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November 22, 2005

Obligatory Driving

Filed under: Thoughts — inVINCEble @ 5:31 pm

I believe that drivers are obligated to follow a certain set of rules. It’s not really written down anywhere but should be followed nonetheless. If everyone follow these simple rules, people will be able to get there quicker with less chance of accidents. The idea is to get from point A to point B as fast as possible while other can get there just as fast.

Obligatory Rules:

  • Drive with the traffic. If the speed limit is 60mph and everyone other than you is going 70mph, then GO 70mph. This will keep the people behind you from having to either slow down or try to change lanes just to pass you.
  • Keep a good distance between the car in front. This does not mean to keep a distance of 20 car lengths which is too much or 1 car length which is too small. Somewhere between 2-3 car length should be fine. I know what the scientists tell you that the faster you are going the more distance you are required to break and you will need 18 car lengths to brake while going 60mph, but that means only if the car in front hits a brick wall and stops instantly otherwise the car in front should also be slowing down and trying to brake just like you. Note: Don’t follow car into brick wall.
  • When the light turns green, GO. Stay close to the car in front of you so that the car behind you have a better chance to clear the lights. I don’t mean that you should park in the trunk of the car in front of you but don’t hang back until the lights turn yellow before you go either. (unless you want to piss off the person behind you)
  • When the light turns red, STOP. You should stop so that it does not hold the other cars from going either. Because if you ignore the lights then they will do the same when it’s their turn. It’s a vicious cycle that need to be stopped.
  • Use your blinkers. It’s there for you to tell others that you want to change lanes or turn. The lever is conviently located near your hand that should be on the steering wheel. How hard is it to just flick the lever? Do it for your sake and the other people around you.
  • Stop using your blinkers! Don’t mean to be contradictory but once you are done using your blinkers, please, please, turn it off. We don’t want mixed signals. Not from girls and not from cars.
  • Stop signs. Rules are simple, first person there gets to go first. If it’s a multi-lane stop sign, then take turns. All the front cars in a direction goes first, then the next direction gets to go and so forth. It’s just a sequence.
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