Fast Drivers - let 'em go by

A lot of times the fast drivers out there are in a hurry to get into their next accident, so the best approach is to simply let them go right on by.

Many people seem to be in a hurry. In some cases it's a reflection of their youthful and eager personalities. In other cases it's just another example of someone's madness that we don't need to be caught up in. Remember that it's their madness, not ours, so just let them go on their own way without our involvement.

There are some folks out there that just have "the need for speed." There is no way to stop it. It's a natural need to go fast. Perhaps they're trying to save time. I believe it's all about viewing shorter arrival times as an accomplishment - a way to demonstrate achievement.

I think getting to my destination as planned, instead of taking a detour to the hospital is achievement enough for me. Just keep in mind that "speed kills" much easier because control, awareness and reaction time diminishes with increased speed.

I have my own name for fast drivers. I call them "cop catchers" because they get out ahead of me, get the attention of the police, and then occupy traffic enforcement officers while the rest of us tool on by.

I can't tell you how many times I've seen the "speed demon" pass me on the road, only to have me pass him (it's usually a him) while he get's issued a speeding ticket about 12 miles from where he passed me.

Speeding tickets aren't part of my plan for frugal living. They cost money and raise insurance rates for years. They are not on my agenda. I drive at or near the speed limit - always.

The best approach with fast drivers is:

  • Keep your eyes peeled for them. That means regularly checking in the rear view and side view mirrors.
  • Allow them to pass you on the left.
  • Be thankful that you have more sense than they do.

Close and crazy relatives to the fast drivers are the "race car drivers." Dealing with the fast ones is challenging enough. Here's hoping you don't have an experience with the race car drivers out there.

By comparison, many of us may seem to be one of the slow drivers on the road, but that's usually not the case. Just think of yourself as a steady driver. Being steady, cautious and careful is the way to be. No wrecks, not injuries, few inconveniences, and no out-of-pocket expenses associated with accidents, injuries or citations.

It all sounds good to me. I hope it does to you too.

Done with Fast Drivers, back to Safe Driving

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