The other day I was driving in what I must say was particularly bad traffic. I was held up in one lane going up the mountain by a school bus letting children off. It happens. I, and a dozen other cars were waiting. What the school bus meant was I had plenty of time to watch what happened next.
Coming the other direction, a car was lagging, like 15 mph in a 45 zone. Probably on their phone. Several cars behind this driver decided to pass him. On a one lane each direction road. Across a double yellow. So they pulled into the opposite direction lane to go around this guy doing 15. Except the guy caught on and started speeding up. The third car trying to pass him is still in the opposite direction lane.
Both cars are accelerating towards the stopped line of cars behind the bus as the guy trying to pass illegally is still in the wrong lane. Neither driver is budging and they’re still coming towards the bus.
I seriously have to wonder. What are people thinking in that moment? I’m going to pass this guy even if it kills me and a school bus of children? I’m not letting this guy pass me even if it kills him and a school bus of children?
Why is it so hard for people to just drive in a reasonable manner?
3 thoughts on “Fiendish Friday: When do the rules apply to you?”
Yikes! No easy solution there. Honking would probably have just caused the slow car to speed up some, but never enough for people trying to pass. Ugh… glad it turned out okay in the end, tho.
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Wow…yeah, unfortunately I’ve seen these things happen too. The granddaughter of some people I know wiped out the whole side of her car (totaled it) on a guard rail. A semi-truck was exiting the freeway and she was exiting behind it. The truck was going slower than her, so she continued at her speed along it’s right side. She realized the lane was narrowing so sped up to try to hurry past the truck before she was smashed into the railing. She was screaming at the truck to speed up and honking as she wiped herself out. Our question for her was, ‘brakes?’ ….’I never thought of that,’ she said with a dazed look on her face. It was her 3rd serious accident. She always drove everywhere as fast as she could, and brakes were not a tool in her apparently somewhat empty shed. As James said, “Yikes!”
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