There are more idiots on the roads these days than good drivers. When you find yourself in a near fender-bender with a wannabe Mad Max, what recourse do you have other than exchanging rude finger gestures and putting as much distance as possible between you and the driver training dropout?
I’ve decided to do my part to help rid the roads of unsafe drivers. From now on, whenever I have a near accident with someone who should clearly not have a driver’s license, I am going to post as much information as I can about the incident on this blog. Like a modern day scarlet letter, I am going to publicly shame bad drivers who cross my path into changing their unsafe ways.
How does this topic relate to alternative energy? There are a couple of excellent articles, “Take it slow and save big on gas” and “Drive 55, save gas — get flipped off”, espousing the energy-saving benefits of driving a little more slowly and with a little more care.
As more people feeling the pinch of $4 gas begin to employ these techniques to improve their cars’ fuel economy, you idiots who think the highways and byways are your own personal autobahn are going to find it much more difficult to break the sound barrier in rush hour traffic.
Date/Time: 5/15/2008 @ 7:45pm
Perpetrator: Texas License Plate Y43 NMB
Location: I-35E Southbound, State School Road Onramp, Corinth, TX
I was in the right lane of this two-lane highway. Emerging from behind a bluff in the road, I saw a continuous string of cars merging onto the freeway about a quarter mile ahead. The only opening to prevent hitting the merging cars was a quick move into the left lane, which was clear. I signaled and began my move left. Just then Texas License Plate Y43 NMB, a tan SUV, came barreling down the left lane at about 90 mph and cut off my access. He then slowed, pinning me into the right lane. I had to drive for about a quarter mile in that imaginary lane between the right and left lanes to prevent hitting the merging cars. The cherry on top was once Y43 NMB finally let me slip in front of him into the left lane, he gave me a nice middle finger salute as if the accident his reckless driving nearly caused was my fault. Hey Y43 NMB, when I got home, I called the Corinth Police to report you, but apparently they are looking for you anyway. Maybe you should turn yourself in.