Drivers can be divided into three different categories: the Sunday drivers, who pay more attention to what is on the side of the roads than what is behind or in front of them, the speed demons, who only care about themselves and nothing else around them, and the normal law abiding citizen, who obeys all speed limits and rules that apply to our highways. Every driver’s purpose is the same, which is to get from point A to point B in a timely manner. Unfortunately, not all drivers go about doing this the same way, resulting in dangerous highways all over the world!
Sunday Drivers, the first type of drivers are the worst type of drivers on the road because they do not pay attention to what is going on around them. “They see all of us — bobbing and weaving in their rearview mirror, trying to find a gap between the lanes big enough so we may be able to slip through and go on with our lives. But nooooooooo — these offenders don’t feel obligated to go any faster and they refuse to move over to the right because in their sanctimonious minds, they’re going fast enough for all of us. (Granderson, 2011) These drivers are the ones who are in the fast lanes doing five to twenty miles under the speed limit and will not move out of anyone’s ways because they are too busy looking around the sides of the highways. A Sunday driver is the one that is seen going down the road for miles with turn signals on because he or she is not paying attention to driving. They are also the ones who are one mile up the road causing a huge line of traffic to back up. These people are very dangerous and if crossed by one of these drivers on our highways watch out.
Speed Demons, or the next type are unsafe drivers, they break the speed limits by more 10 miles or over everywhere they go and most know that they can get away with at least 10 over. According to a survey from the Governors Highway Safety Association says, “That 42 states allow drivers to exceed posted speed limits of up to 10 mph before pulling them over for speeding. ” (ENG, 2005) These people are always late to where they are trying to go, so they have to drive way over the speed limit to get to where they are going on time.
These people are the ones who will tailgate for miles even when the person they are tailgating cannot get out of their way. Speed demons are also dangerous on the roads because they do not care about anyone else but themselves; they are in a hurry and are focused on getting to where they are going on time. They are very alert while driving fast, but they cut people off at the last second, causing that person to lock up their breaks and cause a wreck. Watch out for this type of person, it is best to just try to get out of their way and let them get on down the road.
Law abiding citizens, the last type are the safest drivers on our highways. They usually go the speed limit, or at most five miles over, use turn signals correctly, and change lanes safely. These people do not cause backups, and they do not ride in the fast lane unless they are going around a Sunday driver. These people make sure they leave point A in enough time to get to point B on time and in a safely manner. If everyone would just abide by the rules, we would not have as many wrecks or traffic backups on our highways.
Law enforcers make these rules for a reason, and people need to learn to follow them so that our highways will flow much smoother, easier, and safer. According to a survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “over 42,000 people die as the result of traffic crashes each year on our nation’s highways and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured. ” (Speeding and Speed Limits) If more people would obey the laws of the road maybe we could get this number lowered!
I am sure everyone is guilty of being a Sunday driver or speeding every once in a while but for the most part, people need to obey the rules of our highways. They are there for a really good reason. For the most part, I would have to say I obey the laws of the road. I used to speed till I got a four hundred dollar ticket one day and ever since then, I have always tried to set my cruise control between the speed limit and five miles over. I make sure I use my turn signal to change lanes, and I watch to make sure others are not changing at the same time. So the question is which type of driver are you?