I thought I’d go on a bit of a rant today about something that’s been bothering me for a while now: complacency behind the wheel. The other day, I was trying to merge onto the 400 just north of Toronto and nearly ran into the back of the car in front of me because they were trying to join the flow of traffic (which was travelling the speed limit of 100 kph or higher) while going 80 kph. This made it impossible for them, me, and the other 5 cars behind me to merge safely without cutting normal people off and looking like assholes. Just because you’re going at a speed your comfortable with like a kindergarten-level driving school student, doesn’t mean you aren’t making everyone around you feel much less comfortable. You’re the one causing traffic jams and accidents, you tool (Relevant Meme). So the next time you believe that slower means safer, remember that the Autobahn is the safest highway in the world because it doesn’t have speed limits and the drivers all know that they’re in control of a potentially very destructive force of engineering. As such they are able to react to problems with authority and clarity of vision which is something I think North American drivers either lost or never had. If someone passes you on the highway when you’re slowing down, remember that they are a safer driver than you because they are more aware of what’s going on around them and didn’t hesitate to make a move. Same thing with accidents causing traffic jams because people stop to look.
I hope at least a handful of people related to this and got a little frustrated just thinking about it 🙂
Have a great day!