As a pet sitter, I have to do a lot of driving. Sometimes I can’t believe all of the things I encounter on the road. Whether it be things I have seen or personally experienced, it is always a mystery as to what a day of driving will bring. And sometimes I think other drivers forget that the road is something we all have to share. These are 9 ways to becoming a better driver.
1. Have Brush, Will Travel
Please get all of the snow off your car. That includes the roof. Yes, believe it or not, the roof is a part of the car. Amazing, isn’t it? No one needs flying snow coming at them at any speed.
2. Don’t be a Cutter
If you are going to cut in front of someone, please put your blinker on. Seriously, does it take too much energy to reach? Is your hand broken? Is the blinker sound just too annoying for you? They put it in the car for a reason- use it.
3. Ignoring is a Great Trait
Please do not tailgate. Just because you tailgate someone doesn’t mean that they are going to go any faster. I suggest that if you do have someone on your tail, pretend like that person doesn’t even exist. It’s a great time to practice your ignoring skills.
4. Patience is a Virtue
If you are at a light and the person in front of you doesn’t go within one second, please do not honk them. It could be that they are older and don’t have the fastest reaction time. Or maybe they are lost and trying to figure out their destination. Or maybe they are trying to find a good radio station. (That does take a while sometimes.) You don’t know so save your horn.
5. I Have a Message For You
For that person who has 20 bumper stickers on their car- that is just way too many! People are very curious creatures. They’re going to try to read all of them and become very distracted. Please limit your sticker number to 5 at the most.
6. May I Take Your Order?
If someone is at a drive-thru and you’re in front of them, remember that you’re in the line at a drive-thru. Like, did you forget or something? Doesn’t the menu board give it away? Please pay attention. There are people behind you. Hungry people, too.
7. Keep Your Mouth To Yourself
No, no one really wants to see you spit out your window. Maybe get a little Dixie cup and keep it in your cup holder and label it- The Spit Cup. Just an idea.
8. I’m Just Not That Into You
If you’re parking next to someone in a parking lot, please leave a little space so that person can get into their car. Why do you feel the need to be that intimate so fast? They don’t know you and probably wouldn’t want to know you if you’re parking that close to them.
9. It’s a Zoo Back There
Everyone likes stuffed animals, but stuffed animals in your back window is a whole different issue. If there is a family of Hello Kitty back there, that can be a real distraction, just like the bumper stickers. And if there is an extended family of any kind of stuffed animal, well, that is just totally unnecessary. How can you even see out the window? Maybe pick 1 or 2 to showcase your love. Sometimes less is more.