You’re the Driver
I usually have a specific topic in mind when I post. Before reading further let me say this: Drive this in any direction you choose. You may have a rant about traffic or other drivers in your brain that you need to put on “paper.” You may want to go the political/government route via analogy, that’s fine. You may have an anecdote that you care to park here. Have fun (I hope).
Here are just a few, repeat a few of the lessons my Dad taught me about driving:
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Obey the rules.
You are sitting on a rocket-like device. Respect the vehicle you are in and the others around you.
Drive defensively always. Assume there is some knucklehead who will do something stupid when he/she is around you. [Dad used sharper language at the time to drive this concept home.]
Respect weather conditions and adjust accordingly.
You have mirrors for a reason. Monitor what is happening around you. For example, if there is someone behind you and you have not glanced in the mirror for a time and the vehicle that was there is no longer there, you have failed to be diligent in your driving.
Don’t let yourself be distracted from the task at hand – driving. If you become distracted, you are likely to wind up in an accident and you just may hurt someone else.
Never tailgate. If someone is tailgating you, hit the break just enough for the brake lights to come on and that should back the idiot [my word] up.
Know your limits. And, as you age, monitor carefully your ability to remain focused and your ability to keep up to the speed limit. If either deteriorates, stop driving.
So those are a few of the lessons Dad taught me.