(Might as well get my digression out of the way early, Juvat’s second law of computing, "the better the tech support, the worse the software". Ahhh! Feel better already)
Channeling my inner Rhode Islander, anyhoo...
Couldn’t disagree with him on any of his posts, but I’ve got a few of my own rules, that were I ever elected Emperor of the world, would be implemented immediately.
So without further ado, let me introduce Juvat’s Rules of the Road. (Metropolitan areas may be exempted from some of these rules especially during peak traffic. Where I live and where 3 cars at a traffic light constitutes a traffic jam, they are not.)
1. No cruising in the left lane. The left lane is for passing or making a left turn only. The only exception to this is at night when having an additional 15’ that the deer has to cross in order to hit your front bumper can mean all the difference in the world. Other than that, if you’re not within 100’ of passing someone or within a minute or so of making a left turn, the right lane is the place for you.
2. If for some reason, you are in the left lane, look in the rear view mirror. If there are cars there in close proximity to your bumper, you’re not going the speed of traffic. Move over and let them pass. Unless you are in Law Enforcement, it is not your job, right or responsibility to enforce the speed limit.
3. If you are making a right turn, make it into the right lane. Turning right into the left lane does not allow oncoming traffic an out if you misjudge their rate of closure. If they swerve left, that’s where you’re going to be. If they stay in the right lane and you change your mind and stop, they hit you anyway. Personal experience on this one. Lady runs a stop sign onto a major highway making a right turn, I change into the left lane, but she continues to go into that lane. I slam on the brakes and try steering to the right lane (I’m doing about 65). About this time she sees me, slams on her brakes, (she’s not going very fast) and then attempts to back up. Bang! Happened right in front of a USAA body shop. Get the police thing over, the truck is towed to the body shop, I call my wife to come pick me up. Meanwhile the owner of the shop, who had seen the accident, calls me over and points to a car in the garage of the shop. I say, “Yeah?” He says "that’s the Lady’s car. She did the same thing last week."
4. During Daylight on dry roads with good visibility. The speed on your speedometer and the speed on the sign should be basically the same. If they are not, and you look behind you and there are multiple cars, you are at fault. Which brings us to….
5. The Texas Thing. Most two lane roads in Texas have a wide shoulder provided by the taxpayers in the state to allow motorists to do the “Texas Thing”. When encountering the situation in #4, when you can see a reasonable distance, pull over on the shoulder and let the people behind you pass. They should either wave or flash their blinkers a couple of times to say thanks. You’re happy that you get to continue at your speed. (Do you say “Wheeeeee” at the exhilaration of that speed?) They’re happy because they get to continue on their way without further impedance.
|This is actually a divided 4 lane Highway, US82 near Lubbock, A comparable two lane would have a similar shoulder on both sides. Source Wikipedia|
6. The Texas Thing part 2. You’ve come up on someone who is driving the speed limit on a two lane road. You’re driving expeditiously because you are in dire need of a half-caf, double expresso mocha latte with extra room for fermented yak butter, and the nearest barrista is 10 minutes away. As you approach the car in front, you see him move over onto the shoulder. You pass him. Stick your hand up and give him a wave of thanks or reach down and click the flasher button for a couple of blinks. He didn't have to let you pass, he chose to. This is Texas! We’re Friendly!
7. Speaking of arrogant Austinites, I think there’s a special level of Hell for people that drive slower than the speed limit on two lane roads with passing zones few and far between who then upon reaching a passing zone accelerate up to the speed limit and higher. Is your life that impotent that you have to get your jollies that way?
8. Another version of arrogant Austinites either drives slow on the two lane road and accelerates to above the speed limit when it changes to 4 lanes or accelerates on the 4 lane to get in front of a line of traffic then decelerates to below the speed limit in the 2 lane section. There is no indulgence that allows you to speed. Driving 55 in a 70 does not allow you to drive 70 in a 55, nor can driving 70 in a 55 be atoned for by driving 55 in a 70.
9. If you make a right turn onto a highway, and the car you turned in front of has to do anything more than ease off the gas, you didn’t have enough room to pull onto the highway using the acceleration pattern you had planned. The right hand pedal when pushed further, can help with that acceleration. The dinosaur has been dead for millions of years, he won’t mind!
10. Fog Lights…are for fog. If it’s foggy, turn them on. If not, don’t. Capiche?
11. Brights, especially the new lights on late model cars, if you can see an oncoming cars headlights, turn your brights off. The primary purpose of headlights is not to see, but to be seen. If you think that’s not so, why do the driverless cars have them?
12. Finally, the proper sequence for turning a car. Somewhere between 15 and 30 seconds prior to turning, turn on your turn signal. (BMW owners, that is that lever on the left side of the steering column you always wondered what it did, but were afraid to try.)
Let it blink a time or two and then apply the brakes. That gives the poor schmuck behind you a chance to look and see if he should change lanes, ease off the gas or just assess the situation. Stepping on the brakes first, causes a “WTF” reaction behind you which because of reaction time, means the guy 6 cars back has to lock down his brakes to avoid a collision.
Oh and one other. If you have moved to Texas from another state (Active Duty Military is excluded here), change your tags to Texas. I’ve seen multiple vehicles from other states with expired tags dropping their kids off at sports activities and schools. That’s not right, and you know it.
|She's been here long enough to have a kid here in T-ball and to have been a regular at a restaurant that's gone out of business, but not long enough to have Texas Plates to replace her Tennessee Plates that expired in 14.|