I wanna share with you a local news story that is a perfect example of how we all need to be aware of our daily decision making(choices). And the horsepower of our choices.
A 22 year old mom drives drunk and crashes into a lake killing two five year old girls: her own daughter and a family friend. Tragic. She now faces 4 felony counts including manslaughter and now has to live with the quilt for the rest of her life.
Otay Lakes Reservoir: 2 girls die after car plunges into water - KSWB
Ask yourself: What are you doing today or all day that could potentially end badly or unfavorably?
Do you constantly speed? Could today be the day you accidently run someone over because you could not stop in time?
Could today be the day you crash your car because you were drunk even though you said "you were ok to drive"?
Do you play video games 8 hours a day? How is that gonna turn out?
Do you spend more than you make? How is that gonna turn out? Parasitic debt? Bankruptcy?
Pay close attention to your daily decisions. Ask yourself: How is this gonna potentially end? Use worst case scenario analysis.
"It's not what happens to you that matters, but how you react to it that matters"-Epictetus
I rarely speed. Almost never in a hurry. Life is casual.
I usually drive a bit over the limit UNLESS I'm in a residential zone. Then I'm 20-25. Kids, cats, dogs, car doors, who f'n knows what's going to pop out. It's amazing the difference in stopping distance from 25 to 30 mph. That difference kills people every day.
On the freeway my head is on a swivel and I look *way* down the road. It amazes me to see someone come up on an obstacle and have to panic to avoid it when I saw it five to ten seconds earlier.
I've spent several years driving ambulances from normal conditions to code 3, and I instruct at Porsche performance driving school and TireRack Young Driver Defensive Driving school, so a lot of these driving characteristics are second nature. It has really opened my eyes to the hazards around you when you drive.
Stay aware of everything around you all the time. Do not talk on the phone, don't text, don't take your eyes off the traffic around you, keep aware of what's in your mirrors. If traffic gets dicey suddenly, don't carry on conversations in the car - focus. Don't get baited into road rage - let the fools go on their merry way. Watch for people that aren't paying attention and stay clear of them.
Very good topic SoCalDude - lives can be changed in a fraction of a second.
That is a sad story. Unfortunate.
I know this isn't the point of this thread, but I feel more in control when I'm going a little faster than the speed of traffic. If people are constantly passing me because I'm doing the speed limit, I feel I am at their mercy (especially in big cities).
People are attracted to value...
Really guys, I only feel right, when I am half blitzed, texting someone, while going through school zones.
Nothing like hitting 100 in a 20 with yellow buses all around....
I will admit it is fun sometimes to drive in rush hour traffic and see how manic people are to get to work before they are late.
Or worse(better?) to be on the expressway on Friday around 5:30 PM WOW people just want to get the HECK home for the weekend and are completely fed up with their work a day life.
BUT I have to admit I do well deep into 3 digit speed when I race on the track
I always speed drive. I live in the Netherlands, we only have cows to hit.
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