Life, Safe Driving

Jackass Driving

I know that my Safe Driving Blogs comes over Krass, Blunt and insulting at times. However, over the years I have learned that if you speak to people intelligently and they still act the Fool, you treat them accordingly. Also my goal is to insult you into changing your Driving habits, and so decreasing the Highway Fatality Statistics. Bottom line saving Lives. After fifty years of Driving with two Accidents that weren’t caused by me, I have come to the stark reality that the numbers aren’t going to change. Because very few of us deals with criticism in a positive way, too many of us prefer to have our Egos fluffed, as in blowing smoke. That is why bad Drivers gets behind the Wheel and loose their rationality. Mild Mannered people gets behind the Wheel and Morphs into NASCAR Drivers, and so gave Birth to Road Rage.

Highway Statistics haven’t thought old Dogs any new Tricks. What makes me think that I can. From here on I am focusing my attention on new Drivers, people who don’t want to continue one hundred years of catastrophic Driving conditions. Year after year I have watched the Highway Fatalities steadily rise, even with smart Cars equipped with Sensors antilock braking, self braking and a dozen or more Airbags. None of these safety apparatus is going to bring the numbers down when you Drive like a Jackass. Jackass Driving is a practiced way of Driving, totally ignoring all the safety apparatus on our Roadways, such as speed limits, Stop Signs and running red lights, weaving Rush Hour Traffic, not properly signalling, always Driving like a Pizza delivery Driver or a Taxi Driver.

Driving is supposed to be fun, not a Hair raising event. ( adjective

extremely alarming, astonishing, or frightening.

“hair-raising adventures”

synonyms:terrifying, frightening, petrifying, alarming, chilling, horrifying, shocking, scaring, spine-chilling, blood-curdling, appalling, dreadful, fearsome, nightmarish; )

As the saying goes ” not because you have been doing something the same way forever doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly stupid”. Albert Einstein said it best ” it’s only a fool that does something the same way, each time looking for different results. If you Drive like a Taxi Driver, having near misses after another, you are doing it all wrong. Trust me I know all about Taxi Driving, that was my first job out of High School.

Driving like a Jackass was how I Booked five Hundred Dollars Daily. Total disregard for safety and my fellow Drivers. Eighteen years old taking home a Grand a week, you would think that I would keep the Job for a good while. After one year of Driving like a Jackass I quit the Job. Smart people are the ones with Foresight, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I killed someone, crossing four lanes of Traffic and stopping on a Dime to pick up a Passenger. Not even checking my Rearview to see if I was going to get rearended. That my friend is Jackass Driving. Taking half an Hour to cover a one Hour trip to the Airport is how I made a Grand a week and how you killed other people and yourself. I was only eighteen years old running Manhattan’s Streets like my name was Dale Earnhardt.

That one year of Driving like a Jackass honed my Driving Skills to perfection. When I quit Driving Taxi I embarked on a mission to be the most contentious Driver on our Roadways, putting to use all I learned of how not to Drive like a Taxi Driver for the rest of my Life. Having the best Driving Instructor in the World could have been what motivated me to drive Taxi with one year of Driving experience. Driving Taxi in Manhattan was putting the finishing touches on my Driving Skills.  He told me to always Drive like I was the only one out there that knows what I am doing. Advice like that misconstrued is dangerous advice, it creates overconfidence. Overconfidence is one of the Biggest killers on our Roadways. Fifty years later looking back at all the bad accidents that I have witnessed, I realize that they were all the outcome of people driving like a Taxi Driver.

Whatever the reason for them driving with total disregard for their safety and others, boils down to Jackass Driving. I have seen Decapitation from people driving too fast going around a blind Bend when the Traffic was at a standstill. That’s not my way of leaving this World, so I never overdrive, overdriving is driving faster and beyond what you can see, especially at night and bad weather. I admire Engineers and Scientists, they are always looking to improve things. More with the sayings, ” if it isn’t broken don’t fix it”, trust me, the way you Drive is broken. Thrill seeking and Adventurism doesn’t belong behind the Wheel. Sometimes I think that I am the only one privileged to Data on Highway crashes and Fatalities. After years of living in New York and Pennsylvania where the Traffic in the Tri state area can be intimidating.

