Driving Lessons

Jennifer - Wasola, Missouri
Entered on February 24, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Driving is an ordinary act that we know well. And, if you’re like the majority of the population, you frequently drive. Also, if you’re like the rest of us, you probably don’t think about this act. However, a person’s true personality is carefully displayed throughout their driving.

I believe that there are many lessons to be learned while driving. And I believe that there is a right way to drive. Sometimes, I think I’m the only person on the planet that holds this belief. “Maniac” drivers and those who suffer from “road rage” may tarnish the reputation of all decent drivers. Though these people are often considered animalistic, they, too, have lessons to learn.

Driving time equals thinking time – many important decisions can be made while relaxing to the hum of the tires, or the quiet sounds of the radio. Not only can you think about yourself, but you can analyze the personality of others. Since driving is an act that people rarely have to think about, their true characteristics are showcased when they are behind the wheel.

The “granny” driver may not be a granny at all. This person may be cautious and careful, and like to think before they act. They may be patient, friendly, and willing to help others. They allow themselves plenty of time for reaction, and never follow closely behind another driver. While these people are often considered “slow-pokes,” they strictly obey the laws, which is not necessarily a good thing. I, personally, consider myself a very cautious driver and am annoyed when other drivers disobey the laws in even the slightest ways.

The next two groups of drivers include the people who casually obey the laws, and the people who rarely disobey them. These people don’t under-exceed or over-exceed the speeding, which makes them the “middle ground” of drivers. They may exceed the speed limit by a few miles per hour, and may follow a bit too closely behind you, but would never put you in grave danger. Throughout their lives, these people closely follow the rules, and when breaking them, they don’t endanger or hurt other people. This type of driver may play with the rules, and bend them a bit, but they know when to stop.

The last category of drivers includes the crazy nuts who try their hardest to make sure that they win and you lose, figuratively, of course. These people are the ones who speed by to pass you, and when they get in front of you, go the same speed that you are. They drive in the turning lane for miles, and don’t know the meaning of a turn-indicator. These drivers rarely think about consequences and often break the rules. They make thoughtless decisions and would rather surpass others – even if means hurting them.

Even if you don’t drive, you know that some people care, and some don’t. The people who do care won’t try to kill you – on the road or off.