10 Signs You Might Be Driving Too Damn Fast


Warp Speed

Warp Speed (Image by Looking&Learning via Flickr)

  1. Leaning Into Corners: This is reserved for race car drivers.  Your torso should remain upright during city driving.
  2. Rounding Your Turns: Driving on the shoulder, wandering into another lane, or nearly driving into a front yard in a residential neighborhood are all telltale signs of excessive speed.
  3. Tailgating: Usually, everyone else is not driving too slowly.  Crowding them might make them get out of the way, but it might also cause an accident or unleash an unfortunate road rage incident.
  4. Weaving: A corollary to tailgating, weaving through traffic suggests that everybody else is driving too damn slow.  Usually not the case.
  5. Spilling Drinks: Drinks don’t spill in cars that are not pulling serious g-forces.  Slow down or lean your drinks into turns, along with you torso.
  6. Concerned Passengers: Passengers, including small children and pets, should not look frightened at safe driving speeds.
  7. Yellow Light Adrenaline Rush: Yellow actually means slow down, not gun it.
  8. Oncoming Objects Interrupting Cell Phone Calls: Hang up, slow down, and drive.
  9. Squealing Tires: Are you 16 years old?  Is this The Dukes of Hazard?
  10. Visions of Warp Speed: If the view out your window brings back memories of Star Trek, slow down.
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6 responses to “10 Signs You Might Be Driving Too Damn Fast

  1. My Toyota Yaris won’t let me do most of these things while the gear shift is in “D” for “Don’t you dare waste gas.” So I do my weaving, tailgaiting and spilling of drinks while walking my dog, Scrappy, before a thunderstorm. We both speed up and have a very worried look in our eyes.

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    • I miss my little Toyota Tercel–a predecessor of the Yaris. Yes, it was a tiny little econo-box, but it got 43 miles to the gallon on the freeway (no kidding). I sold it about 6 years ago for $2,000. Now, they are going for $4,000! Gas prices have driven up the value. Amazing. Anyway, I enjoyed your comments. Keep reading, and sharing! –Dan

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  2. Sounds like my son’s driving, I wonder if her will pass his driving test next month?

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    • Ed’s oldest daughter just got her license a couple of months ago. How time flies. Best of luck to you (and Hunter). Tell him to physically turn his head to look in mirrors. The instructors cannot see his eyes moving, but they can see his head. Thanks for continuing to read the blog. –Dan

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  3. Must make a note to tell my other half these points!

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    • We are all guilty of speeding at times. That’s why I thought we should all have this handy reference guide to identify those moments when we need to let up on the gas a bit. –Dan

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