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Holding Sway

Holding Sway

The Term means to have great power or influence over a particular person, place, or domain.

Similar:

hold power

wield power

exercise power

rule

be most powerful

be in power

be in control

predominate

have the ascendancy

have the greatest influence

have the upper hand

have the edge

have/hold the whip hand

Ever since I started to Blog about safe Driving, an Insatiable question nagged me every Day on my Commute. Why do People Drive the way they do. Why are they so Power Happy, who are they impressing. Speed is the number one Killer, topping Highway Fatalities. Yet one month ago Travelling Florida to South Carolina, People were Blowing my Doors off. Not only were they Clocking One Hundred, they were Traveling insanely, in Packs and cutting each other off. I also saw two Muscle Cars Racing in Heavy Traffic. I always travel ten miles over the Speed Limits to avoid Clustering, so why was I the Slow Poke

When you Drive in a an overzealous manner, Overconfident or Machismo You think you are in Sway. For whatever reason you think that your presence should be acknowledged, is beyond me. That should not be the way we Drive, the only way you are in Sway is if you practice all the safety Measures. Most importantly spacing yourself properly, if you must do a hundred, when approaching other Vehicles slow down. Being in a Bad Wreck has lasting effects on your Life. late one  Autumn Night while travelling the Long Island expressway. The Rain turned to Sleet then to Ice. I was spaced ten car lengths. However an Over zealous Moron crossed four Lanes to park his wonderful Jag in front of me, then took his Foot off the Gas, on an Ice slick pavement. The outcome was Devastating, with the touch of a Feather I guided the Steering Wheel to the left, from the far right Lane. On that surface I could not apply any Brakes, so I veered to the middle Lane. I sideswiped four Cars, ripped up twenty five feet of Guardrail, bursting through the Guardrail and nailed by the first Car traveling in the Speed Lane, Everyone Lived.  thank God the Guardrail didn’t Sheer the Car and me in half. Fifty years later I still have Flashbacks Driving on Slick Pavements.

I was only nineteen Driving Taxi, I am here to tell you it can all be gone in a Nano Second, that was my only Wreck. If I never express to any other Driver, Bad Wrecks are Stomach Ugly, sometimes they leave Orphans. I have seen the Head of the Driver whose car became Embedded under a Tractor Trailer rolling down the Highway. Those of you who read my Safe Driving Blogs, knows that I am using fifty years of Driving with one Wreck as the Basis of Experience. Covering Millions of Miles including Commercial Driving. Driving my own Vehicle I Ran twenty four Hours straight( I highly Dissuade you travel like that) Over the years I Have made it my business to be the very best I can be behind the wheel. My life depends on my good Judgement.

When I decided to start Blogging about safe Driving, the inspiration came upon me while watching my Coworkers park Million Dollar Vehicles. I moved to Florida hoping to make a connection with a Subsidiary, that led me to Parking Rolls Royces, Maseratis and the likes. I Drive my Porsonal Vehicles demandingly with care  ❤ and Respect, and that is the Word “Respect”. My Car is so Technology Equipped I wish I could live in it. Why Would I go out and beat it and put it in Harms way. When it comes to Driving other People’s Vehicles I Drive them with the utmost of care and consciousness. It was Valet Parking that gave me the Idea to start Blogging about safe Driving. I had customers who would let no one else park their Car except me, one tip exceeded sixty Dollars.

Watching my Coworkers taking great Risks with two Hundred and fifty thousand Dollars Vehicles, made me realize how many bad Drivers there were out there. Javier is not going to Sue me for mentioning his Name, even though his Dad is a lawyer, but he influenced me Writing about Bad Drivers. One Day he cruised up Stealthily to the entrance of our Garage, then he blew the Lifters off the Engine  on a Quater Million Dollar Car covering a fifty yards Ramp with a turn awaiting. Zero to sixty under seven seconds. If there were any Mishaps, he would have been flying from the second floor, then bursting in Flames. He wasn’t the only one who mistreated these fine Cars, some backed up so fast their rear Bumpers found the Wall. They were all good Drivers with one problem, over confidence (Holding Sway).

It was then that I realized how Dangerous our Roadways are. If they drove expensive cars like that in a parking Garage how did they drive on an open Road or in rush hour. Then I asked myself what about the Guy in his thirty years old vehicle that have never made it to a service Bay, who is also filled with overconfidence and the need to have Sway!. Then there are those with minimal skills and lack of conference behind the Wheel . If you are a mediocre Driver with minimal skills, you should not be out there running with the big Dogs. You should recognize your limitations and drive as safely as possible. The bad thing is everyone one thinks they are as good as Javier, they are all Lead Footed, the Gas Pedal is always burried with no Evasive Skills.

The most Important Evasive Skills I have Learned over the years are if your Vehicle finds itself on two wheels you need to turn your steering Wheel towards the upended side gently, if your Rear end skids right you turn right gently, if you come around a Bend into a Wall of Parked Vehicles, take your Car off the Road, the Shoulder is an out. My latest Road Trip from Florida to South Carolina was typical of what I just Said, people with minimal skills doing 80, 90 and even 100, running up on a Wall of Traffic. It’s a shame that people do not know their Limitations, or the Vehicle’s Limitations, until they are off the Road kissing a Tree at eighty M.P.H. This is not the Place to be holding sway, if you are  not that competent, you should not be out there mixing it up with the People Holding Sway. That my friend is the Method to the Madness.

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