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.