To the crazy-eyed people
To the crazy-eyed people who appear in my rearview mirror whenever I take Highway 49: I am 105 pounds, 5 feet, 2 inches, and on the edge of 50 — I’m old enough to be your youngish grand-aunt.
I’m really nice. If you ram my bumper with your Prius or SUV as you furiously drive three feet behind me, resulting in my plummeting to the bottom of a gully, it will not only be bad for your car, but it will create very poor karma.
I apologize for driving 45 mph in the 45 mph zones of the tight curves toward Rough and Ready, and I appreciate your criticism in the form of cursing and pumping your arm up and down out the window while grimacing and exposing your teeth. Your hand gestures and nodding motions have convinced me to get better at driving.
Until then, you can avoid Karmic retribution by learning how to deal with people who drive dangerously close to your bumper. A race car driver told me that if an individual is aggressively tailgating you, just turn on your caution lights and pull over at a safe place. Let the wailing person pass. The key is turning on your caution lights. I don’t know why this works so well, but it truly does. When my danger signals start, tailgaters’ expressions morph from rage to confusion to sadness in the rearview mirror. They slow right down for me to pull over.
So, the next time you see a 105-pound, middle-aged cursing woman in your rearview mirror, baring down on your bumper and about to throw a fit, just smile and turn on your caution lights as you pull to a passing point.
It’ll be a better day for both of us knowing the road’s a safer place to drive.
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