Driver's education fails
Some days in Houston are peaceful, quiet
and beautiful — and then there are the days I have to drive.
The driving conditions in Houston right
now are horrible. There's construction everywhere, potholes all over, bad
roads, ill-timed lights and
traffic jams. But all of these things
pale in comparison to the true danger of the roads: Houston drivers.
Whether the reason for this is that Houston's
driver education programs are generally impotent, that Houstonians never
learn to drive in
inclement weather until they are out during
a storm or that it's just something genetic, I can't say.
It might just be the fact that drivers
think they can take defensive driving for a traffic offense, knowing perfectly
well that loophole in the law is
just a way for the city of Houston to
make a quick buck by charging a service fee on traffic tickets people would
So I thought this week I'd put up a little
reminder for those of you who continue to be jerks on the road, so that
(I hope) a few lives can be
First of all, there are those little blinking
lights called turn signals. These are supposed to be an indication that
someone is turning or
changing lanes. Use them before you turn.
If you don't, you're cutting someone off, and it's likely you will find
them running into you.
In the same vein, turn signals are not
an invitation for you to hit the gas and cut someone off. Get used to it,
and give someone with a turn
signal on a little room to make a lane
As for the people in gigantic trucks with
halogen headlights, or the idiots who insist on having their brights on
while driving in the city: This is
not a good way to drive. You're blinding
the driver ahead of you, which is an excellent way to cause a freeway pileup.
This is especially true for people in trucks,
as the height of those extra-bright headlights is just about even with
a normal car's rear-view
mirror. Give the people ahead a little
extra room if you think you need to illuminate the next 10 miles ahead
If you're ready to follow these small suggestions
and drive at sane speeds, I look forward to seeing you on the road. If
not, I'll see you in the