Asks drivers: 'Is impatience really worth it?'
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Impatience. ... Is it really worth it?
I recently read an article about a driver who was tailgated, right on his bumper, for 10 miles. The tailgater was obviously impatient and road raging, and eventually so was the driver being tailgated.
I had to wonder why?
What benefit came to either of them and what were the dangers?
Who knew what was going through the mind of the tailgater and what were the risks to the other driver by keeping him there -- distracted driving and road rage for two.
Perhaps the driver being tailgated got some satisfaction from holding the tailgater in his place, but again, is it worth it?
If you're ever in a situation like this, play it safe -- pull over and let the tailgater pass.
There's nothing to be gained from holding them up, and there's the potential for a lot of loss.
Similarly, on highways with two or more lanes, I'm always seeing drivers who insist on staying in the left lane, forcing other cars to tailgate them or take chances to pass them on the right.
State law in Connecticut says stay to the right except to pass. Why don't you help solve the problem and stay to the right except to pass?
Back to our tailgater who's in such a big hurry.
Here's something for you to consider: Say you are going on a drive, put a destination in your GPS and note the time it says you'll arrive.
Then you could drive to your destination above the posted speed limits. You would find that it would take a lot of speeding -- and impatience -- to reduce your arrival time.
I'm not advocating you go speeding out to see for yourself, but in the long run, what's the rush?
The time you save speeding and being impatient rarely adds up to more than a couple of minutes. It's not worth it.
Take it easy. Fast doesn't always win, but smooth and safe can.
I still don't understand how and why people are still on their phones in their cars. Please, no distractions and no texting while driving.
If you have a question or a suggestion for future Sharp Driving tips, please send it along to me in care of the Sherman Traffic Safety Work Group at SharpsTips@gmail.com.
Bob Sharp is a six-time, Sports Car Club of America national racing champion and IMSA GTU champion with 10 starts and 10 wins; a past Nissan and Ferrari-Maserati car dealer; and has 50 years of selling cars and racing with Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Walter Payton and his son, Scott Sharp. Bob wants to help future, new and experienced drivers have fun but stay safe in a lifetime adventure in the craft of driving.