snoqueen wrote:This is an interesting comment. I have no sense of urgency when driving and I do not care how long it takes to get somewhere. (I am also not interested in being in front, preferring to stay to the right whenever possible so others can do whatever they want to do.) I want to get there safely, and that's what's on top of my thoughts the whole time. I'm always looking for potential intersecting vectors, basically, and trying to avoid them before they develop.
I feel like this is saying if you are hurrying, you don't pay enough attention to safety? I disagree. I am immensely more aware of not only my surroundings, but also other drivers surroundings and usually can predict accidents before they happen.
We were discussing this very thing the other day where I work. Two or three of the people I work with have this huge sense of urgency and are always, always in a hurry. They might be going to lunch, but they're hurrying, nearly frantic. The rest of us just take as long as it takes to do whatever we are doing.
Each faction found the other totally incomprehensible.
"Why don't you just start earlier?"
"I've got so much to do I'll never get it done!"
"Why don't you shorten your list of stuff?"
"I have to do all this!"
No common ground at all. We ended up laughing, but in traffic it's a different matter.
Now you tell me: why don't people just start earlier?
I believe the sense of urgency is the cause behind many if not most of our traffic crashes, and 100% of road rage incidents. We need to maintain a sense of wariness and flow when in traffic, not a pushing or racing mentality.
Well, for example, some people only get 30 minutes for a lunch. Which given the traffic situation in some areas of town at certain times you do not have a choice but to hurry. Another example - you better believe I am an Indy car driver in training if my daughter or wife is sick and we have no medicine. Another one - have an interview in an unfamiliar place, and even though you left way earlier than you should have, the location is almost impossible to find (or even wrong address), and you cannot give the person conducting an interview, that's as good as not showing up at all. These are just a few off my head. Also, I would WAAAYYY rather have an extra half hour with my 4yr old than on the road. There are times that I do take my time, and I enjoy the view and all that, but there are just never enough hours in the day to take my time every day. Between a 4yr old and starting a new career, there just isn't time. I have no problem with people who always take your time, just please move so other people can hurry in a safe fashion. If people hurrying and people being slow were more considerate of each other, most accidents would be gone. It goes both ways.
And now the kicker? I've never been in an accident - ever. I always can see them before they happen.