I can't say how many times I've been behind John Deere on the roads in Henry County since I came down two weeks ago to fill in on the short-handed staff.
But I know him well.
John Deere is that guy on the road holding up traffic on his tractor. I know Henry has farms, but its just a little frustrating to be heading to work and have to slow down to 30 mph.
At least the tractors have an excuse.
There have been a dozen other times when I have been behind a normal driver, who either has an immense propensity for safe driving or is deathly afraid of getting a speeding ticket.
There is absolutely no reason to slow down to 45 mph in a 55 mph zone. What advantage do you have for driving 10 mph under?
Do these people think they are going to get an award for driving extra cautiously?
Traffic is bad in this county. I can deal with that. But I think it is made tremendously worse by drivers who haven't the slightest clue how to operate in an urban traffic situation.
Rule No. 1 - Don't stop in the middle of the road and wave over people turning left. Chances are this will just cause a wreck because most drivers aren't patient enough to wait. They will end up passing the stopped vehicle on the right and get hammered on by the car turning left. If this doesn't happen, then the stopped car will at least back up traffic.
Rule No. 2 - I've come to realize that unless a police officer is present, stop signs are more guidelines than rules. I slow down when I come to one. But is coming to a full and complete stop at an empty intersection really necessary? Or even worse, when the intersection is crowded, people take their turns. But a full stop just slows this process down. Creep toward the stop sign, and once its clear, just go.
Rule No. 3 - Signals become optional if the car behind you is more than 50 feet from your bumper. Signals don't do anything to hinder traffic, they just kind of annoy me. When someone flips on the blinker and I'm 100 yards away, I just have to laugh. Thanks for the notice.
It's like when the doctor's office calls two months ahead of your appointment to confirm that you are coming. They do it because they know nobody schedules that far in advance. And then when, you try to get out of the appointment because something comes up, they hammer you with a fine. "Sorry, sir, you confirmed the appointment."
I imagine the car in front of me waiting at their turn for me to slam into them. Then they turn around and sue me. Their defense would be, "Well, I turned on my blinker."
Justin Boron is the government reporter for the News-Daily. His column appears Monday. He can be reached at 770-478-5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org .