Ok, y’all. I have to ask. I’m not the only one who wants to know the answer. I know others are wondering, as well. I know I can’t solve the problem simply by asking, but if you have the answer, please share.
What is wrong with Augusta drivers?
Disclaimer: I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to driving.
I didn’t get my license here. I learned to drive in Atlanta. Numerous sources say Atlanta has some of the worst drivers in the country. Interstate 285, the city’s perimeter highway, is one of the most dangerous, and it’s plenty scary to drive. I’m not scared to drive in Augusta. I’m baffled.
The stop sign nearest to my home must be invisible to most. Seriously. I can see it just fine, but most people run through at full speed. This intersection isn’t unique. Please, don’t lay on the horn if it takes me a minute to hit the gas when the light turns green. I’m making sure everyone else stops.
I’m not talking about things like that, though. I’m talking about being courteous, while obeying the law. I’m talking about being aware of others around you. Like, paying attention.
Do we all know how to operate a blinker? Maybe your blinker bulbs burned out. Once you turn, they turn off all by themselves, so there’s no extra effort, once you’ve signaled to the other drivers that you might be, you know, turning. Here’s another handy tip: if you’d like to merge, you can turn on your blinker, aka signal, to signal to others that you’d like to merge. This goes both ways. If you see a driver next to you, sorta slowing down, with that flashing light thingy happening, they might want to merge.
Once you’ve merged, feel free to raise your hand in the air, quickly of course, moving it back and forth from side to side. This is called a wave. Waving while driving often means, “thank you.” As in, “thank you for slowing down and taking a little extra time out of your day to let me in, even though it is not required by law.” See how that works?
A wave is handy anytime someone does something nice for you. If they stop, letting you out into heavy traffic on Washington Road, knowing you might otherwise wait awhile, you wave. They did you a favor. Once you’ve used your blinker (ahem), and you merge into traffic on Bobby Jones, that really congested part by Walmart, wave to the car behind you. They might be in a hurry, too, but they took the time to help you.
Please, forthelove, get off the phones. I watched a man nearly run off the road yesterday, because he was reading something on his phone. He was looking down, completely ignoring the road. His children were in the car. Not only that, but, like, any one of us could’ve died. You will not die, however, if you wait 10 minutes to text your boo back.
Augustans seem to stop for emergency vehicles and funerals with regularity, so this isn’t a lost cause. I’ve wondered if the written exam should be required every 10 years or so, as a refresher. Rules for being kind weren’t on any test I’ve taken thus far. Maybe that should change. Or maybe we should just be nice. And use blinkers.