Always Pay Attention to the Other Driver.
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"Always pay attention to the other driver." My parents always said that when I was venturing out on a trip, whether it be big or small. This is awesome advice.
I was taking the boys on our weekly grocery store trip last week and I was waiting in a [for lack of a better term] side exit rampy thing with no lane of my own to go into. So, I was waiting for the stream of cars to dwindle down before heading out. Well, this not-so-smart driver of a large SUV PASSES me….with no lane of his or her own to turn into, either. I continued on my way, obeying the LAW and eventually (without trying) caught up to him. Why, oh why do people think they're invincible when they're driving and do such stupid things to get somewhere a second faster???
I'm reading this awesome book about the humanistic approach to life (will be reviewed in a blog when I get done!) called The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom written by Jen Hancock. In it she states that the safest way to drive is to assume that every other driver doesn't know you exist, assumes you are well aware of them, and can read their mind as to what their next move will be. This is FABULOUS advice to live by, and goes right along with what my parents always taught me. It is important for all drivers to remember this, especially if you have precious little ones in your car who can't make any driving decisions. Their lives are in your hands. But guess what! If you don't have anyone else in your car, it's a sure bet that the next car does. It's a shame that we have to share the road with idiotic, egotistical drivers, but it is what it is. Too bad we don't have an "Egotistical Driver Lane."
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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 5, 2, and brand new! She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.