For the past several weeks, I have been written about various driving rules and laws that many people ignore. I am not one that will say I am perfect in my driving habits. I get impatient like everyone else and I will take shortcuts and get angry with other drivers. While living in Nashville, I have found that most people out there basically will do whatever they want to do. Forget the rules. Ignore the fact that Nashville is supposed to be the “friendliest city in the United States” which I wonder if the ones who ranked it had to drive in the traffic.
Having been stuck in traffic, frustrated by those who disregard the right-of-way rules and impatience of others who do whatever they want, I can tell you that the best rule of all that should be followed can be summed up in this:
DO WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO
Simple. The lines and signs are put on the roads for a reason. Instruments are on our vehicles for a purpose in traveling on the public roadways.
- Do what you are supposed to do…..USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL.
- Do what you are supposed to do…..YIELD TO TRAFFIC WHEN YOU HAVE A YIELD SIGN.
- Do what you are supposed to do…..TAKE YOUR TURN AT THE 4-WAY STOP.
- Do what you are supposed to do…..YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS.
- Do what you are supposed to do….PULL OVER AND STOP FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
- Do what you are supposed to do….STOP WHEN YOU HAVE THE RED LIGHT.
- Do what you are supposed to do….SLOW DOWN WHEN IT IS RAINING.
I am sure there are others you can add to this list but these are the most common things I see everyday driving in and around the Music City. I have lived in three cities over the past ten years and each one had their own issues. In Macon, Georgia, drivers were notorious for tailgating, in Tampa, Florida, they were impatient and in Nashville, they do whatever they want to do. I guess it’s that country/renegade/rebel mentality.
I don’t know what’s happening with the “25-year plan” we heard about to improve traffic in Nashville but the fact is that Nashville is growing rapidly and the currently infrastructure for traffic is going to be a growing problem. Instead of golf carts scampering around town or other non-standard forms of transportation, the city really needs a good plan for moving around the city. There are too many cars and not enough space for them all.
In the meantime, drivers need to just simply do what they are supposed to do.