One day I packed up all my belongings in a Rented Truck and drove to find the Beaches of western Florida. I landed one Mile off the Gulf of Mexico in a place called Tampa. It didn’t take me long to realize that there were something Deathly wrong with the way the Natives Drove down here. Everyone is a Taxi Driver with an Attitude, which compounds the bad Driving. And so the Ambulance chasers become incredibly wealthy. Ambulance chasers are Attorneys who specializes in Auto Accidents. Within four years of living in the Bay Area there were over one Hundred fatalities involving Pedestrians Bicycles and Motorcycles, all ran over by bad Drivers who thought they were cool, driving like Taxi Drivers. My favorite Television Program is watching the morning News at nine A.M.

There is not one Day that goes by and there isn’t five or six Rush Hour crashes, some with serious injuries or worse, no one wants to get up half an hour early and have a safe pleasant trip to work. Remember it is only a fool who does things the same way, looking for different results. I blame two things for the Chaotic Driving conditions in this Area. The Number one reason is No fault Insurance, there is no penalty for Driving like a Fool everyday looking for different results. Traffic Laws don’t provide for long Prison terms for people who take Lives Driving like a Taxi Driver. I have nothing good to say about Taxi Drivers, been there, done that, so take it from the voice of experience, you are doing it all wrong. If Henry Ford could have  perceived what was ahead as far as Highway Fatalities statistics, the Model T would still be on the Drawing Board. Today we have smart Cars and Dumb Drivers, go figure. Like Spock said, totally illogical. I should have started Blogging about Safe Driving the very first year I started Driving. There was one setback, there were no Internet and Blogging was unheard of. Maybe I would have insulted several Generations into becoming better Drivers. Guess what, it’s never too late to start a 🔥.

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Thoughts and Prayers — Bring it On

 

I’m always trying to get the message across that safe Driving is no joke. Whenever I come across a good Blog on the subject I am compelled to share it.

 

The little red Toyota sedan was so close to my back bumper that all I could see in my mirror was the Toyota emblem and the impatient face of the young women behind the wheel. We were in heavy morning traffic. I was going the speed limit which, given conditions, was plenty fast enough. The […]

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One Mile Marker At A Time

One Mile Marker at a Time

When I am taking an eleven Hundred miles road trip, as soon as I put the Trannie into drive, my only focus is on each individual mile ahead of me. From leaving the Driveway to entering my onramp, I Drive each mile individually and meticulously, as if each mile was an obstacle course. If you Drive with that mentally you eliminate  many Accident risks, one of which is clutter Driving. Clutter Driving is fifty cars driving basically at the same speed, also known as a Cattle Driving. This mentally of not believing that someone has to lead and others have to follow at a safe distance, keeps Highway Fatalities statistics high. When I am on a Road trip from Florida to New York, eleven Hundred miles of open Road, every hundred miles I encounter a Clutter. If you use the Roads the way they were designed there would no Clutter. The right lane is for slow Traffic, the middle lane is for moderate Traffic and the left lane is for passing and people on a mission. By getting in the left lane and using it as if it were your own Personal domain creates Clutter, it forces speeders to weave the Traffic. Clutter Driving is everyday Driving for the majority of Motorists using our Roadways daily. Once travelling I 81 in Pennsylvania I came upon a 100 car pileup, they were all travelling in a clutter formation on six inches of Snow.

