"The best driver is the one who impedes the least drivers"
This is my motto and the word I am attempting to spread.
The following is provided as a public service to increase
traffic flow and reduce so called "Road Rage".
Ever notice how traffic on the freeway is clumped into packs?
you don't know what I'm talking about then you are probably one of
the "sheep" in the middle of the pack just following the crowd, or
worse yet, the ones causing the packs to exist.
It is indeed a fact that everywhere you drive we all carry
packs. The reason is because we can only go as fast as the slowest
drivers. On freeways slow drivers tend to spread out side-by-side
in more than one lane causing the pack to move along at THEIR pace.
The sheep just follow along not caring either way. In the back of
the pack are drivers like me spending "an eternity" trying to get
around the slow traffic.
Being aware of this phenomena identifies me as an aggressive
making his way through pack after pack of slow drivers and dodging
fools meandering around at a snails pace as they perform some of
the worse maneuvers with their cars. After years of observation I
have taken note of the people at the beginning of the packs and the
ones making the traffic problem worse with their poor driving
habits. I have seen a definite trend in who these drivers are and
what they drive. It is obvious that the same types of people are
consistently poor drivers. And what kind of vehicle they drive is
also notably consistent.
I have developed a point system for these bad drivers. A
that awards points to drivers based on who they are and what they
drive. The points are accumulative. The more points you get the
worse you are.
Be warned that this system although accurate is not politically
correct. Also, there is a margin of error of less than 0.5%.
Meaning that there are exceptions to the rule. This system goes on
the premise that "The best driver is the one who impedes the least
Type of person/car Points
Blond female 1
Female in SUV 1
Middle age white boy 2
Old person 3
Obese person 3
Handicap sticker 2
Mini van 2
On a cell phone 1
So here's how it goes. You make your way up through the pack,
(finally), and low and behold the person causing the slowdown is a
middle aged white boy in a minivan on a cell phone. That person is
a 5-point driver. If that same person had a handicap sticker then
he would be a 7-point driver. If a person is swinging way left to
make a right turn into a parking lot at 2mph, (as if they're
driving a semi), and it turned out to be an Asian female then she
is a 5-point driver. If the person who just took they're pretty
time getting through the light which only allowed 3 of the 11 cars
waiting to make the light is an obese female driving a minivan with
handicap stickers (which there are a lot of) then that is a 9-point
driver, one of the worse. But, if you ever run into an old obese
Asian female in a minivan with a handicap sticker, you may as well
get out and walk.
Now armed with this information, what good is it you ask?
look at these people and assessing them with this system after
dealing with their slowness or mindless driving habits is actually
confirmation of what you can assess by just looking at them before
hand. If you're driving in town and see a 7-point driver trying to
turn onto your street, you know not to be a good Samaritan and let
them in because they will cause you more grief later. Best to let
them wait and let some other unsuspecting sap let them in. A
7-point driver is best sitting on the side of the road not moving
then out there with the rest of us getting in our way.
This point system does not include everyone by design. If
not on the list it's because there are so little of you or you
aren't a problem. So what does makes you a problem?
Doing 5 to 10 MPH under the speed limit does not give you
points with the cops but it will give you points here.
Getting on the freeway and going directly to the far-left
staying there until your exit is the worse thing to do.
Taking your time to make a turn, not signaling, rubbernecking,
list goes on and on. But instead of pointing out the errors let's look
at some fixes. Here is a list of things to do that will greatly
improve traffic flow:
Pay attention to driving.
Use your turn signal.
Look around, everywhere, always! Know where you are and
If you are too nervous or feel uncomfortable being out on
If you can't drive in the snow, or are too paranoid of crashing,
If you can't drive in the rain or feel that you must slow
significantly to be safe, you have it all wrong and please stay
When the light turns green, GO!
Accelerate your vehicle to the speed limit with some assertiveness
will help get everyone else behind you through the light and onto
the freeway too.
Do at least the speed limit or up to 5mph over. Never drive
the speed limit if at all possible.
