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CHANCEY: Be nice when you drive | Opinion

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I witnessed another near miss. Driving to the office, I was heading east on the dual carriageway with a double yellow line and a 35 mph speed limit. I was safely behind a car and met another car heading west when suddenly a driver flew behind the westbound vehicle and drove past, almost hitting full force the car in front of me. He barely missed cutting off both cars as the driver turned and continued his frantic journey, well over the speed limit.

After sitting on my horn, I prayed, “Lord, please don’t let him kill anyone.

What happens to people when they get behind the wheel? A councilor blames all these road rage incidents which seem to be escalation on our increasing stress, especially since the pandemic. People are totally stressed and it shows on the roads. And people are in too much of a rush.

Like the trucker I met several years ago. I was on a city street with a 45 mph speed limit. For some reason I was Actually I was going 45 mph when I looked up and my rearview mirror was filled with the shiny silver chrome of the front end of a semi truck. I think, “What is this guy doing?” It stayed on me.

My left turn is approaching, so I waved and moved to the center lane to enter the business. Just like that big blue truck, right on my tail. I waited for the oncoming traffic to clear before turning in, and when I did, he also pulled into the parking lot and stopped behind the building, where he parked.

I wasn’t happy with this guy’s manners. I was driving a small Toyota and had no room for his semi in my trunk or in the back. Also, I didn’t have time to be in the back, hospitalized and in therapy for months. I love pancakes, but I have no desire to get flatter than one.

So, being human, I decided to let this guy know that I didn’t appreciate his manners. I found it and our conversation went something like this:

“Sir, were you driving that truck?”

“Yes.”

“Well, I’m the guy you were on the tail of and behind when I was trying to turn left at that time.”

“Well, you shouldn’t have gone so slow. You have to get out of my way.

“I was going at the speed limit. It’s a city street, for Pete’s sake. And you shouldn’t ride on people’s bumpers. What if you knock me down? Would you like to have that on your conscience? »

“It would not be the first time.”

“Let me tell you something. This may be new to you, but the road is not yours.

And I turned around and left.

His company name was on the side of his door, so I called and eventually spoke to his boss. I shared my encounter and the conversation that followed and expressed my displeasure with the tailgating episode and the arrogant, remorseless attitude that followed. The boss apologized, not for the behavior of his driver, but on behalf of the company. He promised to speak to his driver. This guy needed to learn how to manage his anger and practice being kind on the road.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another.

This also applies to driving.

Here are some suggestions for a smoother ride:

1. Always put others before yourself. They don’t own the road, and neither do you. Pay attention to each other.

2. Hang up the phone and pay attention. And the sandwich. And the makeup. Stay alert to avoid situations that could trigger the driver’s anger.

3. Always use your turn signal to inform other drivers of your intentions.

4. Give in even if it’s your turn to leave. Be patient even when the oncoming driver doesn’t (my main context is navigating roundabouts in our county).

5. Don’t try to beat a red light. You might regret it. Are you really in such a hurry? To leave sooner.

6. When lined up at a red light, leave room for waiting drivers to line up in front of you.

7. Always be aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

8. Stay calm at all times. If the driver behind you shakes his fist, don’t let him shake you.

9. As you drive, remember who you are and who you represent. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do if he was driving?”

David L. Chancey, a native of Milledgeville, is pastor of McDonough Road Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga. Visit www.mcdonoughroad.org for more information and for online viewing options. Visit www.davidchancey.org to see Chancey’s other writings.