Unwritten rules for driving (idea)
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is only for
. When driving on regular
s, the left lane is for turning left. If you know you'll need to make a turn, get in the proper lane as far ahead as possible and stay there. This cuts down on lane changes, making your chances of
to a ripe old age much higher.
is the speed limit. If the pretty little
says "45" this means you should go no more than 47.5 and not less than 42.5. You should not go 55, nor 65, nor 120. You are not
s, no matter what your
nature tells you. Furthermore, you are not exempt from laws of
. People will say, "No! It's the speed relative to what everyone else is going!" This is true. 5 mpH difference from the flow of traffic is dangerous. But, y'know what? That's what the speed limit is for. 45 is a reference point from which you should not deviate more than 2.5 mpH above or below. Plus, traffic engineers partly determine the speed limit according to things like the curves in the road (which you can only take safely at certain speeds) and congestion (which tends to limit the safe speed you can travel at). Also, remember that the traffic light network is set up with people going a certain speed in mind. And not getting stopped at lights is far more significant in making good time than high speed.
, either. If you go too slowly, the aforementioned "jack-ass hot-shot jocks" will try to pass you with great
, very likely causing a severe accident. If you can't go the speed limit for some reason (you're very old and don't trust your reaction times, you're driving a moped, whatever) then don't drive.
Surprising as it may seem, you are neither
nor are you a great
. Doing stupid things to demonstrate your imagined skill is going to get someone killed (possibly you).
When you see an accident,
, or anything else interesting, do not slow down to watch as you go by. If it's really worth watching, it will be on the 11:00
; you can set your
to tape it.
Remember, the purpose of
is to get from point A to point B. This is the one and only purpose of driving. This rules out: talking on the
, reading, eating, having sex, or any other thing you might think of doing. You can do all of these things and more when you get to your destination.
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