FPQ56: Drive Me Crazy

Fandango’s provocative question

Fandango provocatively asks…

What’s something you consider to be terrifying that you have come to accept as a fact of life?

It’s probably not going to surprise anyone who knows me when I say driving. This is not an irrational fear. Let’s begin with some data.

The U.S. leads the way (rah!) on traffic fatalities. We have 12.4 per 100,000 population, about 50% higher than other Western nations. (source) Check that link for some reasons why.

Daily, I see people running red lights. Not once in a while… daily. I never see a cop chase after them, not once. Red light cameras have mostly been taken away due to cost and also there was concern they were causing more accidents (like the way Trump “caused” the Iranians to shoot down their own plane).

People speed and change lanes unsafely because… well, it’s all about them. They assume everyone else is paying close attention to the road. And whatever they have to do is more important than being safe. If they’re late, well, now that becomes our problem. God forbid people learn to leave enough time for appointments.

They tailgate because they are late and they are frustrated. Driving unsafely makes them feel better, I guess. Or they’re just not paying attention because they’re texting, chatting, eating, daydreaming, whatever. Or their judgment is impaired from drugs or stupidity or lack of sleep. Then there are the drivers who are armed, ready to shoot you over who knows what…

So, I “share” the roads with these maniacs and idiots and rage-filled criminals and hope every day not to die or get mangled in a car wreck. In 2018, about 40,000 people died in vehicle crashes ~ forty thousand (source) ~ not to mention all the injuries.

It’s weird how we’re supposed to be scared of molesters hiding behind trees in the park and bad dudes sneaking across the border to steal our lunches, but me… I’m terrified of driving, and yet I accept it as a fact of life here in Southern California. If you live in an area with great public transportation and don’t have to drive, consider yourself lucky!🍀

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20 responses to “FPQ56: Drive Me Crazy

  1. Agree on all points. My son in Denver takes the train only. The Colorado Springs traffic has increased so much too with 3000 military returning.

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  2. Driving is always risky but with maniacs on the roads, no one is safe.

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  3. I used to be a crazy driver, getting behind the wheel when I was too drunk to stand up, but someone was looking out for me, as I survived, never hurt or killed anyone, even though I got a lot of tickets and was involved in many accidents. One thing that I have never done is tailgating the driver in front of me.

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  4. I think that things have got much worse (certainly here in the UK anyway) in the last five years or so – certainly since I had cancer and had to give uo driving. I used to love driving, but I think I would be terrified now. I can understand you Paula

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  5. It has gotten worse. I’ve been driving these crazy SoCal roads since I was 17 and it’s always been bad, but cellphones and Hummers and giant pickups vs us peeps in plastic economy cars is making it scarier.
    I dont drive for fun like I used to and if possible I take the trolley to events on the rare occasions I attend events. The trolley has expanded so it goes more places, which is good, but not enough places to keep the idjits off the road.
    I hate tailgaters! Sometimes I slow down on purpose but that can be a dangerous thing too cuz, yeah…guns…
    Yep! Being a hermit works best.

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  6. Being molested. It’s terrifying, and I couldn’t get over it, until, I accepted it as a matter of my fact. 🙂 I also have a thing about driving. I avoid it as much as possible.

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  7. Hmm. I currently “live in an area with great public transportation and don’t have to drive.” So what did I just do? I just bought a house in an area that is “car-dependent.” Damn, what was I thinking?

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  8. I know I’m lucky. I don’t own a car and I walk to work. Norwegians have gotten much better on the road so I feel safer than ever as a pedestrian. My county even had our first year with no traffic fatalities!!! Considering that we usually top that statistic, that is no small feat! But dang, I’m grateful I no longer have to deal with SoCal traffic but so sorry you do, Paula.

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