The words "Speed limit" should be replaced with
Don't drive side-by-side or stay on others' quarter panel.
room for other drivers to get in between you and others around you.
I hate school buses and school bus drivers, another story
If you see a cop on the side of the road, keep going, don't
out and slow down.
If you're passing someone, GO!
If you make a lane change on the freeway to the left, GO!
Know when you're in the way and get out of the way as quickly
Stay at a constant speed. Don't waiver 5mph over then down
under. Pick a speed and stay at it, preferably 5mph over.
Don't over-react (freak out) when traffic slows down in
you or the next lane over or any other changes in traffic
Don't lag behind stop and go traffic. Keep up at a comfortable
distance. But don't be ridiculous and have several car lengths
between you and the car in front of you.
If you're always in the lead then you're probably in the way!
Don't rubberneck. As hard as it may be for you, stay focused
the traffic you're in and keep going, and what ever you do don't
slow down. It is a demonstration of our ignorance when a
northbound accident causes a major slow-down for the southbound
traffic. Or worse yet causes a southbound crash because someone
slammed into the person in front of them because the front guy
slows down to rubberneck and the person behind isn't paying
attention either 'cause he's rubber-necking too and wham! How
stupid is that?
When someone wants to get around you, let them. What's the
letting the person get around you and get them out of your face?
Don't purposely prevent faster traffic from going around you.
Merging onto the freeway means hit the throttle, look far
advance to see an opening, adjust your speed to smoothly fit in
without causing any problems for anyone and then check your speed.
If you're happy with the speed of traffic in the right lane, stay
there. If not then you adjust by "working" the lanes.
Freeway driving requires us to "work" the lanes.
Working the lanes
means that you change lanes depending on the traffic in front of
you AND behind you. Always remember that the left lanes are for
passing. Assuming you just properly merged onto the freeway and
you're in the far right lane and you find the traffic in that lane
is too slow for you, move left one lane. If that traffic is too
slow, move left again. If you're happy with the flow of traffic in
that lane, stay there. Keep an eye on the traffic behind you.
Once you see that traffic is trying to get around you, move right.
If now that lane of traffic is at a comfortable speed for you, stay
there, if not move right if you're too slow or left if you want to
pass. This way you stay with the flow of traffic no matter which
lane you're in. Plus you are not holding up faster traffic or
impeding other drivers.
If you're on a street in town and you want to make a right
another street or into a parking lot, use the right shoulder to
make the turn so that the others behind you can go on and don't
have to stop while you get out of the way.
If you're making a left turn onto another street or parking
hug the centerline so others can get around you on the right. It's
amazing how people will drive down the road just 1 or 2 feet off
the centerline for miles until they want to make a left turn. Then
they'll pull way right and stop - waiting for on-coming traffic to
clear. In the mean time stopping all traffic behind them. That's
just rude in my book.
On roads through town that have a center turn lane move
quickly, don't lolley-gag. It's dangerous to reduce your speed and
move left slowly with your rear-end still in the lane. The same
goes for left turn lanes at signal lights. Move over then reduce
speed. There is usually plenty of space to slow or stop once in
the turn lane. And you don't disrupt traffic in the lane you just
These are just a few from a list of many areas needing improvement.
Today's traffic problems REQUIRE us to be better drivers. I
believe if we were to improve our driving habits half of our
congestion will go away. I also believe that 20% of the drivers cause
90% of the frustrations, backups, delays, accidents, and so called
"The best driver is the one who impedes the least drivers"
be the motto for all drivers. Being aware of how your driving
effects others and minimizing that effect will increase traffic
flow. Remaining passive with the follow the leader type mentality
bogs down traffic. Being unaware and oblivious of how you're
effecting others directly causes traffic problems. Be pro-active,
be aggressive, be assertive, get to where you're going. There is
no time for a Sunday drive on Tuesday afternoon. If you want to
leisurely meander around town do it when no one else is on the
The 20% of bad drivers need to heed these words, be aware
failings, and change their driving habits to the better. The rest
of us will be looking for you. We know who you are.
I believe a Government funded study on the subject is in
headed by me of course.