Monday, September 8, 2008

Weekend Assignmet #232: How's My Driving?

Before I get started on this week's assignment I want to say that what I write here is solely what I believe about my own driving. Of course, what I believe is, indeed, the truth. So, family members, let's watch what you say. I don't want to delete any comments that are lies and mis-truths. With that said; on to Karen's Weekend Assignment.

Weekend Assignment #232: It's been said that as many as 80% of people who drive consider themselves to be "above average" drivers. Since this is statistically impossible, some of us are clearly overestimating ourselves. Be honest: how are your driving skills? If you drive, what are your strengths and weaknesses? If you don't drive, what drives your decision not to do it?

I think my driving skills are just fine. I have only had one ticket in my driving career, so that has to mean something. That was a bogus ticket, too. I was driving to school, I was late, I wasn't going that fast and I was in the middle of nowhere. It was truly a case of the police officer having nothing else to do, and knowing that I wouldn't come to the little town to fight it. No, I'm not bitter at all.

I was in one pretty good accident. But it was totally the other person's fault. She pulled into the intersection without stopping and I plowed into her. I wasn't very happy since it was my first new car, and it was less than a year old. No, I don't think about that one anymore, either.

I was in one fender bender that was my fault. It was a rainy day, I was exhausted after a midnight shift and I got distracted. I will say that I did leave myself a big cushion between me and the car ahead, until one guy squeezed in and closed that up. He was the guy that I ended up hitting, of course.

So, as you can see. Nothing has ever been my fault. I'm a very good driver!

I cannot parallel park, though. Growing up in the suburbs I never had to do it. I try to avoid it at all costs when I go downtown. I don't care if I have to pay an outrageous amount at a parking garage, or valet; it is worth it.

Extra Credit: Did you pass your driver's test on the first try?

Actually, I did. There was one stop sign that everybody warned me about. It was right outside the testing facility and there were two in a row, with the second being somewhat hard to see. Most people that failed blew through that second stop sign. I probably would have, too.

So, how are your driving skills?


Tall Paul said...


Great post. We have something in common. It's never my fault either! Just ask Florin... no wait, don't.

Florinda said...

Parallel parking sucks. I avoid it all costs.

You and my husband have something in common - it's never his fault either. Oh, wait, he already told you that. Believe what you want.

I'll be back to see what comments your relatives leave on this post - hopefully before you delete them :-).

Jenn said...

I don't have a problem with your driving skills . . .it's more your backseat driving "skills" that are the problem.

Mike said...

Tall Paul: I think it is a guy thing. It's always someone else's fault.

Florinda: Parallel parking should be eliminated. We need cars that can drive sideways so we can drive right into those spots.

Jenn: I'm a great backseat driver. What do you mean?! :)

dc said...

I'm okay. But I do tend to usually go at least 5 miles over the speed limit. Not really fast enough to get a ticket but to get to my destination faster. I was rear ended by an old lady in a drive thru...yeah, a drive thru!

I always have to be watching out for everything and being careful of the road rage out here.

And parallel parking isn't so bad once you get the hang of it. :P

Mike said...

DC: Oh yeah, 5-10 miles over is usually required to keep pace with other traffic. Unless there is a state trooper Driving around the area.

I'm sure if I had to parallel park everyday I'd get the hang of it. It need to buy a smaller car first. :)

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Yes, I believe you. I do. Really!

Mike said...

Karen: Thanks for your support! :)