We’re all drivers

Let’s face it. No one is a perfect driver. You’re kidding yourself if you say otherwise. We have all had our fair share of tickets, fender benders, and accidents. We’re also all guilty of other imperfections such as tailgating and speeding. It’s difficult to perfect this art as it takes years of experience to become such a professional. However, as time goes on, we may find ourselves losing some skills that impact our driving abilities. In other words, we’re either too young or too old to be a good driver.

There are many different types of drivers on today’s roads. Often times, the individual may not be a bad driver in general, but they may just have some bad driving habits. It’s important to understand that these bad habits can be corrected! Here are the thought processes of some people we see on the road:

The yellow light accelerator: “Green means go, yellow means go faster, and red means slam on the breaks.”

The tailgater: “If I get really close to you, then you’ll go faster. I know it. If I can’t see the color of eyes in your rearview mirror, I’m not close enough.”

The left lane abuser: “I have to turn left in about 10 miles so that means I should be in the left lane NOW. Who cares if people are forced to pass me in the slow lane.”

The no-cop-no-stopper: “I’ll pretend I didn’t see that sign. It can’t tell me what to do. It’s night time anyway, so who cares.”

The horrible parallel parker: “I’ve never been able to parallel park…and I practice now on a busy Saturday evening in downtown Dubuque!”

The atrocious parker: “Here’s a spot! *parks ridiculously close to someone, demolishes the side of the vehicle, and takes off their side mirror* PERFECT!”

The blinker challenger: “Use my blinker? What for? Oh, that’s what that does? Nonsense, nobody needs to know where I’m going or when I’m turning.”

The road raged: “If I curse at my steering wheel, then the other car will hear me. I better tailgate and pass them in a hurry so they can see that I’m upset. I’ll continue my tantrum as we both end up at the same red light.”

The tractor hater: “Why is there a tractor on the highway?! I better honk so that he goes faster because I know that he can go over 30 mph. I don’t care if we live in Iowa. This is unacceptable.”

The distracted driver: “I am a great multitasker. I can apply my makeup, eat breakfast, and text my sister all while driving! It’s a skill, really. More people should be like me.”

All jokes aside, it takes time and experience to become a good driver. However, we all need to strive for this achievement. This is important because when you’re driving, you are responsible for your vehicle, yourself and your passengers. Every time you get behind the wheel, you are trusting that other people are following the rules and staying focused. In today’s world, people are still texting and driving, drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving too fast for weather conditions. As the snow fast approaches, we all need to be extra cautious on the road, especially for Iowa’s winters. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 37,000 people die in car wrecks each year in the United States. That comes out to a little more than 100 people a day. If you could intentionally stop bad driving habits to save your own life or those in cars around you, wouldn’t you? Lose the bad habits and drive safe!

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