I learned how to drive in California. When I was 16, I did the summer driver’s ed course with Mr. Crabtree (Rest in Peace, sir). He was a taskmaster, kind of gruff, and a bit aggressive himself. He was a terrific person and he lives on in the memories of thousands of students from my high school.
However, they say that your first will mark you for life.
My mother wasn’t an aggressive driver. My father was, a bit, but not bad. Mr. Crabtree, though. Well, he was and he was my teacher.
*stands up* Hi, my name is Robin and I am an aggressive driver.
I truly didn’t realize how aggressive of a driver I am until I was riding with a friend of mine. He’s a soldier and he’s been to Afghanistan at least 3 times. He’s been blown up, shot at, and scared poopless.
He won’t ride with me.
He will not get in my car and ride with me. We have plans to go to NYC this weekend and I asked him if he wanted me to pick him up to go to the train station. His answer? A very emphatic “NO!”
I learned to drive in California (bad drivers), then lived in South Carolina (worse drivers) and then moved to Italy (worst drivers). Oh, and I live in New Jersey – where the horrible drivers all move to. I don’t want to be on the road surrounded by these idiots any longer than I have to.
I do tailgate, sometimes. I speed, especially on the highway/freeway, but I always do flow of traffic. I will flash my headlights at you if you are going to slowly in the left lane.
I don’t do this because I am an angry person. I am actually quite happy. I do this because stupid people populate the road and they all seem to drive cars. They don’t pay attention to their surroundings. They aren’t courteous. They go way too slowly in the faster lanes, they don’t signal when they want to get over, they cut you off.
These are all things that I don’t do.
I may be aggressive in my driving, but at least I’m polite about it. I don’t flip people off. Well, I did in Italy, but they did it first.
I just want people to do the flow of traffic, change lanes with some sensibility, use the turn signals for their given purpose and, all around, just be smart about operating these machines.
I know what my car is capable of. I know how fast it can go, how fast I can take a curve, how much room I need to do what I need to do with my car. I also know that my car is in very tip top condition because I keep it that way.
In short, I don’t drive beyond my talent or my car’s capabilities.
That said, if you’re ever up my way and can’t afford Six Flags, just hop into my little Accord. I’ll take you on the New Jersey Turnpike and give you a ride that neither you, nor your shorts, will ever forget.