As part of my blog, I think I’m going to do a series of posts about random things that float into my head. Today – people who seem to forget how to drive properly the minute it starts to rain.
People in Florida are horrible drivers. It’s a fact. Is it because we are full of elderly drivers who can’t see over the dashboard? Maybe. Is it because we don’t even need to know how to parallel park to pass a DMV drivers test? Possibly. In fact, my brother told me that the person “grading” his driving when he went to get his license was texting the entire time.
However, the very worse of Florida drivers are those who just don’t understand the rules of driving in the rain. First of all, the minute a raindrop touches the window, people throw on their hazard lights like they are Christmas decorations. They thought process seems to be, “Oh, well, I need to let people know that I’m going to drive slower because of the rain.”
To those drivers, I have a message for you: Yes, I know it is raining. And yes, I understand that you will exert caution because of the weather. How do I know this? Because I am driving ten feet behind you in the same exact conditions! You don’t need to warn me if I in the same exact situation! Also, now that you have your flashing hazard lights on, I can’t tell when you are about to turn because in most cars it is the same lights as your turning blinkers! So now you are swerving though traffic in a downpour on slippery roads without giving anyone any notice that you are about to do so! Yeah, that seems like the safe thing to do.
To be fair, I can think of exactly one time when I put my hazard lights on when driving. I was driving three hours from Orlando to South Florida on the Florida Turnpike (a major highway) through a fairly rural part of the state (think farms, farms, swamps, and more farms). The road was fairly busy and the Apocalypse just started, bring perhaps some of the worse rain I have ever seen. It was dark gray and the rain was coming in big, fat drops. I could barely see five feet in front of me and the street was reflecting a little daylight, which made the road reflectors almost pointless. Instead of the normal 70 mph, I was going around 40 because I could honestly not see what was in front of me. The only thing I could see was the hazard lights of the car in front of me. So I turned mine on simply so the car behind me would notice I was there and not slam into my back bumper. I believe this should be the standard for using hazard lights while driving – a total downpour on a busy road.
So to the people who turn their hazard lights on during a sprinkle on a city road know that you just look like an idiot and you are probably doing more harm than good.
Thank you for reading my rant.