Over Christmas break, we had to rent a car, as we were driving both out to the suburbs to my family’s Christmas gathering, and down south to Brownsville, Oregon for my wife’s family gathering. Seeing as we are rarely in cars these days, and when we are, it’s rarely for more than 15 minutes at a time, this seemed like an eternity spent in a car. Among other things, my shoulders and back are none the better for it, that’s for sure.
As we also rarely have occasion to drive on the freeway (we avoid them completely whenever possible), or even major arterial streets outside of the city center, we were a bit astonished and upset by the driving behavior we saw – not that there’s a shortage of irresponsibility, impatience and dangerous behavior in the city, but it even escalates more once you get out on the edges.
Speed limits become speed minimums, with the average speed being about 10-15mph over the speed limit. People merge without looking, change lanes without blinkers, quickly, without checking if there is space. People cut across all three lanes of freeway suddenly as if there is no chance anyone else could possibly be there. People ride your ass going 55-60 mph, and if the slightest thing were to go wrong, there would be absolutely no chance of avoiding a pileup. People doggedly ignore crosswalks, they honk at people crossing the street legally, they threaten them by passing closely, and they do reckless things to pass you if you’re not going 10mph over the speed limit.
The video above was obviously made as an exaggeration by Mr. Disney, but as many of you will be able to attest, it is no longer much of an exaggeration, and I can honestly think of specific examples of almost every scenario in that short film, that happen on a regular basis to me.
Anyway, I hope you all had a more relaxing break with less driving involved :) Cheers!