue car way over in the slow lane (you passed her about a quarter mile back), and about the same speed as the yellow car.
There is a red car in the fast lane coming up on you, and there isn’t room for it to get over (safely) between your car and the yellow car. What do you do?