The reason I could relate is because I am also retired and I want a bumper sticker that says, “I drive the speed limit: Deal with it.”
I started driving the speed limit a few years ago when gas prices started to go sky high. I used to follow the herd and drive 5 mph over the limit; then one day I realized how ridiculous that was. I was retied, so why was I in a hurry to get anywhere?
By driving the speed limit I am not only saving on gas, I am saving on wear and tear on my vehicle; my brakes, my tires, all saving me money. By driving the speed limit I am relaxed; I don’t have to be constantly looking in my rear view mirror for a cop car.
Even if another driver does something stupid, because I am driving slower I have more chance of stopping and avoiding an accident.
When it rains I often drive under the speed limit, and I increase the distance between myself and the car ahead of me. This is defensive driving 101; yet it drives other’s crazy. They tailgate me constantly, they try to intimidate me, but I refuse to be bullied.
I’m retired; can’t you see I’ve got white hair to prove it? Deal with it.
What makes ‘em really mad is when a traffic light turns orange and I can safely stop, so I do. Quite often the driver behind will lay on the horn, and throw his hands in the air in frustration.
How crazy is that? Think about it; an orange light is a warning that the light is about to turn red. It is a signal to stop if there is a safe distance to do so; it is not a signal to speed up and get through before it turns red. People are honking at me because I am being a safe driver and using a traffic signal in the way it is intended.
Close to 100 people die in auto accidents every day in the US. Most could be avoided; they are caused by people driving too fast and driving aggressively. Why? It is unnecessary. Just leave home with enough time to get to where you need to be, and drive in a relaxed, safe and sane manner.
Driving fast is only a habit. I am now in the habit of driving the speed limit and it has become second nature. I also drive the speed limit because I am a cyclist. When I am riding my bike I am sometimes harassed and even placed in danger because of car drivers who are just simply impatient.
If a cyclist complains about drivers who honk at them, or squeeze by too close when it is not really safe to do so; then they jump in their car and drive in the exact same aggressive manner, they are hypocrites and they have no cause to complain about the behavior of others.
If someone owns a car that can do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, it doesn’t mean they have to. If a cyclist is fitter than the average person and can ride faster than most, doesn’t mean they should at all times. It is unlikely that a cyclist will exceed the speed limit; however, a cyclist can often be riding too fast for certain conditions.
It annoys me when cyclists collide with pedestrians; it doesn’t happen all that often but it should never happen. I began riding a bike over 60 years ago, and I don’t recall ever running into a pedestrian.
By the same rule if you are riding a bike in a crowded city or on a bike/walk path where there are pedestrians a cyclist needs to slow down.
Forget that the pedestrians may be deep in conversation that they don’t hear your call of, “On the left.” Or that they are listening to music, or talking on a cell phone; people have annoying shortcomings.
If I have learned one thing in my old age, it is that life is simpler and more pleasant if you forgive others their transgressions. No one is perfect, many less perfect than others; but it doesn’t help matters by retaliating either verbally or by aggressive driving or riding.
The person driving behind me and getting angry because I am driving the speed limit would be better off just relaxing and just following along; he will still get to where he needs to be. Of course he can’t see that, but by the same rule, am I any better if when riding my bike I get angry because a pedestrian slows me on the bike path.
Being an ass doesn’t make the assholes go away, it only adds to the asshole count. Ignore them and in time they cease to exist.