It made no sense till it was explained. I was looking at a report from CBS News on traffic deaths this past year. It seemed to be saying driving deaths increased last year during a pandemic when people were driving less. And it seems to be something I noticed a while back when the roads got empty. If there were people out, they were flying. So the open roads increased our speeds. There you go. Face it, most people can’t handle speed. They don’t do it often enough to have control of it. Horsepower in cars far exceeds most driver’s capabilities and as someone in the report noted our cars aren’t crash-safe at 100mph. I noticed that in the 1980’s when I was riding motorcycles. They were at the time going through a performance revolution and the bikes were more capable than the driver’s abilities.
It proves a long-held theory of mine that speed kills. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go fast. I don’t do it much at all now. And not the kind that where I’m going in and out of traffic on highways. That was never my idea of good driving. Maybe just a quick sprint from a light on a divided highway to the speed limit and that is about it. I don’t have any horsepower machine to do anything crazy. As alluded to there were times in my youth where stupid chances were taken. My circle of friends all loved muscle cars and I had a mild one myself for a bit before I switched to two-wheel performance.
Driving a vehicle is like owning a gun and using it. It must be done responsibly.
Random Thoughts of the Day
- I know why Texas canceled their mask mandate. They need them to filter their water to drink.
- I see today is the National Day of Unplugging from our electronic devices. I say if you need a specific day of the year to do that you are already way out of control. Try practicing it often, life is a lot more enjoyable that way.
- Life in the Fast Lane is just a good song, not an inspiration to stay out there.