Things I Wish I Could Tell Other Drivers

Businessman getting angry in the carI find myself “directing traffic” when I am driving on the roads in the Music City. Nobody is listening. If they could hear me, here are some of the things they would here me say:

“Calm down. You’re so damn impatient!”

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The number ONE complaint I have with other drivers. They are so impatient.  Nobody wants to stop or be behind anyone. I know that stinks but the fact is that we are all trying to get somewhere.

“Stop pushing me! I can’t make the cars ahead of me go any faster!”

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Tailgaters are another form of impatience. People will ride my rear bumper when it is clear that there are other cars ahead of me. It isn’t like I can do anything about it. I can’t push them out of the way.

“Wait until I am completely past you before you pull out!”

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Yet another example of impatient drivers when you are passing other drivers who want to enter the road but they start their roll before you have passed them.  Slow your roll people!

“I’m on the road too!”

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Drivers often act as if they are the only ones on the road. They don’t want you there or to be hindered by you in any way. They take it personal if you are impeding them.

“Don’t push me off the road. I’m trying to get out of your way!”

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Legally, I can come to a stop when turning but we all know what a bad idea that is. It is very annoying when other drivers refuse to reduce their speed when you are slowing down to turn. I know this is Nashville but I’m not going to do a turn on two wheels maneuver that the General Lee would make on the Dukes of Hazzard.

“You have a yield sign Dude!”

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Most drivers blow right past yield signs. Nobody wants to yield. It’s more like who can get to the spot first.

“OMG does anyone know what to do at a four-way stop (or roundabout)?”

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People lose their minds at a four-way stop or roundabouts. Either everyone stops or no one stops or people go out of turn and totally screw up the timing of it all.

“The light is green!”

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If you are the first car in line at the traffic light PAY ATTENTION.  This is not the time to text, apply makeup or zone out.  You are the leader of the line.  Go when the light goes green.  People behind you are waiting.

“Stop texting and drive!”

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Yes, I know there are laws against doing this but it isn’t enforced so people are still texting on their devices while driving.  I see it all the time.  Everyone on these people think they are smart enough to do both.  YOU ARE NOT THAT GOOD OF A DRIVER!  Put the device down!

“What the ?”

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There are some things that drivers do that you just have no idea what to say.  Last week, my wife and I were waiting in a single line of cars on an off-ramp where the first car was waiting to turn left.  The driver behind me decided she wasn’t going to wait, she went around us on the left shoulder and then cut a right in front of the driver who was waiting to turn left.  Very risky move.

I am often amazed at the risks that people take when they are driving.  It isn’t worth increasing your chances for an accident.  Even if it isn’t a major accident, it is still a huge inconvenience for several months dealing with a damaged car and insurance companies.

Please, just keep calm and drive.  Do what you are supposed to do so that we all can get to where we are going safely.

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Driving 101: Navigating Pedestrians

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Another huge problem with driving in and around Nashville is the constant issues with drivers and pedestrians.  We have a lot of tourists and visitors here every week.  I have yelled at many people as a pedestrian myself when I have seen them walk when they aren’t supposed to.  On at least two occasions I have helped someone from being hit by a car.  Even as cautious and obey-by-the-rules guy that I am, I have also had my own close calls was distracted or aggressive drivers.

Here are the rules for dealing with pedestrians:

  • STOP for pedestrians at crosswalks.  Don’t roll through it or try to beat the pedestrian through the crosswalk.
  • Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Yield to pedestrians when turning.  This is one of the most common problems.  Drivers do not want to wait for pedestrians to move safely through the crosswalk when turning.
  • Be especially alert at night.  Not all pedestrians will wear reflective clothing.

Even if pedestrians are not obeying the rules or the signs that are posted, drivers should still yield.  A pedestrian can’t compete in a game of chicken with an automobile.   Pedestrians are SUPPOSED to give the right of way to moving vehicles but it doesn’t always work that way.  If a pedestrian is already in the crosswalk and crossing then a driver must stop.

The main thing for drivers to have when navigating traffic with pedestrians is PATIENCE.  The city is a tourist attraction and there are going to be people downtown.  We all need to factor that into our drive and make sure that we all get to where we are going safely.