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Rules of the road will drive you crazy.

Date published: 11/17/2012

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Here's another: You can follow grandpa for five miles along a double line and never meet a car going in the opposite direction. Once there is a broken line on your side, however, the oncoming traffic stretches as far as the eye can see and it is impossible to pass.

How long is this line of traffic? It lasts until you reach another double line. Then, you and grandpa are alone on the highway again.

Ever look in your mirror and there is a car 3 inches away from your back bumper?

Usually you see the car, but you don't see a driver. Is this some remote-controlled test model?

Ah! Then it appears, that blond head that is barely visible behind the steering wheel. Some girl of about 18 is hell bent for leather to get somewhere, and she wants you to speed up. Hey! There are 40 cars ahead of me! Where am I gonna go?

No matter! She has places to go and things to do, so she moves up to within 2 inches of your bumper and stays there.

Just another rule of the road.

Have you noticed that no one will pass a police car on any kind of highway? That's a rule of the road.

The officer could be driving 45 mph (that's a joke) on a stretch of four-lane highway where the speed limit is 60, and no one will pass him.

Drivers know they won't be breaking the law if they pass doing 55, but they always worry that the policeman is somehow trying to trick them. Even an 18-year-old isn't brave enough to pass a cop in a moving vehicle.

Finally, it is an unwritten rule of the road that any time you are in a tremendous hurry you will get behind a school bus that has a 10-mile route with 8,000 stops.

After stop No. 4,000, you realize you don't have a chance of making it to your destination on time.

These are the real rules of the road. They may not be in the DMV handbook, but they're there.

And every driver knows it.

Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com


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