Today on my way home from a trip to visit my son, I was driving up the highway, traveling at the speed limit, as was the car ahead of me.
As I came around a corner and hit a straight patch of road, a car flew around me.
This isn't unusual, because the "out-of-staters" seem to have an attitude that when they get to Idaho they own the road. In the summer it can be dangerous to pull out onto that highway without stopping to listen first - to see if someone doing 90 is about to appear.
Most residents harbor ill-will toward these speeders, because after all there are children and pets who live near that highway, and sometimes livestock gets loose and wanders out as well. Cars and trucks traveling the speed limit is dangerous enough.
But this was no tourist...
Today, what I noticed was that the car had a sign in the back window. It was a local real estate agent.
As I watched, he pulled around and flew past the car ahead of me as well and soon disappeared from sight.
And I wondered, as I made my way home, if potential customers and clients who saw that agent flying up the road with no regard for the safety of others would form a negative opinion.
Could it make a difference in their opinion of him as a person? Could it make them decide to choose a different agent, if they happened to be in the market to buy or sell?
The strange thing is, now I wonder if it was him driving.
I know where he lives, and when he flew past the car ahead of me, he also flew past the turn-off to go home. I assumed he was late for an appointment at the lake when I saw him keep heading North.
About a half hour later, I was reading my email when a new message came in - from him. (He's an acquaintance who forwards me a lot of political propaganda.) He couldn't have gone to an appointment and been back home that fast.
So... was someone else driving his car, causing people to think he was the speeder?
If you think driving habits could affect your business, it's something to think about when you let someone else use a car with your name clearly displayed across the back window.