Driver’s Ed

A crash course for drivers.

The fundamentals of passing

I spent nearly 40 hours of the past week driving the highways of the United States. Unfortunately, there was one consistent element to the entire drive that we need to address as a nation if we’re to have any future: People need to learn to pass. Being a fairly aggressive driver, I was traveling at higher speeds than most everyone on the highway. This meant I was passing people quite frequently. While people did a solid job of driving in the right lane unless they were passing (except for in California, Oregon, and Washington, where they have all sorts…

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Wisconsin road friendly

I spent the past week in the homeland of Wisconsin. Each day, I took two long walks through the neighborhood. Without exception, every single car that drove by moved to the other lane to give me safe space and waved to me. I’ve been in Seattle for 10 years, and essentially no one is willing to cross the yellow line into the oncoming lane to give me space, and it’s rare for anyone to wave. In my experience, this contrast pretty much describes the difference between living in Wisconsin and living in Seattle.

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Drive your own speed

Today I set out to make a 3 hour drive on a long and straight highway. The speed limit was 70 mph for most of it, and I was driving around 80 mph. About an hour into the drive, I could see I was gaining on a car ahead of me. Eventually, I found myself next to him, and was assuming I would just carry on by. Following the science, as leftists love to do, I think it’s a fair conclusion that if I was driving 80 mph for an hour, and I was gaining on a driver ahead…

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Suburu: official car of the left

I just watched a guy driving a Suburu five mph under the speed limit, alone in his car but wearing a mask, pull up to a light with two lanes. In the left side there were more than 10 cars. In the right lane, there were no cars. Naturally, he pulled into the left side (no, he was not turning left). This pretty much sums up everything I know about people who support socialism.

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It’s all about control

Today, I was driving behind a Suburu in a 30 mph zone. Surprisingly, the Suburu was actually traveling at speeds over 30 mph as we were driving down a pretty steep hill. I was satisfied with our clip, as we were nearing 40. However, once we hit level ground, the driver slowed to 30 mph or just under. It continued as a single lane for about the next half mile, so I remained behind the Suburu. But about 50 yards before the next light, it opened up to two lanes, and I accelerated to pass the Suburu. Anticipating that…

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The responsibility of the open lane

Every so often, you approach a red stop light with two lanes and find that there are three or four cars stacked in one lane while there are no cars in the other. So you rush it up a bit in hopes of getting to the front spot at the light before someone in the full lane notices that it’s open. But more often than not, as you quickly make your approach, someone from the stacked lane suddenly notices the open lane and move into it just before you get there. What was once a great opportunity to drive…

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The right lane is for turning

We haven’t written too much in the Driver’s Ed section of late, but this one just happened today, and it’s a simple one. If you’re in one of two lanes heading toward a stop sign or traffic light, and there’s no one in either lane ahead of you, and you’re going straight or left, pull into the left lane. Not only is the right lane for turning right, but the magic thing about the right lane is that you can even turn right on a red light. If you’re going straight, and you pull up and sit in the…

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The Seattle switch

This happens so often in the Pacific Northwest, there has to be a study somewhere to explain it. You’re driving along, in one lane of a two-lane highway. It’s not crowded. There are no cars in sight behind you, and just one up ahead. You’re in one lane, and the car up in front of you is in the other. But not for long… There’s something they must teach in driver’s ed in the Pacific Northwest that they don’t teach anywhere else. (OK, there are actually a lot of things they teach in the PNW that they don’t teach…

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Speed bumps slow leftists

I was recently driving in a neighborhood that had this, the rarest style of speed bump: Unlike most speed bumps, which span the width of the road, this one defeats the purpose a bit by leaving two tire-width swaths unencumbered by speedbump. Thought exercise: When you approach this speed bump, do you position your car so at least one side threads the needle and avoids the bump? Or do you just drive to avoid the divots and make sure both wheels experience the speed bump? If you illustrated the most basic creative problem solving and said you’d avoid the…

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Desire to control – a reliable indicator of liberals

Caring about what other people have. Caring about what other people are doing. Caring about what other people are saying. These are all personality indicators of liberals. (Like all human traits, they’re not 100% reliable. But definitely directionally correct.) It’s why most Hollywood actors and actresses are liberals, and why those who follow them are, as well. By definition, actors care what their audiences think because the entire point of the exercise is to make them think and feel something specific. And to spend any mental energy caring about what celebrities are doing is take the focus off your…

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