I recently read a survey done by Allstate Insurance which lists my area as one of the top places for safe drivers. In fact, my city is ranked 12th in the nation as being among the safest drivers. Being ranked 12th is pretty good, so I’m wondering what type of drugs the statistical analyzer for Allstate Insurance was taking when he added up all the columns in his itty-bitty Excel spreadsheet of driving dos and don’ts as he reached this conclusion.
To think that we are 12th in the nation in order of safe drivers concerns me because I drive the streets of this area frequently and what I see makes me want to turn my car around and head back to the relative safety of my living room comfy chair and order everything via laptop shopping. I’m sorry, Allstate, but Dayton, Ohio has some of the most distracted drivers I’ve seen.
Now the Number 1 area in the country for the worst driving is Washington, DC. I agree with that wholeheartedly as I lived in that area of the country for the first 29 years of my life and frequently visit there now. Any time one enters onto a street even if driving a the largest SUV available, there is the distinct possibility someone will run over you and never look back. DC drivers are the most inattentive I’ve seen — they’re busy texting, drinking coffee, putting on makeup and reading. Now I don’t mean to offend anyone but DC is also a very diverse area, especially the Northern Virginia suburbs – full of nice folks from other countries who may not understand the English language (I’m really trying to be nice about this) and don’t necessarily follow the “American” driving laws. How some of these folks got their driving licenses is beyond me…but the ones I’ve seen who drive the worst tend to be Oriental women and men of Middle Eastern descent. (Now is that politically correct enough?) If you drive in Annandale, or Alexandria, or Springfield, Virginia and you spot a Korean lady in an SUV any where close to you, hit that accelerator for all it’s worth and get the heck out of her way because she is not paying attention to you. Trust me on this – I’ve had recent experience. As for the men of Middle Eastern descent, they drive like the cabdrivers in the city; fast and furious and without a care for whatever color a traffic light may be. Stay as far away as possible.
Now…back to Dayton drivers being ranked 12th. I still maintain there is a statistical error here somewhere. I’m on the road virtually daily (even though I’m retired, I’m a busy little doober) driving up and down the highways and the city roads, county roads, and back roads going from shopping to physical therapy and sometimes just out for a drive. I always thought the main idea of driving was to get the car and its occupants to a destination safely. Period. This is not the time to be playing games on your iPhone. In my area the purpose of driving is to do as many other activities as possible at the same time. Talk on the cell, text, unfold that map completely and hold it up in front of you, or put on your mascara, drink coffee with one hand, have a cigarette in the other and steer with your knees. Not long ago I saw one young woman actually was allowing her small yappy dog to have its paws up on the wheel pretending it was driving. Where are the cops when you want them? And you probably don’t want to hear about the young couple I saw not long ago on a local street — he was driving and she was in the passenger seat…and then she leaned toward him and disappeared…I followed them for awhile and kept telling myself she must have dropped something on the floor…uh-huh… As I passed that car, he had a smile on his face and as it dawned on me what was going on in that car I completely forgot my own destination. Holey moley Batman – the things people do when they’re supposed to be driving!
Here’s a safe driving tip for you: don’t read a paperback book while driving — saw that one going down the highway the other day — he passed me and I swear to you he had a paperback book on his steering wheel and his head was bobbing up and down. How do you follow the plot to a book while at the same time not slam into the vehicle in front of you? This guy was talented, that’s for sure. I don’t know if he made it to his destination; I hope he only had a few more paragraphs to go — I moved over a lane and got out of his way just in case.
We’ve all seen folks shaving in the morning – fortunately most of these have been men. I haven’t seen a woman shaving while driving, but it would no longer surprise me. After all, some of us who are menopausal do have that occasional little hair sticking out of the chin and what better time to shave it off than while driving to work in the morning? Ackkk.
The Dayton suburbs have our share of little old people drivers — you know the ones who can hardly see over the steering wheel and always do about 20 miles under the speed limit in the left hand lane. They may think that’s safe – but that’s when I want the Sherman tank or Monster truck so I can simply roll right over the top of them and keep on going. Sorry but anyone doing 45 on a highway in the left lane deserves to become a permanent part of the roadbed with my wheel prints on the roof of their car. Ouch. Get out of my way — that’s why God invented the far right lane — for slow, little old ladies and those entering and exiting the highway. Period.
BTW the Number 1 safest driving city in the country was Sioux Falls, SD. I’m clueless on that one but I bet it has something to do with the fact that cows drive slowly…