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Irrational worry

May 31, 2007

She’s a skilled driver – a former ambulance driver with professional training in fact.  She’s going to Ohio on roads she knows well.  She’ll be fine.

Brakes, tires, both marginal -  put the mechanics to work.  Put some RainX on the windshield.  And on the side windows.  All done before she hit the road. She’ll be fine.

Just called to say she arrived safely. 

And she had to stomp on the brakes to avoid an accident in Indiana. Happened a couple cars in front of her.  “Stopped dead on the highway for half an hour” before they opened one lane.  Waved her on through.  She’s just fine.

Have a good time at your high-school reunion, Mrs.  Drive carefully. But you always do. Come home safe.

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  1. May 31, 2007 at 23:08 | #1

    And good journey from me, as well. 

    On both sides of our journey to/from your town last week, we saw many “interesting” driving techniques/behaviours.  I have to say that I am a “glass half empty” guy when it comes to the overall state of driving skill and judgment these days.  Part of that is simply elevated numbers of vehicles on the road, of course, but that is no excuse. 

    Still … we were nearly wiped out in Champaign by a OTR driver who clearly didn’t give a damn about anyone else, including someone (us) already occupying the space he moved into.  And he was not the only badly behaved “professional” driver we observed.  That segment has clearly deteriorated over the last 5-10 years.

  2. zilch
    June 1, 2007 at 02:18 | #2

    Since I only get back to the States once a year on the average, I don’t get a chance to get acclimated to the changes, so it always comes as a shock to drive there.  I agree- there are obviously many more cars on the road (in the Bay Area), the roads are in worse repair (there are some potholes that are older than my kids), and drivers are less predictable.

    I’ve run across some crazy drivers over the years too, and been surprised how quickly I reacted- no accidents so far.  So I’m sure the Mrs. will be fine too, as a good driver with a car in good shape.

  3. June 1, 2007 at 02:18 | #3

    Gee, WeeDram.

    DOF:  ;-)

  4. June 1, 2007 at 06:32 | #4

    Sorry … I thought of that AFTER I posted, and I can’t delete.  Good defensive driving skill, which Mrs. DOF has for sure, will provide the safety cushion.  ;)

  5. June 1, 2007 at 14:40 | #5

    I was thinking, dof… Dodge came up with a great idea: Musical parking spaces (like musical chairs)! Have you seen the commercial? Since Mrs. DOF is professionally trained, we should definitely play!

  6. June 2, 2007 at 18:15 | #6

    Darn, I couldn’t find the commercial on YouTube, but could you describe it for us?  :)

  7. June 3, 2007 at 19:16 | #7

    You see a speaker hooked up to a light pole; it is playing the traditional carousel or musical chairs music. Then you see cars, bumper to bumper, driving in a circle. The music stops, and all the cars race to a parking spot – one of the last two just barely beating the other into a spot. The winners (driver and passengers) are laughing and cheering, while the losers aren’t so happy. You see them drive away.

    I want to play.

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