Monday, November 15, 2004
Bad Drivers, Take Two
I have a really bad feeling about the ability of drivers lately. I’ve already posted one rant about this very topic. As if to prove me correct, I was in an accident a couple of nights ago.
I had stopped at a red light at a very busy intersection, but had left enough room for an RV to pull out of a gas station in front of me. The entrance/exit to this station has one of those triangular shaped dividers that basically say no left turns.
Just as I lifted my hand to motion the RV to go, I was jolted as if I had been hit directly in the side. At first, I didn’t even see the vehicle. Then I realized an SUV coming towards me had attempted to make a left turn behind me and clipped my bumper.
We pulled into the gas station to inspect the damage. I feel bad for the lady that was driving. She was visibly shaken and her husband and teenage kids that were with her didn’t seem to know what to say. I was nice about it as we exchanged information. She wasn’t denying fault and I’m sure there will be no problem getting my car fixed as she is insured and obviously has enough money to drive a nice SUV. It only appears to be my bumper cover and a tail light cover that were damaged. I will have the frame inspected, of course.
I’m not as upset as I thought I would have been. After all, the lady made an illegal left turn (although with no signs, that may not be enforceable), and she was so impatient that she didn’t wait long enough for me to pass before turning behind me. I don’t remember any cars coming up behind me either.
I realize we all make mistakes, but what bugs me about this is that I see people do this sort of thing all the time. We’d all be a lot safer if people would learn to obey the laws and not get so impatient. I was very relieved my family was not in the car with me. My one-month-old could have been severely injured with that kind of jolt to her neck.
So, take a deep breath and remember, the extra few seconds you’ll save by driving poorly is not worth the possible consequences.
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