Yesterday was a bad driving day. We were in Grand Rapids for a three-day swim meet. Sunday afternoon I had my 15 year old daughter drive from the hotel to the pool, and just as she signaled to move into the left turn lane, the driver behind us accelerated, passed us on the left, driving through the left turn lane and straight across the intersection. My daughter barely avoided a collision.
As we were leaving the swim meet, I was driving in the left lane and approaching to pass a vehicle in the right lane, when suddenly I saw a car approaching from behind in the right lane at high speed. I quickly braked and the car swerved violently in front of me to pass the other car.
The last part of our 2 1/2 hour trip home is on two-lane roads with occasional passing lanes. A slow vehicle–going 35 mph–caused a long backup of traffic, which led to 3 drivers deciding they just couldn’t wait, and driving into the on-coming traffic lane to pass 4 or 5 cars in a row…which didn’t get them past the slow vehicle, and didn’t enable them to make through the next traffic light 5 miles on before we arrived at it.
Finally, at one of the sections with the passing lane, I was in the left lane, having passed another car, as the lanes began to merge back to one lane, when a driver decided to pass me on the right as he was running out of lane. With another car directly in front of me, it wasn’t as though he was going to get anywhere an faster by getting ahead of me.
The advantage of the driverless car is it sees all these things and can react more quickly than I can, especially when I’m tired from a long weekend. If other people are going to act in a way that endangers me, I want to ensure my safety.
And while I wouldn’t outlaw driving, I’d be fine with a rule that prohibits reckless drivers from piloting their own car.