Posted by: Christine | June 1, 2010

Defend Your Driving – Part 2

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For the second session, we have a different instructor.  He seems like a retired cop, so I’m hopeful for some inside information.  He’s exuding this salesman aura, like he’s psyching up a sales staff for a President’s Day Toyota Blowout (or something).  It turns out that both instructors are retired Long Island Rail Road engineers.  After a few boring hours during which I felt the hopeless boredom that my physics students must have felt, this guy feeds us some bone-chilling train accident stories.  Long story short – never gridlock over a train crossing (or any intersection, for that matter)!

Funny moment in my head: We read in the safety booklet “The three steps of how to make a successful pass…”.  I try to imagine what kind of brainstorm a group people could generate based on this prompt.  Perhaps:
1.  What’s your sign?
2. Can I buy you a girlie drink?
3. *Proceed to entrance the girl with tales of amazing past superbowls or other football competitions.
JUST KIDDING! PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! LOL!

The Useful Tidbit from Tonight: You only have to stop for a school bus if the “stop” arm is out or if the red lights are flashing.

At the end of the course, I still believe that half the aggressive driving would disappear from the roads if ALL DRIVERS moved at the appropriate speed for their lane, made careful and prompt lane changes, and were generally more aware of other vehicles and their drivers’ needs.

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