Driving Defensively

I was reminded early this morning why it is so important to drive defensively.


I was reminded early this morning why it is so important to drive defensively.

I was on my way from Washington to Greenville in the six o'clock hour to do the morning news for WTIB-FM and Cable Channel 7. I was following a rather slow driver on Highway 33 for awhile. That driver then turned onto Greenville Boulevard and continued at a somewhat slow pace. He turned onto Arlington Boulevard. That's where I managed to pass him. As I made my way past this motorist I noticed he looked a little sleepy...his head even seemed like it was on the headrest. I hope the honking of the horn was enough to wake him up...if that was the problem.

I continued heading to the radio/tv station, coming to a greenlight at Evans Street. While I had the right of way, the driver turning from the oncoming traffic lane seemed to think the same think. I slammed on the brakes, he slammed on the brakes, then I preceded to make my way through the intersection...all while the other driver cussed and made hand gestures to me like I did something wrong!

I share the above stories with you in hopes that you'll stay alert, safe & calm on the roadways...and to remember the other drivers may not be.

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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    I understand completely. It seems to me Greenville has an over abundance of stupid behind the wheel. A few weeks ago I was almost hit three times between Hasting’s Ford and the Highway Patrol Station. As I told my brother in law, it’s a shame that I work in a prison and the most dangerous part of my day is the drive home.
  • by John Location: New Bern on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    Yep. And a little common sense would help too. During the flooding in Havelock today, I saw a young lady driving a Dodge Neon, yapping on the cell phone while driving on a flooded service road WAY to fast, creating a massive bow wave in front of the car that was actually washing up OVER the hood! I didn't see the aftermath, but wouldn't be surprised if that bow wave got sucked into the air intake, stalling the car. C'mon people, turn off the phone and turn the brain on!
  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    First and foremorst, we all that drive need more than ever to pay attention. It always amaze's me that the very one's who are doing something wrong are the first to pretend they didn't and like you said, they tend to use foul words and hand gestures'. Will make one wonder at what people in our society have become....everyone is ALWAYS right....NEVER wrong.

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