So I have a regular, normal life for the most part. Put on my pants the same way you do, I imagine. Go to work after dropping my daughter off at school, work a good job, eat healthy food, make witty banter with co-workers and friends during the course of the day, maybe read, work out and go to sleep. Get up the next day and practice the routine again. I’ve gotten quite good at it.
There are few monkey wrenches thrown in there except, while in my car. I’d like to think I’m an okay driver. I don’t get into accidents, (can’t believe I just wrote that) don’t speed more than a few miles an hour over the limit, use my turn signals and keep a safe distance from the car in front of me.
Recently, I have noticed that many people with whom I share the road are practicing a lot of the same techniques I use to transport myself from point a to point b. I, too have realized that I encounter several handfuls of folks that don’t subscribe to these techniques and have developed their own.
There is a lever placed on the right hand side of the steering column that is used to indicate that a turn is about to be made, for instance. This indicator is actually designed to let other people know that you have contemplated a turn and have adjudicated the situation to the degree that a turn indeed will happen. I seem to remember this from driver’s ed.
However, many of my road partners have chosen to discontinue the mundane use of the lever because it can be cumbersome in making a simple turn or lane change. I also have road partners who have developed other uses for the lever. Apparently the lever stays on if a turn is not made and the lever is not released back to neutral. Who knew? Perhaps they are using it to dupe other road partners or a metronome for their steering wheel drumming. I’m not sure.
Now we have people with every intention of making a turn and not letting anyone else know AND people who have no intentions at all of turning letting others think that they’re going to. Huh?
There is also a standard on automobiles that by moving the lever up, you are indicating a left turn forthcoming. Down, a right turn. I have noticed this to be overlooked, as well.
I guess that’s kinda exciting. Maybe there is excitement to my day, after all.
There is also a passing lane that is located all the way to the left if the direction you are driving has more than one lane. This passing lane is to be used for…..that’s right…..passing. I’m told that in some ancient cultures that that lane is sacred and is to be traveled slowly. This is why this lane is traveled slowly by many from ancient times.
Also, there is the drafter. This person has decided that with the price of gasoline accelerating to exorbitant dollars that drafting off of the car in front of them will save them thousands a year in fuel. They are usually easy to spot because their front bumper does not exist or is not in it’s original condition. There may be a Nascar sticker attached to it somewhere, as well.
Lastly, my new favorite road partner is the mime. This person is able to paint a vivid picture with inaudible words and hand gestures that would make any conductor or face contortionist proud. I’m sorry, “what’s that you’re saying sir? You broke that finger and you are in incredible pain? You should stop shaking it then” is all I can answer back with. Unfortunately, they can’t hear me either.
I, once again, have been wrong. My day really is exciting. And I drive a wagon.