If you’re like me, you took Driver’s Education as part of your sophomore or junior year curriculum. Back in high school, Driver’s Ed was a semester-long, elective course in which you were qualified to enroll at the age of 15. Typically, by the last day of class, a student was well versed on the ‘rules of the road’ – and highly anticipating the arrival of his or her 16th birthday. Apparently, the rules of the road have changed since earning my driver's license many years ago. Exasperated by the behavior of some fellow drivers, I realize my Driver’s Ed instructor neglected to clue me into the dark side of motor vehicles – and at least three 'unwritten' rules:
Whatever You Do – Refrain From Using Your Turn Signal When Attempting To Change Lanes
I've been under the impression that turn signals alerted other drivers of your intention to merge into another lane. This is only partially true. Essentially, I have learned that using your turn signal accomplishes something else as well. Nearby drivers are immediately notified of their cue to speed up – thereby making it virtually impossible to move over. Added Bonus: As you find yourself desperately trying to squeeze into another lane time and again, you've ensured that the number of near-miss, rear-end collisions will also increase exponentially.
Pedestrians Don't Really Have The Right Of Way
In most cases, I thought pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. Shouldn't a person driving a 4,000 pound vehicle slow down for a pedestrian trying to cross the street almost a block away? Nope, that's really not necessary. It’s much better to frighten the ?!*@#!* out of the poor woman before almost hitting her. Allow her to safely and comfortably cross the street while carrying six bags of groceries? Not your problem. Plus, do you see that red light up ahead? Why show a little common courtesy when you can hurry up and wait in traffic? Sheesh … everyone is in such a rush these days.
After Someone Damages Your Car In The Parking Lot – Expect That Person To Drive Away As Quickly As Possible
Let's say you’ve finished shopping and you're getting ready to head home. All of a sudden, a big gust of wind comes by and slams your car door into the car next to you. In order to move your vehicle, you have to get out of your car – then using both hands, you must lift your car door off of the car next to you. Don't forget to take a second glance to confirm significant damage to the other car. Alas, you notice the owner of the other car – she is swiftly approaching after witnessing your actions. What do you do next? That's simple. Get back in your car and high-tail it out of there as fast as possible! No sense in stopping – after all, that’s not your car.
So much for my "A" in Driver's Ed class
In other words, what the heck are they teaching in driver's education classes these days anyway? Recently, I heard that the gold standard of hand placement – the "10 and 2" steering wheel hand positions are all wrong now. What else don't I know?