The Speedracer

I love to drive. I’m fortunate enough to be able to drive quite a bit as part of my job. This means I get to see all kinds of drivers: slow old people, fast young people, road hogs that take up every lane available, truckers, texters, drinkers, and assholes. This is about an asshole.

I was on a highway in southern Texas heading north. The speed limit was 75 mph, I’d already gone through the immigration checkpoint, and I was doing 80. This particular highway has a small town every 30 miles or so where you gradually have to slow down to around 30 mph. No problem, it breaks up the mindless straight shot of a drive heading north on a boring road for 5 hours.

In one of these towns, I slowed down to 55, 50, 40, and then 30, as per the very clearly posted road signs. All of a sudden, a silver BMW pulls out of a gas station right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes hard enough to make some of the things in the back seat magically appear in the front seat. I checked my mirrors and, sure enough, there was no one behind me. Speedracer could definitely see that he could have waited for me to pass before turning onto the highway. I honked a few times and flashed my brights, which meant nothing in the middle of the sunny Texas day. Plus, Speedracer had sped off quickly, regardless of the very clearly posted road signs. I saw him weaving in and out of traffic, no turn signals, well over the speed limit in the small town.

It takes quite a bit to get me upset, but little things like that get me fuming inside. By the time I finally made it out of the small Texas town, Speedracer was long gone. That’s an impressive feat considering the town was only about a mile and a half across. 15 or 20 minutes went by and I had all but forgotten about the incident.

Then I noticed everyone ahead slowing down, below the speed limit. Justice had been served. Not only was the silver BMW pulled over on the side of the road, Speedracer was handcuffed and being put into the back of one of the 3 State Trooper cars behind his BMW. I don’t know what the situation was other than he was an asshole that pissed off everyone on the road, but I’m guessing he won’t be driving for quite a while now.

Driving can be a stressful activity, especially with people like Speedracer out there on the road. So try to be respectful and mindful of other people on the road. You aren’t the only one out there and someone is always watching.

Stay classy, and I’ll see you at the next stop.

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