By Doug Johnson
April 21, 2009
I share some of Mr. Harper's frustrations. I see just as many
over cautious drivers driving well under the speed limit for
no apparent reason. Maybe they lack the driving skill necessary
to manipulate the corners at speed, maybe they have no place
to go and don't care how long it takes them to get there.
Drivers should always drive within their own limits, the limits
of their vehicle, and for road conditions. But driving slower
than the posted speed limit can also be a safety hazard. It
makes other drivers take unnecessary risk and attempt passing
slower vehicles in unsafe areas. There are only a few legal
passing zones on the north end.
While I would love to see slow drivers pull to the shoulder or
even pull off the road (the safer option) so that I can pass
and keep my "schedule" as Mr. Harper put it, but take
into consideration the following:
If you lived at 15 mile and drove at 50 mph, it would take 18
minutes to reach town. If you got stuck behind the car going
40 mph you would arrive 4.5 minutes later...and if, Heaven Forbid,
get stuck behind a member of the 35-mile an hour club, you would
arrive 7.7 minutes later.
Is 7 minutes really that big a deal, maybe for some. Just something
to think about. When I get stuck behind slower moving vehicles,
I will pass if the appropriate time arises; if not, I crank up
the radio and watch the scenery pass.
Received April 17, 2009 - Published
April 21, 2009
By David C Harper
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