When I first started this blog, I created a list of categories that I thought I'd be writing about. One of the categories that has remained dormant was my rant category. As this blog is a platform for my ideas, I thought it would be fine for me to rant on a bit, plus I have had a long list of things that bug me. At the same time, I have been hesitant as I want to ensure I'm professional and focused on the blog topics.
After driving to and from Vermont this weekend, I need to rant - - although I will try to keep it linked to the purpose of this blog.
So - what is wrong with all you people who have to drive so fast and an so unsafely on the highway? If there is are continuous lanes of traffic, what is the point of trying to jump a few cars ahead? RELAX! Construction abounds and we have narrow lanes, with solid painted lines that shift left and right. STAY IN YOUR LANE!
Take a breath. And get off my tail. (And I didn't even write this rant two weekend ago when we were read-ended as a police car entered from the shoulder and everyone slowed down - - except that the car behind us didn't slow down fast enough).
Although no new news, it has been interesting to see some of our mind-sets reinforced in a long, slightly boring, but interesting book called Traffic: Why we Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). I enjoyed reading about how human nature really affects all we done - - and the facts that prove out what our emotions drive us to do.
May I add that I've become a bit of a hypermiler when driving around town. I feel good about it. I clearly get better mileage. I drive slower,enjoy my audiobooks and I'm very calm. Except when some driver decides that going speed limit around town isn't acceptable to him/her and must make the point by riding my tail, passing around double yellow lines and basically getting to the next intersection not much earlier than I do.
Our lives are too intense with too much going one to allow driving to put more pressure on you and others. You don't have to let it - but you have to consciously think about what the heck you are doing - - especially to others. I posted an earlier blog entry entitled Traffic Control that was about finding calm during a busy day. A bit odd that it had nothing to do with driving.