Every time I see folks here in East Tennessee talking or texting in their cars I shake my head in amazement. What’s so darned important that it can’t wait until the driver gets to his/her destination? Is anything so urgent that it justifies putting the lives of others in danger while you struggle to push the tiny buttons on the tiny phone?
Just last week, I was headed to Knoxville on Chapman Highway when a small pickup truck jumped from the left lane to the right lane right in front of me. Now, I was doing 45 mph but had to slow down to 30 when the truck pulled in front. I figured maybe the driver was lost, so I pulled into the left lane to avoid this nuisance. But then, amazingly, the truck pulled in front of me in the left lane, still driving at 30 mph. I thought I’d go around him on the right, but by then traffic had so built up that the line of cars was zooming, by making it impossible to move over.
I stayed in the left lane, figuring I’d switch as soon as that lane cleared a bit. By then, the guy in the truck was becoming even more erratic, pulling into the turn lane and back out. I looked to the heavens and asked, “Why me?” Then came the topper. The big shopping center with the Kroger came up, and the pickup truck signaled for a left, only he couldn’t get into the lane because other cars were already in the turn lane.
So what does this driving genius do? In the left lane, he pulls in front of the waiting truck, halfway into the turn lane, and just sits and waits, bringing the left Lane to a complete stop.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.