Friday Five: Life in the Fast Lane

As posted by reverendmother at RevGalBlogPals:

Big gentle hugs, soft pillows and heating pads to Will Smama,
our resident matriarch and preacher/blogger/procrastinator who was
involved in a bit of a fender-bender this week. We’re very grateful
she’s OK, just a little shaken up…

In lieu of flowers, I send this Friday Five out to her. Let’s all be careful on those roadways.

Driving: an enjoyable way to clear the mind? a means to an end? a
chance to be quiet with one’s thoughts? a necessary evil? the downfall
of our planet and its fossil fuels? Discuss.

Isn’t it all of the above? I really enjoy a road trip, but I try not to use the car when I don’t need it, to bundle errands together and so forth. I don’t drive to the 7-11 anymore, which probably makes me think twice about whether I need to go there at all for the thing that seemed so important but probably was not.

2. Do you drive the speed limit? A little faster? Slower? Have you ever gotten a ticket?

I know I described myself as a leadfoot in the previous post, but that is not generally true. I’ve been trying over the past few years to keep my driving from becoming unnecessarily intense. That said, I ‘m probably in the "little faster" category on the highway, but a limit observer in town. (And a person who never seems to see the Speed Limit signs when there is a speed trap involved.)

3. Do you take public transportation? When? What’s your opinion of the experience?

I don’t take it regularly because it doesn’t go where I’m going. And at work, I need the car anyway, since my line of work involved being called to go places in a hurry. (Being a mother, ditto.) When I’m in a place where it is more generally available I love to take it.

4. Complete this sentence: Massachusetts has the worst drivers I’ve ever experienced.

That said, there are plenty of bad drivers in big cities everywhere, but I don’t have to drive with them. And when I say a bad driver, I really mean rude.

5. According to the Census Bureau,
reverendmother’s fair city has the 6th longest average commute in the
United States at 29 minutes each way. How does your personal commute

8-10 minutes.

Bonus for the brutally honest: It has been said, and the MythBusters
have confirmed, that cell phones can impede driving ability almost as
much as drinking. Do you talk on a cell phone while driving?

Er. Um. Yes. But I am a worse driver when I get busy thinking great thoughts. The only accident I’ve been in for years occured cell-phone free when I was standing in traffic, thought I perceived it noodging forward, let my foot off the brake, touched the guy in front of me, then grazed the accelerator instead of pressing the brake and hit him again. Thank goodness we were going no miles per hour, no one was hurt, but a Volvo has some push power, and his big pick-up hit the SUV in front of him, too. I was distracted not by a phone or a conversation with my daughter in the backseat, but by the thoughts in my own head.

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7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Life in the Fast Lane”

  1. I can confirm that Massachusetts has the rudest and worst drivers ever. Makes me crazy.
    After three years in the city with no car and taking public transportation or walking wherever I went, it was a rude awakening to move here.

  2. 4. Complete this sentence: Massachusetts has the worst drivers I’ve ever experienced.
    A Mainer would say that! Or so I’ve heard Significant Other say. But what does he know — he rides the bus.

  3. After totaling the hybrid we’re down to one car so one of us walks to work each day. If it’s the parson’s wife its a half mile walk. If it’s me it’s a walk from the kitchen to the bedroom we converted to an office. I’m not missing the traffic a bit.

  4. As far as the Mass. thing goes…I used to say that, until I moved to New Jersey. Now when I drive through on my way back up to Maine, I’m so excited about how relatively courteous Massachusetts drivers are!

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