The Great Expedition
How is the morning commute going lately? If you are like most people…you probably commute about 50-60 miles a day. We are facing frustrated and often angry commuters and must be prepped with the latest in defensive driving techniques. And be sure to gird yourself with courage and faith, senses tuned and ready to accelerate in the “Great Expedition” – the drive to work.
Power Can Corrupt
We all know it – cars become weapons in the hands of frustrated, often angry motorists – transforming the casual ride into a white-knuckle experience. Frenzied driving maneuvers can reveal life patterns. Maybe taking a stand on a deeply felt issue may only occur in the privacy of their car. At times they are bullies, snatching openings in bumper-to-bumper traffic, causing brakes to scream, lights to flash and following close to intimidate and threaten! You see these menacing drivers everywhere – they are in the van pool lanes, sneaking to the front of the line. They wear bumper stickers proudly: “Yes, I do own the highway”; “This car is insured by Smith and Wesson”; “Go ahead, hit me – I need the money.”
Yes, it’s finally happened! Frustration has erupted into violence on our highways – breaking into the private world of commuting to work! I’m not referring to bumped fenders, squealing brakes, or near-fatal collisions. Now, even violence has risen from the nerves of society. Angry commuters are allowing their emotions to rule over all common sense. What price are you willing to pay this phantom type of vigilante for following too close?
A new caution has entered into the minds and hearts of commuters. Fear has resurrected the “Golden Rule.” The time has come to think about being kinder, polite, and even wary.
We now wear our bumper stickers proudly: “Don’t shoot! I’ll move over!”