|As explained in relation to Scene 4 it is possible to be overcautious or overpolite by not giving sufficient importance to the ligtimate rights and needs of the drivers around you. Besides wanting to be safe, other drivers need and expect appropriate haste from each other. They need to feel that you respect their needs and wishes just as much as you do your own. This is a form of the Golden Rule in the driving situation. It is the rule of Peace on the road.|
If you don't see this clearly, you need to
think this through and discuss it with others. Maybe you need to join a
QDC or Quality Driving Circle where you can meet regularly with a
group of friends or family to discuss driving psychology issues
and help each other with self-witnessing exercises.
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 09:00:52 -1000 From: Dean
To: dyc@DrDriving.org Subject: scene 5 I disagree with your answer to scene 5. Changing to the left lane in this case is unnecessary, the problem on our freeways today is due to too many people in the left lane, many of them there because of their fear of dealing with merging traffic. Speeding up may not be an option if you are already traveling at the speed limit and the law does not allow you to speed up. I say maintain your speed and let the merging car pick his opening, he can fluctuate his speed to get into the hole. If a car needs to merge in front of you and there is not enough room between yourself and the car in front of you then *lift slightly off of the accelerator* to make an opening, braking is unnecessary and dangerous. The misunderstanding of how to merge on the freeway is a leading cause of upset people on the freeway.
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