 

I prove that point each and every day I get behind the wheel, that no one wants to follow. Or even if they decided to follow they follow too closely. I Drive at Truckers speed religiously, ten miles above the speed limit. The reason for that is to avoid Clutter Drivers, they are always in tight formation no matter what the speed limit is. If it’s 25 MPH or 75 MPH they are in tight formation. This is the way they have been Driving for almost two hundred years. If the Traffic pattern is good, I could find a pocket and never change lanes for hundreds of miles. Whenever I find myself in a bad traffic pattern and I make my way to the Front, there is always someone who have been Driving in the clutter formation for miles, who now decides that he also wants to lead. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 55 MPH zone and that I am on a mission from Hell. For instance someone who have been late all week and today he is going to get fired, he isn’t thinking of the ticket or the Accident, yet there always is someone who picks up the chase.

 

That idiotic mentality of not knowing that someone has to lead and someone have to follow is Lame. That is how the Traffic becomes staggered. People don’t believe that the Traffic has to be staggered, as soon as a hole opens up someone barrels through and close it up. staggering the Traffic is the ultimate way to travel, if someone makes a mistake there is always room to compensate. If I am travelling ten miles above the speed limit and someone wants to take the lead I automatically fall behind them, I also reduce my speed so to create distance between us. By not allowing them to pass, you are now engaged in a race, Racing is beyond Stupid. Two Cars doing twenty MPH travelling side by side is slow Drag Racing, two Cars doing seventy MPH travelling side by side is dangerous Drag Racing. When I started Driving fifty years ago, I never thought that I could cover millions of miles without one accident created or caused by me, my secret, my Instructor was always in the Passenger Seat. My goal was to always impress him, not having him sitting there thinking, what an Idiot. That’s why I Drive each mile as a separate obstacle course, somewhat of a Jedi Pilot in a Meteor Storm.

 

Before I continue I must tell you a story about picking up the Chase. A Man travelling on a deserted strip of Road over the speed limit was spotted by a Trooper. The Trooper gave chase, every Time the Trooper got close the Driver speed up. Just about approaching 90 MPH he finally decided to pull over. The Trooper told the Man that his shift was over and if he could give him a good enough reason for his behavior he would not write the Traffic Ticket. The man answered the Trooper telling him that he thought the Trooper was the same one who had stolen his Wife and was bringing her back to him. Needless to say that the Trooper was satisfied with the excuse. Enough with the Humor taking it one mile at a time is serious business, from the moment you touch the Shifter.

 

The other day one of my Neighbors lost her Life. She was the most loving Neighborly conversationl and energetic three years old, she rode her Tricycle up and down the dead end Block daily yet her Neighbor with kids of his own backed out of his Driveway running her over. Now I am rethinking my mile by mile strategy should be inch by inch as long as those Tires are rolling. Whatever the preoccupation is whenever you turn the Ignition, it should be Lights, Action, Camera, because each time you are behind the Wheel your Performance either take Lives or save Lives. I will forever be thankful to my Driving Instructor who told me to always Drive like I am the only one out there that knows what I am doing. He also told me to always know where I am mile by mile, as in who is in front of me beside me and behind me.

 

I have driven this way for fifty years with zero accident caused by me. For fifty years I have made it my business to become the best I can be each mile at a time. Drawing parallels, you live your Life minute by minute day by day, why shouldn’t you Drive each mile in the same fashion, knowing that whatever can go wrong the minute you move the Shifter can and will go wrong, as in my little Neighbor’s case. Driving in a Galavant manner every time you get behind the wheel like Driving is big fun is a Foolish way to Drive. One of the Biggest scare I ever had was Traveling U.S. 19 in the middle of the Day. U.S. 19 from Pasco through Pinellas is one of the most dangerous Roadways in the World. That strip is posted 55 MPH with Stoplights one mile apart and numerous U Turn Lanes, the average speed is 70. As usual I am doing ten miles over the limit, I looked in my Rearview and the closest vehicles are one mile behind me. By the time I took my eyes off the Mirror and decided to move into the middle lane there was another car sharing the lane. That Driver had to gun that Engine at 80 MPH to have caught me, and was now sitting in my Blind spot. Without my Sensors we both would be dead within that one Mile. That is how People loose their Lives, not Driving one Mile at a time. Once again Common Sense rules.