It’s Not Me, It’s You: On Bad Driving in Houston

Bad driving is one of the biggest points of contention for Houstonians and visitors to this city. If you Google Houston, no doubt you’ll find tons of hits and forums where people complain endlessly about how terrible Houston drivers are.

People pull out in front of you. Drive next to you in YOUR lane. Blah, blah, blah. In my experience, people forget how big Houston really is because it keeps a low profile. But this is a major city. MAJOR! There may not be a Real Housewives of Houston on the schedule (yet), but Houston is the real deal. And in major cities across the globe, traffic and aggressive drivers are part of life. The complainers have clearly never been behind the wheel in cities like Los Angeles, New York, or Paris, where drivers will take unbelievable risks to get where they need to go.

However, I actually have a tried-and-true solution to the bad driving situation in Houston. In fact, I know it works because I’ve used it myself. Rarely do I find myself flying into a rage while blazing down the freeway. Rarely am I imposed upon by the gall of fellow motorists. I simply cannot relate to this “everyone is crazy” driving experience. And here’s why:

Simply put, I try to be a very considerate driver whenever possible. When I see someone merging onto the freeway, I make room for them. When I spot two headlights fast approaching in my rear view mirror or another car attempting to pass, I get out of the way. When I see someone with their blinker on, I invite them into my lane. Do you see where I’m going with this?

So many Houston drivers take a “me against the world” approach to hitting the streets. And all it does is slow everybody down. It’s also dangerous. Isn’t it frustrating to have your blinker on for half a mile while ten cars hit the gas, refusing to let you in? Doesn’t it just make you want to get even the next chance you get, taking your revenge on some other, unsuspecting fellow driver?

Just imagine if more people in this city chose to be as considerate as possible while on the road. Driving would be a lot safer and would definitely be less stressful. It would also cut down on congestion, making it easier for all of us to get where we want to be!

So, my challenge to long-time Houston residents and new comers is to be more considerate on the road. Loosen up that white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel. Life in Houston will be much safer and happier!

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